Friday, April 8, 2011

Family Favorite- Apple Coffee Cake

Succulent, flavorful and perfect for any time of the day or night!

The Good: This is an absolutely delicious cake that is easy to make and perfect for any occasion.
The Bad: This cake never lasts long.
The Ugly: My coworker keeps threatening me because it took so long to post this.

Suggestions before starting:
As with all recipes I make, I set out the eggs so they will be luke warm when I am ready to make the cake.
Usually 2 apples are enough for this recipe.  We always use Granny Smith apples because they are perfect for baking.  Make sure to dice them fairly small.  My parents usually use a grater for the apples but I like them larger; however, if they are too large it will not bake properly.
The recipe calls for 1 cup of walnuts... I leave these out.  I do not like walnuts but my parents always add them.
Immediately after removing from the oven I cover the cake with a clean towel to keep in the moisture.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Family Favorite-Stuffed Peppers

Spicy or mild, creamy or crunchy... these are delicious!

The Good: These are incredible easy, great as an appetizer, carry-in dish or holiday hors d'oeuvre.
The Bad: If you decide to reheat these expect them to get gradually hotter.
The Ugly: Unfortunately the peppers do not come with a spicy thermometer so it can be guess work to know if they will be spicy or not.

Suggestions before starting:
If you are someone who does not like spicy foods, feel free to use another type of pepper or taste test your peppers before using the bunch.
The first time I had this recipe it was not spicy at all but the second time it had a bit of a kick.
Adjust the cream cheese and sausage to your taste.  I love cream cheese so I added more than Dave (Wicked Chef 2) would.
All of the quantities are approximations.