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  1. Thursday, March 22

    Apple Ham Paninis

    I really love paninis. I’m always a sucker for a hot sandwich, plus paninis make for a quick and easy dinner on busy weeknights. And my kids {almost} always eat them! My friend Natalee was raving about two panini combinations she discovered recently, so of course I had to give them a try. I’ll share one of them with you today and the second one tomorrow!

    Today’s is simple and delicious. Ham and havarti cheese combined with the sweet-yet-tart crunch of granny smith apples is delish. And this panini really, truly is fast and simple to prepare. That’s my favorite kind of recipe!

    Apple Ham Paninis
     
    Sweet and tart apple ham paninis!
    Author:
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Sandwich
    Cuisine: American
    Ingredients
    • Sliced sourdough bread (I didn’t have sourdough, I used sliced wheat country bread)
    • Whole-grain mustard
    • Deli-sliced ham
    • Havarti cheese
    • Thinly-sliced granny smith apples
    Instructions
    1. Spread mustard on two slices of bread. Stack the cheese, ham and apples between the slices, then cook in a panini press. If you don’t have a panini press, just do what I do and smush the sandwich between two frying pans (click here for details). Eat and enjoy!

     


  2. Tuesday, October 5

    Apple Toffee Dip, the Perfect Autumn Treat!

    On Sunday I was a in a dipping mood. I made hummus guacamole dip, spinach artichoke dip and apple toffee dip! It was almost like Super Bowl Sunday around here, except no football. Which I’m thinking some people might actually like. I mean, the food is the best part of a Super Bowl party, right? 😉

    It’s been years since I made apple toffee dip, which is a pretty ubiquitous recipe.  It was just as tasty as I remember it! Although, next time I’m adjusting some of the measurements, which I will make note of in the recipe below.

    It’s apple season. Slice some apples. Make this dip. You’ll thank me.

    Apple Toffee Dip, the Perfect Autumn Treat!
     
    From…well…it’s just one of those classic recipes everyone has in their recipe box! I have added a few of my notes.
    Author:
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Ingredients
    • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
    • 8 ounce toffee bits (you can find these in the baking aisle – I would honestly only use 4 oz next time. That would have been the perfect ratio.)
    • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar (um, I would not firmly pack it…I think there was a little too much sugar in the recipe)
    • ½ cup white sugar (again, I think I’ll do more like ⅓ cup next time, there was just a bit too much sugar, so it didn’t all dissolve)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Instructions
    1. Beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla extract with beaters until well blended. Stir in the toffee bits. Slice up your favorite apples and dip away! Granny Smith’s are my favorite…the sour with the sweet is simply scrumptious!
    Notes
    Just a note on the toffee bits – I seriously think 8 oz is overkill. I love the toffee bits, but using the whole package was killer. In fact, I made ½ recipe more of the dip without the bits to help cut down, and I still think it was too many. 4 oz would be plenty!


  3. Wednesday, January 31

    Apple Bavarian Torte

    UPDATE 9/2014: I finally wrote an actual post about this recipe. I recommend clicking through, where the recipe has been re-written with more directions and notes. Thank you!

    Apple Bavarian Torte
     
    Author:
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Ingredients
    • Crust:
    • ½ cup butter
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
    • ⅓ cup sugar
    • 1 cup flour
    • Cheese mixture:
    • 1 pkg 8 ounce cream cheese
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 1 Egg
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla
    • Apple mixture:
    • 3 medium apples (sliced thin and peeled)
    • ⅓ cup sugar
    • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ¼ cup slivered almonds
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 450. cream together crust ingredients. Press into flat bottom of a springform pan. Set aside. In medium bowl, blend cheese and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Pour mixture over crust. toss apples in cin/sug mix and layer over top. Bake for 10 min. Reduce heat to 400 and bake 25 min more. Sprinkle with almonds and continue baking until lightly browned. Cool before removing from pan.