Well I am sorry to say that I have been unable to secure that apple concoction recipe from my buddy. That leaves me no alternative but to keep trying to put together a recipe that will be close in flavour to the unknown original. Having said that.....I made up a 12 lb batch of venison and a 12 lb batch of Moose(calf) sausages yesterday. The ingredients were simple.. In the moose sausage Sage 8 good sized leaves, shredded, salt and crushed pepper to taste, parsley roughly 1/2 cup and Fennel, 1tsp cassia buds roasted and ground and some apple cider about 1 1/2 cups, 2 cups of Apple sauce . In the Venison sausage: Salt, Pepper, ground Fennel, 1tsp Cassia buds, a good 2 tsp of Cayenne pepper, Parsley chopped, 1 & 1/2 cups Apple cider, and the two cups of Apple sauce. I threw in about 2 cups of fresh finely ground bread crumbs from a french stick that I had drying in a paper bag. Salt and spices adjusted to taste by cooking a small spoon sized pattie. Initially the salt was roughly 1/4 cup split between the two batches. The Fennel and Cassia bud were roasted and then ground in a coffee grinder together. The mix was then rough measured into the meats along with the rest of the apple sauce and cider and allowed to sit and meld in food grade plastic bags for about two hours in the refrigerater before casing. The cayenne was added alone as it only went into the Venison mix Ground once before adding the ingredients and the plate used was 1/4 inch. Cooked someon the BBQ for supper last night....Really sweet and juicey.