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Wolff's Apple House Blog

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Waldorf Salad

In 1893, Oscar Tschirky, a Swiss immigrant and maitre d’hotel for the newly built Waldorf Hotel in New York City, created this simple apple-celery-mayonnaise salad for the hotel’s premier charity event honoring St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.  Oscar Tschirky wrote a cookbook including this and other hotel recipes called The Cook Book by ‘Oscar’ of the Waldorf, published in 1896.  The salad was a hit, maybe due to its notoriety,...

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Pumpkin whoopie pies are one of those baked goods I've always enjoyed buying but never attempted to make myself. Somehow they seemed like they would be difficult to make, but they were one of the easiest things I've ever made! My 5-year-old LOVED helping out too, and he of course loved to eat them too! Find plenty of pumpkins for cooking, such as neck pumpkins or heirlooms here at Wolff's!...

Microgreens from New Eden Greens

We find that customers visit Wolff’s Farm Market for a variety of reasons -- some want to shop local and support area farmers, while others are looking to expand their palates beyond the fruits and vegetables available in the grocery store, and some are on a journey to eat better. No matter which of these lanes you fall into, microgreens are an item that may be of interest to you....

Summer Strata in the Slow Cooker

During 2020—(Remember that year??)—we all learned to make sourdough bread. We cultivated our starter. We hoarded our flour when we could, given the shortages. We weighed or measured our recipe ingredients. We mixed and waited and folded and covered our dough. We turned the dough out into fabric-lined bannatons. And we baked those lovely loaves at high temperatures until they browned into beautiful, warm bundles of pure comfort and joy!...

Sweet Early Apples in Our Market

It used to be that the word “apple” always meant a big, red apple (perhaps it was a Red Delicious you gave your teacher). Now there are literally thousands of apple varieties grown throughout the world, and at least 200 of those are grown commercially in the U.S. Here at Wolff’s Apple House, you’ll find many apple varieties throughout the season, which starts in the summer and lasts well into...

Lemon Raspberry No Bake Tarts

I love individual serving desserts for many reasons. When making it for a dinner party, it's easy to be able to ensure that you have enough servings for everyone. If you are making them just for you and your family, it's nice to have a serving ready to go already. The fact that this dessert is no-bake makes it perfect for hot summer days. No need to fire up the...

How to Choose Outdoor Plants for a Small Patio

My 25-year-old daughter turns to me for answers to questions about cooking, gardening and decorating. I turn to her when I have questions about physics, mathematics and coding, which is hardly ever. (I’m not even sure where to begin.) I love nothing more than to give advice, though, so when she recently asked me what plants to buy for her new apartment patio, I went right ahead and told her,...

Grilled Ham Sandwich with Pickled Vidalia Onion Cabbage with Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

A truly fantastic sandwich is a work of art in my book. The space between two slices fo great bread is, in my mind anyway, a canvas on which textures, flavors, and experimentation can all coexist together. It was a Sunday evening and I really wanted a good sandwich, but we had already been to Wawa on our way home from church, so a quick trip seemed unrealistic.  My fridge...

Vidalia Onion with Savory Caramelized Apples 

Hailing from the small town of Vidalia, Georgia, America’s favorite sweet onion unearths itself early in the growing season each year. This awe inspiring allium owes a lot of its fame to the agronomy of the region. The soil in the greater Vidalia region of Georgia has extremely low levels of sulfur. Additionally, the Vidalia Onion Committee (yep they exist) note that the weather is a perfect combination of slow,...

Local Strawberry Season Favorites

Did you know that local strawberries are HERE NOW? It's only early May, but we already have locally grown strawberries from Pennsylvania and Delaware as well as excellent strawberries from North Carolina. These berries are SO sweet and flavorful. Strawberries are the perfect fruit to pick up for a Mother's Day brunch. From crepes to fruit salad to parfaits or berry compote, strawberries are a delicious addition to any breakfast...

