Here's to good food!

I am finally putting my tried and true family recipes here. Check out my old-time favorites as well as newly discovered ones.

I hope you'll find some recipes here that you enjoy cooking, and those you cook for will find them tasty and satisfying.
Are you looking for something special? Something quick and easy? You'll find it here somewhere.
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One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Apple Crisp

This is my favorite fruit crisp recipe. I especially like the oatmeal in it.  Adding berries gives it a little color and jazzes the flavor.
¾ C flour                                              Fruit Mixture:
¾ C oatmeal                                          4 C sliced fruit (apples,
½ C brown sugar                                   peaches, pears, berries)
1 t cinnamon                                         ½ C sugar
¼ t nutmeg                                           1 T flour
¼ t baking powder                                1 t cinnamon
½ C softened butter

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients for the topping.  Cut in the butter into the mixture until crumbly or melt butter and mix in.  Set aside.

Mix together sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl.   Add selected fruit and mix to coat.   Pour into a greased 8-9” square baking dish.  Spread topping over fruit. 

Bake for 10 minutes, then turn heat down to 350 and bake 30 minutes more.

Delicious served warm with ice cream or cool whip.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Caramelized Applesauce

Here are some apple recipes, since it is nearing apple picking time.

I used to make applesauce with my students in the fall, but not this special one.  This one is mighty tasty.
8-10 apples, peeled, cored, sliced
juice and rind of 1 lemon
1 C apple juice or water
½ C sugar
¼ C marmalade
1-3 t cinnamon 
few dashes of nutmeg

            Pour lemon juice over the sliced apples.  Combine remaining ingredients in a heavy pot.  Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Bring to a boil and simmer 5-10 minutes.  Add apple slices and lemon rind.  Simmer until apples are soft, 30-45 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl and mash, or leave chunky.  Reduce syrup over high heat until thick.  Blend into apples.  Serve hot or cold.   
            Can be frozen.

            Kind of like an apple pie without the crust.