Sunday, September 30, 2007

An Apple A Day...

Since I can remember my family has always gone apple picking each fall. We would make a day of it and just have a great time. Which is a tradition I am excited to pass on to my family. We weren't able to go last year because we were in CA and they didn't have any orchards near where we were living (we went pumpkin in Half Moon Bay).

This year is a completely different story because we are back in NY after about 6 years and very close to my favorite place to go apple picking...Lawrence Farms. This trip was also Jacob's first time going apple picking so we made a day of it. Heidi was coming over to spend the day with us and we called up my in-laws (which I also found out that my in-laws have never ever before gone apple picking)...and headed out to the orchards.

I thought to myself what would make this day perfect...Pulled Pork for dinner from the slow cooker. I heard from other neighbors that my neighbor Cathy had an awesome recipe for I asked for it.

Dave's Pulled Pork Sandwiches

4-5lb Pork Shoulder/Butt Roast
3 Tbls Chili Powder
2 Tbls Onion Powder
2 Tbls Garlic Powder
2 Tbls Brown Sugar
1 Tbls Ground Mustard
1 Tbls Paprika
1 Tbls Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbls Salt
2 cans Coca Cola
1 bottle Barbeque Sauce ( I used KC Masters)
Rolls ( I used "Martin's Potato Rolls")

Combine rub ingredients and coat outside of the pork roast. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate a few hours or overnight.

Preheat dutch oven on stove on high and preheat oven to 300 degrees (or put slow cooker on high). Brown pork roast in dutch over (or in slow cooker) on all sides. Turn off stove (or turn slow cooker down to 300 degrees/low). Add enough Coca Cola so that the liquid comes up 1/2 way up the roast. Cover dutch oven and place in oven (or cover slow cooker). Braise pork roast until it's tender enough that it can be completely pulled apart by a fork - this will take several hours. Shred entire roast into small pieces using forks. Add bottle of barbeque sauce and mix together. Serve on rolls.

My Review: I AM IN LOVE...with this pulled pork recipe. Clearly the best I have ever made or had in my life. The rub adds a nice layer of spice to the meat. The rub has a little kick to it but it isn't so spicy that you can't eat a ton of it. Adding the bbq sauce to the cola sauce really makes it taste great. I will defiantly make this recipe again and I am excited that I have leftovers. This recipe is a keeper!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Candy Corn Season

Ok really I am not trying to take over Heidi's role as the candy lady but I think I am gaining on her. She was the one that actually told me about this limited edition candy from Hershey's. They are called Hershey Kisses: Candy Corn. I found a review on them at and then knew what I was looking for.

My review: When I first open the bag I got a great big smell of what seemed to me be vanilla or marshmallow. Above is a picture I found on the website of candyaddict of what the kisses look like. They really do look like candy corn but to me at first don't taste like them. I had another taste and thought about it and they do taste a little bit like candy corn but mostly like white chocolate to me. I don't think I would buy them again...just something new to try.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Dyszler’s Chocolate Chip Muffins

So, most of you (if not all) have probably seen the below recipe from Karen and may have been lucky enough to sample them. This past weekend, we had guests for breakfast (before we headed the the Norwalk Boat Show - great show with tons of boats and I even got to step aboard a $1.3 million yacht!). I made these muffins in the morning and pulled them out of the oven piping hot. WOW! Were they good! (My guests are still talking about them!)

I decided to make mini chocolate chip muffins for our broker open house (our condo officially went on the market this past Saturday!). I mixed mini chocolate chips into the batter and sprinkled the cinnamon sugar on top (instead of the 2 layer approach). Here is what it looked like...

The thing I was really excited by was that I tried a new tactic! If you've made cupcakes or muffins before, you know it's a laborious task to scoop batter into each muffin "hole" (is there a term for this?!) and especially if you have 24+ mini muffins to make! So, I decided to put the batter in a plastic Ziploc baggie and cut a hole out of the corner. (Trust me this was not brain science and I'm sure thousands of others have done this, but...) It was the easiest way to get the batter into the pan and I was done in a quarter of the time it usually takes me! So, I was very excited by this development and hoped that it would also save you ladies some time too!

P.S. The recipe usually makes 6 LARGE muffins, this made 36-39 mini muffins. =)

¼ lb. Margarine (1 Stick)
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 cups Flour
½ tsp Baking Soda

Cinnamon Mix
½ cup Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon

Chocolate Chips 6 ounces (use regular size chips)

Instructions: Cream together margarine and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Add flour and the baking soda. Spoon half the batter into the muffin pans. Sprinkle approximately half of the cinnamon mix on the batter and add chocolate chips. Place the rest of the batter into the pans. Top with the remainder of the cinnamon mix and chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. (Only took 33 minutes in my electric oven.)

Makes 6 large muffins.


When sprinkling the first layer of the cinnamon mix, make sure the mix and chocolate chips do not touch the sides of the pan. This will make the muffins split in half.

Use a cake tester and poke through the center of the muffin to make sure that they are cooked thoroughly.

On the top layer, tap the chocolate chips softly into the batter. This will keep them from rolling off once the muffins rise.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I Love Cookbooks

When I packed up my apartment a year ago to start our moving around process. I noticed that I have a good amount of cookbooks. Big mistake was putting them all in one box because it was SOOO heavy. I can't really say how many I have really used but I just love having them. The more pictures the better. I visited my mother-in-law who also loves cookbooks and just got a new one (The Chocolate Bible).

Here is a list of a few of my cookbooks:
How to Cook Everything
The Best Recipes
I am Just here for the Food
How to Cook without A Book
The Joy of Cooking
Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Book of Desserts

I know I have more than that but they are in a box in my basement. I would really love to display them in my kitchen BUT I have a toddler who would love nothing more then to spend hours pulling them down off a bookcase if I got one. Does anyone have a suggestion on where I could put them and how to keep my son from trying to play with them?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Another New Candy...Oh So Minty

After a little drama today (my son got stung by his first bee) I went to CVS to pick up some medicine. I decided to treat myself to a little bit of candy but oh which one. Then I remembered that 3 Musketeers came out with a new candy bar...3 Musketeers Mint.

Review: I liked the taste of this candy bar. At first I thought that it would taste like a normal 3 Musketeers but with an added taste of mint but I was SOOOO wrong. It is dark chocolate on the outside and just mint on the inside. It reminded it me of a Junior Mint but not as intense as one but just as good. I would definitely buy this one again.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

For a Good Cause

A friend of mine at work told me about Lean Cuisine offering insulted lunch bags for $9.95. The best part about them (besides looking so cute) is it that $5 of every purchase goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Check it out. I believe it's a yearly fundraiser for them. I bought the pink one with the bubbles.

LEAN CUISINE® designer lunch bags for Susan G. Komen for the Cure


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