Blueberry Bran Muffins

Every so often, I take stock of my pantry and try to make recipes calling for ingredients that I’ve had lying around. One of these forgotten ingredients I discovered recently was bran cereal. My sister-in-law regularly makes bran muffins from Raisin Bran, so I decided to make blueberry muffins out of plain bran flakes.   The result, as my 5-year-old said, was “delicious.” I even used half whole wheat flour...

Open-Faced Berry Pastries

Fresh berries and flakey pie crust are two of my favorite things to eat, and these open-faced berry pastries combine them in the best possible way! I love how the tart but sweet taste of the filling complements the buttery and sweet crust, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes the whole experience even better. For my own version of the recipe, I used wineberries, a local and wild...

Making a Delicious Greek Salad

If you’re like me, you know the taste of good tomatoes in summer, so that makes it tough to get excited about the tomatoes that are typically available the rest of the year. I often find myself skipping over recipes like salads, salsas, or bruschetta when local tomatoes aren’t in season. However, the tomatoes available now at Wolff's Apple House in MARCH are excellent! We’re sourcing the best tomatoes we...

Colcannon

This traditional Irish dish features potatoes, scallions or leeks, and greens—usually kale or cabbage. Plus LOTS of butter. Try colcannon as a side with this year’s St. Patty’s Day dinner! Print Colcannon   Ingredients 1 ½ lb Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered 2 medium leeks, chopped, rinsed, and drained. 1 bunch kale (about ½ pound), stemmed and washed ¾ cup milk ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg salt...

March is the Month to THINK GREEN!

March is a good month to “go green” by adding lots of greens to your diet. With the first hints of spring in the air and St. Patrick’s Day coming up, green foods are on many menus. I usually associate green foods with healthy foods but that’s not always the case for St. Patty’s day, so a few years ago I made this healthy version of a Minty Green Shamrock...

It’s Time to Get Those Seedlings Started!

With all the sunshine this week, it's beginning to feel like spring may finally come after all! I do like the beauty of a snowy winter, but spring is always a welcome season with its longer days and warmer temperatures. Spring equinox is in about 3 weeks, so now is the perfect time to start planting some seeds inside in the warmth. In late April we should know when it’s...

Crepes with Strawberries & Chocolate Drizzle

I love when Valentine's Day falls on a weekend. There's something so cozy about this mid-February holiday. I've never been much for competing with the crowds to get a table at a restaurant, but I love getting to enjoy some chocolate-themed treats in the quiet of my home. This year as restaurants operate at even lower occupancy that normal, it seems like the perfect time to enjoy a quiet meal...

Valentine’s Strawberry Cake

Adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe, this sheet cake is dotted with pretty strawberries and has a bright, lemony flavor. And yes, that is olive oil you’re using! Top with the optional strawberry whipped cream for an extra treat. Print Valentine’s Strawberry Cake Author: Wolff's Apple House   Ingredients 12 oz. strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced (¼”) Coarse salt 1 ½ cups white flour ½ cup cornmeal ½ tsp baking powder...

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Dip

Apples are the perfect afternoon snack, especially when you can add a tasty Apple Cinnamon Fruit Dip to go with it. Currently, two very popular varieties of apple we are selling include Evercrisp apples and Pink Lady apples. Evercrisp are a cross between Honeycrisp and Fuji apples. They are sweet, crunchy, crisp and juicy. Currently we are getting these from just a short drive over to New York state. Pink...

Local Produce All Winter Long!

Thanks to advances in hydroponic farming, cold storage and more, we can now enjoy local produce all winter long here at Wolff's Apple House! Here’s the latest from our local farmers!! Celery & Fennel!  Purple Sweet Potatoes  Swiss Chard & Kale  Arugula & Salad Mix  Orange & PURPLE Carrots!  Hakurei Turnips & Radishes  Zucchini!  Brussels Sprouts  Scallions... And more! And here are some of the other highlights of our local...

