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Apple Crisp

This is a dessert that always takes me right back to my childhood.  It was my absolute favorite.  My dad loved apples and we always had them in the house, so at least once a week I would ask my mom to make us some apple crisp.  I was ecstatic when I learned to make it myself around the age of 10.  That’s how easy it is.

I like to add twists to most of my recipes, usually.  Updating or tweaking when the mood strikes me, but in this case I kept it basic and simple.  I do not believe something as sacred as apple crisp should be tampered with.  But, if you see fit, add whatever twists or flavors you like to this.  I wont mind…much.  😛

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What you will need:

5 medium baking apples

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons flour

1/4 cup orange juice

pinch of salt

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar (white or brown)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup melted butter

pinch of nutmeg

Method:

  1.  preheat oven to 350 f
  2. Core and slice up the apples.  Peeling them is up to you, I prefer leaving the skins on for added nutrients.  Place them in a bowl with the orange juice.  Generally lemon juice is used to keep the apples from browning, but I was out of lemons, and this worked great.
  3. toss the apples with the cinnamon and flour and a pinch of salt and place in a prepared baking dish.
  4. Mix together the flour, sugar, oats, nutmeg and melted butter until a crumble like texture is reached.  Sprinkle evenly over the apples.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes until the tops is slightly browned and the apples are bubbling underneath.  Let cool slightly before serving.

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This would be great served up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, some whipped cream, or even just a splash of milk.  Its tangy as well as sweet and is the perfect dessert for a cool fall night.  I hope you enjoy 🙂

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*Disclaimer:  This is by no means your traditional Shepard’s Pie.  Because I used leftover pulled pork, I am officially calling this “Farmer’s Pie”.  The thought process being that farmers raise pigs, not cows or lamb which are used in Shepard’s Pie and Cottage Pie.

It’s the last day of the leftover pulled pork from https://pixieinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/perfect-pulled-pork/.

I had been thinking about making a Sheppard’s for a while now.  Lamb is not easy to come by where I live, and there is just not enough flavor for me in ground beef.  Thankfully, I still had some pulled pork laying around in the fridge from Sunday’s dinner.

As I have said this is by no means traditional, but it is scrumptious! Instead of peas for the veg, I made a cremini mushroom and onion gravy, which added a ton of earthy flavor and paired nicely with the bbq flavor in the pork.

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 Get a big pot of water on the stove to boil.  Peel and cut 5 medium sized potatoes.  Boil until cooked through.  Mash with a bit of butter and milk and set aside.

While your potatoes are cooking, slice up the mushrooms and onions and sautee in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  Add in salt and pepper, and a bit of thyme.  When the veg is tender, add a couple tablespoons of flour to the pan and cook for another minute.  Slowly stir in some chicken or beef stock to form a gravy.

Add your meat (whatever you have used), already cooked to a pie plate.  Top with the mushroom gravy.  Spread the mashed potatoes on top.  Bake in a preheated 400 f oven for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are brown and crispy on top.

Serve and enjoy!

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What you will need:

2 cups pulled pork (or any other cooked beef or lamb that you have as leftovers)

5 medium potatoes, peeled

1 large onion

1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms

1 cup chicken (or beef) stock

2 tablespoons of flour

1 teaspoon thyme

2 tablespoons of olive oil

salt and pepper

Deep Dish Pizza

ImageIn honor of National Pizza day, I’ve decided to stray from my oh so loved ultra thin crust pizza and make a meaty deep dish pizza. Something about the idea of baking a pizza in my cast iron skillet excites me.  There is no real recipe here, but I will post my recipe later today for my pizza dough (I need to give actual measurements for that).  Other than that its just pizza sauce, lots of cheese and meat, and any other veggies you like. Me, i’m going with Italian and breakfast sausage, green peppers, mushrooms and green olives, pepperoni. This is not a meal for the health conscious.  Nor is it something I would eat very often, but hey, we all deserve a treat now and then, right?

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All you need to do is make sure your meat is precooked, spread the dough into a 12 inch skillet (oven safe), layer in the toppings (I do 2 layers of cheese, 1 between and one on top) and bake in a 400 f oven on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes.  Voila, meaty goodness!  Let it cool slightly, serve and enjoy 🙂

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I was looking through my fridge and noticed I had some bits of half used veggies, cheese and sausage.  I was also very aware of the fact that I didn’t have a lot of energy to make a big dinner.  What to do?  Frittata!  This is a versatile recipe and you could use whatever you happen to have laying around in your fridge (within reason, of course).  This one takes on an Italian flavor with the addition of fennel seed and oregano.

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*note: you will need an oven safe frying pan for this recipe, but avoid cast iron.  Non stick is best.

Ingredients:

2-3 Italian sausages cooked and cut into bite sized pieces

1/2 bell pepper diced

1/2 small onion diced

1 handful of mushrooms chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

small handful of grated mozzarella cheese (or whatever kind you like)

pinch each of fennel seed, oregano & dried basil

5 large eggs beaten with a couple tablespoons of milk

salt and pepper to taste

 

Preheat oven to 350 f.

Heat a small amount of olive oil in an oven safe frying pan on the stove top over medium heat.

Add the sausage, veggies and spices to the pan and sautee until the veggies are tender.

Pour the egg mixture into the pan and stir gently just until the eggs start to cook.  (do not scramble). Top with the shredded cheese.

Place the pan into the oven and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the eggs do not jiggle when the pan is moved.

Remove and let cool slightly before slicing.

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

Curried Lentils

I was a bit worried that my hubby would turn his nose up at this one.  He’s not too keen on food he is not familiar with.  I served it with some Italian Sausages to appease his meat and potatoes palate.  It was a winner!

Curried Lentils

A yummy comfort food dish for a cool late summer afternoon.

1 Large Onion
1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic
2 pods cardamom (shells removed)
tspn fennel seed
tspn ground coriander
tspn cumin seed
tspn turmeric
2 tblspn curry powder (or more, that part is up to you)
salt and pepper to taste
1 large carrot (optional)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 cup lentils (rinsed)
2 cups veg stock (or water)
1 140z can coconut milk
cinnamon stick
2-3 bay leaves

Pulse the onion, garlic and ginger a few times in the food processor to make a puree. Add a bit of olive oil to your pan and cook the mix over medium heat for a few minutes.
Add the spices and cook for another 30 seconds.
Add the lentils, veg stock (or water) and carrots, turn the heat to med high and simmer for about an hour. (lentils should be al dente)
Add the coconut milk, peas, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and salt and pepper and continue to simmer over medium heat for another 30 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!

Curried Lentils In The Making

I’m working on a curried lentils recipe today, here is what I have on the stove now, about halfway into the process. I will post the recipe when it is all done and any necessary adjustments are made.

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