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~ Caramel Apple Cheesecake ~

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine- melted

Mix crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and margarine. Press onto bottom of 9 inch spring form pan. Bake 10 min. at 350 degrees F.

Filling:

  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 2 packages of 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 large apples (thin peeled slices) –We used our Jonagold’s for this recipe.
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar at medium speed with mixer until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend vanilla and pour over crust from above. Drizzle with half the caramel sauce. Toss apples with 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon. Layer apple mixture over cream cheese layer; sprinkle with chopped pecans and drizzle with the other 1/2 of caramel sauce.

Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan and refrigerate.

We also added more caramel to the top when serving it…cause can you really ever have too much caramel?! 🙂

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Wine + Food = Sweetheart Dinner

We partnered with our local bed and breakfast over Valentines Day weekend for a food and wine pairing. It was such an intimate yet playful atmosphere and we had an absolute blast! Jeanna, owner of Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast prepared a 4 course meal that was absolutely DELICIOUS! We paired four of our wines that we thought complemented them the best and it made for a wonderful evening full of fun, laughter and a little romance…it was Valentines Day after all. 🙂

Here is a glimpse of the dishes from the evening with brief descriptions that Jeanna provided us with.

If you are making plans to visit or stay in the Nebraska City area, we cannot recommend Whispering Pines enough! Jeanna is wonderful host and the food is delicious! Pay a visit to the Orchard while in town and your trip is complete! 🙂 (Actually, there are a TON of attractions throughout Nebraska City, so we invite you to visit those too!)

Food Day Friday: Bruschetta Chicken

February is American Heart Month so we have decided to dedicate a few of February’s posts to some Heart Healthy recipes that are relatively easy to prepare and make. Time is always one the biggest factors in preparing meals, so we have also tried to keep prep time minimal.

First Up–

Bruschetta Chicken 

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 4-5 smaller tomatoes
  • 1/4 to 1/2 of a regular sized red onion (we kind of just eye-balled it 🙂 )
  • 1-2 avocados (not your typical ingredient for bruschetta, but we love avocados so we just threw them in.)
  • Hand full of basil leaves
  • 1 finely chopped up garlic clove (we cheated and bought minced garlic, but hey the flavor is still there!)
  • 2-3 tsp. of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of EVOO
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Prep:

– Cook chicken as desired. We would have preferred the grill, but it is February in Nebraska and we currently have quite the snow drift on our back patio….so baked in the oven did the trick for us! We threw some salt and pepper on each side of the chicken breasts, pan seared it on the stove- a few minutes on each side, then wrapped each chicken breast individually in tin foil and baked them in the oven at 375 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.

-While the chicken cooked, we chopped up and mixed together our tomatoes, onion, avocado, basil, garlic, oils and salt and pepper. Stuck it in a bowl in the fridge until the chicken was ready.

We served it with brussel sprouts (which we bought frozen and cooked per the package instructions.)

So there you have it, a pretty simple and healthy recipe that was ooohhhh so delicious! We also cannot wait until our fresh grown tomatoes are in season at the Orchard, cause that would make this even more tastier! 🙂

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