This week I’m featuring a super easy recipe for a warm or cold fall/winter beverage. The recipe originates with Joyce Brown, proprietor of ‘The Bailey House’ located in Appleton City, Missouri. Joyce has visited with me a couple of times at the culinary school. This fall when she was in we were talking about simple fall drinks and beverages. At their bed and breakfast facility they host many in-house catered events. Joyce says when she’s doing the menu planning everyone always asks for her Orange Cider.
When we entertain a great deal we have to stay focused on the bottom line.
Where’s the best price, and how can I provide the best quality for the dollar?
Let’s look at the apple cider. I have been purchasing mine at Aldi’s for $2.99 a gallon. Orange Juice is also fairly inexpensive if you pay attention to sales.
If you’re doing a large open house for a hundred people or more this is probably one of the most economical winter/fall drinks you can serve.
I know a couple of columns back I featured a ‘spiked’ holiday beverage. It was delicious, but the cost was a bit much if you had a large number to serve. The Orange Cider will be tasty warm or room temperature.
Often in the hubba hubba of the holidays we get a bit ‘sick’ of all the rich foods. We want to take something in to work or church but the idea of more heavy foods discourages us. Grab a crockpot or large coffee carafe and bring in Orange Cider for the office staff. Provide nice cups, napkins and cinnamon sticks or orange slices for garnish. It takes very little to make anyone feel special. Believe me this will do the trick. Have a small staff? Try this idea: Put the drink in a large thermos; then wrap up delicate cups and saucers in tea towels and bring them to work too. Pouring the cider into ‘real’ cups will make it even more memorable. Don’t forget the napkin!
This past week I made fruit cakes for myself and a friend who hired me to make loaves for her family. As I look ahead I still have plenty of sourdough bread to get made, 2 orange slice cakes and a bit more shopping. I have every faith that I’ll see it all accomplished and more.
The big announcement was the arrival of my new cookbook this past week. ‘Everyday Comfort Foods’ has certainly hit at a great time. I think my husband is selling books from the back of his truck!!! Our son, Phillip, is now handling portions of my social media. He insists that I ask all of you to visit my new business page on Facebook. After a day of training with our website designer Phillip will also be taking over the website updates. Finally I can keep things on line full of more weekly info and changes.
The weather has sure been ‘off’ with 70 degrees in the Ozarks in the middle of December, crazy I say, simply crazy. Have an outstanding week and remember the real reason for the season. Simply Yours, The Covered Dish.
By: Joyce Brown
6 cups apple cider
2 cups orange juice
1 cup or less sugar, (sweeten to your taste)
1 ‘whole’ nutmeg
2 cinnamon sticks
Heat thoroughly and serve.