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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What My Grandmother Taught Me ~ Part 3

During the Great Depression, my grandmother Bess had to feed a family of 12.  She did a lot of canning in those days, and one thing that was stored in many a cellar were apples.

In those days my grandfather would return home with bushel baskets of apples, sacks of potatoes, and other produce in bulk that he would acquire from local farmers outside the boundaries of Washington DC. Grandmother taught me that tough times call for ingenuity.

Since Colonial times in America, apples have been stored over the winter months in cold cellars. In this final post on recipes from my novel 'Surrender the Wind', I have a delicious stewed apple recipe for you from my novel Surrender the Wind.

Claire in the story is a servant at our hero's estate, Ten Width Manor. Here is a snippet.

The path widened the closer Claire got to Ten Width. She stopped, looked down the hill, and caught her breath. There stood the house, the brick washed with dew and morning light as if an ornament chiseled from an artist’s hand. 
With her sleeve, she wiped the sweat from off her face and moved on.
          She rushed down the hilly path. The neigh of a horse caused her to glance up a few yards ahead where a rider pulled rein. His tall, black horse shook its wiry mane and looked at her with wild yellow eyes.

Claire's Stewed Apples

6-7 firm apples, 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, and 1 cup of sugar, 1 tbs. cinnamon, 1/2 cup water. Peel, core, and slice apples into chunks. Sprinkle with sugar. Melt butter in a skillet on low heat. Add the apples and cinnamon. Cook until tender, and serve after a hardy meal. . .but not to such odious men such as Constable Latterbuck who insulted my apples, even though he thoroughly enjoyed my seared beef, bread, and potatoes.
Claire ~ Ten Width Manor

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  1. The recipe looks good! I do something similar with apples, but I never wrote down the exact ingredients. It's always a favorite in the fall. We have 4 different types of apple trees, the Jonathons are my favorite for this type of recipe.

  2. I loved reading about "What my Grandmother taught me" I remember my Grandmother in Germany putting Potato's, Carrots and Apples in the Cellar, there was a special room away from the Coal Cellar to store these things plus all her Canned goods. She also stored these beautiful red Apples under the Bed in all bedrooms upstairs, my Brother and I spend lots of weekends and Summers at her place, we used to get up in the middle of the night and took us each one of those Apples, what sweet Memories I have. Thank you


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