Although I refrained from channeling my inner Matt Damon from Good Will Hunting on live TV, I did briefly consider slipping his famous line in, when, last week, I did TWO cooking segments on the local news for Envy Apples. Afterward, I did get asked, How do you like them apples? quite a few times from like-minded people. Well, I liked them very much! To find out why, watch these:
I made Grilled Flatbread with Herbed Goat Cheese, Honey, Pecans, and Mixed Greens, and then Sweet Crepes with Shaved Apples on the 11AM news. And on the 12 0’clock news, I made Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Apples and Blooming Apples for dessert.
It has been a long time, four years, since I appeared on live television, but as soon as I arrived at the studio I felt at home. I am in front of people doing spontaneous things every day, and some are pretty tough crowds at that (I teach middle school so will say no more). Teaching literature instead of cooking requires fewer trips to the grocery store and way less clean up, although it depends on the day.
With both, I love the rush. Sharing things I am most passionate about gives me a high. So last week, in the morning, I cooked beautiful food with a newscaster, and in the afternoon, discussed Fahrenheit 451 with some of my favorite teenagers. Some days life doesn’t get any better. I felt happy through and through.
One inspires the other. Planning my lesson for school, I could count on Ray Bradbury to paint the perfect picture, a “bloom of fire, a single wondrous blossom,” when Guy Montag uses his flamethrower to destroy the mechanical hound. Great idea–Blooming Apples for the 12 o’clock news it is! Three of the four recipes are based on recipes found on the website for Envy, and I have included links below. The fourth follows, and it is my own.
Try Envy and see for yourself. And let me know, how do you like them apples?
Grilled Flatbread with Goat Cheese, Apples, Pecans, and Honey
- 1 flatbread, pita, or naan
- 2-4 ounces herbed goat cheese
- 1 Envy apple
- 1-2 tablespoon chopped pecans
- 1 tablespoon honey, for drizzling
- ¼ cup mixed field greens
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Lay flatbread across the grates of the grill pan. Warm the flatbread for a minute or two, turn with tongs, and warm other side.
Meanwhile, thinly slice Envy apples.
In a small bowl stir goat cheese to soften until creamy.
Spread each flatbread with the goat cheese.
Top with apple slices, pecans, honey, and scatter the greens. Serve immediately.
And this, without the caramel because sometimes enough is enough: https://envyapples.com/en/enjoying-envy/bloomin-envy
And also this, but with a filling of 4 ounces cream cheese, ¼ brown sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract: https://envyapples.com/en/enjoying-envy/sweet-crepe-shaved-envy%E2%84%A2-apples-chocolate-ganache