Monthly Archives: October 2012

“Fry” Day Pickles and Snow Days

Fried Pickles with Yogurt, Dill, Sriracha dipping sauce

Well, another couple of weeks have gone by and where  was I?  Oh yes!  I was snowed in with a friend of mine for a couple of days, so no pics of Yes!Chef! making tasty things last week.

Every year a group of 7 ladies that I have known for years visit me at my cabin in Tahoe for a weekend retreat.  We have been doing this for the last 9 years.  Last year they came in the beginning of October.  Some years they have visited in July or August.  This year, they waited until almost the last weekend in October.  The weather in Tahoe is always iffy in October and true to form, the first few days were balmy and beautiful.  It chilled down in the evening, but daytime was wonderful.

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Crashed Spicy Sweet Potatoes are My New Fall Comfort Food

Crashed Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Now that Fall has officially begun, it’s time to put on the warm socks, colorful sweaters and curl up by the fire.  Heat up a cup of apple cider and put a stick of cinnamon in it while you are waiting for the Crashed Sweet Potatoes to finish cooking.  Can you tell that I love fall.

Here in the Sierras, we like to head out to Tahoe and get some pictures of the fall leaves, and maybe some bears.

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A Little Strudel with your Apples?

Happy Apple Strudel Day! No, it’s not National Apple Strudel Day, that was June 17th (yes, there really is a National Apple Strudel Day.)  I’m not sure why it is in June when apples don’t ripen until September or October, but it is the government that decides these things, after all. At any rate, since we went up to Apple Hill last week, I wanted to make something with some of the apples that we got.  I found a very easy recipe based on two things that I had on hand…apples and frozen puff pastry.  Lo and behold, I found a recipe and I adapted it a little to suit my needs.  Voila!  Apple Strudel Day at the Schmautz Haus.

This Apple Strudel Recipe is Super Easy!

It is so easy that I think Yes!Chef! would probably not be interested in making it.  There wasn’t enough technique and finesse for him.  I will divulge that he did enjoy eating it.

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