Sliced Beef with Buttery Mushroom Sauce

Adapted from one of Andi Wolff’s recipes. This is a rich sauce, and a pleasant alternative to the bottled sauces. Print Sliced Beef with Buttery Mushroom Sauce   Ingredients 2 lbs. Cooked Beef: Steak, Roast Beef, London Broil, etc. 2 C. Thinly Sliced Button Mushrooms 8 Tbsp. Finely Chopped Onion 2 Tbsp. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce ½ tsp. Salt (or to taste) 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced...

Blood Orange and Fennel Canapés

From the kitchen of Andi Wolff. These simple canapés are a unique and very easy way to showcase fresh winter citrus! Print Blood Orange and Fennel Canapés   Ingredients 3 Tbs Butter, softened ½ tsp Fennel Seeds, crushed ½ tsp fresh ground Black Pepper 1 head Fennel 2 Blood Oranges Saltines, or preferred savory cracker Coarse salt to taste Instructions Segment the blood oranges: With a very sharp or serrated...

Christmas Stollen from Jerry Sheehan

This December, Jerry Sheehan and his co-worker Kayla Remshard are busy baking the German stollen ("shtaw-luhn") you can find at Wolff's right now.  And of course, this stollen is made with all of the authentic craftsmanship that Jerry is known for throughout this region. He is one of the only local bakers making a true traditional stollen, so we are especially honored to be able to share it with you...

5 Easy Natural Christmas Decor Ideas

Though the 2020 holiday season is a strange one, holiday traditions can help us get our bearings. I found myself counting the days until the start of Advent this year, a season of waiting in hope. Since March, the whole year has felt like one of waiting and hoping. Finally, the calendar has caught up and I feel like I have permission to embrace these feelings more officially.   As...

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

Pumpkin spice season (aka fall) is one of my favorite times of the year. I love pumpkin baked goods like pumpkin bread or muffins, pumpkin bars, pumpkin spice lattes and of course, pumpkin pie. Here at Wolff’s, we have several pumpkin flavored items including baked goods like Firehouse pumpkin donuts, My House pumpkin scones, and grocery favorites like Nutty Novelties pumpkin spice peanut butter and pumpkin butter.  This recipe for...

Roasted Apple, Sausage & Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are one of those vegetables I discovered I actually really like at some point as an adult. My mom had always grown up eating frozen, squishy, tasteless Brussels sprouts, so she never made them for us. We now both like sautéed fresh Brussels sprouts! There is something so much tastier about fresh Brussels Sprouts, especially when they are sautéed with olive oil, garlic and salt. This recipe for...

Always in Season Means Open Year-Round!

Here at Wolff's, our slogan is "Always in Season, Since 1910." We're proud to have been serving our community these past 110 years, and 2020 was no exception. We've been there for our community as people have been looking for safer ways to buy fresh foods. It is our honor to serve you by providing fresh, local produce, healthy prepared foods, sustainably raised meat and dairy items, grocery and so...

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

I absolutely love living in Pennsylvania, where the seasons change and we can enjoy the crisp, cool autumn weather. There is something magical about this time of year. From back-to-school excitement, beautiful changing leaves, weekends at the pumpkin patch, and breaking out the fall wardrobe; what isn’t there to love? After all, sweater weather is the best weather! It is a lovely change of pace back into a routine after...

Creamy Artichoke and Tomato Sauce

Since the pandemic began, I appreciate a well-stocked pantry more than I ever did. A full pantry allows flexibility and variety in what to make for dinner. Maybe one night it’s rice and beans. Maybe one night, pasta and sauce. Leftover vegetables from the refrigerator with canned or boxed broth plus rice and beans or pasta and sauce means soup is always an option. There’s nothing worse than looking in...

