Corn and Apples – can you tell I’m *feeling* fall?

It’s been a really long time since I wrote a blog post about food. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve done it yet on this new blog, even though I said I would still talk food.

I guess it was…you know…the whole OTHER huge thing that was going on in my world and how it pretty much took over my brain.

Sigh.

I still have a heart to share food with my friends, though! =]

So, let me share a couple of things I’ve learned and done this last week.

Call me crazy. Or weird. Or just totally out of it… but how did I NEVER cook corn on the cob in the oven before last week? Have you? Ohh emm gee. I’m not even kidding. BEST CORN ON THE COB EVER EVER.

EVER.

I’ve boiled corn. I’ve grilled corn. I’ve roasted corn, off the cob. Never this.

It’s SO easy. I used Tyler Florence’s recipe found here. The only difference is that I bought corn that was already part way husked, so I placed it into a baking dish, with the exposed side down in the pan and the husk was on top. Reading through some reviews, when I do it again with fully husked corn, I’ll trim the silks off the end just so they don’t catch a spark in the oven! Stranger things have happened and that would be just my luck.

Okay, so there’s that. Try it. Please. And enjoy it. And if you’ve been doing it this way for years, just pat me on the back and make me feel like I’ve discovered the greatest thing in the world (never mind the whole part about it not being my recipe in the first place)… I need some good ego boosting lately! Haha.

Secondly, I went to the grocery store today and the honeycrisp apples were on sale. And they were huge. I can’t even eat a whole honeycrisp. However, I can make applesauce! I’ve only ever done it in a crockpot, but I wanted to try it the way I saw on The Pioneer Woman’s website, recipe can be found here.

I did a couple things different – first I peeled the apples and because they were so big, I couldn’t use my corer, so I just cut away the flesh from the core. It worked for me. I had 8 HUGE apples that were cut into slices, or something like slices anyway. =] I added them to a pot, added about ½ c or so of brown sugar (I didn’t measure… surprised?), and some cinnamon (again, sorry, sprinkled without measuring – let’s say a teaspoon or so), and some water along the bottom of the pan, maybe ½ cup. Maybe a little more. Nothing more, nothing less.

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I put the burner on medium and cooked them down until they were soft, stirring occasionally. It took about ½ hour, but who really knows.. I was talking with my man-child and cooking – it could’ve been forever and all that would’ve mattered was my boy. Anyway, I digress.

I mashed them some as I was stirring and then a little more with a potato (or in this case apple) masher. The wonder in my son’s eyes when he realized they were apples and not potatoes was hilarious… he couldn’t figure out why they were brown (the brown sugar he watched me add to the pan should have been the first clue…).

And that was it. It didn’t take nearly as long as the slow cooker process and it is YUMMY!

Now, please go eat lots of stuff. Or, at least, corn and applesauce. =]

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