Apple Pie Bites

Apple Pie Bites

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I am taking baby steps toward making a real apple pie… one apple slice at a time.  These went over really well at Thanksgiving Dinner and I would definitely make them again.  They also reheated well in the microwave for about a minute so that I could serve them warm with ice cream.

Recipe slightly adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 package refrigerated pie crust (has 2)
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter, divided
  • 2 medium tart apples, each cut into 8 wedges
  • Utensils – Cookie sheet, parchment paper, pastry brush, rolling pin, pizza wheel cutter

Directions

  1. Take the pie crust out of the refrigerator to warm up.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, unroll the pastry.  You may need to flatten a little with the rolling pin.
  5. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  6. Using the pizza cutter or a knife, cut each sheet into 8 one inch strips, about 8 in. long.
  7. Wrap one strip around each apple wedge, placing sugared side of pastry against apple.
  8. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  9. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.  Serve warm or reheat in the microwave. Makes 16.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin PieI was tasked to bring dessert to Thanksgiving.  I searched high and low on Pinterest for some good ideas and decided to make untraditional versions of traditional flavors.  I was pretty set on making a Pumpkin Parfait Trifle dessert like this or this, but then realized, who am I kidding?  A pie actually seems easier.  Why easier?  I already had most of the ingredients and I always prefer ingredients like cream cheese and half and half to Cool Whip.

When in doubt on finding a good recipe of a traditional item… seek Paula Deen.  Let’s face it, that woman knows what she is doing.  In the end, this pie was pretty easy to make once you get past the business with the crust.  If that seems overwhelming, then you could always buy a pre-made crust. Continue reading

Roasted Split Breast Chicken with Quinoa

This is an easy, healthy and affordable meal option.  Split chicken breast (bone-in) is frequently on sale at Whole Foods and quinoa is an excellent source of fiber and is also considered a ‘complete protein’ meaning that it provides all nine essential amino acids. Both of these recipes are very simple.  The most delicious part of the chicken is the skin; however if you don’t eat the skin, the white meat cooks up very moist and juicy.  (In the future, I hope to rub the spices under the skin in an attempt to flavor the meat for the non-skin eaters.)  This was my first time cooking quinoa and I did not have any problems.

Roasted Split Breast Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 split breast chicken (bone-in)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional – spicy) Continue reading

Thanks Reebok!

Check received on August 11th for $43.72!  It was this week last year that I reported that I would be getting a new butt courtesy of Reebok Runtones, tennis shoes that increase glute usage through “micro instability.”  Did I ever really think that my entire body would change because of a pair of shoes?  No.  But, I thought that maybe the rocky bottoms would increase some micro muscle movement below the calves.  Failing that, they are a good, comfortable pair of shoes that I enjoy wearing.   Since I have had these shoes for over a year, I can sum up my review as follows:

To begin with, these shoes are really comfortable; however I only wear them for running errands, shopping, etc, not distance running.  I have been fitted for running shoes recently and was directed toward a pair to correct overpronation.  As it turns out, the Reebok Runtones feel comfortable to me because they also correct my overpronation.

That being said, my second main point is that I trip in these shoes a lot.  The micro-instability air pods get caught at random times on uneven surfaces.  Sometimes my missteps are minor, such as some random skid-stops on carpet, but other times I trip pretty badly.  One time I was walking to my mailbox and as I stepped where the driveway meets the sidewalk, I found myself launched up and into a forward somersault.  By all estimations, I should have landed on my face, but I came down hard on a hand and shoulder and avoided a head/face collision altogether.  I immediately jumped back up since I was so surprised and confused by the fall.  I quickly looked around as if someone was playing a joke on me.  If my neighbors had surveillance cameras, I want a slo-mo review of the event immediately.

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Pinned and Served: Appetizers

 I pin, I make, I eat.

lox on chips

I will admit that I am an overly ambitious Pinner, who isn’t?.  Clicking one pic at a time, I am forming a pretend Erin dreamworld – a world where I am Martha Stewart, which happens to be my ambition since I was little, not a recent conformity to the millennial craze of today’s woman feeling constant pressure to be this amazing, perfectionistic cooking and crafting idea-machine.  So, even though I have over 1300 pins of numerous things that I will never own, wear, or do, I have successfully found and served a good number of recipes, especially recipes for entertaining.  This post provides a sampling of a few tested and approved appetizers that I have served up recently.  The original links are here:  Bacon Filled Medjool DatesSmoked Salmon with Black Pepper Potato Chips and Lemon Crème Fraîche, and Apple, Blue Cheese & Hazelnut Salad on Endive Leaves; however if you read below, you will find out how I made these recipes and any relevant tips.

bacon filled medjool date

Bacon Filled Medjool Dates Continue reading

2012 Q2 Report

Q2:  Horses, Guns, and Golf 

Erin @ FarmHow have I lived my entire life in the greater Hunt Valley area without trying horses, guns and golf?!  Since I have been wanting to do these adventures for years, they were high priority items included in the creation of my 2012 list.  I am delighted to report that over the last three months, I was able to make some pretty prominent strike-throughs on my list.  Remember, what get’s measured, get’s done.

Horseback Riding:  I invited myself along on a friend’s last minute horseback riding adventure.  She had found a local riding stable, Misty Manor, who offer guided group tours in one-hour increments.  We paid $25/hour to bump along a scenic mostly wooded state park trail.  I was a little nervous until I realized that my horse knew the way and I did not have to do anything except occasionally end his snack breaks.  The place seems a little disorganized to work with, although I would return and I would recommend the place to others who want to try horseback riding or return after a number of years out of the saddle. Continue reading

Go: Finger Lakes Wine Country

Part One:  I heart Skaneateles!

 

wine barrels

As I write, I am sipping on a Noiret wine, a red that boasts a delicious pepper and berry flavor.  The pepper flavor comes from the Noiret grape, a hybrid grape that was developed by Cornell University and released in 2006.  If I had known that I could have designed wine grapes at college, my life would be completely different.    red wine

I fell in love with Noiret wine on my first Finger Lakes trip in 2010.  That year, we brought home a few bottles of Anyela’s 2008 Noiret and soon after the bottles were empty we started craving that peppery flavor.  Because you cannot buy most of the Finger Lakes wine varieties in our area, I debated making an impulsive day trip and I also debated having a case shipped to family friend in a wine-friendly state, but I ultimately waited until we made the trip this past weekend.  Anyela’s Vineyards was first on our itinerary and we immediately requested the Noiret.  We were served the 2010 Noiret, which was a little more citrusy than the 2008 vintage and unfortunately, not quite as delicious.  We engaged in a long dialogue during our tasting and found out that the 2010 was not regarded to be as tasty as the 2008, but they are hopeful about the 2011.  It all has to do with weather and we all know how “normal” that has been lately.

Anyela's Tasting Room

Anyela's Tasting Room

Before we left Anyela’s Vineyards, I asked our tasting host about which wineries he would recommend.  Anyela is one of the few wineries on Skaneateles Lake; however the other lakes, especially the Seneca Lake, have in excess of 30 wineries to explore.  Since it would be quite a challenge to stop at every winery, I would rather take the advice of a local expert to point out the places that are not to miss.  In the following, I will reveal my experiences, tips and suggestions.  I hope that you can make the trip soon! Continue reading