These tasty bite-sized fall treats are the perfect dessert to bring to a party or to share with friends. They are even tastier when you top them off with a scoop of ice cream or you can drizzle on top some caramel sauce. The recipe is easy to make. The key to getting the right texture for your pie crust is by using a food processor to combine the simple ingredients of salt, butter, flour and water. Also don't try using your coffee tumbler to roll out the dough. A rolling pin is an item not everyone has in their kitchen, but it is the only way to get the dough to be evenly spread.
The recipe I found called for about 5 medium apples but you can use your judgement when you are chopping the apples into small bits. Depending on the size of your apples, you may have more than enough.
See below my adaptation of the recipe found on Food.com
I can finally say I have discovered the Chicago Botanic Garden.
I trusted my gut to escape the city after a week of stir craziness, and I have come to the garden to contemplate new beginnings.
Growing up in Minnesota, nature has always been a part of me as my mom religiously took me and my brother to all of the nature parks in town.
I was raised being inspired by the fresh, rejuvenating natural environment and I believe everyone can find rejuvenation by taking the time to appreciate our earth's natural wonders.
New blossoms can always form from healthy soil.
With tender loving care you can grow the most beautiful flowers.
Everyone must take the time to slow down to appreciate what matters most to you to create beautiful flowers in your own life. What are you motivated to care for? What environment will create the healthiest soil for you to grow?
I will return to the gardens again and remember this day. We can all let nature humble us each and every day. We are so grateful to be able to enjoy natural wonders while they last. Wake up everyday and be your best self. You can only give what you put out, take care of yourself and others and you will have a beautiful garden to share.
From pomme frittes to coq au vin to chicken liver mousse, here is your roundup of some of the most noteworthy French restaurants I have discovered in Chicago. Suggestions are much obliged should there be any Bistro I may have missed.
Mon Ami Gabi
Here you will experience authentic french dining in a historic location! Sitting right next to Lincoln Park, housed in the Belden Stratford Apartments, you will find this charming bistro. Visiting the restaurant felt like a sort of staycation in our own city. We enjoyed a very special evening with humorous, attentive wait staff. The restaurant offers a unique cocktail menu and tasty desserts!
The décor here feels old-fashioned as if you are stepping back in time to sit in a bistro in Paris on the east bank. The red walls feel authentic with tables white tablecloths covered by paper, you get the true French dining experience at this spot.
Located in Old Town this is a great place to dine before heading to Second City. They also have a nice patio to enjoy in the warmer months. This would be one of the more affordable French dining locations from this list.
Our server Andrew had perfect timing and made the entire meal absolutely seamless. Although there are many mid-range, upscale dining restaurants to choose from in Chicago, this is our date night go to hands down.
We are foodies and enjoy cooking a lot of french food, and coming to Bistro Campagne inspires you to try new recipes in the kitchen. We ordered the croquettes to start and then enjoyed the evening special and steak frittes cooked to perfection, I was even able to substitute the fries for brussel sprouts which were delicious! I would also highly recommend the amish chicken if you're hungry.
We love Gemini Bistro for date nights and family meals. Their steak frittes is unbelievable. Great portion sizes and awesome, friendly staff. The mixologists are also known for crafting some great cocktails. The restaurant is always busy and has consistently offered great service and unforgettable meals.
From the same chef as Gemini Bistro, Jason Paskewitz has just opened this new park side restaurant. This contemporary space serves some of the chefs "all star" dishes from other restaurants with a modern twist.
The restaurant is secluded and was slightly difficult to find but the dining room is very open and it's not a loud environment. The bar is separated from the restaurant and I loved the high top bar seating in the main dining room to witness the magic happen.
There are no salads on the menu, so prepare for traditional french starters. Our service was a bit slow. Although, the waiter was very passionate about the menu and he was very informed about the wine selections.
The burger is over the top to say the least. Our favorite part of the meal was dessert. The pistachio torte looked like a work of art! We will go back and next time order the dish the restaurant is famous for: the Rillette a la Fermiere.
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