Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I Challenged BJ to a Duel

What?! Am I crazy?! She's going to lay me out in lavender in no time flat. But, okay, put your dukes up, BJ, let's get this show on the road. ☺(Mixed metaphors much?) 


If you know BJ at Sweet Nothings, and I hope that you do, you know that she is an amazing blogger who excels at food photography. Every time I visit her, I gain a pound. It just so happens that I sent her a little recipe that she tried and enjoyed and that means just one thing: She is going to dress up that little bugger and make it a thing of beauty, which is a joy forever, until, as I mentioned already, you step on the scales. 


Apple Cheese Danish is an old Weight Watchers recipe from the 1960s. My mother, bless her heart, went on Weight Watchers and put the entire family on a diet. We began to look a bit emaciated in about six months time. Anyway, we all loved this recipe because it is a dieter's apple pie...sort of.


~forget the bananas...they are there for interest only a la BJ (course she's gonna use a flower...I think ☺)~

You will need the following ingredients for a single serving:

*an apple
*a piece of bread
*an ounce of cheese
*cinnamon
*sweetener of choice

Okay, that's the recipe for making a legal Apple Cheese Danish; these are the ingredients for an illegal Apple Cheese Danish:

*an apple or two or as many as you think would be tasty
*a few pieces of bread, at least two
*an ounce or two of cheese...who's counting?
*cinnamon
*a pat or two of butter
*sugar or maple syrup, Honey, whatever floats your boat

Method: 

Melt butter in a skillet and add peeled and thinly sliced apples. Add enough water to help the apples stew down and become soft. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top. Very soon, your entire house is going to smell like an apple pie dream. Hmmmm...

~simmering apples~


An apple pie without some cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze. 
~ Unknown


~cheddar is my choice ~


Lightly toast your bread. Add that "ounce" of cheese (I have tried American, cheddar, and even cream cheese, but go with what appeals to you). When most of the liquid has simmered off, add the softened apples to the top of your waiting toast and cheese. Then broil until the cheese is bubbly. (I have a toaster oven that makes this easy-peasy.) Hope that you've made a great cup of coffee or tea to enjoy with your breakfast or lunch.

~Monday's Lunch...I used American cheese and didn't leave it under the broiler long enough~



~Tuesday's Lunch~



~Even the Iced Coffee is Happy~


Now skedaddle off to BJ's and see how she handled this little recipe. Since she lives way down in west Texas, it's going to take you a minute!


~this way to BJ's~

Disclaimer: No blogger was hurt in the production of this post.
 

Thanks for stopping by today! Oh, and if you try this recipe, BJ and I want to hear about it.


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54 comments:

  1. I will try this because someone in this house loves apple pie and never gets enough. It looks wonderful, and you have such a good sense of humor!

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  2. My curiosity was piqued by your title this morning. Relieved to see that the dual centers around Danish making ;).
    You had me smiling, laughing and drooling. Now I'll skedaddle on down to BJs and see what she's got. This is going to be fun.

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  3. Yummy! Precious and what beautiful photos! It's funny that most WW recipes are really very, very good! Bravo on your post and who in the world does not know and LUV BJ! By the way....that is my favorite cheese ever!

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  4. Yum! This sounds like my kind of breakfast, thanks for the recipe :)

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  5. Sounds easy and I love stewed apples! Enjoyed your post and Bj's !

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  6. Fun fun fun!!!!!!! I'm going to try it.

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  7. I'm going to try it, too. I looked at BJ's post, too. What fun! She even had tableware to match the apple skin!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

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  8. Mmm-mmmm, I am going to have to try this, Vee! I seem to remember making something similar many years ago, only I think it involved cottage cheese. This one looks much more yummy and would make a good meal any time of day. Thanks for sharing. Off to see what BJ does with it!

