Cooking with Ms.Kat {Apple Butter}

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This months Cooking with Ms. Kat is an APPLE theme! It goes along great with last weeks fieldtrip to Apple Hill Orchard. And I thought it would be something fun! I tinkered with this recipe for several days and after several batches I found what I think is YUMMY!

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Ms. Kat’s Crockpot Apple Butter:

this easily doubles, triples, etc….

1 dozen apples*

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 cloves

1 t cinnamon

1 lemon zest and juice

1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice

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Peel. Core. Blitz Apples in food processor. Put in crockpot. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, juices and zest. Stir well. Set crockpot on low for 10 hrs. Next, prop open lid to crock and set on low for additional 4 to 8 hrs depending on texture and type of apples.

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*I used a mix of apples. I used Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, play around and find what you like best!

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xoxo, Mama Bird

Apple Butter {crockpot!}

apple butter

This months Cooking with Ms. Kat is an APPLE theme! It goes along great with last weeks fieldtrip to Apple Hill Orchard. And I thought it would be something fun! I tinkered with this recipe for several days and after several batches I found what I think is YUMMY!

apples

Ms. Kat’s Crockpot Apple Butter:

this easily doubles, triples, etc….

1 dozen apples*

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 cloves

1 t cinnamon

1 lemon zest and juice

1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice

apple chunks

Peel. Core. Blitz Apples in food processor. Put in crockpot. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, juices and zest. Stir well. Set crockpot on low for 10 hrs. Next, prop open lid to crock and set on low for additional 4 to 8 hrs depending on texture and type of apples.

butter

*I used a mix of apples. I used Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, play around and find what you like best!

apple butter

xoxo, Mama Bird

Jen Cooks {Crockpot Wednesday}

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Jen is at it again!! A yummy crockpot recipe that is easy and different!! I LOVE the idea of wrapping the chops in their own little package and I am always looking for a “new” way to prepare pork chops, this is a great idea. Would be lovely for a dinner party as well. Thanks Jen!!

4 pork chops

1 jar of apricot jam

salt & pepper

2 granny smith apples

1 cup brandy

Place each pork chop on a sheet of tinfoil; add salt, pepper, spoonful of jam, 4 slices of apples,  wrap package up leaving one end open, pour Brandy in. (Apx 1/4 to  1/3 cup) seal other end. place in crockpot and cook on low 8 hours.

pretty fab.

xoxo. Mama Bird

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Apple Cake

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On Friday j’s class went on a field trip to Apple Hill Orchard in Morganton, NC. It is a great place and the kids love it! Part of the fun is that you get to bring home a bag of apples. I adapted a recipe that I found in Pull Up a Chair  from the Lenoir Service League. You can make this cake in a Bundt pan (my fav way) or in a muffin tin. You also can frost these or not. They are wonderful both ways. Obviously more like a cupcake if they have frosting and a muffin without.

Apple Hill Orchard Country Store

How cute is the General Store? They have TO DIE FOR Apple Muffins that remind me a lot of this recipe. They sprinkle the top with brown sugar!! YUM and they also make Fantab Apple Cider Delish!

Fresh Apple Cake

1c vegetable oil

2 c sugar

2 t vanilla

juice from 1 lemon

3 c flour

11/2 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

3 c chopped apples

cream oil, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice with mixer. Add eggs, combine well after each egg.  Mix dry ingredients and slowly add to egg mixture. Stir in apples and pour into a greased bundt pan or into cupcake liners. Bake at 325 for 1 1/2 hours.

Carmel Frosting

1/2 stick butter

1/2 c brown sugar

1/8 c evaporated milk

1 c powdered sugar

Melt butter, add sugarand bring to a slow boil over low heat for 2 mins, stir constantly. Add milk, stir, bring back to boil. Remove from heat. Cool. Stir in powdered sugar. Drizzle over cake. ENJOY!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Cabbage Wraps

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I have never made or eaten cabbage wraps, but this week in my goal to make a different dish everyday I thought, WHY NOT? My original inspiration was a deconstructed crockpot version. After reading it more closely I decided if I was going to make the dish then I should DO IT! The real way. All I knew was that it was a meat mix rolled in cabbage leaves and cooked. I found further inspiration from a Martha recipe as well as Smitten Kitchen. In true form I took a little from each and made my own. Here goes!

1 onion, diced

2 carrots, diced

2 apples, diced

2 T olive oil

1 lb ground turkey

2 T tomato paste

1 c rice, cooked

salt & pepper to taste

2 t paprika

garlic

1 head of cabbage

1 28 oz can tomato sauce

Remove core from cabbage and place in large bowl and pour boiling water over top, cover with towel, allow to steam/cook for 10 mins. Add 1 T olive oil to a deep/wide sauté pan; sauté veggies and place in bowl. Brown turkey; add to bowl. Stir in tomato paste, rice, spices.  Remove cabbage leaves, one by one and dry between paper towels. Roll meat mix in leaves. Place back in sauté  pan, top with tomato sauce. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 mins.

This was actually really quit tasty! I was really surprised.

Enjoy!

Mama Bird