Friday, September 30, 2016

Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes

Sadly, #AppleWeek is coming to a close.  I hope you've enjoyed all the amazing apple recipes that have been shared!  I've had a great time participating and look forward to more events in the future.

We are huge fans of traditional shortcake.  I was very excited to see this fall spin on it.    I made no changes at all to the recipe, and my shortcakes baked in 19 minutes.    I added a drizzle of caramel to my serving, the guys enjoyed theirs with whipped cream.   Thank you so much to the Taste of Home Test Kitchen for this amazing new family favorite!




                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                        Apple-Cinnamon Shortcakes

  2               cups  all-purpose flour
  2        tablespoons  plus 2 teaspoons sugar -- divided
  3          teaspoons  baking powder
  1           teaspoon  ground cinnamon
     1/2      teaspoon  salt
  1                cup  heavy whipping cream
     1/2           cup  plus 4 teaspoons melted butter -- divided
                        FILLING:
     1/4           cup  butter -- cubed
  4              large  tart apples -- peeled and sliced
     1/2           cup  packed brown sugar
     1/2      teaspoon  ground cinnamon
     1/8      teaspoon  ground nutmeg

In a large bowl, combine the flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, combine cream and 1/2 cup butter; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls 2 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Brush with remaining butter; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly.

For filling, in a large skillet, melt butter. Add apples; saute until tender. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently split warm shortcakes in half horizontally. Top bottom halves with apple mixture; replace tops. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-cinnamon-shortcakes?trkid=ZFB1015"




Friday: Anything Apple Goes

1 Minute Caramel Apple Dip by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Brown Betty by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Bundt Cake With Cider Caramel by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Apple Fritters by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline's Cooking
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Individual Apple Crisp by Family Around The Table
Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Slow Cooker Apple Butter by The Crumby Cupcake

Thursday, September 29, 2016

And now for something different- Knit Apple Hat

I know, I don't normally share my knitting here, but this fit perfectly into #AppleWeek.   Don't worry, back to cooking tomorrow!  

This is by far one of my most requested hats.  I don't even need to look at the pattern anymore.   The base hat is knit in the round, the leaf and stem on double points.   It looks great on boys or girls, or even teddy bears  :)

Link to my project notes on Ravelry here.  I prefer one leaf over two.

Link to the pattern here.  The original source is no longer online, but the pattern is available via the "Wayback Machine" at this time.  
 




Lots of great apple projects being shared this week!  Go check them out  :)

Thursday: Apple Projects

Apple Bacon Jam by Caroline's Cooking
Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Suncatchers by Crafty Mama in ME
Caramel Apple in a Jar by Family Around The Table
Knit Apple Hat by Jolene's Recipe Journal

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Apple Oatmeal Cookies #AppleWeek

And the apple hits just keep on coming!   Today's recipe is Apple Oatmeal Cookies from Taste Of Home.   I've made several versions of cake mix cookies, and we always enjoy them.   No major changes to this one, except that I omitted the raisins because I didn't have any on hand.    They'd be great with Spice cake mix and Craisins.   They are good as is, but we took them over the top by sandwiching two of them together with some store bought cream cheese frosting that I added some cinnamon to.   Thank you so much to Nicki W for sharing the recipe! 

Be sure to go check out all the other great #AppleWeek recipes shared at the bottom of the post!



                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                          Apple Oatmeal Cookies


  1            package  yellow cake mix (regular size)- mine was 15.25 oz
  1 1/2           cups  quick-cooking oats
     1/2           cup  packed brown sugar
  2          teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  1              large  egg
     3/4           cup  unsweetened applesauce
  1                cup  finely chopped peeled apple
     1/2           cup  raisins (omitted)

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. In a small bowl, combine the egg, applesauce, apple and raisins. Stir into oat mixture and mix well.

Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-oatmeal-cookies"





Wednesday: Sweet Treats

Apple and Nut Drop Cookies by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
Apple Dumplings by A Palatable Pastime
 Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy's Honeybunch
 Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Brown Butter Apples by Cricket's Confections
 Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Nana's Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table

Shared to the Weekend Potluck #242

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bite Sized Apple Pies- Taste of Home Tuesday

It's Taste of Home Tuesday!   This recipe came across my feed on Facebook and I knew it would be a fun thing to make with Jake.    We used honeycrisp apples, and tossed the slices in the cinnamon sugar mixture rather than sprinkling it on the dough.   We had them with a side of warmed caramel ice cream topping for dipping.    Fast, fun, delicious.   Thank you to the Taste of Home test kitchen for sharing this one.

Be sure to go and visit my fellow Volunteer Field Editors pages via the links at the bottom of the page for more fantastic Taste Of Home recipes.



                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                           Bite-Size Apple Pies


1/2           cup  sugar
  2          teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  1            package  refrigerated pie pastry -- (14.1 ounces)
  3        tablespoons  butter -- melted, divided
  2             medium  tart apples

Preheat oven to 425°. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; reserve 1 tablespoon. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pastry sheets; roll and trim each to an 8-in. square. Brush with 2 tablespoons butter; sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture. Cut each square into eight 1-in. strips.

