Rosemary Caramelized Apples, I met Ann Hodgman!!! and Healthy Food Drives!

Hi everyone!

What a week! I had the pleasure of hanging out with my favorite cookbook writer, Ann Hodgman, of Beat That and Beat This! (there’s a revised edition with 50 more recipes!!!) She is currently writing a vegan cookbook so I will keep you posted.

Ann is responsible for showing me how much humor and how much love we can infuse into our cooking. Her HILARIOUS commentary on each recipe describes how we just want to take care of each other and that we just may have the best recipes to do it in our own kitchens.

Fast forward to me meeting Chris Bickel, a healthy food activist who experienced food insecurities as a kid and then went on to create a really cool program to get healthy foods into the hands of the hungry. I just returned from hearing him speak at the Eat, Play, Live Luncheon where I was given many tips and tools to run a healthy food drive. Check out their site to see how you can do it , too! Chris is starting a healthy food donation program and I  promise that once it is up and running,  you will be hearing more about it right here on TBK!

As for  my recipe today…. I was cutting my apples to top a salad, I kept smelling the rosemary I was drying out right next to it on my kitchen island. The combined smells were divine.


I thought to mix them all up with a little sweetener and make a Fall fantasy salad topper.

You’re welcome 🙂

Comfort Food Salad with Rosemary Caramelized Apples:

One medium apple , chopped with skin on

one TBS olive oil

one TBS brown sugar

1/2 tsp dried rosemary

pinch kosher salt

Put olive oil in a frying pan over low to medium flame

When hot, add rosemary and brown sugar and mix until all combned

Add chopped apples and stir for a few minutes until the sugar and oil become caramelized and start to thicken

Serve as a side dish, a garnish or on top of salads


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