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Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

I like roasting pumpkin seeds. Actually, I don’t. I have a love-hate thing with pumpkins. I like pumpkins more in theory than in actual experience. I think they’re interesting. I think my kids should enjoy the gooiness of their guts. I think my husband should like eating their seeds. I really, really hate the way they smell. Also, I’ve never been a big fan of the salty flavor of roasted pumpkin seeds. Suddenly, I find myself the proud owner of many pumpkins, and I have decided that, like Mary and Laura, I will not waste any parts of the pumpkins. … Read more

How to Make Applesauce in the CrockPot

how to make applesauce

I learned how to make applesauce years ago, and I marveled at how easy it is. I love to make applesauce, and the crockpot makes it especially easy. Seriously. You start it and then you walk away for some hours. I actually forgot about my applesauce this time, allowing it to cook all afternoon and overnight. When I remembered it the next day, it had gotten a little closer to apple butter than apple sauce, but it still tasted great. Unless you let it cook wildly too long (like days), you don’t have to worry about burning applesauce when you … Read more

Pan Fried Apples

Simple and easy pan fried apples - This southern recipe uses cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar to make the best apples, way better than canned. Good for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Great to top pancakes. Gluten free. Made in a skillet.

On the way home from church last week, Grace said, You know those apples we get when we’re at a restaurant? “No, what apples?” I asked. You know, those apples with the sauce? And they’re thick like apple pie? “Oh, right. Yes, I know those apples,” I said. Can we have those for supper tonight? I knew there was a bag full of apples on the kitchen table, so I said “Yes, of course.” before I even considered that I didn’t know how to make said apples. When we got home, I tried to Google said apples, but I didn’t … Read more

Banana Crumble featuring Angostura Bitters

banana crumble

I don’t drink alcohol. Did you know that already, Dear Reader? I’m not sure if it’s ever come up before. I don’t object to alcohol; I just don’t partake. There was a time in my life when I enjoyed a drink or six now and then, and there are plenty of stories of debauchery floating around in the annals of my college days. Along with some of my fraternity brothers, I even became a certified bartender. We took classes, learned methods, and took tests. Somewhere, I have a certificate to prove my skills. But now, I am old. I have … Read more

Pear Crisp

pear crisp recipe

When I was a little girl, we lived across the road from Old Grandma. To visit her, we crossed the dirt road, climbed up a steep bank, and followed the path Grandpa cut for us through a small field. Almost to Grandma’s house, we passed an old pear tree. Every fall, we’d pick pears right off the ground, and eat them, juice dripping down our arms. I still look forward to pear season eagerly. This pear crisp recipe is only slightly different from my favorite apple crisp recipe. It’s absolutely delicious. Print Recipe Pear Crisp Servings Ingredients 8-10 pears peeled, … Read more

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes – Candied Sweet Potatoes

Originally posted on November 17, 2008 In my opinion, the best Thanksgiving recipes are easy, and they tolerate being made a day or two ahead of time with no loss of flavor or texture. This is one of those recipes. Depending on how things are going with cleaning (and how much room there is in my refrigerator), I will either pre-cut the sweet potatoes the night before or cook the whole dish the night before. It reheats beautifully, so it really doesn’t make any difference to the finished dish. I like sweets. A lot. And so, I use a bag … Read more