Mystery Apple Cream Cheese Tart

Apple Cream Cheese Tart

Apple Cream Cheese Mystery Tart

My friend, Cathy, invited me to a potluck Christmas party, but, what a party. This was a party for the Sisters in Crime, a group of women mystery writers. We were treated to the published authors reading from their newest books.

When we originally talked about this, I was going to make Scrambled Burger Quiche, but I never made it to the store, so there I was with another mystery on my hands – what could I make that would be simple, quick, and stunning with what I had on hand.

I looked in the refrigerator and saw I had a package of cream cheese, 4 apples, eggs and Panko bread crumb topping left over from Cranberry Brown Betty. Amber had made a wonderful Gorgonzola Pear tart for Thanksgiving, and that was what gave me the idea to make this tart. Mystery solved! Apple Cream Cheese Tart coming up!

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Pirate Party Appetizers

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Fruit Boats

Here, for your pleasure and review are pictures of some of the food served at Spane’s eighth birthday party. There will be pictures of the actual Birthday Boy soon.

Pirate's Balls with Sauce

These Caribbean meatballs were quite the hit. Spane asked me to make them again. Recipe for Caribbean Pirate Meat Balls

Fruit Boats

These just looked so lovely. My original intent was just to have the banana slice and orange quarter, and Douglas came back from the store with these lovely red grapes. They made the dish!

Recipe: Fruit Boats


  • 4 oranges
  • 2 Bananas
  • 12 grapes
  • Toothpicks


  1. Cut the oranges into quarters. Make twelve banana slices, each about 1/2 inch thick. Put a toothpick into the top of each orange quarter. Put a banana slice, and top with a grape. Serve on a nice, festive plate.

Quick notes

Red grapes look best.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegan

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Skull Cheese Ball

This cheese ball was very simple to make. It’s a good way to get rid of little bits of cheese, nuts and dried fruit you might have laying about.

Pirate Cheese Ball


  • 1 package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 lb Gorgonzola
  • 2 tablespoons Shredded Parmesan 1
  • 2 tablespoons Shaved Parmesan 1
  • Dried cranberries
  • Walnuts
  • Black Sesame Seeds
  • Pringles 2


  1. Reserve 2 walnuts to make the skulls teeth.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine the cheeses, cranberries and remaining walnuts. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Cheeses in the mixer

  4. Put strips of wax paper on a nice serving dish to keep the dish clean. You will be removing it after decorating the skull.
  5. Shape the cheese ball into a skull, making impressions for the eyes and mouth.
  6. Pour black sesame seeds carefully into the eye sockets. Use the remaining walnuts for teeth.
  7. Remove the wax paper. Stick toothpicks about a quarter of the way into the cheese and cover with plastic wrap.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then remove the toothpicks and put Pringles around the skull to look like waves.

Quick notes

This is a great way to use up bits of cheese in your refrigerator.


2Plain Pringles look like waves when placed around the skull. They are optional. The chips are not sturdy enough to be used for the cheese, but are there for decoration only.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Rum (Cannon) Ball

These were a take off on the Oreo Rum Balls I made, only these used white creme cookies, and had spice flavorings. Here is the recipe.

Cucumber Boats

This is probably my favorite. In all the time I was thinking to myself, what could I stuff those cucumbers with, and then I thought egg salad would be good. As I removed the egg yolks from the whites, I realized that the whites would make proper sails, and the black olives were the Jolly Rogers.

Jolly Roger of Rack Rachham

I have a whole post about making this cake. It was really fun and everyone loved it!

Stuffed Barbari Bread

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I have a friend who is a cab driver. A long time ago, when taking me to work one morning, he introduced me to Babari bread. I fell in love. Barbari bread is a fluffy, flat Iranian bread with sesame seeds on top. It is wonderful with butter and honey in the morning, or a quick lunch of Barbari bread and cheese. The loaf is flat and long, and often the checker at the store will fold it in half to fit in your grocery bag – it doesn’t hurt it. Barbari bread, because it has no preservatives will dry out rather quickly. If it does, cut it up and use if for croûtons, bread crumbs or stuffing.

This morning, as I was looking for something to make for breakfast and not wanting to heat up my kitchen, I thought it was be very good stuffed. It was, Spane had four pieces!

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Star Party Sandwiches

Red Moon

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Last night we went to a Star Party. No, I don’t think there were any celebrities there, just amateur astronomers with their telescopes on the lawn at the Griffith Park Observatory letting the public have a chance to see the rings of Saturn, and the moon up close and personal. If you have not been to the Griffith Observatory, I highly recommend it.

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Simple and Light Friday Morning Food

Okay, you don’t have to have this on Friday, and you don’t even have to have it for breakfast at all. I made this on a Saturday afternoon.

Scrambled Eggs with Tomato, Basil and Salmon Cream Cheese


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp chopped basil (preferably fresh)
  • 1 fresh tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh, unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp Philadelphia Salmon Cream Cheese
  • Himalayan Pink Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper for garnish
  • Method

    Beat the egg with the basil and milk until you cannot see any of the egg white.

    Put a skillet on the stove and heat it to medium. Put the butter in the skillet, and swirl it around so it coats the sides of the pan as well.

    As soon as the butter is melted, add the egg mixture. Scramble the eggs, and just before they are finished, add the tomato and cream cheese. Mix in the pan.

    Serve with the salt and pepper. Enjoy