Nothing quite says like fall like a nice, crisp apple. This chilly weather got me thinking just exactly how to put a spin on the season’s hottest fruit. I came across this recipe for Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars, and there was no turning back. Plus, it is Paula Deen’s creation, which means you’re in for a treat…a real, buttery treat. Nonetheless, everything Mrs.Deen makes is truly worth the extra 48374375987 hours on the treadmill!
It was a quiet, rather chilly fall day, and I was in the mood to bake something indulgent. I started thinking and realized that there is nothing quite like a hot, gooey cinnamon bun straight out of the oven. Baking these can seem quite intimidating because of their complex shape and pure deliciousness, however, they are actually quite simple. Check out the pictures and recipe below to find out how you too can make this wonderful treat.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
I love avocado. I love mac and cheese. However, I have never thought of merging the two. While I was casually browsing recipes online, I became almost shocked when I saw one for Avocado Mac and Cheese. Such a simple combination sounds quite unique and intriguing as well. I immediately knew this would top my “to-cook” list. I got right to it that night and decided to play “housewife” and have it waiting for Jonty when he got home from work.
I will start off by showing some step-by-step photos, followed by the recipe (which I made a few changes to) below.
Combine butter, and milk in sauce pan, bring to a boil.
Just like pesto makes any savoury dish a thousand times more delicious, so does caramel in the dessert world. I absolutely love caramel anything, especially caramel apples. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has perfected these, but I figured I would take this task to the kitchen. There is always the easy, boring way of melting those caramel squares and dipping apples into them, or there is the more time consuming, yet rewarding way of making caramel from scratch. I chose the latter.
The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour in total, but it is totally worth it. After combining all of the ingredients, you must watch and stir it consistently (see recipe below). When all is said and done, I was left with buttery, creamy, sweet, sticky goodness, in which I dunked Granny Smith apples into. Since I also have a love affair with oreos, I crushed some up and rolled the apples in them, along with skor bits. These caramel apples were literally just as good or better than Rocky Mountain if I do say so myself! They were also a huge hit with my friends and family!
Here are some pictures of the process, followed by the recipe.
Jonty is constantly spoiling me on a regular basis, so it was now his turn. This past Saturday Jonty celebrated his birthday. Since we love anything involving food and eating, I knew what his birthday festivities would be based on. I love making people feel special and doing thoughtful things for them, especially for Jonty, and especially on his birthday, so I started off by preparing him a little surprise brunch for the two of us. It included bagels, cream cheese, tuna, and a couple of his favourite treats including cocktail wieners and tiramisu, with a candle of course! I also had a couple of candy bowls with some of his favourite candies.
Years ago my brother perfected a risotto recipe. Not too long after, my mom decided to attempt it. I had never even thought about cooking risotto, as it was something I viewed as timely, difficult and reserved as my mom and/or brother’s specialty. However, all that changed after Jonty’s risotto craving for the past little while.
As dinner time approached, we debated the popular questions of “what’s for dinner?” “Should we cook or go out?” Yes, going out can be the easier and tastier option, but Jonty and I like to think that our homemade meals are just as delicious, and usually even better than a restaurant! Jonty’s automatic suggestion was that we make risotto. Although my mom and brother’s recipes are mouthwatering, I decided to try out a different one, by one of my favourite chefs, Giada De Laurentiis.
Mushroom risotto is a pretty popular choice, and Giada’s recipe looked absolutely to die for! We did make some changes to the recipe, which I will describe below.