Sunday, June 17, 2012

Apple Nut Ring

I am always game for delicious and simple dessert.  This recipe combines both and my husband loves it!  So for Father's Day a yummy and quick sweet fix for you:
This is a Pampered Chef Recipe so the instructions make reference to their products---I will list what I used instead---you can find the original recipe here.

  1. I did not have any nuts so my recipe today does not include them
  2. If using a pie plate make sure its a deep dish--the biscuits will rise and make cause some bubbling over in the oven(found this out the hard way)
***Fun Fact****
I peeled, cored, and sliced an additional apple as I have a helpful (curious and hungry) two year old.  She was very keen on assisting me in testing the apples

What you’ll Need:
  •  2   packages (7.5 ounces each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 2/3   cup sugar
  •  1   tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4   cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2   medium Granny Smith apples
  • 1/3   cup chopped nuts
How to Prepare:
  1.  Preheat oven to 400°F. Separate biscuits. In Classic Batter Bowl (any bowl will do), microwave butter on HIGH 30-45 seconds or until melted. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip biscuits in butter; roll in sugar mixture. Arrange biscuits in an overlapping circular pattern in Deep Dish Baker(I used a pie plate).
  2. Peel, core and slice apples using Apple Peeler/Corer Slicer (I peeled my apples and used a corer/slicer tool). Cut slices in half crosswise with Utility Knife (any knife). Place an apple slice between each biscuit and around outer edge of baker. Grate nuts using Deluxe Cheese Grater(any grater works) fitted with coarse grating drum. Mix nuts with any remaining sugar mixture; sprinkle over top.
  3.  Bake 25-30 minutes or until biscuits are deep golden brown. Serve warm using Mini-Serving Spatula.

Yield: 10 servings or 20 sample servings

Nutrients per serving: Calories 230, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 12.5 mg, Carbohydrate 38 g, Protein 3 g, Sodium 50 mg, Fiber 1 g


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Shortbread cookies

My Dad loves shortbread cookies...he usually only gets them at Christmas time.  And although I am sure he would like to keep them all to himself, he always shares.  That's what I love about my dad.  He always gives what he can, even when its his most favorite cookie.  So for Father's Day I have attempted to make some shortbread cookies for him.  The recipe is undeniably simple and they turned out super cute.  So here's hoping he likes them!



  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add 2 to 2 1/4 cups flour. Mix well.
  3. Sprinkle board with the remaining flour. Knead for 5 minutes, adding enough flour to make a soft dough. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 3x1 inch strips. Prick with fork and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.

 Here are my photos:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Great Grandma Emily's Portuguese Rice

My great grandmother used to make this every time we would visit. She served it alongside fried chicken and then for dessert ice cream sandwiches or animal cookies. I have her special rice pot and I just love to make and share this rice with my family. Chalk full of lima beans, its a great side dish and way to get kids to enjoy these wonderful beans!

  • 2 cups long cooking rice 
  • 6-8 oz lima beans ( I use frozen)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped) 
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 
  • 4 cups of water 
  • salt & pepper 
  • 2 pots of similar size ( or a pot and skillet) 

Pot One: Place 1/4 cup oil in the bottom of the pot. Sautee medium onion until translucent--careful not to burn the onion.

Pot Two: Bring 4 cups of water to boil. Add the sauteed onions, lima beans, and rice. Season with 1tbs salt and 3/4 tsp of pepper (more or less to taste) Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to the lowest setting. Simmer for 30minutes. Fluff with a fork and enjoy!

*Fun Family Factoid: Great grandma used to place a coffee mug on her lids to ensure a good seal while simmering!*****