“One Bad Apple” – Turnover

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The newest “Hannah Swenson Mystery” movie, ‘One Bad Apple’ is airing soon on Hallmark Mysteries, and I can’t wait to see what new mysteries will be uncovered in this one! The book this movie is adapted from is called “Apple Turnover Murder” by Joanne Fluke, and thus, I found it only fitting to pay it homage. Since Hannah Swenson is a bakery owner and all around nice person, she is always delivering delicious treats to people around town. Especially at the police station! Maybe they are apple related this time around?


-2 sheets frozen puff pastry (thawed out)

-3 apples (I use two Granny Smith and one Honey Crisp)

-1 tablespoon unsalted butter

-2 teaspoons cinnamon

-1/4 cup brown sugar

-1/8 teaspoon salt

-1/4 teaspoon almond extract

-A bit of flour to dust the surface

-One egg plus one teaspoon milk (for egg wash)

-large sugar crystals


Start by taking the puff pastry out to thaw.

Then, peel and dice apples. In a small sauce pan, melt butter and add apples.

Next, add cinnamon, brown sugar, salt and almond extract. Let it simmer while stirring occasionally until caramelized. Let cool.

Once puffed pastry is thawed out, but still cold, sprinkle flour on a clean surface and roll dough out slightly to make a larger square shape. Then, cut large square into 4 smaller squares.

Scoop a small amount of the cooled apple mixture into the center of each square. Fold over into a triangle and pinch down edges. Use a fork to crimp the sealed edges. Then poke holes with fork all over top of dough for the steam to vent.

Lightly beat the egg and milk mixture, then baste all over top of apple turnover. Sprinkle with large sugar sprinkles. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, until turnovers are golden in color and puffed up. Enjoy! CAUTION! Inside will be hot!

Crab Rolls

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My take on the lobster roll, inspired by “Romantic Rewrite” on Great American Family.


-1lb crab meat (I like to use frozen)

-4 chives chopped

-2 celery sticks, chopped

-Zest and juice of one lemon

-1/4 cup mayo

-1 tsp garlic powder

-salt and pepper to taste

-2 tbsp of butter

-1/2 tsp Old Bay

-large rolls


  1. If you are using frozen crab meat, defrost as directed. Set aside. In a bowl, add chives, celery, lemon zest and juice, mayo, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir well and set aside.
  2. Melt only one tablespoon of butter and mix it into the defrosted crabmeat. Shred crab with fork. Then add your other mixture into the crabmeat and stir well.
  3. Melt the other tablespoon of butter and add the Old Bay to the melted butter. Baste it onto the inside of the roll (both sides) and toast upside down in a skillet.
  4. Fill up your toasted bun with crab mixture and enjoy!

Eggplant and Sundried tomato pull aparts (Christmas in July)

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  • 2 cans crescent roll Grands
    – jar of pesto
    -1 large eggplant
    -1 package sun dried tomatoes
    -1 package provalone cheese

Start by peeling the eggplant. Slice into long ribbons and lay on paper towels. Sprinkle generously with salt and allow to sit for 25 minutes to draw the moisture and bitterness out. Rinse and pat dry.
Saute in olive oil on a skillet and set aside.

Using a round pizza pan/stone, arrange the dough from one can of crescent rolls around the perimiter of the pan (shaped like a wreath).
Spread a layer of pesto on top, then a layer of sun dried tomatoes and then slices of provolone cheese.
Open second can of crescent rolls and layer dough triangles the same way you did the first time, but cover the top entirely. Crimp the edges closed. Brush on another layer of peso on top to give it a green Christmas wreath look. Top with more sun dried tomatoes.
Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Sweet pecan pie bars (Sweet pecan summer)

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-1 box pecan sandies
-1/2 stick butter melted
-1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
-2 1/4 cup brown sugar
-2/3 cup maple syrup
-orange zest

  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
    -1 teaspoon vanilla
    -20 oz pecans

Place pecan sandie cookies into food processor and pulse until crumbs form. Melt butter and stir with cookie crumbs. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper and push down onto bottom and sides of pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

In a pot on low heat, add butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and orange zest. Stir until melted.
Bring to a boil, then add heavy cream and vanilla.
Last, stir in the pecans. Pour over cooled crust and bake for 35 mintues.
Cool completely and then refrigerate.
To remove from pan and cut into squares, place pan upside down on a cutting board and peel off parchment paper. Carefully cut into bars.

