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Apple with Cardamom & Butter

3 Large Apples

2 Tbs Butter

2 Tbs Olive Oil

1 Medium Lemon, Juice & Zest

1/4 Teaspoon Cardamom

1/4 Tsp Cinnamon

Salt, Dash of

1 Tsp Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Fine Bread Crumbs

 

Cut the Apples in quarters, remove seeds and core. Slice each piece length wise into 3 slices. Put Apple along with the Lemon Zest & Juice into a large Mix Bowl, mix well.

Shake well in a Zip Bag the Bread Crumbs, Salt, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Sugar. Add the Apple/ Lemon Zest and shake to coat all Apple pieces.

 

In large heavy skillet

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Pork Loin w/ Hard Cider Reduction:

Pork and apples are a classic and wonderful pairing.  I play with the idea but use hard apple cider to deglaze the pan and make a nice apple “sauce” I mean reduction.  It was not too sweet since a lot of the sugars have been fermented out.

with potato leek gratin

 I pan fried in a heavy skillet two thick cut boneless loin cuts that were seasoned with salt and pepper and some chili powder over medium high heat. Once done I pulled off the pan and let rest (tented foil over) then I added thinly sliced shallots

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Update on Mom's Apple Waldorf Salad

This is a lighter, thus healthier version of a salad my Mom makes for most Holidays. Her version is dressed with Mayonnaise and Heavy Cream. She would also use raisins instead of dates and sometimes add Miniature Marshmallows! I truly loved my Midwest upbringing.

Apple Salad before Dressing

 

I’ve chopped into bite size pieces two large Red Apples, one Green Apple and about six stalks of Celery Root. I sprinkle over the Apples Lime or an other Citrus Juice, this helps keep the fruit from turning brown.  Add about one cup of Walnut pieces which you have

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Pork chops w/ apples and shallots

So I tried something a little different on the grill the other night with varing results.  It was apples and shallots over grilled pork chops. Here is what I did:

 2 pork chops 1 granny smith apple peeled and cut into wedges 1 shallot ½ cup of hard cider (I used locally made Crispin honey hard cider) salt & pepper to taste ancho chili powder

 Cut shallot into quarters, put into aluminum foil (shape like a bowl) and grill until soften

Add apple slices and cook till softened slightly.  Add hard cider and cook down, mean while grill pork till done,

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