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Hi everyone! I’m Tux from Brooklyn Homemaker!

I’m a food blogger, photographer, dog lover, husband, and avid baker living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I hope you’ll love my recipes and much as I love sharing them. If you want to learn more about me or my blog, please visit Brooklyn Homemaker and take a look around!

The internet is a seriously amazing place when you stop and think about it.

It’s hard to even remember what life was like before we had the world wide web, before smart phones, and before free public wifi. Back when you’d have to wait until you got home to look up the useless bar trivia we now have answers to at the click of a button. Way back when you had to consult actual cook books to find recipes, rather than finding pages and pages of search results for even the most obscure cuisines.

I have shelves sagging with cookbooks, but most of them spend more time collecting dust than helping me cook. These days I rely on the internet to provide me with drool-worthy recipes and endless culinary inspiration. Most of the time, even when a recipe sounds mind-blowingly delicious, I like to make a few changes here and there to suit my taste. Increase this, substitute that, omit the other. You know. I’m sure you do the same, at least some of the time.

In my ceaseless internet exploration I recently stumbled across a recipe for pork and apple stew from Better Homes and Gardens that I just HAD to try.

I absolutely love pork, but have never really considered pork as a meat to use for making stew. Once I’d seen this recipe though, something clicked in my brain and I knew it wouldn’t be long before a big pot of it would be bubbling away in my oven. I mean, pork and apples are a match made in heaven, and stew is pretty much all I want to eat this time of year, so what’s not to love?

I made the original recipe first, as written here, because I wanted to see exactly how it would come out before making any changes. It was really delicious, but I wanted so see what I could do to make it just a little less sweet, and to add a bit more substance. The result is an insanely tasty stew with tender pieces of pork and hearty chunky vegetables, all tied together with earthy savory herbs and fresh bright apples and cider.

Here is the original recipe for Cider Pork and Apple Stew,
and below are the changes I made for my version of the recipe:

reduce to 2 apples
add 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cubed small
add 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
add 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
reduce cider to 1/2 cup

Add the sweet potato and one of the chopped apples along with the onions, carrots, & parsnips in the recipe; and sauté until they begin to brown. This may take a few minutes more than the original recipe states because of the additional ingredients. Remove and set aside with pork as stated in the recipe.

Add chopped thyme leaves along with the sage, ginger, & garlic. After one minute add remaining apple and all of the cubed russet potatoes along with stock, vinegar and the reduced amount of cider.

Continue recipe as written.

 


Hi! I’m Rachel from Rachel Cooks — a blog devoted to family-friendly recipes. As a wife to a high school principal and a mom to two energetic toddlers, more often than not, I don’t have a ton of time to spend cooking a big fancy dinner. The food I create is easy to get on the table and made with ingredients that you can find in your grocery store even if you have a small child chatting your ear off.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

When I was approached by Better Homes and Gardens to choose a recipe from their online collection to recreate, it was a hard decision! There are so many terrific, mouth-watering recipes. Ultimately, I chose one that was easy to prepare, seasonally appropriate, and nutritious. The recipe I chose was Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions. This time of year, I cannot get enough of apples. One of my favorite things to with my family is go to the apple orchard every year. We take photos, pick out a pumpkin, drink hot apple cider and eat a freshly fried donut. I look forward to it all year. I love the crisp air and the smell of sweet apples. I loved that this pork tenderloin recipe contained apples — apples are the perfect compliment to pork — they add a great sweetness and fresh flavor to the pork.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

I kept this recipe pretty much the way it was written (why mess with a good thing?), except I doubled it because I knew we’d all love it. (Side note: Leftovers of this freeze and reheat great!) One thing I did do was pound out the pork tenderloin slices a little bit to make them extra tender. To do this, I lay them all out on a cutting board and then cover with plastic wrap. I then pound them with the flat side of a meat tenderizer until they are all about 1/4 of an inch thick. They do take up a little more space in the pan this way, so you might have to cook the pork in batches. Since I pounded mine as well as doubling the recipe, I had to cook mine in a about 3 batches. If you find the bottom of your pan is becoming a bit too brown, throw in a dash of the apple cider vinegar and scrape the pan with a spatula. You can then add a little more oil as needed to finish cooking the rest of your pork.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

This recipe is simple enough that it would be fun to try some twists on it. If I could have gotten to the store before preparing this, I might have bought some fennel to add to this. I think that would be terrific. I also think it would be great to add in a sprinkle of cinnamon. I served this alongside roasted squash and some brown rice. I felt as though I had died and gone to fall heaven.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

I hope you love this Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions as much as we did!

If you’re still craving more pork tenderloin, try these recipes:

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

I consider myself quite the expert in biscuit eating, not necessarily baking.  My grandmother is the guru in that department.

