Around our house the acronym "OPR" means Other People's Recipes. This little term came about after Jenn and I spent a frantic day last November making and photographing eleven recipes. I had come up with the idea of doing an article featuring the favorite holiday recipes from the writers who contributed to the community magazine I write for. The deadline for the piece was several days away, but it fell right when Jenn and I were to be driving her car across the country to move her to California. So, the two of us had a wild time using just about every measuring spoon and baking dish in the house while depleting all of our baking supplies. The results were interesting; some of the dishes were delicious and some were a little different than our palates were used to. The main thing I realized though, was that each recipe had a memory behind it which made it special to the person that submitted it. We had a great time that day and I wouldn't trade that memory for anything! The apple crisp recipe posted here happens to be an OPR as well. It belongs to my friend who hired me to cook it for her. It's an OPR to keep!
Ingredients for an 8 by 8 Inch Baking Dish
6 cups of peeled, sliced apples
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon cinnamon
(1 tablespoon lemon juice mixed with 1 tablespoon water if using sweeter apples)
I use an apple peeler to cut away the skin of the apples. Then I quarter them, cut out the core, slice them up, and place them in a baking dish. My favorites to use are Granny Smith, but I also like Jonathan. If I am using a sweeter apple such as a Fuji, I mix one tablespoon of water with one tablespoon of lemon juice and sprinkle the mixture over the apple slices.
While the oven is preheating to 373 degrees, mix together the brown sugar, oatmeal, flour, butter, and cinnamon until crumbly. Spoon evenly over the apples in the baking dish. Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until it is brown and bubbly. This is especially good served with vanilla ice cream or even just a drizzle of heavy cream.
I can't help but jump on the fall band wagon with these two autumn veggie dishes. The colors of the vegetables are exactly what I see outside: white frost on the ground, orange pumpkins on porches, and purple chrysanthemums in pots. The flavors are heartier than lighter summer salad stuff and with chilly mornings and nights, they are what I'm craving right now.
Red cabbage: sliced and "strands" separated or chopped
Lucinato kale: "rib" cut out and leaves chopped
Broccoli: cut into florets, drizzle w/ 1 tablespoon olive oil and roast 20 minutes at 350 degrees
Cauliflower: cut into florets, drizzle w/ 1 tablespoon olive oil and roast 20 minutes at 350
Brussels sprouts: cut stem off, halve if big, drizzle w/ 1 tablespoon olive oil, roast 30 min at 350
Beets: peel, quarter, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, roast 60 minutes at 350
Butternut squash: halve, scoop out seeds, drizzle w/ 1 tablespoon olive oil, roast 50 min at 350
Optional brown rice for bowls: cook according to package directions
Dressing Option One: Dijon Vinaigrette
Whisk together for Dijon Vinaigrette
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup champagne, rice, or white vinegar
1 heaping teaspoon country Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, put through a press
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Dressing Option Two: Lemon Tahini Dressing
Whisk together for Starbuck's Lemon Tahini Dressing
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
To make enough for four servings use two bunches of kale, one medium butternut squash, 1 pound Brussels sprouts and 1/2 head of cabbage. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half if they are big. Chop the kale by first folding each leaf in half and running a sharp knife down the edge of each "rib" to remove it, then continue cutting up kale. Roast the vegetables at 350 degrees until tender: 30 minutes for the Brussels sprouts and 20 minutes for the cauliflower, but about 50 for the butternut squash. They should be able to be pierced by a fork and a bit brown on the edges. Remove the skin from the squash and cut into bite sized square pieces. Combine chopped kale with roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and butternut squash. Drizzle with the Dijon vinaigrette and serve.
Veggie & Brown Rice Salad Bowl
To make enough for four bowls use 1 bunch of kale, 1 medium butternut squash, 4 medium beets, 1 head of broccoli, 2 cups sliced red cabbage, and 2 cups cooked brown rice. Chop the kale by first folding each leaf in half and running a sharp knife down the edge of each "rib" to remove it, then continue cutting up the kale. Roast the vegetables at 350 degrees until tender: 20 minutes for the broccoli, 30 minutes for the squash, and 50 minutes for the beets. They should be able to be pierced with a fork when done. Remove the skin from the squash and cut into bite sized square pieces. Slice the beets. Put 1/2 cup of rice in each bowl. Divide the kale, squash, beets, broccoli, and cabbage among each bowl. Drizzle with the Lemon Tahini dressing.