December 2010

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    Holiday Gifts: Land Protection, Cider Apples

    Happy holiday news for the Upper Valley, from the Upper Valley Land Trust website: The Plainfield Cider Orchard has been protected through a conservation easement purchased from landowners Steve Wood and Peter Williamson in a bargain sale, with support from the New Hampshire Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) [see New Hampshire Partners with […]

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    Sweet Cider thoughts from NPR

    T. Susan Chang offers some thoughts on that other cider, the brown, sweet kind from NPR’s Kitchen Window…. Apples. From the moment their season starts, they’re the Miss America of fruit, piled high in the supermarket, tucked into your kid’s lunchbox, hanging heavy and low in the orchards like original sin itself. You may like […]

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    Cider: soil & peels, pine crates and autumn air

    Another cyder-space article, by Carly Wray of the Spir.it. Traditional hard apple cider is the spirit world’s safe zone, a Switzerland of sorts where wine, beer, and liquor enthusiasts can lay down their arms and split a killer lamb burger. The best, most authentic versions give a wide berth to their deeply sweet, non-alcoholic brethren […]

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    Holiday Gifting for Cider Geeks, revised

    It’s a big day for Northwest cider and Northwest Cidermakers — the publication of their of Washington State University’s long awaited publication “Hard Cider Production and Orchard Management in the Pacific Northwest.” So instead of the latest best seller or Harry Potter knock-off, we recommend this for the cider geek on your holiday list. And […]

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    Cranberry Sauce & Cider Chicken Braise

    From Eating the Rind’s blog, a recipe for cider-braised chicken with a delightful-sounding cranberry sauce.  Also a way to clear your liquor cabinet of some remnants! Port Cranberry Sauce (Adapted from Emeril’s Cranberry Sauce) Combine 12 oz. bag cranberries, 1/4 c. port, 1/2 c. sugar, zest of one orange, and one half of a cinnamon […]