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Apple Rose Tartlets

Apple Rose Tartlets

These are just super fancy and fun mini apple pies. These are great for small parties and they make the house smell amazing. They do take some time but can be made ahead and kept in the fridge.


1 Sheet Puff Pastry (Thawed)

2 Large Apples

3 Tbs Lemon Juice

10 Tsp Apricot Jam

5 Tsp Sugar

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

Powdered Sugar

First things first you want to wash core and slice your apples. You want your apples to be thin enough that you can bend them without them breaking.

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Carefully mix the apples with lemon juice and set to the side.


Lay out the puff pastry on a floured surface and carefully roll out into a thin rectangle. Cut that rectangle into 10 even strips.

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Spread a teaspoon of jam onto each strip of puff pastry.


lay down the apple slices so they are laying half on the pastry. Over lap them looser to begin with starting at the top and then they can become tighter towards the bottom.


Sprinkle the apples with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar.


Fold the other half of the pastry over the apples. Start rolling the strip up starting at the bottom. If you are going to be baking them right away place them into a greased muffin tin. If you are going to be baking them later set them on a greased platter.

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Once your roses are all ready bake them at 375 Degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 25 mins uncovered and then for another 15 covered.

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Immediatly remove the roses from the tin and set them on a serving tray. Dust them with some powdered sugar and then enjoy.

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Servings 10

Serving size 1 Rose

Calories 146

Fat 6.8 g

Sat Fat 1 g

Cholest. 0 mg

Sodium 47 mg

Carbs. 21 g

Fiber 1.4 g

Sugar 9.9 g

Protein 1.5 g

Salmich (Salmon BLA)

Salmich (Salmon BLA) 

Ok so my family doesn’t normally have leftover salmon so when we have it we do something special. Salmichs are a play on a salmon sandwich, not only that but we do them BLA (Bacon/Lettuce/Avocado) style.


6 Oz Grilled Salmon (I used leftovers)

4 Pieces Bacon

4 Slices Sourdough

1/2 Avocado

Romaine Lettuce

Mayonnaise (Optional)

First you want to cook your bacon. The easiest least messy, least attention demanding way to cook it is to line a small baking sheet with foil and lay the bacon on it. Cook that at 400 Degrees Fahrenheit for 7-13 minutes.

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While the bacon is cooking you can prep everything else. You can toast your bread.

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Heat your salmon.

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And cut your avocado.


Now once everything is ready its time to assemble. The optional mayonnaise on oneside and the avocado on the other. Then the bacon and the lettuce. Lastly the amazing salmon.

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Now you’re ready to eat.


Serves 2

Serving 1 Sandwich

Calories 438

Fat 23.4 g

Sat Fat 2.5 g

Cholest. 21.9 mg

Sodium 623.2 mg

Fiber 2.7 g

Sugar 0.7 g

Protein 32.1 g

Citrus Shrimp (Spicy)

Citrus Shrimp

This is a super yummy, super simple, light summer grilling dish. This is so easy and the marriage of citrus and spice is a happy one.


1 Lb Deveined Shrimp

1 Tbs Minced Garlic

1 1/2 Tbs Sriracha

1 Tbs Lemon Juice

1 Tbs Lime Juice

1 Tbs Orange Juice

1 Tsp Salt

1/2 Tsp Pepper

Now its this easy. Through everything into a bowl, mix and let marinate for 20 minutes.

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You want to grill your shrimp on a medium high heat for 8-10 minutes depending on your grill. So they should go down for 4-5 minutes on each side. Cover your grill while the shrimp are cooking. Do not continuously flip your shrimp, they will become tough and rubbery.

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Serve hot and with a shell bowl. Everyone will be fighting for that last lonely shrimp left on the platter.


Serves 4

Calories 89

Fat 0 g

Sat Fat 0 g

Cholest 139.7 mg

Sodium 1424 mg

Carbs 4.1 g

Fiber 0 g

Sugar 2.9 g

Protein 17.4 g

Ham and Cheese Scones

Ham and Cheese Scones

This is great for a sit down breakfast on a Sunday morning with the family or for a make ahead meal on the run. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s tasty and it’s healthy to boot.


1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

¾ Cup Flour

¼ Cup Ground Flax

1 Tbs Baking Powder

2 Tsp Sugar

¼ Tsp Salt

¼ Tsp Pepper

4 Tbs Butter (COLD!)

1 Cup Shredded Cheese (I used a Mexican Blend)

6 Oz Cubed Ham

¾ Cup Buttermilk

2 Egg Whites

First you want to combine the first 7 ingredients together in a bowl.

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So the next step is called cutting in butter. This is where you mix COLD butter with flour. This process is what makes things like scones and biscuits flaky. You can use your fingers, a knife, a fork or, if you’re fancy, a pastry blender. You want to mix the flour and butter together until the flour mixture becomes grainy.

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Next you want to add in your cheese and your ham. Once mixed create a crater in the center.

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In the crater pour in your buttermilk and egg whites, mix that until combined but still sticky. If it won’t pull together add in a tablespoon of flour at a time.

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Flour a baking sheet and place your dough into the center. Spread the dough into a rough circle shape until the dough is ½-1 inch thick. An easy way to do that is to place a piece of wax paper over the top and use that to spread the dough.

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Once you have your circle you want to score out your cuts so that you get 8 scones. Take care not to cut all of the way through but deep enough so that it doesn’t bake over.


Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown across the whole. Serve hot or reheat in the toaster oven for a breakfast on the go. For something a little different split the scone and spread clotted cream on one side and your choice of jam or jelly on the other. Place it together as a sandwich and you have a yummy mock Monte Cristo.

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Servings 8

Serving size 1 Scone

Calories 246

Fat 11.3 g

Sat Fat 6.3 g

Cholest. 28.6 mg

Sodium 203.6 mg

Carbs. 23.6 g

Fiber 3.1 g

Sugars 2.5 g

Protein 8.5 g

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