Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread, Oct 18-Oct 24, 2019

Hosted by Barbara J Nosek

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  TIDBITS – bread-keeping / quark unmasked / food show returns   CS MARKETPLACE SPOTLIGHT – lovely book    FEATURED RECIPE – perfect for fall    TIP – look out ‘fridge   THE WEEK – nachos > burritos / Catalan-style spinach / dinner metric 


Newsy, schmoozy stuff for cooks 

  Bread lovers, rejoice. So sad when we open the package in the pantry or fridge and find hockey pucks, a touch of green {or white}, or a soggy mess. Leave it to Food & Wine to clue us on how to avoid all that with “5 Secrets to Storing Bread {and making it last longer.” Thanks!

  Quark? Hmmm?? Isn’t that something out of particle physics??? Not for folks who love trying new things in the kitchen. Turns out in our realm it’s a dairy product, sort of a hybrid between cheese and yogurt, that you can make yourself. The surprising thing, given the prep procedure, is how the taste is described. See that and uses too in this article about Quark by MyRecipes.

  It’s one of the most popular cooking shows on PBS and it returns to our living rooms Oct 19. It’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” a treasure trove of home cooking, with quick preps for busy families. Watch for actual home cooks showing us regional fare from Mississippi, Miami and Key West. As they say, check your local listings – mine say 12:30 pm.


What a sweetheart of a novel

Welcome to the town of Avalon where it doesn’t take long for the reader to feel like a visitor or maybe even a resident. That’s in great part thanks to author Darien Gee’s talents at establishing a sense of place, and even more theFriendship Bread: A Novel deft introduction of main characters and secondary players in such a way that they retain clear identities rather than dissolving into a blur.

But the book’s title, “Friendship Bread” telegraphs the real star of the show. Throughout, the starter and loaves work their way into these lives variously taking on the roles of nourishment for the body, an elementary school hit, a conversation opener, coin of the realm, a source of humor, a community organizer, the inspiration for both “thank yous” and “Oh nos!” – even the cause of panic in the streets and the underpinning for a mission of mercy.

We follow the bread all the way to the story’s satisfying conclusion. And then there’s . . .  recipes!

The bread, the people, the situations both social and serious often center around the town’s tea shoppe. Feel free to pull up a chair.

“Friendship Bread”    Gee’s other books in Avalon


Just, yum 

I’ve come upon this site before and always found it so interesting. Called Wishes & Dishes, it’s chock full of great looking recipes, starting right with the homepage. In fact, not sure I’ll be able to resist the banana bread brownies with chocolate peanut butter ganache. Also party tips, holiday specialties, and the eclectic Wishes section.

And here, they bring us Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread, so moist and flavorful, a sweet treat for breakfast, snack or dessert. As it says in the intro: “Forget the pie crust and get all the flavors of fall . . .”

Quite easy too. After chopping the apple it’s pretty much just measure, mix, and wait while it bakes. Maybe a quirk of my oven or altitude, after max baking time the center still wasn’t totally set though the edges were. So, I just shut off the oven, left the bread in there for another 25 minutes, and then all good . . . really good.

Btw, there’s a demo on the page which can be helpful but doesn’t include any amounts. When you scroll down you’ll come across a button to Get Recipe – maybe it’s just my unfortunate relationship with electronics but this took me somewhere into the cyber hinterlands.

But . . . if you just keep scrolling on the original page – eureka! – there’s the recipe. After the ingredients you’ll see an arrow. Just scroll right past that into the directions. Then the fun begins! Thanks W&D!

Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread recipe    Wishes & Dishes  


I say All-in, you say . . .

So, we’ve seen a few all-in dishes in past Salons, bread pudding, chocolate pie, stew. And there are very likely more to come because this kind of thing is a great way to use up odd and ends rather than waste them.

It was interesting then to discover a similar phenom in an older version of Better Homes & Gardens. It was part of various strategies for “a better dinner tonight.”

They called one of the suggestions “Clean out the fridge,” and in this particular case the destination was a curry. Into coconut milk base went chicken, veggies, Thai green curry paste and lemons.

But, heck, you could start out with fridge cleaning and end up with soup, salad, burritos, pasta, quiche, “Dagwood” sandwiches, gumbo, paella . . . and whatever else could emerge from the lively imagination of all you creative CS-ers.


Welcome to my kitchen and living room

  As a follow-up to our Tip above, some weeks back I made burritos with a cousin of this technique. A place nearby makes these fabulous nachos with shredded beef, cheese, black olives, onions, peppers, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole on, oh yeah, french fries. After rescuing the fries, I wrapped all the leftover toppings in tortillas and froze the burritos for future enjoyment.

  I have a side dish to share with you, and the fact it is so good is far from a surprise since it’s the creation of flavor master JoséAndrés. It’s his Catalan-Style Spinach and while I’m as big a fan as anyone of the pure taste of lightlyVegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook cooked fresh spinach, this one takes the veggie into a whole new incredibly rich dimension. I first came across the prep in the chef’s “Vegetables Unleashed” cookbook, and it differs just a bit from the one linked here. If you want the best of both recipes, add a chopped shallot or comparable amount of onion, and mixed nuts instead of just pine nuts {I used slivered almonds and halved pecans}, and mixed dried fruits instead of just raisins {I used raisins and chopped dates}. Wondering with a bit of chicken if it couldn’t transform into an entree.

