Recipe: Apple Galette

A galette is a French-term for a free-form pie or crust. It can be savory or sweet (like this apple version). I had some extra pie crust (the same recipe I used for my first apple pie) in the freezer and a bunch of Granny Smith apples so I wanted to whip something up that was fairly quick and easy.

Apple Galette
I just downloaded the Epicurious app for my iPhone and I stumbled across this recipe – an adaptation of the apple galette from the chic and historic Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif. It takes a simple crust recipe and layers on thin slices of apples, a little bit of apricot and voila! You have a great fall recipe to use up some of those tasty apples.

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My First Cheesecake

Caramel Apple CheesecakeFall is my absolutely, positively favorite time of the year. I love the crispness in the air. Wearing chunky sweaters and corduroy pants. And, the taste of apples.

Red delicious. Granny Smith. Macintosh. I love them all.

I hope to conquer my fear of baking my first apple pie later this fall (with the help of my buddy Stacey from Boston Sweetie), but this week I tackled my first cheesecake recipe – a caramel apple cheesecake with candied pecans from a recipe in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A few weeks ago I purchased my first 9-inch springform pan so I knew I must make this recipe as soon as possible. Continue reading

Book Review: The DFB Guide to WDW Dining

Disney Food Blog Dining e-book coverI have to say that one of my fave spots on the interwebs is the Disney Food Blog. I must commend AJ Wolfe on the spectacular job she has done over the past two years compiling reviews, photos and mucho information to the dining at my happiest place on Earth.

Recently, AJ (and her awesome team of helpers) published an e-book titled “The Disney Food Blog’s Guide to Walt Disney World Dining: Steps to a Stress-Free, Personalized Plan.” Since I just bought an e-reader, what was my first purchase?

Of course you know what it was!

The guide is 256 pages of colorful photos, tips, planning guides and tidbits of knowledge that you won’t find anywhere else.  The guide takes out all the stress of getting those so-desired ressies at Chef Mickey’s character breakfast at the Contemporary Resort or dining with the princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom.

Even a die-hard Mickey fans like me can find some new info. For instance:

  • You don’t have to stay at a Disney resort to make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR).
  • There’s baby food (albeit limited) available to purchase at Baby Care Centers located in the theme parks. You can find diapers, formula and other baby needs, too.
  • There’s a place at the Polynesian Resort where you can get Dole Whips 24/7. (Mmm, Dole Whips…)

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