Cider: Taste versus Smell

What is the difference between taste and smell?

I often talk about taste and smell being the same and, I’m not alone. This is because the flavors or what is often defined as the taste of food and drink depends on aroma. To be more specific, the flavor is created by olfactory receptors in the nasal pharynx picking up volatile compounds (aromas) when … Continue reading Cider: Taste versus Smell

Pizza & Hard Cider: Part X

Pizza & Hard Cider

This marks the 10th official pizza and cider post on PricklyCider.com. Most of these contain 4 homemade sourdough pizza and cider pairings so that is almost 40 pizza options. These pizzas range from veggie to meat lovers, classic to experimental, but they are all packed with flavors and paired with great hard ciders. Many of … Continue reading Pizza & Hard Cider: Part X

Pizza & Hard Cider: Part IX

Pizza & Cider - Perfect Pairs

Yes, I’m making sourdough crackers almost every weekend. That just means I have to let my starter sit out over night so I can make a pizza dough, some pretzels, or bread loaf as well. This has slowed our pizza proliferation, but it definitely hasn’t stopped it. You might also notice a shift in our … Continue reading Pizza & Hard Cider: Part IX

Pizza & Hard Cider: Veggie Edition

Pizza & Cider: Veggie Edition

You may have noted that my pizza and cider posts have slowed down. That is not because I don’t like pizza and cider or that I stopped making sourdough. It’s mostly because we discovered another great option for sourdough discard: crackers. Yes, I will post some recipes because sourdough cheese crackers and hard cider are … Continue reading Pizza & Hard Cider: Veggie Edition

Pizza and Hard Cider – Part VII

Pizza & Hard Cider - Part VII

After six articles on pairing pizza and hard cider, you would think I’d run out of recipes and options. That’s what makes pizza and hard cider so wonderful, there seem to be infinite possibilities. For this group of four pizza recipes and hard cider pairings, we pushed the crust even further when we did a … Continue reading Pizza and Hard Cider – Part VII

Pizza and Hard Cider – Part VI

Pizza and Cider Part VI

We continue to create and pair unique pizzas and hard ciders. Pizza is one of my favorite foods to pair with hard cider and like cider, pizza offers a wide array of flavor combinations. Usually, my pizzas are driven by a unique crust flavor that think up. But, a couple pizzas I matched the crust … Continue reading Pizza and Hard Cider – Part VI

Pizza and Hard Cider – Part V

Pizza & Hard Cider - Part V

In this version of my pizza and hard cider pairings, I’m keeping with the theme of unique crusts and using that as my inspiration for toppings. Like I do for some of my hard ciders, I have been pushing myself to think outside of the box. However, I have been developing some foundational building blocks. … Continue reading Pizza and Hard Cider – Part V

Pizza and Hard Cider – Part IV

Pizza Cider IV

It’s pizza and cider time! If you didn’t know that I like pizza and hard cider, or you need some more inspiration for some wonderful pizzas, you should also check out my other three posts: Part I, Part II, and Part III. For Part IV, the unique crust flavors continue and are becoming a major … Continue reading Pizza and Hard Cider – Part IV

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