How do you like them Apples?

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Everyone’s second favorite holiday is fast approaching!!! Thanksgiving!!!
This is the first year I won’t be spending this holiday with my family. 😦
But instead I’ll be celebrating with my second family in the San Juan Islands! Can’t get much better than that!

kate kellogg the last hoorah

kate kellogg the last hoorah

 

Tonight I was reminiscing about past Thanksgivings, and why they’re so special to me. I grew up in a big family, a big, LOUD family. And I know everyone says their family is loud, but my family is overwhelmingly loud. We all want to be heard, and when someone interrupts us, we just talk louder in order to get our point across. Most of the time I just sit back and watch. It’s pretty entertaining! Plus then you can document stuff like this:kate kellogg the last hoorah

 

Everyone in my family is all very close. Everyone is always, truly happy to see you. And all of my best friends are my cousins, who happen to be mostly girls, and all around my age! I am very, very blessed. I was thinking about the time that my cousin Haley and I helped my Grandma prepare Thanksgiving a couple years ago. We were following a recipe from Bon Appétit that called for leeks. This day was comical because both my cousin and I had NO idea what a leek was. My Grandma wouldn’t tell us, and soIi sneakily looked it up on my iPhone. They look like green onions, so give me a break!
The recipe was for Pear, Leek and Gruyére Turnovers.
Now that may sound repulsive, especially when you only know what a pear is (reminder: years ago). But they’re freaking amazing!! So delicious!! I can promise you the appetizer was gone in minutes. Well, mostly because of my cousin and I eating them all.

kate kellogg the last hoorah

This was right before they went into the oven. Yummy!!

The recipe is simple, and as follows:

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped leeks
  • 1 6- to 7-ounce firm but ripe pear, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 cups (packed) grated Gruyère cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 17.3-ounce package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten to blend (for glaze)

 

  • Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks; stir 1 minute. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until leeks begin to brown, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Stir in pear and sugar. Increase heat to medium; sauté uncovered until any liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl; cool. Stir in cheese and chives.
  • Place puff pastry sheets on work surface. Using 4 1/2-inch-diameter tartlet-pan rim or bowl as aid, cut out 4 rounds from each pastry sheet. Roll out each pastry round to 5-inch circle. Place leek mixture on half of each pastry round, dividing equally. Brush pastry edges with egg glaze. Fold pastry over filling, pressing to adhere. Press edges with fork to seal. Brush turnovers with egg glaze. Pierce pastry in several places with toothpick. Place on baking sheet. Chill 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake turnovers until puffed and golden, about 18 minutes. Serve warm.

 

SO MUCH YUM.

Hope you enjoy!

Yummy Trends

If you haven’t noticed already, fall is my all-time favorite season, with winter in a close second. The first rainy day always gets me excited for big knitted blankets, fires, warm drinks, yummy spices, and someone to cuddle!

Pullman knows all about the cold, so it’s literally summer one day and fall the next. My sweaters and Uggs could feel the chill in the air and were itching to get out of my closet!!

You especially know fall is around the corner when football starts (Go Cougs!), and Starbucks releases their Pumpkin Spice Lattes!! Eek!!

Pumpkin spice and apple are my favorite flavors for fall. Especially when I’m scrolling through Food Gawker looking for delicious new dinners and deserts to make!

I mean doesn’t your mouth water when looking at this beauty?? YUMM-O.
The photos are phenomenal, first off, illustrating the fluffiness of those cupcakes…excuse me…drooling. The blog Some Kitchen Stories is produced by Nicole who is a photographer, and Judi who is a writer. They put together their talents to bring you a beautiful collection of photos and recipes and stories!! But seriously every post makes my jaw drop in the beauty of food. I love these women and I know from now on I’ll be visiting their blog frequently!

ME WANT COOKIES, said my stomach. I would eat these so quick!! Pumpkin and honey sound like an amazing combination. The blog is called Averie Cooks and her color scheme is adorable with the pastel pink! She uses her own recipe for this batch and I can’t wait to try it!! The pictures emphasize the warm colors of fall with the golden honey, and worn cutting board and those delectable, fluffy, cookies. Miss Averie Sunshine even has her own cookbook that I definitely wouldn’t mind having in my kitchen!!

By the way, this post is making me really hungry and my fingers are antsy to bake….
My boyfriend is not a  fan of cake. So for his birthday last year I made him apple crisp. while it was indeed yummy, it was not pretty whatsoever and did not look like the picture from the recipe. But with ice cream it was delicious! This apple crumble, looks promising. Or maybe I’m just craving fall desserts really bad by this point!! This recipe also combines two flavors using almond flour, which with apple, I think would add that extra little something! Soni’s Food is a blog that is inspired by Global Cuisine, and this particular blog post is gluten free! My nephew was just put on a gluten free diet and I’m interested in learning more about gluten, and finding recipes for desserts we can all enjoy!

What is fall without a hot drink to warm your chilled hands? I recently joined the world of legal drinkers, and I am always willing to try something new! And might I say, this looks delightfully delicious. This lovely drink is posted on the blog Cocktail Remedy, by Nick. And he’s from Portland, Oregon, wha whaa!!! His posts are absolutely amazing. Looks like I came to the right place when i said I liked trying new drinks!! Amazing!!

I hope you all are enjoying you new season full of drinks and baked goods. I know I am!