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in five: slow cooker apple cider

Slow-Cooker Apple Cider

Last weekend, in the tradition of the crisp fall season, I visited an orchard to go apple picking. It was all sorts of rosy-cheeked fun and as wholesome as a Doris Day movie complete with tractor rides, tree climbs, freshly baked cinnamon donuts, and cider — oh the cider! I’ve never had a better cider than the apple orchard variety and was craving it hard once I returned to the city. Luckily, after a little trial and error, I stumbled upon the perfect orchard-quality cider recipe. The best part? The prep time is only five minutes — no squeezing apples required! Check out the recipe after the jump. — Katie D. (more…)

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want it now: cb2’s coffee spoon mug


I realize that it may be considered too early in the season for this, but as someone who may be single-handedly fueling the hot cocoa industry in this country, I have something to share. As the days grow colder, I’ve been seriously considering upping my game when it comes to cold weather drinkware, and I’ve identified my next purchase. I saw these spoon coffee mugs, $3.95 each at CB2, as I was pulling the catalog out of my mailbox and I am going to make them mine. Perfect for coffee, hot cocoa or tea, the spoon holster doubles as a handle while keeping used spoons off the table and at the ready. I’ll definitely be snagging a few for some friends who share my cocoa obsession. One reviewer even suggested dipping the spoons in chocolate and gifting them with hot cocoa packets. Santa, are you taking notes? – Sarah C.

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kinda genius: joseph joseph’s compact herb chopper

Joseph Joseph herb chopper

I hate washing dishes. Every time I look at a recipe’s ingredients, I mentally tally up how full my sink is going to be afterward. The worst offenders seem to be chopping herbs, which require a food processor or a large chopping board and knife. Thanks to Joseph Joseph’s compact herb chopper ($25 on A+R) I can finally chop up cilantro without spending an extra ten minutes of quality time with my sponge. The clever little contraption is a cutting board and knife all in one! The blade and non-slip chopping base wipe clean effortlessly and then fit snugly together for easy storage. — Katie D.

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real life test kitchen: orange cranberry pecan bread

Orange Cranberry Pecan bread 1

Sunday mornings in autumn were made for recipes like this! Followed by sleeping late and accompanied by a cup of black tea, a toasted (and buttered) slice of orange cranberry bread with pecans is pretty much the best morning I can imagine. Bonus: I made the whole thing in my one bowl food processor- easy clean up! Check out the recipe after the jump. –Katie D. Click for orange cranberry pecan bread!


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