Friday, May 14, 2021

Life & Style

How Do You Like Them Apples?

This was another fun food week.

I am, as I mentioned before, tired of my own food. With few exceptions, I am eating my own food almost every day since the end of last March. Oh, sure, some takeout, but it is expensive and some of it not a whole lot better than what I can make at home.

Okay, it can be a whole lot better than I can make at home. But BTP (before the pandemic), I rarely ate three meals a day, so these days my own food can be caloric, way more caloric, like including chocolate chip cookies I’d frozen warmed up in the microwave.

So this week was nice. My friend Richard Swanson dropped me off some homemade hot dogs (I never knew anyone who tried to make his own hot dogs). I put the hot dogs into a lightly toasted piece of challah and added some Gulden’s mustard. It was really good. He also made his own mile-high chocolate cake and left a slice of that, too.

Earlier that day, my neighbor and friend Sue O’Farrell asked if I liked apple sauce.

Who doesn’t like apple sauce?

After dinner she also sent warmed apple crumb dessert. That was good, too. She gave me the recipe for her applesauce. And I found another recipe for baked apples I’d not made. Here they are.

Lee White of Old Lyme has been a food editor and restaurant reviewer for more than 25 years. You can email her at


Apple Sauce

From Sue O’Farrell



5 pounds of apples, peeled, cored, and cut up

1 cup water

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cups fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg



Place all the ingredients into a slow cooker set on high for 4 hours. When it was cooled for about 30 minutes, she used an immersion blender to purée the applesauce. (I do not have a stick blender, so I puréed it in my Ninja when the sauce was cooler.)

Baked Apples

Yield: 4 servings



4 small Honeycrisp apples, cored and seeded, bottom intact

4 tablespoons softened butter

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon cardamom

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ cup chopped walnuts



Mix butter, spices, and walnuts together and fill each apple with mixture. Place on a baking pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, until apples are tender. Great with ice cream.

Lee White is the Columnist for Zip06. Email Lee at .

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