iPhone, Android, or Windows?

In our office there's a constant debate over which is the better operating system for your cell phone. We have Apple purists who won't even consider anything else, Android users who think Apple is a cult, and renegade Windows phone users who like the seamless integration with their desktops. 

Our Design department uses MACs and everyone else is on a PC. I can tell you for our app development the iPhone is much easier to develop an app for. But that's only because of the uniformity of look and size. If the rumors about a larger iPhone 5S or 6 come to fruition, that may end. We are currently working to bring our travel apps to Android platform phones. 

Which do you have? Do you wait on line in front of the Apple store each year for the latest version of the iPhone? Do you prefer to be able to use Flash and use mods and unlock the bootloader (as I type it, I only vaguely know what it means)? 

Here are our two FREE iPhone apps: 

Image ©bloomua / Shutterstock.com

Recipe Thursdays: Blueberry-Apple Crisp

Enjoy this yummy fruit crisp for a special breakfast or early autumn treat. Either way, put on the coffeepot! This week's recipe is from our Little Black Book of Coffee, currently available as an ebook from Amazon, the Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Google, and Sony.

Blueberry-Apple Crisp
Makes 6 to 8 servings

• Nonstick vegetable oil spray for greasing
• 3 cups blueberries, washed and drained
• 3 cups cored, sliced tart apples such as Granny Smith, Fuji, or Gala
• Brown sugar to taste
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 egg (not beaten)
• 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Real Whipped Cream to taste (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Grease an 8-inch x 8-inch or larger baking dish.
3. Add blueberries and apples and stir just to blend. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
4. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and egg.
6. Mix with a fork until well blended and crumbly.
7. Sprinkle combination over fruit in baking dish.
8. Top with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.
9. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
10. Garnish with whipped cream, if you wish, and serve warm.

Real Whipped Cream
Makes 2 to 2-1/2 cups

Real baked goods deserve real whipped cream and it's easy to make. Need to prepare it in advance? Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate, then whisk a bit if necessary just before serving. If you need more than this recipe makes, adjust ingredients proportionately. And don’t overmix or you’ll make butter!

• 1 cup cold heavy cream
• 2 teaspoons granulated sugar or to taste

1. Chill the beaters of an electric mixer.
2. Pour cream into a chilled mixing bowl.
3. Mix at low speed until cream is thickened.
4. Add sugar and mix until soft peaks form.

Image © Daniel Padavona / Shutterstock.com


Recipe Thursdays: Apple Martini

Martinis should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensously on top of one another.
Somerset Maugham

Apple-picking season is here . . . and the temptation to post an apple pie recipe was strong but I resisted! Try this chic variation on the classic martini from our Little Black Book of Cocktails . . . and chill!

Apple Martini
Makes 1 serving

• 1-1/2 oz. vodka (regular or apple flavored)
• 1/2 oz. apple liqueur
• Splash of lemon juice
• 1 martini glass
* All ingredients should be cold — bitterly cold. If at all convenient, store both the alcohol and glasses in the freezer.

1. Stir with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
2. Garnish with an apple slice or apple candy.

Image © objectsforall / Shutterstock.com