All posts tagged apples

thanksgiving-stuffed apples.

thanksgiving-stuffed apples.

I think it goes without saying here that I’ve resisted a rather strong urge to say “how d’ya like them apples?” several times throughout this post. So at least I’ve spared you that.

I didn’t intentionally make these Thanksgiving-like; they started out life as a very simple idea for a savory baked apple, the likes of which I’ve seen here and there while perusing the internets and my cookbooks. They always look so lovely – all burnished skin and crispy top – pitch perfect for chilly evenings. I had my doubts about if they were like this in real life, or how easy they would be to accomplish in real life, so I tried it. The family was discussing our Thanksgiving ’13 plans at the time, so these are the physical manifestation of those conversations. Continue reading →

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farmers’ market monday: caramelized onion + apple pizza salad.

Have you ever managed to completely avoid something, or a genre of something, because you just know you’ll be terrible at it? Or rather just assumed, without bothering with the try/fail nonsense, to forgo a project based on your (imaginary) future failure? I have; I do it all the time. Think back for a minute; have you ever seen a croissant on this blog? A Danish, perhaps? Pain au chocolat? A nice loaf of thick-sliced bread, maybe dinner rolls? No? No, you haven’t. Because I’m scared of two things: yeast-based baking and failure. Because in my life, the former typically begets the latter. And I do not embrace failure with open arms. Continue reading →

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farmers’ market monday: root vegetable + apple roast with cider glaze.

So, technically, it’s not Monday. I was going to try to sneak this past you and be all “what? you didn’t get this until Tuesday? Stupid WordPress…” but I can’t lie to you like that. I had this post written a week ago, but things got in the way of me finishing up with the recipe bit yesterday. Who wants a blog post without an actual recipe somewhere? Not you. Please consider this my Farmers’ Market Monday post, even though it’s a day late. 

I know I’m like a broken record here with the squash and the apple cider, and we’re only a few days into October. I’m not apologizing; as far as I’m concerned, it’s important, basically your ethical duty, to enjoy as many root vegetables and fall fruits as you possibly can right now. You’ll thank me when it’s mid-January and many of us will be staring open-mouthed at our pantries wondering where it all went. Can you still get apples and some root veggies mid-winter? Sure you can. but this is autumn, people; get with the program. Everyone knows things are tastier now while you’re in the throes of pre-holiday excitement. Continue reading →

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farmers’ market monday: the best oatmeal ever.

Also known as Orange-Scented Steel-cut Oatmeal + Apple Raisin Filling + Cinnamon Maple Cream, but try to fit that on a subject line.

Because everyone should have a good breakfast in the morning, but for me? I’d rather have an excellent breakfast. This counts as a Farmers’ Market Monday because of the apples, but I’m here for a much more serious purpose: To get Movita Beaucoup off to baking school with a happy, not-nevous tummy. This should do it. I have made for her – and for all of you – the most amazing steel-cut oatmeal ever found in nature. You’ll feel so good about yourself in the morning when you finish a bowl of this, you won’t have the brain space to be worried about anything in your upcoming day. You’ll feel like you could conquer the world. And if you don’t think you have time for all this steel-cut oatyness in the morning, think again; because I made this one “instant,” just for you. Promise. Continue reading →

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my submission for Pi day: the apple Pi.

I think it’s safe to say this may be the geekiest baking project I’ve done to date. And that’s saying something, as I am prone to geeking out in the kitchen a wee little bit. I mean, it’s a pie made entirely of apple numbers. And then topped with more numbers, this time of the crust variety. Oh, and not only numbers, you see, but the numbers of that beloved symbol of Nerdland (and I mean that in a good way), Pi. That’s right people: I am entering the Pi Pie Day Competition 2012, and this work of utter nonsense art is my humble submission. You get first peep. Continue reading →

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chopped apple salad + pomegranate vinaigrette.

…dedicated to all of us who desperately need to recover from Halloween candy overindulgence.

Salads, when you make them for yourself, often feel as though they’re just not as good as if someone had made it for you. And by “someone,” I mean a restaurant. You go out and order a salad: it’s lovely. You make it yourself and it feels vaguely like you cleaned out your fridge. I want a bona fide, “I’m out to lunch/dinner” salad  but without having to go out to get it. Attention: this is that salad.  Continue reading →

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smoky sweet potato + apple soup.

Out of nowhere, the temperature took a nosedive. I was lamenting the indian summer we were having, and poof: gone. Replaced with highs in the 50’s and a constant feeling that it’s going to rain. Too late for us to have any real fall leaves to peep, but better late than never, because it’s time for soup. Continue reading →

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apple strudel.


Let me tell you: this strudel was a project. More or less it was a project in my head because I managed to almost psych myself out of it before it began. You see, I have a tiny fear of filo dough. Not really “fear,” but I’m not always the best at doing things the way you’re exactly supposed to do them. When you’re whipping up a batch of sugar cookies, it’s not that big a deal. When you’re messing with temperamental sheets of dough stretched thinner than the outer layer of your skin…different story.  Continue reading →

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