Monday, November 22, 2010

The perfect 'impressive' apple, blackberry thanksgiving pie!

I love making this pie, its beautiful, seemingly simple and tastes amazing to boot! Impress family and friends with this easy delicious crowd pleaser!
                                                                      Easy as 1,2,3

leaf option
cute cutters available at williams•sonoma

What you will need:
Preheat the oven to 400ยบ
1.1/4 cup granulated sugar
2. 2 tbsn corn starch
3.1/2 tspn ground cinnamon
4.1/4 tspn salt
5. 2 1/2 lbs of peeled and sliced apples (i prefer green)
6.10 ounces of frozen blackberries
7.1/2 stick butter cut into cubes
8. un-cooked pie crust dough from any grocery store to make it easier, (if not i will post an entry on how to make the perfect pie crust)

Mix all dry ingredients in bowl and apples stir until dry mixture becomes almost wet. put the pre made crust in the pie pan and dump in the apples. Distribute butter throughout mixture.  I have done the basket weave and I have also done the leave topper both are quick and very festive! Dust the top with egg and sanding sugar. Put in oven and cook until apples are tender!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

down home green beans

I have avoided blogging for some long, simply because everyones doing it! But I love food, nothing brings me greater joy than blessing someone with a home cooked meal or treat. So why not share that with others! I love to let people know that cooking can be so fun, for me its like a creative outlet. I love that mistakes cant be made in preparing a good meal but they don't matter! There are endless techniques and I am still learning but love to experiment new things. Here are recipes that I'v made and people love! Ladies (and gentlemen) cooking is fun!
    So I decided to start with a creation I made last night that was a huge hit! With every bite my family took they kept groaning with joy saying man I will actually crave these! I thought they were pretty great and easy too! enjoy! P.S i would even make these on thanksgiving!

What you will need:
Green beans
1/2 tbs salt
few grinds of fresh pepper
stick of butter
dash of white wine
half a lemon
1 tsp of chili flakes
can of fire roasted tomatoes

1. Start off by cutting ends of green beans and boil in water till slightly tender
2. melt a stick of butter in a large sautee pan, add green beans
3. Add, salt, pepper and chili flakes, let them sit for a few minutes while soaking up the flavors
4. Add can of tomatoes, white wine, and squirt on the lemon.
5. leave them to cook for quite a while on a low heat with a lid, this will allow the flavors to really infuse.
6.upon serving pour the juices and tomato chunks on the beans
this picture is bad quality and does not do justice because it was taken with my phone, upcoming pictures will be much better!