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5 Second Rule: Apples as accessory

There is much like about fried apple rings. | Courtesy Cheryl Sternman Rule

There is much to like about fried apple rings. | Courtesy Cheryl Sternman Rule

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Updated: May 9, 2012 9:53AM

Don't put an onion ring near me. Just don't do it. Onion rings make me feel like I have to take a shower in really hot water, and that's not very good for my skin.

French fries are OK. Potato skins are very T.G.I.Friday's circa 1989.

Jalapeno poppers - I honestly can't really tell you what these are. Popcorn shrimp - if I had to, I would, but I generally don't have to, so I don't.

Fried mozzarella sticks - see Potato Skins, above. Fried zucchini - why? Fried okra - let's please not go here. Fried chicken? Yes, thanks. Fried calamari - I'll take a double order, extra lemon. (They never bring you enough lemon.)

Fried apple rings.


I'd wear them on every finger and toe, if I could. I'd bling myself out. As earrings. Through my belt loops. One in each button hole, and a few dangling from the drawstring of my hoodie. Then I'd go dancing.

Trend alert. American Apparel: call me.

Cheryl Sternman Rule is a Silicon Valley writer and author of the blog 5 Second Rule (, where this was posted. Her cookbook, Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables, is due out next year.

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