Jalapeno Appetizer

1 8 oz block of cream cheese
1 8 oz bag of mexican style shredded cheese
1 26 oz jar of "nacho cut" pickled jalapenos
Mix cream cheese & shredded cheese together.
Rinse jalapenos.
With gloved hands, spoon a dollop of cheese mixture on a jalapeno slice.
Fill cookie sheet & broil on high until golden.
Can be served warm or cold.
For more flavor, you can add chopped cilantro or parsley to the cheese mix.
Submitted by Sean Cortez-Mathis

Broiled Maple-Calvados Apple Parfait

This easy fall recipe is a great way for me to use the Calvados I brought back from a trip to Normandy last year!


  • 4 Fuji or Royal Gala apples, peeled, cored, and each cut into 16 wedges
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Calvados
  • Accompaniment: premium-quality vanilla or cinnamon ice cream and crumbled ginger snaps


Preheat broiler.

Toss apples with lemon juice and 2 tablespoons sugar. Melt butter in a shallow baking pan 6 inches from heat. Remove from oven and tilt pan back and forth to coat bottom completely with butter. Arrange apples in 1 layer in pan. Broil apples 6 inches from heat until edges are pale golden and apples are just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over apples and broil until sugar is melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

While apples are broiling, boil maple syrup and Calvados 2 minutes.

Serve apples and ice cream topped with sauce, sprinkle crumbled ginger snaps over the top.


Recipe submitted by Allison Liddell, modified from a similar recipe on

Photo is apple trees from Merridale Estate Winery in Vancouver.


This is a guest post by Lisa Cain, PhD, a.k.a Snack-Girl

Yes, you can do it! You can give up your beloved french fries and celebrate their exit from your life.


Before you start arguing with me about how you simply will never leave them