We had all kinds of apple trees in the yard when I was growing up, so I don't know for sure which ones Mother liked best for applesauce. (Today I use Cortlands.) I do know that her applesauce was very white. The secret, she said, was to keep the apples in salt water while she peeled them so that they wouldn't darken. —Doris Natvig, Jesup, Iowa
There's just something extra special about homemade applesauce. This simple recipe is tart and not too sweet. It makes the perfect side dish, especially with pork chops or a pork roast. —Deborah Amrine, Grand Haven, Michigan
ONCE YOU TASTE this applesauce, you won't want the tore-bought variety anymore. Baking the apples locks in their delicious flavor! This recipe can easily be adjusted for any amount of servings. —Mary Mootz
As a young girl, I was amazed when Mom transformed fresh apples into this delightful, lovely mixture. I'm not sure if I liked it so much because it was made with candies or because it tasted wonderful.
-Barbara Hyatt, Folsom, California
"A friend gave me this delicious recipe 20 years ago, and I've made applesauce this way ever since," informs Margery Bryan of Royal City, Washington. "We grow a lot of apples in this area and have fun putting this crop to good use."
This chunky, sweet applesauce is perfect alongside main entrees. Because it's prepared in a slow cooker, you can fix it and forget it before you and the family head out for some winter fun.—Susanne Wasson, Montgomery, New York
"I often fix this sweet-tart combination as a side dish with a turkey dinner," says Romaine Wetzel of Ronks, Pennsylvania. "It's also delicious as a last-minute dessert topped with whipped cream," she suggests.
From Cottonwood, Arizona, Mary Ann Gove shares her special recipe for no-cook applesauce. “It's extra-healthy since no nutrients are lost in cooking,” she notes. “Honey makes it sweet enough to satisfy as dessert.”
Meet the Cook: I don't like my pancakes with syrup, so I pour this sauce over them instead. It goes great with chocolate cake, carrot cake or any other type of cake also.
Both my husband and I love cranberries. We use them with chicken, turkey and pork...on ice cream or on pudding...or, when it's hot, just eat them plain or with some whipping cream.
I've always enjoyed cooking - and it makes me feel good inside when I know other people enjoy my cooking, too.
-Stella Kalynchuk, Whitehorse, Yukon
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Therian Mendelsohn jazzes up ordinary applesauce with lemon juice and a sprinkling of spices to create this speedy side dish. It's wonderful warm or cold with a savory helping of pork or chicken.