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By Elizabeth Karmel The Associated Press

Grandmother’s apple cake signals fall

My grandmother, who lived with us when I was growing up, had a serious sweet tooth and would bake something almost every day.

In the spring, it was coconut cream pie. In the summer, home-made ice cream and peach pie. And during fall apple season, she would bake this very simple apple cake and serve it warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

’Ugly’ tomatoes are beautiful in grilled gazpacho

Gazpacho is ubiquitous in the summer and one of the best ways to use those delicious but “ugly” tomatoes that are bursting with flavour but may not be pretty enough to slice.

And, often, tomato vendors at farmers’ markets will sell the “dented” tomatoes at half price. Snap them up ‚Äî they’re perfect for gazpacho and tomato sauce.

’Ugly’ tomatoes are beautiful in grilled gazpacho

Gazpacho is ubiquitous in the summer and one of the best ways to use those delicious but “ugly” tomatoes that are bursting with flavour but may not be pretty enough to slice.

And, often, tomato vendors at farmers’ markets will sell the “dented” tomatoes at half price. Snap them up ‚Äî they’re perfect for gazpacho and tomato sauce.

The simple chicken sandwich gets a picnic-worthy makeover

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A famously claims that they didn’t invent the chicken, just the fried chicken sandwich. There is no denying that the fried chicken sandwich is a classic and crave-able combination. Before I started making my own version of the sandwich it was always the first thing I would eat when I visited my hometown.