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Red, White & Blue Sangria

Let the patriotic celebrations begin with this red, white and blue white wine sangria. Complete with star-shaped apple slices.

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The USA takes on Belgium today for the final game in the round of sixteen. With the 4th of July this week I decided to mix up a white wine sangria with red (strawberries), white (apples) and blue (blueberries) fruit floating around in it. But that’s not all folks, the apples are cut into star shapes to make it even more patriotic. It appeals to taste buds and patriots! I unfortunately will be working (without a glass of this sangria in hand) but thankfully the location at which I am today has a TV within view from the front desk, so you better know what channel I will have it set on.

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One year ago: Taco Bar with Carnitas: Mexican Pulled Pork
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Single Serving Apple Crumble

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, everyone is planning recipes for a meal to feed the masses. But what about the people cooking for a small group of people or ::gasp:: just one of two? If you fall into the latter category then this apple crumble is for you. Although I easily devoured the entire thing in one (short) sitting, it could definitely satisfy two especially if you serve it a la mode.

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I went ahead and topped it off with my new favorite ice cream- Graeter’s Salted Caramel. Seriously that stuff rocks my face off and made me enjoy this crumble even more than I thought possible. Liquid Frozen gold, I’m telling you.

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One year ago: Homemade Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Mix

Two years ago: Pumpkin Kissed Gingerbread Brownies
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Baked Apple Cider Oatmeal

Want to wake up to a warm bowl of fall? If you make this baked oatmeal that’s exactly what will happen. With fresh apple, oats, cinnamon, walnuts, and even apple cider you’ll be ready to navigate your way through a corn maze – or just get through another weekday. For an extra boost, serve it over some vanilla Greek yogurt or even apple cinnamon Greek yogurt! I don’t think it’s possible to be overloaded with apple-cinnamon in this situation.

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In other news, I finally submitted my first job application yesterday for a senior research position in the Infectious Disease Department at Genentech. Somehow, not quite as nerve racking as sending my dissertation to my committee, but still up there. I was so involved in the application process that I forgot to eat lunch until nearly 3pm. Even better reason for me to wake up to a bowl of comforting, fall-flavored oatmeal!

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One year ago: Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Pancakes
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Review: Fleischmann’s Pretzel Creations & Apple Cinnamon Pretzels

Like many people, I cannot get enough of the pretzel trend. I enjoy many different versions of the soft-baked pretzel, whenever possible. In fact, my meal selection is easily swayed by a pretzel bun. Oh that sandwich comes on a pretzel bun? Sold. But of course, my favorite is making my own pretzel buns at home.

Pretzel Creations

Now Fleischmann’s Yeast is making it even easier to make your own pretzel creations at home. Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Baking Mixes is introducing Pretzel Creations, which makes fresh-baked pretzels in less than an hour. The package contains pretzel mix, yeast, baking soda and pretzel salt – all you need is water and oil.

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In a large bowl, I combined the pretzel mix, yeast, water, and oil. According to the directions all that was left was to mix it together and then let it rise, covered, for only 25 minutes! But I decided to knead my dough a little bit to get a smooth dough which I am more accustomed to.

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After the dough was done rising, I decided to divide the dough in half and make two different things. With one half I made regular pretzels and they came out perfect. I served them with a bacon cheddar ranch dipping sauce.

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With the other half, I decided to stuff the dough with apples tossed in cinnamon-sugar. After boiling, I sprinkled them with more cinnamon-sugar. Don’t they look like little apple pies?

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They even tasted like apple pie, but with a pretzel crust. Originally I had contemplated stuffing them with apple pie filling, but worried that would be messy and more difficult to seal. Using fresh apple slices and cinnamon-sugar sounded good enough to me and they turned out to be delicious. Eat alone or serve with a cinnamon-sugar cream cheese dip.

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Two years ago: Basil Butter
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Apple-Walnut Pancakes with Brown Sugar Greek Yogurt

I cannot recall if I mentioned this before, but September is Breakfast Month! You only have two days left to celebrate the most important meal of the day, so be sure to whip up these pancakes.

Using prepared whole-grain pancake mix, these pancakes are given a boost with chopped walnuts and are then topped with a brown sugar-Greek yogurt mixture and chopped apple. It’s a perfect single serving breakfast treat, but can be easily multiplied for more servings.

Apple-Walnut Pancakes with Brown Sugar Greek Yogurt

One year ago: Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies

Two years ago: Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries
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Guest Post: Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars by Blahnik Baker

By the end of today I will have sent my dissertation to my committee. Nothing like last minute edits! Then a week from today I get to stand in front of them, peers, friends, and family, and give a presentation after which my committee will grill me until my brain can no longer process rational thoughts. Since I am already a bit delusional after all that writing and now must prepare for whatever kinds of questions they will throw at me, I’ve got some more help lined up this week. I am sure none of you want to hear me blabber on and on about how freaked out I am every day.

