I cooked some good 'ole standard fare such as Vegetable Beef Soup, Italian Herb Chicken, Sugar Cured Ham, Baked Ziti, Cheese Straws, Pumpkin Muffins, Apple Dumplings, and so on and so forth. Yum! But I tried two new recipes that I thought I would share because they tasted just like Fall. Is that weird? Yes, it is.
Okay- first up we have Cinnamon Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Basically this is just an autumn twist on the standard grilled cheese.
You start off by chopping up some tart apples. I would actually chop them smaller than I did. I did apple chunks and I think they need to be smaller for the sandwich.
And then you saute the apple chunks until they are tender.
While the apple slices are cooking, cook and stir 1/3 cup chopped walnuts and 1 tablespoon of honey over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted.
Once the walnuts and honey are toasted, add them to the cream cheese mixture.
Spread mixture over one side of cinnamon raisin bread and then add apple mixture over another slice of cinnamon raisin bread.
Toast sandwich on each side until golden brown and voila! You have a great updated twist on the classic grilled cheese. And as my family can attest, they make great left overs. You can heat them up the next day and they are still delicious.
The second recipe is for Bacon Apple Cider Biscuits. I served these the night I cooked some sugar cured ham. I will confess that that I thought these would have more of a cinnamon/sweet taste. But they tasted more like regular biscuits. They were still good though and Rob is already asking when we can have them again.
Cook 6 bacon strips and then set them aside. Refrain from eating them. And also refrain your dog from jumping up on the counter to get them.
In a large bowl combine 2 cups of all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice, and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.
Cut in 7 tablespoons of butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add crumbled bacon. Then stir in 3/4 cup of either apple cider or apple juice.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 8-10 times. Roll into a 10x6 inch rectangle. Brush melted butter over dough and sprinkle with cinnamon. Side Note- I don't have the dough below quite shaped into the 10x6 inch rectangle. It was well on its way though.
And finally, my Mom and I made rainbow cookies with Bennett. My good friend Mary gave Bennett a huge book of cookie recipes. My Mom told her to pick any cookie in the book and we would make it when she came to visit. So of course Bennett picked an incredibly complicated recipe, but a promise is a promise.
I am not going to post the whole recipe because it really does take awhile and involves lots and lots of food coloring. :-) But if you would like the recipe, please e-mail me and I would love to send it to you. But after all of the mixing and stirring, we had 4 bowls of dough and we colored each one. You then had to form one part of the dough into a log roll and then place it inside a rectangle of more dough. Does that sound complicated? It was.
Bon Appetit. :-)