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Drunk Date with Brie

I love the sweetness of the dates with the bitter brie.  These were a bit of an experiment, however much loved last night.


5 organic medjool dates
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp Grand Marnier
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 wedge of brie
wheat entertaining crackers

Directions:

Remove and chop dates. Place in a small skillet with butter, Grand Marnier, and nutmeg.  Over low heat, stir until butter is absorbed.  Place lid on skillet and leave for 3 to 5 minutes, until dates are softened.

Slice brie and place on crackers, top with some of the warm drunken dates. Serve.











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Carmel Apple Cookies

The Carmel Apple Cake was such a huge hit.  The girls at school were asking for it.  However with sauce it does not travel as easy as say a cookie so here is my answer.   Cookies are so easy for travel and I am excited to take them to volleyball tonight.
Ingredients for cake 1 and 3/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 very large organic apple, peeled, cored and chopped into small cubes 2 large eggs 3/4 cup sugar 3 tbsp Frangelico  1 tsp vanilla 6 tbs  butter, melted  12 chewy carmel candies Directions
Sift four baking powder and salt.  Melt butter and mix in to flour with a whisk until crumbly.  
Mix eggs, sugar, frangelico, and vanilla until creamed.  slowly add mixture to flour mixture whisking all the time.  Continue mixing until smooth.
Add your chopped apple and fold into the batter.  
I covered my cookie sheet with foil and greased it. Pre-heat oven to 350.


Now comes the tricky part.  This works easiest if you use two of your silverware spoons.  I used one of …

Crab Cake Stuffed Avocado

I love crab cakes and avocados.  I wanted to incorporate both in a lighter version this is what I came up with. They turned out great, this will be a great go to for a quick lunch.  Definitely would impress friends if you need to make a couple for a luncheon and serve with a side of baby greens.

Ingredients 1 10 oz can of crab meat 1/4 cup of chopped sweet onions 3 sun-dried tomato halves chopped 3 quarters of marinated artichoke chopped 3 cloves of garlic 3 tbsp organic sour cream 1/2 tsp of lemon juice  dash of cheyenne pepper 1/8 tsp dry mustard 1 tbsp organic butter 1 Avocado  salt to taste




Directions 
Drain crab meat and check for shell pieces.  Put to the side.




In a small saute pan. On med low heat, place butter and onions. Once onions are beginning to turn translucent add sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes.  Let this sauté a few minutes so the ingredients mary a bit. 
While that is cooking mince garlic.  Take one clove of garlic and puree in a small mixer.  
Take your pureed gar…

Carmel Apple Cake

I have been craving apples and have more ideas on the horizon so stay tuned.  This cake exceeded my expectations.  And the carmel sauce got rave reviews.  The cake did not make it more than a few hours and I was thinking of making another.



Ingredients for cake 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp of unbleached all purpose flour 3/4 tsp baking powder 1/8 tsp salt 3 very large organic apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1-inch chunks 2 large eggs 3/4 cup sugar 2 tbsp Frangelico  1 tsp vanilla 6 tbs  butter, melted 
Ingredients for Carmel Sauce
6 tbsp organic butter 1 tsp frangelico 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup organic milk
Directions;  This cake is a couple of steps but it really is worth the extra effort.  Pre-heat oven to 350.
Peel, core and chop apples into cubes.
sift flour, baking powder, and salt.  with a whisk mix in melted butter until crumbly.  
In a separate bowl cream eggs and sugar until slightly frothy.  Add in Frangelico and vanilla.  Mix thoroughly.   Go back to your flour mixure and slowly start adding in you egg a…

Artichoke Bruschetta

I love this appetizer.  My husband and kids love it too.  Easy to set out when entertaining.















The recipe starts with simple ingredients.

1 cup of marinted artichoke hearts drained.
1tbsp capers
4 oz manchego cheese
1 clove garlic
12 pieces of crostini or toasted slices of baguette bread





You have two choices with preparation.  You can had chop or use a food processor.  I used my magic bullet.  It makes for quick clean up.  
First finely mince the garlic.  I like it first so that it gives a more even flavor. Add  in the artichoke hearts these can be roughly chopped.  Last add in the capers.  I like them less chopped so that you get little hits of their salty bite.   Once you have your topping mixed spread out on your crostini.  Use a vegetable peeler to make thin slices of cheese.  Put pieces of cheese on top of each piece of bruschetta.  You should have extra cheese.  I buy a 10 oz package of Manchego and leave extra slices to the side.  My children love this cheese to snack on.  I a…

Simple Green Beans

2 cups frozen Organic Green Beans olive oil spray 2 tsp organic butter salt to taste


Directions:  spray skillet with olive oil and saute green beans when almost tender add butter and salt. When butter is melted and green beans are tossed with butter and salt, serve.



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Little Miss Crumpet

This is my new favorite breakfast.  Super easy.
1 crumpet (store bought) toasted 1 tablespoon part skim riccota 1 teaspoon honey
Directions; toast crumpet spread Ricotta over crumpet drizzel with honey, I don’t know if I really use a teaspoon or less I just drizzle a bit on top.


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