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How-To Holiday with Ridge: Thanksgiving Recipes

The Thanksgiving season is upon us. A time to be thankful… and to eat food. Lots and lots of food. So in that spirit, here are a few unique Thanksgiving recipes our team has curated that are a) really, really good and b) pair well with our ciders. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as we do while you’re celebrating the season!

  • First, Squash Risotto. Not something you usually see on a Thanksgiving spread, but one that has quickly become a family favorite. It takes some time and some doing… so brace yourself.  
  • Second, Sweet Potato Casserole. With cereal. Whaaa? Don’t knock it till you try it. It’s really good. This Thanksgiving recipe is from Food & Wine, after all.
  • And then there’s cranberry sauce. No Thanksgiving is complete without cranberry sauce. Tart and tangy… your mouth should be watering. Here’s a recipe to take your cranberry sauce to the next level: Cranberry Citrus Relish. Next stop? Flavortown.
  • Now don’t forget vegetables. Sharp parmesan blends beautifully with fresh pomegranate in this Parmesan Brussel Sprouts Salad, proving that salads can be both fun and nutritious.
  • So an Italian classic and a fall favorite get married… and there’s no punchline. But we do have this Pumpkin-Gingersnap Tiramisu Thanksgiving recipe. All the flavor of a pumpkin pie, with a fun twist of gingery tang. Spice up a classic dessert in 45 minutes with this recipe.

Of course Thanksgiving isn’t all about the food… but the food certainly is a good reason to gather, to give thanks, and to acknowledge the people in our lives who make living worthwhile. Our hope is that you have plenty of those people in your life… and that you get to share this special day with them. Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Our Fall “Bushel” List: Favorite Fall Recipes

There’s nothing like curling up on the couch and eating some delicious food on a chilly fall day. In this blog post, we’re listing our favorite fall recipes for days just like those. Enjoy alone or with some friends, just don’t forget a dry cider. They pair well with any of the below!

Chili → What’s better than chili on a chilly fall day? Apple chili. That’s what. Try this chili with a spiced apple twist, and you’ll be grabbing seconds faster than you can say pumpkin spiced latte. More of a traditional chili taster? The below White Chicken Chili recipe is top-notch.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken
  • 48 oz northern beans
  • 16 oz salsa
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp Lawry’s seasoned pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • ½ cup jalapenos
  • 3 large cans of chicken broth    

Directions:

  1. Bake chicken
  2. Mix all other ingredients in large pot
  3. Shred chicken and add stock to pot
  4. Cook over medium heat until preferred temperature, stirring often

Apple Crisp → It’s an oldie but a goodie. Don’t forget your orchard-picked apples (click here for our list of our favorite orchards) and top with vanilla ice cream to serve. If you’d rather eat your orchard-picked apples with caramel apple dip, use the below recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix until cream
  2. Serve chilled with apple slices

Spiral Apple Dumplings →  These are not your typical dumplings. This dessert is the festive combination of a cinnamon roll and an apple crumble.

Pumpkin Roll → The natural spice from the pumpkin paired with the sweetness of the frosting makes a delicious treat. Enjoy with friends and let the good times roll!

Pumpkin Bread or Bars → Perhaps you’ve had pumpkin bread before, but have you had the best pumpkin bread ever? The secret is the brown butter maple icing that compliments the tender moistness of the bread. If you like bars better than bread, here’s your recipe:  

Bar Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour    

Directions:

  1. Sift dry ingredients together
  2. Mix remaining ingredients
  3. Blend together
  4. Pour into greased and floured cookie sheet
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ½ stick softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix and spread over cooled bars

Peach Crisp → When you think of fall, you might think of apples or pumpkins. But this Peach Crisp recipe is one of our fall favorites! Although these are usually reserved for the summer time, the various spices are the perfect fall treat.