Remember not too long ago when Zainab of Blahnik Baker shared a slab pie with you? Well she’s back for more. Would I turn down a guest post for another delicious dessert recipe? Heck no! Today she is even sharing a seasonally appropriate recipe with apples where a crumble apple pie and a cheesecake got together to make little bar-babies. Yes I just made reference to dessert inter-breeding and admit it, you liked it.

Two years ago: Baklava Mousse Cups


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Hello again everyone! I am Zainab from Blahnik Baker and I’m very happy to be back celebrating Erin!

It’s a celebration because as you know it’s the start of her last week as a Ph.D. candidate. She has accomplished the hardest of all tasks and handed in her dissertation to her committee. Now she just needs to tell them all about it and brag about how smart she is in exactly a week from today. At the end of this session, we will be calling her Dr. Cookie. How cool is that?? Go Erin!!

The last time I was here, I was all about harnessing the last of fresh summer berries and made this mixed berry slab pie. But since then my friends the weather has turned in my part of the world, the days are cooler and the leaves are slowly falling off the trees. And happily, the orchards are blooming with apples and I am in full fall mode.

Today, I am sharing with you a new favorite fall dessert. These apple crumble cheesecake bars are an easy way to dress up the traditional apple crumble by adding a cheesecake layer underneath all that entire apple pie filling. The bars are a sweet combination of the warm spices of the fall and the delectable creaminess of cheesecake.

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Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars

Lately I can relate a bit too well to PhD comics with several strips related to writing a thesis and/or research papers. Whenever I feel as though there couldn’t possibly be any more edits to be found, somehow my mentor comes up with something drastic to change. Once I even had 3 other people read over it before handing it over to him. Monday he broke it to me that he wanted to put back a large chunk of data which we had removed in early April. Which by the way, I was never too keen on removing in the first place so I am actually glad to have it back, just did not enjoy reformatting all the figures and adding additional discussion about the results. Nevertheless, I sent him another draft to scribble all over read yesterday. In the meantime, I am finishing up a couple little lab experiments and working on my second paper to be published and my dissertation intro.

And what’s the best thing for all that writing? Snacks! The more I write the less I seem to eat, because eating means to stop writing and therefore to stop whatever thought process I had going which can be difficult at times. Especially when it involves cooking at night for dinner. Tuesday night I found myself so immersed that 9 pm crept up on me before I realized I had not eaten anything since lunch. Such an occasion was saved by these homemade granola bars I had recently made. They are another variation of the no-bake granola bar recipe I have come to love so much using dried apples, chopped walnuts and a little cinnamon. If you want to get really crazy, make them with Peanut Butter & Co’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl.

Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars

One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Burgers

Two years ago: Dark Chocolate Blueberry Muffins
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Apple Pie

My dad is not only the master pancakes, but also of pies. So today I am sharing with you his apple pie, complete with his little tips for getting the crust just right! Brushing the bottom crust with a little egg helps it not get too soggy from all the apples, brushing the top crust with milk helps it to not dry out and burn, and then the use of cornstarch instead of flour helps the filling set and prevents it from flowing out like hot lava.

I’ve actually been sitting on this recipe for awhile (we made this together during the winter holidays), but thankfully pictures don’t grow mold or turn stale. In fact, looking at this picture makes me want to whip up a fresh pie. After all, apple pies can be appreciated year round.

Apple Pie

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Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfaits

Weekday breakfasts are always a challenge, as many of you have heard me complain about before. Everyday I say I am going to put forth more effort than just tipping the top of a cereal box over a bowl, but most of the time it fails and I end up cooing breakfast for dinner instead. But these parfaits may provide that extra motivation to turn the heat on in the morning. This is a relatively quick parfait to make as you can have the crumble baking, the apples simmering, and the quinoa cooking all at the same time. They are also great prepared a head of time (such as the night before), just assemble when ready to eat. An even better thing about this parfait, is that even non-quinoa lovers will enjoy it. The quinoa is flavored with cinnamon and then hidden between layers of syrupy apples, tangy vanilla Greek yogurt, and crunchy oat crumbles. It’s a protein sneak attack!

Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfaits

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Baby Chicken Fingers with Apple

Over the holidays, I got to cook for Luke for the very first time. So today I am sharing my first ever baby food recipe. And to add to the list of firsts, it was his first taste of chicken! This little man eats everything from tofu and salmon, to kale and beets so I was pretty sure these baby chicken fingers would not be turned down.


Look at that happy carnivorous face! Even though these were made for tiny hands (to mash up and destroy before eating evidently), Kate and I enjoyed a couple ourselves. Shh! Don’t tell Luke. But the recipe made so many that he will be happily eating these for awhile. It’s like I am still feeding him without actually being in Boston.


Baby chicken fingers with apple – Luke tested and Kate approved! P.S. I will be posting more pictures of this adorable munchkin in a few days.


One year ago: Pesto Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Two years ago: Homemade Vanilla Extract
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