9/18/19

Country Fried Apples

  This post is sponsored in conjunction with #AppleWeek . I received complimentary product from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors Envy Apples, Bob’s Red Mill, Republic of Tea, Flahavan’s Irish Oats, Nairn’s, Taylor & College, Zyliss, Chocoley, and Torani  have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.


Country Fried Apples are a wonderful side dish or dessert that are a staple in many a southern or country homes. Sweet Apples cooked with a buttery, caramel glaze.

 If you've never made them or had them before, well, this is your time to try! They are a wonderful comfort food that are a must have on your fall and winter to do list!

I love to cook mine up to serve along side my old fashioned country sausage gravy over biscuits. They just go together, the salty, savory gravy along side the sweet apples. So comforting, and no complaints from the family when it lands on the table. and in individual cast iron skillets? (yes, I have enough of those little things).. It just makes the experience, so... Memorable!



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Envy Brand Apples are the perfect apples for this recipe. Sweet, Crisp, and perfect for both eating and baking!They really hold up well in this pie and do not "Mush up" to much in the baking process. I mean, who wants to slice into an "applesauce" pie?




Zyliss Brand Cookeware, Cutlery, and Kitchen Gadgets: Zyliss kitchen tools are innovative in their designs making cooking simple and efficient but honestly, just smart and fun too! My daughter is trying to "steal" my apple corer! I have to keep it under lock and key I think! and that comfort utility knife with it's blade guard?  um favorite knife now!





Yield: 4 Servings

Country Fried Apples

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Country Fried Apples are a wonderful side dish or dessert that are a staple in many a southern or country homes. Sweet Apples cooked with a buttery, caramel glaze.

ingredients:

4 Large Apples peeled, cored, and sliced
3 Tablespoons Butter (real butter is best)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

instructions:

In heavy skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
Add apples, cooking 2-3 minutes to begin to soften.  Stir apples.
Sprinkle in cinnamon and brown sugar.
Turn heat to medium low, and continue cooking apples and stirring occasionally for another 5=6 minutes until apples are cooked thru and tender.  Pierce with a fork to check this.


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9/17/19

Homemade Apple Cider

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How to make apple cider

It's Apple season and celebrating apples is just the perfect way to start fall! What better way to do that then with family traditions?  Picking apples from an orchard is an annual event for our family, and we've been going to the same orchard for more than 40 years, by 5 generations now! It is so sweet to see our grandchildren picking apples from the same tree's that their Pawpaw picked when he was young, when his Nana took him too, and  that our children's Nana and Bapa took them too, and now we are doing the same!  
One of my favorite ways to use our fresh picked apples is to make my own homemade apple cider. (have you seen the prices of the cider at the orchards?)  You can make a batch of your own very easily!  let me show you how!
how to make apple cider
Ooh those Spices! Besides apples it also starts with great seasonings! that's where my sponsor; Republic of Tea comes in! They sent me their Hot Apple Cider Tea, Herbs of Autumn Tea bags for Apple Week to use in our recipes. I knew exactly what to do, use their amazing blend of spices in my cider ! It saves me from bundling up my own, or fishing and filtering out spices over and over from the finished cider when I use loose individual spices. Plus they just know the perfect blend and have it just right!! So good!  (and it makes fantastic cup of apple cider herbal tea all by itself! just warms the soul!)

Choosing Apples:I love to use a variety of apples if I can to give the cider some greath depth of flavor. So grab some pretty colors! colors give you a variety of  flavors! from tart granny smith that can take on all the sweetener you add later as well as the spices! to the lovely honecrisps, and jonathon golds, to whatever your favorites are!
how to make apple cider
Let's talk Sweeteners! This is one you get to customize! My husband is a diabetic, so it can easily be made a bit sweeter with a sugar substitute or honey which doesn't spike his blood sugars quite like white refined sugar sugar does. OR I like to use a combination of sweeteners to give the cider some depth. so a bit of honey, a bit of brown sugar and a touch of maple syrup. BUT a little goes a LONG WAY! start small and taste as you go! once you add too much.. it takes over the apple! So be careful and just add a bit before tasting and seeing if you like it.

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Now.. Let's get cooking!


