We are intent on promoting a healthy food-culture as a part of our homeschooling days.
Owen and I are reading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the first chapter, Almonzo Wilder takes a lunch to school and there is a tasty description of his apple turnovers: "their plump crusts filled with melting slices of apple and spicy brown juice."
A Farmer Boy Unit I referenced suggested getting a hold of the Little House cookbook to cook some recipes from the book along with your reading. I knew that it would be perfect for the all-day learning, but not all-day schooling we are trying to do here. Luckily our local library had it.
The best tip the recipe gave was to let the apples and sugar sit aside for a while then lift the apples with a fork leaving the juices behind. This helped us not have any bubbling-all-over, sticky-explosion messes. (I saved the sugary juice in the fridge--I'm sure it will be great on something--maybe hot oatmeal?)
I really liked making the apple turnovers, and when we ate them I wanted to eat all of them!