No matter how much I tried, I couldn’t quite duplicate her perfectly fluffy, flakey, melt in your mouth, buttery biscuits that are as light as pillows.  I tried and tried but still couldn’t compete with my Big Mama.  I finally decided it was time I started creating my own style in biscuit creation.  And I started with these delicious, and quite addictive, Spiced Sweet Potato Biscuits!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

I was so excited when I found the BHG’s Sweet-Potato Biscuits recipe because the ingredients and method reminded me so much of my Big Mama’s technique.  I knew I was in good hands.  I only made the following additions:

  • I simply added a teaspoon of ground cinnamon along with a pinch of ground nutmeg to spice them up a bit for Fall.

I can’t stop obsessing and telling everyone I know about the perfection of these Spiced Sweet Potato biscuits.  They have this gorgeous subtle orange color and fabulous flavor from the essence of the sweet potato. There is a slight sweetness too which I really loved.

The best part of these biscuits is how fail-proof they are.  The dough comes together so quickly and makes the lightest, fluffiest and flakiest biscuits in the blink of an eye.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

I couldn’t mess these up if I tried, and I can’t say that about the majority of biscuit recipes out there.  You simply can’t go wrong with these.  They have to make it on your brunch table this Autumn at least twice.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

I am thinking about surprising my Big Mama with a batch of these spiced sweet potato biscuits the morning of Thanksgiving.  I think she would be pretty proud of me after these come out of the oven.

 

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Cheese is easily one of my favorite things in all the world. And I’m not just talking favorite food; I’m talking my favorite amongst all things. My mom told me that she had cravings for cheese when she was pregnant with me, so my love of cheese may have been preordained. In fact, I’ve recently created a few amazing cheese related recipes on my own blog include Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Bacon and Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Today’s post is in celebration of my love of cheese and was inspired by two different things. First, the October issue of BHG. In case you missed it, here’s a little peek inside.

These are cheese balls shaped and decorated to look like apples. Mind blowning. What a fabulous, yet totally simple idea. It’s all in the details.

I was also inspired by this recipe for Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls from BHG online.

I followed the recipe as written to create my fall-inspired cheese balls. I didn’t have any pimentos on hand, however, so I did substitute chopped kalamata olives. That’s one of things I love about cheese balls – you can readily use any combination of flavors and cheeses to create a delicious spread. My one recommendation for a can’t-miss product: use high-quality cheese and shred it yourself. As much as I love the time-saving benefits of packaged shredded cheese, nothing beats freshly shredded for this recipe.

With the cheese ball mixture made and cooled, I shaped the ball into an organic / natural-looking apple. To complete the look, as in the magazine feature, I snipped a few branches from an apple tree in my backyard and tucked them into the top to simulate a stem.

Perfect!

Details and simple touches like this get me every time. This is what entertaining is all about. These are the small things that guests remember and can’t wait to repeat when they get home or tell their friends about.

Plus, it involves cheese, and who doesn’t love cheese?

Again, you can get the recipe for these cheese balls here. I hope you enjoy the recipe and the presentation.

Happy Cooking!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

 

 

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sweet potato fries

These Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries are in a league all their own.  They are the perfect side dish and complement to a lovely Fall meal.  I even love to eat them on their own for a delicious yet hearty snack.

What makes sweet potato fries so unbelievable (and a bit better than regular potato fries might I add) is the undeniable and unique flavor of sweet potatoes.  The sweetness, the spice and the crispy outside yet tender inside when baked to perfection are what keep calling my name!

sweet potato fries

When I saw this recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Fries on BHG, my eyes lit up.  I just had to try them!

And try them I did!  They were easy to throw together, and didn’t take much time at all to bake.  The longest time I spent was actually cutting my potatoes.

sweet potato fries

I only made a slight change to the recipe.

  • I added 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder to the butter spice before baking.

sweet potato fries

  • Then I made an additional melted butter, garlic powder and parsley sauce to toss the fries in once they were done.

Oh my goodness, these were sooooo delicious!!! The flavors come together so well, and the garlic is the perfect complement to the sweetness of the potatoes which further develops as they roast away at a high temperature.

sweet potato fries

I did quite a bit of snacking as I shot these, and did not stop eating these even after I finished.  Now that’s what I call hazardous work conditions.


My oven has been getting a workout lately. Last week I hosted the Third Annual Fall Cookie Week on my blog. During those seven day I shared eight fall-inspired cookie recipes. What an exciting and totally indulgent week.

While you’d think that I’d need a break from baking, I was actually energized to create a cookie-like recipe to share with you today. With apples in abundance this time of year, I was thrilled to find this recipe for Apple-Toffee Tartlets, I knew I wanted to give it a try with a fun variation.

I thought about what flavors work really well with apples. Caramel-dipped apples immediately came to mind, so I decided to substitute caramel bits and mini chocolate chips for the toffee bits in this recipe. Thus, Chocolate, Caramel, and Apple Tartlets were born!

I’m happy to say that this flavor combination worked out wonderfully. The apples give the recipe freshness, the chocolate adds decadence, and the caramel makes it perfect for fall.

If you want to recreate these tartlets, follow the original recipe here. Instead of the toffee pieces, use 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup caramel bits.

These tartlets are a fun and delicious treat for a small get-together or even a movie night at home.

I hope you’ll give them a try! Other than apples, what are your favorite fall flavors? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Baking!
Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm


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