Cuisine - Desserts, Recipes

Recipe: Apple Galette

A galette is a French-term for a free-form pie or crust. It can be savory or sweet (like this apple version). I had some extra pie crust (the same recipe I used for my first apple pie) in the freezer and a bunch of Granny Smith apples so I wanted to whip something up that was fairly quick and easy.

Apple Galette
I just downloaded the Epicurious app for my iPhone and I stumbled across this recipe – an adaptation of the apple galette from the chic and historic Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif. It takes a simple crust recipe and layers on thin slices of apples, a little bit of apricot and voila! You have a great fall recipe to use up some of those tasty apples.

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Cuisine - American, Places - Massachusetts, Recipes

Thanksgiving Dinner at Eurostoves

Turkey dinner at EurostovesThere’s this really awesome cooking school/kitchenware store in North Beverly called Eurostoves. I recently went for a team-building exercise and our group put together a full turkey dinner for Thanksgiving in October.

We learned lots of tips to take the hassle out of the turkey day dinner – like make-ahead dishes to reduce the stress and just enjoy your wacky family. Recipes from the class included:

  • Turkey Brining and Apple Cider Gravy
  • Apple Celery and Smoked Ham Dressing
  • Mashed Potatoes with Sage and Cheddar
  • Marmalade Cinnamon Cranberry
  • Herbed Butternut Bisque (Almost like a dessert soup!)
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Citrus and Coriander
  • Creamed Mushrooms, Onions and Brussels Sprouts (OMG! This is how you get kids to eat brussel sprouts!!)
  • Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Caramelized Onions
  • Goat Cheese Toasts
  • Potato Broccoli Croquettes (See recipe below)
  • Autumn Trifle

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Cuisine - Desserts, Disney, Disney World, Recipes

DIY: Mickey Mouse Cake Pops

Mickey Mouse Silhouette Cake PopsEditor’s Note: This post is featured on the Disney Blog Carnival #34. Read more great posts about all things Disney!

In honor of one month ’til I’m back at my most favorite place on Earth – Walt Disney World – I decided to make my first batch of cake pops.

Cake pops are little balls of crumbled cake and frosting that are then covered in candy or chocolate coating and decorated with more candy, sugar crystals or sprinkles. These little sugary treats have been popping up all over WDW the past year or so (check out Disney Food Blog’s intro on the cake pop infiltration), and they have also seen a rise in popularity from Bakerella.

The process of making cake pops is very labor intensive. Be sure to do your homework on this project before you start. It helps to know all of the materials you’ll need (styrofoam blocks, paper sticks, candy coating, etc.) in advance so you’re not scrambling for items in the midst of dipping or forming the pops – since the candy coating sets fairly quickly.

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Cuisine - American, Cuisine - Desserts, Foodie Firsts, Recipes

My First Apple Pie

My first apple pieA few weeks ago, I conquered making my first cheesecake – with a few surprise accidents thrown in for good measure. This time, I attempted to make my first pie crusts and apple pie. Not wanting to do this alone since I have a huge fear of messing up pie crusts, I enlisted the assistance of Stacey from “Boston Sweetie Blog.”

We decided to have a baking afternoon last Sunday while the boys watched the Patriots game. So, we tackled the apple pie as well as some ridiculously awesome fall-inspired cupcakes stuffed with cupcakes.

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Cuisine - Desserts, Recipes

My First Cheesecake

Caramel Apple CheesecakeFall is my absolutely, positively favorite time of the year. I love the crispness in the air. Wearing chunky sweaters and corduroy pants. And, the taste of apples.

Red delicious. Granny Smith. Macintosh. I love them all.

I hope to conquer my fear of baking my first apple pie later this fall (with the help of my buddy Stacey from Boston Sweetie), but this week I tackled my first cheesecake recipe – a caramel apple cheesecake with candied pecans from a recipe in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A few weeks ago I purchased my first 9-inch springform pan so I knew I must make this recipe as soon as possible. Continue reading

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