Cut each apple into eight wedges; wrap one strip of pastry around each wedge, placing sugared side of pastry against the apple.

Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush tops with remaining butter; sprinkle with reserved sugar mixture. Bake 13-15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 16 servings.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/bite-size-apple-pies?trkid=FBPAGE_TOH_20160917_Apple_Dessert_Romance_DetailPage"


Huge thanks to Maureen at Red Cottage Chronicles for hosting Taste of Home Tuesday!

                                       Taste of Home Tuesday
Making the Most of Nap Time - Pear Preserves
Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy - Amy's Cooking Adventures
Best Ever Stuffed Mushrooms - LPHJ Kitchen
Scalloped Apple Casserole - Red Cottage Chronicles


Monday, September 26, 2016

Caramel Apple Floats- It's #AppleWeek!

Welcome to #AppleWeek!  All week I'll be featuring some great new apple recipes to celebrate my favorite season.   Be sure to go check out the other amazing bloggers contributions linked at the bottom of the post.

I'm kicking it off with Caramel Apple Floats from Taste of Home.  First, I drizzled the inside of the glasses with some caramel ice cream topping.   Then I added fresh pressed local cider and Sprite.   I topped it off with vanilla bean ice cream.   It's like the best of fall and summer in one glass!   Thank you so much to Cindy R for sharing this recipe   :)



                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                           Caramel Apple Float

  1 cup  chilled apple cider or unsweetened apple juice (I used local cider)
  1   cup  chilled ginger ale or lemon-lime soda (I used Sprite)
  1                cup  vanilla ice cream
  2        tablespoons  caramel sundae syrup

Divide cider and ginger ale between two glasses. Top with ice cream; drizzle with caramel syrup. Yield: 2 servings.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/caramel-apple-float"



Monday: Appetizers and Drinks

Apple Brie Roll Up  by Family Around the Table
 Apple Cider Margaritas by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cheddar Pinwheels by Cooking With Carlee
 Apple Pie Martini by Amy's Cooking Adventures
 Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
 Caramel Apple Float by Jolene's Recipe Journal
 Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
 Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
 Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
 Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy's Honeybunch
 Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
 Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
 Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
 Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline's Cooking
 Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Friday, September 23, 2016

Apple Week sneak peek!

Who's ready for fall?   It is hands down my favorite season- hoodies, apple picking, cider, the leaves changing colors.   We've already made one trip to the orchard for honeycrisps, and some cider.   I'll be swinging in this weekend for more goodies.   

This year, I'm participating in #AppleWeek and I'm so excited!   I've got some great recipes lined up, plus one of my most requested knitting projects of all time.    Be sure to check back on Monday for the first post, and to go check out all the great things the other participants are sharing!


Monday: Appetizers and Drinks

Apple Brie Roll Up  by Family Around the Table
Apple Cider Margaritas by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cheddar Pinwheels by Cooking With Carlee
 Apple Pie Martini by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
 Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
 Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy's Honeybunch
 Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
 Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
 Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
 Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline's Cooking
 Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Tuesday: Main Dishes and Sides

Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Apple Cider Bread by I Say Nomato
Apple-Glazed Pork Chops with Raisins by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Apple Streusel Muffins by Family Around The Table
 Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries by Feeding Big
 Chopped Apple Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fall Apples Become Yummy Applesauce for the Year by Crafty Mama in ME
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
 Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
 Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy by Amy's Cooking Adventures
 Scalloped Apples Casserole by Red Cottage Chronicles
 Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
 Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm

Wednesday: Sweet Treats

Apple and Nut Drop Cookies by A Day in the Life on the Farm
 Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce by Cooking With Carlee
 Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
 Apple Dumplings by A Palatable Pastime
 Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene's Recipe Journal
 Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
 Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy's Honeybunch
 Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
 Brown Butter Apples by Cricket's Confections
Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy's Cooking Adventures
 Nana's Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
 Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table

Thursday: Apple Projects

Apple Bacon Jam by Caroline's Cooking
Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Suncatchers by Crafty Mama in ME
Caramel Apple in a Jar by Family Around The Table
Knit Apple Hat by Jolene's Recipe Journal

Friday: Anything Apple Goes

1 Minute Caramel Apple Dip by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Brown Betty by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Bundt Cake With Cider Caramel by Cooking With Carlee
 Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene's Recipe Journal
 Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
 Apple Fritters by Grumpy's Honeybunch
 Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
 Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline's Cooking
 Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
 Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Individual Apple Crisp by Family Around The Table
 Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Slow Cooker Apple Butter by The Crumby Cupcake

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Spiced Ginger Coffee- My first Taste of Home Tuesday Recipe & Review!

