One of the things that keeps me from getting sad as some of the produce disappears from the farmers market once fall hits is that the booths that sell apples add more and more varieties each week. They also have jugs and jugs of freshly made apple cider. Of course, you can mull the cider and drink it warm, but there are many other ways you can use apple cider in your eating and drinking. Here are a few recipes you may want to give a try.


Cider House Bourbon — Enjoy this drink after a long day, but make sure you're really done for the day. It will relax you, and you'll spend the rest of the evening with your feet up.

Fried Green Tomatoes — I shared this recipe with you last year, but it bears re-sharing because it uses both cider and all those green tomatoes that are hanging around in your garden that may never turn red at this point. I've made these fried green tomatoes with twice in the past couple of weeks — so good.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Cider — Apple cider is used to make these potatoes creamy instead of milk, making them an extra sweet side dish. If you're a sweet potato fan, you'll want to give this one a try.

Red and Green Christmas Jalapeno Jelly — Right now you can still get peppers at the farmers market as well as apple cider needed for this gourmet jelly. Make a couple of batches of this jelly to give away as gifts (and make sure to keep a jar or two for yourself).

Apple Bread Pudding with Hard Cider Sauce — This recipe uses regular apple cider in the bread pudding and hard cider in the sauce. In the comments, one person said she used regular cider instead of hard cider in the sauce and it turned out well.  

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Seasonal recipes: 5 for apple cider 10/7/2010
Grab a jug of farm fresh apple cider at the farm market after you go apple picking to use in one of these delicious recipes.