Cranberry Orange Tarts (Fit for a prince)

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-One box cranberry orange muffin mix (I use Krusteaz) Do not make the muffins.
-1 stick of butter melted
-8 oz tub cool whip
-1/2 cup dried cranberries
-8 oz cream cheese
-1 box orange jello mix

Mix muffin mix with melted butter until a crumbly dough forms. Spray mini muffin tin with non stick spray. Place a small ball of dough into each muffin cavity and create a well in the center. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.

Mix together cool whip, cream cheese and jello mix until completely combined. Then stir in cranberries.
Once the tart crusts are cooled, scoop filling into each tart cup. Garnish with additional cranberries. Refrigerate before serving.

Key lime pie with Biscoff cookie crust (It was Always You)

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For crust:
-1 package “Lotus” brand Biscoff cookies (makes 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs)
-1 stick melted unsalted butter
For filling:
-4 egg yolks
-1 can sweetened condensed milk
-1/2 cup fresh lime juice
-lime zest (just use a quarter of the lime)
Meringue topping:
-4 egg whites
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
-8 tablespoons sugar

Place cookies into food processor and make into crumbs. Melt stick of butter and combine with cookie crumbs. Press down firmly on bottom of a pie dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

In an electric mixer, beat egg yolks, condensed milk, lime juice and lime zest. Whip for 4 minutes. Pour filling over baked crust and bake another 20 minutes.

Whip the egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar until white and frothy. Slowly add sugar and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Once the pie is out of the oven a second time, spread meringue on top and bake another 25 minutes. Let cool completely and place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Blueberry pie pockets (Time for them to come home for Christmas)

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-Store bought pizza dough
-cream cheese
-almond extract
-dried blueberries (Make sure to use dried blueberries because fresh or frozen may bleed too much.)
-slivered almonds
-drizzle of honey

Roll out dough and cut into triangles. Stir a couple drops of almond extract into cream cheese and spread on each triangle. Drizzle with honey and top with dried blueberries. Close it up like a pocket and crimp edges to seal closed. Drizzle with more honey and slivered almonds. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until golden.

Santa’s Peppermint Cocoa Clusters (Sister Swap Hometown Holiday)

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One large popcorn bowl
Half stick salted butter
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup peppermint white chocolate candy melts
1 tablespoon instant hot cocoa

Once the popcorn is popped, spread evenly on a greased or lined cookie sheet. Melt all ingredients in a small pot and pour over popcorn. Spread evenly and wait for it to cool just a smidge before handleing and forming into balls. Top with sprinkles of your choice!

Maple sweet potato fries (Where the heart belongs)

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*Saute 3 tablespoons chopped red onion.
*Add 4 tablespoons unsalted butter until melted.
*Add 1/2 cup pure maple syrup and remove from heat.
*Add 5 sage leaves ripped up.
*Spread entire package of frozen unseasoned sweet potato fries on a baking sheet.
*Pour melted butter mixture all over top and mix.
*Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes until golden.
*While that bakes, brown some maple breakfast sausage.
*Once fries are done, serve in large bowl and garnish with small pieces of maple sausage and more fresh sage.

You’re (Bacon) a panini (You’re Bacon me crazy)

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-Rosemary olive oil Italian bread
-garlic lemon aïoli
-Turkey bacon (or whatever bacon you like)
-smoked provolone
-sun dried tomatoes
-bean sprouts for crunch (optional)
How to: spread aïoli on both sides of bread first and then add the rest of your ingredients. Before grilling your Panini spread more of the aïoli on each side of the outer part of bread. Grill and Enjoy