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Happy Halloween to all!!!!!!!
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10 ounces vodka
6 ounces apple juice
1/4 cup thyme syrup, recipe follows
1 large apple, peeled
4 fresh thyme sprigs
Fill a shaker with ice. Combine the vodka, apple juice & thyme syrup. Pour over ice & shake for about 10 seconds. Divide between the 4 chilled martini glasses. Use the melon baller to scoop out small balls of apple. Place 3 balls of apple & 1 sprig of thyme in each glass for garnish. Serve immediately.
Thyme Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
5 large sprigs fresh thyme
In a saucepan combine sugar, water, and thyme over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and cool the syrup. Any extra cooled syrup can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
GRILLED APPLES WITH BACON & CHEDDAR
My best friend Tammy, who I am so blessed to have living a couple miles away, told me about these cute little things from Rachel Ray. I told her to make them first & let me know. She brought me some & I LOVED them. The sweetness of the apple with the saltiness of the bacon coupled with the savory cheese is a beautiful wake up call to the tastebuds. You must try these. The kids might love 'em too!
3 large, firm apples, such as gala, cored & sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
Juice of 1 lemon
1 pound bacon
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 bunch scallions, green parts only, chopped
Preheat a grill or grill pan. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the apples & lemon juice.
In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels, then coarsely chop.Grill the apple slices until grill marks form on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip & top each slice with bacon, cheese & scallions. Cover & grill until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
To reheat leftovers, I suggest microwaving for a few seconds just to get the chill out from fridge, then placing under broiler until browned & sizzling.
Next time I may thinly slice cheddar from the cheese blocks sold in the supermarket, just for easier handling.
and drop a sweet line!
So, Happy Birthday Jen,
Let's bring on the wine. CELEBRATE yourself
STAY OFF YOUR BEHIND!!!!!!!!!!!!
Knowing that it would make her so happy, Jen's hubby Jeff wrote to all of Jen's bloggy pals to ask that they send birthday wishes her way in the way of a post. How sweet is that?! Jen, go give your hubby a big smooch! And those pictures above? Jen is a self-professed, accident prone kind of chick.
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Isn't she kind ?!?!
We played with our food,
to last through the year (see you at the holidays)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i LOVE YOU Auntie Lauren, the way you
I think I'll keep her for a while!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was an awesome day, when all's
said & done.
Even Batman & Joker.....
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Baked Crescent Almond Chicken
If your cookie sheet is not big enough for you to assemble the dough just flour your countertop to do it there. Lift carefully with two spatulas to place on cookie sheet before baking. I also had to cover both ends for the last 10 minutes as they were browning more rapidly than the middle. Keep an eye out after 15 minutes. Next time I may try cream of chicken instead of mayo.
Chicken Florentine Bake
4-5 chicken breasts, flattened out, or cutlets
Fresh baby spinach
1 c onions chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
4-8 oz fresh mushrooms
1/2 can cream of chicken or mushroom
Shredded mozzarella or your fav cheese
1/2 c white wine plus a little extra
Pepperidge Farm Herbed Stuffing Mix
Pre-heat over to 375. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a pan. Saute garlic until fragrant. Add onions & cook for a few minutes. Add spinach & cook until wilted. I just love watching the spinach as this happens. Set aside.
Spray baking dish with Pam. Place chicken pieces in dish. Whisk together 1/2 c wine & cream of chicken & spoon over each piece of chicken. Top it with the mushrooms, then spinach mixture. Scatter shredded mozzarella & stuffing mix over the top. I also pour just a little wine around the dish. Spray top with a little more Pam. I do this instead of melted butter when I'm trying to cut out fat. Bake for 25 minutes.
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I hope everyone has a nice weekend. I plan to cook a bit, meet my sister in the middle of where we both live, at the beach with a picnic lunch, so she can see my little guy, & we're having a Sunday dinner which means I'm going to get my gourmet on. It's been a while & as much as I love these easy weeknight meals I miss the more complicated dishes that Sunday dinners bring.