9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes

Autumn is just one of those seasons that involves special foods and dishes that we don’t necessarily enjoy other times of the year. And you know we could never just pass up the opportunity for a culinary celebration of all the fall foods! Two weeks ago we shared 17 Autumn Desserts that are sure to delight, and last week it was 14 Flavorful Fall Sides. As much as we might like to just have sides and desserts, main dishes are pretty important when it comes to dinner, so today we give you 9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes.

Chicken and Poultry for Fall

You’ll never believe how easy it is to make Homemade Chicken and Dumplings! And by homemade, we mean [Read more…]

14 Flavorful Fall Sides

I hope you are getting to enjoy a taste of fall in your part of the world. Between cooler temperatures and leaves on the brink of turning from the greens of summer to the vibrant brights of autumn, we’re ready to welcome all that is fall around here! Last week I shared 17 Autumn Desserts with you and today let’s talk sides. These 14 Flavorful Fall Sides to be exact …

14 Flavorful Fall Sides

Autumn Appetizers to whet your appetite

7-Layer Dip End Zone

7 Layer End Zone Dip can easily be made to look like a football (or soccer) field and suddenly [Read more…]

Honey Crisp Kale Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Dressing

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Do you ever do something that just makes you so pleased with yourself?  That’s how I feel about creating this salad!  

To me, this Honey Crisp Kale Chopped Salad couldn’t get any better.  I hope you feel the same way.  I do hope you’ll go to your kitchen and give it a try!

This idea came to me in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep.  It’s a simple salad, with just a few healthy ingredients – kale, honey crisp apples, and a few dressing ingredients.  The dressing doesn’t even have to be mixed separately.  I just drizzled each ingredient over the salad and tossed.  So easy!

This is the type of salad I could eat forever!

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Easy Apple Salad

Easy Apple Salad

I could have sworn that I had a recipe for Apple Salad on my blog.  In fact, at Thanksgiving time, I started to make it to take to a gathering and the first thing I did was look search the recipe on the site.  Nothing.

So I snapped a few photos and I’m just now getting around to posting the recipe.  This one is great for holiday dinners like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, but it’s so easy that you can also serve it up on a plain old Tuesday night.

If you’re dishing it up for weeknight dinner, use the ingredients you have on hand.  Feel free to skip the pineapple, pecans or grapes.

The recipe is really more method than exact measurements, but the two ingredients that make the dressing are key.  Those are also the two ingredients I can never remember, hence the reason I was searching my blog for the recipe.

Since my search yielded nothing, I called my mom, of course.  Now that I’ve got the recipe posted we can all find it here and talk to our moms about something else.

Easy Apple Salad

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Potato-Apple Slaw

This slow cooker recipe from Kate sounds amazing!  Don’t be afraid to try the sauerkraut.  I’ve found that in recipes it isn’t nearly as “krauty” as it is when you have it straight from the jar or can.

Apple season is my favorite. As soon as they start appearing in the market, they start working their way into every meal I can possibly squeeze them into. This is one of our standard fall dinners.

Apples pair so well with kielbasa. The potatoes bulk up the slaw to make the whole dish more filling and the sauerkraut adds a great bite. The whole thing just tastes like fall and couldn’t be easier! If you’re looking for a simple, seasonal dish, this is a great go-to.

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To make it, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients:

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Potato-Apple Slaw

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 3 large potatoes, shredded
  • 3 Gala apples, peeled and shredded
  • 1 15 oz. can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup sherry cooking wine
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. kielbasa, coin-sliced
Instructions
  1. In the slow cooker, toss together the shredded potato, shredded apple and rinsed sauerkraut.
  2. Stir in cooking wine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If it's still too bitter, stir in a teaspoon or two of sugar.
  3. Stir in sliced kielbasa.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

How to Keep Apple Slices from Turning Brown for Several Days

How to Keep Apple Slices from Turning Brown

 

Have you ever wanted to serve apple slices at a party?  Or pack them in a lunch?

The problem is that, once they’re cut apples start to turn brown.  But I’ve figured out a simple, two step method to keeping them looking fresh.  I’ve tested this method several times.  The first time, I checked the apples for several days after cutting.  They stayed looking fresh the whole time.  This time, I tested them for 24 hours.  Again, the method worked perfectly.

Keep Apple Slices from Turning Brown for over 24 hours with this two step method

 

The first step involves slicing the apples and letting them soak for 2-3 minutes in Sprite.  I pour the Sprite in a bowl, add the apples and then stir so that all surfaces of the apples are in contact with the Sprite.

I’ve used lemon juice to dip apples, but it does alter the taste a bit.  And I’ve never soaked the apples in lemon juice, just a quick dip, so the anti-browning action isn’t as good.

I’ve also heard of people using salt water to deter browning in apples.  But again, that would alter the taste of the apples.

Sprite works great though.  It doesn’t change the taste of the fruit noticeably at all.  And that means the apples can take a 2-3 minute soak, which really helps deter the browning for longer.

