Apple Butter

I have made applesauce for years in the fall, but this year I took it up a notch and made apple butter.

I am sure it will be wonderful with pork tenderloin and of course as my daughter pointed out, great with oatmeal!

Set aside an afternoon forbthis because it needs to cook for a few hours on the stove.

The recipe is below.
 

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

I use to make this cake years ago.  My father and my middle daughter, Alex both loved it.  I misplaced the issue of Fine Cooking containing the recipe and they were kind enough to provide me with a faxed copy.

I returned from Hawaii last week and was inspired by the gorgeous pineapples grown there. 

Allow yourself about two hours for this cake since it takes almost an hour for the cake to bake.  It is delicious served warm or at room temperature.

   
    
    
    
   

Mrs. Miller’s Dill Pickles

I received some dill weed flower in my farm box last week.  I thought I was finished making pickles for this year, but hated to waste it.  Must be kismet because I was flipping through my Simply Good cookbook and it opened to the recipe below.  I bought more baby cucumbers and got out my canning jars.

I halved this recipe because how many dill pickles does one really need?
   
   

Asian Glaze

This is another recipe from Simply Good.  I am making their Asian Pork Tenderloin for dinner and this glaze is part of the recipe.  It keeps for up to six months so I made the full recipe even though I will probably use about one-third of the jar tonight.

This would make a great hostess gift in a pretty jar!
   
    
 

Potato Leek Soup

I recently attended a cooking course at Simply Good in Michigan last month.  The chefs made this soup an it was amazing.

It is definitely worth the extra steps of sautéing the aromatics in a sauté pan and then transferring everything to the soup pot.

I made half the recipe today since there are just two of us for dinner and there will still be plenty of soup leftover. 

    
    
    
 

Facelift for Mission Bench

For the past two years I have hated how tired my mission bench looked. I had some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint leftover and decided today was the day for a new paint job. I will probably apply a second coat tomorrow and then coat it with polyurethane when the paint has completely dried.

I love the new color and when I get some accent cushions, it will look even better. The color is called “Louis Blue”.

My kitchen is under renovation for another few weeks so I am keeping busy in the garden with projects I never seen to get to.

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