. . Thoughts Together with many of my friends, family, co workers and co-earth inhabiters, I am still reeling from the events of the election. Regardless of my disappointment with the outcome, I want to move forward. This post is about progress and peace. My post- election thoughts have been focused on how divided we are as a nation. My bubble burst to see how many people are SO utterly different than me. It seems like an awkward thing to say. Of course people are different. In this instance and I am talking about polarizing opposites. After Tuesday's outcome I spent the better amount of the week in tears. How can people be rejoicing when I am in complete despair. Are people not as absolutely terrified as I am? As I pass people on … Read Post
It’s rare I find a free Sunday. As my luck would have it, I stumbled upon one. I wanted to bake a fall treat. Autumn Glory sent me some apples which fed the flame as I searched for recipes. I wanted to showcase the natural flavors of the apples. I also wanted something sweet. Finally, Apple Galette!
Autumn Glory apples have a sweet, firm flesh with hints of cinnamon and subtle notes of caramel. I’m not big on super sweet desserts, so I let these babies to the talking. An apple galette is actually an easy dish to make. It is also beautiful. Which is a plus.
I enjoy cooking/baking. I’m not great at it- but it is therapeutic. Once you get into the mood, add some music, a fresh fall breeze in the kitchen window and maybe a glass of wine. It’s the perfect way to fend off the “end of the weekend” feeling. You’ll love this dessert- I was so happy with how it turned out. I’ve even had some taste testers give it high marks! So let’s get into the recipe.
You will have two parts to this apple galette recipe. The crust is first. Then comes the filling. I chose to keep this version less sweet than most recipes called for. Natural sugars baby!
Making my own pie crust was intimidating, but actually painless. Make sure to follow the directions pretty close.
I also wanted to make it pretty and lay all the apple slices in a pretty overlapping pattern. I’ve seen several people make the filling and pour it into the middle. Each to his own there.
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, very cold
1/4 cup ice-cold water
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar (found this easily at Fred Meyer)
2 large apples (I used Autumn Glory), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
Apple Galette Instructions:
– In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Dice the butter into 1/2-inch pieces and scatter over the flour. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, work the butter into the flour until the butter is about the size of small peas.
– Drizzle the ice cold water over the flour mixture, and using a spatula gently stir it together until most of it has come together. Knead the dough and gather all the loose bits, working as quickly as possible to keep it cold. Press the dough into a round disk, wrap once tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
– Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
– In a medium bowl, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon, corn starch, and lemon juice. Toss to combine.
– On a lightly floured work surface roll your refrigerated dough into a circle about 1/8-inch thick.
– Start placing your apple filling on the center of the crust, leaving a 1-inch border around the sides. – Gently lift the galette border over the apples, and overlap the dough where necessary and gently pinch to keep the folds together.
– In a small bowl, mix together the egg and water. Lightly brush the egg wash on the edge of the dough, and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
– Bake the galette for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and apples are tender.
– Cool on baking sheet on a wire rack. Serve warm drizzled with ice cream if desired.
Thanks again to Autumn Glory Apples for sponsoring this post and providing the apples. They are delish!
Love, Rachel xo
Fall is the perfect time to be outside. Anyone in the Pacific Northwest knows fall reigns supreme. The sunny days are becoming few and far between. A beautiful Saturday was in the forecast so we planned a trip to the Mt Hood National forest. My great friend Kelsey is an avid hiker so finding a hike neither of us had done was a challenge, but we found one. Tamanawas Falls.
First off, It’s a quick 3.4 mile journey at the backside of Mt Hood. The hike is easy and well suited for beginners. It also a good bang for your hiking buck. The scenery is rather beautiful for not much sacrifice. Even though Kelsey and I have traveled many hikes in the area, we both were struck by the beauty of this hike.
One thing I remember about this day, neither of us brought our quality camera. To be honest, I don’t regret leaving my camera behind. You can feel this “pressure” of getting great shots when you carry a camera. A hike can turn into a chore or job. I felt a sense of freedom to enjoy the hike to the full capacity. Being present in the moment is important to me. With everything going on in the world these days- it’s a sigh of relief to “disconnect.” Get out into nature and leave the stress of life behind. I can still smell the scent of pine and the deep breaths of fresh mountain air. Those moments propel me when I’m back at my desk crushed by email.
Most of all, enjoy those moments, get outside, spend time with friends who make you a better person. Enjoy the life you lead without feeling glued to the digital. I can’t recommend Tamanawas Falls enough. It’s scenic, its a beautiful drive by Mt Hood, and its great to enjoy with loved ones.
1. Enjoy lunch at Timberline Lodge on the way home.
2. The hike is dog/family friendly
3. Follow the highway into Hood River to breweries or the Fruit Loop.
Love, Rachel xo
I love a good adventure to far reaching ends of the globe. I also love a good staycation. The longer I live in Oregon, the deeper I fall in love with the Pacific Northwest. With so much to explore, it’s easy to stay close to home.
Motif Seattle reached out to me about visiting Seattle. D and I jumped at the chance to head up to Seattle for a night, one of our favorite places. Upon arriving at Motif Seattle, you can feel the elevated level of hospitality. They are doing it right. D and went up to the room.
First, I noticed the incredible view. I’m an ocean person and the view of the Puget Sound took my breath away. I wanted to sit by that window for hours.
Next, we headed to the rooftop bar. We watched the hustle and bustle of Seattle streets below as we sipped on delicious cocktails. The hotel restaurant Frolik has an amazing cocktail menu, it’s worth checking out.
In my opinion, the best thing about Motif Seattle is the location. It is a mere couple blocks from Pikes Place Market. My favorite Seattle attraction. The beautiful flowers, the fresh seafood + produce. It’s near perfection. I loved to be able to pop over to the market from our room.
Next time you are in Seattle, make sure to check out Motif Seattle + Frolik. It’s a great location in a city filled with places to explore.
Seeing the world is so important, but don’t forget about the wonders in your own backyard. I’m so glad to call the Pacific Northwest my home.
Thank you to the Motif Seattle for hosting us. Even though our stay was complimentary, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. It is truly a wonderful hotel in Seattle.
Ahh the Feast Portland dust has settled. This year was an interesting year for me. It was all about new experiences. After three years, I thought I was a self-proclaimed pro at the whole Feast Portland thing. I was wrong.
Feast Portland 2016 brought a lot of new events. Some new events to the festival and some new to just me. I really, I mean really enjoyed them. First, I went to the festival’s kick off event: Sandwich Invitational. The event features chefs who are in a competition to create the best sandwich. At the end of the event a panel of judges votes a sandwich king. It’s a great event because I think competition brings out the best in people especially chefs. As a result, all the bites were so tasty! It was at a new east-side location this year- which I heard was significantly better than the old location.
Then I attended Smoked on Saturday evening. This event is as it sounds- all about the open fire grill. Even though it was raining (another first for Feast!) it was a blast. Amazing food- amazing chefs. I was surprised at how diverse the food was. I figured it would be a lot of BBQ, but it wasn’t they even had SMOKED COOKIES! It was cool to see the innovation.
Finally, Sunday- I was off to a new hands-on event: Bon Appetit Test Kitchen. I wrote about Carla Lalli Music, the key speaker at this event last week. It was a fantastic event. Very intimate, which was a side to Feast I hadn’t seen before. You get a lot more interaction with the key speakers and guests. I really enjoyed it. I wish I worked in the Bon Appetit test kitchen. What an awesome job!
Thanks Feast Portland for a year of new experiences. I’m always honored to be a part of the whole festival. Most of All: Long Live Feast, The Pacific Northwest, and Amazing Food.
Love, Rachel xo