Monday, September 27, 2010

State Spotlight: the Best of Vermont

Some of the FoodPair crew were lucky enough to be in Vermont this past weekend. The weather was fantastic, the scenery was amazing and we stuffed our faces with all the fresh apples and maple syrup we could find.

The Fall Foliage Season in Vermont is peaking right now, so hit the road for beautiful and relaxing sightseeing. Don't forget to soak in the amazing patchwork of trees with their bright red, orange, yellow and green leaves.

Because you'll surely work up an appetite along the way, FoodPair is here to give you plenty of simple and delicious recipes for all the apples and syrup you haul back home. Enjoy!

While we focus on apples & maple syrup, we have to give honorable mention to Vermont's great cheeses and ice creams, notably Cabot Cheese and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Both offer great factory tours in Vermont. Come to think of it, both are great pairings for most of the recipes below!

Apple Coffee Cake
A tasty alternative to apple pie, this cake is great for dessert or snack.
Ingredients in this recipe: cinnamon stick, egg, apple, butter, sugar, salt, all-purpose flour, baking powder, milk

Apple Ginger Mint Iced Tea
It's still hot in most of the country, so try this refreshing drink.
Ingredients in this recipe: honey, mint, apple, ginger, water, apple cider, ice, green tea bags

Curried Chicken Salad
Apples are a crisp and sweet addition to this savory chicken salad.
Ingredients in this recipe: cilantro, olive oil, chicken, scallion, apple, raisin, mayonnaise, yellow onion, yellow curry powder

Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese
Few can resist a great pie, especially one with Vermont cheddar.
Ingredients in this recipe: egg, apple, butter, lemon juice, sugar, Cheddar cheese, pie crust, tapioca

Classic Baked Acorn Squash
Maple syrup adds sweetness to this healthy and easy veggie dish.
Ingredients in this recipe: butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, acorn squash, salt

Grilled Marinated Sirloin Flap Steaks
Genuine maple syrup is also useful as a marinate for meats.
Ingredients in this recipe: garlic, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce, steak

Let’s get cooking!

Any other states or regions you'd like us to highlight? Post them in the comments section!


  1. Thanks for the Cabot shout-out and recipe! I can't wait to try the apple pie recipe. We linked to this post on our Facebook fan page- check it out at

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