Lovin’ and Killing

June 20, 2011

in baking, dessert, take out

Abe’s really into the AMC show “The Killing,” which had its Season Finale last night. I don’t watch it, but our family members do, so we joined them for a dinner and proper viewing party.

I brought dessert:


Lovin’ Scoopful sent some coupons to try their Gourmet Light Ice Cream. I picked this guy up en route to the beach house:


Aside from their wonderful concept, philosophy, and cause, I’m really diggin’ this company’s delicious-sounding flavors!


Knowing that my cousins Noah and Maya love cheesecake, I picked up 1/2 gallon of the Rockin Raspberry Cheesecake. Lovin’ Scoopful doesn’t skimp on the mix-ins:


To go along with the ice cream, I baked this crisp, which took less than 15 minutes to put together (with the help of Maya)


Granola-Apple Crisp (from Food Network Kitchens)


  • 3 TB Butter
  • 1.5 cups prepared Granola (I used Ambrosial’s Walnut, Date, and Cashew)
  • 2 TB All Purpose Flour
  • 1 TB White Sugar, plus 1/4 cup
  • 5 Fuji Apples, cored and cut with an apple slicer
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 TB Fresh Lemon Juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the granola, 1 TB flour, 1 TB sugar and toss until everything is dissolved and the granola is coated. Set aside.


In the same pan at the same heat level, toss the apples with the cinnamon/nutmeg, lemon juice, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar.


Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are juicy and slightly soft (around 5-7 minutes). Stir in the remaining 1 TB flour.


Pour into a greased baking pan and scatter the reserved granola mixture evenly over the top.


Cover and put in the oven for 30 minutes, removing the foil for the last 10 minutes.

While dessert baked, we ate delivery from Urth Caffe (the Santa Monica location)


I ordered a dish I haven’t had in years but LOVE – The Nori Plum Rice Wrap


Avocado, organic brown rice, carrots, broccoli, green onions, umeboshi plum paste, and five spice tofu. It’s super flavorful and doesn’t even need the soy sauce, which comes on the side.


I gave a few rolls away, and received a bit of a Panini Caprese in return (mozzarella, roasted peppers, sun dried tomato, fresh basil, and pesto, and olive spread)


Also scored Noah’s olives for my greens


(The salad dressing wound up on some crusty bread too)


Dinner was finished a few minutes before dessert was!


I helped myself to a heaping spoonful of the hot crisp…


…and a lovin’ scoopful of the frozen stuff


A delightful dinner! Sadly, the family was NOT delighted with the finale of “The Killing.” I didn’t participate (I blogged this entire post while they watched) and I’m really glad I never invested myself with that series. They were pissed!

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