Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Apple Pear Crisp (with a personal health issue on the side)

An apple crisp is a comforting, delicious dessert. It isn't the most photographic thing in the food realm, but trust me that this recipe is a winner.

I've been meaning to mention something personal with you folks, which normally I would keep private, but in this case it affects the blog directly. A few months back I found out that I have a degenerative eye disease, keratoconus

I am newly into my thirties and dealing with a lot of vision problems which is frustrating for every day life and also for the blog. When I take photographs and am trying to take a picture that is in focus, my eye situation makes it extremely hard. As I am editing photographs on my computer, even having zoomed in and putting my face up to the monitor, it is extremely hard to tell what is or isn't in focus. 

In the winter I am planning on having eye surgery (fingers crossed that I am a good candidate), so hopefully down the road it is less of an issue. For the time being, my apologies if the photographs aren't as perfect or sharp as I would like. I am trying my best for you guys and I appreciate you hanging in there.

With that out of the way, bake up a dish of pure fall goodness. Spicy, soft pears and apples with a crisp oatmeal topping. I prefer it plain so the flavor of the pears really comes through, but feel free to garnish with lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sharp White Cheddar No Knead Bread

Oh my goodness. This sharp white cheddar bread is so simple to make and tastes amazing. I've made a few no knead breads on the blog before. I have my go to No Knead Artisan Bread, a Chocolate and Orange No Knead Bread and even a No Knead Pizza Bread. The blog was due for an addition and this is a truly delicious addition indeed.

I came across this recipe at the food blog, Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice. As I was searching my archives, I realized I've actually posted two adapted recipes that came from Reeni at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice. The Mexican Street Corn and Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad, respectively. Reeni has a huge resource of recipes at her blog, be sure to pop over and find stuff to try. Many thanks to CS&EN for the recipe. Enjoy!

The crust has a really great cheddar flavor to it, so swipe those end pieces. add a bit of butter and enjoy them all to yourself.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Banana Slush Punch

After getting a bit burnt out on the standard cranberry juice and pineapple punches, I tried this recipe for Banana Slush Punch. It was simply fantastic. The original recipe makes a LOT so I cut this in half. Many thanks to Macaroni & Cheesecake for this recipe.

Plan ahead as it needs to freeze overnight. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

BBQ Meatballs

I have come to realize that a lot of foods that require equal sized portions (muffins, meatballs, cookies) are made so much easier with the help of a scooper. I now have scoops in three sizes, an extra small scoop, a slightly bigger cookie scoop and a medium scoop which is the perfect size for muffins and these large meatballs. Everybody go out and buy a few scoops, I think you will love them.

Onto the meatballs. I loved these and they made the kitchen smell delicious. The sauce in particular is very tasty. I overcooked mine just by a few minutes as I wasn't sure how long they'd take being on the large size. Please note that the cooking time is listed for large meatballs. If you make small to medium sized portions with this recipe, cut down the cooking time as recommended below. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Carrots in the Microwave

Keep the oven turned off and pop these sweet cinnamon carrots in the microwave. They turned out tender and delicious. I wasn't sure how I'd like them prepared in the microwave but they were fantastic. In fact I think I preferred them to roasting in the oven. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Blackberry Crumb Pie

I recently picked up a sweet little cookbook, "You Be Sweet" by Patsy Caldwell and Amy Wilson. I knew beforehand that the first recipe I was going to make was the Blackberry Crumb Pie featured on the front of the cookbook. It had been mentioned in many reviews of the cookbook as the best recipe in the bunch, so of course I had to try it.

Another recipe I'd love to try from this cookbook is a Pear Pie with Cheddar Cheese Pastry. Doesn't that sound great?

I did goof on not letting the pie brown on top, which was probably due to the fact that I took it out of the oven at 50 minutes instead of 55. Serve this with freshly whipped cream or ice cream. I prefer the cream just barely sweetened as the pie is very sweet on it's own.