Homemade Cinnamon Brown Sugar Applesauce

Homemade Cinnamon Brown Sugar Applesauce

Nothing can compare to the fresh taste of homemade.

Cinnamon brown sugar applesauce is the most delicious, decadent homemade applesauce you will ever taste.

You will never buy store bought applesauce again.

This applesauce has a rich and full bodied silky texture. It is so deliciously yummy and can only be as good as the ingredients you put in to it.

  1. Organic home grown Granny Smith apples
  2. Cinnamon
  3. Nutmeg
  4. Brown Sugar

Homemade Cinnamon Brown Sugar Applesauce

4-5 Granny Smith apples cored, sliced, & peeled

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

juice from half a lemon

pinch of salt

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add in chopped apples.

Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the apples. Then, add the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Stir to make sure the apples are all well coated. Then saute over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes (until apples are fork tender).

Remove from from heat and set aside to cool.

Once cooled, add 3 tablespoons water and cooked apple cinnamon mixture to a blender and process till smooth.

Serve with pork chops or other desired protein.

Store any left overs in a mason jar in the refrigerator. Can store up to 7 days.

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Korean Beef Stir-Fry With A Homemade Asian Sauce

A deliciously yummy Korean Beef Stir-Fry made with simple Asian inspired ingredients.

Marinating the beef in the homemade Asian sauce makes for tender melt in your mouth beef strips.

Onions, sweet pepper’s, and beef strips stir-fried in an authentic Asian sauce all. And it cooks to perfection.

This recipe comes together in under 30 minutes. It’s a versatile recipe as you can add what ever vegetables you like.

It’s an effortless recipe and truly deliciously yummy.

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Korean Beef Stir-Fry

This Korean beef stir-fry sauce is a flavorful sauce spiced with Gochujang paste.

This sticky and spicy sauce is very versatile as if pairs well with any grilled meat, and can be used to season fried rice, stir-fries, lettuce wraps and soups.

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For The Sauce

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp Gochujang paste

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp fresh minced ginger

1 tbsp minced garlic about 6 cloves

2 tbsp honey

1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper

2 tsp cornstarch

1 tbsp water

Stir brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, Gochujang paste, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, honey and black pepper together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.

Whisk cornstarch and water together in a small bowl until the cornstarch dissolves. Pour the cornstarch slurry into the mixture. Continue to stir the sauce.

Reduce the heat to low and cook until the sauce thickens, about 3 – 4 minutes.

Use immediately with this Korean Beef Stir-fry and store the rest in a tight lid jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For The Stir-fry

1 pound beef bottom round roast, sliced thin and cut into strips about 1 1/2 inches long.

1/2 white onion, chopped into quarters

3 cups mini-peppers, seeded, chopped into quarters

Marinading Beef In A Homemade Asian Sauce

Marinate the beef strips in a large bowl, add the beef and 1/4 cup marinade to beef. Store to coat and place in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients.

Sautéing Onions – Peppers & Beef

Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large wok or skillet then add the onion, sauté and caramelize until onions get a gleen or shinny look. Remove from heat and set aside.

Cook’s Notes

If you continue sautéing both the onions and peppers past this point (the gleen or shinny look) they will begin to soften and loose their crunch.

Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil to same skillet. Add peppers, sauté and caramelize until peppers get a gleen or shinny look. Remove from heat and set aside with onions.

Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil to the same skillet. Add beef and marinade sauce. Cook until the meat is no longer red (about 5-7 minutes).

Next add cooked onions and peppers to skillet with beef. Mix together, and continue cooking for 3-4 more minutes. Add more sauce if needed. Remove from heat.

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Homemade Deliciously Yummy Salad Dressings

Homemade Deliciously Yummy Salad Dressings

If you enjoy eating a salad with your dinner every night, there’s one thing that can help you and your family from getting tired of them. What is it? Variety.

Change the cheeses, the nuts, the greens, add some fruit and the one thing that can make or break your salad – the salad dressing.

Homemade salad dressings taste better!

Store brands are often watered down with, water and other cheap ingredients like corn syrup, thickeners and fillers.

Homemade Deliciously Yummy Salad Dressings

Try these exciting deliciously yummy salad dressings and you will have a whole new flavor profile.

Herbed Goat Cheese and Pear Dressing

Fresh butter leaf lettuce is topped with fresh juicy sweet pear slices, creamy avocado slices, pecans, dried fruit, tangy goat cheese crumbles all mixed and dressed with a Herbed Goat Cheese and Pear Dressing.

Sesame Ginger Dressing

A sesame ginger dressing can be purchased, but homemade is always better.

Sesame ginger dressing is easy to make and has lots of Asia of flavor.

It’s a creamy salad dressing that is made with tahini, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar.

You’ll love it poured over your leafy greens, coleslaw and Asian noodle salads.

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Basil Chickpea Miso Vinaigrette

Red Pear and French Bean Salad

Drizzle this Basil Chickpea Miso Vinaigrette over sliced tomatoes or cooked green beans.

Or toss it with this delicious Red Pear and French Bean Salad.

Apple Maple Vinaigrette

You need this Apple Maple Vinaigrette in your salad dressing arsenal.  It is the perfect combination of sweet and sour to appease all taste buds.

It’s a fast and easy dressing to make.

