apples!

Back in early October, my fiance and I went apple picking out near Asheville, NC and acquired quite a bit of apples. I’ve been making various things with them, some note-able, most not. A lot of the apples were just eaten as is.. But! Since I’m going to be out of town until like a day before Thanksgiving and since there were only like a dozen apples left, I decided to make Apple Cinnamon Rice Pudding!

I know I’ve showcased rice pudding before.. but this is even better than the last one.

I used my regular rice pudding recipe but made a few tweaks to it.

Apple Cinnamon Rice Pudding

5 cups soy milk (plus more to your liking)

2/3 cup brown rice

5 shredded apples

¼ tsp salt

½ cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp cinnamon

½ cup raisins

Combine everything but the raisins in a large pot. Cook on medium high heat until bubbly and then switch the heat to low. Simmer until the rice is tender and there’s still a good amount of liquid/creaminess (I found with the brown rice that it took wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy longer than with the white rice. In fact, I ended up just shutting the heat off and calling it done with some of the rice kernels kind of crunchy.. it seriously cooked for over 2 hours. I had to keep adding soy milk too and probably added an additional cup). Add the raisins and cook until desired tenderness and creaminess. Devour immediately.

I still enjoy my rice pudding with a pad of butter on top, the saltiness balances the sweetness.

Tomorrow, I’ll have another post about what we had for dinner tonight… it was absolutely amazing and blew my mind.

Bon Appetit!

october is seriously my favorite

I absolutely love October. Love it. I love everything about it. The leaves are almost always completely changed and beautiful, the air is crisp, apples are in abundance, pumpkins, Halloween, scary movies!!! My list could go on and on and on.

This year is quite different however. I’m no longer in apple country… it’s no longer 50 degrees out and rainy/windy/just plain ol’ cold. The leaves haven’t QUITE changed yet.. it was 80 when I carved my pumpkin!! Life has certainly changed.

Wanna see our pumpkins? Okay!

This is Matt’s (my fiance) pumpkin.. he chose the bat clawing the pumpkin. So cute =)

This is mine! It’s a cute little kitty with a pumpkin and some spoooooky bats. Adorable.

These are all 3 that we did… the third one we worked on together and although it was the easiest one, it ended up looking the crappiest.

They always look so much better when they’re lit up!

So obviously, if you carve pumpkins, you should always always always roast the seeds. And of course we did. We decided on plain ol’ salted and cinnamon & sugar. The cinnamon sugar ones could have used double the amount, but they’re still delicious.

We all had quite the debate though… Half the family was saying you aren’t supposed to eat the harder shell on the outside and the other half was saying you could, and should. I had never really heard of anyone cracking the shells open like sunflower seeds until I met this family.. I always eat the seeds whole. The only time I actually eat the inside part by itself is when I buy them specifically (also known as pepitas!). What do ya’ll do? Do you shell them like sunflower seeds? Do you suck on them and spit them out? Or do you devour the whole delicious thing?

It has been far.too.long!

I’ve realized I do a lot of apologizing on this blog and I’ve really got to change that. So this is my last apology..

I AM SORRY I HAVE NEGLECTED YOU, BEEN A BAD BLOGGER & HAVE NOT SHARED MY FOOD EXPERIENCES SINCE MARCH.

Okay. So in saying that, without getting too personal, things have SEVERELY changed (and for the best!!).

1: I’ve moved to South Carolina, officially.

2: I’ve gotten engaged! =D

3: We are expecting our first child in January, a special little boy =)

Now on to the foodz.

These are amazing Buffalo Cauliflower bites we made for pizza night.. they were deliciously spicy and were excellent thrown into a salad the next day!


BBQ Chicken pizza with mushrooms and green peppers…

This is the Pioneer Woman’s taco pizza… IT IS SERIOUSLY AMAZING. I have made this sooo many times and it’s seriously one of my favorite foods. Out on the grill with little charred bits of dough, mm mm good. It’s awesome too because you can serve it cold or room temperature, so you don’t really have to worry about it being HOT when guests come over. Downfall, it’s severely messy. But that’s what forks are for! =)

This is kinda just a shot of the counter on pizza night. Pizza, buffalo bites, salad, soda, board games & family… perfection!

Orange Scented Apple Bundt cake with cider glaze.

No Knead Bread… freaking fantastic. Super easy, even a 4 year old could do it!

This was originally a recipe from the Food Network magazine for Sausage Broccolini risotto, but being a vegetarian my fiance and I changed it up quite a bit and fell in love with it. We make this seriously, like once every two weeks or so. It’s so delicious and it cooks in the oven, no stirring required.

These are from the cookbook 750 Best Muffin recipes and are a combination of 3 different recipes. I ended up calling them Pumpkin Apple Struesel Muffins. They were, of course, delicious.

These last few pictures are a thing of beauty. Apple Cinnamon Pretzels. I actually JUST made them, this very  morning.
Look at how puffy that dough is, how golden and crispy the pretzels came out. The dough recipe was seriously one of the easiest I’ve used.. it only had to rise for an hour and it turned out exactly how I would have expected. I’m going to use the dough recipe for future things… like garlic knots =) But seriously, the hardest part was rolling the dough into ropes. The apple chunks kept falling out and they would make parts of the ropes too thick or too thin. They are not overly sweet, they have just a hint of cinnamon and apple…. they could easily be dipped into something super sweet like caramel, or something more savory like honey mustard. In fact, that’s how I’m going to be eating them later. The only regret I have is that I wish I had sprinkled some coarse salt on top before I baked them, because they could definitely use some salt.

So those are my recent food adventures. I’m not going to make any promises or say any more apologies, but I really really do miss this blog and I’m going to do my best with updating it. I hope that there are still a few of you who linger, occasionally checking up on me..
Bon Appetit!

ps: I’m going to add a link to my food board on pinterest. Some of the recipes I’ve been using lately have come from pinterest and I have pinned them on this board. Plus, I think it’s the coolest thing ever to be able to pin delicious recipes for later! Leave a comment with your food boards too, I’d love to view them! =)