Yield: 12 servings
Author:

Homemade Apple Cider

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Delicious homemade Apple cider, made from scratch you can easily customize the flavor and sweeteness/ sugar level and best of all, you know every single ingredient! Oh it's easy too!

ingredients:

Fruit
  • 16 cups of water
  • 10-12 assorted apples quartered . Use a variety of sweet and tart, and a variety of colors: such as granny smith, honey crisp, jonathon gold, etc.
  • 2 oranges quartered
  • Optional fruits to add in or substitute for the orange:
  • Lemon
  • 1 cup of one of the following fresh fruits:
  • cranberries
  • pomegranates
Seasonings
  • 4 apple cider tea bags such as Rebublic of Tea brand or see optional spices below
  • optional spices instead of tea bags: 4 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon all spice 1 whole nutmeg (you can put them in reusable tea bags if you like or cheesecloth bundles or leave them loose in the pot too.) 
Sweeteners
  • 1/2 cup- 2/3 cup of choice of sweetener or in combination
  • Suggestions;
  • brown sugar
  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • sugar substitutes that measure like sugar

instructions:

How to cook Homemade Apple Cider

  1. Add fruit to large stock pot or slow cooker. Add in tea bags or the optional seasonings to the pot or slow cooker on top  of the fruit.  Cover fruit with the water, making sure to leave an inch or two of space at the top of the pot. 
  2. Slow cooker; turn the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Stock pot; Heat the cider over high heat until it reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot and simmer for about 2 hours OR until apples are completely soft.
  4. Slow cooker and Stock Pot; Using a potato masher, mash the apples and oranges against the side or bottom of pot. This will help break them up and release more of their flavors into the cider. 
  5. Cover with Lid and simmer 1 more hour. 
  6. Using a fine mesh strainer or a layer of cheese cloth inside a regular strainer, strain out the cider, removing all the solid pieces of fruit and spices. Use the potato masher to press them against the strainer to squeeze all the juice out of them. 
  7. Discard the remaining pulp/ solid pieces.
  8. Sweeten  the remaining cider to taste, by stirring your desired sweetener. Start with a little bit and  taste. Add a little at a time to increase sweetness. 
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9/16/19

Crockpot Caramel Apple Crisp

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This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors Envy Apples, Bob’s Red Mill, Republic of Tea, Flahavan’s Irish Oats, Nairn’s, Taylor & College, Zyliss, Chocoley, and Torani  have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.


Crockpot Caramel Apple Crisp just pulls together everything I love about autumn! the scents and flavors  of fall slowly simmering away in a slow cooker, filling your homes with such a delightful scent it will bring your family together to the dinner table for a delightful dessert just ready for a scoop of ice cream to top it off all while keeping your oven free to cook dinner!


I love a traditional apple crisp in my cast iron skillet or a 9 x 13 pan, but there are times I LOVE to toss together this wonderful version in my slowcooker and go about my afternoon and come back to such a wonderful treat ready to go it is hard to keep your family away from the pot!

The crisp on top, is a bit softer of course in this version from being in the slow cooker, but is so filling and scrumptious, you could pretty much talk yourself into eating this for breakfast!


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Bob's Red Mill: Has a full line of flours, whole grains, cereals & more!  Their name is equal to quality and you can find them in your local stores as well as online! They provided me with flour and brown sugar to help create recipes for #appleweek.

Flahavan's Irish Oats:  This classic tried and trusted brand of oats is truly one of my favorite things in life! We live almost daily on their steel cut oats! Today I'm using their rolled oats for the topping on this ahmazing crisp!

Chocoley; Quality chocolates , caramels and baking supplies. I was tortured on which of their delicious products to feature! their great baking and dipping chocolates that are WAY better quality than the "bricks' at the store??? oh my goodness amazing! OR their creamy, dreamy caramel??
I knew their caramel was the perfect fit with my apple crisp recipe. if you make holiday candies , cookies or baking of any kind, head on over and check them out! Ok.. I may have gone overboard with their 5 lb. brick of caramel.. but I have a feeling with their candy bar molds, I will be creating all sorts of fun gifts for the holidays!

Taylor and Colledge : Quality Vanilla and Organic Extracts are their specialty! They sent me THE best Vanilla Bean paste I"ve ever used!(NO kidding!.. my honest opinion!) to use in recipe developement for Appleweek. Let me just say this is no ordinary Vanilla!









