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Apple cider season, what are some of your interesting uses

HillJ Oct 12, 2012 07:41 AM

My daughter and I just made a batch of apple cider caramels that came out so nice and chewy. Excellent use of apple cider! http://www.imbibemagazine.com/Apple-C...

What creative ways do you use apple cider? Cocktails, baked goods, sauces?


  1. Cheese Boy Dec 4, 2012 11:19 PM

    Not sure if this was mentioned upthread, but cider makes a wonderful cheap air freshener for your home. Heat the cider up on the stovetop with some whole allspice, some clove, and a cinnamon stick. Later add water as it slowly cooks down to keep the house smelling lovely all day.
    You can drink it too if you like.

    1. greygarious Dec 4, 2012 09:55 AM

      Apple cider is a superb braising liquid when making a dried fruit compote, or a seasonal mixture of fresh and dried, like peeled/cored/sliced Bosc pears, a firm variety of apple, prunes, dried apricots, and raisins or craisins. I like to add honey and Tokaji Aszu or another sauternes-type dessert wine, and use golden raisins which I add at the end, off-heat, so they don't swell too much. Once upon a time, I had access to fresh quince, which was great in this type of compote.

      1. HillJ Oct 16, 2012 01:13 PM

        Speaking of caramel and apple, has anyone tried the fairly new Werther's caramels with a hit of apple? They're not half bad.

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        1. re: HillJ
          rstuart Oct 16, 2012 05:56 PM

          Yes! I had those when I was last in the States.. very sad they're not available here in Canada..

        2. HillJ Oct 16, 2012 08:42 AM


          Back on topic, I'm thinking a base cake like this could be easily enhanced by pouring the apple cider caramel over the cake instead of making chewy candies....stay tuned!

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            kattyeyes Oct 16, 2012 09:23 AM

            235 degrees F on the caramel sauce, eh? Is THAT the magic number--right in the middle of thread and soft ball? I am dying to know the right answer as o/w, caramels tend to come out too firm. I was going to try 220 next time, but I welcome your guidance. I also never heard of putting sour cream in caramel--interesting twist.

            And what, you don't wanna talk about those nasty chips anymore?! J/K! ;)

            1. re: kattyeyes
              HillJ Oct 16, 2012 10:41 AM

              I so enjoy your laughter, katty-e! I'm gonna give this cake a go on Thurs, see what we can do with it.

              nasty chips......ha!

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            bg90027 Oct 15, 2012 12:00 PM

            I like braising pork cheeks in a mix of stock and cider with some sweet potatoes, fresh ginger, shallots, garlic, celery and whatever else I might be inspired to add.

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              buzzardbreath Oct 15, 2012 11:20 AM

              I'm planning to make a gallon or two of LIquid Apple Pie AKA Apple Pie "Moonshine" or Apple Pie Boilo :-) It's made with cider, spices, and grain alcohol or high-proof rum or whiskey. Not considered classy in some circles but it is so tasty! LOL Also planning to make a huge batch of pumpkin butter which uses apple cider as the liquid.

              1. Ruthie789 Oct 15, 2012 10:29 AM

                I put a little bit in with my apples for pie. Also my dog gets a teaspoon a day, it helps with a condition she has of bladder stones. The vet recommended it after her surgery.

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                  girlwonder88 Oct 14, 2012 08:00 PM

                  Just pulled out a frozen gallon of last year's cider to thaw, since we are pressing again in two weeks.

                  Last year, we made boiled cider syrup and I'll make some again tomorrow. Reduce the cider slowly until it's thick and syrupy, a gallon down to a pint or so. Excellent in lots of places, but we love it best with bourbon. Oh, man.

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                    biondanonima Oct 15, 2012 10:54 AM

                    I do this any time I have more cider than I care to drink - it's such a useful thing to have in the kitchen. Great in mixed drinks, splashed into seltzer, salad dressings, sauces, soups - anywhere you might want a little sweetness and acidity.

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                      LindaWhit Oct 15, 2012 12:40 PM

                      About how long would it take to reduce a half gallon of cider to syrup, gw88? And how long would it keep? I have some cider syrup in my fridge, but it was store-bought. Would love to make some myself, it it keeps well. Is it freezable?

                      1. re: LindaWhit
                        girlwonder88 Oct 17, 2012 03:14 PM

                        Gosh, it took me an hour or so, maybe, to reduce a full gallon? Watch it closely as it gets close to being done, as it thickens up fast at the end. I think it'll keep indefinitely. You can absolutely freeze it, and I don't see any reason why you couldn't safely can it in a boiling water bath-it's high acid since it's just apple juice.

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                          LindaWhit Oct 17, 2012 04:57 PM

                          Great, thanks gw88!

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                      Florida Hound Oct 14, 2012 05:57 PM

                      You are getting some good recipes and ideas for cocktails, but this tea-totaller loves hot mulled cider, no spirits needed. Someone on another thread told me that true apple cider cannot be "pasteurized." Well, whatever that apple stuff is, all spiced up in the crock pot for a few hours, with slices of orange, with cinnamon sticks poking throught them, just floating around... its delicious this time of year, right on through the Christmas/ Hanukkah/ New Year season.

                      May I recommend J Crow's Mulled Cider Mix- spices that are "just right" for mulling great cider? they are a company out of New Ipswich, New Hampshire. We have enjoyed their mix for years.
                      website: www.jcrows.com
                      On the other hand, the widely-available Aspen mix has a real artificial taste to me. I avoid Aspen at all costs.

                      1. charles_sills Oct 14, 2012 05:34 PM

                        i use it to deglaze after pork chops and after quickly pan roasting country style ribs. i reduce by half, and mount with pats of butter. wonderful.

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                          Byrdy Oct 14, 2012 05:50 PM

                          Sounds scrumptious - will try this. Thanks!

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                            charles_sills Oct 14, 2012 07:29 PM

                            no problem!!!

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                          pedalfaster Oct 14, 2012 04:13 PM

                          Not food related...but if you go through every idea here and still have some left-over...cider vinegar makes a great clarifying hair rinse.

