Costumes and Cocktails

Hello Readers and Happy Monday!

Today I wanted to share with you 2 fun cocktail options for this season, especially if you are having a Halloween party next week! They are both really simple and refreshing, great for serving with heavier dishes or apps.

The first one Bobbing for Apples is a gin based cocktail that is fresh and sweet. Great for pulled pork, creamy and cheesy dips, and spicy dishes. The second cocktail, Sparkling Apples is wine based and better for lighter apps like veggies, raw fruits, hard cheeses and charcuterie.

Bobbing for Apples

*Yields 5 servings*

What you’ll need..

  • 1 cup of gin
  • 2 cups of apple cider
  • Ice
  • 1 lemon
  • Fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 finely diced apples
  • Cinnamon – 1 dash as a garnish

How to make it..

  1. First finely dice up your favorite apples, squeeze juice over apples and let sit aside in bowl.
  2. In a pitcher,pick off thyme leaves about 20 and gently muddle to release oils and flavor.
  3. Next pour apple cider and gin into pitcher and sprinkle a dash of cinnamon. Gently stir.
  4. Ice each glass individually. Once all the ice in each glass pour in cocktail mix and garnish with diced apples and half a sprig of thyme.

Sparkling Apples

*Yields 5 servings*

What you’ll need…

  • 2 cups of Prosecco
  • 2 cups of apple cider
  • Apple strips for garnish.
  • Ice
  • 1 lemon

How to make it..

  1. Thinly slice apples into sticks put a squeeze of lemon on them. Set aside.
  2. Set up your glasses and put ice in them.
  3. Pour 3 oz of apple cider and 3 oz of prosecco in each glass
  4. Garnish with 2 apple sticks.

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Apple Picking

Hello Readers and happy Tuesday!

Last weekend some friends and I went to Honey Pot Hill in Massachusetts and it was so incredibly fun! It was cloudy day and we assumed it would be a quick day with not a lot of people. We were very wrong! Cloudy or sunny Honey Pot hill is packed and with good reason. The apples were rich in flavor and are on a different level compared to whatever you get at a super market.

As you know I am an avid supporter of local farms and encourage you to do the same no matter where you live. I could honestly go on for a few pages on the details of the yummy apples but, instead I will give you a list other fun stuff at the orchard.

  1. Apple cider donuts- I mean…yes..just yes
  2. Petting farm-great for the little kids and us kid-adults
  3. Grill-hot yummy food like wings for after the hard cider tent
  4. Hard cider tent- 21 plus
  5. Ice cream, caramel apples and shakes!
  6. Relaxing scenery!

With my bag of apples I made a German apple cake for my mom’s birthday with the recipe on the back of the brochure I got at the orchard. This cake was so moist, my mom requested another for this week! Great excuse for me to go back to the orchard before the season slips away.

Tell me your favorite apple recipes and places to go apple picking! I would love to check out other orchards in the area.

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Recent Event Photos

Hello Readers and Happy Thursday!

Here are some photos of a recent birthday party event from this past weekend. On the menu we had Mediterranean pasta salad, turkey cranberry/cheddar/sandwiches, chicken/pesto/mozzarella sandwiches, and pulled pork sandwiches; along with fruit salad, garden salad, veggie shooters, and sweet potato rounds.

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Dinner in a pinch

The other day I was really in a pinch on what to make for dinner. It was one of those weeks where we were eating all of the frozen goodies in our freezer, needed to go food shopping and no one was feeling motivated to try something new.

I decided to make a quick eggplant parmesan, the puree below was frozen cauliflower, chickpea, tumeric, butter and herbs topped with chunky tomato sauce.Check out how to make the cauliflower mash below!

Make the cauliflower mash

  • 1 bag of frozen cauliflower
  • 1 can of chickpea (garbanzo beans)
  • 2 tsp of tumeric powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  1. Rinse canned beans
  2. In a large pot place butter, and 1 cup of water
  3. add in frozen cauliflower and seasonings.
  4. Cover pot and cook for 15 min or until fork tender.
  5. scoop cauliflower mix in to food processor or blender and blend until smooth
  6. OPTIONAL add cooking water slowly and as needed to desired texture.

Let us know if you try this mash or any other cauliflower mashes you like!

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Farm adventures 2

Here are the finished products from the farm adventures I had last month. The top left dish is tabbouleh made with parsley (currently in season in New england). Next, we have a plate that encompassed all of the dishes from the rest of the night. A baked chicken topped with seasonal berry compote. Patty pan squash stuffed with ratatouille. Beet and tomato gazpacho. And for dessert sweet biscuit with fresh whipped cream and fresh peaches with basil water.

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Kitchen Confidence

Hi readers!

Today I would like to tell you about my upcoming Cooking foundations class! We will be diving into the different cooking styles, when to use them, and making a delicious meal!

You can sign up here at the Assabet website, type in cooking foundations in the keyword search or by returning your registration form in the mail which can be found at the back of the fall flyer.

Bubbling cheese ….mmmm

Hope to see you there!