(That's a silly post title, but yesterday Julia went around saying, "It's the eve of the eve of Christmas Eve!" Silly girl.)
Anywho, yesterday Adam and I drove to Goldsboro to pick up Peter and bring him home for Christmas. We got to eat lunch at Dee's Diner with him and Kara. For anyone desperate to know, yes, they are dating again. She's delightful and sweet.
the cranberry relish (click for recipe) I keep on hand at all times (delicious with eggs and toast, but excellent on a turkey sandwich, and as a little side with pancakes). And I'm making applesauce.
Meanwhile, the Christmas candles are burning and the Christmas music is playing in the kitchen.
Adam's mom sent us some of her famous caramels, in the dish in the photo below.
The wonder of using the food mill is this: you don't have to peel, core, or otherwise man-handle your apples. Get a big pot. Put a little water in the bottom (like 1/4 cup, or less - you don't want watery applesauce), turn it on medium, and cut your apples roughly in quarters or eighths, and dump them in. Cover. Stir often and don't burn them.
Spoon this mush into your food mill, and begin to crank the handle. Turn the handle a few times, and then reverse it one turn, to scrape off the apple matter than accumulates under the blade.
Merry Eve of Christmas Eve to you!