                          You want to dilute it, and rinse with plenty of fresh cold water. It's great to use ~before~ coloring or adding any other chemical process to the hair (don't use it after!).

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                            rstuart Oct 14, 2012 01:20 PM

                            Yum.. I love apple cider. I made apple cider "doughnut" muffins that use apple butter and cider. Also a really simple chicken recipe from BBC good food that basically just has onion, garlic, apples, apple cider, and chicken. I usually boil some little new potatoes with it and have them together..

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                              Terrie H. Oct 14, 2012 02:16 PM

                              Do you have a recipe you would share for the muffins? I did a quick web search but didn't see one with apple butter in them. TY!

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                                goodhealthgourmet Oct 14, 2012 02:41 PM

                                this may be it:

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                                  HillJ Oct 14, 2012 02:59 PM

                                  Oh my dh would love muffins those in the morning!

                                2. re: Terrie H.
                                  rstuart Oct 14, 2012 03:08 PM

                                  It's an Eating Well recipe
                                  But I can assure you that it doesn't taste "healthy"!

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                                    Terrie H. Oct 14, 2012 03:11 PM

                                    Thank you so much. Healthy on top of delicious is a bonus!

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                                      HillJ Oct 15, 2012 06:18 AM

                                      Perfect now there are two versions re: muffins. One with a sugar-cinnamon topping & one with a streusel topping-my dh loves apple cider muffins, doughnuts, pancakes, french toast (egg & cider dip), crepes (cider glaze)....I'll be busy this weekend!

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                                Byrdy Oct 14, 2012 10:43 AM

                                Thanks, Hillj! I think I did ok - they are in the pan and cooling. I am cooling them on a rack on the counter, and was wondering if I could put them in the fridge to cool? (Its my first time trying to make candy :-) ) MUST GET A CANDY THERMOMETER!

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                                  HillJ Oct 14, 2012 11:41 AM

                                  I'd put them in to chill once they are warm not hot. You don't want to rush the sugars too fast.

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                                  Byrdy Oct 14, 2012 09:57 AM

                                  Here's a simple recipe for Pork Chops with Apples and Onions that uses cider. I made it with some free-range Maine pork chops, and it was really delicious.


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                                    HillJ Oct 14, 2012 10:16 AM

                                    I have much better success preparing a pork loin (bone in or out) than I ever do chops. Thanks for the link. I adore apples & onions together. On skewers we make an apple/onion/porkloin cubed on the grill with a molasse glaze.

                                    One of my versions is to cook down the cider infused with a broken cinnamon stick, a pierced vanilla bean, one star anise and rough cut white onion and slather that over the pork loin, foiled and roasted until done.

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                                      Byrdy Oct 14, 2012 10:47 AM

                                      That sounds like heaven...I just love fall flavors. A lovely loin came home with us from Maine as well, and I'll bookmark your recipe - thanks!

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                                    Byrdy Oct 14, 2012 09:46 AM

                                    Making the caramels right now, though without a candy thermometer. Wish me luck!

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                                      HillJ Oct 14, 2012 09:50 AM

                                      Byrdy, rely on the printed tip:
                                      (If you don’t have a candy thermometer: Have a bowl of very cold water ready and cook the caramel until a tiny spoonful dropped into the water becomes firm, chewy, and able to be plied into a ball.)

                                      Good luck and enjoy!

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                                        Byrdy Oct 14, 2012 04:12 PM

                                        Hillj, thank you for this delicious recipe, and for success in my first -other than fudge - foray into candy. DH and I had a fun little assembly line going...I cut the caramels but the.lines.kept.melting.together...aargh...the finished product though tasty looks decidedly amateurish but hooo boy they taste some good! I spinkled some sel de mer on top of each piece...I think I'll make them next on a nice and chilly day. In my alwayschilly kitchen ;-)

                                        So very tasty- thanks again!

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                                          HillJ Oct 15, 2012 05:50 AM

                                          Did you think you cut the caramels too early or was the candy still too soft?

                                          My last batch late last night included some espresso coffee and a chocolate cocoa bean on top of each piece, no wrapping-just plated. Each time I've made the recipe the set up improves (because I am still quite new at candy making myself) with practice.

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                                      blinknoodle Oct 14, 2012 07:47 AM

                                      Ina Garten has a great Apple cider vinaigrette for a butternut squash salad.

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                                        HillJ Oct 14, 2012 07:55 AM

                                        blinkn, I'm going to link the recipe because I agree with you, it's a marvelous fall salad.

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                                          Chocolatechipkt Oct 14, 2012 09:02 AM

                                          I agree ... it's a great salad!

                                      2. greygarious Oct 13, 2012 09:20 PM

                                        Forgot to mention that I have made jello with Knox plain gelatin, 12 ounces of cider, an ounce of caramel sauce, and 3 oz cream. The color;s not so great but it tastes good.

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                                          cayjohan Oct 14, 2012 12:06 PM

                                          greygarious, you remind me to pick up a little gelling attempt I tried a couple of years ago: Waldorf salad in gelled apple cider. I set apples, walnuts and celery in a cider gelatin; it was only *okay*, but it has potential. The biggest problem is that it lacked the tanginess I associated with Waldorf. Now I'm thinking I might add a bit of mayo to the works and see what happens...I hesitated the last time with the mayo specially because of the color problem. I seem to recall you also share a certain affection for gelatins...ever try a Waldorf?

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                                            kattyeyes Oct 14, 2012 02:58 PM

                                            Love Waldorf salad. Haven't had it in FOREVER. Yum!

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                                              cayjohan Oct 14, 2012 03:37 PM

                                              Go forth and experiment! I know I'm going to! The refreshment factor is big for me; Waldorf salad is refreshing, gelatins and aspics are refreshing, and apple cider is refreshing...I figure there's got to be some nexus there, right?

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                                                kattyeyes Oct 14, 2012 03:49 PM

                                                Exactly! Do report back if you land on something magical--and I'll do the same! :)

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                                              greygarious Oct 17, 2012 09:05 PM

                                              We had to make Waldorf salad in 7th grade home-ec class. Back then I would not eat mayo or anything with vinegar. So I never tasted it again, though now I adore sweet&sour. I think you could try either buttermilk or mayo, though if the latter you might want an additional splash of vinegar. I have no idea if acidic ingredients interfere with gelling at some point but would be cautious about that.

