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Chunky Apple Sauce
When at 16, I had my wisdom teeth yanked, I couldnít eat solid foods for nearly a week. With cheeks swelled up like a chipmunk and mouth protesting in excruciating pain anytime I introduced anything too hot, or too cold, or requiring any motion more involved than swallowing, it was back to baby foods. The one thing I remember enjoying about that otherwise horrid week was that my mom made me apple sauce, thick and slightly tangy, just a little bit chunky.

Apple sauce takes more work than chicken soup, but when youíre feverish and want something chilly and soothing, thereís nothing better than cold apple sauce. Warm apple sauce can be quite lovely as well, and somehow has the advantage of seeming more authentically homemade.

To make a big pot of apple sauce, peel, core and roughly chop up 5-6 apples. This is the time-consuming step, so if you can, get someone who loves you to help out (or take over altogether). Place the apples in a pot and add water to halfway cover. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Add half a lemonís-worth of juice if you happen to have lemon on hand (this is purely for aesthetic purposes, as it prevents browning, so feel free to skip this step). Bring to a boil then simmer, covered, until the apples are good and mushy. Mash up with the back of a spoon, season with sugar and cinnamon, and let cool. Spoon into a BDB and enjoy warm (not hot) or chilled.

For the technologically advanced, let the microwave do the work. Combine apples with 1 cup water in a microwave-friendly dish. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

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Of course, when youíre so ill that you just canít bear to be standing in the kitchen for even ten minutes, thereís always Campbellís. Itís fast, itís warm, itís salty, itís filling. And you should take advantage of the fact that it only tastes really good when youíre very, very hungry and very, very sick.


. overheard on the boards:

"Potato soup is very soothing. Especially if you have had a stomach bug. My mom made it by peeling and slicing potatoes and boiling them 'til soft. Then drain the water and add milk and butter. Its pretty much like mashed potatoes just lumpier and with more liquid." 

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