Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

hot buttered rum apple pie

Whaaatt? Two apple desserts in a row? My only excuse is that they're totally different from each other. I promise, promise, promise -- a savory dish is coming up next.  Also, this is my monthly post with the #ProgressiveEats gang, and there are some wonderful savory apple dishes in the mix, along with some fabulous looking sweets. One of the big questions I'm asked by friends is what apples are best for baking in pies. If you've baked as many pies as I have, you know that some types of apples ...

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Double Crusted Apple Pie Galette #SundaySupper

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I'm back from Italy, mostly recovered from jet lag, and ready for football season and tailgate parties!! If you’ve never tailgated, you’ve missed an opportunity to go tribal, American style. Tailgating is a ritual repeated every September as fans come together in asphalt parking lots across the country a few hours before kickoff. They pile out of station wagons, SUVs, and hatchbacks to set up mini-living rooms behind their cars, complete with folding chairs, tables, grills, and makeshift ...

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Chevy’s Sweet Corn Tomalito #SundaySupper #Copycat


Last year, I was at Chevy's with my grandkids and one of them asked if I could figure out how to make the sweet corn tomalito they serve with all their dinners. It was a huge favorite of all the kids, and he was clearly trying to steer me away from cooking another quinoa dinner on their next visit. Not that he was eating the quinoa dinner, mind you, he was just trying to broaden my horizons instead of the other way around. I looked high and low for a recipe and found several. As the date ...

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Mashed Celery Root with Blue Cheese and Watercress: #FoodNetwork-Dish

Mashed celery root whipped up with mascarpone and blue cheeses, watercress, and topped with thinly sliced scallions.

This week, the FN Dish bloggers start a new theme: #SustainableSides.  For the next 3 months, we'll be blogging every Thursday about all kinds of side dishes to serve with dinner. And we kick it off with 'Anything Mashed'! I know, this dish is more whipped than mashed, but I think it qualifies. Celery root is a great substitute for potatoes next time you want to make mashed (or whipped) potatoes. It has a little more than half the calories of potatoes and just a whisker more than half the ...

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Brussels Sprouts Chips with Nutritional Yeast

Brussels sprouts chips with Nutritional Yeast

Looking for a healthy snack for your holiday gatherings? Make some Brussels sprouts chips. I admit it's a little time-consuming to peel away the leaves, but it's totally worth it. With my version, I sprinkled a little Nutritional Yeast on top, along with a very small amount of salt, but feel free to get creative with spices like garlic salt or cayenne pepper. Or add a little grated Parmesan. Not familiar with Nutritional Yeast? It's a natural yeast that's been deactivated, meaning it ...

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Wine-Poached Spiced Pear Strudel with Chocolate

Wine-poached spiced pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries.

Secret Recipe Club: Wine-poached and spiced pear strudel with pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries. This might be my new(est) favorite dessert. Yes, I know I always say that. But I really mean it. It's perfect when you want something fairly quick that looks like you went to a LOT of trouble. And I'm thinking it's pretty healthy, as far as desserts go. The star of the show is the spiced pears, with a strong supporting cast from the chocolate shavings ...

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Spiced Cranberry Buckle | #SundaySupper

clove spiced buckle with cranberry sauce.

  This week's theme at #SundaySupper is Thanksgiving Leftovers, hosted by Jennie at The Messy Baker. As we approach this food-centric holiday, this week's theme is the perfect guide for you through the long weekend that follows your annual feast. I love leftovers. They give me an infinite array of possibilities I don't normally have. It's all fun, but my favorite leftover to work with is cranberry sauce. It can go into bars, turnovers, scones, farro dishes, or become a sauce for pork. Last ...

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Boozy Cranberry Sauce with Pears and Raisins

Tipsy Cranberry-Pear Sauce slider

Every year or so, I like to switch up my cranberry sauce. Cranberries offer a feast of opportunities since they work and play well with both savory and sweet. Some years I fold in onions, Serrano peppers, and cinnamon and serve it over salmon, pork chops, or cream cheese. But this year it's all about pears, raisins, and brandy, and my starting place was this wonderful contest winner on Food52 that I've made many, many times. If you make this sauce, and I hope you do, tomorrow I'm posting what ...

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Scalloped Sweet Potatoes Casserole with Apples

Thanksgiving side, Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples with gorgonzola

Food Network | #FallFest: scalloped sweet potato casserole with apples, gorgonzola and spiced butter, topped with an oat-pepita crumble. Images of smiling, multi-generation families crowded around tables heavy with roast turkeys and casseroles are everywhere this time of year. The message seems to be - the more people you gather together at your home at Thanksgiving, the better. But the problem is, it creates expectations that can't always be met. As a result, many feel that if their ...

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Maple Candied Carrots with Currants: #FallFest

candied carrots with maple syrup toss with currants.

It's good to be flexible. CMax (Carnivorous Maximus) and I are now one month into training Pakrika (Rika), our 13-week-old Labradoodle puppy, and it's clear that we have two different ideas of what a good puppy is. CMax is the stricter parent, opting for a long list of things little Rika must learn. I'm the easy mark with a far shorter list, and less exacting definition of what the commands mean. I humbly admit that when I want Rika to get off or get down, I only follow through with a firm ...

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Vegan Ginger-Carrot Soup | #NinjaBlender Review

Vegan Ginger-Carrot Soup with coconut milk.

Vegan soup full of flavors from the Islands with ginger and coconut milk melding with pureed carrots. And a product review of a Ninja Blender! Disclaimer: I was provided a Nutri-Ninja® | Ninja® Blender by Ninja. All opinions are completely my own (and those of Carnivorous Maximus). There's a new blender in my kitchen, and it has completely replaced not only everything I did with my old one, but also many things I was using my food processor for. I've used this Nutri-Ninja® | Ninja® ...

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Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Caramelized Onions

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with caramelized red onions

I'm so excited to announce that I'm now part of the Food Network #FallFest blogger group. Today we're celebrating Brussels sprouts. I know, I know. Brussels sprouts are divisive. You either love them or grimace "Bleeeegh" when they come up in conversation. But I contend that these tiny cabbages have come a long way from the gray-green bitter lumps we shoved around our childhood plates. These days, I've had them tossed in spices and thrown on a hot grill, sautéed in a browned butter with apples, ...

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