                                          2. jmcarthur8 Oct 13, 2012 08:41 PM

                                            I use apple cider to sub for the rum in my fruitcakes. I use Alton Brown's Free Range Fruitcake recipe, and it's just delicious.

                                            1. petek Oct 13, 2012 03:18 PM

                                              Apple cider reduction to use as a base for a yummy vinaigrette..

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                                                MrsJonesey Oct 13, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                petek, that sounds really good. I've been thinking about making a vinaigrette with cider, but it didn't occur to me to make a reduction. Would love to have your recipe and also, your favorite salad ingredients to use it with, if you don't mind sharing. :-)

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                                                  HillJ Oct 13, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                  Ditto, I'd love to learn more about your method and sald preparation, petek.

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                                                    petek Oct 14, 2012 06:24 AM

                                                    <Would love to have your recipe and also, your favorite salad ingredients to use it with, if you don't mind sharing. :-)>

                                                    Don't mind sharing at all.
                                                    In a blender throw in cider reduction,s&p cider or champagne vinegar,chopped shallots or even better sweet vidalia onion,bit of honey start blending, slowly add a neutral oil(veg or grape seed) check seasoning(I like my vinaigrette a bit more acidic so...

                                                    Goes great with arugula(or spinach),crisp apple slices,walnuts,Stilton and sun-dried pear.

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                                                      HillJ Oct 14, 2012 07:23 AM

                                                      Thank you! That combo is right up my alley.

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                                                        MrsJonesey Oct 14, 2012 07:12 PM

                                                        Sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing.

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                                                    chazzer Oct 13, 2012 03:16 PM

                                                    I just made the Apple Cider caramels from the King Arthur blog.

                                                    Those also are great. I just took 1st place in the candy division at our state fair with them. Smitten Kitchen is very reliable, but the KA caramels were dead easy. If you make them, please report back and tell me how they compare.

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                                                      HillJ Oct 13, 2012 05:07 PM

                                                      I don't use corn syrup in caramels but thank you for linking the KA recipe here for those CH's who would give the recipe a try. For me it's a texture preference and the inclusion of brown sugar in the SK recipe really makes it for me.

                                                      Congrats! on your 1st place award, chazzer!

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                                                      pasuga Oct 13, 2012 12:22 PM

                                                      There's a recipe I adapted from the Frog Commissary Cookbook. Boil 4 cups of good cider down to 2. Add a big jar of sauerkraut (rinsed) and a couple of tablespoons of caraway seeds. Transfer to a baking dish and bake at 250-300 degrees for an hour and a half. Brown pork chops with thyme and add to the dish, burying in the kraut, adjust oven to 350, and bake an additional half hour. (Add a little more cider if the dish is drying out.) Serve with baked potatoes.

                                                      1. ipsedixit Oct 13, 2012 12:22 PM

                                                        I would make sorbet.

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                                                          Chocolatechipkt Oct 13, 2012 08:30 PM

                                                          I had a fabulous apple cider sorbet at a little restaurant here last year. Maybe this year I'll have to make some of my own ...

                                                        2. kattyeyes Oct 13, 2012 11:09 AM

                                                          HillJ, those caramels are screamin' for bourbon. I made bourbon salted caramel apples this week. Maker's shakes hands nicely with caramel.

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                                                            HillJ Oct 13, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                            You're reading my mind (once again, kattye). We were thinking of various ways to spike the caramels just this morning. Apple jack, whiskey a go go, bourbon for sure, kahlua, dark rum, etc. and some variations on salt too...like an anise salt..or a vanilla bean salt.

                                                            I gotta get more wrappers!

                                                            1. re: HillJ
                                                              HillJ Oct 16, 2012 06:01 AM

                                                              I just had a bourbon infused apple cider caramel with my coffee-breakfast of champions!
                                                              And a REAL winner !!!

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                                                                kattyeyes Oct 16, 2012 06:50 AM

                                                                A champion after my own heart! Screw Wheaties! :)

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                                                                Caitlin McGrath Oct 16, 2012 06:48 PM

                                                                Question for you gals about spiking caramels - and I *love* this idea; as HillJ says, endless delicious possibilities! When are you adding the booze, in the beginning with the sugar, cream, etc. or later in the process? I've never added liquid extras to caramels but obviously your booze additions aren't tanking (wow, there's a pun there I think) the results. How much would you add for an 8x8-in pan's worth?

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                                                                  HillJ Oct 16, 2012 08:11 PM

                                                                  For the bourbon I added 1/8 cup just before pouring into the pan. It was my last addition to the mixture, while still good & hot. Quick fold to incorporate.

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                                                                    Caitlin McGrath Oct 17, 2012 10:59 AM

                                                                    Excellent, thank you. I see spiked caramels in my future.

                                                            2. greygarious Oct 13, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                              One of my standard, recipe-less soups, is kielbasa/cabbage/apple. Always contains seared diced sausage, chicken broth, onion, cabbage, caraway, carrot, celery, garlic, diced apple, balsamic vinegar, and apple cider. Variables are a choice of wild rice, barley, or white beans.

                                                              I use apple cider instead of water when making whole wheat pancakes from my favorite mix, Kodiak Kakes. I have also used it in place of half the liquid with cornbread mix and some quickbread/muffin mixes that were gifts from a friend.

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                                                                HillJ Oct 13, 2012 12:09 PM

                                                                greyg, that kielbasa dish sounds so comforting! Adding cider in place of water makes perfect, delicious sense, thanks!

                                                              2. mamachef Oct 13, 2012 08:37 AM

                                                                HillJ, besides mulled cider, my alltime favorite use for it is as a braising liquid for a dish I call Chicken Sebastopol: flattened chicken breasts that I stuff w/ a bread/walnut/apple/celery/onion stuffing; roll and tie them, brown them, and then add the cider when they go into the oven. I finish it by swirling in some butter. And every now and again, I use half white wine or chicken broth w/ the cider. I also like to make cider "jelly" with fresh gelatin; the little cups are very refreshing.

