Jennifer Garner Picks Up Fall Fruits—and (Hopefully) a New Dinner Recipe!

09/10/2013 at 06:00 AM ET

Jennifer Garner Buys Apples at Farmers Market

Broadimage, Joseph De Leo

We’re officially crowning Jennifer Garner the queen of the farmers’ market!

Rarely a week goes by without spotting her—along with husband Ben Affleck and kids Violet, Seraphina and Samuel—cruising her Los Angeles market to stock up on locally-grown fruits and veggies. The star of her recent haul: apples.

In case Garner is looking for ways to use that big bag of Vitamin C, we have some new ideas that may surprise her—and you!

Make your chicken juicier: Next time you roast a bird in the oven, stuff its cavity with a split apple. The apple’s juice will evaporate as the chicken cooks, keeping the meat wonderfully moist and flavorful.

Ripen other fruits: If you bring home a bag of green tomatoes or hard avocados, put them in a brown paper bag with a ripe apple. The apple gives off ethylene gas, which speeds up the ripening process. (Unfortunately, this method won’t work on fruits with thick skins, like oranges or pineapples.)

Declump brown sugar: Is your sugar solid as a rock? If so, drop an apple slice into the container and seal—the dry crystals will soften as they absorb the apple’s moisture.

Cook a delicious dinner:  We think every apple-picking or farmers market trip should end with a great meal, like this Pork Chops and Baked Apples recipe. The rustic dish, created by Elizabeth Hurley for PEOPLE, is pretty enough to serve at a dinner party for friends but simple enough for a weekday supper with the family. It’s healthy, hearty and satisfying to the core!


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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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