Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Painted Pumpkins
May the day put a big, silly smile on everyone's face. : D

Friday, October 29, 2010

No Frills Friday - Pink Satin Applesauce for Weekend Herb Blogging #257

Pink Velvet Applesauce

Go on. You can admit it: you lugged home just as many fresh fall apples from the farm stand as you did pumpkins to carve for Halloween. Well, I know I did. What to do with them, what to do? Apple pie, of course, is always nice and seasonally appropriate, but devilishly disastrous on your waistline given the buttery, crumbly, flaky platform of pastry that it requires. And that platform of pastry can be just as devilish in another way, too, if you want to do your pie justice with a crust that will be buttery, crumbly, and flaky.

Since all apples need to be cored and seeded regardless of recipe, and most require peeling, I opted for an easy pot of my mother's applesauce, tinted naturally pink from the red peelings, then whirred in the blender to create a silky texture and satiny shine that adds just a little extra oomph for your festive holiday table. You may be tempted to use Red Delicious since they are among the most handsomely red of all apples in the marketplace today, but their beauty is quite literally only skin deep; they are bred for maximum eye appeal and shelf life rather than outstanding flavor. Consider, instead, Jonathan, Stayman, Braeburn, McIntosh, or Macoun. With a little sugar added to the cooking water, these varieties taste so much like candy that you may not even miss that apple pie.

Pink Satin Applesauce – My mother's recipe, reproduced with her permission (original source, if any, unknown)

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

1 cup water
Scant ½ cup sugar (optional; I used brown)
4 pounds fresh, unblemished red-skinned apples (choose those fruit that are the most deeply red; colors can vary even from same harvest)
1 large bowl cold water acidulated with the juice of 1 lemon
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg to top finished sauce (optional)

Method

Arrange a large saucepan with 1 cup water and optional sugar on stove top. Wash apples under running water. Transfer to cutting board. Core and quarter each apple, removing any errant seeds. Discard cores and seeds. Peel quarters, slipping them into acidulated water to prevent browning. Drop peelings into saucepan with water. Drain off acidulated water from prepared apples. Add apples to peelings in saucepan. Turn on burner to low heat to prevent apples from scorching as they render their own liquid and become softer. Stir occasionally; it will be easier to mix apples with peelings as apples become mushier. If apples are very watery, you can increase heat to medium-low. You will, however, need some liquid to facilitate blending; apples should not be too dense and “dry.” Sauce is ready when peelings have faded to a dull beige. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Spread cool sauce onto large platter or plate. Pick out the peels and discard them. Transfer sauce to blender container. Whir in bursts until sauce is smooth and shiny. Transfer to serving/storage bowl. Dust with optional spice. Refrigerate leftovers.

This recipe is for Chriesi of Almond Corner, hosting Weekend Herb Blogging #257 for Haalo of Cook Almost Anything at Least Once.


I do apologize for not being around much these last few weeks. Work and other obligations have left little time and energy for blogging pleasures. I will be catching up with your recipes as soon as possible. I know that I have missed a great deal of good cooking and baking.


Been There, Done That

Baked Mutsu Apples
Apple Bundt Cake
Cardamon Apple Custard


Other People's Eats

Crockpot Applesauce

Plum Applesauce
Frozen Applesauce
Ancho Chile Applesauce
Cranberry Applesauce


Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Legume Love Affair 27 - The Round-Up

In September, you'd been been returning from your late-summer holidays, and some of you with children were busy preparing to return them to another year of school. Everyone always has so much on the plate, and yet you took the time and effort to join the table for another lavish spread of My Legume Love Affair. I am most appreciative...and most hungry. There are sixty-three recipes here, representing the ever-creative dynamos you all are in your kitchens. There is, as usual, something that will comfort or intrigue you - and, of course, torment your diet - from lovely fried morsels to delicate wobbly sweets. Thanks so much for the opportunity to again be your personal hostess.

Please join me in congratulating Tamanna of The Dazzling Kitchen, the winner of the book prize; and Sana of Creative Sanyutka, the winner of the Hurst prize. (Since an international winner cannot take all prizes, a subsequent drawing was conducted from U.S. participants to ensure a Hurst prize will now be awarded every month.) Winners, I will be contacting you directly to make arrangements to have your choices shipped to you. If I've made an error or omission, I will make the correction promptly on your advice.