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                                                                  HillJ Oct 13, 2012 08:58 AM

                                                                  Oh my mamac, they both sound terrific. Thanks!

                                                                2. MGZ Oct 13, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                                  Warm cider with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and Laird's 7 1/2 year old apple brandy - a fall at the NJ Shore staple for us.

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                                                                    magiesmom Oct 13, 2012 06:40 AM

                                                                    We love chicken or rabbit braised in cider and onions or leeks.

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                                                                      Chocolatechipkt Oct 13, 2012 07:55 AM

                                                                      Me too!

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                                                                        HillJ Oct 13, 2012 08:58 AM

                                                                        I wish I could get my hands on rabbit and goat more easily.

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                                                                          magiesmom Oct 14, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                                          yes, me too. it appears at the farmers market occasionally.

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                                                                          hotoynoodle Oct 13, 2012 09:10 AM

                                                                          just made rabbit braised with a mustard-cream-cider sauce. used fresh local cider and grass-fed organic cream. swoony good.

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                                                                            LindaWhit Oct 15, 2012 12:35 PM

                                                                            This sauce would have done very well for my weekend's chicken dish. Will have to remember to try it.

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                                                                              magiesmom Oct 16, 2012 05:55 AM

                                                                              there's something about mustard, cream and cider. Great with pork also.

                                                                          2. coll Oct 12, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                            I heat it a bit in the microwave and add spiced rum. Maybe a cinnamon stick as garnish?

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                                                                              rabaja Oct 12, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                              Now I almost need to run out and buy some. We made mulled cider to go with the doughnuts and it was so comforting in this dreary, grey weather.
                                                                              I simmered the cider with some orange zest, cinnamon stick, and a tiny piece of star anise. It hit the spot.
                                                                              I can totally see adding some rum after five today ;)

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                                                                                coll Oct 12, 2012 01:25 PM

                                                                                Star anise is a good idea, could serve it in a clear pitcher so it's decorative as well as flavorful. Capt Morgan is especially good for this though.

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                                                                                  HillJ Oct 12, 2012 01:51 PM

                                                                                  Interesting! Need to give more thought to cocktails!

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                                                                                    Terrie H. Oct 13, 2012 08:44 AM

                                                                                    I used to this exact concoction on Halloween and warm it up, handing a cup to the close neighbors when they escorted their little ones around.

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                                                                                      coll Oct 13, 2012 10:29 AM

                                                                                      I've seen this served in bars, it's usually called Witches Tit for some reason.

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                                                                                  HillJ Oct 12, 2012 01:50 PM

                                                                                  coll, I love warm cider with rum...and another cocktail we tried last year was a combo of Sam Adams Seasonal beer and cider.

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                                                                                    coll Oct 12, 2012 01:53 PM

                                                                                    I could see that.

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                                                                                      CarrieWas218 Oct 13, 2012 05:20 AM

                                                                                      I also warm it up for a cocktail, but I add Calvados...

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                                                                                    kattyeyes Oct 13, 2012 11:07 AM

                                                                                    Swap spiced rum for Tuaca. I just put a sprinkle of cinnamon in mine. They call it "hot apple pie"--I call it delicious, esp. since I am more generous with the Tuaca than the original recipe, HA HA (2 oz. shots in this house).

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                                                                                      coll Oct 14, 2012 04:24 AM

                                                                                      I do half and half myself. Gotta keep warm!

                                                                                      Never heard of Tuaca before, now I'll have to pick some up for the holidays.

                                                                                  3. rabaja Oct 12, 2012 01:10 PM

                                                                                    I've been making apple cider doughnuts since returning from New England. Thankfully, I can give them to others, so I'm not really eating them myself.
                                                                                    I used a Smitten Kitchen recipe the first time, it's a cake doughnut made with cider that's reduced by half. Pretty good, for a cake doughnut.
                                                                                    The second go-round was a bomboloni recipe from Gena DePalma, which I've always loved. I subbed out some of the proofing water for reduced cider. These were very tender.
                                                                                    I am home making chocolates today and would really like to play around with an apple cider caramel filling, but alas, am out of cider.

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                                                                                      HillJ Oct 12, 2012 01:51 PM

                                                                                      rabaja, I just bought 2 jugs of apple cider to make several batches this weekend. Our weekend guests are going to love them. Too bad trick or treaters can't enjoy homemade sweets anymore!

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                                                                                        greygarious Oct 13, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                                        There are no longer any young kids in this neighborhood, but when I DID have trick or treaters and gave out homemade goodies, I used ziplock baggies - on the inside of the bag, I stuck one of the scores of return address labels that come in charity fundraising mail. I pointed this out to the kids and told them to make sure their parents knew the treat was identified. Hopefully this reassured parents that the contents were safe.

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                                                                                          HillJ Oct 13, 2012 12:11 PM

                                                                                          Interesting way to address a parents concerns...my dh would be more concerned giving out our house address to strangers :)

                                                                                          OTOH, so much of the trick or treating is now private parties/gatherings with the neighbors adding the caramels to our giving table will be easy.

                                                                                      2. re: rabaja
                                                                                        HillJ Oct 13, 2012 05:41 PM

                                                                                        I must admit I'm not a great doughnut maker. I leave it to the pros but today when I spotted apple cider doughnuts for my hubby I thought of your post.

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                                                                                          LindaWhit Oct 15, 2012 12:34 PM

                                                                                          I hope your trip East was fun, rabaja! And apple cider doughnuts are da bomb....fresh from the fryer at an apple orchard. :-D

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                                                                                            rabaja Oct 16, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                                                            Our trip was wonderful, LW, thank you!
                                                                                            Such great weather, with just enough rain, bluster and sunshine to enjoy the fall foliage. It's getting so I never want to leave.
                                                                                            I'm still thinking about the ultimate cider doughnut...are they often cake doughnuts? Seems those are the most common recipes when I went searching, but I prefer the yeasted variety.

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                                                                                              LindaWhit Oct 16, 2012 12:44 PM

                                                                                              I've only had cider doughnuts in the cake version, never yeasted.

