Tasty Tuesday: JJ’s Favorite Fruit

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our thirty-seventh participating post!

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DSC03188So far, Mom and I have noticed that JJ’s favorite fruit tidbits include all varieties of apples.  Mom favors Fujis, Pink Ladies and Honey Crisps therefore we do as well.  Mom told us that when she lived in New Jersey, she picked apples off trees!

A few years back, she visited her friend, Flavia, in Pennsylvania and they picked apples, too.  Mom figured out a way to carry about two dozen apples (4 varieties) home for Koko and I to sample.  In honor of Little Miss Gotcha Day’s special week, we give you apples two ways!




wassailWith Christmas and New Year virtually upon us, Mom thought you might enjoy a classic beverage: wassail.  Mom said I could google… From WiseGeek: Wassail is a traditional drink served during the winter holidays, including Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Twelfth Night. It is especially popular in northern European countries, where it originates. It consists of a hot, spiced drink, often alcoholic, that most commonly resembles cider in the modern day. Originally, wassail is believed to have been closer to beer.

Zesty Wassail  (this link has 2 other cider recipes!)

  • 2 quarts organic apple cider
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 2 lemons, sliced

Mix all ingredients and bring just to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes, or leave on the lowest heat (or in a slow cooker) to keep warm. Serve with orange or lemon slices, or a cinnamon stick.

Mom told us some families serve turkey for Christmas.  She thought you might enjoy this wintery stuffing recipe: (As Mom’s faithful Kitchen K9s, we would love the sausage, celery, apples, and bread tidbits! Just sayin’…)

Artisan Bread Stuffing with Apples and Sausage

  • Artisan Bread Stuffing with Apples and Sausage1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 2 medium tart red apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon crushed rosemary 
  • 1 teaspoon thyme 
  • 6 cups cubed day-old artisan bread (1 1/2 to 2 inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock 
  • 1 cup apple cider

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened. Add sausage; cook and stir until browned. Stir in apples, cranberries, parsley, rosemary and thyme.

2. Place bread cubes in large bowl. Add vegetable mixture, stock and apple cider; toss gently until well mixed. Spoon into lightly greased 13×9-inch baking dish. Cover with foil.

3. Bake 15 minutes. Remove foil; bake additional 20 minutes or until heated through and top is lightly browned.

Another great apple day.

P.S.  Mom’s writing Servings, her Kitchen Counselor newsletter today (yesterday, too… forgive us for getting super duper behind again…)


35 thoughts on “Tasty Tuesday: JJ’s Favorite Fruit

  1. Hiya Jetty, JJ * Miss L! Mom sez she’s put some run in that wassail (not sure what rum iz, but don’t think it’s fur dawgs)…And I want some of that sossidge stuffing (wifout da onyuns of course)…I loves me some sossidges! *snoogles*

    • Hey Giz, Jetty here. Hi Miss JG.

      Dude, I’m right there with ya on the sausage stuff! Mom gives us tidbits of chicken sausage when she makes lentil soup!

      Yup, Miss JG can amp up the wassail, quite common… nope, not for K9s, uh-uh… 🙂

      Sending Jetty manly man chest bumps and JJ hugs your way!

  2. Woof! Woof! I LOVE Apples too. Mmm Fuji and Honey Crisp are my favorite. Interesting but we never heard of Pink Ladies unless it is called another name. My mom is looking forward on reading KC newsletter. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Hey Sugar, Jet here.

      Sugar, your Mom made my Mom’s day… 🙂

      Pink ladies are small, very tart, red fleshed apples. Not sure of their heritage. Mom liked the Braeburns until they started to arrive with a mealy texture the last few years. Sugar, we get all our apples from the state of Washington, even though we live closer to the mid-Atlantic and N.East… puzzling…

    • Hey Kirby, Jet here.

      Mom did not grow up with this beverage, however, she thinks it might have been in a holiday song she learned in school! Let us know if you try it out??? In her newsletter yesterday, she talked about making shrubs! Gotta keep up with her, I tell ya!

  3. Oh, and apples are good for us all too!! Thanks for sharing the recipes. Yummy, yummy Wassail We have never had stuffing like that but it sounds like it would be very good. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Hey Chancy, Jet here. Hi Miss Mumsy (Miss Mag).

      Oh yes, apple a day keeps the dr. away and all that! So glad you enjoyed our selections. 🙂 As the Kitchen Counselor, Mom has a knack for picking out interesting recipes. 🙂

      Sending Jetty kisses and JJ hugs right back.

  4. It was so nice to meet you today oon tasty Tuesday
    Mom loves golden delicious waps aka apples. When my dad was a little boy he could not say apples he called them ‘waps’

    • Hey Madi, Jet here. Hi Miss Mom.

      Likewise, lovely to meet you! Sorry for the late response, Mom’s had a sinus thingie for over 3 weeks! BOL… waps! My human sister, enjoys the sweeter apples like golden delicious… we do not get them often here in the tropics! Our sweet apples are gala.

  5. Hi sweet Jetty – do you like apples as much as JJ? Love the pictures!! Cassie and Rex love them and hound us until we share!

    sending crunchy goodnight hugs and kisses to you, JJ, Mom and Rachel

    p.s. I used to love apple picking in New Engalnd also!

    • Hey it’s Jet here. Hi Miss Wendy.

      I enjoy them, will never say no, however, I favor other tidbits more. What varieties do Cassie and Rex enjoy?

      Sending apple picking Jetty kisses and JJ hugs to you, Mr. David, Jacob, Cassie and Rex oxxoxoxo

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