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I wish these apples were from my backyard tree, but they’re not. They’re from Iowa, picked from my parents’ tree in their yard. Apples, as I’ve explained before, have the smell and taste of nostalgia to me. I loved coming home after school to have the smell of my mom’s applesauce greet me at the door. So when I’m homesick in the fall, I make a batch myself to make me feel closer to home.

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10 fresh apples, cored and sliced
1/2 c water
1 T cinnamon (or more)
1 T honey (optional)


Heat the chopped apples, water, and cinnamon over medium heat for about half an hour, or until the apples get cooked down to mush. An applesauce masher like I have works really well to make it smooth, which is done while the apple mush is still boiling hot. (Be careful here–hot applesauce burns!) If you don’t have an applesauce masher, it’s okay if you leave it chunky, or you could experiment putting it in a blender.

Applesauce is great with pork chops (as shown here), as a side, or as desert. It also freezes well.


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