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I got the original idea for this recipe from watching the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. Her tart looked delicious, but mine is wayyy better. The simple addition of blueberries and some minor changes to the glaze make my version the Abrams Apple Tart… and it is mighty fine.
If any of you watch the Cooking Channel then you know Kelsey Nixon, host of Kelsey’s Essential’s. This bubbly blonde was a competitor in the fourth season of the Food Network’s Next Food Network Star competition (my favorite competitor from that season), has a degree in broadcast journalism, and received her French culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu – Hollywood, and the French Culinary Institute of NYC. She’s worked with some big names in the world of cooking, like Martha Stewart and Sandra Lee. You can follow her cooking at http://www.kelseynixon.com, on facebook, and on twitter @kelseynixon.
My sister and I are super tight. We get along really well, and agree on most things. Except one. OK theres probably more than one but this is the relevant one right now. She likes to buy some foods ready made and frozen from her butcher, and I like to slave away in the kitchen doing it myself. I was able to convince her to let me make stuffed grape leaves and stuffed onions on passover. Obviously, they were better than her butchers. And they were 1/2 the cost, 2x the work. But I’m ok with that… sometimes. When it comes to ironing, we can send that out. She also buys these mini Lahmajoun, which are these little 3 inch pizza type things, with dough, and ground meat in a sweet and sour sauce with a few pine nuts sprinkled on top. According to Wikipedia, the best source of all information ever, Lahmajoun literally means “meat with dough.” They are scrumptious. I compete with her children for these things; its like a race to eat as many Lahmajoun as you can before anyone else gets them. And obviously since im older, taller, and just overall bigger, clearly I have to restrain myself and let the kiddies enjoy their food. But its sooo hard!!! Anywayz, back to my original point. I decided to make my own version of this delicious treat by mimicking the flavors I taste in their food but making it my own. Cuz I’m just. that. good. yup.
This sexy entree is perfect for a date night too. Those times when she says you’re not romantic, and he says you’re too dramatic… you can work it out with this alluring delicacy.
Once again, I have one-upped a food network celebrity chef. I’m sittin’ on my couch, minding my own business when Claire Robinson says she’s going to make “toaster strudel” from scratch. I’m like, oooo that sounds good. Until I saw what she did. She defrosted store bought pastry dough, heated up some store bought blueberry jelly, and called it home made. I’m sorry, thats worse than Sandra Lee opening up a can of baked beans, serving it, and calling it her own “semi home made” invention. Puh-leez. My home made pop tarts are made with home made pie crust, home made strawberry jam, and home made icing. YOU control the ingredients, the sugar content, and best of all is that you dont need to waste $$ buying pre-made ingredients at the store. These make a great breakfast treat, especially when combined with my Granola.
Since childhood, this has been my favorite dish. I remember the first time I had it; my grandmother cooked it for me, and it was sweet and savory and caramelized and delicious. Try as I might, I dont think I can ever make it taste like hers. But I’m getting closer each time I make it. This is definitely something you wouldn’t see on the food network, but its amazingly delicious. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
So I go into my kitchen and start getting all my ingredients ready to make my Banana Muffins, cuz they were just so good that I wanted more. Lots more. So I get my banana’s and butter and sugar and I go to get the flour. Wait. Where’s the flour?! WHERES THE FLOUR?!?! Ok so I’m all out of flour. No banana muffins but then, like a ray of golden sunlight, I spy with my little eye something…. chocolatey. Yes, I had found a box of chocolate cake mix. Eureka! And so, Choconana Cupcakes were born. And let me tell you, Semi-Homemade just got SOOO much better. Moist and delicious, 24 of these little cakes just is not enough. Instead of Frosting I served a la mode with a scoop of strawberry ice cream. Its like a banana split
Deliciously baked, not heavy and fried. Fake-out take out right here! Continue reading
was watching food network today and saw Sonny make this on “Cooking for Real.” looked delicious. you could probably use a mix of blackberries and blueberries for some great flavor. and if blackberries arent in season when you make this, i would totally use blackberry preserves.