Category Archives: Apricot Cider

Quinoa Chowder with Spinach, Feta and Scallions

Cider food pairings quinoa

This is the most satisfying soup. When I told Olaiya that I wanted to include this with the fall selections, she said, “I want to make this soup just to see how it tastes. I can’t imagine what it will taste like.” That was my reaction also. Try it. You will be so happy eating […]

Kale and Chickpea Stew with Smoked Paprika

Cider food pairings kale

This simple stew combines all of the ingredients you want to eat more of: beans and hearty kale. The smoked paprika takes these simple ingredients and turns them into a balanced supper that you will return to again and again. There is the option of adding sausage for a heartier version. And I must confess […]

Moroccan-spiced Lamb Meatballs with Spaghetti

Cider food pairings lamb

I learned two cooking tricks while making this recipe with Olaiya Land. First double grinding meat for meatballs makes the texture dense without a lot of bread crumbs. Second when you grate an onion for meatballs, the onion disappears when it is blended into meat, but the flavor is still present. Spaghetti with meatballs feels […]

Black Bean Burgers with Avocado-Lime Crema

Cider food pairings

“This is the best Black Bean Burger I have ever tasted!” said everyone in the kitchen when this burger went into their mouths. The trick we learned from Olaiya is to roast the beans. This recipe is complex and layered; each addition adds to the totality of the flavors. Don’t forget any of the additions […]