A few simple ingredients that will liven up any salad blend of leafy greens, fresh or dried fruit, nuts and cheese.

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Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce

Author Harold McGee in his book, “On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen,” notes the combinations of sweet and sour within sauces used in cooking as early as 239 B.C.

Barbecue sauce is a satisfying combination of complementary flavors that create the perfect addition to cooking pork, beef or chicken.

The sauce is typically used as a marinade, for basting meat when either roasting or barbecuing.

It is also used as condiment and as a topping for meat cooked in the sauce itself.

Most barbecue sauce recipes are a combination of opposing flavors and that’s what makes the sauce a favorite go to condiment.

There are a number of barbecue sauces unique to each region across the United States.

BBQ sauce is very popular condiment with Southern cooking in the U.S.A.

The most well-known sauce associated with barbecue across the U.S. is from Kansas City. The sauce is sweet, spicy, tomatoey and thick.

The brown sugar balances the acidity of the tomato and vinegar, were as mustard and molasses adds a depth of flavor.

Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce

1 cup honey

¼ cup molasses

3 tablespoons ketchup

⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

⅛ teaspoon ground ginger

⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

⅛ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon granulated garlic

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce *

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 ½ cups brown sugar

* If you don’t have any Worcestershire sauce, can replace it with soy sauce.

Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized saucepan.

Simmer the mixture on low for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and pour into a heat-safe container, such as a mason jar.

Let cool with lid off. After cooling, tighten lid to jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

Besides using the sauce to barbecue with, you can use it to make pulled meat sandwiches. Try this recipe with your homemade barbecue sauce plus 2 tablespoons of bourbon to get an Instant Pot Bourbon Pulled Pork.

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Instant Pot Meatloaf

Instant Pot Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a dish of ground beef that is typically combined with other ingredients and formed into the shape of a loaf, then baked or smoked.

The final shape is either hand-formed on a baking tray, or pan-formed by cooking it in a loaf pan.

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Instant Pot Meatloaf in a Baking Pan

After a meatloaf is baked for around forty minutes, it is usually topped with some sort of sauce, usually tomato. Other variations top meatloaf with brown gravy or barbecue sauce.

Fun Facts About The Meatloaf

Meatloaf ranks high among America’s favorite comfort foods. It was made famous during the Great Depression.

The Vietnamese version of a meatloaf is called chả (a Vietnam sausage). It is boiled rather than baked or smoked.

In the UK there are regional pork meatloaf dishes known as haslet, which can be eaten cold or hot.

Meatloaf is a traditional German, Scandinavian dish and in Belgian meatloaf is referenced as a loaf-bread.

The American style meatloaf is a cousin to the Dutch meatball.

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It wasn’t until the late 1800s that the American meatloaf appeared in American cuisine. It was inspired by recipes of the time offered by manufacturers of the newly invented meat grinder.

The first modern American meatloaf was not a dinner time recipe, but originally it was served as a breakfast option.

Instant Pot Meatloaf

2 pounds ground beef

1 cup dry bread crumbs

½ cup diced onion

½ apple – peeled, cored, and diced

2 teaspoons garlic powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper


⅓ cup ketchup

2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Combine beef, bread crumbs, onion, apple, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until evenly blended.

Shape the beef mixture into a loaf and place on a large piece of aluminum foil. Fold the foil up and around the edges of the meatloaf, creating a makeshift loaf pan.

Pour 1/2 cup water into a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and place the steam rack inside with the handles up. Place the meatloaf on top of the rack.

Close and lock the lid; seal the vent. Select high pressure according to manufacturer’s instructions; set timer for 25 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler.

Release cooker pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions, about 5 minutes.

Unlock and remove the lid. Transfer meatloaf, still on the rack, to a baking sheet. Broil meatloaf in the oven until browned, about 5 minutes.

Combine ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Brush over meatloaf and broil again until caramelized, 1 to 2 minutes.

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Serve warm with a side dish and a fresh salad.

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Apple Pecan and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Apple Dressing

Why make your own salad dressing?

Because – Homemade tastes better!

Store brands are often watered down with, well, water, and other cheap ingredients, like corn syrup, thickeners, and other ingredients called fillers – and that is exactly what they do – they don’t even add flavor but are added just to fill the extra space in the jar.

Salad dressing or a vinaigrette can easily be brought together in a matter of minutes with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.

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Having on hand in the kitchen a bottle of different vinegars such as balsamic, red wine, apple cider, distilled white and rice, is plenty for a variety of homemade salad dressings and vinaigrettes.

Depending on the dressing or vinaigrette you want to maker only requires one of the vinegars above with some olive oil and other fresh ingredients.

Such as fresh herbs, sour cream, buttermilk, and even fresh fruit. among many others.

Remember, a homemade salad dressing is easy and comes together in minutes! It tastes delicious and avoids the additives in store-bought dressings.

Apple Pecan and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Apple Dressing

3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

1 red apple, cored and sliced thinly with skin

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

2 tablespoons pecans, cut each half pecan in half

3 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese (can also use feta or sharp white cheddar cheese)

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Maple-Apple Vinaigrette Dressing

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1//4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Add ingredients to a jar, screw on lid and shake till well combined.

In a salad bowl, add prepared vinaigrette.

Next add leafy greens, apples slices, dried cranberries, pecans and goat cheese, toss until well combined. Plate and enjoy.

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