Well, to start, a weekend with my Omi is never enough. She is the old school Lithuanian Martha Stewart that goes over and beyond. We wake up, cook, bake, garden, sew, knit, bake, cook, etc. For an elder she has quite a lot of energy and creativity that you'd never imagine.
My Omi prides herself with her career as a professional chef. She cooked for presidents, professional sports teams, famous musicians, local doctors, and so many more. From her traditional German cuisine to the over the top five star meals, she mastered flavor.
As I have spent time in the kitchen with my Omi, I've noticed my favorite meals of hers tend towards the simple ingredients. The applesauce recipe below is a simple, yet lovely sauce that melts in your mouth and nourishes your heart, as if grandma made it...
5-6 Lbs. Apples, cored, cut into thick slices (optional to peel)
1 cup Water OR Apple Cider
1 Cinnamon Stick
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
- Boil water with apples until they fall apart
- Mash apples until they reach the consistency desired (chunky or smooth)
- Add sugar and spices
- Keep on low heat for 10-15 minutes
- Eat warm. Store in jars in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Or make a large batch and can!