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Apple cider caramels + the book is here! – smitten kitchen. So, friends.

apple cider caramels + the book is here! – smitten kitchen

Yesterday was the day, the day that that the 336-page, 2.8-pound bundle of joy that I began working on over three years ago tip-toed cautiously out of my tiny kitchen in hopes that you’ll make a home for it in yours. You know, so, no big deal at all. What’s in the book? Seeing as I already showed you the cover, I thought I’d show you what the book looked like naked. (Gasp!) As you can imagine, yesterday didn’t exactly go the way we had in mind. In the last few months, I’ve been asked a few times if I have a favorite recipe in the book. To make them, you take a quart of fresh apple cider and boil and boil it until it is a slip of its original volume, just syrupy apple impact. Thank you: I’ve gotten so many kind, wonderful notes in the last couple asking as to our safety and also from many of your who already received your books and are cooking from them. Apple Cider Caramels From The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. 10 Easy Recipes You Can Make in a Dutch Oven.

I wore mittens and a hat yesterday.

10 Easy Recipes You Can Make in a Dutch Oven

NOT JOKING. This tragedy is leading me straight into the arms of today’s feel-better post about cozy, wintery foods you can make with a Dutch oven. Maybe cold times are not so bad after all. Before we start, let’s just mention the fact that I didn’t even know what all the fuss was about until about a year ago when I first got a Dutch oven. I would always hear people talking about the amazingness of a Dutch oven and I’d be all WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? Just, I’m learning, okay? For serious. The 15 Essential Soups for Fall. 12 Hearty Casseroles for Cold Winter Nights — Recipes from The Kitchn. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipes from The Kitchn. It may seem crazy to make a hearty soup in August, but if you live anywhere near Atlanta you know we have been experiencing the dreariest, rainiest month that I can recall.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipes from The Kitchn

A warm bowl of chicken enchilada soup was actually the perfect cure for my late summer, nasty weather blues. Chicken enchilada was the signature soup at one of my favorite lunch spots growing up; I still devour a bowl every time I return home. It is a thicker, richer cousin of chicken tortilla soup — like you are eating an actual enchilada with a bowl and a spoon. It is the best of both dishes' worlds! This soup requires little prep work for the amount of flavor it yields: I started with my favorite red enchilada sauce as the base; it's so easy but packs in tons of flavor, way more than your average canned stuff.

Dinner Recipe: Barbecue Shredded Chicken from the Oven or Slow Cooker Recipes from The Kitchn. I feel, though, that there is one really key element to making good barbecue sauce chicken, whether it's in the oven or the slow cooker: Use dark meat.

Dinner Recipe: Barbecue Shredded Chicken from the Oven or Slow Cooker Recipes from The Kitchn

Chicken breasts don't have enough fat or tenderness to get soft while braising; they just aren't going to fall apart into soft threads the way a slightly fattier meat will. Personally, I like to use mostly boneless skinless chicken thighs, which aren't as dark as legs, but offer a light yet succulent texture. I do mix in a breast or too as well, but I would never use them for more than 25% to 30% of the total meat. You can also opt to use bone-in chicken, but for me the whole point of this dish is for it to be extremely easy and hands-off, and the extra work of skinning the chicken or working with the bones isn't worth it. After that, it's all easy! Barbecue Shredded Chicken 8 to 10 servings Heat the oven to 325°F. Quick Recipe: Maple Pecan Blondies with Maple Butter Glaze Recipes from The Kitchn.

These bars were baked with a very specific person in mind: My father-in-law, Jim.

Quick Recipe: Maple Pecan Blondies with Maple Butter Glaze Recipes from The Kitchn

He and my mother-in-law keep to a gloriously healthy diet. They have a bountiful garden behind their small urban home, and they eat two modest home-cooked meals a day, one after a vigorous early morning swim. However, on special occasions, restraint vanishes and I find a lot of pleasure in offering Jim his two favorite foods in the whole world: Butter and maple syrup. One such occasion presented itself this past week when Jim showed up at the house my husband and I have been painstakingly renovating for months just to help with the project nearest to my heart: The kitchen. Cheerfully assembling kitchen cabinets? I haven't talked much about my home renovation and kitchen project yet here on The Kitchn — perhaps out of superstition, and also exhaustion. Putting cabinets together, assembly line style! I felt like the moment called for an extra helping of maple syrup and butter — together.

Maple Pecan Blondies.