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Bacon is a vegetable April 20, 2009

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No it’s not, but is has a special place on the food pyramid in my heart.

Saturday I participated in an “Iron Chef” type competition, with the secret ingredient being apple. I knew that the key to first place was bacon… Here is the appetizer I entered, enjoy

Bacon Wrapped Apples

2 Apples cored and sliced in wedges
1 cup rum
1/2 cup amaretto
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla
1lb bacon
8 oz. feta cheese

Mix rum, amaretto, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla into a wide pot. Place apples in and let soak for a few min, then heat pot and cook off some of the alcohol. Cook for about 10 min. Remove apples and cool. Preheat over to 500.

Take an apple slice, press some feta along the side and wrap a slice of bacon around the apple, pinning the edge with a toothpick.

Place the wrapped bacon in a pan and bake for 15min or until bacon is cooked, then broil for 5 min to crisp the bacon.

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I do, You do, we all Fondue March 9, 2009

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Someone asked about using a crock pot instead of a fondue pot, which works in a pinch; and inspired a new recipe.

Enjoy!

Apple Cider Fondue

4 cups coarsely grated Gruyère cheese (about 1 pound)
2 cloves of garlic
dash of nutmeg
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup hard apple cider
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brandy, apple or pear brandy even better

Toss cheese and cornstarch in large bowl to coat. Bring hard cider, vinegar, nutmeg and garlic just to simmer in medium saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium low (mixture should be barely simmering). Add a handful of cheese to simmering cider mixture. Stir until cheese is melted. Add remaining cheese 1 handful at a time, stirring until melted between additions. Increase heat to medium and cook until fondue begins to bubble, stirring constantly. Stir in brandy. Season to taste with pepper.

This is a little sweet and works well with meats, potatoes, apples and of course bread.