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                                                                                                kattyeyes Oct 16, 2012 12:54 PM

                                                                                                And I had pumpkin donuts at the cider mill this weekend. DELISH!

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                                                                                                  rabaja Oct 16, 2012 01:50 PM

                                                                                                  pumpkin doughnuts?! Now those would be good with some mulled cider too!

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                                                                                                    kattyeyes Oct 16, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                                                                    Yes, they were! :) Even better than the apple cider ones.

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                                                                                                    kubasd Oct 18, 2012 06:12 PM

                                                                                                    What cider mill do you go to, kattyeyes?

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                                                                                                      kattyeyes Oct 18, 2012 06:41 PM

                                                                                                      The Old Cider Mill in South Glastonbury for ol' times sake (plus I like to see the animals), but I'd like to try the little house across from Dondero, farther up the hill past Belltown, when I run out. Um, and as I was typing, I got up to pour myself a glass, shook the container AND THE PLASTIC LID POPPED RIGHT OFF (guess the cider was starting to go) and sprayed cider all over my face and glasses. So, yes, now that I stopped laughing, I will be stopping up near Dondero this weekend to give them a try.

                                                                                                      ETA: In keeping with this thread's theme, "what are some of your interesting uses"--how about an unintended facial? ;P

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                                                                                                        Chocolatechipkt Oct 19, 2012 02:17 AM

                                                                                                        Is that where you are Kattyeyes? Some of my favorite people live there, and I love all the orchards and fresh produce around.

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                                                                                                          kattyeyes Oct 19, 2012 04:33 AM

                                                                                                          Oh, I do, too, but no--I'm south and across the river in Middletown. But I misspoke above: the donuts are from Belltown Orchards (my favorite), up off of Foote. They change the donuts with the seasons. My spring fave is cherry, but the pumpkin is great.

                                                                                                          1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                            Chocolatechipkt Oct 19, 2012 05:57 AM

                                                                                                            That's about 2 seconds away from my family. I bet they go there, too. :)

                                                                                                      2. re: kubasd
                                                                                                        kattyeyes Oct 18, 2012 07:14 PM

                                                                                                        Maybe you remember The Old Cider Mill more by how it looks than the name. I think the Riverview Farms people (Robb's Ice Cream et al) run it now. Nothing like fall in New England!

                                                                                            2. cayjohan Oct 12, 2012 12:44 PM

                                                                                              Apple cider season coincides with Brussels sprouts season! Brussels sprouts braised in apple cider are a favorite in our house.

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                                                                                              1. re: cayjohan
                                                                                                HillJ Oct 12, 2012 01:49 PM

                                                                                                cayj, how would you go about infusing the cider? right from the start of the braise or roast sprouts then braise in cider?

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                                                                                                  cayjohan Oct 13, 2012 12:58 AM

                                                                                                  I'm a path-of-least-resistance gal here - some methods call for precooking the sprouts, then braising, but I don't bother. Hot skillet, some oil, toss in the trimmed sprouts to spottily brown up. Add some garlic, salt, then the cider, and head toward preferred doneness. Sometimes I use less cider and less time for a lighter sweetness; other times I keep adding cider as it reduces and slowly braise to a thick-ish glaze on the sprouts. It's pretty hard to screw up, really, however you tweak it. This week I glazed them pretty heavily and served with knockwurst. Great combo. And the sprouts are good cold out of the fridge as a snack - a delicious little candied cabbage bite. I generally use a Honeycrisp cider, as I like the slight acidity with the sprouts. The only drawback is we like the dish so much that I rarely cook Brussels sprouts any other way. But as ruts go, it's not a bad rut. This time of year we get bitten by the seasonal bug pretty bad, and have this once or twice a week until the farmers' market supply of sprouts and fresh cider dries up.

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                                                                                                    HillJ Oct 13, 2012 05:17 AM

                                                                                                    I grabbed a niced stalk of sprouts from the local market and I'm going to give this a try. I have some spicy chicken sausage I'll probably grill to go with. Thank you for sharing your approach, cayj!

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                                                                                                      SarachkaInBrooklyn Oct 14, 2012 04:56 PM

                                                                                                      I just tried this after a visit to the farmer's market this morning. Delicious!

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                                                                                                        cayjohan Oct 14, 2012 08:03 PM

                                                                                                        Isn't it? I've been doing the same thing with chard lately, too. Stems cooked down with apple cider first, then toss in the ribboned leaves. Had it with buttermilk mashed potatoes and ham steak tonight. It was like...like...like...chunky, leafy jam, If that makes any sense? I think I'll have the leftover cider-cooked chard for breakfast tomorrow - on toast, with some fresh chèvre. If you like the sprouts+cider, play with some chèvre too...it's wonderful.

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                                                                                                          SarachkaInBrooklyn Oct 18, 2012 07:32 PM

                                                                                                          oooh, that sounds delicious, too! do you think it would work with kale in place of the chard? I have some kale sitting in the fridge, and also so fresh chevre, so it would be perfect...

                                                                                                          1. re: SarachkaInBrooklyn
                                                                                                            cayjohan Oct 19, 2012 03:23 PM

                                                                                                            Yes, yes, yes...works wonderfully with kale. The reason I've been using the chard is that the dang critters at my community garden ate all my kale. In fact, I prefer the kale over the chard, if only for the sturdier texture.

                                                                                                    2. re: HillJ
                                                                                                      HillJ Oct 15, 2012 06:27 AM

                                                                                                      cayj, I hope I've done you proud....after cleaning the sprouts from the stalk, slicing in half and washing well (they were soooooooo dirty) I roasted them in the oven for a 30 mins with just oo, s&p. while preparing a cider glaze on the stovetop which consisted of equal parts apple cider & pomm molasses, orange and lemon peels and just a dash of nutmeg. Then, once removed from the oven I brushed the glaze on the sprouts and returned them to a low broil until caramelized. I like a bit of tooth to b-sprouts so these were not uber soft but later today they will be part of a salad I like room temp....b-sprouts, diced Anjour pears, and pomm seeds over greens.

