I had my first apple cider this week. Our local coffee shop serves the very best cider I’ve ever had. Every year when the weather turns cool I go treat myself to cider. Then I got to the store and buy cider and I’m always disappointed when it doesn’t make me feel all cozy like my favorite.
So, after you read this post, leave me a link to your favorite cider recipe. I’m desperate for something that tastes good.
Speaking of apples… My dad was raised in Pensylvania. His parents had apple trees and whenever we’d visit my grandparents in the fall we’d eat fresh Cortland apples. These apples don’t grow in other parts of the country. They’re big and round and so white inside they look like snow with a crimson peel. Unlike a lot of other baking apples they aren’t sour. But, they aren’t a super sweet apple either. They’re the perfect medium and they’ve my favorite. The problem is, they’re not a real common variety and until this fall I’d never seen them in our local stores. Then while shopping this week I see a stack of crates full of Cortland apples. True to form, WalMart won’t let me buy a crate. I even asked if they had an empty crate to weigh and deduct that weight from the crate of apples. No, I have to bag them all up and take them to the register. I suggested grocery sacks instead of the flimsy produce bags and a nice associate helped me bag 20 lbs.
Since Wednesday I’ve been peeling, coring, and slicing apples every afternoon, reloading my dehydrator and putting up apple chips to enjoy this winter. Then last night I got carried away and peeled too many. I had to do something with them, so I made apple crisp. Totally made up the recipe and used healthy ingredients. It turned out fantastic. I’ll be sharing the recipe soon. :)
It’s rained or been cool and cloudy every day this week and we finally have sunshine this weekend. The garden has been loving it! All the lettuce and spinich I replanted has come up. It took long enough, and while it was doing it’s slow little germination trick the rest of the garden took off. I now have tiny green tomatoews on my plants, blooms all over the green beans and buds on the cucumbers.
Here are a few pictures from this week…
Share your cider recipes in the comments!