Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Too simple to be this good... post #2 and I've already broken an unwritten blogging "rule" (Section 34 page 12 Rule #...Just kidding!) An amazing blogger at told me that it is important to blog often. I thought it wouldn't be difficult since I am always making something yummy or finding some interesting place. far...not so good. I ended up baking 3 different times this weekend and remembered to take photos once. I even had a mini road trip with some friends and the camera never emerged from my purse! Oh, I also re-decorated my apartment for winter and forgot to take pictures of the things I made. (Does it count if I kept telling myself to take pictures?) I am hoping to get the blogging mindset ingrained (soon) so I can be more consistent with my posts. Just be patient with me and I'll get the hang of it soon. However, the recipe that we'll be talking about today is worth the wait.

We all have a few quirks and some of us have more than others. They are the things that make us different and add a little bit of pizazz to your personality! At least I tell myself that since I have so many quirks. One of my quirks is what season certain foods should be eaten. For instance...Pumpkin rolls have a definite "season" to be made in. I only want to eat/make pumpkin roll in the fall and at Christmas. The idea of eating one in the spring is not appealing to me. There is an amazing lemon, feta, chicken bake (I'll have to make that for you sometime)I absolutely love, but I only want it in the summer. I'm sure you get my point. Apple pie is another item that I believe(d) belongs(ed) in the summer/fall. That belief was shot down when I came across a recipe for a Chocolate and Caramel Apple Pie Galette. I could pretty much eat the whole thing and feel no regret for not sharing it. However, I would regret it when I met my treadmill the next day!

I found the recipe at This website has become a resource for my weekly recipe searches. Without further ado here is the recipe that will revolutionize Apple pie. The best part is how incredibly EASY it is to make!

Chocolate and Caramel Apple Pie Galette

3 Tablespoons butter
2 apples of choice peeled and diced (Granny Smith work great)
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 roll pie dough
5-10 Rolo chocolate caramels, unwrapped and quartered (depends on how much caramely goodness you want)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt butter in a med. saucepan over med. heat. When the butter is melted add diced apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook and stir occasionally for 5 minutes or until softened.

Roll out pie dough and pour cooked apples in center of dough. Leave a 1 1/2 inch border around edges. Top with quartered Rolo’s then take edges of pie dough and fold over to create a pleated edge.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until pie edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool.
*I prefer it warm*

If you are going to transfer it to a plate wait for it to cool completely or bake it on a cookie sheet with no sides. It can be very difficult to remove while warm. (been there...done that) :)

Happy Cooking!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Slacker no more!

Hey! My name is Jaime Land and I am in LOVE with cooking!! Ask my friends and they will tell you that I am "slightly" obsessed with it. I don't dream in color, I dream in recipes and crafts!!! You can read more about me (if you are so inclined) on the sidebar of my blog. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!

I am new to the blogging world, but have been contemplating starting one for several months. A good friend of mine has been encouraging me in this endeavor, but I found every excuse under the sun to put it off. However, New Years came...which caused me to start thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in 2011...which made me think about my half finished blog (and my pile of half-finished crafts)...which made me decide to give this a try. *gulp* (My teacher friends might read this and be appalled at my horrible punctuation! judging ladies) :) I put blogging at the top of my Resolution/To Do list. I was going to get around to it... some could happen!!! However, I actually received a wake up call yesterday which caused me to take the plunge(no time like the present, I guess)

The wake-up call occurred when I posted a recipe on my (previously mentioned) friend's wall. Several other people saw the recipe and decided to make it. In fact, my Mom called me and asked me where to find Nutella (which was one of the ingredients)because my Dad had heard about them. It suddenly occurred to me that there were other people who would like to try new recipes too without the hassle of searching for it. Today's entry is going to be the recipe that provided my much needed motivation. I found the recipe at the amazing, adorable blog!! Heather is extremely talented in so many areas. I love reading her blog!

Might as well plan on a stop at the grocery store today, you are going to want these!! Trust me! I made them last night and am already dreaming about making them again! Oh, I'll take pictures, if possible, next time I make something! Bear with the newbie!

Nutella Puffs

Ingredients needed:

-Marshmallow Crème
-1 box of Frozen Puff Pastry
-One Egg

First, you will need to thaw the puff pastry. Once thawed, unfold and cut each sheet into four squares.

Put a spoonful of Nutella and marshmallow crème in the middle of the puff pastry.

Fold the square into a triangle and crimp the edges of the pastry with a fork.

Brush the pastry with an egg wash {one egg, beaten} and sprinkle with a little bit of sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until the pastry is lightly browned.

Take out of oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes and then ENJOY!!
***I like them best served hot***

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