Apple Butter

Ingredients:
5 1/2 lbs apples cored and quartered
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Place quartered apples in slow cooker. Mix sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a bowl and pour over apples in crock pot. Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup water. Cook on high for 1 hour. Then cook on low for 9-12 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and brown. Uncover and continue cooking on low to allow the mixture thicken. Spoon mixture into sterile containers, cover, and refrigerate/freeze.

The first time I made apple butter was with Molly and Kelly when we lived in North Carolina. It turned out to be a great Christmas gift!

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Simple & Delicious Salad Dressing

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar works too)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a jar or bowl and shake or whisk to blend.  This dressing is from my favorite black bean and cous cous salad but I now use it on every salad and its amazingly delicious! I always get compliments on it, and another positive is I usually have all the ingredients on hand.

Steak or Kabob Marinade

Ingredients:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 TBS garlic powder
3 TBS dried basil
1 1/2 TBS dried parsley
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a ziplock bag or in a blender. Marinate meat in refrigerator for up to 8 hours.

I discovered this marinade when I was on vacation in Naples, FL visiting my sister-in-law. We made steak kabobs and used this marinade. It definitely lived up to its name – “Best Steak Marinade in Existence” – Allrecipes for the win once again.