Divya of Dil Se is currently hosting MLLA 28 and will be happy to pull at least one winner out of a hat for October.

Big thanks, everyone! See you soon!

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Mugachi Bhaji ( Yellow Mung Daal Dumplings)
Manali - Manali's Cravings
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

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Thai Red Beans Curry
Anu - Truth Personified
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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Multi-Vegetable Kootu
Priya - A Healthier Me
Sharjah, U.A.E.

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Eggplant Tofu Rolls
Laura - Seasonal Foods
Switzerland

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Homemade Steamed Egg Tofu
Annie and Nate - House of Annie
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

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Roasted Stuffed Okra (Bhuni Bharwan)
Sanyukta - Creative Sanyukta
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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Narkel Diye Moong Dal (Moong Dal with Coconut)
Tanvi - Sinfully Spicy
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

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White Chicken Chili
Graziana - Erbe in Cucina
Italy

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Heather - girlichef
Indiana, U.S.A.

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Janet - The Taste Space
Toronto, Canada

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Samo Seeds Rice and Peanut Soup
Sanyukta - Creative Sanyukta
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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Black-Eyed Peas in Yoghurt Sauce
Sanyukta - Creative Sanyukta
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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15-Bean Tailgate Chili
Matt - Hurst Bean Blog
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

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Simple Dal
Pavani - Food Lovers
U.K.

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Lentil and Root Vegetable Pasties
Johanna - Green Gourmet Giraffe
Melbourne, Australia

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Piyaju (Dal Pakora)
Tamanna - The Dazzling Kitchen
Toronto, Canada

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Red Kidney Bean Curry
Usha - Veg Inspirations
North Carolina, U.S.A.

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Quinoa, Basmati Rice and Red Lentil Pilaf
Katie - Thyme for Cooking
Lot en Garonne, France

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Urad Dal Vada
Priya - Enveetu Kitchen
Sharjah, U.A.E.

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Sprouted Chana Palak Curry
Sujana - Sujana's World
Illinois, U.S.A.

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Sweet Lentil Stuffed Flatbread
Sanyukta - Creative Sanyukta
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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Corn and Saffron Cappuccino
Vanessa - Sweet Artichoke
Switzerland

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Channa Pulao
Amritha - AK's Vegetarian Recipe World
San Diego, California, U.S.A.

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Roasted Bell Pepper Hummus
Satyasree - Super Yummy Recipes
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

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Chickpea Adai with Bell Pepper Chutney
Satyasree - Super Yummy Recipes
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

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Sprouted Mung Aloo Paratha
Satyasree - Super Yummy Recipes
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

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Cauliflower and Peas Pulav
Nithu - Nithu's Kitchen
New Jersey, U.S.A.

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Red Kidney Beans and Mint Biryani
Nithu - Nithu's Kitchen
New Jersey, U.S.A.

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Pav Bhaji with Chickpeas and Peas
Nithu - Nithu's Kitchen
New Jersey, U.S.A.

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Cabbage and Chickpea Roulade
Soma - eCurry
Texas, U.S.A.

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Garlic Hummus
Nidhya - Aaha Oho
Washington, U.S.A.

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Sprouted Green Gram Salad
Amritha - AK's Vegetarian Recipe World
San Diego, California, U.S.A.

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Mung Bean Jelly
Treat and Trick - Treat and Trick

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Eggplant Curry Stuffed with Coconut
Akheela - Torview Toronto
Toronto, Canada

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Gujarati Tuvar Dal
Priya - Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes
Paris, France

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Marinated Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus
Lisa - Lisa's Kitchen
London, Ontario, Canada

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All Time Classic - Simple Dal
Parithra - The Yummy Morsel
Maryland, U.S.A.

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Falafels
Corina - Searching for Spice
London, U.K.

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Lentils and Sausage
Sarah - Seph's Well Fed
Mishawaka, Indiana, U.S.A.

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Crock Pot Dal Makhani
Denise - Oh Taste N See
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

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Horsegram Rasam
Nithu - Nithu's Kitchen
New Jersey, U.S.A.

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Spicy Dry Lentil Powder
Sanyukta - Creative Sanyukta
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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Mung Dal (Lentil Soup)
The Magpie - Magpie's Recipes
U.S.A.

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Serbian Bean Soup
Lana - Bibberche
California, U.S.A.

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Eritrean Alitcha Birsen
Bala - A Life Journey Together
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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