Hi, I'm Rachel.

A few years ago I could barely boil water.

True story.

Determined to be a kick ass wife, I developed a love for football and learned to cook in my tiny Jersey City kitchen. I spend my days working in Manhattan, my nights and weekends chasing after a rambunctious toddler, and the hours in between cooking with my husband and feeding my TV habit...oh, and I blog about it all! 

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Monday
Oct202014

Apple Pie French Toast

 

Hi!

How was your weekend? Mine was really nice, but very busy and just went by a little too quickly. On Saturday, we were fortunate to attend an event at the Food Network Wine & Food Festival and I'll have a bunch of pics and a wrap up later this week! Meanwhile, today is one of my favorite days of the month...Secret Recipe Club reveal day!

For this month, I was assigned Get Off the Couch and Cook. Sashi started her blog to track her journey of eating less processed food. She cooks recipes that are simple and can be made in the same amount of time it takes to order and wait for a pizza. She has so many great recipes that I had a hard time picking just one! Since I still have apple fever, I went with her apple pie French toast because, well, apple pie French toast! 

 

This was a great fall recipe. It's an eggless French toast batter, which I really liked since it didn't risk having an eggy flavor or consistency. The compote came together very simply {although, I will admit that every time I make an apple recipe, I remember why I hate making apple recipes --->so much peeling and chopping!} and made the apartment smell like apple pie and fall and deliciousness all rolled into one. 

 

 

I made the apple pie compote/filling in advance, which really helped me get breakfast together on Sunday morning. The night before, I peeled and sliced the apples and cooked them down. Then I refrigerated the cooked mixture until the next morning, when I simply threw it back in a pan with a little butter and heated it up. For Penelope's portion, I cut up the finished toast and apples and tossed it all together in a bowl for her. She ate it right up! Mostly the sweet apples, but still ;)

 

Apple Pie French Toast

*Adapted from Get Off the Couch and Cook

For the apple pie filling:

3 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored & sliced

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1/2 C sugar

1/4 C all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 1/2 C water

For the French toast:

Apple pie filling

1 C milk

1/4 C all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 Tbsp butter

Thick bread, such as white or wheat

 

To make the filling:

Toss the apple slices with the lemon juice and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Pour into a large sauce pan on the stovetop over medium heat and whisk in the water. The mixture will thicken quickly, so continue whisking until it begins to bubble. Add the apples and stir to coat.

Simmer the apples, stirring frequently, until the apples are condensed and tender. Remove from heat and let cool. If making the night before, let cool and pack into a storage container and refrigerate. On the day you want to eat your French toast, heat in a pan on the stovetop with a small pat of butter.

 

To make the French toast:

In a mixing bowl, whish together the milk, flour, cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Lightly dunk the bread in the milk mixture and coat both sides without soaking through. Cook on each side until browned. Top with the apple pie filling, dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

 

Serve immediately. 

 

This was a really rich breakfast, but so nice for a special Sunday in the fall!

What is your favorite decadent breakfast?

 

 

Friday
Oct172014

Five Things Friday

{rainy leaves starting to turn}

 

Well, another October week down. Last weekend, we had planned to take Penelope pumpkin-picking, but the rain out on Saturday just had other plans. I'm struggling to find the time to squeeze this in before Halloween and so it might mean a farm stand pick up for 2014. This weekend, Shaun and I are attending a Food Network event (can't wait!) and then it's football Sunday at my aunt's house. I'm excited to find some goodies to bake up and bring, and you know if I do, I'll be sharing those with you! I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

 

{salted white chocolate candy corn popcorn; recipe coming next week!} 

 

{my favorite shirts for fall

 

{sometimes graffiti is pretty}

 

{recently dove into this; it's going to be a looong haul!}

 

these apple cider cupcakes with nutmeg frosting have moved to the top of my to-make list

baked goat cheese with roasted garlic & pull-apart baguette needs to be mine! perhaps for football sunday coming up?

apple love continues: filled apple pie cookies!

printing out a copy of these awesome 20 kitchen tips & tricks

these homemade jolly rancher vodkas are so beautiful!

 

my favorite, NPH, will host the oscars!

you will soon be able to watch all the things of friends on netflix

rolling stone ranks the 10 best episodes of the walking dead ---->gosh, i always forget how awesome this show is!

i'm obsessed with these artistic takes on classic movie posters...which ones would you choose?

real clowns are kinda pissed that american horror story: freak show is perpetuating clown fear. personally, i don't think that anyone needs assistance in thinking that clowns are scary.

 

love this idea for a family photo board book

these everyday struggles of 6-foot-something people had me cracking up --->because this is my husband's life.

looking for a couples costume for halloween

so many friends and family are having babies lately...here are 10 ways to help when a friend has a baby!

i can't wait to try some of these 16 ways to tie, tuck, roll and twist my clothes like a stylist

 

Also this:

Penelope & her friend Hunter on the playground earlier this week! We love fall!

 

What are you loving this week? 

 

Thursday
Oct162014

Halloween Movie Musts

To me, one of the best and most efficient ways to get in the holiday spirit is through classic seasonal movies. I love settling in with a bunch of snacks, a few drinks and a stack of films to get through. Though the likelihood of that happening anytime in the near future is sparse, I can still dream, right? If I had my way, or if Penelope was old enough, I'd dedicate a whole weekend to decorating, making pumpkin cookies and watching this entire list!



This first group is what I like to call 'Halloween Lite'. These movies are more family-friend, not necessarily scary, and just a good time!

Hocus Pocus - a true classic to me. I love this movie so much and if you just don't get why, see this list.

The Addams Family - a stellar cast and a good enough story. Plus they're scary and they're spooky!

Ghostbusters - another classic. I love both I and II but if I only get to pick one, I'd have to go with the original.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - not really Halloween per se, but it evokes that dark, spooky spirit. It's just a fun movie with pretty fabulous soundtrack which is worth watching for alone.

The next group are some classic scary movies that some deep, dark part of me really loves to watch!

Halloween - there's nothing like the original. I've seen it many times yet it still manages to get under my skin.

Psycho - it's the quintessential scary movie, the film that defined a genre. And it still puts me on edge to shower when I'm home alone.

Scream - the first scary movie that I ever saw (and in a theater!) and the opening scene is still one of my all time favorites! You know, in a really morbidly thrilling kind of way.

The Exorcist - totally over the top and let's face it, it's totally dated. But when Reagan walks backwards down the stairs with those green eyes and scarred face? Ugh I'm shuddering just thinking about it.

Nosferatu - the original Dracula and a silent film to boot, yet still manages to be quite scary in it's old age.

The Shining - just a story of a creeptastic hotel and the inhabitants who slowly go crazy there. oh and some dead people too.

 

And finally, since I'm always on the look out for some new things, here are a few movies that I'd love to see for the first time this year:

The Birds

In Cold Blood

The Amityville Horror

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

 

What are your Halloween movie musts?