Yield: 6-8

Crockpot Caramel Apple Crisp

Crockpot Caramel Apple Crisp just pulls together everything you'll love about autumn! sweet spiced apples , caramel and a crispy oat topping slowly simmering away in the ease of a slow cooker, filling your homes with the scents and flavors of fall!

ingredients:

Apple Mixture
  • 12 oz. of caramel candy chopped
  • 10 apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
Crumb Topping
  • 1 cup oats 
  • 1/2 cup cubed  butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

instructions:

How to cook Crockpot Caramel Apple Crisp

  1. Spray crock pot with non stick cooking spray and set aside.  If using a disposable crock pot liner, spray the liner with non stick spray also. 
  2. Chop caramel into small pieces with sharp knife, set aside.
  3.  Mix sliced apples, cinnamon, cloves, and flour in slow cooker., gently stir in caramels also.
  4. In a small bowl, add the topping ingredients; butter, brown sugar, flour, and oatmeal and cut with either a pastry blender or 2 knives until you have a crumbly texture. 
  5.  Spread crumble topping evenly over the apple mixture in the crock pot.
  6. cover with lid, and cook on high for 2hours  or low for 4 hours. 
  7. When done, spoon out into bowls and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.

NOTES:

Feel free to reduce the sugar or caramel in this recipe if you would like to make it a bit less sweet. Leave the flour amount the same to absorb the juices and create a nice caramel sauce, but play around with the brown sugar and or the caramel if you'd like!
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9/15/19

#Appleweek 2019 Welcome and Giveaway

Today we are kicking off the 2019 edition of #AppleWeek today to celebrate the produce darling of the season! Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla arranged this incredible event for you and wrangled a group of bloggers to celebrate all things apple. Apples, apples, and more apples!






And Camilla, the event host, also lined up some amazing prize packages from our sponsors. Keep reading to see what you can win and enter the rafflecopter below.



Prize Pack #1 from Envy Apples
 
A $50 Pre-Paid Visa Gift Card and a shipment of Envy Apples! It’s hard to put into words what makes Envy™ so remarkable, but since it was introduced, Envy™ has emerged as the quintessential apple: beautiful skin, sweet flavor, and bright flesh that remains white even after being cut. Envy™ was born in New Zealand using natural plant-breeding methods, crossing a Braeburn with a Royal Gala apple. After that, a handpicked team of talented growers, planted trees in regions perfect for growing Envy, such as New Zealand, Washington state, and Chile where they benefit from long, sun-kissed days and crisp, cool evenings. For more information visit their website.



Prize Pack #2 from Torani

A six-pack of the brand new Puremade Torani syrups! You'll get six 750mL glass bottles. This brand new line was Torani's answer to consumers' quest for more natural, simpler products. People wanted label transparency and simple ingredients, but still wanted amazing flavor. So, Torani Puremade Syrups were born. Puremade is crafted with the purest ingredients; what you see is exactly what you get...with no artificial flavors or colors. They are the
perfect balance of flavor to sweetness. For more information visit their website.



Prize Pack #3 from Chocoley 
Gourmet Chocolate & Caramel Apple Kit! One of Chocoley's founding principles was that every single item they sell has to be high quality or they won’t carry it. Period. Almost a decade later, from chocolate to molds, and from caramel to dipping tools, they still live by that rule. Their Gourmet Chocolate & Caramel Apple Kit has everything you need to make and decorate two to three dozen luscious caramel and chocolate-covered apples. This all-inclusive
caramel apple kit comes complete with:
5 lb. Brick Chocoley Gourmet
Caramel;
5 lb. Chocoley Bada Bing Bada
Boom Candy & Molding Gourmet Compound Chocolate;
35 Caramel Apple Sticks; 35 Jumbo Cello Caramel Apple
Bags;
6 Heavy Weight Dipping Sheets; and more! For more information visit their website.

Prize Pack #4 from Bob's Red Mill
An assortment of five Bob's Red Mill baking products, including Organic Unbleached White All Purpose Flour, Hazelnut Flour, Almond Flour, Cane Sugar, and Brown Sugar. Bob's Red Mill built their business on three princiles: trust, honesty, and integrity. Their packaging is evidence of this commitment - clear bags that let you see the quality of every single one of their products. By producing the very best in whole grain foods, they are able to fulfill their commitment to help look after more and more people through better nutrition. For more information visit their website.



Prize Pack #5 from The Republic of Tea
Two canisters of their Hot Apple Cider Tea! Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a revolution with a mission to see the worthiest tea leaves in the cups of people around the world. They aim to emphasize a sip by sip rather than a gulp by gulp lifestyle. Additionally, their award-winning packaging includes teas and herbs in specially designed air-tight, light-resistant tins containing either full-leaf teas and herbs or our signature round, unbleached tea bags, free of unnecessary envelopes, strings, tags or staples. For more information visit their website.


