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Saturday
Aug292015

Apple smoothie recipe update

Icy apple smoothieWe told you that icy apple smoothies are a smart snack with less sugar and more nutritional value than milkshakes, but they're not a very appealing substitute when they taste like gritty liquid paste!

We missed a correction on the recipe for the shake, so way too much oatmeal is added. The drink also benefits from a little maple syrup. Here's the correct recipe:

For two servings: Core, chop and peel your favorite apple variety. Process in a blender until smooth with 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce, 2 tablespoons quick oats, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon pie spice, 1 cup of light coconut milk (or rice milk), 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 4 ice cubes.    

Also, in the article about Zulka's sparkling apple sangria, there was an unfortunate transposition of numbers on the year William Laird produced what was believed to be the original Applejack in Monmouth County. That year was 1698.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Apple Association

Friday
Aug282015

Savory oats: Flahavan's oatmeal salsa recipe and more to explore

Oats are a secret ingredient that make a salsa recipe from the Irish brand Flahavan's more filling and nutritious. It involves cooking a blend of chopped onion, olive oil and the brand's steel-cut oats with fresh and canned tomatoes and seasonings.

Oatmeal-fortified salsa

 

2 tablespoons olive oil

5 tablespoons Flahavan’s steel cut oats

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Juice of half a lemon

Juice of 1 lime

1 red chilli chopped with seeds (see note)

2 cans (14 ounces), chopped tomatoes

2 large tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon cilantro

 

Heat oil in a large pan and sauté onions for 2 - 3 minutes. Add oats and cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice and chilli. Add the 2 cans of tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and sugar. Season well. Cook over medium heat for 20 – 25 minutes until the sauce reduces and the oats soften. Add water if to thin, if desired. Cool before serving.

 

Note: Wear gloves when chopping chili. For less intense heat, remove the seeds and add only half the chili.

 

Adapted from the original Irish recipe by Mary Flahavan for Flahavan's

Tuesday
Jan202015

Turn a zesty cheddar bread into Parmesan-chile cheese bread

Parmesan-chile cheese bread Last winter, I fell in love with the recipe for Zesty Cheddar Bread from Betty Crocker's "The Big Book of Bread."

The recipe is perfect for winter soups, and it is so easy and so successful that it just makes sense to try making it with other cheeses.

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Friday
Oct312014

Recipe: Turkey apple cider bacon gravy that makes a great leftover soup

Turkey and shiitake mushroom soup made from turkey apple cide bacon gravyTurkey gravy is so easy to make from scratch. It can be whisked up in about 10 minutes, making pan juices a delicious bonus of turkey roasting.

 

Add the flavor of apples and smoky bacon to the roasting pan, and the resulting juices are even tastier. That's why we were surprised to read the words “Discard pan juices” in the U.S. Apple Association's recipe for a roasted turkey breast swaddled in bacon and basted with fresh apple cider. Used in gravy, the roasting stock can make an unexpectedly pleasing addition to the Thanksgiving spread. Even if you don't make gravy, spoon the delicious juices over turkey slices before serving, or just freeze it to make soup later.

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Friday
Oct312014

Thanksgiving idea: Try savory apple relish instead of cranberry sauce 

This recipe was adapted from the bacon salsa recipe at USApple.org

Savory apple relish

(6 servings) 

2 cups chopped apples, skin on

1 cup diced red and yellow bell peppers

1/3 cup diced red onion

1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely diced (about 2 teaspoons)

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

 4 strips crisply cooked bacon

 

Combine all ingredients except bacon in a large bowl. Keep the bacon crisp by adding it to individual portions just before serving.