Sweet Apple Noodle Kugel with Pickled Raisins

Sweet noodle kugel is a traditional comfort food that I always look forward to, because the crispy, crunchy noodles on top are so delicious and fun to pick off. But noodle kugel deserves to be eaten in its entirety, and that’s where I decided to break with tradition (and my grandma’s recipe). Sweet kugel is typically made with canned or dried fruit- not the most popular ingredients. This version uses fresh, sautéed apples and (surprise!) raisins that are plumped and pickled in … Continue reading

Simply Simmered Apple Butter

Apple butter always seemed like such a mystery. I wondered how it was made and what ingredients it required, but I never suspected that the answer would be so simple. A quick Internet search told me that apple butter is nothing more than reduced applesauce. I tested that theory, and the Internet turned out to be right! Unlike the apple butter I saw being made at the orchard, an outdoor chimney, gigantic pot, and industrial stirrer were not required. Applesauce, … Continue reading

Let’s Get Applesauced

I can’t decide whether I prefer this gloriously citrused applesauce warm from the oven or cold from the fridge, but I am certain that I love it spooned alongside some golden, crispy potato latkes. I couldn’t resist, and you shouldn’t either. Besides, making applesauce is a wonderful and relatively hands-free way to use up at least 3 of your possibly 27.5 pounds of freshly picked apples. Spiced with cinnamon and allspice (the allspice marries perfectly with the citrus), this applesauce … Continue reading