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~Pumpkin Apple Cheesecake Recipe~

Hello Sunday evening. My boyfriend and I have been searching for some good ideas for our pumpkin decorating this year. Mummies, zombies, witches, and much more. I came across two that I really like and I will be carving tomorrow. I will take lots of photos of my pumpkin carving session. :) My boyfriend is going to enter his pumpkin into a online contest, that he won last year. ( First place wins 500!!) Hey I am going to enter as well and test my luck. I am also trying to out do myself this year with some zombie cupcakes. Anyone have any advice on zombie cupcakes?!

Okay let’s get to the fun recipe. I posted this lovely pumpkin apple cheesecake photo on social media a few days ago, and 5 people asked me for the recipe. I would love to share with you all! :)

Pumpkin Apple Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup organic sugar (divided)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (chopped)
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 24 oz cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tsp nutmeg and cloves mixed together
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored (diced)
  • Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons quick cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter

Method:

  1. In a small bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, almonds, and butter. Mix to combine and place in a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Blend in eggs, Greek yogurt, pumpkin, and spices.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared crust.
  5. In a small bowl, add all the ingredients together for the topping. (All purpose flour, cooking oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cold butter.) Make sure the mixture is crumbly.
  6. Add the diced apples over the cheesecake mixture.
  7. Place the topping over the apples making sure to spread the crumble over the entire surface.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees or 180 Celsius in middle rack of oven. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (Make sure center is set.)
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack or cooking surface. Cover with plastic wrap when cooled, and chill overnight.
  10. When ready to serve, run a warm butter knife around the edges and remove spring form pan.
  11. Serve with caramel sauce or whipped cream.

Perfect for the holidays!!
Kali Orexi!

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Featured Recipe Thursday: Global Food Book Recipe

Happy WORLD FOOD DAY!! What are you making to celebrate this fun day?!

Thank you to Blessing at Global Food Book for letting us share her great recipe. Please check out her wonderful blog over at:

Global Food Book. 

Featured Recipe Thursday: Beef Barbecue By Global Food Book

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I was very ecstatic when a good friend of mine invited me over to her house to cook for her son’s 1st year birthday. I jumped at  the offer and decided to prepare a unique dish that will suit the loving summer weather.

Beef Berbeaceau…….. 

When I remember the sights and smells of mouthwatering beefy-sticky dish, this is what I suppose – tantalising homemade  BBQ,  with smoking coals, flammable and hot grill whereby an individual or many people stand round a flammable haze happily  fanning the grill with a hand fan or thick paper. Basically, the grill consists of wire grates placed over the coals which hold the skewers of properly seasoned barbecue.

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In the time past, I thought that BBQ’s meat were special type of meat but I was wrong…… The truth is that beef barbecue is nothing more than grilled pieces of boneless beef or skinless chicken knitted through a wooden skewer.

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However, before knitting the meats through the skewer, the meat ought to be seasoned and marinated for few hours so as to give it that tasty and juicy aroma. Moreover, thickly cut onions and bell pepper are knitted together with the meats.

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I prefer to coat the meat with peanut butter as this helps the meat to remain fresh and juicy internally, even though the outside is crisply charred. Kudos to my mummy, who thought me this little trick.

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 Ingredients:

Kali Orexi!

~Fall Menu Is Coming Together~

Happy Fall, and what better way to celebrate Fall by baking pumpkin cake, pumpkin scones, apple pie, and many more. Introducing a new cake to our menu!!

~Pumpkin Chocolate Spiced Bundt Cake. ~

Accepting orders now!!!  Added to the Fall Menu.

Available from October 20th to December 25.  Free delivery within 20 miles of Kouzounas Kitchen catering.  (40.00 including gift wrap.) Inquire by emailing us at kouzounaslive@gmail.com or shoot us a msg at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KouzounasKitchen

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 Pumpkin Ginger Hummus Recipe

  • 1 -15oz can of chickpeas, drained and washed
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • cracked pepper
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  1. In a blender combine all ingredients. Pulse until blended. Chill for three hours and serve.
  2. To serve: Garnish with fresh parsley and toasted chopped pecans.

***Great with vegetables, apples, pita bread, and chips.

Kali Orexi & Happy Fall!

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My Easy Gourmet: Mastic Panna Cotta With Pistachio Honey Syrup Recipe

Check out this fabulous recipe by my friend Eleni over at My Easy Gourmet.

Mastic Panna Cotta With Pistachio- Honey Syrup Recipe:

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Photo By: My Easy Gourmet

http://myeasygourmet.net/mastic-panna-cotta-with-pistachio-honey-syrup/

Perfect recipe for any occasion and a tasty one!!! Check out My Easy Gourmet’s food blog and Eleni’s wonderful recipes.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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Saturday’s Food For Thought : Chia Seeds

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Happy Weekend to you!!