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  9. ahhhhhhh...everyone woke up this morning before me...it's 7:51 here this morning and I am just crawling out of bed...haven't even had that first cup of DD coffee to get my eyes open and my heart a'pumpin'...
    OOO, you did so well on this....and your words are so darling...and I can see a bunch of little kids running around skinny, from all the Weight Watchers recipes your mama made. Oh, no, sweet sister friend, no need to lick wounds...and what fun this was....love you dearly and one day, I so hope we can meet and share this treat of yours....John would have got a kick out of this fun we had together.

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    1. One thing is certain: John loved Apple Cheese Danishes!

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  10. oops, and I forgot to say that the juice from these simmering apples is so good that (*shhhh, don't tell anyone)after I poured it all over the toast, I got another little bit of bread and wiped up the rest of the juice in that skillet....delicious...and I am about to have another for breakfast this very morning..

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    1. And you whom he knew as "Rain Gauge Girl."

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  11. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious, Vee! What a fun post! I see you have my favorite Cabot cheese featured. I need to visit BJ, she sounds like fun. Have a great day! ♥

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  12. Good Morning, I love your photos and I remember an aunt who was on WW in the 60's trying this. The first Jonagold apples from our orchards are out this week!

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  13. I think you did an awesome job here! Heading to BJ's!

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  14. It looks totally yummy, and I'm starving right now.

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  15. Hey - that really looks and sounds delish! I noticed your happy coffee too .... off to BJs I go.

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  16. Oh Vee, how you make me smile :) I must confess that this recipe intrigues me and I am hoping to try it soon.

    May your September be sweetly blessed, dear one. Hugs!

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  17. Lots of fun here! A great way to begin my blog reading this morning! Sounds delicious. I love that red plate - it really makes the photo pop! Now I'm off to BJ's.

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  18. Oh goodness this sounds wonderful and I will simply use my gluten free bread and give this a whirl...off to check out your friends blog now, have a good day!

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  19. Yummy, yummy!! Love that combination of flavors! We make something similar, but without cooking the apples; they are just very thinly sliced, cinnamon/sweetener on top, cheese over that, then broiled or toasted. It was a breakfast that Ron requested often during his recovery last autumn. I'll have to try your version! I am sure he'll love that too!

    Off to visit BJ...

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  20. Vee, I know my man will love this! He loves cooked fruit of any kind. And oh yes...I know that BJ too. She is a doll baby for sure but dang...you are right...you gain a pound just looking at your food pictures! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  21. Love this post and collaboration between you and dear bj! And I was just talking myself into a few weeks of de-fluffing. My favorite from my weight watchers days in the late 60's was the cottage cheese, cinnamon, sweetener toast! I'll need to try this one!

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  22. Oh, it sounds delicious! I cook apples on top of the stove quite often, but this will really make it into more of a dessert. I'll pop over to BJ's...

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  23. Vee, I was over at BJs and saw that yummy pie/toast whatever so I had to hop over here. You both are on my followers list so that was easy. I just wish I had an apple in this apartment. I'd do that recipe right this minute but will have to wait. So fun to visit with you girls. Hugs.

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  24. Sounds easy and good. Will have to give it a try.
    I'll pop on over to BJ's.

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  25. Read here, jumped over to BJ's and back here to comment! Fun, Fun, Fun! What a nice, easy recipe! And it looks so tasty! I may be able to make this fit my eating plan! I'm going to give it a try and if I get it right, I'll post about it and link here too!

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    1. That'd be fun! I am pretty sure that it is easy to modify for many eating plans.

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  26. What a great challenge, Vee! This looks like a tasty, toasty dish that I'd like to try soon!
    P. S. Your iced coffee really does look like it's smiling!!!

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  27. Looks great and since I'm going back to Weight Watchers (and blogging!) I will need to try this. How have you been old friend??

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  28. I'm reading yours first but I know you're probably right...BJ probably has a flower in her photos! haha! And did you say, Lay me out in lavender? You know...I've never heard that before! But I think I get the 'gist of it'! lol And this looks SO good. I cut up apple in a bowl, add a little water, cin and Truvia and microwave it to make applesauce. This would be EVEN BETTER! Off to Texas now....Hugs!

