Monday, February 8, 2016

Apple Dumplings (#freshtastyvalentines)


Apple Dumplings | Tortillas and Honey


Welcome to our finale of Fresh Tasty Valentines! Over this past week, over 20 bloggers have gotten together and created recipes from products provided by our generous sponsors! These sponsors are also being amazing and providing so many great prizes for our giveaway, which you can see and enter below!



For the finale of a great week full of flavor, I decided to make dessert. I know it's not really a healthy recipe, but it's got a whole apple per serving. And what's that saying about an apple a day? ;-) These apples were provided to me by Envy Apples. These apples originated in New Zealand, but have eventually been planted and cultivated here in the United States up in Washington State.

Envy Apples

So, yes. Apple Dumplings. These are not your average apple dumplings. These apple dumplings are actually inspired by a version of a former co-worker's husband's secret recipe, and I've always wanted to recreate a version of it. I was going through my Grandma Betty's old Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book that my mom gave me, and I found a recipe that sounded exactly like his version-- down to pouring heavy cream over the finished apples! Needless to say, I was thrilled to find this recipe and was excited to use the apples I received from Envy Apples.

This recipe is fairly simple to make, but it does take a fair amount of time-- you make the dough, prepare the syrup, peel and core the apples, cut the pastry and make the dumplings, then baking the dish. The hardest part of preparing these dumplings, for me, was to roll out, cut, and wrap the dumplings. I'm pretty inpatient and don't have a steady or decorative hand, so my dumplings took me a couple of tries to get them presentable.

A couple of the tips that I will give you on  making this recipe is 1) to make sure that the dough isn't rolled out too thin because the dough is more likely to rip and/or fall apart and 2) to make sure that you grease the dish really well because the dumplings will stick to the pan.

This dish is a cute dish to serve up and I love the individual portions. Make sure that you pour extra syrup on top-- it's almost like an apple pie! I hope that you've enjoyed all of the dishes that all the bloggers and I have shared with you this week!

Now, there's one more day left to enter the giveaway and Envy Apples has contributed a great prize! This prize package will include Envy apples, an apple corer, and more! Please see the entry form below to enter to win the giveaway and to also enter to win one of the numerous other prized provided by our generous sponsors!

To find out more about Envy Apples, please visit their website or social networks (TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagram)!

Please come back tomorrow for more recipes, and please visit all of the participating bloggers and check out their recipes-- please see the bottom of the post for a link to all the other bloggers' recipes!


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This post was sponsored by Envy Apples. While I was provided free product, I was not compensated for this post and, as always, the opinions of this post are all my own.


Apple Dumplings | Tortillas and Honey

Apple Dumplings | Tortillas and Honey

Apple Dumplings | Tortillas and Honey


Apple Dumplings
from Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book (1st Edition, 7th printing, pg. 325)

For the syrup:
1 c. sugar
2 c. water
3 Tbs. unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

For the filling:
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 Tbs. butter, cut into 6 pieces
6 apples, peeled and cored
2 9-inch pie crusts (try my easy homemade pie crust!)
Heavy cream, for serving

For the syrup:
Bring all syrup ingredients together in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and boil for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.

For the filling:
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.

For the dumplings:
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Grease a 9x13 pan really well.

Roll out the pie crust into 6 7-inch squares.

Place an apple on each square of the pastry. Fill the core cavity with the sugar and cinnamon filling mixture. Dot each top of the apple cavity with butter.

Bring opposite points of the pastry up over the apple. Overlap, moisten, and seal. Place in a 9x13 baking dish. Pour hot syrup around the dumplings.

Bake immediately until crust is nicely browned and apples are cooked through (test with a fork). Serve warm with the syrup and heavy cream.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger Sesame Sauce (#freshtastyvalentines)


Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger Sesame Sauce | Tortillas and Honey

We are gearing up for the finale of Fresh Tasty Valentines! I hope that you've been enjoying this event hosted by Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla. I've been participating in this event along with 20 other bloggers to present you with several recipes throughout the week and many many amazing sponsors who have provided prizes for our giveaways!



Today I'm sharing with you these Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger Sesame Sauce made with products from Mann Packing and T.Lish. Mann Packing is a majority-women owned company whose motto is "Veggies Made Easy." They have several veggies and veggie blends that are packaged and ready for use! T.Lish has three different sauces that you can use as a marinade, sauce, or dressing! It comes in three great flavors: chipotle, sweet garlic, and ginger sesame.





