Gigi Allergy-Free Cinnamon Buns with Extra Glaze

Are your food allergies robbing you of your favorite treats? These glazed Allergy-Free Cinnamon Buns let you bite back at your sweet tooth cravings with satisfaction.

As a blogger I try to use all the tools at my disposable to build a genuine relationship with my readers. I love to get to know people and make friends. One way I can achieve this is by answering each comment I get personally. Sometimes there is a nice back and forth conversation with the commenter.

Allergy-Free Cinnamon Buns

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Cold Sour Cherry Soup (Hideg Meggyleves)

Cold Sour Cherry soup, or Hideg Meggyleves, is the quintessential Hungarian summer soup. Made from fresh sour cherries, spices, a touch of sugar and sour cream, you are sure to fall in love with the delicate tartness and slight sweetness found in every chilled bite.

A fruit soup you say? Oh yes they are very common in Hungary. In fact while in Budapest a yogurt elderflower soup and a strawberry soup crossed yours truly’s lips. These summer soups are served mostly as an appetizer and only sometimes as a dessert. It does throw a North American palate for a loop at first but I was hungry for more in no time. This cold sour cherry soup is a bit more tart, making it a great starter dish.

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Two unexpect-egg cocktails: Green Tea and Apple Harvest Sours

You will crack in love for these two sour egg cocktails which are topped with a frothy egg white foam: Green Tea and Apple Harvest Sours.

The concept of using eggs in a cocktail may sound odd but you will love for the frothy white topping and the protein you will get from a boozy treat. Egg cocktails are nothing new, the most classic one being the Pisco Sour. Here are 2 modern drinks; a nice refreshing one with the taste of green tea and another with crisp notes of fall with apples.

Looking for a bit to eat with these luscious drinks? Here is an unusual quick recipe that will please the taste buds: Banana Cheddar and Cinnamon Pinwheels. Find it at the end of the post.

Green Tea Sour and Apple Harvest Sour

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Reshteh Polow: Persian Rice with Noodles

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. The host of the month will choose a savory and a sweet dish from the country and the members pick one dish to make.

This month we are exploring Iran and I chose the Reshteh Polow, or Persian Rice with Noodles

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Bahraini Chicken Machboos

I have again a new monthly challenge group to introduce. This one is called MENA, or Middle Eastern & North African Cooking Group, which could not fall any closer to my blog’s topic interests. The goal is to learn more about the selected country, its food traditions and how to prepare the selected recipe. The host will choose a savory and a sweet dish from the country, you pick which one to make. For my first time participating we were assigned Bahrain and I chose to go with the Bahraini Chicken Machboos. Definitely a first for me.

Bahraini Chicken Machboos

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Cheddar Pie Apple and Cinnamon

The Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge is all about baking and making sweets. Every month we are given two required ingredients to work with. This month it was Apples and Cinnamon. This indeed very seasonal with the apple orchards in almost full swing. This month I present you with a really cool reverse concept of a classic dessert: Cheddar Pie Apple and Cinnamon.

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Moroccan Cinnamon Chicken with Couscous and Dried Fruit

I am currently away on vacation for a week. Here is a little post I prepared ahead of time.

In mid march, five friends of mine and I rented a cottage for the weekend up north. I had planned the menu with Johanne; one dinner was to be a Couscous. Well we were so busy or had lunch so late we never made the couscous. I volunteered to bring the ingredients home to freeze and have everyone over for dinner. The very Sunday I got back is when I broke my wrist. Also one of my friends was away for a couple of months working in Guatemala. Fast forward three and a half months, we finally had the Couscous dinner.

I made one crucial change to the recipe. Instead of browning and baking the chicken I grilled on the BBQ. Johanne made it on her own as per the recipe. The grilled version was unique and had great flavor but if you bake it in the oven the chicken will  be a bit more moist and flavorful. Why not try both ways! Oh I have to say I found the leftovers better then when served right after making it.

Ξ Cinnamon Chicken with Couscous and Dried Fruit Ξ
from Epicurious, originally from Bon Appétit | December 2005

Ingredients
4 whole chicken legs
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1 teaspoon ground ginger, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup mixed chopped dried fruit (such as currants, apricots, and prunes)
1 14-ounce can low-salt chicken broth
1 cup couscous
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint, divided

 

My BBQ Chicken version

Preheat oven to 375°F. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon ginger. Heat oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces, skin side down, and cook until skin is brown, about 8 minutes. Turn chicken and transfer skillet to oven. Roast chicken until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 175°F, about 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate; tent with foil.

Add onion to drippings in same skillet; sauté onion over medium-high heat until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add dried fruit and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ginger; stir to coat. Add broth; bring to boil. Remove skillet from heat, stir in couscous and 1 teaspoon mint. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Season couscous to taste with salt and pepper.

Mound couscous on platter; place chicken atop couscous. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon mint and serve. Makes 4 servings.