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Reduced-Sugar Cinnamon Cider Jelly

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This is the reduced-sugar version of my Cinnamon Cider Jelly.  The only real difference I see is that the no-sugar-needed pectin makes a cloudy jelly and the regular pectin makes a crystal clear jelly.  You can use regular sugar, as I have, or splenda or honey.  Just follow the directions on the no-sugar-needed pectin to decide how much of the alternative sweetener to add.  In a fancy canning jar like the one above, these make great holiday gifts.

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 package no-sugar-needed pectin
  • 1 tsp butter (optional, reduces foaming)
  • 0-3 cups sugar (I used 2 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Sterilize jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.  Ladle some of the boiling water over the lids in a bowl.  Let them sit in the hot water until ready to use.
  2. Pour the cider into a large pot and slowly stir in the no-sugar-needed pectin.  Add the butter.  Bring the mixture to a rapid boil that cannot be stirred down. 
  3. Add the sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine.  Bring to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and skim the foam.
  4. Fill jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Process for 10 minutes.  Makes 3-5 half-pints, depending on how much sugar you add.


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Apple Tart

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This tart was inspired by a cooking show, but I made up my own recipe as I went along.  It’s easier than apple pie, but I think it’s also more impressive.

  • 1 recipe pie dough
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • sprinkles of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cider jelly (or apple jelly)

Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Roll out the pie dough into a rough square, then trim the edges.  Arrange the apple slices diagonally, then sprinkle the sugar evenly over the top, dot with butter, and sprinkle on the cinnamon.  Bake for 50-60 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the apples are soft.  Melt the cider jelly in a small pan, then brush it over the apples to make them shiny.


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I like this so much better than plain cranberry sauce with roasted chicken or turkey.

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  • 10 cups peeled, chopped apples
  • 24 oz. cranberries (2 bags)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water

Sterilize jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.  Ladle boiling water over the lids in a bowl.  Leave jars and lids in the hot water until you’re ready to fill the jars. 

Combine all ingredients in a large pot.  Cook, stirring occasionally until the cranberries begin to burst.  Continue cooking, stirring often, until apples are cooked through and the sauce is thick, about 30-40 minutes.  Ladle into sterilized jars and screw on caps.

Process in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes.  Remove from water and allow to cool.

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Apple Walnut Bread

It’s my favorite time of year! Apple season.

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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely diced

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Grease a bread pan (I like to use the butter wrapper for this job).  Cream the shortening and sugar, then mix in the eggs and vanilla.  Add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg, and blend well.  Stir in the applesauce, nuts and apples.  Spread into the pan and bake 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


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I really can’t believe that I’m 28.  I graduated from high school 10 years ago? I’ve been driving for 12 years? How did that happen?!?!

Ed and I have a running joke that my birthday lasts for a week.  I think it comes from my grandfather:  his mother always said his birthday was one date, while the birth certificate said a different date.  As a result, he liked to celebrate for a whole week, just in case.

Over the weekend, we celebrated with my parents and brothers.  My mom told me that the theme for my presents this year was that they were useful.  She picked out a few reusable bags, a new stainless steel water bottle, some reusable produce bags, some of my favorite farmer’s market cheese and honey, an organic gardening workshop, and a couple of cute tops that I will wear once the weather warms up.  My favorite gift from my parents was sea glass earings and a necklace.  My mom made this jewelry from real white sea glass.  I love sea glass, and I think turning it into jewelry or using it for decorations is a wonderful way to take trash, pollution even, and turn it into something beautiful.


Yesterday, on my real birthday, I had a really good, but busy, day.  I got into school and found a message from a colleague.  Apparently, I’ve been selected for an award from our local League of Women Voters (of which she’s president) for being an environmental leader.  I’ll be sure to write more about that in a future post.  What a nice way to start the day!  A couple of students had baked brownies and muffins for my birthday, and shared them with the class.  About a month ago, these girls asked when my birthday was, and when I told them, they must have written it down.  It was a very nice surprise.

I was annoyed to have to go to my class at night, but as usual I found it enjoyable.  I was just tired by the time I finally got home.  Fortunately, Ed picked up supper from a local seafood place.  While they’re kind of expensive, we love their food and like the friendliness of the owners/family.  It was so nice to come home from class and have supper waiting, plus I didn’t have to clean up.

Ed and I have a tradition with presents: we like them to be meaningful and useful.  A few weeks ago, when Ed asked what I wanted for my birthday, I immediately said apple trees.  We had been planning for a while to get apple trees, but this was the perfect excuse to go ahead and order them.  Since I grew up on an apple orchard and I’m very opinionated when it comes to apples, I took charge and selected the varieties that I thought would serve our purposes.  We selected six trees, and plan to plant them between our house and our closest neighbor.  Our house will help to protect them from the wind, and we’ll be able to block the view of the neighbor’s house for three seasons when the trees mature.  I can just imagine how pretty the blossoms will be next spring! I selected Macouns, which are my absolute favorite apple for fresh eating, Empire, Jonathan, Snow Apple, Northern Spy, and Orange Pippin.  These apples allow for fresh eating, applesauce, baking apples, storage apples, and will ensure that we have different varieties ripening at different times.

And that’s not all… the celebration will continue this weekend with Ed’s family.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes yesterday! For the lurkers out there, it was nice to meet you and I hope you’ll feel free to comment more often.  I love the interaction that the blog allows, and I’m really feeling at home in this online community.


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Apple Cheddar Turnovers with Maple Glaze

We like to eat sharp cheddar cheese with our apple pie in the Rose family.  It may sound strange, but a few slices of cheese eaten along with apple pie or crisp is just right.  Some guests are surprised by the question “Would you like ice cream or cheese with your pie?” Try it, and you may want to bring this Yankee tradition into your own home.

So, when I saw a recipe combining apples, cheddar cheese, and maple syrup, I had to try it.  Thanks, Emeril, for this recipe! They’re perfect for dessert or breakfast, and the maple glaze is delicious.



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