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Monday, July 29, 2013

No blog this week!


I am just back from back-to-back Phish shows at The Gorge and don't have a post for this week.

Check back next week for the next yummy installment!

Savor it,
love, rue

Monday, July 22, 2013

Cheddar Bacon Waffles

Hey there!

These waffles are so delicious and filling I can't believe it took me so long to get around to trying savory-sweet waffles. I'm so glad I did- these are killer, with great reviews from the BF and my sister (as well as myself!). It's a simple waffle recipe, and you throw in cheese and crispy bacon (and maybe a few green onions) and you're done. Add maple syrup, and these babies will please any crowd. This recipe could be easily doubled or tripled if needed, this makes about 8 waffles in my Belgian maker.

Mix together wet ingredients, then add the dry ones.
And mix well!
Chop up your cheese a little more...
...and do the same to your bacon.
Add cheese and bacon to your waffle batter (and optional green onions).
Pour batter into a greased waffle maker...
...and bake to perfection!

Cheddar Bacon Waffles
-2 eggs, well beaten
-1 cup milk
-3 tablespoons veggie oil
-1 1/2 cups flour
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-2 teaspoons sugar
-1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar, chopped up
-10 slices bacon, fried and chopped (optional)
-2 green onions, minced fine
Mix the first three ingredients and whisk well. Whisk in dry ingredients.
Fry up the bacon and add the cheese, bacon, and optional green onions; stir well.
Cook in your waffle iron, spraying with veggie oil between batches.
Serve hot with maple syrup.

Serve warm with maple syrup- yummm!!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, July 15, 2013

Apple Upside Down Cake

Hey everyone!

This is a recipe I've wanted to make for a long, long time. Ever since a fellow tasty-things-maker in my co-op during college made a delicious and amazing apple upside down cake, I've been in love. I just never got around to it! But, with the help of my awesome BF, I've conquered this recipe- super simple and super delicious! You probably have all of the ingredients already, too! Let's go!

I forgot to take a pic of just the caramel, but here's your base of caramel and apples to top the cake.
Mix up your batter...
And pour it into your pan!
You can see here the layer of caramel and apples below the cake batter.
And here's the final cake- full of apples and cinnamony-caramely goodness.

Apple Upside Down Cake
-4 tablespoons butter
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-dash nutmeg (freshly ground if possible)
-1 large or 2 small apples, thinly sliced
-6 tablespoons butter, softened
-1 cup sugar
-2 eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 cup + 3 tablespoons flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 cup milk
Boil first four ingredients for 30 seconds on medium heat. Pour into a greased 9'' cake (or pie) pan.
Layer the apple slices over the caramel sauce in the pan.
Cream the butter and sugar, mix in the eggs and vanilla, and stir in the dry ingredients. Gently mix in the milk at the end.
Pour your batter over the apples and caramel mixture.
Bake at 350 F for about 45 minutes, until a tester comes out clean (don't stick your tester in too far or it'll hit the apples and caramel!).
Let the cake cool just a few minutes, then turn out onto a large plate, so the apples are on top and the caramel pours over the cake. Yumm!

The finished product- yummy and simple to whip up- enjoy!!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, July 8, 2013

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Hey everyone!

These are addictive. I'll just start there- if you make these, be prepared to eat them, or be prepared for everyone around you to eat them! These are sweet with a hint of salt and are crunchy and delicious. I will definitely be making these again!

Your arsenal- super simple, and you might even have everything already!
Your three ring circus- almonds, egg white and vanilla, and your sugar mixture.
Toss the almonds in the egg white mixture.
Then toss the almonds with the sugar mixture.
Pour almonds onto your greased baking sheet, shaking it to make them into one layer.
Here they are after 20 minutes at 250 F.
And here they are after 1 hour at 250 F. Delish!!

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
-3-4 cups raw almonds
-1 egg white
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
Grease a large baking sheet with sides. Beat the egg white and vanilla, toss in the almonds until well coated.
Mix together the dry ingredients and toss the almonds in that next. Spread on your baking sheet and shake to make a single layer.
Bake at 250 F for about 1 hour, stirring ever 20 minutes.
Cool and store in an airtight container.

Your finished, beautiful, delicious product. Dig in! I promise you won't be able to have just one!

Savor it!
love, rue

Monday, July 1, 2013

Potato, Corn, Bacon Chowder

Hi there readers,

This soup almost quite literally saved my life. Yesterday was a super long day, and I got home late to an empty house and had no idea what I was going to get in me for dinner, until I remembered I had made this the day before. Life saver!! And even more delicious than the first time around, too!

Peel, chop, and boil your potatoes to start.
While that's going on, fry up your bacon and chop up.
Saute your onions in olive oil or some of that bacon grease!
This is the same pot the onions started in, just with milk and potatoes added, and mashed slightly.
All finished, with corn and bacon added; though soups are difficult to capture in pictures this stuff smells amazing!

Potato, Corn, and Bacon Chowder
-1/2 package bacon, fried and chopped up
-1 onion, diced
-3 tablespoons olive oil (or bacon grease)
-3 tablespoons flour
-4 cups milk, warmed
-1 lb potatoes, peeled, chopped, and boiled until fork-tender
-1/2 lb. frozen corn
-salt and pepper to taste
Sauté onion in the fat of your choosing, then sprinkle the flour over and stir well. Stir milk in and let boil for 2-3 minutes to form the base of your soup. Add in potatoes and mash slightly. Add in corn and bacon and stir well. Let simmer together a few minutes before serving, sprinkle with a little bacon, or cheese if you're feeling that!

All done and ready to eat- easy and delicious. Yum!

Savor it!
love, rue