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Brandy Glazed Carrots

Brandy Glazed Carrots

Elevate any dinner by adding Brandy Glazed Carrots to the menu. You’ll be amazed at the way brandy can transform the same old carrot dish into something quite special. Fresh baby carrots are cooked until tender, simmered in a mixture of honey and butter with […]

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

I was one of those kids that never liked Brussels Sprouts. Heck I don’t even think I tasted one til I was well into adulthood. Then along came Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts to change my mind. The combination of sweet maple syrup, smokey bacon and […]

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Fall is officially here and I’m ready for all the Fall things like apple picking!!! I’ve been wanting to go for a few years now but either our schedules or the weather hasn’t allowed for it. Growing up I always looked forward to our school field trips to Becker Farms in Gasport, NY. We’d pick apples in the orchards and learn how cider was made and even get to take home a bag of apples to share with our families. Through the years it’s been so much fun to watch this 340 acre farm blossom and grow into what it is today. Farm trips now include a stop at the brewery for hard cider, beer, and wine, a breathtaking wedding venue, and even private cabins for lodging, to name only a few.

But of course I’ll always have a soft spot for spending time in their orchards. Reservations are required for weekend apple picking so head to their website and be sure to book your time slot in advance. They book us fast! Tickets are not required for Monday-Friday visits. I’d also recommend checking out the picking schedule to see what apples are available each week. At the time of our visit, there were two popular varieties ripe for the picking, Cortland and McIntosh. We loaded up a bag of each! McIntosh apples are perfect for eating fresh, baking and of course applesauce!

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce is the perfect recipe to put a bag go McIntosh apples to good use! I love this recipe because really all you need to do is wash, peel and chop the apples and then the machine does the rest of the work. You can have this one ready to go in under 30 minutes. Amazing, right!?! It’s made with only 5 ingredients so you know exactly just what’s going into your food. And applesauce is one of those quintessentially Fall recipes that you can make and share with your whole family. It’s warm and inviting and laced with Fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Making applesauce is the guaranteed way to make some memories with your family.

Here’s all you’ll need: apples, water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce ingredients list #pressurecookerrecipes #pressurecookerapplesauce #instantpotrecipes #instrantpotapplesauce #homemadeapplesauce #applesauce #applepickingrecipes

This might be one of the easiest recipes on the blog but all that really means is you’ll be making it over and over again and again. Wash, peel and chop the apples. Yep! All of them. So simple!

Apples peeled and chopped on a cutting board. #applesauce #homemadeapplesauce #applesaucerecipe #pressurecookerapplesauce #instantpotapplesauce

Place the apples in the pot of the pressure cooker. Cover with 1 cup of water. When pressure cooking you always need some sort of liquid to produce steam. This won’t cover all the apples but will be just enough liquid to produce steam for our cinnamon applesauce. Add 1/3 cup of white sugar, then sprinkle the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt over top.

Apples, water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt layered into a pressure cooker pot. #pressurecookerrecipes #fallrecipe #fallbucketlist #applerecipes #instantpotrecipes

Select the manual function, adjust the pressure to highest temperature setting, and set the cook timer for 5 minutes. When the apples are finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally.

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Mash apples with a potato masher or an immersion blender until smooth. Or for a chunkier applesauce just stir it up with a spoon and your ready to go! And don’t forget the absolute best part of pressure cooking – there’s only one pot to clean! New to pressure cooking? You can see our full review of the Cosori Premium 6-Quart Pressure Cooker here.

Left: Cooked apples sitting in a pressure cooker pot. Right: An immersion blender is used to blend apples until smooth. #applesauce #pressurecookerapplessauce #instantpotapplesauce #pressurecookerrecipes #instantpotrecipes

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce is best served warm on a chilly day. You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 day or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Doesn’t that just look so good? Makes me feel like a kid again!

Put a bag of apples to good use with our Rustic Apple Tart, Apple Hand Pies, or Over the Top Apple Pie Cheesecake!
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Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

October 1, 2020
: 8 cups
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 5 pounds McIntosh apples (about 15 medium), peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash, peel and chop the apples. Place the apples in the pot of the pressure cooker. Cover with 1 cup of water. Add 1/3 cup of white sugar, then sprinkle the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt over top.
  • Step 2 Select the manual function, adjust the pressure to the highest heat setting, and set the cook timer for 5 minutes. When the apples are finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Step 3 Mash apples with a potato masher or an immersion blender until smooth. For a chunky applesauce stir it up with a spoon and you’re ready to go! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 day or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Enjoy!

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Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Looking to shake things up a bit? Peach Mango Caprese Salad offers a lovely twist on the classic tomato and mozzarella dish. Caprese Salad fans will absolutely adore this lil bowl full of summer. The perfect bite holds wonderfully ripe peaches, juicy mango, tangy tomatoes, […]

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not […]

Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Raise your hand if you could use a little more fruit in your life. Well our Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips is here to help you with that. Fruit Salsa makes the perfect appetizer or snack for summer because it’s so light and refreshing. You’ll be shoveling this stuff in your mouth by the spoonful. But don’t miss out on the cinnamon chips! They bake up sweet, crispy, and delicious and make the perfect vessel for this colorful fruit medley. The tropical fruit blend is a surefire winner, but you can also shake it up a bit and swap out for whatever fruit combinations you like. Bananas, blueberries, or blackberries are a great place to start experimenting.

Here’s all you’ll need: strawberries, navel orange, kiwi, crushed pineapple, lemon juice, sugar, flour tortillas, butter, sugar, and ground cinnamon.

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips ingredients list

You’re gonna love this recipe because it’s super easy and can even be prepped ahead of time. Let’s start by prepping the fruit. Chop the strawberries, orange, and kiwi. The kiwi will need to be peeled first, of course.

