A Day at the Orchard: Apple Paradise

Apple Pardise

There is a saying in many English speaking countries that summed up my weekend apple picking experience. That saying is “like a kid in a candy store”. This year, I have been searching southern Arizona for new and unique apples. It has taken me to several new orchards and so far, I have found 6 … Continue reading A Day at the Orchard: Apple Paradise

Summer Cider Tour

Summer Cider Tour

It’s August and that means it’s time for our annual cider tour to Phoenix. Usually, that involves a lunch stop at Phoenix’s only cidery, Cider Corp, to sample their latest creations while getting a bite to eat from a food truck parked out front or their pizza oven. Face masks and social distancing changed that … Continue reading Summer Cider Tour

Pizza and Hard Cider – Part III

Pizza and Hard Cider Part III

I warned you that we really liked sourdough pizza and hard cider. In my last pizza post, I mention some expanded crust varieties like chocolate and basil. These pizzas have an augmented crust, which made us push our creativity. However, the results were all exceptionally delicious. I would encourage you to replicate them and see … Continue reading Pizza and Hard Cider – Part III

Cider and Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes & Cider

I try to showcase how hard cider can pair with anything: seafood, pizza, vegetarian, spicy, and even dessert. However, sometimes you just want a nice hearty meal. Something that warms you not just from the food but from the memories or emotions. For me, that is food like macaroni and cheese and hamburgers but it … Continue reading Cider and Sloppy Joes

Harvesting Prickly Pears: Dangers and Rewards

Prickly Pear Harvesting

In my book, The Art & Science of Cider, I advocate for making hard cider that represents where you live. Almost every place in the world does or can grow apple trees. However, they also grow many other great fruits, flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Hard Cider is the perfect method to include and highlight these … Continue reading Harvesting Prickly Pears: Dangers and Rewards

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