                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ
                                                                                                        cayjohan Oct 19, 2012 03:26 PM

                                                                                                        Ooooh, HillJ...I think I may have to try your approach as well...sounds even better! (My laziness gets in the way sometimes, and leads me to one-pan thinking.) The sprouts/pear/pomm seed salad sounds delicious...what did you dress it with?

                                                                                                        1. re: cayjohan
                                                                                                          HillJ Oct 19, 2012 03:32 PM

                                                                                                          A combo dressing of rice vinegar, olive oil, wee bit of mashed garlic and chards of blue cheese.

                                                                                                          Thanks cayj. You really got me using the cider and stalk sooner than later. They came out delicious.

                                                                                                          1. re: HillJ
                                                                                                            cayjohan Oct 19, 2012 03:43 PM

                                                                                                            You hooked me but good with the blue cheese addition! Looks like another batch of sprouts is on our horizon after tomorrow's farmers' market...thanks so for the salad inspiration.

                                                                                                    3. re: cayjohan
                                                                                                      LindaWhit Oct 15, 2012 12:33 PM

                                                                                                      Oh now I'm mad. Why didn't I read this thread this weekend when I had Brussels sprouts? This would have been perfect.

                                                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                        cayjohan Oct 19, 2012 03:33 PM

                                                                                                        Careful...they're kind of addictive. My formerly-sprout-hating Mr. Cay begs for them and, as good as B sprouts are, I have to sometimes say no. Elsewise, we'd be eating braised Brussels sprouts at every darn meal this time of year.

                                                                                                    4. todao Oct 12, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                                                      Apple cider pound cake, bread and muffins, custard, pork loin chops, apple cider honey roasted lamb .... .............

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                                                                                                        HillJ Oct 12, 2012 01:49 PM

                                                                                                        apple cider custard, tod? do tell! Got a recipe to point to?

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                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Oct 13, 2012 11:05 AM

                                                                                                          J, perhaps one of these would be a good jumping-off point for the custard?


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                                                                                                            HillJ Oct 13, 2012 12:12 PM

                                                                                                            Hey there ghg! I've missed you! And, leave it to our favorite search junkie to land a few target recipes over here-THANKS! I can't say I've ever had cider custard before. You? Any particular recipe wow you from the link-list?

                                                                                                            Today I had an apple cider slushy at the marketplace and officially kicked off fall with Macoun apples and cider in my cart!

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                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Oct 13, 2012 03:46 PM

                                                                                                              aw, thanks - i've missed you too! my Hounding has ben pretty limited lately.

                                                                                                              i personally haven't had cider custard either, but as far as those links, i think i'd go with the Serious Eats recipe...maybe playing w/the spicing a bit. i like that it doesn't call for as much sugar as the others. the F&W recipe is more of a cream pie, but it sounds divine!

                                                                                                              i'm glad you're enjoying the season's apple bounty. i can't really think about fall comfort food yet with temps in the 90's here!! we had a whopping 2 days of cool, rainy weather before the mercury shot back up.

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                                                                                                                HillJ Oct 13, 2012 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                You should see be shuttling btwn the warmth of CA and the early fog of NJ week to week. Sometimes I wind up with the wrong suitcase in tow! But Fall on the eastcoast is not to be missed....hence the urge to squeeze in as much fall food love as possible.

                                                                                                                I'm going to have to give this cider custard a look see. The pumpkin custard is going fast and furious around here (MS's recipe) and Indian pudding is on the simmer right now. But those apple cider caramels are to die for!

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                                                                                                                  mamachef Oct 14, 2012 03:22 AM

                                                                                                                  Yaaaaaaaaaaay! She's back!!

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                                                                                                                    magiesmom Oct 14, 2012 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                    yes, yay!

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                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Oct 14, 2012 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                      i love you ladies :) now if i could just find my lost cooking mojo, i'd really rejoin the CH fray. i can't remember the last time i prepared a proper meal. it would help if it wasn't so HOT here - makes me not want to turn on the stove or the oven!

                                                                                                                      @J, those caramels sound positively crave-worthy, and Indian pudding & pumpkin custard are two of my favorite Fall foods!

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                                                                                                                        HillJ Oct 14, 2012 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                        ghg, every time I make a batch of your black bean dip I smile ;0) the perfect cooler for a hot day!

                                                                                                                        lots of experimenting to do yet but fall is my favorite time of year. the sheer # of new pumpkin-y products on the market blows my mind. Just saw
                                                                                                                        Thomas' pumpkin English muffins this morning on the shelf.

                                                                                                                        and, OT, yesterday I bought my first retail pint of Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream in fresh ginger for $4.99 after waiting what seemed like a century for the label to be sold direct to the public. WF & Dearborn Farms carry it near me. Also comes in green tea, red bean, coconut, pistachio, mango and strawberry. Quality.

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                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Oct 14, 2012 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                          you're killing me with the ice cream - i'm off dairy these days. i could do without the strawberry & mango, but i'd gladly snarf a serving or two of the others. have some for me!!

                                                                                                                          i haven't made my black bean dip in ages - maybe i'll whip up a batch today. guess i should go out & get some fresh cilantro...

                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                            HillJ Oct 15, 2012 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                            It's going to be warm in NJ today...so I'm thinking a batch of finger foods and dips is a great way to kick off the evening.

                                                                                                                            you're off dairy? holy 'cow' no Greek yogurt? wow...ghg...that's gotta be difficult to decide!

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                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Oct 15, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                              well, i've worked my way back to a splash of organic half & half in my a.m. coffee, and a bite of cheese on occasion, but that's it. as much as it pained me to give up my beloved cottage cheese & Greek yogurt, my system really wasn't handling that stuff well anymore :( i'm hoping it's not a permanent change, but for now i'm steering clear.

                                                                                                                              "warm" would be nice - we're roasting here again...back up to 100 on Wednesday.

                                                                                                                              BTW, if you have access to decent ripe avocados, guac is a terrific complement to the bean dip :)

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                                                                                                                                HillJ Oct 15, 2012 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                I wound up going in a hummus direction last night but next weekend I'm going to assemble a fish taco vs sushi roll bar and include the black bean dip & gauc (which I made on the thin side, more like a drizzle bottle thickness) on the serving table.

