My late father only knew how to cook two dishes and this was one. The type of apples you use will determine how mushy your apple sauce turns out. Cooking apples will turn into the texture of commercial applesauce while others will keep their shape even after the cooking. Either way it's delicious. The recipe can easily be doubled (or tripled...or quadrupled) to serve a crowd.
Freely adapted version of Joy of Cooking's 'Chickpeas with couscous'. Note the lack of couscous. You can vary the amounts of the different spices to taste. Serve with rice, couscous or bread.
Number of servings is for a main dish. If serving as a side dish, it will serve 4-6 comfortably.
This is the kugel my mother made every Friday night when I was growing up, adapted from my great-grandmother's recipe. It's not the dairy overload of most kugels and, made with margarine, can be served with a kosher meat meal. Note that it's a main course side dish, even though it looks very sweet. You can use other fruit/spice combos like pear, plums or peaches with ginger.