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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Criss Cross Applesauce: Homemade Applesauce 4 ways


Apple Pie Applesauce

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.  
2. Add 2 cups of Apple Cider, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger
3. Boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the apples get cooked.
4. Puree apples in a food processor and put back in the pot.
5. Add 1/2 cup sugar (1/4 cup brown, 1/4 cup white) 1 tsp butter and a pinch of salt, stir .
6. Taste and make adjustments (ex. more sugar, more cider)
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

Wassail Applesauce 

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.
2. Add 2 cups of Orange Juice, 1 can crushed pineapple, pinch of ground cloves, 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
3. Boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the apples get cooked. (Make sure to remove the cinnamon stick)
4. Puree apples in a food processor and put back in the pot.
5. Add 1/2 cup sugar (1/4 cup brown, 1/4 cup white) 1 tsp butter and a pinch of salt, stir .
6. Taste and make adjustments (ex. more sugar, more cider)
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

Very Berry Applesauce

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.
2. Add 2 cups of Berry Flavored Juice, 1 pint blueberries, and 1 lb strawberries
3. Boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the fruit gets cooked.
4. Puree fruit in a food processor and put back in the pot.
5. Add 1 tsp butter and a pinch of salt, stir.
6. Add 1 jar of seedless raspberry jam and 1 jar of seedless blackberry jam instead of sugar
7. Blend in blender for smoother texture
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

Grapple (Grape Apple) Applesauce

1. Wash, peel, core and cut 6 lbs of apples and place them in a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven.
2. Add 2 cups of grape juice and three different types of grapes (about a cup each)
3. Boil until soft (about 20-30 min) Stirring to make sure all the fruit get cooked.
4. Puree fruit in a food processor and put back in the pot.
5. Add 1 tsp butter and a pinch of salt, stir .
6. Add 1 jar of grape jelly instead of sugar
7. Blend in blender for smoother texture
Store in refrigerator or can for later.  (See the "I Think I Can, Canning" episode for canning instructions)

 **Canning video found here http://countrykitchenapproved.blogspot.com/p/i-think-i-can-canning.html 



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pasta La Vista, Baby! Mac-n-cheese 3 ways

Who doesn't love Mac-n-cheese?  This is a great recipe that is smooth and creamy, with variations.  Sure to be a crowd pleaser. 

Creamy Classic

1. In a saucepan over medium heat melt 1/2 stick of butter. 
2. Add 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese and stir until melted and gooey
3. Add 1 can of condensed cheddar cheese soup, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper.
4. Stir until creamy smooth and set aside
** This makes 2 small 8x8 pans or 1 large 9x13 (I freezes well, so you can save the other half for later)

5. Prepare your favorite pasta to al dente and place in you baking dish
6. Pour on the cheese mixture and stir well
7. Crush some cracker crumbs and sprinkle over the top, drizzle with melted butter 
8. Bake at 350 for 30 min. 

BBQ Chicken

1. Using a smoked whole chicken: remove skin, remove meat from bones and chop up. 
2. Place the meat in a bowl mix with your favorite BBQ sauce
3. Stir into the creamy classic recipe, top with cracker crumbs and butter and bake 





Seafood Medley

1. Prepare you seafood of choice (I used lobster tail and canned crab meat, but you could use shrimp or scallops or whatever you like)
2. In the cheese mixture I used gouda cheese instead of cheddar but that is optional
3. Mix together, top with cracker crumbs and butter and bake.