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Apple Cider

My in-laws invited us up to their house to try our hand at their new apple press. After overhearing them talk about how much they would like to make their own cider last year, my husband decided to gift them with one as an early Christmas gift. He found it at Northern Brewer in Saint Paul (http://www.northernbrewer.com).

They have a beautiful apple tree in their backyard stocked full of Haralsons. I’ve never made my own apple cider before, and am so appreciative of their offer. There really is no better healthy fall treat than a cold glass of freshly squeezed apples.

Cider is different from juice in that it is unfiltered. So you have a cloudy appearance and a richer drink.

Apple Cider

First, you grind whole apples through an apple grinder. The apple mush is then dumped into the apple press.

Apple Press

A circular block is stacked on top of the apples, followed by several rectangular blocks. You grab onto a long ratchet, and twist it back and forth to slowly press the circular wooden block into the apples, straining the juices.

Apple Cider

It was an ideal way to spend a beautiful fall day, and I’ve been enjoying a fresh glass of cider every morning this week.

Apple Press

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The Curds

Cheese Curds

I know the State Fair is over. But there are other ways to get in your cheese curd fix year-round. The Renaissance  Festivalstill has another weekend. Stop by the Groveland Tap or Casper and Runyon’s Nook in Saint Paul, or Psycho Suzi’s in Northeast, and you’ll find them on the menu.

I don’t care if they are unhealthy. Use in moderation. Smokey and I concur.

Smokey

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Ode to Bacon

Bacon

I had my dad over for breakfast this morning (recipe to come soon). He mentioned how much he has enjoyed a Christmas gift from last year, an actual “Bacon of the Month” club.  I wanted to spread the good word to any bacon fanatics out there.

The company is called the Grateful Palate (http://www.gratefulpalate.com), and they offer a six month or one year subscription to a variety of bacon, delivered right to your door for porky consumption. The membership also includes a bacon pen, mini rubber pig toy, t-shirt, and pig nose. All perfect materials for a gift bag to present to your bacon-loving buddies.

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So here is a perfect image to sum up our wedding in September. Mike and I were married just outside Siren, Wisconsin at a beautiful lakeside home. We wanted to keep it classy but still throw a low-key party. So what would be a more perfect meal than ribs and corn on the cob? Love how they do NOT go hand in hand with the silk-satin wedding gown, gorgeous flowers, and table settings. Our wedding photographer, Sally at La Vie (www.laviephotography.com) , did a fantastic job at capturing this moment. Thanks, Sally! 0640

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