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Food history: apple cider

Cider as we tend to think of it here in America is of the nonalcoholic variety. It’s sweet, and wholesome, and we buy it at farmers markets and orchards during September and October.

To the rest of the world, cider equates to hard cider, which is how it originated.

Let’s look further into the history of apple cider.

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Beer-braised meatballs

I haven’t had much time for cooking lately, but I made my fiance’s favorite tonight: spaghetti and meatballs. This meatball recipe was adapted slightly from Cooking with Beer, a cookbook that just came out this year.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • butter or cooking spray for greasing
  • 1 (12 oz) bottle light beer
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

You only need one beer – the second one pictured here was just for me.

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