Have you ever watched the lifestyle show, The CHEW on ABC? If so, perhaps you are like me and feel like this is just one big group of friends who happen to have cameras around them. And maybe this is a group you wish you could be part of, too. (Seriously guys, I’m fun and love to eat. I would fit right in. Call me.) Whether you are a fan of the show, or if you just love to entertain, you’ll be happy to know their latest cookbook, A Year of Celebrations is coming soon! Written by the hosts of the show and entertaining experts, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, and Daphne Oz, this all-around guide will make your next celebration even better. With tasty recipes, ideas and advice, this collection is more than just a cookbook.
• Trick or Treat Mac and Cheese (secret ingredient: pumpkin!) with Caramel Apples, Psycho-ritas (inspired by the Hitchcock classic), and homemade slime
• Labor Day Picnic with Blueberry Pucker Bars, Sparkling Basil Lemonade, and Daphne’s homemade (non-toxic) bug spray
• Valentine’s Day Coq au Vin with Espresso Crème Brulee
• Christmas dinner featuring Roasted Pork Loin with Cranberries, Mistletoe Bellinis (secret ingredient: fresh thyme), and gift jars of hot cocoa mix, spiced with cardamom and chipotle powder
• Hanukkah Beet and Potato Pancakes with gelt made of…chocolate!
• Easter treats, including Chickpea Bruschetta with Shaved Vegetable Salad, Moscow Mules with Ginger Beer, and silk-dyed eggs
• Mother’s Day gifts, including the Perfect Mom-osa (spiked with elderberry liquer), croissants the kids make themselves, and pressed flower cards
• A Thanksgiving feast crowned by Turkey with Grapefruit and Tapenade and Wild Rice Stuffing…and don’t forget the homemade glitter gourd tea light
• Game Day featuring Slam Dunk Punch and Bloody Mary Sliders
• Oscar Night with Oysters Rockefeller (co-starring anise and clove)
• New Year’s Eve dinner with Beef Wellington, Citrus Upside Down Cake, and cups of Blood Orange Punch until the kissing begins!
…and much more!
I thought it would be fun to share a sneak peak of this new cookbook. With Halloween coming up next month, this salted caramel apple recipe from Carla Hall seemed the perfect recipe to share! Salted caramel is extremely popular right now, with good reason. I love the special flavor pairing of the salty with the sweet. It is a match made in heaven, so why not try it with a deliciously tart apple?
- 6 Granny Smith, honey crisp, or Pink Lady apples
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup peanuts, chopped
- ½ cup almonds, chopped
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 tablespoon flaky sea salt
- SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
- 6 craft sticks
- Candy thermometer
- Bring a small pot of water to a rolling boil.
- Dip each apple in boiling water, then wipe dry with paper towel, to remove wax coating. Set
- Remove the stem of each apple, and insert a craft stick in its place.
- In a medium, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, combine the honey, cream, and salt.
- Bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat until it simmers.
- Using a candy thermometer to read temperature, bring to a reading of 265°F, stirring slowly and
- constantly, about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Place a sheet of parchment or wax paper onto a baking sheet, and coat lightly with nonstick spray.
- Carefully twirl each apple in the caramel mixture and set onto prepared sheet.
- On individual plates, place the peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and sea salt.
- After caramel has cooled slightly, about 10 minutes, fold the pooled coating on the bottom of the apple upward.
- Roll in desired toppings, and serve.
The Chew: A Year of Celebrations hits store shelves on September 23, 2014, at a retail price of $19.99. Pre-order it now at online retailers such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon for a discount!