Delicious Family Recipe and Cookbook Giveaway

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who participated! This giveaway is now over. The winner is Carmee Ross. Congratulations, Carmee!


In For Every Season, Rhoda gives her best for Kings Orchard Maine to succeed. Even after all my research, I’m no expert at growing apples like Rhoda or my husband’s family, but I definitely enjoy eating them and canning them! I’d like to share with you a family recipe for apple crisp. This recipe is also found at the end of For Every Season.
But in this post, my daughter-in-law has added a few tips she discovered while making this recipe. You’ll also find a link to Recipes Shared by Readers! And finally a giveaway of an Amish family cookbook.

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The apple crisp recipe is an old family one provided by Aunt Marion Woodsmall.

Aunt Marion’s husband and his brother (my late father-in-law) worked an apple orchard with their father while growing up. When she first sent me this recipe, it was missing the temperature setting for the oven, so I wrote to her and asked about it. Her answer was so precious I had to share it with you. She wrote: This recipe is very old and they used woodstoves to cook and hoped for the best, but I set my oven at 375 degree.

As you can imagine, I loved receiving that answer!

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

8 tart apples, peeled and sliced (Courtland, Macintosh, or your choice)

½ cup orange juice

1 cup sugar, divided in half

½ teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons margarine or butter

Place the sliced apples in an 8″ x 8″ ungreased pan. Pour the orange juice over the apples. Mix ½ cup sugar and the cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Work the remaining ½ cup sugar, flour, salt, and margarine or butter together using your fingers or a pastry cutter. Mixture should be crumbly, pea size or smaller. Spread over the apples and pat smooth. Bake at 375° for 40–45 minutes until crust is crisp and brown and apples are tender. Serve with milk or cream. Enjoy this very old recipe.

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My daughter-in-law Erin made this recipe (and snapped a couple of images), and the following are her thoughts:
The “8 apples” must refer to the normal size of homegrown apples, not the gigantic grocery store size. I could only fit four and a half sliced and peeled apples in the 8×8 dish. Also, 1/2 cup of orange juice makes a lot of liquid at the bottom of the dish, or perhaps the kind of apples I used produced more juice. When I make it again–and it’s delicious, so I will!– I’ll reduce the orange juice to 1/4 cup. I needed to bake it for a little over an hour, possibly because I’d stuffed it with more apples than intended. And I’m sure cooking in a woodburning oven makes a big difference!

It was really easy to make and delicious! Adam and I ate over half the dish immediately. 🙂 And it’s nutritious enough that Lucy can have some with her breakfast!

Recipes Shared By Readers and Cookbook Giveaway

One of the most fun things about being an author is getting to interact with readers on this blog, in other social media, and at real-life author events. Many readers posted recipes on my blog, and with a lot of help from Stephanie Rose (Thank you, Stephanie!), we’ve put together a collection of reader-submitted recipes. They look fantastic! Because I have not been able to test each one, some might contain errors. However, I hope you enjoy searching through this collection and finding some new favorite recipes. In the comments section of this blog post, I invite you to share your own favorite recipe, and I will add it to the recipe page. (For everyone’s sake, please double check your ingredients and portion sizes of measurements! )

In line with sharing old family recipes, I’m giving away a copy of The Esh Family Cookbook, an Amish family’s collection of treasured recipes, stories, and poems. To enter for a chance to win it, simply leave a comment on this post!



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Only comments left on my website will be entered into the giveaway.

The deadline for this contest is Tuesday, September 10 at noon Eastern Time. The winner will be chosen using and will be contacted privately, as well as announced on next week’s post.

As always, please remember that all of my giveaways are limited to US residents only. Please visit my giveaway rules and FAQ page for a complete explanation of the terms and conditions of this giveaway. Also, for your protection against web crawlers gathering your e-mail address for purposes of spamming, please do not put your e-mail address into the body of your comment. Only write it in the field provided. That way it can only be seen by me. Your e-mail address will ONLY be used to contact you if you win. When you leave a comment, you may see a pop-up screen that says your comment has gone to “moderation.” That means it is in a holding place until my daughter-in-law or I approve it. That keeps spammers from being able to post a comment. If you comment while we’re away from our computers, we may not get to it until the next day.

The winner of the blog post titled “Rachel’s Country Store ~ an Amish dry goods store”  is Bonnie Roof. Congratulations, Bonnie. You’ve won a handmade Amish faceless doll from Rachel’s Country Store!

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