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Hi everyone! I’m Tux from Brooklyn Homemaker!

I’m a food blogger, photographer, dog lover, husband, and avid baker living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I hope you’ll love my recipes and much as I love sharing them. If you want to learn more about me or my blog, please visit Brooklyn Homemaker and take a look around!

The internet is a seriously amazing place when you stop and think about it.

It’s hard to even remember what life was like before we had the world wide web, before smart phones, and before free public wifi. Back when you’d have to wait until you got home to look up the useless bar trivia we now have answers to at the click of a button. Way back when you had to consult actual cook books to find recipes, rather than finding pages and pages of search results for even the most obscure cuisines.

I have shelves sagging with cookbooks, but most of them spend more time collecting dust than helping me cook. These days I rely on the internet to provide me with drool-worthy recipes and endless culinary inspiration. Most of the time, even when a recipe sounds mind-blowingly delicious, I like to make a few changes here and there to suit my taste. Increase this, substitute that, omit the other. You know. I’m sure you do the same, at least some of the time.

In my ceaseless internet exploration I recently stumbled across a recipe for pork and apple stew from Better Homes and Gardens that I just HAD to try.

I absolutely love pork, but have never really considered pork as a meat to use for making stew. Once I’d seen this recipe though, something clicked in my brain and I knew it wouldn’t be long before a big pot of it would be bubbling away in my oven. I mean, pork and apples are a match made in heaven, and stew is pretty much all I want to eat this time of year, so what’s not to love?

I made the original recipe first, as written here, because I wanted to see exactly how it would come out before making any changes. It was really delicious, but I wanted so see what I could do to make it just a little less sweet, and to add a bit more substance. The result is an insanely tasty stew with tender pieces of pork and hearty chunky vegetables, all tied together with earthy savory herbs and fresh bright apples and cider.

Here is the original recipe for Cider Pork and Apple Stew,
and below are the changes I made for my version of the recipe:

reduce to 2 apples
add 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cubed small
add 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
add 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
reduce cider to 1/2 cup

Add the sweet potato and one of the chopped apples along with the onions, carrots, & parsnips in the recipe; and sauté until they begin to brown. This may take a few minutes more than the original recipe states because of the additional ingredients. Remove and set aside with pork as stated in the recipe.

Add chopped thyme leaves along with the sage, ginger, & garlic. After one minute add remaining apple and all of the cubed russet potatoes along with stock, vinegar and the reduced amount of cider.

Continue recipe as written.

 


Happy Friday, Delish Dish! So I wore a sweater to work this morning, which, in my mind, means fall is here! One of my favorite annual traditions is going to the apple orchard each year and drinking incredible apple cider. So I thought I’d search around and find some new ways to enjoy apple cider, the great fall drink!

If you’re looking for a “grown-up” way to enjoy apple cider, you’ll love this Pumpkin Apple Cider cocktail. The Blond Cook combines pumpkin pie vodka, apple cider, and club soda for an easy-to-make fall drink.

Cupcakes are really the best way to satisfy your cravings. (They’re small so they have less calories, right?) Lady Behind the Curtain brings the best fall flavors in these Apple Cider Maple Spice Cupcakes. Yum-o!

If you’re a regular reader of my Friday Finds, you know how much I love breakfast foods. Add A Pinch combines everything that is good and holy in fall flavors and breakfast trends in these Apple Cider Waffles.

I’m all about trying new margarita recipes and when the weather decides to heat back up again, (because it always does) Fabtastic EatsApple Cider Margaritas will be the perfect way to cool off!

What kind of apple cider post would this be if I didn’t include a fantastic Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts recipe? Thanks, Eat.Drink.Love. for the great ideas!

Happy (almost) fall, y’all! Enjoy these yummy recipes and let me know what other fall flavors you’re craving!

Warmly,

Grace


On a recent trip to Granada, Spain, I bought these adorable Moroccan tea glasses, sold all over Granada because of its Moorish history. I drink a lot of tea during the day while working from my cabin in the woods, but I thought I’d mix it up and make some hot cider instead. (Feels very holiday!)

Since the word Granada means pomegranate in Spanish, I was inspired to add fresh pomegranates to the cider. Starting with this BHG cider recipe, I simmered apple juice, pomegranate juice and spices, then garnished each cup with fresh pomegranate seeds and an apple slice decorated with cloves. I think this would be a fun after-dinner drink on Thanksgiving Day to cozy up by the fire with (plus, it can be spiked with bourbon for the adults!).

Cheers…And Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Spiced Apple-Pomegranate Cider

Adapted from BHG’s Recipe, serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon of apple cider or apple juice

  • 2 cups pomegranate juice

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or packed brown sugar

  • Peel from 1 organic orange, cut into strips

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 12 whole cloves, plus more for garnish

  • Thinly sliced apple and seeds from 1 pomegranate for garnish

 

Directions:

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine apple cider/juice, pomegranate juice, and maple syrup or brown sugar.

2. To make a spice bag, cut a double thickness of cheesecloth into a 12-inch square. Place the orange peel, cinnamon sticks and cloves in center of cloth. Bring the corners of cloth together and tie closed with clean kitchen string. Add spice bag to the cider pot.

3. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove spice bag and discard.

4. To serve, ladle cider into mugs. Drop 1 T fresh pomegranate seeds into each glass. To make the garnish, slice an apple into ¼ inch thick circles. Then cut each circle into quarters and push whole cloves into the apple slice (see photo above). Make a little slit in each apple slice to hang it over the side of the glass.

 

Photos and Illustrations by Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast, a blog and soon-to-be cookbook full of simple recipe and entertaining ideas inspired by living in a cabin in the woods.


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