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Apples: from Branch to Sauce

Apples: from Branch to Sauce

Warm applesauce, straight from the oven, and making the whole place smell of cinnamon & allspice! We picked these apples earlier this week, a mix of Macintosh, Empire, Red Delicious, and Macoun at Smolak Farms in North Andover. Perfect Saturday afternoon task while the kids are napping and the house is quiet: peel, core and quarter the apples (about 10 total), add to large Dutch oven pot, and then add zest and juice of one orange, 1t cinnamon (from Penzey’s), 1/4t allspice (also from Penzey’s), 2T butter, 1/4c brown sugar. Stir well, cover with lid, place in 350F oven for 40-45min. Take a deep breath. Fall has arrived.

Star Anise

Star Anise

So fragrant! And so pretty. Decided to add some star anise to an Elizabeth Falkner recipe for wine and cherries. These are from the great Penzey’s spice store, right here in Arlington, and online at