Here’s a healthy alternative to frying ravioli…and less of a mess, too!

Hi! It’s been awhile…you’ll find most recipes I’ve done lately conveniently posted on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thecookingapprentice.

Crisp falling leaves, sweater, jeans, and boots…just a few of my favorite things this time of year.  But what I truly love the most is gift-giving, better to give than receive, right?  Edible treats are probably on the top of everyone’s list–either to give, or receive.  Personally, edible gifts always warms my heart…

I’ve made madeleines a few years ago, and back then I had no idea what I was getting into…you see, I have a love-hate relationship with baking, but for the most part, I really don’t mind it.  Really.

Torte can mean a lot of things in baking…this particular Blueberry Torte–inspired from Food52 Kitchen Letters, is a blueberry pie translated onto a cheese-cake derivative but lighter and prettier.  In essence, it’s really a no-bake cheesecake made fancy by name…

An amalgamation of sharp offset by honey, pears, and off-dry wine, its sweet-sour tang is perfect with rich blue cheeses.

Millionaires’ Shortbread, Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars, Copycat Twix Bars, and so forth…this recipe has had many titles, regardless of what they may be, it definitely had me at C-A-R-A-M-E-L!

I could never pass up fresh-caught seafood, and there is nothing like wild-caught cockles on hot summer days…

I love eating lasagna, as much as I love cooking it…BUT I don’t make it often.  The last time I cooked lasagna I was still dating my husband!  We’ve e been married 13 years to date–so that was a while ago.  Today, however, I was on a mission to do one my favorite things, surf the web for a beyond-the-ordinary lasagna recipe.

Well today hubby and I ate in for lunch.  I was in such a cooking mood since last night.  For lunch I made pork chops & eggs, a real easy, delicious recipe that I will share soon.  The best part however, was made last night and served for lunch today…A surprise dessert for hubby.

Normally, I would say 95% of the time, I’m just a coffee kinda girl in the mornings.  Today, being Sunday and all; not-to-mention the abundance of backyard chicken eggs in the fridge, I thought it was time for another photo-op for Instagram!  Yes, I am quite the addict.  I can’t seem to #cook or #bake anything #inthekitchen nowadays without an opportunity to snap a few pictures…

The Versatile Blogger AwardJust until last night I have been slightly out-of-touch from blogging, and catching up on a long, overdue THANK YOU to The Not So Creative Cook for this Versatile Blogger Award nomination!  I am truly humbled and grateful for a being part of your food blogger selection.

A few weeks ago what we thought to be a really tall, non-fragrant, honeysuckle tree turned out to be pomegranates!  I was elated!  Today I was all over the internet in search of a recipe for pomegranates; at the same token, I had a craving for a Moroccan style cuisine.  So putting two and two together, I came up with a great dinner plan for the family.

Out with the cronuts and in with the ramen burger!  A meat patty sandwiched between two fried ramen noodle buns, the ramen burger debuted and trademarked in Brooklyn on August 2 by inventor, Keizo Shimamoto.

A few days ago I made roasted pork butt…marinated for two days, slow cooked for eight hours, and broiled to perfection for 20 minutes with added Chicharrón crumbles on top.  Given that it was just about three pounds of pork goodness, I knew I had to think of something to make with the left overs we were bound to have.