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

A Day at the Orchard: Old Apple Trees Never Die

Old Apple Tree

It’s a sad day when an apple or pear tree dies. I visited Angle Orchard just outside of Safford, Arizona, recently and was introduced to one of the matriarchs of the original orchard that was planted in 1922. She is an Arkansas Black apple tree. An heirloom apple variety of the south that dates back … Continue reading A Day at the Orchard: Old Apple Trees Never Die

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

A Day at the Orchard: Exploring New Apples

Exploring New Apple Varieties

I love apples but since I love hard cider, that probably doesn’t surprise many people. However, two of my favorite things in life are finding new hard ciders and new apples that I have never tried. For 2020, I have been exploring some new orchards and that means new apples and ultimately, it will mean … Continue reading A Day at the Orchard: Exploring New Apples

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

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

A Perfect Pairing: Grilled Cheese and Hard Cider

A Perfect Pairing: Grilled Cheese & Hard Cider

With stay at home orders in place, I noticed that I’ve been using my wild sourdough starter to make a lot of sandwich bread loaves. I even made a multigrain variant that we used for egg salad and buns for smash burgers. The cool thing is that it is an easy recipe to make and … Continue reading A Perfect Pairing: Grilled Cheese and Hard Cider

Socially Distanced Hard Cider

Socially Distanced Hard Cider: Botanist & Bottle

We will all experience life changing or life impacting events. The longer we live, the more of them we have. Usually, these events impact us or a small group around us. However, sometimes the impact is larger, but rarely, do we experience an event that truly impacts our entire world. We are all living in … Continue reading Socially Distanced Hard Cider

How old is that apple tree?

Apple Tree Age

It seems like a simple question: How old is your apple tree? Maybe, you planted the tree a couple years ago. Maybe, your dad planted it when you were a kid. Maybe you wouldn’t know without cutting down the tree and counting the rings. Please don’t do that! I’m just speaking hypothetically. But, my question … Continue reading How old is that apple tree?