I decided to feature the Ginger Sesame flavor from T.Lish because when I opened the bottle, it smelled like the homemade dressing of one of my favorite salads (which I still need to feature on the blog). I also wanted to pair it with something a little more hearty, so I decided to make a stir fry inspired by a stir fry that I had seen featuring brussel sprouts! I found out last year that I really like brussel sprouts-- I've used it in pasta and I've roasted it so that it's caramelized. My mom also made a great recipe over the holidays that has candied walnuts. So I was excited to combine all of these flavors!

The packaged veggies (like Mann's) are really useful when you want to make a meal but don't want to be spending a lot of time prepping ingredients (sometimes it seems like it takes more time than actually making the dish!). So I used a package of brussel sprouts and a package of broccoli and carrot stir-fry mix. But, use whichever veggies you like!

This dish came out so wonderful. It's not incredibly saucy because the veggies soaked it all up, but feel free to add more sauce to your taste.

Do you make a unique stir-fry? I'd love to hear what kinds of stir-fries that you like to make!

Now, Mann Packing and T.Lish have contributed some great prizes to our giveaway! Mann Packing is providing a $25 gift card to one winner, and T.Lish is also providing a winner with one bottle of each of their three marinades! Please see the entry form below to enter to win both of the giveaways and to also enter to win one of the numerous other prized provided by our generous sponsors!

To find out more about Mann Packing, please visit their website or social networks (TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagram)!

To find out more about T.Lish, please visit their website or social networks (TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagram)!

Please come back tomorrow for more recipes, and please visit all of the participating bloggers and check out their recipes-- please see the bottom of the post for a link to all the other bloggers' recipes!


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This post was sponsored by Mann Packing and T.Lish. While I was provided free product, I was not compensated for this post and, as always, the opinions and recipe in this post are all my own.

Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger Sesame Sauce | Tortillas and Honey

Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger Sesame Sauce | Tortillas and Honey

Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger Sesame Sauce | Tortillas and Honey

Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger Sesame Sauce | Tortillas and Honey


Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Ginger Sesame Sauce
a Tortillas and Honey original recipe

1 lb. chicken breast, diced into 1" pieces
3/4 c. T.Lish ginger sesame dressing and marinade, separated (1/4 c. for marinade, 1/2 c. for stir-fry)
2 Tbs. canola oil
12 oz. package of brussel sprouts, halved (like Mann's)
12 oz. package of broccoli and carrot stir fry mix (like Mann's)
1 garlic glove, minced
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/8 - 1/4 c. reduced sodium soy sauce
5 oz. can sliced water chestnuts, drained and rinsed
2 green onions, sliced (green parts only)
1/4 c. sliced almonds
quinoa or rice, for serving

In a ziploc bag, combine chicken and 1/4 c. of the marinade. Place in fridge and let marinate for about an hour.

In a large wok, heat the canola oil on high heat. Add chicken and marinade and cook until the chicken is fully cooked, stirring frequently. Remove chicken and set aside.

If needed, add more canola oil to the wok. Add the brussel sprouts and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the stir fry mix and continue cooking until the vegetables become soft, about another 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, and 1/2 c. reserved marinade and cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened and is absorbed by the vegetables. (The mixture will be really pungent at first, but the vinegar smell will cook away.)

Add the reserved chicken back along with the water chestnuts into the mixture and heat through. Stir in green onions and sliced almonds.

Serve atop quinoa or rice and garnish with additional green onions and sliced almonds.

Makes about 6 servings


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Garlic Sauce Chicken + Uncommon Goods Review (#freshtastyvalentines)


Garlic Sauce Chicken | Tortillas and Honey

Welcome back for another day of Fresh Tasty Valentines! 20 bloggers, including myself, are getting together to offer you a full week of fun recipes and some very generous sponsors have provided us some really awesome prizes to giveaway to our readers! This great event is being by our hostess with the mostess, Culinary Adventures with Camilla.



Today is a really fun post because I'm combining this post with wine (!!!) and shopping (!!!). Today's post is being sponsored by both Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi and Uncommon Goods. I'm featuring a delicious Garlic Sauce Chicken and a review for the shopping site Uncommon Goods, and I'm so very excited about this post I'm sharing with you today.



