Confession No. 139 — Some folks doth protest too much, methinks (Recipe: Apple Brie Crostini)

Unlike many friends and even more acquaintances, I watched the nationwide protests of this mid-January with nary an ounce of consternation.

Before you go thinking that I’m indifferent or have internally marginalized those who choose to question authority, I implore you to get to know me. Truth is, I’ve openly challenged jurisdiction more times than I can remember — just ask my parents, teachers and (former) bosses.

And I’m getting it back in spades these days.

Baby Girl, just this morning, protested our stand that independence means independence.

‘I want my own apartment and a full time job,’ she announced, ‘because I want to be on my own.’

‘Fine,’ her mother told her ‘leave the phone and car here. Go buy your own.’

Naturally, she has all the answers — and I listened to 30 minutes worth before putting on my noise canceling headphones and cranking my classic rock playlist. With that, she marched away … but not before asking for my credit card to buy breakfast for herself.

Then, there is The Boy, who has decided that the rest of the world should be subject to the fictional superhero lives of Teen Titans.

‘Dude, seriously. Put on your [expensive] headphones we bought for you,’ I’ll say.

‘I don’t want to,’ he’ll respond. ‘Y’all put on headphones!’

Though I’ve matured during my 40-some-odd years on this planet, I’m not immune to the occasional protest.

‘Damnit, Catherine! Pizza? Again?’

‘It’s easy, and we don’t have to worry about dirtying dishes,’ she responds. ‘Who doesn’t like pizza?’

And then I’ll tell her — as I usually do — that next time she brings home pizza without consulting me, I’ll refuse to eat.

‘That’s your choice,’ she’ll respond.


Crostini is a fancy (Italian) name for toast. Traditional toppings run the gamut — everything from tapenade to cheese and vegetables. We’re big fans of brie, apples and French bread here. This combination in toast form is marvelous. Serve it as an appetizer, or eat it for lunch, like we do.

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Apple Brie Crostini

Apple Brie Crostini —

Apple Brie Crostini — Creamy. Crunchy. Sweet. Salty. Bites.

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Apple Brie Crostini
Apple Brie Crostini — Creamy. Crunchy. Sweet. Salty. Bites.
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 1 – Baguette, cut into half-inch slices*
  • 2 – Large apples (I've used Granny Smith and Honeycrisp varieties)
  • 6 oz – Brie, thinly sliced
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
Optional toppers
  • Bacon
  • Lox/Smoked salmon
  • Prosciutto
  • Smoked almonds (chopped; sprinkled on the cheese-topped crostini before baking)
  1. Preheat oven to 200°F.
  2. Spread baguette slices on a baking sheet; brush (or spray) each slice with olive oil.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes; turn pieces over and bake another 5 minutes, or until each piece is crunchy (but not browned).
  4. Raise oven temperature to 475°F.
  5. While baguette slices are cooling, slice apples thinly and squeeze lemon juice over them (to prevent browning).
  6. Top each baguette slice with a slice of brie; if you have additional brie, double-stack them on some of the slices.
  7. Bake until cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven; top each crostini with a slice of apple.
  9. Serve immediately.
*- Most supermarket bakeries will slice a baguette for you.


  1. A refreshing post to put all in perspective. Cool crostini, too!

  2. When you talked about Baby Girl – it put me in mind of sitting as a 35 year old in an office full of younger women claiming “their independence” and how “no one” was going to tell them what to do………..I laughed and told them that independence isn’t as glamorous as it sounds and they haven’t actually ever been independent if they were counting on their parents, grandparents or spouse for any part of their income…………they weren’t independent until they were sitting on the side of the highway just outside of Kansas City with a 6 year old child in 105 degree weather with $42 in the bank, no idea what was wrong with the car and no way anyone…………ANYONE could get to you for at least 5 hours because that’s where your parents, those people you were “smarter” than – yet the ONLY people you could count on, could get to you. Yes, I told them – THAT was actual independence….. who the hell wants THAT?!?! Certainly not me, not anymore. I have no idea how I lived through all that damn independence. 🙂

    • adamjholland says:

      Something tells me that you were sitting on the side of the highway outside of KC at one point. I’m a fortunate son. And you are a badass. ~ For what it’s worth, I’m not independent. Sure, I pay my own bills. But I count on my bride for so much. Couldn’t live without her by my side.

  3. Kathryn @ anotherfoodieblogger says:

    I have to pick and choose my battles, otherwise life gets overwhelming. Especially with a teenage daughter about to head to college. Crostinis look awesome, I’ll take some smoked salmon on mine, please. 🙂

    • adamjholland says:

      True that, Kathryn. Headphones and a long playlist tend to come in real handy. 😉 Thank you for your kind words.

  4. I’m independent enought to know I’d choose these healthier baguettes before pizza. Note I said before. And as for me…not consternation either. Hey…I almost forgot. We’ll be in Dickinson Super Bowl weekend. No we didn’t plan it that way, but that’s when China Boy will be visiting and he wanted to go see his g-parents, and that weekend was all he had!

    • adamjholland says:

      So, first the crostini and then pizza? 😉 Holler, if you get a chance. Would love to meet y’all in person.

  5. I am always mesmerized and glued to your words!!! You are such an artist in sooooooooooo many ways, luv!! Keep the fires burning, darlin! xox

    • adamjholland says:

      You have always been very kind with your words. And it is much appreciated.
      P.S. – You’re quite the artist yourself!

  6. I have a confession myself. I have always heard that apples and cheese pair well, but I have never tried it! This looks and sounds good! I’ll have to give it a try! BTW… I have a teenage son! I feel your pain! LOL

    • adamjholland says:

      This is the perfect (and I rarely use that word) introduction to cheese and apples. Brie is mild and slightly nutty. You’ll soon graduate to cheddar and so on. Wonderful combination.

  7. Love your idea of enjoying this for lunch. Such a simple yet wonderful combination!

    • adamjholland says:

      Thank you, Ann. In fact the crostini in that photo was enjoyed by yours truly (and the world’s best wife) for lunch. Light, but oh so delicious.

  8. Aren’t children so delightful??

    Good job on the crostini!

    • adamjholland says:

      No, Shea. BABIES are delightful. Children (mine anyway) are a pain in the rear end. Thanks for your kind words. 🙂

  9. This is a very entertaining post! Thank you for that! And for these wonderful crostini! Anything on little rounds of bread gets my attention!

    • adamjholland says:

      You’re very kind, Annie. And these crostini … well, I’ve eaten brie and apples (and bread) for as long as I can remember. It took me a few minutes to get them up here though. Hope all is well. 🙂


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