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What's for dinner Wednesday?

Posted September 17, 2014

Apple Dumplings


Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?

I tried a new dessert recipe last night as you can see in the photo above: Apple Dumplings using Pillsbury biscuits.  They were a hit!

Cut an apple into 8 slices. Flatten out each of the 8 biscuits. Put 1 apple slice in the middle of each biscuit. Sprinkle a little cinnamon and brown sugar and a little bit of butter on each apple slice. Wrap the biscuit around each slice (like a potsticker).  Put in greased 9 x 9 pan.

In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 stick butter melted, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. vanilla together. Pour the thick mixture over apple-filled biscuits. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

I chopped up another apple and sauteed it in some butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and topped the dumplings with it and let them bake an additional 5 minutes.

They were so good! They would have been even better topped with some ice cream!



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  • luvstoQ Sep 17, 2014

    It has been illegal for quite a while to use sulfites in bagged salads or on salad bars, so they should not be the culprits making you sick. But, if a doubter, just rinse your bagged salads. I do that a lot anyway, as I just want to know they are really clean!!

  • Coupon Nana Sep 17, 2014

    Thanks, JDOUGLAS13!

  • Dr D Sep 17, 2014

    Thanks jdouglas!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 17, 2014

    Jdouglas- thanks for the link! I'm with you on the organic, I've never had a problem with the tubs (I especially like the HT organic spinach in the double size!)

    Faye- how fun! Happy Apple Dumpling Day! When I was young, we'd hit the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo every year for my b-day and have one... they were a piece of heaven!

  • jdouglas13 Sep 17, 2014

    Well, I spoke too soon (what else is new!), and found a link online for the article I mentioned. Here it is:

    Hope that helps! :)

  • jdouglas13 Sep 17, 2014

    Dr D - sorry, no link, but it was in last Wednesday's People's Pharmacy column in the N&O.l I'm a bit behind on my reading, obviously! :p A reader had mentioned how ill they felt after eating a bagged cabbage/cole slaw mix. It caught my attention because I bought one. On day 2, just the smell of the coleslaw I made with it, was enough to make me really sick. This happened on two separate occasions! The People's Pharmacy went on to mention bagged salad and bagged prepped veg. They did not mention organic salads in the tubs, and I wondered about them because I use them as well, but with no ill effects. I may do some more research, and will report back anything I find.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 17, 2014

    Guess what today is???? National Apple Dumpling Day! I did not know that when I made them yesterday, but we sure enjoyed eating them again for an afternoon snack after school today!

    About the bagged salads, I have read multiple articles that indicate that when bagged salads are getting close to their expiration, it is likely that they have a much higher bacteria issue. The articles said to never buy the bagged salads that are marked down because of a close expiry date.

  • Dr D Sep 17, 2014

    jdouglas, Do you happen to have a link for what you read about the bagged salads and prepped veggies? I never make it to farmer's markets, so my "next best" middle ground has been to buy the organic salad blends in the clam shells at the supermarket. I'm wondering if the article addresses these, and hoping they are healthier (and therefore worth the extra cost).

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 17, 2014

    Jdouglas- thanks for passing that on. I sometimes buy the fresh express butter lettuce because we love it. But I really should be buying more at the farmers market for the nutrition and the minerals in the soil (that isn't reused in such high volume to deplete the soil as much).

  • jdouglas13 Sep 17, 2014

    We're having something that has to do with boneless chicken breasts and mushrooms. Not sure quite what yet. I'm thinking maybe chicken and dumplings.

    I just was reading this morning about bagged salads and prepped veg, and the amount of sulfites in them. I'm not a fanatic about stuff like this, but when I read that it can cause headaches, allergy symptoms, and breathing problems (among other things), it made me sit up and take notice. I don't often have bagged salads, but usually don't feel really well after I do eat one. I thought I'd just pass this along for those of us who might be interested or affected.