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Cure Those Winter Blues With This Scrumptious Apple Crumble!

Cure Those Winter Blues With This Scrumptious Apple Crumble!

Will this winter ever end?! I don' t know. What I do know is that if I have to walk around with cold wet socks again, I'm gonna scream. Yesterday was not a good day. The weather was awful, my shoes were soaked with icy water, and I just wanted to cry... until I came home and made this mountain of deliciousness. 

Nothing comforts me quicker than a warm, gooey apple dessert. With all the yumminess of a pie, but half the labor, this crumble requires very little prep work. You don't even have to peel the apples if you don't want to. I have a friend who actually likes the texture of the skins. To each his own. But I digress, apple crumble is an American classic, one that (if done right) can melt away your troubles and warm your hypothermic toes in a matter of minutes.

Easiest Roast Beef You Ever Made

Easiest Roast Beef You Ever Made

The food network taught me how to cook. Since I was a teenager, I'd watch pretty much every show they had on, learning how to dice and saute, how to emulsify and marinate, all from the comfort of my couch. I owe all those guys my love of cooking, and thanks to them, I've come up with some pretty awesome meals... if I do say so myself...

That brings me to this week's post. I got the original recipe from a certain food network lady, and then tweaked it a bit to fit my taste. It is the easiest, and most delicious roast I've ever made, for reals. Surprising, since it only has three ingredients. It just goes to show, simple is best, people! Simple, is best. Here we go.

Finger-licking, toe-tapping, best roast ever!  

3-4 lb chuck roast

3 medium onions, sliced

1/4 cup cider vinegar

salt & pepper

Winter Market at Horsefeathers Continues to Grow

Winter Market at Horsefeathers Continues to Grow

The Winter Market at Horsefeathers, located at 346 Connecticut St., continues its successful run on Buffalo’s West Side from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Entertaining guests this Saturday, March 16, will be Dan & Leanne from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by Rob Falgiano from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Joining the market last Saturday was Go Veggies, Inc., a popular vendor at Western New York’s best farmers’ markets. Also participating in the Winter Market this Saturday will be the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo.

Crazy Yummy! Cookies 'N Cream Pudding

Crazy Yummy! Cookies 'N Cream Pudding

This is the yummiest dessert I've made in weeks, and super easy! I got the idea after eating some Southern Banana Pudding a friend made for a gathering. I loved the texture, the gooeyness of the pudding and the crunch of the cookies, with the sweetness of the banana... so good! 

After that I got to thinking about how much I love cookies 'n cream ice cream, and how simple it would be to combine the two ideas. What resulted was a chocolate lover's dream! I loved it so much, I'm gonna share it with all of you today. 

Cookies 'N Cream Pudding

2 pkg. (3.4 oz) Jell-O White Chocolate Instant Pudding 

3 cups cold milk (if you're using sugar-free pudding, add another 1/2 cup of milk, or it will be too thick)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup cream or milk

Winter Market at Horsefeathers Continues this Saturday

Winter Market at Horsefeathers Continues this Saturday

The Winter Market at Horsefeathers, located at 346 Connecticut St., continues its successful run on Buffalo’s West Side from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Entertaining guests this Saturday, March 9, will be singer/guitarist Casey Bolles from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by Ralph and Tamala Fonda (“Porcelain Train”) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The market offers a wide variety of local food vendors selling everything from bread, spices, cheese, coffee, biscotti, cupcakes, cookies and eggs to vegetables, fruits, pasta,  salsa, dumplings, meat and wine. Customers will also find homemade soaps, all-natural dog treats and more.

3-Step Cream Sauce!

3-Step Cream Sauce!

It can be tempting to buy one of those powdery packages when you want to make say, pasta Alfredo. They're easy and they taste good, right? Well, do they? In reality what you end up with is a bunch of preservatives and fake cheese flavor. The same goes for most jarred cream sauces, and even mac & cheese. I was a victim of bad sauce myself, until I figured out this no-fail way to make any cream sauce in only a few minutes. 

What I have here is a base. You can make it into any cheese sauce you like by just adding different ingredients. I'll give you a few suggestions after we've discussed the basic recipe.

 

Basic 3 Step Cream Sauce: 

1 shallot or small onion, diced

1 clove garlic, diced or grated*

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp flour 

1 1/2 cups milk or cream

salt and pepper

 

1. Saute shallot and garlic in the butter over medium heat until translucent (couple of minutes).

Two Musicians Slated to Play at Winter Market at Horsefeathers

Two Musicians Slated to Play at Winter Market at Horsefeathers

The Winter Market at Horsefeathers, located at 346 Connecticut St., continues its successful run on Buffalo’s West Side from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Entertaining guests this Saturday, March 2, will be violinist David Adamczyk from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by singer/guitarist Davey O. from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adamczyk has been entertaining crowds for several years at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market.

The market offers a wide variety of local food vendors selling everything from bread, spices, cheese, coffee, biscotti, cupcakes, cookies and eggs to vegetables, fruits, pasta,  salsa, dumplings, meat and wine. Customers will also find homemade soaps, all-natural dog treats and more.