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Sep
24
2010

Favorite Foodie Magazines

We are magazine poor at our house.  I don’t know, I think it is something from my childhood.  My mom LOVED magazines.  And I am going to blame my obsession with them on heredity.  But this time of year, starting with the Sept-Oct issues is my very favorite time for the printed page.  All the fall foods, decorations and then before I can get these read, the holiday issues will be arriving in my mailbox and newsstand. These are the ones I brought to read while Jerry is in class.

IMG00006-20100924-0822There are so many cute decorations and so many recipes I want to try. Here’s one that really caught my eye.

Skillet Granola Apple Crisp

By toasting a bit of prepared granola with butter, you can keep this dish light and healthy while still providing a delicious crunchy topping to sweet spiced apples.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups store-bought oat granola, (Maple Pecan sounds good huh?)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, plus 1/4 cup
  • 5 crisp apples, such as Fuji or Gala (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Melt the butter in a medium nonreactive and oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the granola, 1 tablespoon of the flour and 1 tablespoon sugar and toss until the sugar is dissolved and the granola is well-coated. Transfer to a bowl; set aside. (Reserve the skillet.)

3. Pour the apples into the skillet; toss with the pumpkin pie spice, lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are juicy and slightly softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Scatter the reserved granola mixture evenly over the top and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until the crisp is bubbling and the apples are tender, about 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

And how about something savory? This sounded really really good to me.  Of course I am pretty hungry right now. I had a honey bun for breakfast.  I don’t like honey buns.  I thought the hotel would have room service breakfast but Noooooooo! But they had a “shop” next to the front desk.  So I bought a honey bun and a package of Alka-Seltzer.  But I think this chicken would sound good anyway :)

Brick Chicken

  • 3 chicken halves, breast and rib bones intact (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds each)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 5 to 6 sprigs thyme

Partially debone the chicken halves, removing the wing, backbone and thighbone. Rinse and pat dry. Refrigerate, uncovered, at least 30 minutes to dry out the skin.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a large nonstick skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat and add the oil and butter. Lay the chicken halves, skin-side down, in the skillet and scatter the thyme around them. Wrap a slightly smaller skillet with foil and place on top of the chicken. Set a large brick or 2 to 3 heavy cans in the skillet to weigh it down.

Cook the chicken 3 to 5 minutes, then remove the top skillet and check the skin; adjust the heat and rotate the pan as needed so the skin browns evenly. Replace the top skillet and continue to cook until the skin is golden and crisp and the chicken is cooked about three-quarters of the way through, 20 to 25 more minutes. Remove the top skillet and carefully flip the chicken. Cook, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 more minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Cut each piece in half to serve.

Alrighty, y’all have a great weekend.  I know it is actually fall-ish where some of you live.  Enjoy some of that for me please.  Still pretty hot here.  I am going to work on my Autumn Newsletter a little – hope to have it to my subscribers on October 1.

And yes….still working on “Knock Your Socks Off!”

Sep
23
2010

Thoughtful Thursday ~ Road Trip & Happy Autumn Equinox!

Packing is on my mind this morning.  Jerry and I leave at noon or thereabouts.  He has a school he has to attend tomorrow and I am riding shotgun.  I haven’t packed but it is just overnight and I will spend tomorrow in Hobby Lobby and Michaels so really I just need some money!

I have been busy as a bee since Jerry got home so I haven’t had much time to write.  The “knock your socks” off giveaway is coming together so …
Patience Grasshopper!  You are gonna LOVE IT!

I absolutely LOVE this time of year.  Days are shorter, and cooler, the sky is bluer.  And my tummy turns to Autumn foods!  Here is a recipe I found yesterday at KingArthurFlour – I am going to give them a try this weekend when I get back.  I know it’s not really recipe day but I have to get moving but I wanted to share this.

Salty Sweet Butter Pecan Cookies (OH MY!)


  • 1 1/3 cups pecan halves
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon butterscotch, vanilla-butternut, or butter-rum flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar, cider or white
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/3 cups butterscotch chips
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar mixed with 1 to 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, for topping*
  • *If you’re making smaller (teaspoon cookie scoop-sized) cookies, increase the coating to 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar mixed with 1 3/4 to 2 teaspoons salt.

1) Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

2) Place the pecans in a single layer in a pan, and toast till they’ve darkened a bit and smell toasty, about 8 to 9 minutes. Set them aside.

3) In a large bowl, combine the sugars, butter, shortening, salt, espresso powder, baking soda, vanilla, flavor, and vinegar, beating until smooth and creamy.

4) Beat in the egg, again beating till smooth. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is thoroughly combined.

5) Mix in the flour, then the chips and toasted nuts.

6) If you’re going to refrigerate the dough, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for about 4 to 5 hours; or overnight. Cookie dough refrigerated for 3 1/2 to 4 hours will spread moderately; chilled overnight, it will spread much less.

7) Mix the 1/3 cup sugar and salt for the coating, and put it in a bowl. Use a spoon (or a tablespoon cookie scoop) to scoop 1 1/2″ balls of dough into the sugar/salt mixture, rolling to coat. Then transfer to the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2″ between them on all sides; they’ll spread quite a bit. Or use a teaspoon cookie scoop to scoop 1 1/4″ balls of dough.

8) Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes — 11 minutes for smaller cookies, 12 for larger ones. Their edges will be chestnut brown and their tops a lighter golden brown. (For dough that’s been refrigerated, add 30 seconds to 1 minute to those baking times.) Remove them from the oven, and cool on the pan till they’ve set enough to move without breaking. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Enjoy!

Have a great Thursday!  See you guys tomorrow morning!  Foodie Friday you know!


Sep
22
2010

Wednesday ’s Woman: Bakerella

Best I can tell from reading her blog, Bakerella (Angie Dudley) is at the top of her game.  According to her last entry she has now made the NYTimes Best Seller list with her book Cake Pops by Bakerella! Whoa, Baby!  I gave her a shout out in my pie book for the inspirational Cutie Pies.  Look, this gal is A-M-A-Z-ING.  Get over there and check her out.  If you don’t drool on your keyboard, you need to have your eyes checked out.  Here is my version of her little pies from my cookbook NotQuiteJuneCleaver bakes a PIE!

cuties

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Hurry over and see what a great, informative, yummy blog she keeps!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

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