If life gives you mealy apples, make applesauce
Amongst all the bountiful summer fruits – peaches, plums, nectarines, beloved berries – we always have apples in the bowl. Those little globes of goodness are a staple in our house no matter the time of year.
I recently bought a bag of smallish Gala apples that seemed to be firm and unblemished. What a disappointment to get them home and discover, after biting in to one, that they were soft and mealy inside.
Not wanting to throw them away, I considered two quick options based upon what else I had on hand. Between apple crisp and applesauce, the sauce won out. The stovetop seemed a more favorable option than heating up the kitchen with the oven.
Never having made applesauce before, I looked through a few online recipes and decided to wing it. Nearly 3 pounds of apples were peeled, cored and roughly chopped. I added about 1/3 cup of water, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, a pinch of salt, and a few shakes of cinnamon to the pot.
Once the water came to a boil, I covered the pan and let everything simmer for about a half hour. I used an immersion blender to puree the sauce right there in the pot and violà. Homemade applesauce.
The kids came sniffing to find the source of the heavenly scent coming from the kitchen. Warm sauce was heaped into bowls, which were quickly emptied. Ding, ding, ding. We definitely have a winner with this one.
While I will always recoil from biting into a mealy apple, I will never again disregard one. Sometimes you just need to step back and see something with fresh eyes. Or taste it with a fresh palate.
Rally for the Cure at CVGC
The Carson Valley Golf Course hosts a Rally for the Cure tournament on Tuesday.
The format is a four-person scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. $65 per player includes cart fees, a continental breakfast, lunch and the prize fund. Season pass holders pay $39.
Carson Valley Golf Course is located at 1027 Riverview Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Call 265-3181 for more information.
Tahoe/Douglas Elks bingo night
It’s bingo night tonight at the Elks Lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Doors open at 5 p.m. with warm ups starting at 6:30 and regular games following at 7.
Beer, wine, soda, water, hot dogs, chili, chips and candy bars will be available for purchase. Coffee and pretzels are free. You must be at least 21 to participate.
For more information, call 265-5120 or 267-1362.
Amy Roby can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.