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Apple-Pear Sauce

[Photographs: Carolyn Cope]

One of the happier symptoms of this chronic condition we call adulthood is the ability to see beauty in imperfection. Maybe it's just nature's way of steeling us to continue looking in the mirror morning after morning, year after year, but the charm of the run-down and slightly spent seems to grow more obvious all the time.

Sure, it's nice to be able to cast off some of the restlessness of youth at a certain point. But the real benefits of this aging vision are, of course, culinary. Isn't everything?

Folks around here have been weighing in on bruised bananas and foods past their prime in the last few weeks. Since every CSA member and prolific gardener ends up with a rapidly ripening embarrassment of riches from time to time, I want to add one of my favorite tried-and-true recipes to the discussion. Made without the pears and with sugar, this is my mom's crowd-pleasing applesauce recipe. The unsweetened version was one of my own and my children's first foods. This unfussy sauce is accommodating, easily scalable, and rose-colored. Just like the glasses on those gorgeous, wise eyes of yours.

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About the author: Carolyn Cope writes Umami Girl and manages a CSA in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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