The gorgeous stemless wineglasses featured in my post are from this amazing online company called Uncommon Goods. I recently received the most beautiful hand-blown stemless wine glasses and some flavored salts. I had been wanting some hand-blown stemless wine glasses since Thanksgiving when I got jealous of my cousin's, and when I saw these at Uncommon Goods I fell instantly in love with them. Because these wine glasses are hand-blown, they are heavier and thicker than what you'd normally expect but because of the beauty and care taken to make them, I treat these with a lot more care than my normal stemware. One thing to remember about these wine glasses is that because they are hand-blown each one is unique and that they may differ from the photos on the site. 


The flavored salts are a must for any food lover. These salts are infused with a number of different flavors (vanilla cardamom, espresso, pink peppercorn, orange ginger, etc). These are great for sprinkling on a variety of desserts-- say on top of cookies before they go into the oven, sprinkled on creme brulee. While my mom and I were in Carmel last year, we went to an olive oil store and they served us vanilla ice cream topped with good quality olive oil and topped with a sprinkling of salt. Since then, one of my favorite desserts has been ice cream topped with olive oil and ice cream. Do that with these salts! The espresso is one of my favorites!

Now how appropriate that I'm featuring a wine recipe and wine glasses with Valentine's Day coming up?! Get ready to spoil your honey with some of the unique gifts that Uncommon Goods offers-- say some wine glasses that you can look at here, a corkcicle to keep your wine cold that you can purchase here, or how about one of the other featuring Valentine's Day Gifts they're featuring which you can browse the whole collection here!

The next thing on my "to buy" list is this convertible wine rack. Whether you have 12, 6, 3, or 1 bottle of wine... this wine rack adjusts to how many bottles you have, whether you just stocked up on wine or as you're working your way through your purchases!


Today I am featuring Garlic Sauce Chicken for your double dose of goodness today! This recipe is a one pan recipe that takes less than half an hour to make and doesn't use a lot of ingredients-- short time and few ingredients what Joe thinks is a recipe for success!

What I also love about this recipe is how the garlic becomes slightly sweet and the wine reduces and becomes a velvety sauce. This is a great recipe to use some of your favorite wine because the notes of the wine permeate the entire dish. And how great is it to be able to drink your favorite wine with in (and in your new favorite wine glass tee hee)!

This would be a great recipe to celebrate Valentine's Day or any other special occasion with your loved one!





Now, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi and Uncommon Goods have contributed some amazing prizes to our giveaway! Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is providing two bottles of wine (one bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and one bottle of Pinot Noir) to one winner. Uncommon Goods is also providing a $150 gift certificate to use at their website! Please see the entry form below to enter to win both of the giveaways and to also enter to win one of the numerous other prized provided by our generous sponsors!

To find out more about Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, please visit their website or social networks (Facebook)!

To find out more about Uncommon Goods, please visit their website or social networks (TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagram, Google+)!

Please come back tomorrow for more recipes, and please visit all of the participating bloggers and check out their recipes-- please see the bottom of the post for a link to all the other bloggers' recipes!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post was sponsored by Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi and Uncommon Goods. While I was provided free product, I was not compensated for this post and, as always, the opinions of this post are all my own.

Garlic Sauce Chicken | Tortillas and Honey

Garlic Sauce Chicken | Tortillas and Honey

Garlic Sauce Chicken | Tortillas and Honey

Garlic Sauce Chicken | Tortillas and Honey


Garlic Sauce Chicken
slightly adapted from Diethood

3 tablespoons olive oil
6 chicken thighs (about 2-pounds)
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 - 1.5 whole bulb of garlic, peeled, cloves separated
1.5 c. white wine
3 Tbs. parsley, chopped

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper.

Cooking over medium heat, brown the chicken on both sides; about 4 minutes per side. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

Add garlic cloves to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until golden; about 3 minutes. DO NOT BURN the garlic. Carefully add wine to the skillet. Stir in parsley.

Transfer chicken back to skillet.

Cover and continue to cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, turning the chicken over half way through cooking. Add ¼-cup more wine if it looks too dry when you go to turn over the chicken.

Remove from heat. Transfer chicken to serving dish and spoon the garlic sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle a little more chopped parsley over the chicken and serve.

Makes 6 servings

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