While Hubby was out hunting this weekend, I stayed warm with a good book and a delicious cup of spiced apple cider. Perfection.
On that note, I highly recommend (if you’re a food nerd) the book, As Always, Julia : The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto edited by Joan Reardon. There is something special about two strangers becoming pen pals for the span of 8+ years, and collaborating on what would become a monumental masterpiece in American cooking history. In a time without Internet, cell phones, food blogs, etc, the fact that these two kept in such constant contact and did such tremendous research about every little detail regarding the making of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, but also with current events, etc. Their unlikely friendship was so fun to follow along with, so interesting to read about the difficulties with getting their book published. Hard to imagine what cooking in America would be if it hadn’t been. They seem like such fun ladies, very hard workers, and spectacular friends.
Spiced Apple Cider
2 quarts (half-gallon) apple cider
1 large orange, quartered
2 tablespoons whole allspice berries (about 25 berries)
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon (This one is my favorite.) OR 2-3 cinnamon sticks
In a large heavy-bottomed pot set over low heat, add the cider. Add the orange slices and seasonings. Simmer, but do not boil, for as long as you want. I like to let mine simmer for an hour or two. The flavors are more developed, and the house smells amazing. Prior to serving, I pour the cider through a fine-mesh sieve to filter out all of the allspice berries, etc…
Grab a book and enjoy!