Wednesday, September 29, 2010


It's time for cider! Aaah cider. Not just any old cider, not that nasty pasturized stuff. Raw, unpasturized cider! The kind that goes hard after a week and a half in the fridge! (not that it ever lasts that long). Last year I posted my recipe for hot mulled cider. Fresh apple cider lends a nice tangy-sweet flavor to pork roast. Below you'll find a recipe I like to make. If you have a favorite recipe using cider, feel free to post it! We'd love to know what creative things you do with it!

Pork Roast with Sweet Onions, Apples and Cider

1 T cooking oil
1 large pork roast
1 medium Vidalia onion, sliced
1 C apple cider
1/2 C water
1 clove of garlic, chopped
2 medium Cortland apples (or your favorite cooking apple) peeled and sliced
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a dutch oven, heat oil. Add Onions and saute until they are soft, add garlic. Meanwhile generously salt and pepper the pork roast. Place roast in the pan and brown on all sides. Once nicely browned, add cider, water and apples. Simmer over low to medium heat for one hour adding more water as necessary.

Serve with mashed potatoes and butternut squash for a really great comfort food dinner!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's Time!

I recently saw this quote by some obscure centuries-ago person (no doubt a millionaire) "Every Millionaire Loves a Baked Apple". Well, we are certianly not millionaires, but I guess we can all EAT like one then! And, it's time for the apples we all love to cook with again! This Saturday on the market table will be Cortlands, McIntosh, and my personal favorite ~ GALA! You know, I love this apple so much I started calling my dad's barn cat Gala. She was as sweet as one for sure.

It's also time for grapes! The other day, my kids and I went for a ride through the orchard. We turned the corner from our house and headed toward the big hill that leads to the grapes. We could SMELL them before we could even see them! I wish I could describe the smell to you. It was a combination of summer, sunshine, grass and, well... grapes! Even more I wish I could have bottled that smell for dreary winter days that are ahead of us all, or for any time I just need a pick me up. Of course I took the above picture a few weeks ago, they are all deep purple now. YUM!