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Showing posts from October, 2012

Christmas in October

It's not even Halloween yet, so why in the world am I writing about Christmas?  I'll get to that.

I love asking other people about their holiday family traditions.  One of my favorite things as a child (ok, it still is) was napping next to the Christmas tree.  It always felt like the most peaceful place in the world.  I looked forward to my aunt's sugar cookie cutouts with rich butter frosting, and the Christmas Eve family gathering at our home.   There was also a tradition I didn't like.  It's one that would be a totally popular pin on Pinterest.  In fact, pretty much everyone I have ever told about it has declared it a great idea instead of sympathizing with my pain.  :)   Each year, my mom set up a video camera pointed at the Christmas tree.  My dad manned the lights.  My brother and I would hide behind the artificial tree, and when we received the silent cue, would emerge and walk around ye old tennenbaum once, smiling like sweet cherubs at the camera as we wa…

Apples, Applesauce, Apple Butter

My husband drove to a farm early this past Saturday and came home with 2.5 bushels of apples.  Since discovering we could keep apples all through the winter in Styrofoam coolers out in our garage, we've stocked up each fall with several varieties.  Ida Red and Golden Delicious keep really well, so we always get those...

and this year we also bought Empire and Jonagold for eating now, baking, and to add extra dimension to our sauce.

All of these apple varieties have great flavor independently, but combined, they make a really wonderful applesauce.  We spent most of Saturday (and long into the night), turning a good many of them into that.

Have you ever seen one of these?

It's a Squeezo.

You'll have to excuse the less-than-stellar pictures of this whole operation, but good light is hard to come by in this part of the kitchen and I opted for a couple quick shots with the point and shoot rather than running upstairs to grab the DSLR. 

Here's how the Squeezo works.  You be…

Chicken with Bacon, Apples, and Cheddar in Honey Mustard Sauce

Mmm-mmm.  When I said in my last post I was really excited about having fresh, locally grown apples around again...this was one of the reasons why.  I absolutely love this combination of flavors.  This recipe borrows heavily from one called "Aussie Chicken," which I understand to be a knock-off of a certain chain restaurant's dish.  I can't abide mushrooms however, so out went the fungus and in came the fruit.  :)  I also ditched the corn syrup--it isn't necessary.

Chicken with Bacon, Apples, and Cheddar in Honey Mustard Sauce

1 1/2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut in half and pounded to 1/2" thick
1-2 tsp. seasoning salt (I prefer to use less)
6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (I sometimes use a couple tablespoons of bacon bits to cut out the frying step)
1/2 c. prepared spicy brown mustard
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 c. mayo (I like the kind made with olive oil)
1-1 1/2 c. diced apple
2 c. shredded cheddar or Colby-…