Sunday, October 28, 2012

31 Days of Comfort Food: Day 26, Fall Treats and Spiced Apple Cider

There are certain foods that just go with certain seasons. 
For example, lemonade and corn-on-the-cob are strictly for summer. It would just feel wrong to have them at any other time. 
In the same sense, spiced apple cider and caramel apples are to be eaten in the fall.
For a recent family movie night, we indulged in a feast of our favorite fall treats...
and a giant bowl of popcorn, which is good at any time.

We still make popcorn the old-fashioned way, on the stove top. 
Just scoop in a generous dollop of butter-flavored Crisco and enough Jiffy popcorn seeds to cover the bottom of the pan, cover, and pop away. Salt it lightly and enjoy! It is so much better than microwave popcorn and not at all greasy. The Crisco gives it a light buttery flavor. 

The kids loved making their own caramel apples and it's really easy. We just follow the directions on the back of the caramel bag and let the kids go to town. Sometimes we get fancy and add chopped nuts or M&Ms, but we went for the basics this time.

Finally, on to the spiced apple cider. I use this recipe on a regular basis between September-January. It smells so good when it's simmering away on the stove, you'll want to make it all the time!

Spiced Apple Cider
6 cups apple cider
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
3 sticks cinnamon

Heat all ingredients to boiling in a sauce pan over medium-high heat; reduce to low. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Be sure to strain the cider mixture to remove cloves before serving, but the cinnamon sticks make a fun garnish. Serve hot!

This is day 26 of 31 days of comfort food. If you've missed any of the posts in this series or want to start from the beginning you can go here.

1 comment:

  1. Yum! The spiced apple cider looks amazing - spiced cider is always my favorite!


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