Apple Bundt Cake

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I was searching around the internet for fall-type recipes and came upon a blog called Fresh Approach Cooking .  There, I found this super yummy apple bundt cake recipe.  It is one of the most moist recipes I have ever made.  The brandy really gives it a great flavor.

You can add 1 cup pecans (or any nut) with the apples if you want.  I used 2 Granny Smith apples and 2 Fuji apples ~ both peeled.

Here is the link to the original recipe ~ Apple Bundt Cake

Apple Cake

Apple Bundt Cake

2 cups flour
2 tsps cinnamon
1 1/2 tsps nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
pinch of salt
1 cup of butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I used light brown but the author suggests dark)
4 large eggs
1/4 cup brandy
1 tsp baking soda mixed with 1 tbsp warm water
4 apples, cut into large chunks
1 cup nuts, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray and then sprinkle with white sugar.

Combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt together and set aside.

Using a mixer, beat butter until creamy. Then beat in the both sugars. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the brandy, baking soda and water. Stir in the flour mixture and then add the apples and nuts until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Let cake cool completely. It’s delicious with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Makes 12 servings.

Happy Cooking!

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Recipes from Blogs Challenge #6


It’s been a long time since I did one of these~ yikes!

I was looking for something different for breakfast over the weekend and found this recipe on Simply Recipes (one of my favorite sites).  I don’t even know if it can be considered a blog in the true sense but that’s what I call it.

Anyway, huevos rancheros fit the bill for the something different I was looking for.  I can’t possibly do justice to the recipe with my photos as the site has gorgeous photos.   The recipe was easy to make and I followed the recipe but I did fry my eggs instead of sunny-side-up.  The salsa was not spicy but very flavorful and I had no problem eating it for breakfast.  I had the most trouble getting the tortillas just right but with practice, I got them.

Huevos Rancheros

You can find the recipe at Simply Recipes ~ Huevos Rancheros ~ give it a try!

Happy Cooking!

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Recipes from Blogs Challenge Pick #5


FYI ~ My posts this week are going to be spotty because DH is away on business and I don’t cook much when he’s gone so I won’t have anything to blog about 🙂

Here is my latest pick for my self-imposed challenge:


Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Pasta from Wills Kitchen .

I knew I was going to have to make this dish when I saw it on Will’s blog even though I’m not supposed to eat much pasta or cheese (I’ll make up for it in some other food area, LOL).  This dish is really easy to make and it is delicious.  It makes a fair amount which makes it good for a potluck or when you have company coming over.  I added more broccoli than chicken and I think you could leave the chicken out altogether.  I used a rotisserie chicken (gosh I love those things) instead of baking my own chicken which makes this dish even easier.

Will’s blog has some great recipes so I hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t been there before.


Happy Cooking!


Recipes from Blog Challenge Pick #4


I am woefully behind, I think, in my challenge so I’ll just add a new one every as often as I can instead of every week.

This pick comes from Sister Cooks which has allergy free recipes.  The recipe is Pasta with Mushroom Garlic Sauce and it is fantastic!  I made it as a side dish to go along with baked chicken drumsticks.  Everyone here loved it and I am looking forward to the few leftovers for lunch.  It’s very easy to make and you could easily use it as a main dish instead of a side.  Next time I make it, I am going to add a pinch or two of red pepper flakes for a little heat.

I hope you’ll give this recipe and try and check out the other recipes on the blog.


Happy Cooking!


Recipes from Blogs Challenge Pick #3



Peanut Butter Cup Cookies by Michelle of Something New is Cooking .

Oh. My.  These are sooo good.  I NEVER should have eaten one because they are REALLY hard to stay away from.  They really are easy to make although it took me awhile since I did one pan at a time and I only put 6 cookies on a pan.  I used parchment paper to keep them from sticking and it worked great.  Everyone here at home loves them.  These would be great to add to your Christmas cookies tray or any time you need a delicious cookie.

Thanks for posting, Michelle!  I hope that everyone visits Michelle’s blog as she has some really great recipes there.

Happy Cooking!


Recipes from Blogs Challenge Pick #2

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I chose Garlic Red Skin Mashed Potatoes from Lovestoeat’s Weblog .  There are some really delisicous recipes there ~ try them out!

I chose this recipe for a couple of reasons.  I LOVE garlic mashed potatoes,  this recipe is super easy, and I was serving Barbecue-y Beef Short Ribs and I just knew the ribs screamed for for garlic mashed potatoes.  I know I’ll be using this recipe many times.  Thanks fo rposting, Lovestoeat!!


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Recipes from Blogs Challenge Pick #1!


Baked Pork Chops with Parmesan~Sage Crust from Alosha’s Kitchen !!!!!!!!!!!!!


O.M.G. ~ these pork chops are DELICIOUS! I am ambivalent about pork chops.  I guess it’s from eating them as a kid when it was said to REALLY cook pork or you would get trichinosis.  So we ate overcooked pork chops.  I carried that in my head even when I got married and continued to overcook my pork until the past 5 years or so ~ funny how things you were told as a kid stay with you, LOL.  I still wasn’t thrilled with pork chops and pork in general.  I have NO idea what made me choose this recipe for my first pick but I’m super glad I did. I guess it was wanting to get away from shake and bake.

The pork chops were tender and cooked to perfection.  The coating was very good and, best of all, easy to make.  DH and I yummed our way through them and these will definately be a repeat in our house.  Melissa, I am so glad you found this recipe and posted it ~ it’s a keeper and I hope more people try it!

Melissa has some wonderful recipes and photos on her blog so I hope you will check it out if you haven’t been there already.

Happy Cooking!