Taffy Apple Pizza

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon sugar
1-tablespoon all-purpose flour
1-tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
6 (14 x 18-inch) sheets phyllo dough, thawed according to package directions
1-tablespoon butter, melted
3 tablespoons store-bought caramel sauce

1. Combine the apples, the 3 tablespoons sugar, the flour, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a bowl; set aside.

2. Combine the pecans with the remaining 1teaspoon sugar and remaining 1/4-teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.

3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 12-inch pizza pan or a large baking sheet with nonstick spray. As you work, keep the large sheets of phyllo covered with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out. Lay one sheet of phyllo, across the pizza pan; lightly spray with nonstick spray. Repeat layering the remaining 5 sheets of phyllo, spraying each sheet lightly with nonstick spray. Roll the edges of the phyllo in to make a rimmed edge.

4. Arrange the apple mixture in concentric circles on the phyllo. Brush the apples with the melted butter, then sprinkle the pecan mixture. Bake until the edges of the phyllo are golden brown and apples are tender, about 45 minutes. Let cool on the pan on a rack 30 minutes, then drizzle with the caramel sauce.


Don't Forget To Vote

Actually, both Mr. K and I voted a week ago.
NV is one of thirty states with early voting!

And for those of you who told me you would only vote if the like wasn't too long...

Keep in mind, you live in a country where you can vote,
and that is reason enought as to why you should vote!

When the line looks too long,
think about someone in another country
who doesn't have the option of standing in a line like that!

Women weren't allowed to vote in the US until 1920.
Only a generation or two back. Think about all the women who fought for our suffrage.
Think about the women in your own family, who weren't allowed to vote,
and vote for them!


Squeeze The Cheese...

I can't remember why, but the other day Mr. K asked, "What's with you and cheese?".

Truthfully, I don't know, but I have always loved it. Maybe I get it from my grandfather because he ate cheese and crackers a lot when I was growing up. I like it on more than just crackers, though. It is a staple in my salads, a must on garlic bread, and even though Mr. K tells me not to, if I order the pizza it has to have extra cheese.

I don't consider myself a foodie, but cheese is one area where I like high quality and I will experiment a bit. And, its always been that way. Ever since I was very little my salad dressing of choice has been bleu cheese.

Cheese is also an area where I think organic is a must. Check out this site. It has a ton of information on why organic cheese is better tasting and better for you.

And, I am a huge advocate of doing a taste test. Make someone else set it up so they know which is which and you don't. Truly, this is the best way to prove to yourself that there is a difference and organic does taste better. I really haven't been let down yet. When I tried it with fresh pineapple, it changed my life.

I usually buy my cheese at Whole Foods. If you can pretty much find it at any grocery store these days.


Organic Candy

I know I am a day late on this one, but I have never been one to limited my candy consumption to Halloween.

Yesterday, someone who knows about my blog asked if I was giving out organic Halloween candy. Well, I wasn't, but that was only because it was for people I didn't know and I went the lazy route.

But, then they asked me if they make such a thing.

Of course they do!

I think it's important to remember that there is pretty much an organic version of everything.
Organic isn't a creating a whole new way of doing things that someone needs to invent. It is a choice to make things in the same way, using better ingredients and methods.


Here are some links to organic candy sites. It might be too late this Halloween, but keep them in mind for gift giving anytime of the year!


College Farm Organic Candy

Pamela's Raw Organic Candy

Pure Fun

Sugar Coated Organics