Saturday, October 26, 2019

Super Easy Apple Crisp

My local grocery store stocks LUCK brand "fried" apples and peaches. These are not to be confused with "pie filling." Instead, these are still a bit on the "crunch" side and canned in a simple syrup. I use a drained can of each to make this simple cobbler. They are also available with cinnamon.

I love apple cobbler. It's like apple pie but without the labor of making a crust. But, even peeling apples can be time consuming. Instead, I simply butter a dish or pan, drain some of these delicious apples and peaches and top with a store-bought packet of "crumb" mixture. What could be easier?

Most grocery stores now offer a premixed brand of "crisp" or "crumble" to add to fruit. I use this one made by the Fresh Gourmet Company. It even has oats!

  • 2 cans, LUCK'S fried apples and/or peaches
  • (I use one can of apples and one of peaches)
  • 1 tablespoon flour or corn starch
  • Fresh lemon
  • 1/16 teaspoon almond or vanilla flavoring (optional and use less, not more)
  • 1 packet fruit "crumb" topping
  • Lemon

Drain the apples and/or peaches
Arrange in a buttered dish or pan.* Sprinkle with flour/corn starch. Sprinkle with a bit of seasoning of your choice such as nutmeg, apple pie spice, cinnamon. Squeeze in a bit of fresh lemon juice and, if using, almond flavoring. Gently mix.

Prepare cobbler mix according to package directions. Spread on top. Bake according to package directions. Allow to cool a bit. Enjoy

*Use a pan or dish so that the fruit is about two-layers.

Of course, it's cheaper to make your own apple crisp. My full "from scratch" recipe is here:

Friday, October 25, 2019

I Have Not Left!

As I type this, I have a wonderful "apple-and-peach" crisp bubbling in the oven. It smells like autumn. No big deal as recipes go. BUT this recipe is different. Why? It uses canned, not fresh, "fried" apples and peaches (not to be confused with the thick snotty canned fruit filling). It also utilizes a store-bought package of cinnamon-nutmeg crumb topping. Just add butter! Seriously, this is too easy and delicious not to make.

When that incredible cobbler comes out of the oven ... in goes a one-pound fillet of marinated fresh salmon.

I love salmon, but I get so tired of boring recipes. Or just kind of serving it plain. Don't you?

This recipe is anything but!

I've been working on it for two weeks and I am now confident of the measured ingredients and how each plays off each other to create a unique but delicious salmon filet.  Think Thai sweet chili, lime, ginger, honey. A bit of fresh garlic. Served with simple, buttered, white rice and a green side such as spinach, kale, broccoli or Brussel sprouts, I am confident it will be your new go-to salmon dinner.

So, let's get ready for winter recipes! Are you in?