Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday Cooking

We were busy yesterday so we couldn't have our cooking day. So we picked the kids up yesterday. We had so much fun, even if Papa had to go help his friend.

Javier and Ayva took turns with the apple peeler/corer. They liked making the peel come off in one long piece. Then they ate them. We made the best apple crisp and named our bakery The World Famous Bakery.

The apple crisp was extra delicious

Combine in Food Processor
1 cup flour
3 cups oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 TBS cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp nutmeg

Add through opening 1 tsp at a time

2 sticks unsalted butter - save 3 tsp of the butter for the apples

Apple Filling
15 apples
1 TBS cinnamon
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp nutmeg
the 3 tsp of saved butter from the topping

Peel and core the apples and slice very thin.  Toss the apples with the sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg.  Put in 9 x 13 pan or larger.  Dot with the butter.  Sprinkle topping evenly over the apples. Bake in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until bubbling.

They each made a menu. And we talked about what they should say to Grandma Caroline, Grandpa and Aunt JoJo when they arrived.

Javier pounded the steaks so they would be tender. Then they went outside to collect leaves for decorations.
Ayva put the leaves on the table. She asked, "Nana, did God make pink leaves so I would pick them? " I answered, "Yes of course."
We  put candles on the table which invokes the Nana rule: No burping or farting at the table. I know how terrible that sounds to some of you but it has worked for about 16 years.
When our guests arrived for dinner they were welcomed to our bakery and asked how their day was.
Pound steak
Drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar
sprinkle with garlic, Mrs. Dash, salt, pepper, thyme
Grill 4 minutes on each side

We had a delicious dinner of steak, smashed potatoes, broccoli, green beans, salad and apple crisp.  The hit of the evening were the green beans that I sauted in butter and olive oil.  Added dill, salt and pepper and then when they were done and I was looking for my small bowl and realized it still had potato chips in it from the kids afterschool snack.  I crunched them up and added the green beans - yummy! Then clean up and Aunt JoJo helped Javier with his math homework.

What a great day.

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