Homemade Applesauce

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A few weeks ago we took a drive up to my favorite place on earth, the beautiful state of Vermont.  We did all our usual things that we do up there...horseback riding, hiking, taking long luxurious naps with the windows open to let in the sounds of birds chirping and the occasional moo from the neighboring farm.  And because it is Vermont where the seasons start to change early, we also got in a little apple picking.  And where there is apple picking, there is homemade applesauce, which is one of the easiest things in the world to make, and so sweetly delicious. Read More & Get the Recipe

Ham Featherbeds

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So, I'm guessing some of you (me included!) overestimated the amount of Easter ham you needed to have on hand, and are now looking around for any and all recipes that include the word "ham" anywhere in there.  And so here I am with one possibility...this Ham Featherbed Casserole.  Which I love not only because it is scrumptious, and not only because it has "ham" in its title, but also because it also has the word "featherbed."  Which given my stream-of-consciousness self led me down the following road. Read More & Get the Recipe

Applesauce Cake

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Now, I am the first one to admit that when it comes to dessert, I am usually all about the chocolate.  Oh yes.  Chocolate Cookie Truffles.  Chocolate Caramel Cookie Brittle.  Even, I admit it, Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips.    But every once in a while, even I, chocolate-lover that I am, get a yearning for something Other Than Chocolate.  And when that happens, it's good to have a quick and easy recipe like this one on hand.  First of all, you probably have just about everything you need to make this cake somewhere in your kitchen right this second.  By itself it makes a lovely, easy apple spice cake that is the perfect non-chocolate treat. But if you really want to kick it up to the next level, the special place where all really wonderful desserts live, take an extra few minutes to make the delectable apple cider sauce to spoon over the top of it.  It will make your applesauce cake truly all that it can be. And with that, who needs chocolate?? Okay, I do.  But that's a post Read More & Get the Recipe

Applesauce Cookies

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Yes yes, it is no longer cookie-baking season, I know, I know. But I just can't go cold turkey. I have to ease my way into healthiness...and so here is what I consider a nice, heathy....cookie. It has applesauce. It has oatmeal. It has raisins. It is a one-cookie healthy eating program. That's my story and I am sticking to it. One little word of caution about these delicious little numbers. I'm not sure why, but they are VERY sticky on the bottom. You will be a-okay if you use parchment paper like the recipe says, but if you throw caution to the wind and just use a naked cookie sheet, it might end in tears. I used my faithful Silpat and they even tried to stick to that. Tried and failed, because the Silpat is invincible. But consider yourself warned. Aside from that, these were easy and cooperative little cookies, right down to the maple frosting. I used a little squeeze bottle to frost mine, but you could also use my favorite make-shift-frosting trick, which is to put the Read More & Get the Recipe