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September 2015

Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Honey Blossom Honey Crisp Apple Tart

This is the 26th version of apple pie on my site to date. Sure, some of them add cherries or blueberries. Some of them are two crust, some lattice, some quirky cutouts as a lattice, and yes, some of them are swirls like this. What can I say: I really like apple pie. It’s one of the comfort foods (along with Spätzle) that I reach for first. And it *is* the start of apple season. Yup, that’s my excuse for making pie when I have 8 million other things that I should be doing today.
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Cookies, Sweet Snacks

Flour-less Salted Almond Chocolate Bites

Cookies. Back to cookies, my all time love (though pie is a close second). I decided to experiment with another “flourless” (ie Gluten Free) recipe, not because I eat GF (nor medically need, obviously) but simply because when I saw this recipe, I liked in. It is *pure chocolate*. No flour, no butter, only egg whites and then powdered sugar, cocoa and melted chocolate. They are sort of like brownies, quite gooey on the inside and simply delicious. Happy I tried them out.
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Spiced Honey Bourbon Apple Spritzer

It’s really warm out for September, above 27C/80C for sure. That isn’t exactly conducive to fall cocktails, but this was what I was in the mood for. Hearty bourbon, sweet honey and apples. It’s cold enough and fizzy enough even to drink on this hot day. Can it be autumn now?!?
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Breakfast/Brunch, Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Apple Berry Breakfast Strudels (or Afternoon Tea Pies)

Things have not been going tremendously well in the “time management” department these days … that is to say, “real life” has been so busy, that Cup of Sugar :: Pinch of Salt has taken a bit of a back burner (no pun intended). It’s overall tremendously frustrating, that. But in an attempt to make myself feel better, and it’s a misty miserable morning, I made these mini-pies, aka breakfast strudels. Pie for breakfast: always a cure all.
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General Reference/Tutorial

Sweet and Spicy Pickled Peppers

My little patio garden miraculously managed to produce over a pound of peppers: jalapenos, cayenne, cubanelles, Cherry Peppers, Pepperoncini, Hungarian Wax Paprika and 2 very small Scotch Bonnets. While I love chilis, there is a good chance that had I eaten all of these hot (and some sweet) peppers in a short period time, my stomach would not have been so happy with me. So what to do with my pepper bounty? I decided to pickle them. Saves them for a while and very versatile. What to do with pickled peppers: add them to salsa or guacamole, use in vinaigrette. Make cheese quesadillas and sprinkle on a bunch. Add to chili or taco meat. Add as a garnish on fish tacos. Really, the possibilities are endless.

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