“Is it always Spring in Alabama?”

Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake
(the recipe is from my English friend, John)

INGREDIENTS
– 2  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1-1/2 cups plus 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
-4 medium sized medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½” pieces
-1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
-1 teaspoon table salt
-1 cup unsalted butter, melted
-4 large eggs, lightly beaten
-confectioners’ sugar

METHOD

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Graphic by: Gioia

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. In a small bowl, combine flour, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Let it cool slightly off heat, about 10 minutes. Whisk in 1½ cups brown sugar until smooth, then whisk in the eggs. Fold in the flour mixture until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in apples.
Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan. Combine the remaining ½ cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle it over the batter already in the pan. Cover with remaining batter and smooth the top.
Bake in the oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick placed in the center comes out clean.
Remove the cake from the oven. Let it cool for 30 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack until it cools completely. Sprinkle confectioners’ sugar on top right before serving.

 

 

 

 

Is there anyone of us who didn’t love  Rachel Bilson in the part of Summer in “The O.C.”? I mean, she and Seth were undoubtedly the only funny characters in that show that, season by season, has become progressively depressing. In fact, I gave it up in the middle and I never regretted it, I followed Adam Brody in his film career and as soon as I found out that Bilson was the main character in “Hart of Dixie”, a comedy in episodes, sparkling and fun , I called my friend Anna and we decided to watch it together, even if at a distance (I am in Rome, she’s in Naples) thanks to those technologies I always fight with. 

 

The plot did’n appear as being astonishing, a city doctor who fortuitously discovers she is the daughter of a local doctor (the fictitious town of Blue Bell – Alabama) and that receives a study from him and that, for various and possibly reasons – among which the beauty of the city that saves her in perfect 1950s-style film stands out- decides to stay, unleashing the ire of the queen of the country: Lemon Breeland (a fabulous, wonderful, perfect Jaime King) and soon finds herself in a triangle ( that becomes square, pentagon, hexagon …) with the other super pleasant of the country (do you think  we should all move ????): Wade Kinsella.  

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Now, beyond the fact that in this remote village are all beautiful, what has convinced us to watch the TV series is the cast and lightness of the plot, almost a sitcom. We are more and more avid about not only the characters, the love affairs (predictable!), but also careers, food *, places, and we are almost persuaded to make a trip in Alabama as soon as possible, because in all the seasons, it always seems like it’s Spring! But nobody, and I mean nobody suffers from allergies !!!! – who knows, maybe the flowers there do not wildly pollinate like here, or they have heavier antihistamines … 
The foods, how many do they see in the series! Being mostly set in the kitchen of her friend – mayor Levon, former football player, the bar where Wade works and the restaurant that Lemon dreams of detecting. And then there are the village fairs where obviously every delicious food is present!
Zoe, the protagonist aka Rachel Bilson, is possibly the only one in the TV series who does not cook, and who – from time to time – reminds us that she is a doctor and runs away to treat someone.
But it’s definitely not a medical like Grey’s Anatomy!

It is a romantic-novel with all respects
Anna and I remained devoted spectators, even when the plot started to be quite repetitive  – in fact the fourth and last season was shortened to ten episodes to give a worthy conclusion to each storyline after the verdict of the network to close the series, a consideration that we as fans have very much appreciated and that in the past NOT all the producers have had! – but the spring atmosphere, the good food, the songs, the dances, kept us in the story until the end, and I’m really happy to have watched it, so much that I recommend it to everyone as a joyful amusement, you could see it while cooking the cake * or lazy for home, let yourself be charmed by the landscapes of Alabama and from all the surreal populations of Blue Bell, you will not regret it!


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