My grandmother is known for both her Crepes and her “Apple Slices.” And I don’t just mean apples cut into slices. It is what she calls her version of apple pie, and maybe it’s because she has such a big family (soon to be 28 of us!).
I’ve got a great little dessert recipe to share with you that is both cute and easy. Trust me, it’s almost impossible to mess this one up.
We served this apple crisp dessert to our Dinner Club guests last weekend. And since we used up every last minute of prep cooking time (before the guests arrived) working on the appetizers and main dishes, I found myself starting from scratch with this dessert at the end of the night. This was after a long day, and, to top it off, it was a dish I’d never even made before.
I usually only serve guests recipes that I know will turn out well, but lately I’ve been more lax in that department for some reason. You just never know when you are going to have a recipe fail! But thankfully I learned it’s hard to screw up apples, butter, sweetener, oats, and nuts all baked together in cute little jar goodness. Clearly the only reason I wanted to serve this dessert in the first place was for an excuse to buy those jars!
The rest of our evening was (thankfully) a lot less spontaneous. Here’s what we served:
“Southern Small Plates” Dinner Club Menu
A friend of mine recently asked me if I could make over her Pumpkin Fluff dip recipe. It was a big hit at her book club gathering, but she knew there had to be a better way than using highly processed Cool Whip and vanilla pudding mix (No comment! LOL).
So after a fun afternoon of experimenting, I present to you this real food, organic, and tasty Pumpkin Fluff Dessert Dip recipe. All I have to say about this is yum. My kids (okay me too) could not get enough! If only I would have known about this earlier, I would have totally added it to the dessert table at our Halloween party.
What’s not to love about an easy slow cooker soup featuring fall flavors and easy leftovers? This is one of the many soups I like to make and then freeze in individual portions for school (or work!) lunches. And we all know how soups can be even better leftover.
The suggested sage topping is definitely an extra step in this recipe, but oh-so-worth it. And once you get the process of making brown buttered sage leaves down you’ll find they make a great addition to other fall soups and pasta dishes as well! Enjoy :)
I’ve been waiting all year to have fresh red tomatoes in my backyard, but this green tomato relish recipe is SO incredibly delicious that I didn’t even think twice about plucking some off the vines before they could even ripen. I occasionally get obsessed with certain recipes, and my friends – this is one of them! I don’t think it’s a secret that I am also slightly obsessed with the crock-pot refried bean recipe and let me tell you those beans are suddenly reinvented when topped with this relish (in addition to the standard melted cheese and sour cream of course). Not that I haven’t been caught just eating this relish by the spoonful. :) Can you tell I am smitten? Anyway due to all the chopping and simmering this recipe will require several hours of your time from start to finish, which isn’t a common theme with my recipes so I wanted to be sure to point that out. If you aren’t into the “canning” thing you can easily shave off some time by simply freezing the end results. Either way you won’t regret it…yum! Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I was introduced to this recipe at my canning class with Ashley Eller earlier this year. Thank you Ashley!
I hope this will be my first of several posts about how to “can” and preserve fresh foods when they are in season. I am a beginner canner myself, but have always been intrigued by and interested in the whole process. So I recently took a “Canning Class” (led by Ashley Eller at Poplar Ridge Farm) and have also been reading through some other resources including the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. Prior to my class I knew absolutely nothing about canning except that I thought it sounded confusing, complicated, and like something that would take an entire day to do (not true!). From one beginner to another, a few key points: In simple terms, canning food is cooking recipes (which most of us already know how to do) and then “processing” the results by putting them in sterilized canning jars and boiling or pressure “cooking” them for a designated amount of time. It really isn’t as complicated as I originally thought. :) It is important to use canning recipes from reliable sources. Especially as a beginner these are not recipes you want to modify or adapt in any way because each ingredient as well as both the length of time and temperature at which the jars are processed can be key components to ensuring food safety. You must use jars that are in fact suitable for “canning” with two-piece metal lids, which does not include old washed out Ragu spaghetti sauce jars. The most widely used brands of jars for canning are Ball and Kerr, and while the jars and bands (that go around the lid) are reusable you must always use brand new lids to properly can foods. Now I know why I see those packs of lids for sale.
I tried to think of a more creative name for this dish, but I guess the title just has to remain as simple as the recipe itself. This side item is the best combination of quick, easy, tasty, inexpensive, and in-season produce (at least here in North Carolina at the moment). I think the sweetness of the potatoes should please most kids…my daughters definitely thought it was a hit. Below is the basic recipe, but if you are a chef who likes to experiment I think it could also be good with a little cinnamon and a touch of honey. Don’t be afraid to get creative with it and enjoy!
It is apple season here in the Carolinas! Making homemade applesauce is somewhat of a special occasion around here since a healthy store-bought alternative (with no sugar added) can easily be found. I am not saying the store-bought stuff is nearly as good as the homemade version…just more convenient of course. Let’s just say that my husband and I do not regularly consume the little store-bought containers of applesauce, but all four of us fight over the last few drops if it is homemade! Plus making it yourself can be a fun activity (especially with kids), and luckily you can freeze the leftovers. It is especially quick and easy to make this dish at home if you have a handy dandy apple slicer that will cut out the core and cut the rest into pieces. You can find these inexpensive tools at most grocery stores (or Target), and they will easily cut your prep time in half. Not to mention they come in handy for just slicing apples for a snack (or even pears too!).