Thursday, September 23, 2010

Two Tastey Treats From Trisha

One of the passions that Dan and I share is giving back to worthy causes. The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation has proven time again to be an AWESOME charity. The money that Professional Athletes put toward the program, Garth TRIPLES! Not only that, but 100% of the money goes to the kids! As if the charity could be any better, Garth invites us to a party weekend, where he holds a few dinners, an auction and a laid back concert for us to show his appreciation for the donation.

All of the Teammates for Kids in Vegas.

Garth and Trisha really are very nice people. They took their time all weekend to talk with us and get to know us each individually. They seem to be so down to earth. Trisha likes cooking and gave each of the wives/gf one of her new cookbooks. I was plum tickled as was my friend Christy as we both have food blogs and love food too. Garth, Trisha, Dan and I talked mostly about food, Montana, and hunting.

I am not sure what my highlight of the Garth Brooks weekend was. Dan and I enjoyed hanging out with all of our friends that also attended. We saw the BODIES Exhibit. It was very interesting. Garth's concert was fun. After he played his nightly show, he came to our dinner auction for the charity, and rolled on stage. It was a very laid back style of concert. He suggested that because his concert was a way of saying thank you to us, that we should request songs, and he would sing them. Everyone was a little shy at first, but as the drinks rolled in, I noticed the request did too. Haha.

Two great recipes I have made so far from Trisha's book are the Apple Dumplings and the Jalapeno Bites.

Apple Dumplings
By Trisha Yearwood

2 Granny Smith apples
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
I tripled vanilla.
8 canned buttermilk biscuits -
I used huge layer ones in the big fat can. I wasn't sure which she used.
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375

Peel, core, and slice the apples into 8 slices each, 16 total.

In a medium sauce pan, mix the water, 3/4 cup of the sugar, the butter, and the vanilla. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil over medium heat. Remember to stir once in a while.

Separate each biscuit into 2 layers. Wrap a biscuit layer around a slice of apple, stretching the biscuit slightly to overlap, and seal the bottom. I stretched the biscuit a little before and then again during the wrapping process.

Place the wrapped slices, sealed side down, in a 9x12x2 inch casserole dish. I butter greased my dish first to be safe. Pour the hot sugar mixture over the apple slices. I thought that this mixture was a little thin, but it proved to come out of the oven perfect.

Mix the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle the mixture over the tops of the wrapped apples.

Bake for 35 minutes on center rack uncovered. Serve warm. When serving I scooped some of the caramel like goodness from the bottom of the pan and drizzled it over the dumpling. These are like easy, yummy, little apple pies. Thanks Trisha!

Jalapeno Bites
By Trisha Yearwood

1- 8 oz package of cream cheese softened
8 oz of grated Parmesan (about 2 cups)
4 TB seeded and chopped fresh jalapenos
1 large egg beaten
3 cups of dry plain bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350

Mix the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, jalapenos, and egg to form a paste. Shape into balls using about 1/2 tablespoon of paste for each. Roll the balls in the bread crumbs. Place on an ungreased non-stick baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve Warm.

I of course can never leave a recipe alone. I substitute with what I think will taste good, or with what ever I have in the pantry that is similar. Here is what I did and it tasted great. I split the recipe in 2 halves. One half of the recipe I made Trisha's recipe but substituted Italian bread crumbs for regular cause that is what I had. I also added a 1/2- 1 more TB jalapenos. The other half of the recipe I made with the Italian Bread Crumbs, extra jalapenos, and then used only 1/2 cup of Parmesan and then 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar. THESE TASTE JUST LIKE GOLD FISH!!

1 comment:

  1. Kaela! I've been absent from the blogging world for awhile and am vowing to start up again even if it is just checking out my friends' blogs. I love your food blogs, they always inspire me to try new recipes. This is so neat! You got to meet Garth & Trisha! Woohoo! We must catch up one of these weekends. It's been far too long. I don't know if I've seen you since New Years a few years ago. Sad :( I hope you guys had a wonderful holiday season and the engagement is treating you both well. Cheers to 2011!!! Sending you tons of love and positive vibes...Danielle <3