Many times after a long days work, I find myself in the kitchen, cooking dinner and enjoying a glass of cider while I put dinner together.
The first really good cider I ever tasted was the local legend Peter Hoover’s Golden Russet champagne. It was served in his and Peggy’s beautiful old farmhouse with the kind of meal you have in the fall, in the hills of New York: collard greens and some squash, maybe a hearty stew.
In that convivial company, we toasted with cider and feasted on the bounty of the land and I made an early memory I will never forget. And it’s this kind of food I think of serving cider with most often- the vegetables I just picked from the garden, the foraged mushrooms and berries, the cheese we traded for with our neighbor.
And when I leave home to travel, it’s the cider and the food I miss the most.
Crustless Italian Cheese Cake This is the dessert version of the classic “apples and cheese” pairing. The bright acidity of our ice cider cuts through the incredibly rich and creamy not-so-sweet cake, an ideal pairing of contrasts. For years, we’ve listed “crustless Italian cheese cake” as a suggested ice cider pairing at our farmers market…Read More
Amazing Chocolate Truffles EXTRAORDINARILY EASY CHOCOLATE DESSERT Melt in your mouth truffles are so fancy, so good and so easy to make. You can customize the basic recipe with almost anything, from espresso to almond but we love the warmth of cinnamon and the smokey heat of chili to pair with our ice cider. …Read More
This is not a recipe, just an idea. Choose your favorite pie crust (if you don’t have one, this is good) and substitute Calvados for at least half of the water. If you don’t have a good French Calvados in your house, you should! But you could use an apple based vodka instead. This makes…Read More
Once, somewhere, on the internet, I read a Thanksgiving recipe that declared that stuffing is really just celery and sage. Apologies to the author that I now can not reference, but I love the sentiment. Now, I’m all for using up stale bread, but if you don’t have stale bread laying around when you are…Read More
When you bring cider to Thanksgiving it’s nice to be able to introduce it with the right foods and the right time. All of our ciders fit perfectly with a holiday meal, from welcoming aperitif to an elegant dessert cider. This article explains what qualities to look for in a traditional orchard based cider you can bring…Read More
Some time ago, I learned about how to have a crepe party on the street in New York City. I was selling cider at the Union Square Greenmarket. A French lady was buying half a case of cider for her dinner party. “What are you having for dinner?” “Crepes” “What kind of crepes?” I asked,…Read More
My dad grew up hardscrabble in Astoria, Queens. His parents were immigrants from Germany, but mostly he’s not into German food. His childhood memories revolve around the Italians…the neighbors houses he wished he belonged to with their aromas wafting out of open windows. My dad stopped by after work the other day when we happened…Read More