A childhood favorite grows up in this sophisticated update on applesauce, which boasts an intense caramelized flavor, thanks to a base of roasted apples. It's also an excellent way to make use of fruit left over from fall apple picking. Simply roast the whole fruit with brown sugar and butter until softened, and then use a food mill to puree and separate out the skins and seeds. Stir in your favorite spices and enjoy the sweet harvest.
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- Pepper Jack cheese
- Guacamole or sliced avocado
- Sliced white onion
- Sliced pickled jalapenos
- Soft goat cheese
- Garlic mayonnaise
- Flat-leaf spinach
- Sliced cucumber
- Sliced red onion
- Barbecue sauce
- Coleslaw or shredded cabbage
- Sweet pickles or pickle relish
- Cooked bacon
SourceEveryday Food, July/August 2007
Instead of mayonnaise, spread a spoonful of caramelized onions on your favorite sandwich, or use it to top burgers.
In Salad Dressings
For a richer flavor, whisk roughly chopped caramelized onions into vinaigrettes.
In Side Dishes
Stir caramelized onions into cooked lentils or rice pilaf, or toss with vegetables.
SourceEveryday Food, December 2009
Asparagus is best cooked the day it's purchased, but it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to five days in one of the following ways: Wrap the bottoms of the stalks in a damp paper towel, and place in a paper bag; store in crisper. Or stand the bundled stalks in a bowl with about an inch of water.
Although many people believe that thinner asparagus spears are more tender than thicker ones, thick spears are actually just as tender. If the asparagus stems are tough, remove the outer layer with a vegetable peeler.
SourceEveryday Food, Volume 9 March/April 2003
Why settle for ordinary eggs and toast when you can show your love with this version?
Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, remove the center of a thick slice of bread, and toast it. Melt 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Place bread slice in skillet, and cook until underside is lightly browned. Add another 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, and flip bread. Fit cookie cutter, coated with cooking spray, in bread's cutout heart, and crack an egg into cutter. Cover skillet, and cook until egg is set, 2 to 3 minutes. Use tongs to remove cutter. Serve with toasted heart for dipping into yolk.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2009
For fluffier mashed potatoes, try this: After boiling and draining the spuds, return them to the pot. Stir over low heat for several minutes, until all the moisture has evaporated, and then mash as usual.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2007
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