Experiment with fruit and cheese as a dessert: Serve this with a good blue cheese or extra-sharp cheddar at the end of a light meal.
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 local apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. lemon juice
In a saucepan, warm butter over medium heat; add apples and spices and cook, stirring, until apples soften and release some of their juices, about 5 minutes. Stir in sugar; continue cooking until liquid has nearly evaporated and apples are tender, 12–15 minutes. Stir in salt and lemon juice. Let cool to room temperature.
Julie publishes Edible Ohio Valley with her family. After 15 years in the world of commercial photography, her lens is now focused on recording the sustainability movement in the Midwest. A graduate of UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, she’s a partner and co-founder of The Fairview Agency, a multidisciplinary creative firm.