Thursday, October 27, 2011

Grandma's Apple Brown Betty

Here it is October and the nights are getting chilly and the days crisp, at least up here in Oregon.  I was trying to come up with a dessert for the company we had, something other than pie (again), and remembered my Grandma's old stand by.  Perfect!  This dessert is cheap, easy and total comfort food.  It also makes the house smell like you have been baking apple pies half the day long.  Does it get any better than this?  I don't think so.  Bon Appetite!

Grandma's Apple Brown Betty

1 box Graham Cracker Crumbs (or you can crumble your own)
Applesauce (your favorite brand or homemade), large jar
1 stick Butter (or margarine)
Cooking spray (optional)
A round casserole baking dish

Grease the baking dish with either cooking spray or butter.  Put about a 3/4 inch layer of graham cracker crumbs on the bottom (if you choose to crumble crackers yourself, crumble them finely). Place thin pats of butter over the top of the cracker crumbs (you can choose to melt the butter and mix the cracker crumbs together and then apply to the dish or you can simply put the pats on top of the crumbs, your choice).  Make a mixture of the cinnamon and sugar (I use about 1/3 cinnamon to 2/3 sugar).  Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the top of the graham cracker crumbs so that it lightly covers the crumbs.  Apply about an inch of applesauce.  Repeat the procedure at least once, maybe twice depending upon how deep your dish is.  End the procedure with graham cracker crumbs on top, covered with the butter and cinnamon/sugar mixture. 
Place in the oven at 350F about 30-40 minutes or until it is hot and slightly bubbling.  Remove from oven, let cool a bit and serve warm.  Best with vanilla ice cream! YUM!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Herb Encrusted Cabazon

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I had not been fishing since, well, a long time.  So when a local fishing boat posted a discount coupon on SignOn San Diego Daily Deals, I snapped it up!  My accomplice was a swimmer friend of mine, Gracie.  She's totally game!  We boarded the Chubasco II just after 5AM for an all day trip to Isla los Coronados (in Mexican waters).  I was hoping for yellow tail, halibut, grouper, but instead hooked a smallish rock cod, a sheephead (under the limit by 1/2 inch and so technically still female),  a sculpin (which amazingly disappeared) and the cabazon.
We had an amazing day!  Gracie and I were the only girls fishing...Gracie was the 1st with a fish and I was the 2nd...the boys were not too happy about that LOL!

That cabazon put up quite the fight.  Not a very pretty fish, ill-tempered, but mighty tasty...You mess with my bait, you'll end up on my plate!