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.
You’ve got to love a meal that can help turn the “picky kid” tide. Avery, my youngest daughter, claims that she hates pork. That’s really a bummer, because the rest of us enjoy it, so when I have pork of any sort for dinner, she’s usually a little (or sometimes a lot) pouty. She’s starting to step out of her comfort zone lately at dinner, and I couldn’t be happier! If you have ever parented a picky eater, you know EXACTLY the happiness I’m talking about. It really is one of the greatest parenting triumphs EVER.
I know it’s just under the wire, but I wanted to sneak this post in before the month, and the contest, were up! If you’ve been following my Facebook feed, you may have noticed a contest I spoke about called Cook For Health September. It’s the brainchild of Alex and Sonja Overhiser, over at the amazing A Couple Cooks. They’ve partnered up with Green BEAN Delivery, my favorite organic produce delivery group, to help promote healthy eating and meals made with healthy, seasonal, unprocessed foods…especially in their home state, and my home state, of Indiana.
One of my favorite fall traditions, and one that I’ve been able to carry on with my children, is of heading to an orchard in the early days of fall, picking bushels and bushels of apples, sipping on cider, swatting away the bees (OK, I could do without that part.), and then turning said bushels and bushels of apples into delicious treats for my friends and family once we get back home. We haven’t gone apple picking yet this year, but this could be the perfect weekend to do just that.
When my mom came to me about this recipe, and told me how good it was, I was a little bit skeptical. I’m not a huge mushroom fan, but I’m learning to accept them and, even better, eat them without gagging. So, when she told me about this amazing, and different, pork and mushroom stew, I was a little leery.
But, as usual…she was right.
Always listen to your Mama.
This dish is actually quite simple to throw together, and the result is pretty spectacular. It’s not your everyday meat and potatoes dish, and is the perfect thing to warm you up when the Winter wind is (still…) howling.
I love a good burger.
If I look back on some of the most memorable meals of my life, many of them were at burger joints. Whether it’s a little, greasy-spoon diner burger (For those of you outside of Detroit, I really miss Bates’ Burgers.), or an upscale, “grown-up” burger spot with fancy cheese and bizarre toppings, I love them all.
I’m willing to give any burger a chance, and one of my major burger beefs (no pun intended) is when people say that they “don’t like turkey/chicken burgers”. Sure, it’s not a beef burger, and there are PLENTY of dry, lifeless turkey burgers out there…I get that. BUT, not every poultry based burger is worth passing by. This is one of those burgers that I wish those haters would try.
I’m always up for trying something new, and always up for trying something new that might just be good for me too. I was recently asked by a colleague of mine at The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network if I might be interested in checking out her new cookbook, called Cooking with Coconut Oil: Gluten Free, Grain Free Recipes for Good Living. Elizabeth Nyland, the author, is also a blogger over at guiltykitchen.com, where she writes about her (delicious) paleo lifestyle. If you’re an avid reader of this blog, it’s pretty obvious that I don’t follow a paleo diet. That said, I like to keep things healthy, with the occasional splurge, and I’m always looking for new ways to do that. When Elizabeth asked me if I’d like to check out her book, I jumped right on board.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray
It’s here. The holiday baking season has arrived! Mountains of cookies and pies, tarts and candies, cakes and cobblers, it’s all just waiting to be made!
I love the holidays for many reasons, but I do truly enjoy locking myself in the kitchen and baking up a storm for my friends and family. If my apron is not sufficiently covered in flour at some point during the holiday season, I just haven’t worked hard enough.
I don’t know who came up with the overnight French toast idea, but I need to shake their hand. It really is the best thing for a busy morning with extra guests around the breakfast table! We were lucky enough to get to spend some time with our friend, Chris, and his beautiful daughter, Natalie, a couple of Saturdays ago as they passed through town. Having this (mostly) prepped the night before and ready to pop in the oven sure did make that visit more enjoyable.
Friday night, I sliced up a crusty French baguette into inch-thick slices.
I’ve mentioned to you before that, while I love to cook, I am not very good at making up my own recipes. I’ll never write a cookbook, because I’m just not THAT creative. If I have a recipe in front of me, I can usually tweak it to improve on it, or mess around with the concept a bit, but to come up with something out of thin air? It’s a rare occurrence.