French Nectarine Clafoutis

Clafoutis (pronounced clah-foo-tee) is a delicious French dessert that can be made with any in-season fruit, such as berries, cherries, peaches, nectarines or plums. I used to make clafoutis often with sweet cherries from the cherry tree at my old house, but I recently made it with in-season nectarines and peaches and it was delicious! Peach season is just amazing here at Wolff's Apple House! French cooking features many fruits...

What Wolff’s Is Doing About Spotted Lanternfly

It's not a butterfly. It's not a moth. And, despite its name, it's not even a fly. Liz Magnuson, the Wolff’s Apple House Annuals Manager, describes Spotted Lanternfly as more like a leech that attaches itself to trees and other plants.   And once it is there, the leech-like plant hopper "causes serious damage in trees," says the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, "including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling, and tree...

Eggplant Bake

This flavorful, stuffing-like dish comes from Andi Wolff. Use any of our delicious local eggplants! The creole seasoning makes way more than you need for this recipe, but it will come in handy as a kitchen staple in future dishes! Print Eggplant Bake   Ingredients 4 Tbsp. Butter 1 Large Eggplant, diced Salt & Fresh Black Pepper ¼ tsp. Cayenne 1 C. Chopped Onions ¼ C. Chopped Green Bell Pepper...

Classic Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches: The Perfect Picnic Food

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches are the quintessential summer food. I love packing them for a picnic lunch or making them during a camping trip. Sometimes I'll make enough bacon at breakfast so that we have it ready to go for lunch sandwiches. It's a nice alternative to lunch meat, which gets a little boring when you eat sandwiches often! When tomatoes are in season, I like to eat them...

Zucchini “Crab” Cakes

These vegetarian crabcakes have the yummy flavor and texture of crabcakes… with none of the crab! Serve on a bun with tartar sauce and your favorite toppings—we recommend lettuce, tomato, and pickles! Makes about 8 patties.   Print Zucchini “Crab” Cakes   Zucchini “Crab” Cakes (Vegetarian Crabcakes) Author: Wolff's Apple House Ingredients 1 large zucchini, shredded (about 3 cups) 3 eggs 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs 2 Tbs mayonnaise 1...

Blueberry Corn Salad

  I heard the expression “salad days” before. I had a vague sense of its meaning. I thought if somebody said, “These are my salad days,” it meant, these were the days of abundance and youth, almost like the word heyday, the peak of experience. That understanding catches most of the meaning, but there’s a little more detail to it. In fact, “salad days” is from Shakespeare. (Of course it...

Your Seasonal Food Guide (With Recipes!)

Shopping at a local farm market like Wolff's makes it easy to become attuned to what's in season when. This makes it an exciting challenge to find recipes to match the produce you discover from local farms. Here's a handy guide to what's in season when.... and the recipes you can make each season! Of course, this is just a rough overview of what's available in each season. Be sure...

Microwavable Strawberry Shortcake in a Mug

It's strawberry season, so that means my go-to dessert is strawberry shortcake. My 4-year-old LOVES to help bake. He also loves to eat whatever we bake, so the faster it's done, the better. Enter: microwavable mug cakes. I'll admit, I was skeptical that these recipes circulating on Pinterest would be any good. But they really are delicious and are SO easy! All you have to do is melt the butter...

Homemade Macarons Are Easier Than You Think!

The following definitions may be helpful: Macaroon: A coconut-based cookie Macaron: A meringue-based cookie available in many colors and flavors Macron: The president of France Today, I'll be talking about the meringue-based macaron cookies (pronounced mack-ah-ROHN). These were some of our favorite cookies when we lived in France. They could be found in nearly every bakery, but most city centers also had a specialty macaron shop. My favorite flavors were...

Hot Milk Cake with Berry Sauce

Photos by Abbi Bull   While this spring has looked nothing like any of us planned on, it's always helpful to look for the silver lining. College student Abbi Bull was enjoying her semester at Cairn University when the pandemic hit. She had to move back home and continue studies online. While she had been looking forward to another semester of living on campus after commuting for a year, she...

