I know, I know. Thanksgiving is on Thursday and this isn’t a recipe for pie. I hope you’ll forgive my holiday faux pas once we get going. In all honesty, I made these amazing little gems for a Halloween party, and I’ve had so many requests for the recipe, that I thought I’d present them to you as a possible addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table. They are deliciously sweet, sticky, and gooey, just the way a caramel apple should be. And, even though they aren’t pie, you’ll find they’re perfect for any fall celebration. It’s not often that adults go nuts over cupcakes, but that was certainly the case when I made these the first time.
Not too long ago, Corner Bakery Cafe made its debut in the Indianapolis area with a new cafe at Clay Terrace in Carmel. And what a welcome addition it was! Serving fresh, delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, it was exactly what we needed in just the right spot. I’ve been there quite a few times with my family since the grand opening in August. In fact, it’s where my youngest daughter asked to eat on her birthday!
When you walk in the cafe, you’re instantly greeted by an amazing display of fresh-baked goods and pastries.
Sometimes, a recipe comes along and stops us all in our tracks. This is one of those recipes. I grabbed this recipe from my Skinnytaste cookbook, whipped it up for dinner, and my husband couldn’t stop talking about it. There are a lot of slow-cooker-taco-filling recipes out there, but this one holds a special place in our hearts, and now, our recipe box. It’s really, really tasty, and when you feel like you need to lighten up, and freshen up, your fall meal routine, this is a great place to start.
I really don’t know what to call this. It’s not quite a soup, isn’t really a chili, not exactly a stew. What I do know is, it’s really tasty and a great way to warm up on a crazy windy day like today. (I sent my dog outside a little while ago, and I was unsure if I’d get him back. It’s that windy.)
This one pot meal is super simple to throw together, and my entire family really enjoyed it. It’s definitely a great one to keep pantry staples on hand for, to throw together on a busy night when you’ve, quite honestly, forgotten about feeding anyone dinner until it’s…ahem…time for dinner.
This, my friends, is a really, really tasty meal.
And the beauty of it is, it’s so simple to throw together for a quick weeknight meal, but definitely impressive enough to serve to guests. The flavors are spectacular, it’s beautiful on the plate, and that maple-sage butter melting over the pork and apples? Holy smokes.
I started by making that very special butter. I combined some softened butter with some chopped, fresh sage, salt, pepper, and a good drizzle of maple syrup.
That’s it. Simple, and fresh.
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I am in love with the new store in town.
If you live in the Indianapolis area, you’ve probably heard the buzz about the new Market District store that has opened up in Carmel at 11505 N. Illinois Street. It’s really spectacular and, if I’m being completely honest, I’m a bit of an addict. It’s only a few minutes from our house and I find myself there a lot lately. (In fact, I’ve been there twice since Sunday.) I was lucky enough be able to attend media events and tours on opening day, and with the behind-the-scenes knowledge I gained, I assure you that it really is a special place, full of amazing people who honestly, truly love their jobs.
Doesn’t that look like something you’d want to curl up with after a long day?
Pot de Creme is just one of those desserts that, when offered, I can’t resist. Have you ever had one? If so, you know what I’m saying. A Pot de Creme is actually just a really, really creamy, tasty, wonderful custard pudding. It’s rich and velvety smooth, and a little goes a long way. If you’re ever needing a chocolate fix…a really deep, wonderful, dreamy chocolate fix, this version is the recipe for you.
If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you know that I love a good meal that I can make in my slow cooker. In fact, Fall is my favorite time of year to put one to good use. Days are shorter, kids are busier, and the convenience of having dinner ready to go when we walk in the door after all of our running around makes life just a little bit easier. So, when Hamilton Beach contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their new Programmable Stay or Go 6 Quart Slow Cooker, of course I said yes!
Sometimes, things just don’t go your way. Like, when you’re planning on asking your husband to grill kebabs for dinner, so you have everything prepped and ready in the fridge for dinner time, and then your husband calls and says he has a last minute dinner meeting, and then it starts to pour.
When life hands you a dinner meeting and a sudden rainstorm, use your oven! That was the lesson learned that day. These little guys are super easy to put together, and they were absolutely delicious. A few minutes under the broiler, and my soggy-husbandless-grill dilemma was solved.