How to keep apples fresh

 

The second step of the method is to drain the apples and put them in zip top plastic bags.  Squeeze as much air as possible out of the bags.  Then store the slices in the fridge.

I’ve held the apples in the fridge for several days with no browning happening.  This is good if you need to do some party prep ahead of time.  Slicing apples isn’t hard, but it can be time consuming if you have a lot to do.  It’s nice to know you can do it ahead and still have fresh looking apples.

I also tested the apples after coming out of the fridge and sitting on a plate at room temperature.  Here’s what they looked like immediately after I put them out.

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You can see I tested 3 different varieties.  The Fuji was naturally darker than Ida Red and Jonathan, but all of them still looked fresh 24 hours after the Sprite bath.

And here they are 30 minutes later:

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No noticeable change.  I’ve also tested the slices for several hours on the counter and there wasn’t any browning that I noticed.

So, if you want fresh slices to pack in a lunch or serve at a party, grab some Sprite and zip top bags.  Don’t forget the caramel sauce for dipping!

Salted Caramel Biscoff Dip

We love Biscoff Spread in our house.  The jars never last a very long time.  It’s just so creamy and smooth and full of that gently, spiced cookie flavor.

I decided that it would be a perfect accompaniment to caramel.  I was right!

I do admit that this recipe is like getting a jump start on Fall, when apples will be in season and so will caramel and spice.  But don’t wait that long to whip up this easy dip.

When I first envisioned the recipe, I didn’t think about making it salted caramel.  But after tasting it, I knew that would be the right thing to do.  You won’t see the Kosher salt in the ingredient photo for that reason.  In addition to the tiny, but delicious salt, you’ll also need these three ingredients:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 – 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Biscoff Spread, creamy or crunchy
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt, optional
  1. Beat cream cheese and brown sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and well combined.
  2. Mix in Biscoff Spread and salt, if desired.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

I used a whole cup of brown sugar, but I think you could cut back a bit.  You’ll notice that there is no caramel in this at all.  The brown sugar, along with the flavor of the Biscoff Spread add a caramel-like taste to the dip.

This dip is perfect with slightly tart, crisp apples.

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Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash – Easy Side Dish

I made this a while back to go with Slow Cooked Breakfast Casserole.  It was a great combination.  Since you’re just dumping two ingredients into a slow cooker, it couldn’t be simpler.

Admittedly, it isn’t the most photogenic of recipes.  Don’t let that stop you though.  I’m not sure what it is about orange veggies, like butternut squash, pumpkin, acorn squash and sweet potatoes, but I could eat and eat and eat them.  They are so good!

You can find diced butternut squash in the produce section or the freezer section of the grocery.  I like skipping the step of peeling and chopping a fresh squash, but it would cut down on cost to do your own prep.

Here’s what you’ll need for this easy side dish:   [Read more…]

Easy Apple Crumb Cake

I was headed to a family get together last week and needed to bring dessert. I couldn’t decide what to make so I looked around in a pantry and what I found created this deliciousness! This is one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made and so good. I hope you enjoy as well. And its very customizable. You could use any type of cake mix. I think it would be good with spice cake. And you could use other fruits. Peaches would be so good too. If this gets your creative juices flowing and you make an alteration to this recipe please comment and let us know!

Here’s what you need:

  • A box of cake mix (any kind will do – I used yellow cake)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • handful of nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2-3 apples, sliced and skinned

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 X 9 pan.
  2. Prepare the apples. Core, slice, and peel the skin off of them. I made mine very thin slices of apple.
  3. Layer the apples in the pan, then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Pour the cake mix evenly over the cinnamon apples.
  5. Next you sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake mix, then sprinkle the nuts over the top.
  6. And the last step is to slice the butter real thin and cover the top.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
  8. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

Easy Apple Crumb Cake
Ingredients
  • A box of cake mix (any kind will do - I used yellow cake)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of brown sugar, packed
  • handful of nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 2 apples - cored, sliced and peeled
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13 X 9 pan.
  2. Prepare the apples. Core, slice, and peel the skin off of them. I made mine very thin slices of apple.
  3. Layer the apples in the pan, then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Pour the cake mix evenly over the cinnamon apples.
  5. Next you sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake mix, then sprinkle the nuts over the top.
  6. And the last step is to slice the butter real thin and cover the top.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
  8. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 7 years. They have two kids – a 3 yr old boy and a 1 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

Ingredient Spotlight: Apples 2012

Can we all agree that apples are one of the best things about fall?

I thought so.

{side note: one of the worst things about fall are all those pictures people pin on pinterest of spiders. why, people? why??}

Apples in dessert is an even better reason to love fall.  Because we’re in the middle of 31 Days of Short Cuts for Cheaters series, I’m linking up recipes that each have a short cut aspect to them.

Skillet Apple Crisp – 20 minutes and done!

Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze – starts with a cake mix, ends with moist apple spice flavor dripping with caramel

Apple Cornbread Dressing – dressed up dressing mix  [Read more…]