Applesauce & Thanksgiving

This was not the easiest year.  It was my first full year without my grandfather, who was hugely important to me. The hole in my life is a big one, its hard to pass a day without feeling the effects of his not being here.  People close to me experienced painful losses in their families.  I lost my job, and so did some friends and family members, and we watched as many others also did.  I know only of a small handful of people who have been able to find work since being laid off, so I know I’m not alone in my frustration.  Its very hard to keep my head up and not feel very defeated or hopeless, but I know if I keep looking and keep applying something will work out.  

That said, I’m pretty thankful this year.  I’m thankful that I have my health and so do the people I love.  I’m thankful that I have a roof over my head and food to eat.  I’m thankful for my wonderful boyfriend and his fantastic family.  I’m thankful that because I’ve been unemployed I have been able to travel to see my closest friends who are scattered across the country.  I’m thankful for their support and friendship.  I’m thankful that Obama won the election, because even though I’m a skeptic, I still have hope.  

I was originally going to make a post about turkey, and how most meat eaters I know tell me that they kind of hate eating thanksgiving turkey, and don’t really like turkey very much as a meat.  Having never eaten turkey, I can’t sympathize, but I can tell you that generally speaking that makes me even more sad for the senseless and cruel raising and slaughtering of 45 million turkeys for this holiday.  I mean, I can understand people saying “yeah yeah I know that the meat industry is pretty bad but I love meat too much to stop eating it.” (even though I disagree), but its almost insulting that people would think so little of the animals they’re eating that they continue to support the industry even when they don’t like it.  Have you ever driven by Jandl farms?  BDs mom lives right by there, and let me tell you that place looks like hell on earth.  Anyway, I decided that I won’t dedicate my whole post to this topic, so I’ve said my piece and now I’ll move on.


In my family, our thanksgiving tradition is making applesauce.  My dad is the one who always makes it and my sister and I would help out.  Now I make my own, and this is our recipe.   People who eat with me often will attest to the fact that I think all foods taste better with cayenne pepper, and applesauce is no exception.  This is the recipe that I grew up making with my dad, only…. with cayenne.  If you aren’t into the extra spice, just omit it (but you’ll be missing out!).

  • Appx 1 1/2 dozen apples of different types, peeled, cored, and chopped.  You only really need 2 types (sweet and tart) but if you want to throw in more variety go for it.    
  • splash of apple cider and/or apfle liquor 
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • cloves
  • cayenne
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot. 
  2.  Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until apples start to release their juice.  
  3. Lower heat and simmer until the apples have mostly broken down.  Applesauce will be very chunky.  
  4. Allow it to cool well before chilling.  Better after a few days but it’ll never last that long! 

2 Responses to “Applesauce & Thanksgiving”

  1. 1 penny November 28, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    since, as your grandfather used to say, honesty is the policy, i must confess… i forgot to put out the applesauce last night! yikes! however, in the spirit of redemption (wrong holiday?!) i did serve it tonight and things always taste even better the night AFTER thanksgiving. so thank you, and please forgive me!

  2. 2 capri November 28, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    From what I could see before BD & I left last night, you had quite the spread, so I can easily forgive your oversight. I’m glad you enjoyed it tonight!

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