Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Apple Treats

I hope you like apples because if you don’t you might as well just go to the next blog you follow. I love apples and was so excited when I saw that apples were at the locally grown market. I picked them up and couldn’t stop thinking about what I could do with them all. They gave me so many! I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat them all and need to make something with them.

 

I’m not a big apple pie fan. In fact I’m not really a pie fan at all unless it’s chocolate. Kyle was talking about these strudels that he used to eat in Germany. He told me it had apples, raisins, and cinnamon and butter in them. I thought I could do something like that and make it a little healthier.

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So… I attempted it.

It was a spur of the moment thing so I went and picked up some pastry sheets already made up.

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I pulled out the ingredients. I used plain greek yogurt, raisin's, pure cane sugar, apples and cinnamon.

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I cut up about 4 apples and mixed in two heaping table spoons of yogurt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of sugar.

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Mix up an egg to use to seal the pastries then fill em up.

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Place your pastries on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

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Bake and enjoy!

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They were so warm and yummy right out of the oven.

 

Apple Raisin Treats

4 small apples

2 Heaping Tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt

1/3 Cup Raisins

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon pure cane sugar

1 Pastry dough

1 Egg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out 1 sheet of pastry and cut into rectangles.

2. Mix together first 5 ingredients.

3. Fill up your pastries with filling. Use egg to shut sides.

4. Place on greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top.

5. Bake for 13 min or until slightly golden brown.

 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. I still have apples left over!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Little Rock Locally Grown

Hello all! I’m sorry it’s been a little while since I’ve posted. To be honest, I haven't really been cooking much. It’s a little difficult to chop and cook with a broken finger. The good news is, I got a good report from the doc! The bone is healed and now the hard part, I have to start moving it. I hope it doesn’t take too long. I need my finger back!

 

On another note I have a great new post to share with you today. As most of you all know I love my veggies from the locally grown market. Well, today I have documented every step for you so you can see how fun it is! The Little Rock Locally Grown market makes it easy to pick up your local fruit, veggies, bread, eggs, meat and much more weekly. You order online the week before and the farmers pick it and bring it to the Christ Episcopal Church every Saturday morning. How cool is that! You know without a doubt that you are getting the freshest produce you can possibly get. And everything is grown right here in the wonderful state of Arkansas.

So to take you through the process I had Kyle  take pictures of the experience. I want to thank everyone at the market who was willing to have their picture taken and be a part of this!

 

To start the day, Kyle and I stopped by The Root Café to get a little breakfast. We had a wonderful grits and ham breakfast casserole. It was sooo good. I really want to try and recreate this recipe!

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Then we headed downtown a few blocks to the Christ Episcopal Church to pick up my food. First, you find your order form on the table at the front.

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Next, head down the hallway and into the banquet room where you will find a table full of produce.  Give your form to the wonderful volunteer who will then find the items that you have ordered.

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Then head into the kitchen to  pick up your meat where it is  kept frozen for you. I got some ground sausage this week that may end up on a homemade pizza!

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Sometimes  they have  left over items, such as eggs or squash, that you can add to your order if you want to; I ended up adding some eggs to my mine.

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The final step is to check out. This wonderful lady  is here every Saturday morning to take your money with a smile.

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And there you have it, fun and easy! I hope you all  have a wonderful Saturday!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Canning With Friends

Growing up my mom would always can tomatoes and have them in the pantry anytime she needed them. I never knew how handy it was until I started cooking on my own. Sunday night I had a few friends over to can tomatoes! I had been wanting to learn and my mom was gonna teach us.

 

Canning is a great way to enjoy homegrown foods all year round. I always thought it was a long messy process and I was right! We made a huge mess but had fun learning. I plan to can other things in the future from now on, and why not do it with friends.

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First we boil water in two canners. This took quite awhile!

Then we plopped the tomatoes into the canners. I probably bought about 15 pounds of Arkansas tomatoes. Mom and Lacey also brought a few pounds each as well.

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We let the tomatoes steep in the water until they were cracked. We then fished the tomato out and placed it in cold water.

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We then peeled the skin off the whole tomato

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We had an assembly line going here. After we peeled the skin off we cored and cut it into 4ths.

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We then placed the tomatoes in the jar, sprinkled it with salt and put the lid on.

The jars are then placed into the canner to boil. They stayed in there for about 18min.

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So we waited….

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My face is healing up! Smile

 

The finished product! Look at Ashley’s neat vintage jar.

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I had so much canning with these girls! I can’t wait till out next canning party!

 

I will be using my canned tomatoes this winter to make yummy spaghetti sauce, stews, soups, pasta dishes or whatever I can think of!