                                                                                                                                It pained me to give up raw mushrooms (I even grew a few from a coffee grind sack) for the same reason.

                                                                                                                                Right now I'm making a cider scone recipe for the morning. I'm thinking a cider glaze with a walnut crumble on top.

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                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Oct 15, 2012 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                  mmm, scones. i haven't had one in YEARS :( yep, a walnut or spiced pecan crumble would work for me!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                                    HillJ Oct 15, 2012 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                    Hmm, I like the idea of a spiced pecan

                                                                                                                          2. re: HillJ
                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Oct 15, 2012 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                            Wait - WHAT? Thomas' pumpkin English muffins? :::::madly scribbling a note to make a stop at the market on the way home tonight!:::::

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                                                                                                                              HillJ Oct 15, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                              Oh yes, I'm keeping a new pumpkin products log just for giggles...it's mind boggling how many new ones come out each year! They tasted "interesting" with the little bits of pumpkin kinda bothering my texture issue...but my dh enjoyed them with pumpkin butter.

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                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Oct 15, 2012 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                I'm thinking a thin slather of cream cheese - almost like pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting. :-)

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                                                                                                                                  HillJ Oct 15, 2012 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                  Linda, I'll be curious to hear what you think of them.


                                                                                                                                  also avail in bagels...where I think the cream cheese would work out beautifully.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: HillJ
                                                                                                                                    coll Oct 15, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                    Just got some pumpkin cream cheese at Trader Joes, if you want to go crazy.

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                                                                                                                                      HillJ Oct 15, 2012 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                      I tried the pumpkin cream cheese last year and I didn't care for it or the many versions of pumpkin creamer, commercial pumpkin pudding or the bagels. OTOH, the Pumpkin Spice blend coffee beans I picked up thru Green Mountain is delicious.

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                                                                                                                                        kattyeyes Oct 15, 2012 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                        So funny, I saw those Green Mountain pumpkin spice K-cups on an endcap yesterday and thought of you...

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                                                                                                                                          HillJ Oct 15, 2012 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                          ;) an addiction to be sure!

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                                                                                                                                            kattyeyes Oct 15, 2012 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                            Made me wish I had a Keurig, lemme tell ya!

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                                                                                                                                          HillJ Oct 17, 2012 03:11 PM


                                                                                                                                          Over @ CHOW Supertaster is trying out some less than yummy pumpkin spice products...didn't even scratch the surface...but his sentiments about what we all said....too much of a band wagon jump.

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                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Oct 15, 2012 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                        Not a fan of Thomas' bagels. Although I'm now wondering if my local bagel shop has pumpkin bagels.......

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                                                                                                                                          coll Oct 16, 2012 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                          My local bagel shop has pumpkin coffee. Actually when I was at Trader Joes I was starting to think that the pumpkin craze has jumped the shark, so to speak.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                            HillJ Oct 16, 2012 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                            Starting to? lol...the "call it pumpkin" has been growing for a solid five years already...I saw pumpkin GUM and pumpkin gummies in PA.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Oct 16, 2012 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                              Yeah, I'm going to have to agree with HillJ on this - pumpkin coffee (at least here in New England) has been a pretty regular thing for awhile at Dunkin Donuts every autumn. Now it's the K-cups, lots of pumpkin sauces on restaurant meals, etc. But I guess it's no different than Springtime when asparagus or fiddleheads come into their very short local season. But thankfully, we don't see asparagus or fiddlehead coffee, bagels, etc. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                HillJ Oct 16, 2012 05:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                Asparagus bagels, lordy...that visual just made me gag........rofl!
                                                                                                                                                A pumpkin curry hummus is in my frig....what to use it with/on?

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                                                                                                                                                  coll Oct 16, 2012 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I'm a major pumpkin lover, so guess it took awhile for me to think it was all too much.

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                                                                                                                                                    HillJ Oct 16, 2012 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Me too, coll. Which is why the over-use of something so special takes over and ruins the really good select choices. Right now I can walk down the aisle of many grocers and see one pumpkin product after another.

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                                                                                                                                                      HillJ Oct 16, 2012 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Once a see pumpkin flavoring sold down the baked goods aisle, I know it's over!

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                                                                                                                                                        coll Oct 16, 2012 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Maybe we should start a thread; for some reason Trader Joe is the place it struck me as if half the store was pumpkin oriented. Now pumpkin Gummi I haven't seen yet, but I'm not a candy shopper. I do like the pumpkin spice coffee though.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                                          HillJ Oct 16, 2012 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Aldi's had 27 pumpkin related products on it's shelf...and all I left with was pure canned pumpkin puree for .99/each. 2 pallets (18 cans). The rest just made me sad.

                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin spice PRINGLES!! omg, nasty!

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                                                                                                                                                            coll Oct 16, 2012 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                            OK so far Pringles is the winner, Pringles of all things! Because I think the craze is due to trying to cash in on the healthy aspect of pumpkin. I've seen canned dog food that was pumpkin too, but at least that sort of makes sense.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Oct 16, 2012 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                              A bit of canned pumpkin for cats/dogs is good for their digestive system. I used to have to feed some to one of my late kittehs to help her move things along, so to speak. But not a lot - just a tsp. a day mixed in with her food.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: HillJ
                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Oct 16, 2012 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                              OK, now pumpkin Pringles is just gross, HillJ!

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                                                                                                                                                                HillJ Oct 16, 2012 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Right?! And the broadcasters testing the PRINGLES new "fall" flavors on camera couldn't hide their disdain...band-wagon jumping is never a good idea.

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                                                                                                                                                                kattyeyes Oct 16, 2012 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Wait, it gets worse. I thought you were joking! Sadly, no. White chocolate peppermint and cinnamon & sugar? What were they smoking?! VILE. Simply vile.

                                                                                                                                                                ETA: "Pumpkin Pie Spice, which is available only at Walmart"...AH HA HA HA!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                                                                  HillJ Oct 16, 2012 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  No joke! On morning news the broadcasters taste tested all of the new fall flavors and then had to rate them....hard to watch. lol...

