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Linda’s Applesauce

The recipe as originally given to me:

 8-10 lbs of apples.  Linda uses Macs. we prefer N.Y. State Cortlands

1lb.  brown sugar
2 tbs cinnamon (approx)

peel, etc then run through food processor until coarsely chopped. Melt a little butter in large sauce pan, add apples cinnamon and brown sugar.  Cook over medium heat at least 20-30 minutes.

 

 

What I’m doing today:

Put a half dozen cinnamon sticks at the bottom of a crockpot

Add a mix of apples peeled, cored, quartered;  ~8lbs after quartering and sampling

Slice up one stick of butter and scatter throughout

Mix 8 oz of dk brown sugar w/2 heaping tablespoons of cinnamon – I used one each Ceylon (sweet, recommended for apple dishes) and Vietnamese (a very strong sharp taste, reminiscent of the cinnamon oil we used to use on toothpicks) and mix it.

Cook for hours

Note:  The apples didn’t all fit, so cooked down some, and then added the rest.  Sprinkled some more cinnamon on top as a result, and stirred now and then.  Also sprinkled on a spice blend with allspice, clove, ginger, nutmeg

Since cortlands and macs weren’t available, the apples were a mix of sweet and tart – could have cut the sugar back a bit more, also I think a half stick of butter would have sufficed.    This didn’t quite fill 4 mason jars; last time we filled all 4, w/a bit extra, and I think we’d bought a 10 lb bag

 

Java Roast


Java Roast
 
Originally from A Year of Slow Cooking, I've revised it a little
Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • --~3 lb beef  roast, trimmed of fat
  • --3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • --8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • -- 4-5 chopped garlic cloves
  • --1/2 tsp salt
  • --1/4 black pepper
  • --1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • --3 T red wine vinegar
  • -- a cup of sour cream
  • --~1 cup Marsala wine
Instructions
  1. Trim the fat, and use some of the fat to sautee the garlic and mushrooms, then add to crockpot
  2. Brown the roast in the remaining drippings (add olive oil if needed).
  3. Remove and add to crockpot along with salt/pepper
  4. Use a mix of the coffee, Worcestershire,and red wine vinegar to deglaze the pan.
  5. Add liquid and scrapings to the crockpot.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 4-5.
  7. Carefully remove the meat/mushrooms from the pot, and stir in the sour cream.
  8. Move to pan and reduce on stove, stirring frequently.
  9. Add a cup or so of Marsala at this point.
  10. Pour sauce over the meat and serve with rice.

 

Harvest Pork – Revised

1 pork tenderloin or roast, trimmed of fat

1 cup orange juice concentrate

½ cup dark brown sugar

2 apples, peeled and sliced (Courtland or Granny Smith usually)

1 cup or so of fresh/frozen cranberries or craisens

1 cup of fresh/dried plums (optional)

1 heaping tsp each of ground ginger,  allspice; galganal (opt)

A handful of whole cloves

Crockpot

 

Put fruit and orange juice concentrate into the bottom of the crockpot

Trim the roast/loin of fat and brown it in a hot pan.

Mix the ground spices and brown sugar together, and rub all over the roast; add any excess to the fruit in the crockpot.

Push the whole cloves into the roast all over, and add meat to the crockpot.

 

Cook on low for about 8 hours; optionally cook on high for 1 hour first to quickly raise the temperature of the meat.