My friend Dave had a dinner party tonight that had a Thanksgiving theme so I made a caramel apple pie. I was home in Sebastopol this weekend and picked some apples from my moms' apple tree. We also went on the Sonoma County Farm Trails and picked our own apples. The apples I used were from my moms' yard, what we learned are Vermont green, an heirloom variety. Delicious!
My pie crust recipe is already posted, so here's the filling: 5 c (about 6 medium tart apples diced) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 C sugar
Caramel filling 1 stick butter (1/2 C) 1 cup brown sugar 2/3 C flour
Mix the apples, cinnamon and sugar. Mix the caramel filling. Layer in the pie crust.
BONUS - add caramel candies for added deliciousness.
The Omnivore's Hundred is an eclectic and entirely subjective list of 100 items that Andrew Wheeler, co-author of the British food blog Very Good Taste, thinks every omnivore should try at least once in his life.
He offered this list as the starting point for a game, along the following rules: 1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions. 2. Bold all the items you’ve eaten 3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. (I italicized) Things I want to try have an asterisk. 4. Optional extra: post a comment on Very Good Taste, linking to your results.
1. Venison 2. Nettle tea 3. Huevos rancheros 4. Steak tartare* 5. Crocodile 6. Black pudding 7. Cheese fondue 8. Carp 9. Borscht 10. Baba ghanoush 11. Calamari 12. Phở 13. PB&J sandwich 14. Aloo gobi 15. Hot dog from a street cart 16. Epoisses* 17. Black truffle* 18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes 19. Steamed pork buns 20. Pistachio ice cream 21. Heirloom tomatoes 22. Fresh wild berries 23. Foie gras (totally unethical) 24. Rice and beans 25. Brawn, or head cheese (gross) 26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper * 27. Dulce de leche 28. Oysters (gross) 29. Baklava 30. Bagna cauda* 31. Wasabi peas 32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl 33. Salted lassi 34. Sauerkraut 35. Root beer float 36. Cognac with a fat cigar 37. Clotted cream tea 38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O 39. Gumbo* 40. Oxtail (maybe if i was desperate or didn't know) 41. Curried goat 42. Whole insects (ants once in a muffin - unintentionally) 43. Phaal* 44. Goat’s milk 45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/€80/$120 or more 46. Fugu (aka puffer fish - that's just lame) 47. Chicken tikka masala 48. Eel* 49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut 50. Sea urchin 51. Prickly pear 52. Umeboshi 53. Abalone 54. Paneer 55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal 56. Spaetzle 57. Dirty gin martini 58. Beer above 8% ABV 59. Poutine 60. Carob chips 61. S’mores 62. Sweetbreads 63. Kaolin (ummm.. the clay?) 64. Currywurst 65. Durian 66. Frogs’ legs 67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake 68. Haggis 69. Fried plantain 70. Chitterlings, or andouillette 71. Gazpacho 72. Caviar and blini (I've had them seperately. I don't like caviar but i'll take the blini.) 73. Louche absinthe 74. Gjetost, or brunost 75. Roadkill 76. Baijiu 77. Hostess Fruit Pie (barf) 78. Snail (ditto) 79. Lapsang souchong* 80. Bellini 81. Tom yum 82. Eggs Benedict 83. Pocky 84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant*** 85. Kobe beef* 86. Hare 87. Goulash 88. Flowers 89. Horse 90. Criollo chocolate* 91. Spam 92. Soft shell crab 93. Rose harissa* 94. Catfish 95. Mole poblano* 96. Bagel and lox 97. Lobster Thermidor* 98. Polenta (only my favorite food on the planet) 99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee* 100. Snake
The more I get to create good food for others, the happier I am. Even though I've thought of becoming a chef, I think my real calling is baking. I love trying new recipes, new cuisines, new ingredients, new challenges (wheatless, vegan, sugar-free wedding cake anyone?). It's all about learning to make things taste amazing and seeing how people react.