Archive for October, 2010

Taiwanese Chicken Noodles

The fall season in Seattle has been GORGEOUS thus far with lots of Beautiful Fall colors and sunny fall days!  However, this week has been very cold and rainy making warm comforting meals sound really good every single night!  After a rainy drive home from church, we arrived home chilled and hungry!  Not wanting to wait an hour for lunch I needed to make something quick and warm to feed my Chris, my friend, and myself!  I knew just the thing…at least I thought I did.  I had actually never made this dish before…oh well!  I just went ahead with it and hoped for the best…and it turned out pretty good!

I first saw this recipe  for Taiwanese Pork Noodles at Steamy Kitchen and thought I simply had to try it!  I changed a couple things and added a few things to make it my own and the result was a quick (25 minutes from start to finish) and light recipe that was really yummy and great for any cold day when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen!  It is actually EVEN Better the next day warmed up as leftovers!
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Whole Wheat Chive Biscuits with Chicken Sausage Gravy

I have a confession to make. I am not really a Breakfast person!  I don’t love milk, I don’t LOVE scrambled or fried eggs, I don’t really enjoy pancakes, and I could do without oatmeal (though I eat it out of guilt sometimes)!  However, I do LOVE Biscuits and Gravy and could really eat it anytime of day!  Unfortunately, it is not known as the most healthy breakfast on the planet and therefore not made that often, which is for the best probably…UNTIL NOW!!!

Behold….a not so naughty form of Biscuits and Gravy!  I first made this dish when our friends John and Jess were over one night and we were trying to figure out what to have for dinner.  I declared that I felt like biscuits and gravy, and with the help of my friend Jess…30 minutes later we were feasting on breakfast for dinner with NO objections!

There are three things I do to make this dish a little healthier!  I use Chicken Sausage which has way less fat than its oinking counterpart.  I use whole wheat in my biscuits, and 1% milk in my gravy!  All three of these small changes makes for a big difference in calories while not really effecting the delicious flavor of my final dish!  I hope you will try this recipe and let me know what you think!
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Gooey Gourmet Caramel Apples!


The last installment of my Caramel Apple Series is here!  I know that making Caramel Apples at home is nothing super new or original, but it is really fun and really yummy, and if you have never done it…YOU SHOULD!  The finished products are great for entertaining, sharing, or giving as gifts!

My family lives in Cashmere, WA near Leavenworth, WA.  Growing up, when guests would come to visit us, we would take them to Leavenworth (a quaint Bavarian Village) to do the whole tourist thing!  Part of that experience for my family was stopping by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and each of us getting a little treat!  Often I would get a small Raspberry Caramel, which is one of my FAVORITE things, but sometimes my parents would splurge and get us each one of their gourmet Caramel Apples!  When I was younger, I always went for the Original apple covered with mini chocolate chips…SO GOOD!  As I got older I branched out and found a new favorite!  It is their Apple Pie Caramel Apple.  It is the original Caramel Apple dipped in white chocolate and then rolled in Cinnamon and Sugar!  Something about this particular flavor combo just DOES It for me!  If you have never tried it…it is something you simply MUST try!  I am not a real big White Chocolate Fan, but for some reason in this case I LOVE it!

This was my first attempt at making the Apple Pie Caramel Apple on my own and I have to say, it turned out JUST like the Rocky Mt. Chocolate Factory Apple…but WAY cheaper!  Ok…mine was not QUITE as pretty as theirs, but it tasted just as good!  I made 4 of this particular apple, and took two of them to my friends, the Mumley’s house as a hostess gift, wrapped up in wax paper, cellophane and a pretty ribbon!   Who wouldn’t be happen to get that?  Lucky for Chris and I, they cut up the apples and we all shared them together…yes that was my plan all along!  haha
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Caramel Apple Pie with Streusel Toffee Topping!

When I was in 8th Grade, I lost the class spelling bee on the world CARAMEL!  After correctly spelling words like mischievous, amateur, and hierarchy, it was down to just me and one other girl.  The class was getting restless as we were late for lunch due to the intense standoff!  My next word was Caramel, and as the class groaned at the simpleness of the word, knowing they were going to be a few more minutes late for lunch…I confidently stated C A R M E L…and class was dismissed!

Now, my bitterness about this sad spelling event  has waned and each time I eat a delicious Caramel Conconction, it wanes a bit more!   This Caramel Apple pie is one of our favorite family Fall pies and it is the second installation of my Caramel Apple Series!  I hope you will enjoy it as much as we have in all of its Caramelly Appley gooeyness!

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Caramel Apple Ice Cream

Fall is officially upon us and I have decided to spend the first few weeks of October devoting this blog to all things Caramel Apple! The plan is to start with this ice cream, move on to my caramel apple pie, and finish up with some gourmet Caramel Apples (my favorite!)! I hope you will enjoy this little series as much as we already have…haha!

When developing the recipe, I was working to combine two of my very favorite things, Caramel Apples and Ice Cream. I had never heard of Caramel Apple Ice Cream, and thought I would give it a try. The result was a delicious ice cream that tasted like fall and caramel, and apples, and apple pie and just really good! It is a unique ice cream for sure, but I have a feeling it will become a “Welcome to Fall” traditional food in our house as it really turned out quite yummy! I hope you will enjoy it too and will come back and let me know if you try it!

My family presses fresh apple cider each fall and even though we live in Seattle, they always manage to get a gallon or two of the fresh fall nectar out to me and my husband and we are always very very grateful! I used this fresh cider as part of the ice cream base, but if you don’t have fresh cider, I am sure some store bought would work just fine.

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