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It's apple cider muffin season! Moist, fluffy muffins with apple cider, shredded apple, and your favorite apple pie spices, with a cinnamon streusel on top.

Muffins:
1-1/2 c apple cider
1 large egg
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c brown sugar ( packed )
4 Tbsp unsalted butter ( melted )
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp salt
1 apple ( peeled, cored, and shredded )
Extra melted butter for greasing muffin pan
Cinnamon Sugar Streusel:
1/3 c all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
1/3 c chopped nuts ( optional )
16 muffins
Nutritions

Calories
4416

Sodium
4148mg
172% DV

Fat
123g
189% DV

Protein
100g
201% DV

Carbs
720g
245% DV

Fiber
32g
130% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

Bacon-Apple-Pecan Stuffed French Toast...that's a mouthful. Stuffed with bacon, apples, pecans, and mascarpone, it's a Sunday morning party for your taste buds!

2 slices thick bread ( like Texas toast )
1/4 of an apple ( cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices )
3 strips of thick-cut bacon
1 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp pecans ( crumbled into small pieces )
2 oz mascarpone ( or cream cheese )
1 large egg
1 Tbsp milk
Nutritions

Calories
3073

Sodium
132mg
5% DV

Fat
233g
359% DV

Protein
45g
91% DV

Carbs
119g
40% DV

Fiber
35g
142% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

Yes, sir! Let's get out the trusty old Lodge pan and have some pizza fun. Let's make a crazy delicious cast iron shrimp pizza with a pecan basil pesto.

Pizza Dough:
1-1/4 c warm water
1 tsp granulated sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-1/2 c flour
1-1/4 tsp salt
Pesto:
2 c basil leaves
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 c pecan nuts ( about 8 whole nuts )
1/4 c Parmesan cheese ( 2 oz )
1/2 tsp kosher sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
1/2 Tbsp semolina ( optional )
Toppings:
1/2 lb large shrimp ( about 8 )
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 c mozzarella ( 2 oz )
1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
2079

Sodium
3968mg
165% DV

Fat
41g
64% DV

Protein
84g
169% DV

Carbs
309g
105% DV

Fiber
17g
68% DV
20

Spiced Prune Rolls

An old-fashioned favorite that will surely bring back memories of good old home cooking. You can omit the ginger if you don't like a gingery taste and you can add other ingredients such as walnuts and almonds. You can also add a half cup of mashed squash to add a neutral sweetness to the filling. You can top the prune roll with vanilla glaze too if you're feeling fancy.

2 cups flour (for crust)
1 tsp salt (for crust)
1 tbsp baking powder (for crust)
2 cups cold water (for crust)
4 cups prunes (for filling)
2 cups sugar (for filling)
1 teaspoon nutmeg (for filling)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (for filling)
1 teaspoon ginger (for filling)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for filling)
½ cup chopped pecans (for filling)
4 tbsp butter (for filling)
1 egg (for filling)
3
  1. Soak the prunes in hot water until they are soft. This make take 45-90 minutes.
  2. After they are soft pour off first water and add enough hot water to make a syrup.
  3. Mash the prunes,...
    See the full directions on my site
Nutritions

Calories
1674

Sodium
817mg
34% DV

Fat
35g
54% DV

Protein
19g
39% DV

Carbs
354g
120% DV

Fiber
24g
98% DV
428

Pecan Crusted Chicken

This encrusted chicken is crispy, crunchy and satisfying. It's best used as an entreé, but you can cut each thigh into pieces and put the pieces on skewers to make an appetizer.

The recipe calls for chicken thighs because they are the juiciest. But you can also use breast meat if that's what you have available.

12 oz chicken thigh
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
7 oz pecans
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/4 cup unsalted butter
salt and pepper to taste
2
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop the herbs, garlic, and pecans into a coarse flour-like mixture.
  3. Add salt and pepper to the mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat...
    See the full directions on my site
Nutritions

Calories
1286

Sodium
175mg
7% DV

Fat
88g
135% DV

Protein
46g
92% DV

Carbs
59g
20% DV

Fiber
9g
38% DV

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