It happens to be my current favorite and most-used gadget of the bunch. This one is really old. Really, really? Yes, really, really. My mother-in-law is 87, and I'll bet that this was a wedding gift back in 1950 or that she even had it before she got married. The wooden handle is no longer painted, and the metal rivet attaching the blade to the handle is very... ummmm... "flexible." But the blade is still sharp enough to do the trick. It does it very well, I might add. Just watch:
Honestly, I didn't know what this gadget was until about a year ago. I was seriously inexperienced in the kitchen... remember? When I went off sugar I started using this apple corer nearly every night to make awesome baked apples. And here is that recipe:
Oooooooo... yes, I, the culinary magician, am posting a recipe...
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Wash and core however many apples you are planning on eating. Use a knife (be careful!) to score the skin all the way around each apple's circumference so that they do not explode while baking (super drag to clean... trust me on this... good thing to never learn first-hand). Arrange in baking dish and stuff raisins down the empty middle (where the core used to be... but you've taken it out!). Dump a whole lot of cinnamon on the top of each apple (if you like cinnamon). Bake in that preheated oven for one hour. Remove from oven and top with cashew butter.
My personal favorite apples to use are: Stayman Winesap, Cortland, Rome, Macoum, Golden Delicious. Sometimes Pink Lady apples are good, too. Gravensteins are pretty good, too.
I didn't know there were different kinds of apples other than 'red' and 'green' until I went away to college. It had an Ag school part and an apple department! Pomology. You could major in pomes! Who knew?
What have you learned lately that you realize others have probably known forever?
Having four kids in the house full time is really hard :P
Do you like to cook? Do you like what you cook?
I like to cook now... sometimes. I like what I cook for myself! But I am not always crazy about what I cook for my kids. lol