- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Cookbook author Caprial Pence and her husband, John, have been using apple juice in their summer cooking, and three of their recipes follow for home cooks to try.

“Apple juice is a great ingredient for recipes because it provides a nice, sweet note of flavor with just the right balance,” they say. Apples and their flavor lend themselves to many applications, too, they find.

Mrs. Pence’s cookbooks include “Caprial, Cooking for Friends” and “Cooking With Caprial.” Her first PBS-TV cooking series, “Cooking With Caprial,” has been followed by “Cooking With Caprial & John,” on which her husband joins her as host. The Pences are based in Portland, Ore., where they own a bistro and cooking school.

These recipes by the Pences produce a salad and a main dish, to serve together or to team with other dishes, as desired. The flavors are versatile, and preparation is straightforward.

Spinach salad with apple hazelnut dressing

The dressing can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.

8 ounces apple juice

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

3 dashes Worcestershire sauce

3 dashes Tabasco sauce

Juice of 1 lemon

6 ounces extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons toasted hazelnuts, chopped

3 bunches spinach, washed and drained

Salt and black pepper to taste

medium red onion, sliced

1 apple, cored and sliced

In a medium-size saucepan on high heat, add apple juice and cook on high for approximately 15 minutes until 4 tablespoons (or cup) of the liquid remains. Be careful not to overcook it. Pour the apple juice into a small stainless-steel bowl and let cool.

Add garlic, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, Tabasco and lemon juice. Slowly whisk in olive oil; add toasted chopped hazelnuts. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Pour over spinach; toss and garnish with red onion and apple.

Makes 6 servings.

Roast pork with apple juice-honey mustard glaze

3-pound pork loin roast

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cups apple juice

cup honey

1 tablespoon dry oregano

1 teaspoon dry rubbed sage

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Salt and black pepper to taste

To make the glaze: Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, onions and garlic to a medium-size saucepan and cook on high heat for 3 minutes. Add apple juice and cook until 1 cup of liquid remains, about 15 minutes. Add honey, dry oregano and dry rubbed sage. Continue to cook until glaze is syrupy-thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and black pepper to taste. Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a large saute pan on stove top. On high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sear pork on all sides for about 5 minutes. Place in oven and roast about 30 to 45 minutes or until internal temperature shows approximately 135 degrees on an instant-read thermometer; glaze pork 3 or 4 times during roasting process. Slice roast and serve. Makes 6 servings.


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