Prize Pack #6 from Taylor & Colledge
Three gourmet extract pastes! In 1897, Taylor & Colledge won its first award for excellence in vanilla. Since then, the Taylor & Colledge commitment for unrivaled quality has earned its reputation as one of the world’s finest producers of vanilla by delivering consistent, authentic flavor in all of their products. Their products can be used in two very different ways in your baking: as the fragrant, featured ingredient in your baking, or as a supporting sidekick. Regardless, you can be assured of pure, rich, full-flavored ingredients in your baking every time. Read more about their pastes here.



Prize Pack #7 from Nairn's
An assortment of products and a branded reusable tote bag! Nairn's knows a thing or two about oats - they’ve been baking with them since 1896 when John and Sarah Nairn first opened their bakery in Strathaven, Lanarkshire. The company's aim is the same now as it has always been: to make tasty, wholesome food that is as simple and natural as possible using the best ingredients we can. For more information visit their website. 




Prize Pack #8 from Flahavan's

 


Three packages of oats, a branded mason jar for overnight oats, and a headband! Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal is sustainably grown and milled in Waterford County, Ireland by the Flahavan's family...and has been since 1785. The first family connection to the Flahavan’s name can be traced back to about 1785 when Thomas Dunn took over the mill. Dunn was the great-great-great-grandfather of John Flahavan who is the Managing Director of the company today. They have sourced the finest oats from the same Irish farming families for generations. The oats are milled in small batches and minimally processed according to an over two centuries' old milling tradition and double kilned. They are non-GMO and naturally gluten-free. For more information visit their website.





Prize Pack #9 from Zyliss
A knife and an apple corer! Since 1951, Zyliss has been creating kitchen tools and
gadgets to meet the growing need of cooks and consumers across the globe. Behind every Zyliss kitchen tool is belief is that all Zyliss products should not only do a brilliant job, simply and efficiently, but also make customers smile every time they use them. With over 60 years' experience in designing quality food preparation tools and gadgets, it is easy to see why Zyliss has become an internationally recognized brand that is respected by everyday cooks as well as gourmet chefs. For more information visit their website.



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Thank you AppleWeek Sponsors:  Envy Apples, Bob’s Red Mill, Republic of Tea, Flahavan’s Irish Oats, Nairn’s, Taylor & College, Zyliss, Chocoley, and Torani  for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for AppleWeek  recipes. All opinions are my own. The AppleWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Nine (9) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The AppleWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the AppleWeek posts or entry.

8/19/19

Hearty Beef and Potato Soup


Beef and potato soup

This Hearty Beef and Potato Soup is a perfect to meal to make from Sunday leftover Pot roast and baked potatoes and the left over gravy too! It is a wonderfully chunky and comforting soup that is easy to pull together in a short amount of time!

Today (August 19) is National Potato Day! to celebrate I am sharing this hearty soup that marries the best of comfort, pot roast and potatoes!

We all envision soups taking all afternoon to simmer on the stove, but this soup is easy to pull together, yet has that slow cooked taste! By using the leftovers from your Sunday pot roast meal, you can turn it all into a wonderful soup, that everyone will enjoy!

I love repurposing meals for a second day and finding ways to do it where the family doesn't feel like they are totally re=eating the same meal all over again. By creating this Beef and Potato soup I can easily freeze it for a meal down the road, turn it into lunches for work, or a light dinner with biscuits or grilled sandwiches or salad.

Shall we get to cooking?




Hearty Beef and Potato Soup

Yield: 4
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 20 M
A delicious heart warming soup that tastes slow simmered but is quick to make with leftovers from your Sunday Dinner.

ingredients:

  • 3 cups total Beef Broth and left over gravy
  • 1 1/2 cups Diced beef pot roast
  • 1 1/2 cups Diced cooked Potatoes or 1 (15 oz) can drained
  • 1 1/2 cups Diced cooked carrots or 1 (15 oz) can drained
  • 3/4 cup elbow macaroni cooked tender

instructions:

How to cook Hearty Beef and Potato Soup

  1. Cook macaroni in microwave safe bowl in 2 cups water for 8-10 minutes till al dente. Drain excess water.In 2 qt saucepan over medium heat, pour broth and /or any gravy. heat and stir to blend. Stir in Potatoes, and Carrots. Gently fold in Roast Beef chunks and cooked macaroni. Heat till boiling. Remove from heat and serve.
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