  Here’s one way you know you’re in the presence of a really, really, good dinner, whether at your home table, a host’s table, or a restaurant table. You realize you’re reaching capacity, and you’re just going to have to forego something on that beautiful plate. But what??? There are just no viable candidates. Do I have a solution? Nope. My job here was just verifying that you have had the good fortune to be face to plate with this kind of memorable dinner. Yes, thank you, I did have one such experience this very week.

So far next week: bacon and egg breakfast enchiladas, marshmallow equivalents, bake a cake like Buddy, Jose Andres quote, Watergate Salad, pizza plus

Last week, just below:  cola & peanuts meet in the bottle {yep}, best rotisserie chicken, keeping ‘shrooms fresh, whole book of grilled cheese mania, caterer to the star’s chocolate cake from mix – good/ rich/ easy, cuss-free wrapping, jammy eggs, fun & spooky food, savory salteñas 

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Cook with passion and a party spirit, whether for a crew, or for two, or just for you


Jose Andres’ Scallops with savory roasted sauce, for March 30-April 5, 2018

  In the Salon this week  

    Giada on parm v parm    Easy nut milk    Who needs a recipe?    Do-it-all container set    Title recipe   Yet another excuse for chocolate   My week in food & more  


Newsy, schmoozy stuff for cooks 

  Giada explains the difference between parmesan {grated, shredded, block} and parmigiano, plus how to use and when to use. Very informative.  Video

  Nut Butter -> Nut Milk. Yum! Thanks “Bon Appetit”  Here’s how!

  “Look Ma, No Recipe” titles an article from the cook-friendly Food 52,  happily describing content that delivers on that promise. The page opens with a freestyle lasagna, but then you can also scroll down for a number of others, spaghetti bolognese, “World Championship Pesto” and more.  Page

  CS Marketplace Spotlight

Boffo Containers

Guess we all might have a pantry-ful  of recycled plastic containers, and reusing is good for sure. But for some jobs we just need glass, and Amazon calls the material in this set the “strongest glass available.”[5-Pack] Glass Meal Prep Containers - Food Prep Containers with Lids Meal Prep - Food Storage Containers Airtight - Lunch Containers Portion Control Containers - BPA Free Container [29 ounce] The beauty of it is, each 6.5” x 4.75” x 2” compartment can serve as a mixing bowl, then go in the oven/microwave/freezer, store leftovers, take goodies to work or play with no leaking, no spilling en route.

The five pack rates 4 1/2 stars on Amazon, features airtight locking lids {separate usage instructions}, and sells for $25.99 with free shipping for Prime members.

Popular enough to appear on Page One of best selling kitchen items on Amazon, nice enough to be a thoughtful gift.

Set of 5 glass containers with locking lids    CS Marketplace

Featured Recipe

The chef famous for gold standard cuisine . . . and a heart of gold

You may know chéf Jose Andrés from his cookbooks, cooking shows, travelogs, and restaurants. What you may or may not know about him is his untiring work through his World Central Kitchen providing meals and training and equipment all over the planet. Read more about it at his website.

Andrés is considered a pioneer in bringing small plates to the U.S., bearing his personal signature of high flavor, deep color – that sure comes to a crescendo in the dish, lobster with clementines and grapefruit in saffron oil, shown at the right, and from his cookbook, “Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America” and talk about making it authentic, his recipe on page 30 tucks a copper penny into the equation to get the traditional effect.

His scallop recipe, our feature this week {right}, is one of so many generously shared on his site. As a bonus, you’ll learn how to make the classic Spanish sauce Romesco {do you know the essential “secret” ingredient?}

Andres’ Scallops recipe  ♦  His “Tapas” cookbook

{cookbook – 4 stars, good discount, Prime Eligible, now at Amazon}

Andrés website  ♦  His other cookbooks  ♦  Videos of his “Made in Spain” show


I discovered – and fortunately it was years ago, from one of the fine books by M.F.K. Fisher {find her books in our list} – that, however unexpectedly, chunk chocolate and good bread add up to a match made in culinary heaven. Now along comes José Andrés with an enhancement, also from his tapas cookbook. He starts with rustic bread, toasted, and dark chocolate, melty on the bread, and then sprinkles with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Whether you go with just room temp bread and chocolate or this upgraded version, it’s one of the easiest, most welcome, desserts you can serve.

A Peek at My Week

  Once again tossed leftovers into broth to make a tasty soup, in this case rice with vegetables, steamed dumplings, and shrimp that had been cooked in garlic oil, lemon, soy sauce, and a touch of sriracha all in chicken bouillon.

  Just thrilled to discover that my Albertson’s is now carrying Chicago’s iconic Vienna hot dogs.

♦  Made Nobu’s Matsuhisa Salsa again this week and realized all over how really good this is, originally posted here on Feb 9 as our featured recipe.

  How did I miss this before? – the boffo steak feature for next week comes from Morton’s Steak Bible and while going through the book found a recipe for black bean soup that just might be a clone of one I had decades ago in a restaurant in Ybor City, a Florida town known at least then for its Cuban culture – if it’s as good as it sounds, you’ll see it here is a future chat.

  Posted “Remains of the Day” by Kazao Ishiguro on my Nice Life Books – Tuesdays

  Posted “21 Dog Friendly Vacations” link on my DoggieShirtz – Wednesdays

Cook with passion and a party spirit, whether for a crew, or for two, or just for you