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                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Oct 18, 2012 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    And the pumpkin craze just made the nightly news on ABC's World News Tonight. The brought up several of the items discussed here, like the Pringles.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Oct 16, 2012 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    And while it's straying from the original theme of the thread, in case anyone wanted to know what Pringles actually are:


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                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes Oct 16, 2012 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Don't look at me--Munchos are my favorite potato chip-like snack. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                        HillJ Oct 16, 2012 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        It just gets better and better. In the comment section..."At least Pringles are still "considered" a food...wow.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Oct 19, 2012 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          And even MORE pumpkin insanity? I just got my latest Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer. The pumpkin items listed:

                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Bread Mix
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Ice Cream
                                                                                                                                                                          Honey-Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Cream Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Spice Granola
                                                                                                                                                                          Nonfat Greek Yogurt flavored with Pumpkin
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Macarons
                                                                                                                                                                          Organic Canned Pumpkin
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Butter
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Soup
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Spice Chai
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse Cake
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Pie Spice
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Cheesecake
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin Spice Cake
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin on a Stick (decorative use)
                                                                                                                                                                          Pumpkin-Flavored Dog Treats
                                                                                                                                                                          This Pumpkin Walks Into a Bar cereal bar
                                                                                                                                                                          and finally, regular jacko-lantern pumpkins

                                                                                                                                                                          That is 21 items that are pumpkin-related. Oy freakin' vey. Canned pumpkin, jack-o-lanterns, and the pumpkin pie spice are about the only items I'd say are regular. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                            Chocolatechipkt Oct 19, 2012 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I think the young ladies in front of me at TJ's last weekend must have had at least one of everything on that list, and multiples of some. They kept jumping out of line when they discovered something else with pumpkin in it. "Pumpkin!"

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                                                                                                                                                                              HillJ Oct 19, 2012 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              The Aldi's stores have 27 products with some form of pumpkin.

                                                                                                                                                                              The pumpkin-sage ravioli from Costco were awful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                coll Oct 20, 2012 01:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I did break down and buy Green Mountain pumpkin spice K cups at BJs the other day. 80 of those suckers, I'm pushing them on everyone in the house.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                                                                  HillJ Oct 20, 2012 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Did you like the flavor?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    coll Oct 20, 2012 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Not as much as the pumpkin coffee I get at 7Eleven and similar places. Then again I'm still not in love with the whole keurig concept yet, it was a surprise gift and I'm trying to enjoy it but sort of miss my old Mr Coffee type machine. Everything tastes weak to me, including this flavor. I figured Green Mountain would be good, but it's just "eh".

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ Oct 20, 2012 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I actually agree. My college kid uses a Keurig for boiled water in his apartment, so we bought the K's to try out. The whole bean pumpkin spice from Green Mountain is what I'm drinking this morning and I do enjoy it. A gf mentioned the 7-11 Pumpkin to me this week and she's loving their blend. I wonder what blend it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: coll
                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Oct 20, 2012 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Local friends have been snapping up the various pumpkin K-cups around my area - I think Dunkin Donuts also sells them. And yes, with you having turned pusher, I'm wondering the reason - because you don't like them or because they're so good?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ Oct 20, 2012 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I just want to say for the record that I predict curry will become the next pumpkin spice....while stumbling so easily upon the latest list of pumpkin spice infused products (my list topples 100) this season, I've noticed an interesting number of curry-spiced products also appearing on the shelves....

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: HillJ
                                                                                                                                                                            kubasd Oct 18, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Wait, REALLY??? Pumpkin spice Pringles? I love pumpkin but thats just nasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                              HillJ Oct 18, 2012 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              everythings coming up pumpkin!

                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight I had a pumpkin-walnut bagel, toasted with honey-walnut cream cheese @ Panera (dinner meeting)....actually not a bad entry into the pumpkin funnel of products.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: coll
                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Oct 16, 2012 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Me too, coll. Which is why I hate when marketers beat it to death. Same with pomegranate a few years back.

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                                                                                                                                                                          coll Oct 18, 2012 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Just remembered a pumpkin product I tried recently that gets a big thumbs up. Pumpkin Spice Irish Creme, Molly brand. Didn't expect much but it's really nice.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: coll
                                                                                                                                                                            kattyeyes Oct 18, 2012 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Hey, now! Along those lines, I've been enjoying Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur. It's even nicer with a splash (!) of bourbon, said the kat with the heavy hand...


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                                                                                                                                                                              coll Oct 18, 2012 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              A shot of Irish whisky for me, in keeping with the theme.

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                                                                                                                                                                                kattyeyes Oct 18, 2012 05:24 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                HillJ Oct 19, 2012 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                How about a scoop of pumpkin gelato or ice cream in your coffee?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kattyeyes Oct 19, 2012 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Mmmmmmmm...I need to make that again, thank you for the reminder. :)

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                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Oct 15, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                I love ghg's searches. And I miss seeing her posts as well. :-)

                                                                                                                                                As for me and apple cider, I tried using some of my unpasteurized cider in a baked chicken recipe a few nights ago. It was an unfortunate use of a cup's worth of cider, as the chicken, onions, etc. that were baked didn't have an apple cidery taste at all.

                                                                                                                                                So I'm going to use this thread to see how else to use it. A pumpkin-cider bread recipe resides in my MasterCook at home; that might be one way to use some of it later this week.

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                                                                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Oct 15, 2012 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                  aw, thanks Linda, it's nice to "see" you! :)

                                                                                                                                                  i'm thinking you'd have better luck with that chicken dish if you reduced the cider to a glaze and coated everything with it.

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                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Oct 15, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, I agree. Wish I had thought it it myself on Saturday. LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                    greygarious Oct 17, 2012 09:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                    There's a cider-braised chicken parts recipe making the current rounds on either ATK or Cook's Country. They use cider and apple brandy, plus maybe diced apple, if memory serves. There was discussion about trying various things to bump up the apple flavor before settling on the brandy.

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                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Oct 18, 2012 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                      That would have been my first comment if I were on that thread. A bit of Calvados is always a good add. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                    magiesmom Oct 19, 2012 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I just looked up the James Beard recipe, which I had ignored becauseI usually find cider pies too sweet. But this modification will be our dessert tomorrow, So thanks yet again, ghg.


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