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October 2017

Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Cranberry Custard Apple Tart

Yup, it’s fall. I guess it’s officially been autumn for a few weeks, but the air is finally cooler. Which means what? Apple pies! Custard-style apple pies are my favorite. They are not so sweet, and have a creamier (not no sticky) flavor. This time I added some cranberry sauce (and yes, I was lazy and just bought store-bought — home made would have been so much better, but I still need to wait a few weeks for cranberries!) which added a tart little punch.
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Candy, Sweet Snacks

Coconut Cardamom Ladoo, for Diwali

Next week is Diwali (Deepavali). I’m not Hindu (nor am I anything else), but in one description I’ve read, it described Diwali as a celebration of victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Those are ideals that I can get on-board with. One of the things that many of my Indian friends have done is have given sweets for Diwali, so I thought that I would try making some myself. I’ve never made this type of sweet before, and I know that it isn’t a very traditional recipe in any way, but they were easy to make and taste amazing. So Happy Diwali to one and all!
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Dinner, Lunch, Soups

Creamy Sweet Potato Curry Bisque

Today’s Soup of the Day: Creamy Sweet Potato Curry Bisque. I feel like I’m in a restaurant whenever someone says “Soup of the Day”. 🙂

It’s actually gotten cooler here in greater Boston, which is nice for mid-October. It’s been too warm for soup until now, but it’s supposed to be the start of Soup Season, right? At any rate, cool enough to make this sweet potato bisque. It’s a variation on my Roasted Butternut Curry Soup, which is one of my favorites. Worked just as well with sweet potatoes. The best part: it freezes really well, so double the recipe and you’ll have a freezer full to last you a while!
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Breakfast/Brunch, Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Caramel Pecan Banana Bundt Cake

I’ve had company visiting for the weekend (which actually seems to often be the case!) so to make the “hey, sure, you can sleep in the spare bed” more like a bed and breakfast experience, I made some banana-bread like thing to snack on in the morning. I’m not sure if I should call this banana *bread* or *coffee cake* so I went with Bundt Cake, just because of the pan I used. Super light and fluffy; totally yummy.
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Desserts, Sweet Snacks

Apple Walnut Crumble Bars

The first time that I heard about apple butter, I was very confused. It’s a bit of a misnomer of course — there is no daily in this butter! In essence, it is just very concentrated apple sauce. Sort of a jam. Not even close to being a jelly. The nice thing: it works great as an addition to pies and makes a great filling for these bars. You can of course make it yourself, but it seems to be readily available in the shops these days too.
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