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As a family we have fallen into a rut of eating the same thing day in and day out. We cook just so we can eat, not because we enjoy it. We have become afraid to try new things. Ok, well I haven’t, but I hate standing in front of a stove for over an hour, just to be told it looked gross. Watching your child refuse to eat something before they ever take a bite is the most maddening thing ever.
I’ve decided that we are going to try new things as a family. I’m having the kids group together to come up with one thing a week to make from a recipe. The smaller 2 will make desserts. Anything that is no cook and easy to make. My oldest who is 14 will make one dinner a week for the family. I’ll supervise of course.
I received 3 new cook books for review and they couldn’t have come at a better time. Each is fun and exiting and I think will make this whole experience fun for everyone.  The recipe below is our first new dish of the summer. I’ve never eaten Brie before so I wasn’t sure if it was something I was going to like. But I wasn’t worried as I tend to like stinky cheese, so it would have to be pretty bad for me to not like it. I was more worried about the combination of cheese and apples.
I was pleasantly surprised at how yummy it was! It had a sweet creamy texture that really just melted in your mouth. We used the brown sugar and I love that sweet warmth. The children really loved it as well. It was very easy to make and put together. I baked the chicken early in the day and just put it in the fridge until I was ready to shred it for dinner. Everything else was made in one pan.
I think the only think I might change is placing the tortillas in the oven after they were assembled to give them more of a crisp texture. This is definitely a dish we will be making again. The book this recipe came from has all kinds of dishes that involve apples. I can’t wait to try a few more of them! I also have two other books Ill list below. I haven’t had a chance to try any of the recipes but I’m sure we will get to them over the summer.
  • How D’Ya Like Them Apples has 75 creative, simple, and delicious ways to utilize one of the most popular fall harvest foods. As the state fruit of Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia, it’s clear that the apple is an easy fruit to love. These easy-to-make dishes make apples even more lovable, showing what a versatile, exciting addition they can be to many recipes from hearty apple and lentil soup to apple stuffed chicken to spicy apple curry!
  • Take your love of suds to the next level by infusing your favorite libation into breakfast, lunch, and dinner with 101 Things to Do with Beer. Recipes include: Beer Battered Apple Fritters, Beer Simmered Chicken Tacos, Garlic Parmesan Onion Rings, and Chocolate Stout Ice Cream. The most recent addition to the 101 Things to Do with . . . series, home cooks can depend on 101 Things to Do with Beer to deliver a wide range of creative recipes at an affordable price, adding “hop” to every meal.
  • With 101 more reasons to make bacon your star performer, you’ll have everything covered from appetizers, soups, salads, desserts, and sweets. Friends and family will squeal with delight when you serve up a plate of Bacon Pecan Sticky Buns, Bacon Potato Bombs, Grilled Bacon Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and Bacon Caramel Cookie Brittle. Bringing home the bacon has never been more fun.

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Chicken Quesadillas With Apple and Brie

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Chicken Quesadillas With Apple and Brie
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Serves: 4

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced leek, including white and tender green parts
  • 2 large crisp sweet apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic or distilled vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons demerara sugar*
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1⁄4 cups cubed Brie cheese
  • 1 1⁄4 cups roasted chicken, cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 4 flour tortillas

Recipe Instructions

  1. Heat oil in large frying pan.
  2. Sauté leek over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, stirring once.
  3. Add apple slices and sauté until apple begins to soften (a little brown color adds flavor, but avoid burning).
  4. Sprinkle with vinegar, sugar, and salt.
  5. Add cheese and chicken to frying pan. Cook over medium-low heat until cheese is melted and chicken is hot.
  6. Mix all ingredients together well and spoon onto center of warm tortillas; fold in half.
  7. *1 teaspoon brown sugar can be substituted.

Recipe Credit: Recipe found on page 23 of "How d'ya Like Them Apples" By Madge Baird


  1. Those book titles are really clever. The apples one even made me laugh out loud. I bet they have great recipes in them too 🙂

  2. I love the title of the Apple Cookbook. A little Good Will Hunting to begin my day! This is definitely a cookbook that I would use.

  3. I need to get a copy of 101 Things To Do With Bacon. My family would love to try those recipes. Cookbooks make a great gift.

  4. I love checking out new cookbooks for inspiration. I am super interested in that apple cookbook because we go apple picking in the fall.

  5. I love quesadillas! These ones sound amazing too. I like that they have apples with it. Sounds very interesting!

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