Weekly Bits: Snacks & Spreads

This week, check out some of our readers' favorite film fare. Plus, get inspired to create your own condiments for a homemade taste without all the funky ingredients!

How can the ketchup recipe be adapted if you are allergic to red tomatoes?" --Denise

Dana's reply: The flavor will be a bit different, but roasted red peppers in place of the tomatoes and tomato paste would be delicious.

"Full-fat Greek yogurt can be a great condiment, too! Spread it over bread and empty a can of tuna in there--yum!" --Evan, via Facebook

"These muffins are wooondddeerrful. I just made them tonight, and they are very moist and so easy to make! I used Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter in place of the apple butter, and they turned out soo great -- wonderful for a little winter flavor and very subtle." --Jess

Homemade Apple Butter is easy if you use your slow cooker -- I've made it several times:

3-4 pounds of apples, peeled, cored and chunked. Use a good cooking apple (Granny Smith, Jonathon)

2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves
Dash of salt
3/4 c. water

Place everything in the slow cooker (you can also add applesauce, if you have some to be used) and cook on low heat for 8 - 12 hours (I usually do this overnight). Mash using a potato masher or puree with an immersion blender. --MizWazy

I pack my own snack too! One day I brought apple slices. Last time we went I brought dark chocolate - yum! --Casey

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