Smoothies with Pequea Valley Farm Yogurt

Smoothies are a perfect filling side for any time of day, but in my family they are especially great as an afternoon snack.  My kids will pretty much always eat fruit, which is great!  Sometimes though I want them to get some extra calories beyond just fruit, so a yogurt smoothie is a good compromise of fruit + calories. Pequea Valley Farm Yogurt is made from golden, rich & creamy...

Making Time to Create, Bake, Cook & Accomplish

I was recently reminded that while we are all in the same boat with the current quarantine measures, we are not all in the same storm. Some of us find ourselves working longer hours on the front lines while others are unable to work. Some of us are sheltering at home and missing our loved ones. Some of us are caring for children who would otherwise be in daycare or...

Simple Sautéed Fiddleheads

Wild-growing and locally foraged, fiddleheads are the tightly coiled tops of young ferns as they emerge from the ground in the spring. Their season is VERY short, so get them while you can! Best enjoyed as a small side dish, fiddleheads have a flavor that is reminiscent of asparagus and slightly nutty. This recipe is for one half pint container and serves approximately two people. Print Simple Sautéed Fiddleheads  ...

Wolff’s Garden Center: FAQ

Customers have asked many questions about the availability and accessibility of our plants during these trying times, so we wanted to address your FAQ’s: 1.) Am I able to buy plants at Wolff’s right now? Yes! We are open for business selling many essentials like Dairy, Bakery, Meat, Produce, Canned/Jarred/Boxed foods, etc. Our plants are also ALL available for purchase too! 2.) Am I still able to come in and...

Media Baker’s Guild

During times of stress, it is especially crucial to pay attention to the things that sustain us. We renew our appreciation for our daily bread. And while we are socially distancing, we especially appreciate food that is both nutritious and an exciting treat. The Media Bakers Guild is continuing to supply this. Baked goods from the Media Bakers Guild will be at Wolff's tomorrow (March 21), but the members of...

Sesame Chicken

Ooey-gooey, yummy-in-the-tummy! This is a recipe from Andi Wolff, Ashley’s mom. Serve it with your favorite veggie on the side and you’ve got an easy, delicious meal! Print Sesame Chicken Author: Andi Wolff   Ingredients 4 chicken breasts, cubed 2 Tbs sesame oil ½ cup sesame seeds 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp fresh grated ginger ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup fruit preserves (apricot or plum) 1 Tbs sugar ½...

Blueberry Almond Muffins

Hello readers. My name is Heather and I am originally from Pennsylvania, but moved to Canada after marrying my Canadian husband. We have three children, a boy and two girls, ages sixteen, twelve and ten and I enjoy cooking and baking for everyone. Moving to Ontario years ago brought me into contact with many Dutch women who bake delicious treats often featuring the flavor of almond. My favorite recipe so...

Homemade Fresh Mozzarella

Something got into me recently, and I’ve been all about turning milk into dairy products lately. Perhaps it’s this gray winter weather that has me longing for summer and all the locally grown food that comes along with it. I’ve made my own ricotta cheese, yogurt, clotted cream and more recently - fresh mozzarella.  Making fresh mozzarella is incredibly easy in terms of cheese-making, because there’s no aging of the...

Ricotta Cheese in the InstantPot

Ricotta cheese is probably the easiest cheese to make, especially when making ricotta in an InstantPot. I’ve made ricotta over the stove top a few times before, but the stove top recipes require constant stirring, otherwise you’ll burn the milk to the bottom of the pan. However, the InstantPot has a perfect setting for making ricotta! Just place the milk in the InstantPot, hit the yogurt setting until it reads...

Sunday Night Waffles

Somewhere along the line, my family decided that dinner was optional on a Sunday night. It may have been because we'd often eat a late lunch or visit relatives, but whatever the reason, cereal was usually what was offered for Sunday night dinner. I do like cereal, but when it comes to a meal I prefer something a little more substantial. So, we started a tradition of Breakfast for Dinner...

