For the past few growing seasons, I've been thrilled to see more and more varieties of summer apples popping up at my farmers' market. Though many people, at least in the northeast, associate apples with autumn, plenty of heirloom varieties are ready to eat in mid-summer. That makes me happy for lots of reasons, not least of all because now I get to make caramel apples for my Labor Day barbecue and feel totally legit about it. This is a simple and delicious recipe for caramel apples adapted from Martha Stewart. Partly because it's super-cute and partly because I had a hells of a time finding popsicle sticks here in London, I used sturdy twigs to spear the apples—it worked great. Smallish apples are a nice choice to serve at a party where there may be other desserts to sample. Pretty much any variety will work fine, but I especially like the combination of a tart apple with the sticky-sweet caramel and salty peanuts. About the author: Carolyn Cope is the voice behind the popular food blog Umami Girl. A recent transplant to London, she's trying her best to act nonchalant in the company of courgettes and aubergines. Find her on Facebook and Twitter. Adapted from Martha Stewart's Caramel Apples and Caramel Lady Apples.