Dried KORU® Apple & Cinnamon Stick Garland


Written by: Valerie Musser Nothing is more idyllic than a handmade garland for the holidays and this KORU® and cinnamon stick swag does not disappoint! This garland is a very easy-to-do project. KORU® Apples are the ideal candidate for this, as they are slow to brown, crisp and hold their shape during the drying process better than other varieties. Yield: Makes 3 3ft garlands Supplies: KORU® Apples (I used 3 apples for my garland, but you can use more or less, depending on the length that you need.) Dehydrator or baking sheet for oven method  Cinnamon sticks (easy to order in bulk [...]

Dried KORU® Apple & Cinnamon Stick Garland2021-11-23T19:06:47+00:00

Rockit™ Apple Stamped Tea Towels Holiday Gifting


Written by: Valerie Musser Block Printing dates back thousands of years and has origins in China, before becoming increasingly popular in Asia, making India, the epicenter of block printing popularity. Nowadays, it is seen on everything! Go to your local home store and you will see this art style on pillows, napkins, lamp shades, tablecloths, and other textiles. As far as difficulty goes, it depends on your desired outcome. You can go with a simplistic design like shown above, or add an all over pattern of different colors, like shown below. It is up to you and your artistic comfort level. [...]

Rockit™ Apple Stamped Tea Towels Holiday Gifting2021-11-23T18:58:10+00:00

KORU™ Apple Chutney & KORU™ Apple Butter


Recipe by: Valerie Musser KORU® apples are wonderful for cooking as they are naturally sweet, juicy and taste of vanilla and spice! During the holidays, there are so many ways to use apples, but two of my personal favorites are in apple butter and apple chutney.  They work great as a make ahead accompaniment to a charcuterie board or given as a homemade gift.  Apple chutney is a savory condiment. It originated in India and has spread throughout the world due to its delightful flavors. It is sweet, spicy, and the vinegary finish goes great with meats, cheeses and even spread on [...]

KORU™ Apple Chutney & KORU™ Apple Butter2021-11-08T18:00:34+00:00

Lucy™ Apple Charcuterie Tutorial


Recipe by: Valerie Musser Charcuterie cheese boards are a staple appetizer offering anytime, but especially during the holidays. In this tutorial, I have specifically selected items to pair best with Lucy ™ Glo & Lucy ™ Rose Apples.  Not only are they delicious, but they make a statement on any cheeseboard due to their unique coloring and delicious crisp flavor. Lucy ™ apples, are part Honeycrisp. Lucy™ Rose, has that sweet tangy flavor, crunch and uniquely also hints of berry. This apple tastes extraordinary with alternative milk cheese like Manchego, goat, and wine-soaked cheeses, while Lucy™ Glo, has a bit more of [...]

Lucy™ Apple Charcuterie Tutorial2021-11-09T23:40:13+00:00

How to make Vibrant Salads!


We all know that salads are a healthy meal choice, but let’s face it, they tend to get boring over time. So, how do you make your salads pop? Add fruit for texture and contrasting flavors and an interesting dressing and your taste buds will thank you! Make Your Own Dressing There are loads of delicious salad dressing choices on the market but sometimes it's more economical to make your own in-between grocery store trips, not to mention healthier. Making your own salad dressing is also simple to put together and easy to scale up for a large family of salad [...]

How to make Vibrant Salads!2021-09-30T16:30:34+00:00

Apple Cider Vinegar: Benefits and DIY


Blog by: Valerie Musser, Valerie’s Of Course Catering We have all heard of Apple Cider Vinegar aka ACV.  But what is it for? There are so many uses! Here are a few of the reasons why we should all incorporate this natural ferment into our daily wellness routine: Health Benefits Aids in digestion Weight loss Balances the bodies PH Maintain healthy gut flora Clears skin Reduces gas and bloating Kills harmful bacteria Detoxifies the body Natural appetite suppressant Can relieve sinus pressure and congestion Gets rid of dandruff Sooths bug bite redness and itch Lowers Cholesterol   So how do you incorporate [...]

Apple Cider Vinegar: Benefits and DIY2021-09-20T18:21:13+00:00

Cherry, apple, cheese and wine pairings!


Cherries and cheese Cherries love nothing more than to accompany a beautiful cheeseboard. Their sweetness and juiciness contrast beautifully with many types of cheeses, and their bright hues add a pop of color. There are many ways to enjoy cherries with cheese: raw, pickled, cooked in a jam, tossed in a salad, etc. The possibilities really are endless, so have fun with it.  Here is a guide for which cheeses pair well with cherries: Hard/salty cheeses: Cherries add a healthy dose of freshness to aged and salty cheeses. Try them with aged gouda, cheddar, manchego, pecorino, asiago, or gruyere. Soft/salty cheeses: Say [...]

Cherry, apple, cheese and wine pairings!2021-05-26T16:51:32+00:00

3 DIY Fruit-Based Skincare Treatments


Improve your complexion and moisturize your skin with these fun DIY skincare treatments using Chelan Fresh fruit!  Before you begin: Be sure to wash your apples first by rubbing under running water and dry them completely. Test any mask you make on a small patch of skin and let sit for 5-10 minutes before spreading across your face and neck - try the side of your neck or along your jaw in a discreet area. If any reaction occurs, discontinue use. SugarBee® Apple Cinnamon Honey Face Mask Both Cinnamon and Honey have fantastic antimicrobial properties which can help lessen acne, and [...]

3 DIY Fruit-Based Skincare Treatments2021-05-04T23:52:55+00:00

5 Salad Recipes Featuring Apples


Whether you love salads for their nutritional value, their ease of preparation, or because they are simply fun and delicious — spring is here and it’s officially salad season! Many salad recipes include diced or sliced apples in their ingredients list because apples offer bright sweet flavors and a crisp texture that naturally complements leafy greens. They are also packed with nutrition and health benefits! Apples are full of fiber, fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free. A lesser-known fact is: some apple varieties are better in salads than others! When choosing the perfect apple for your next salad, two key [...]

5 Salad Recipes Featuring Apples2021-03-19T18:27:00+00:00



The end of summer and beginning of fall in North Central Washington signal the start of harvest for Chelan Fresh apple and pear growers. Many of these 3rd, 4th and 5th generation growers finished their cherry harvest by early August and had just a few days or weeks before they jumped into pear and early season apple harvest. Varieties such as Bartlett pears, sweet Gala apples, early season Honeycrisp and kid favorite Rockit™ apples come off the trees by early to mid-September and have consumers clamoring for the remaining fall varieties. By early October, the consumer favorite SugarBee® apple and show-stopping Lucy™ varieties [...]

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