Snippets from the Scullery: Granny's Applesauce!

I have many fond memories of delicious, family dinners at my grandmother's house. Every now and then homemade applesauce would grace the buffet line. I believe the only time I've eaten homemade applesauce was here. My mom always said it was really hard to make.

Well one weekend last fall my dad brought me a huge bag of apples and pears. So I had made pear muffins and decided to try my hand at applesauce! After a phone conversation with Granny I made a pot of applesauce and much to my surprise it wasn't hard at all! The only hard part is peeling the apples. My latest installment of making applesauce happened just the other week. There were a bunch of leftover apples at ADF and I snagged them for some applesauce.

Like many recipes from my grandmother a lot of things can be substituted and the amounts vary greatly. This list of ingredients is basically what you need.

Apples (for my last batch I had 8)
Cinnamon Stick (optional)
Cinnamon (or nutmeg)
Sugar (white or brown)

Peel, core, and quarter apples. Place in a large pot covered with water and a cinnamon stick, bring to a boil. Boil for about 15-20 minutes until the apples are soft. (I did this the night President Obama gave his speech on healthcare which kept me occupied.) After the apples are soft drain the water but leave a little bit in the pot and save some extra if you want to make your applesauce thinner. Mash the apples and add in sugar, spice, and everything nice! I added about 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon this time. Granny said nutmeg gave it a nice flavor so I'll try that next time.

Now to reward your efforts have a nice bowl of warm applesauce -- it's so good! This is actually my favorite time to eat the applesauce.

Snippets from the Scullery: Hobo's!

This second installation of Snippets from the Scullery will feature Hobo's. An easy to make mini meatloaf dish perfect for using up veggies and easy to prep!

I remember eating this at a beach trip with my dad a really long time ago. I had to be around seven or eight. And I'm not even sure why I remember eating this particular dish. I think I was just amazed that you could wrap stuff in an aluminum foil package and it'd be all done in about 30 minutes! I browsed the internet quite a bit to find cooking times but most sites just told me to throw it on the campfire for an undesignated amount of time (not helpful at all).

1 lb Hamburger

*I'll detail what I used when preparing but I'm excited about trying different ways and variations so for this dish the sky's the limit!

Mix hamburger with selected seasonings. To my hamburger I added Worcestershire sauce and oregano. I also chose to add one egg and bread crumbs to make it more meatloaf-y and also if I overcooked the meat maybe it wouldn't dry it out as much. I made 5 patties (one for lefftovers!). Place the patties on a square of aluminum foil. On top of the hamburger I added one bay leaf, two slices of potatoes, and two slices of onions. I added freshly minced garlic on top of the potatoes and pepper on top of the onions. At this point feel free to add other vegetables and spices as you wish! Wrap the hobo's and place them in a preheated 350F oven for 45 minutes.

Deliciousness awaits you! We also had a fresh salad and watermelon with the meal to round out the food groups!