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  29. I've known and loved BJ forever!! I just came from her blog. Your recipe sounds amazing, Vee. I'm definitely going to try it one weekend. I'm very lazy about breakfast but my kids have always considered it a true gift from me. Like apple pie. Close? ;-D

    Jane

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  30. That looks really tasty! I'm thinking pizza!

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  31. You are in great form today, Vee, and I like your challenge. This looks like a great Saturday morning treat!

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  32. Oh, my GOODNESS!!! You DID NOT just do this!!! A challenge???
    I have never heard of this recipe but it does sound delicious and you can bet your bottom dollar I'm going to try it!!

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  33. I was making Apple Pie candles when I read this yesterday. Have to say it was a bit cruel to smell the apples as I ogled these amazing photos. What a fun idea!! Love the two takes on the same theme.

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  34. Wow, apple pie and cheese without the calories! Why didn't you share this recipe sooner? Haha, I just joined a pie baking FB group and this month we're challenged to try something new - well this is it!
    I'm afraid to go to BJ's, that woman could make old shoe leather look tasty and sweet talk you into trying it. :-) But I'm going anyway and will make a guess that there might be some whip cream at her place?

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  35. Dear Vee ... such a cute and "sweet" posting. ♥ Blessings & Hugs

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  36. Been away for far too long....so sorry to learn about John, but do know that now I will be keeping you in prayer. Do you know Stacy at Heartprints of God? Her blog and words are so amazing. She lost her hubby unexpectedly this year and her words are a great comfort and blessing.

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  37. That looks delicious and sounds good too. I like your version, and the ease with which you operate! Since I like you so much I wouldn't dare hurt your feelings by not trying this. Several times. :D

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  38. Vee, I know that BJ sure can cook. she does take the most tempting photos too. I may have to try this one day. I like the idea of cinnamon and apples. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  39. I want to try this recipe! And you WILL hear about it. Have apples...will try! This post made me smile. I went over to visit your dueling friend over in northwest Texas as well. Nice to meet her!

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  40. This looks so simple and delish ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  41. Love it!
    I lost your blog for a while, but have you back now to
    enjoy your great post.

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  42. This reminds me of my mother telling the story when there wasn't any dessert after dinner, her grandfather would spread butter on homemade bread, sprinkle it with sugar, and pour fresh cream over it. The simple things in life, XOXO

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  43. Wow! I've never had anything like that. Thank you for showing us. xoox Su

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  44. We used to make something similar as children, except it was in a campfire pie iron. We'd put a slice of buttered bread on each side, fill it with softened cinnamon apples and cheese and then squeeze the pie iron sides together and hold it over our gas stove fire. It would come out toasted and sealed like a hand pie. SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!!!!

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    1. Hmmmm...that sounds wonderful! You've reminded me that I have one of those (electric) pie irons in the basement.

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  45. Hi Vee!

    I actually remember something like this cross our family table once...my mother was always on a diet, do we were too. I looks so yummy, and your photography was very nice, it made me hungry, so it must be good!! Off to see BJ!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  46. What a fun post. That looks delicious. I need to go apple picking this week. I hope you're having a good week.

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  47. Hi Vee,

    Loved your story about the Weight Watchers recipe. :) This definitely looks and sounds delish!! I must try this, and I know I will choose cream cheese, 'cause that just seems like what goes on a Danish to me. I do love this time of year when the good apples start coming in. I love to make my mom's apple pie recipe, amongst other things.

    Thanks for sharing this, Vee, and have a wonderful week.

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  48. This looks amazing! I have never seen that WW recipe before. I have a toaster oven and I may just be giving this is try! Now, I'm OFF to bj's! Cute, cute post!

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  49. I had it again tonight for dinner....Mr.Sweet out of town so I fixed what I was hungry for...hahhaa...you really started something...another little blogger gal is going to have a Monday post on hers,I think...

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  50. I have been away from computer a while now - catching up - loved this post. You have such a great sense of humour - and so does our also beloved bj.

    Thanks for the giggles. I just gained a pound reading this, too. : - )

    ♥♥

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