I adjusted just a few things - trimmed fat off pork, added a 1/2 can of beef broth, ground pepper to taste and some Lawry's seasoned salt. I didn't think just Thyme would be enough flavor for me. 3 stars for the apples. My husband and I were both gone all day so it did cook the full 8 hrs. Flavors were decent/good if not slightly bland, liked the pork (a BIT dry, so could have probably stopped cooking in 7 hrs), squash and parsnips. But the apples were complete mush. I didn't stir them in with the rest of the stew, either - I had them on top worried they'd get to mushy in the liquid to early. The texture was too off for me to eat them, even though the flavor wasn't bad. so ate around them and wasted 3 perfectly good apples. Will make again, but will either leave the apples out all together and serve along side or wait to put them in for just the last part of cooking.
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I adjusted just a few things - trimmed fat off pork, added a 1/2 can of beef broth, ground...