Apple Bourbon Cake

An “intoxicating” way to enjoy our local apples! Try Wolff’s employee Kathy Fantau’s Apple Bourbon Cake recipe… she brought some in for us to try last week, and we LOVED it! Print Apple Bourbon Cake Author: Kathy Fantau   Ingredients 4 large apples, peeled, cored, and chopped 1 cup bourbon 2 cups sugar ½ cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 2 cups white flour 2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. cinnamon 1...

How to Make Your Houseplants Flourish

Many people say they just don't have a green thumb when it comes to houseplants, but Liz Magnuson, the Wolff’s Apple House annuals manager, believes otherwise. She says it's just a matter of finding the right houseplant for their personality and environment. She and everyone else at the Wolff's Garden Center will be happy to match you up with the plants that are right for you. And when it comes to...

Spinach Dip

This dip uses fresh spinach, tofu, and Greek yogurt-- in place of mayonnaise, sour cream, and/or cream cheese-- for a healthy, high-protein twist on a classic! (Don’t worry, it’s still amazingly creamy and delicious) Print Spinach Dip   Ingredients 1 lb fresh spinach, stems removed and thoroughly washed* 6 oz plain, lowfat Greek yogurt 1 block silken tofu ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese ¾ tsp salt ½ tsp nutmeg (freshly...

Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

With the holiday season well underway, it’s good to have some easy breakfast recipes handy that feed a crowd. On Black Friday, my sister-in-law made a delicious baked oatmeal recipe that instantly became my favorite breakfast! It reminds me of a favorite “Vermont-style granola” recipe I’ve made many times. In fact, I used to make this so often that I always had a batch on hand. You can find the...

Soft & Chewy Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Holiday cookie season is upon us, so it’s always nice to have some new cookie recipes in one’s repertoire.  For me and my family, cookie is usually synonymous with oatmeal chocolate chip cranberry cookies. But I tend to branch out a little bit during the holidays. A few years ago I tried a recipe for soft and chewy gingersnap cookies. They were a hit! This year I decided to try...

Banana Bread with Crumb Topping

Sweet breads are a satisfying accompaniment to any holiday meal. My mother-in-law knows this well. In addition to the usual dinner rolls that are always a must at a big feast, she serves several kinds of sweet bread. Usually that includes pumpkin, zucchini and banana bread. This year at Thanksgiving, I was in charge of bringing the banana bread. It was kind of my mother-in-law to give me this assignment...

Homemade Ice Cream for the Holidays

Homemade ice cream in an ice cream maker is just about one of the easiest and most delicious things you can make in a snap. It requires a few steps, but comes together in a matter of minutes. It’s a great way to save money on ice cream, and if you have kids in the house, it’s fun and easy for them to help! This ice cream makes an excellent...

Apple Slab Pie with Maple Glaze

A guest blog article from Pat Nogar, host of the talk show Living Well with Pat Nogar.   I never liked apple pie. There, I said it. Well, at least I thought I didn’t like it until I understood it. Let me start at the beginning. Everyone that I knew loved apple pie. It’s as American as well, “Apple Pie.” When I was growing up, diners specialized in it, it...

Your Mum Questions, Answered

As Pennsylvania's color palette shifts from bright summer greens and pastels to the rich reds, oranges, browns and yellows of fall, many gardeners take time to intentionally bring fall colors into their home gardens. When it comes to fall gardens, mums bring an instant pop of fall color. They also bring a few questions about the right way to care for them. Because of that, we asked Liz Magnuson, the Wolff's...

Ashley Wolff’s Guide to Choosing Apples

You might think I’m crazy, but apples are my favorite fruit. Don’t get me wrong, I love peaches, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, plums, oranges, and, well, almost all fruit (it’s a very long list.) But I love apples the most for a few reasons. For starters, apples signify the beginning of autumn, the time of year when the crisp air riles my inspiration and motivation after the long, hot days of...