Archive for January, 2012

01.30.2012

And so it begins… with almost-no-work Apple Butter

I’ve been pouring over my folder of recipes for a week now looking for the “perfect” one to start off my blog.  I was sure that I wanted my first recipe to be something special that really shows who I am as a cook.

And then I realized something… maybe it doesn’t matter what the recipe is as much as it matters that I just start (my father’s advice on life might be sinking in).

Perhaps the first recipe holds less weight than I originally thought… That doesn’t mean, however, that it is any less delicious than the other recipes I plan to share in future posts.

Much to the contrary, this recipe is amazing, much more than the sum of its parts and, best of all, it’s extremely easy!!!

I first made this apple butter when I was transitioning to a diet that didn’t include a lot of added and refined sugar.  I wanted something to go on peanut butter toast or on my yogurt in the morning. I scoured the internet for a good recipe, but was discouraged by all the sugar added to a fruit that is already so sweet!  So, I ditched what I had found and made my own.  I think that this recipe puts store-bought, sugar added apple butter to shame!  Give it a shot and I think you’ll agree.

Not only does this apple butter recipe fulfill the above requirements, it has become my go-to sweet sauce that I use for everything from an oatmeal topping in the morning to a substitute for oil in baked goods to a decadent sauce on top of cake, ice cream and once, even cheesecake (the last three items are all occasional, decadent treats themselves–no need to add more sugar).  I keep it on hand at all times! It helps that it’s easy to prepare in big batches and it keeps in the fridge for about a month.

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01.24.2012

How To Poach an Egg

Poaching eggs is one of those things that can intimidate people, but it’s an easy way to prepare eggs without adding fat.  It has the added bonus, in my book at least, of creating a creamy consistency and richness to eggs that is hard to replicate with other preparation methods.

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01.24.2012

How To Dice a Mango

For people who have never bought fresh, whole mangoes, peeling and dicing one can be a messy affair.

But, it doesn’t have to be!  In just a few simple steps, you can quickly cut a mango with very little mess.

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