The other day I purchased sweet potatoes with the mind-set of making baked potato fries, BUT I really wanted to do something different; and quite honestly, something that will satisfy my sweet tooth, as well!  So I perused through the world-wide web and voilà! I stumbled upon a profoundly challenging recipe…to make my first flan, and hopefully the first of many!

So this is exactly the kind of recipe you can dive into for those lazy, yet impatient days you may be having…as well as, when everything you need is readily available in the kitchen.

Tried out my luck this afternoon with the world-famous Sablé Breton (French classic butter cookies) recipe from Bruno Albouze.  My husband told me that sablés were his dad’s favorite, “You know, these will go really well with some sablés…” his dad would say.  I did not know this until the cookies were just about done and I called hubby over to the kitchen for sampling.  He then shared how much his dad loved sablés…

Well, apple season is definitely here!  Hundreds of tourists and even locals from neighboring cities continue to make their way up to Apple Hill in our town of Camino, which is situated in the sierra foothills of El Dorado County.  The Apple Hill® Growers Association … located in Camino, Cedar Grove, Placerville and Pollock Pines, CA … was once a fledgling association comprised of 5 ranches.  Today the Association has over 50 ranches including fruit growers, bake shops, wineries, a micro-brewery, a spa and Christmas tree growers.  [Source: http://www.applehill.com].

My husband and I are blessed to now be a part of this quaint town and community…

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A Snippet of Apple Hill nearby Boa Vista Orchards

It’s been a couple of days since our Farm Fresh To You delivery of fresh produce came in.  My son’s school and Farm Fresh To You established a fundraising partnership that enables the school to earn 10% back for each home delivery they get. 

First came the trend of the pork belly, a boneless cut of fatty meat from the belly of a pig…which essentially spells B A C O N! with a capital Y U M!  Today, we have the Frankenstein version of a doughnut, merged into a form of a croissant, the cronuts. This trending, decadent croissant-doughnut fusion has a definitive height on the media sphere.  I am seeing cronuts everywhere!  And, because it’s Trendy-Food-Tuesday, I am so having a cronut moment…Let’s do this, shall we?

I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore A Country Cook’s Kitchen cookbook!  The author has done a tremendous job putting together timeless, rustic recipes from making artisanal breads, farm-house-style cheeses, preserving vegetables, curing meats, churning your own butter and soft cheese, baking cakes, pastries and biscuits…not too mention the page-turning arrays of heirloom, artisanal and organic food photography.  I am not a sponsor of this cookbook, nor any of the others I might have mentioned or will mention in the future–to make that clear, but my rule of thumb is, if I find something worth sharing…word of mouth is truly the key to do so.  Pay it forward, right?

Onward, one of the culinary skills I am trying to hone into is bread making, thus, whenever I post something on Instagram with regards to making bread, I immediately title it Bread-Making 101 because I am at the novice stage of baking.  You can only imagine the excitement I feel after peaking through the lit oven door and watching the development of the dough as it swells and rise before my eyes!  It was beyond exhilarating…

I recently had a request from my younger son for some good ‘ole chocolate chip cookies. His favourite, he says. I can recall many months ago when I didn’t know a thing about baking, or didn’t really bother learning because my oldest son always did the baking. I called him the midnight baker because many a times, after dinner, or watching his favourite game(s) on TV, he would go to the pantry in the garage then come back in with flour and sugar. The remaining ingredients would always be a nice surprise for us to figure out…especially by smell. We all knew in the house that it was going to be something awfully good! The most requested of the cookies he made were chocolate chip cookies…So here’s an ode to some of the best late-night snacks we’ve ever had.