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Traditional Apple Pie

Traditional Apple Pie My brother has an apple tree in front of his place that already has ripe apples, and for me apples mean that fall is near! Fall is my favorite season because of the cooler weather, colorful leaves, and the many activities going on around New Mexico. Summer being my least favorite season because of the heat and lack of summer break ever since I became an adult and started working full-time. So it was a delightful shock when he brought over a bag of apples to Sunday dinner and "humbly" asked for me to make him an apple pie (or two). This year, however, is also sad because New Mexicans are very attached to the Dixon's Apple Orchard who have some of the best apples on earth (and their apple cider is amazing!). Last year, Dixon's Apples were affected by the Los Conchas fire and subsequent flooding, which damaged much of the orchard. Many of us grew up eating the apples and traveling up to Dixon on opening weekend to buy apples. My favorite is

15-Minute Marinated Chicken

15-Minute Marinated Chicken August has been a whirlwind month for me. I can't believe the month is almost over. This is only my third post this month. And only my second recipe post this month. Here's what I have going for me this August: I turned 30! On the same day as my birthday, I started jury duty. Tomorrow I start graduate school for my Masters of Public Administration. (Scared about that! I haven't been in school for seven years.) And, I'm going to be in Albuquerque the Magazine 's September issue featuring one of my recipes! I'm also trying to plan a BBQ to celebrate that as well. And I'm still working full-time. Not to mention the hours upon hours I've spent on the phone with Comcast to try to resolve an error they made which I've been trying to get them to fix for two months (I should really send them a bill for my time). August isn't even over, and I already need a vacation. And it's no wonder why I spend some of my Saturdays

Chocolate Chip Cookies Hazelnuts and Toffee

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Hazelnut and Toffee There are only a few cookie recipes that I consider my favorite, and these are one of them. My top three cookies that I make are biscochitos , chocolate crinkle cookies (blog/recipe will come at some point), and these. Everyone has a favorite chocolate chip cookie and, while these aren't a traditional chocolate chip cookie, this is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe! Everything in this cookie works. The hazelnut and the toffee complement the chocolate well. (They seriously need to make Nutella with toffee bits.) This cookie isn't a chewy cookie, but it's not really a crunchy/crispy cookie either which I love. I originally got this recipe from Giada de Laurentiis from her cookbook Giada's Family Dinners , which is one of my favorite cookbooks. I made some slight changes to the recipe-- instead of making an oat flour, I kept the oats whole and increased the amount to a cup (this gives the cookies a great text