Recipe Remake: Apple Dumplings with Cider Sauce

Perhaps you know the recipe. Perhaps you have one like it, but for another dish. It is easy, quick and usually unhealthy, and involves a “surprise” ingredient.

I don’t like surprises.

This recipe is for Apple Dumplings, and the surprise is sugary soda. The original recipe calls for apple slices wrapped in canned crescent rolls topped with a butter-sugar mixture and drenched in Mountain Dew before baking. While I love the idea of a quick and easy apple dumpling recipe, the thought of baking with Mountain Dew left me feeling a little queasy. So I spent a week remaking this dorm-style recipe into an amazing dessert.

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1 Pot Magic: Lamb with Orzo

1 Pot Magic: Braised Lamb with Orzo

When my mother gave birth to me, her first baby, at the young age of 24, my maternal grandparents hired a baby nurse to help her and my father navigate the first weeks of caring for a newborn. The nurse was a robust and bossy Greek woman. She taught my mother how to diaper and feed me, helped my nervous father with my first bath, and chastised my parents for letting our family dog “get to know me” by sniffing and licking my days-old cheeks. She also prepared meals for our small family, and she became an indispensable part of my first few weeks, leaving my parents with a newfound confidence about life. Although many details of those weeks have faded from memory, her legacy lives on with a recipe she gave my mother that I still use today. Continue reading “1 Pot Magic: Lamb with Orzo”