Fall is my favorite time of year.   The leaves are changing, the mornings are cool and crisp.   I love starting these days with a nice hot cup of coffee.  I'm a huge ginger fan, especially combined with molasses.   This reminds me of a gingerbread-style beverage I got from a chain restaurant around the holidays.   I had mine with cream, because it was what I had on hand, but definitely will be picking up whipped cream for future servings.   Because I'm the only coffee drinker, I froze about half the mixture in 2 teaspoon servings in an ice cube tray.   When they were solid, I popped them out and put them into a ziptop bag.   I'll defrost them for hot coffee use, or I may play around with them in an iced coffee version.   Thanks so much to the hard working people at the Taste of Home Test Kitchen for sharing this recipe!

 




                       Spiced Ginger Coffee


     1/2           cup  molasses
     1/4           cup  packed brown sugar
  1           teaspoon  ground ginger
     3/4      teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  1            SERVING  :
  1                cup  hot brewed coffee
                        Milk, whipped cream and additional ground cinnamon, optional

In a small bowl, combine the molasses, brown sugar, ginger and cinnamon.

For each serving, place 2 teaspoons molasses mixture in a mug. Add 1 cup hot coffee; stir until combined. Serve with milk, whipped cream and cinnamon if desired.

Cover and store remaining molasses mixture in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Yield: 15 servings (2/3 cup molasses mixture).

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/spiced-ginger-coffee"


I'm very excited to be participating in Taste of Home Tuesday with Red Cottage Chronicles.   Thank you so much for hosting, Maureen!
                    

                                        Taste of Home Tuesday

Please be sure to visit these lovely VFE's and see what they cooked up this week!
Ellen from Family Around the Table - Sparkling Cranberry Kiss
Shannon from Making The Most of Nap Time - Zucchini Cupcakes
Maureen from Red Cottage Chronicles - Gluten Free Brown Sugar Baked Oatmeal
Three recipes that embrace the autumn season!




Shared at the Weekend Potluck #241


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ginger Plum Tart

I've been an avid fan of Taste of Home and the affiliated magazines since the 90s.   My Gram was a subscriber, and she would share her issues with me.  I became a subscriber myself sometime in college, and through the years have made over 125 recipes from those pages.   In 2015, I was very excited to be chosen as a Volunteer Field Editor.   I make and review recipes, submit original recipes, participate in social media.   Part of the "perks" is the ability to preview cookbooks, and this recipe is from the Simple and Delicious Cookbook, which will be released today, September 13, 2016.



For more than 20 years, Taste of Home has served up delicious home-cooked dishes in Simple & Delicious magazine and other publications. Now you can enjoy 1,357 of those winning recipes in one must-have collection. From express weeknight dinners and one-dish meals to classroom treats and no-fuss holiday fare, these recipes come from busy home cooks like you. Just open the exciting, all-new cookbook to start serving simple and delicious favorites today!

What's Included? 1,357 easy recipes, 30-minute dishes, slow-cooked favorites, At-a-Glance Icons and more, Simple & Delicious Cookbook is a can’t-miss resource for today’s home cooks! Find chapters that include Snacks, Apps & Beverages, Finished in 15, 30 Dinners in 30, On the Stovetop, Slow Cooking, Oven Entrees, Quick Casseroles, Fast Comfort Food, Sides & Salads, Breads Made Easy, Good Mornings, Lunch on the Go, Buy This, Make That, Cook Once, Eat Twice, Make-Ahead Magic, Potluck Perfect, Sweet Treats, Desserts In a Dash, Party Time!, and Holiday Highlights. 

Included with the cookbook is a card to redeem for a FREE subscription to Taste of Home Magazine.  I've spent some time going through the book and have marked more than 200 recipes to try.   I love the binder format, the brightly colored tabs and the menu plans, which make it so easy to put together a complete meal.

After lots of deliberating, I chose the Ginger Plum Tart as my first recipe to make.   Plums are amazing right now.  I'm pie crust challenged, so I'm happy to take advantage of a store bought pastry.    It's not overly sweet, which showcases the taste of the plums and I served it with some vanilla ice cream.   Freshly whipped cream would be another great choice.    Don't like plums?  Give it a try with apples, pears or peaches, they'd all work well with the ginger.   



                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                           Ginger Plum Tart 


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1              sheet  refrigerated pie pastry
  3 1/2           cups  sliced fresh plums (about 10 medium)
  3        tablespoons  plus 1 teaspoon coarse sugar -- divided
  1         tablespoon  cornstarch
  2          teaspoons  finely chopped crystallized ginger
  1              large  egg white
  1         tablespoon  water

Preheat oven to 400°. On a work surface, unroll pastry sheet. Roll to a 12-in. circle. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

In a large bowl, toss plums with 3 tablespoons sugar and cornstarch. Arrange plums on pastry to within 2 in. of edges; sprinkle with ginger. Fold pastry edge over plums, pleating as you go.

In a small bowl, whisk egg white and water; brush over folded pastry. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool on pan on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 8 servings.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ginger-plum-tart"