Strawberries chopped on a cutting board.

Combine all 4 fruits in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the diced strawberries, orange chunks, kiwi, and crushed pineapple. Be sure to drain the crushed pineapple well otherwise the mixture will be soggy. Run the pineapple through a strainer or even squeeze the juice out with your hands if you have to.

Diced strawberries, navel orange chunks, kiwi chunks, and crushed pineapple in a large glass mixing bowl.

Add the lemon juice and 1-1/2 teaspoons of sugar to the bowl and then mix it all up. Isn’t that just gorgeous?!? Refrigerate fruit salsa until ready to serve.

Lemon juice and sugar being stirred into the fruit mixture.

Our sugary sweet cinnamon coated chips are up next! Combine the cinnamon and 1/3 sugar in a small bowl.

Cinnamon and sugar mixed together in a small glass bowl.

Brush both sides of an 8-inch tortilla with melted butter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture to cover. Then cut each tortilla into 8 wedges using a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Place the wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet. You can spray with cooking spray if you don’t have parchment paper laying around. But seriously, don’t be late to the party. Parchment paper comes in handy all.the.dang.time!

8 inch flour tortilla brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until just crisp. Thirteen minutes was right on the money to get that perfectly crunchable chip for my oven. Grab one to sample if you’re not sure! Ok maybe grab two to sample. No judgment!! I had to run a couple of batches to get all the chips to fit.

Cinnamon chips on a parchment lined baking sheet hot out of the oven.

Serve the cinnamon chips with the Tropical Fruit Salsa and go to town baby!!! Seriously get after it! When you’re finished with this recipe, make sure you check out our Banana Split Cake! Just another tasty treat that’ll have you licking the bowl clean.

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Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

July 21, 2019
: 2-1/2 cups salsa and 80 chips
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 medium navel orange, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 medium kiwifruit, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • CINNAMON CHIPS:
  • 10 flour tortillas (8 inches each)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop the strawberries, orange, and kiwi. The kiwi will need to be peeled first, of course. Drain the pineapple.
  • Step 2 Combine all 4 fruits in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the diced strawberries, orange chunks, kiwi, and crushed pineapple. Add the lemon juice and 1-1/2 teaspoons of sugar to the bowl. Toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Step 3 Combine the cinnamon and 1/3 cup sugar in a small bowl. Brush both sides of an 8-inch tortilla with melted butter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture to cover. Then cut each tortilla into 8 wedges using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
  • Step 4 Place the wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until just crisp. Remove from the baking sheet and cool.
  • Step 5 Serve the cinnamon chips with the fruit salsa and enjoy!

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Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

Call it stuffing or call it dressing, it really doesn’t matter as long as you call it delicious!!! Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. Our take on this Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing is a classic, no frills, anything but basic holiday stuffing recipe. […]

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad is the salad I’ve been missing all my life! Our garden is overflowing with cucumbers right about now and my hubby is. In. His. Glory!! But I’m not the type to just sit there and munch on a plain cucumber all on […]

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower

I’ll admit it! We jumped on the trend train when it comes to cauliflower. We’ve tried the cauliflower pizza crust, and the breadsticks, and the cauliflower rice. But Smoky Roasted Cauliflower is hands down our favorite way to prepare it! The secret ingredient is smoked paprika. It gives this effortless side dish such a distinct taste. You’ll be amazed at how a few simple ingredients can kick up the flavor in this easy recipe. But wait…there’s more!! Did I mention that Smoky Roasted Cauliflower is actually good for you?!? Bonus!! I know right?!? A girl has to balance all those freak shakes and cookies that you see on instagram with some vegetables every once in awhile. This knock your socks off side pairs perfectly with summer BBQs but would also make a lovely accompaniment to Easter dinner. Wow your guests this year with an unexpected flavor!

Here’s all you’ll need: cauliflower, olive oil, smoked paprika, salt, garlic and fresh parsley. Buffalo folks! You know we got our smoked paprika at Marilla Country Store but you can also find it with the spices and seasonings at your local grocer.

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower ingredients list

Start by chopping the cauliflower into 1 inch florets. Rinse well and then place it in a large bowl. I like my pieces nice and bitesize so I can just pop em in my mouth!

Chop cauliflower into 1 inch florets. Rinse. Place in a large bowl.

Next we’ll mix up our seasonings. Combine the olive oil, salt, and smoked paprika. I know it sounds simple but trust me when I say the flavor from these 3 little ingredients will be off the hook! Drizzle over the cauliflower.

Mix up the olive oil, salt, and smoke paprika. Drizzle over the cauliflower.

Toss to coat! Really mix it up good. Make sure you coat that cauliflower in all those good flavors!! I love the color too. Smoky Roasted Cauliflower is not your Grandmother’s boring old cauliflower recipe!

Toss to coat!

Place the cauliflower in a baking dish. Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Then roast for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender and lightly browned. Roasting the cauliflower brings out its nutty and buttery flavors. Yum!! SO good!!

Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Then roast for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley before serving. Doesn’t that look lovely?!? I wanna dive right in! Mmmmmmm!!!!

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Smoky Roasted Cauliflower

March 27, 2018
: 6 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop the cauliflower into 1 inch florets. Rinse well and place in a large bowl.
  • Step 2 Combine the olive oil, salt, and smoked paprika. Drizzle over the cauliflower. Toss to coat.
  • Step 3 Place the cauliflower in a baking dish. Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Roast for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender and lightly browned.
  • Step 4 Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

I’ve been making this Creamy Macaroni and Cheese recipe for about 10 years now and it’s literally THE BEST!!  It’s so good in fact that it’s the ONLY mac and cheese recipe that gets made in our house! My hubby went to college at Penn […]