Kay Wheeler Moore

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The Newfangled Country Gardener is for anyone who has a garden, would like to have a garden, or who simply enjoys eating the garden-fresh way. I don't claim to be an expert; in this blog I'm simply sharing some of the experiences my husband and I have in preparing food that is home-grown.

About the author

Kay Wheeler Moore is the author of a new cookbook, Way Back in the Country Garden, that features six generations of recipes that call for ingredients that are fresh from the garden. With home gardening surging in popularity as frugal people become more resourceful, this recipe collection and the stories that accompany it ideally will inspire others to cook the garden-fresh way and to preserve their own family food stories as well. The stories in this book center around the Three Red-Haired Miller Girls (Kay's mother and aunts) who grew up in Delta County, TX, with their own backyard garden so lavish that they felt as though they were royalty after their Mama wielded her kitchen magic on all that was homegrown. Introduced in Kay's previous book, Way Back in the Country, the lively Miller Girls again draw readers into their growing-up world, in which a stringent economic era--not unlike today's tight times--saw people turn to the earth to put food on the table for their loved ones. The rollicking yarns (all with recipes attached) have love, family, and faith as common denominators and show how food evocatively bonds us to our life experiences.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

How can you drink a caramel apple? Smiling all the way, with this fruit slushie.

I had purchased a Thanksgiving prep book from Taste of Home magazine. I mean, if Taste of Home can’t hatch up some dandy recipes for that great food-fest holiday, who can? Page after page of divine-looking ideas met my eye until . . . I saw it—a recipe and a photo for Caramel-Apple Slushies!

My hubby is the smoothie-slushie king of the universe. I can envision him standing atop a giant blender, his arms outstretched, proclaiming, “I’m the king of the world!” (See what Leo started in Titanic?) Anyway, I knew just exactly for whom this recipe was created.

An apple from our farm-stand supply was peeled, sliced, and put into the blender, along with thawed apple-juice concentrate, sugar-free caramel topping, lemon juice, and ice cubes. I called my resident Smoothie King in to be sure I was pressing the right buttons. “You for sure don’t want any bit of ice left,” he directed me to blend a little longer as I made my first-ever of these concoctions. When the finished slushie went into a chilled glass, I drizzled on a bit more caramel-flavored topping and added a thin apple slice for garnish.

“It tastes just like drinking a caramel apple,” the king reported after a few gulps of the new creation. Exactly the goal, according to the Taste of Home recipe. In the Caramel-Apple Slushie I’d found a new fall favorite for entertaining.

Caramel-Apple Slushies

1 medium apple, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup thawed apple-juice concentrate
5 teaspoons carmel-flavored ice-cream topping (I used Smucker’s brand sugar-free)
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
7 ice cubes
additional caramel-flavored ice-cream topping, optional

In a blender combine the apple, apple-juice concentrate, ice-cream topping, and lemon juice. Cover and process until blended. Add the ice cubes, cover, and process until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses. Drizzle with additional caramel topping if you desire. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

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