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A snowy day treat…

It’s a cold snowy day here and Nick has no school.  This “Island Spiced Baked Apples” recipe can warm up the day.  It’s a great fat free, healthy and filling snack that is easy to make too.  I call it Island Spiced beacuse I bought the dark rum from Barbados when we were on vacation one year but any dark rum will do just fine.  If you don’t have dark rum, you can use regular light rum instead.

Enjoy & Happy Baking!!

Island Spiced Baked Apples

Preheat oven 375o

Serves 4


4 large baking apples

1/3 cup raisins

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup allspice

1 tablespoon dark island rum (from Barbados or other high quality island rum)

¼ – 1/3 cup water


  1. Core apples with a round apple core tool ¾ of the way down.  To do this, continuously twist the apple core tool around the center of the apple gently adding pressure to the inside of the apple and pull toward you to remove the center.
  2. In mini processor, combine raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice and pulse until raisins are chopped and mixture is combined.  Add mixture to a small bowl and stir in rum.
  3. Fill each apple with sugar rum mixture, pressing into the apple to pack it down.
  4. Arrange apples in a baking dish and add water to the bottom of the pan (should just fill the bottom only by about ½ inch.
  5. Cover baking dish and bake 40 – 45 minutes (baking time will be dependent on the size and firmness of the apples) or until the apples just begin to crack and are soft to the touch.
  6. Serve hot.
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Dinner out tonight

It was my father’s birthday tonight so we went out to celebrate and am sorry to say that I do not have a recipe to share from tonight.  However, if you are looking to eat light when you go to a restaurant, here are some tips that might help:

1. Share the appetizer or salad:  I ordered a first course salad that was large enough to share with my husband and son.  Also, I purposely choose the “plain” house salad that only included vegetables without any cheese or meat, this helps cut down on the calories and fat.

2. I always look for a red sauce.  Tonight I had sauted tilapia in a shrimp, mussles & clams in a red sauce.  I was going to order the lobster in a wine sauce at first; but when I read the bottom that listed the ingredients & preperation I saw that the sauce included butter.  Any butter sauce will add a lot of calories and fat.

3. If the dish comes with fries, ask for a substitute.  Although my dinner did not include fries tonight, this happens very often.  I find that if I ask for no fries, the kitchen is happy to serve me an alternative instead (i.e. baked potato, extra vegetable, etc…)

So the next time you are eating out, try some of these tips and see if they help you keep your dishes “Delicious & Light”.

Happy Eating!!