Saturday’s Food For Thought: Chia Seed Facts

  • High In Fiber: Chia is high in fiber helping you stay full longer.
  • High In Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Chia has more omega 3 fatty acids than any other plant food!!
  • High In Protein: Great source of protein and antioxidants to help keep your body healthy.

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Goan Beef Roulade – ( Beef Rolls)

Kouzounas Kitchen:

Happy Friday!! Check out this super good recipe by Goan Imports. Beef Rolls For Friday’s Dinner!!

Originally posted on Goan Imports:

The goal of this blog is to educate my dear readers of Goan Cuisine as it has a very strong Portuguese influence specially in the Christian households of Goa. Using the best ingredients and styles of both worlds Goan have created their own fine cuisine.

beef-roulade-rolls-goan-recipe-curry-indianFor this week I decided, I would make Beef Roulade / Beef Rolls, I usually do my research on Google to see what has been written out there and what I know and to compare notes. In the US I haven’t been exposed to Rouladenand through my research I found out it is Polish and the only popular Polish food I have seen is the Famous Pierogies out here.

beef-roulade-rolls-goan-recipe-curry-spicesI think every European country has their own unique recipe for Beef Rouladen but the basic recipe compromises of thin slice meat stuffed with some sausages, slices of potato, carrots, onions rolled and cooked in…

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Featured Recipe Thursday (September) Winner: Nidhi @ Platter Joy

Happy Featured Recipe Thursday!!! I am proud to announce the winner of the Featured Recipe Thursday!!

Nidhi from Platter Joy is our winner and her recipe she featured was a super hit on Kouzounas Kitchen. Congratulations Nidhi, you are receiving a herbs de provence spice pack from US!!! 

**Check out Nidhi’s new food blog over at Platter Joy. She has wonderful traditional Indian recipes, along with great photos.

Here is the winning recipe: http://kouzounaskitchen.com/2014/09/19/butter-chicken-recipe-by-nidhi-raghav/

Thank you to all of my friends who submitted their wonderful recipes!! Please be sure to check them out at the links below.

Panayiotis: http://www.cytasty.com

Nidhi:  http://www.platterjoy.com

Alison: http://wonderlandrecipes.com/

Blessing: http://globalfoodbook.com

Featured Recipe (OCTOBER) 

This great recipe comes all the way from Chicago. My good friend Katina, who is a wonderful author, home cook, and great blogger, shared this recipe with me. This recipe is perfect for any special occasion, including birthday celebrations. Please do check out her wonderful blog at Journeys With Katina. 

Wine Cookies- By: Katina Vaselopoulos-  http://journeyswithkatina.com

These koulourakia are tasty, crumbly, easy to make, and great during Lent and other fasting days, or at any time.

  • 3½–4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sesame seeds
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup white wine, dry or semi-sweet
  • 1 cup virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine in medium bowl 3½ cups flour, 2 cups sesame seeds, and 4 teaspoons baking powder. Whisk until well blended. Set aside.
  3. Combine in large bowl sugar, wine, and oil. Whisk until well blended. Gradually add flour/sesame mixture into the liquids, folding the dry ingredients with fork, until soft dough forms. Add more flour if needed.
  4. Shape teaspoons of dough into 2½ x ½-inch cylinders and place on cookie sheet, turning the ends to form the S shape. Bake for 15 minutes.

***Looking for some wonderful spices to add to your holiday meals?!!! Thanksgiving is coming up and why not bring a little bit of Kouzounas Kitchen into your own home with our three new spices!! Check out our Etsy shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/KouzounasKitchen?ref=hdr_shop_menu

-Herbs De Provence (Salt Free)

- Mediterranean Seafood Rub

- Organic Greek Seasoning Spice (Salt Free)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/202959210/kouzounas-kitchen-organic-greek-spice?ref=shop_home_active_1

We even have a wonderful lavender hot cocoa mix that you can enjoy during the holidays. Love lavender?? I am sure you will love the combination of our lavender, chocolate, and vanilla flavours.

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Check out some of our reviews we got from our spices!! 

**Arrived extremely fast and was packaged well. I have had a chance to taste the spices and they are fantastic. I used the Greek Spice Seasoning, and it added fantastic aromatics and flavor to the dish. Highly Recommend Kouzounas Kitchen!!!!

Kouzounas Kitchen Organic Greek Spice Seasoning (Salt Free)- Jon Shultz
**All I can say is WOW, this shipped fast and boy is it delicious. If you want a great bed time treat to help you sleep, go no further…

(Gourmet Lavender Hot Chocolate)