A Day at the Orchard: First Fruits

A Day at the Orchard: First Fruits

It might have been a touch early but I was itching to get to the orchard and pick some apples. Here in Arizona, we tend to get our first apples in late July. These are usually a small variety called Earligold. They are a green apple and turns gold as it ripens. The problem is … Continue reading A Day at the Orchard: First Fruits

Seafood, Salad, and Cider

Seafood Salad Cider

Grocery shopping during a pandemic requires some meal planning flexibility. However, my wife was determined to find ingredients she needed for her scallops au gratin recipe. The problem was she would get one item but not find another before the one she did find needed to be used. It was becoming quite the scavenger hunt. … Continue reading Seafood, Salad, and Cider

Grafting: Lessons Learned

Grafting Lessons

Whether you are making your first hard cider or grafting your first scion to a rootstock, everyone who has done it hundreds or even thousands of times had their first attempt at some point. Maybe that attempt resulted in a great outcome but my guess is that nobody, success or failure, is using the same … Continue reading Grafting: Lessons Learned

Hard Cider: Think Local

In the US, there is a small but growing trend called Farm-to-Table. It could also be called eat local or know your farmer. Personally, it speaks to me, and the way it speaks the loudest is through the hard cider that I make. My wife and I love to cook and try new foods and … Continue reading Hard Cider: Think Local

Pizza and Hard Cider – Part II

Pizza and Hard Cider Part II

Remember my favorite pairing? It’s pizza and hard cider and COVID-19 hasn’t slowed down our pizza making. In fact, we may be making pizza even more often and that has definitely started pushing our creativity. I’ve been getting more innovative with my sourdough pizza crusts. For example, I have a basil infused sourdough crust and … Continue reading Pizza and Hard Cider – Part II

A Cider Trip: The New Normal

Cider Trip: New Normal

Earth Log: June 21, 2118 We emerged from our shelter today to a new world. A world filled with empty restaurants and most everyone walking around with masks. We did see some dinosaurs without face coverings but I’m pretty sure they are on their way to extinction in our area of the world. But in … Continue reading A Cider Trip: The New Normal

My Favorite Adjunct Hard Ciders

Favorite Adjunct Ciders

Unlike Traditional hard ciders, Adjunct hard ciders have fruits, herbs, vegetables, spices, and other ingredients like honey or oak called adjuncts that change the look, taste, or smell of a hard cider. For me, an Adjunct hard cider should be about the adjunct and less about the apple or the pear. Personally, I also want … Continue reading My Favorite Adjunct Hard Ciders

Pasta and Hard Cider: Vegetarian Style

Pasta & Hard Cider: Vegetarian Style

Earth Log: June 7, 2103 Okay, it’s still not 2103 but it’s still feeling like every day is a year and I’m still anxiously waiting to pick apples this year. However, it looks like we will be heading back to the office this week. I will definitely miss my wife’s home cooked meals for breakfast, … Continue reading Pasta and Hard Cider: Vegetarian Style

Nachos & Hard Cider: Vegetarian Style

Nachos & Hard Cider

Earth Log: May 21, 2086 Okay, it’s not 2086 but it’s starting to feel like every day in isolation is a year! All I know is that I am anxiously looking forward to this year’s apple harvest so I can go pick apples in the orchard. The problem, I still have decades to go at … Continue reading Nachos & Hard Cider: Vegetarian Style

Pizza and Hard Cider

Pizza and Hard Cider

If you have read my book and follow my blog, you might have noticed that beside making hard cider, I love making pizza. Of course you will also notice that I always pair these pizzas with hard cider. Just like my hard cider recipes, our pizzas are part art and part delicious. I start by … Continue reading Pizza and Hard Cider