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Simply put, I carry my Dad's legacy with me through my cookbook, cooking and everyday I am writing my food columns, he is always with me. I carry my Mom with me through a silent reminder of her struggle with breast cancer that took her life, as well as the lives of many other women who have dealt with, and are still dealing with, this horrible affliction. Besides, why not pink? It makes a man look good!

Yankee Apple Cream Spinsters

Although I take advantage of crab apples in this recipe, use tart Granny Smith if desired. This is a Yanked version of the time-honored Veiled Maidens, of Scandinavia, which uses sweet apple sauce. But because I am a Yankee, I decided to honor our 'sour puss' spinsters of old New England.

They were a thrifty lot with a scowl that was remniscent of eating a crabapple. I adore the tart, tangy flavor of crab apples and with the addition of cranberries, I, too, must look like the male equivalent of a spinster(FYI, there is no term denoting a male who never married, besides bachelor, which is a whole lot better sounding than old maid or spinster).


For 2 people


  • 8 -12 crabapples *
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup sugar-free gingerale
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 recipe The Best and Healthiest Granola(see NOTE)
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt, whisked smooth

Yankee Apple Cream Spinsters Directions

  1. Peel crabapples. Using the large holes of a box grater, shred the apples into a medium saucepan. After each apple shredded, mix with some of the lemon juice to prevent browning.
  2. Add cider, gingerale, cranberries and vanilla, mixing thoroughly. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to medium-low and gently boil until apple is soft, about 4-5 minutes. You will need to stir frequently and most of the liquid has been reduced, leaving a couple of tablespoons.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool before transferring to a bowl to cool completely in refrigerator.
  4. Meanwhile make and cool The Best and Healthiest Granola.
  5. When ready to assemble, layer whisked yogurt with granola and apple mixture as you desire in a serving bowl or glass. Serve.
  6. Enough for 2 large, 16-ounce servings or 4 smaller portions.
  7. NOTE: Or use store brand granola.
  8. * It is hard to gauge how many you will need because all crabapples are not uniform in measure. You will need a total of 2 cups shredded when through.