10 Hard Apple Ciders for Fall

10 Hard Apple Ciders for Fall

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You know what goes great with the fall season? Cider, obviously. And, if you're over 21, hard cider wouldn't go amiss either.

During the colonial era in American history, hard ciders were the most popular alcoholic beverage and it was only until German immigrants brought over beer and the techniques to make it that changed the general public's opinion. And later, Prohibition sealed cider's fate. However hard ciders are still very popular across the pond, in England, and if you're keen enough you might be able to find some winners in America as well.

Ciders are low-carb and gluten-free because instead of using wheat to make them, like beer, they use fruit.

Know that not all ciders are created equal. Those that are made with pear or raspberry are very sweet and almost like fruit juice. While ones that are made with apple are very crisp.

So if you're 21 or older, American or you've found yourself in America, and you're thirsting for something sweet or maybe just want to find something new. Here are some ciders to keep an eye out for.

Angry Orchard

This is one of the most popular ciders in America and is relatively easy to find. It's relatively fruity and is very crisp.


Strongbow

This one is very popular in England but is harder to find in America. They have a few cider's on the market. They tend to be on the sweeter side, so if you have a sweet tooth this might be for you.


Doc's Draft

This is made by a New York-based winery and distillery so I'm not sure how available it is to those not on the east coast. Doc's Draft Hard Apple Cider has won a gold medal in the Hudson Valley Wine Competition. It's not as carbonated or as sweet as some others on the market.


Harpoon Craft Cider

While the packaging on this cider is pretty nice looking it has some mixed reviews. One positive is that it isn't sweet at all. So if that's what you're looking for maybe give it a try.


Woodchuck Hard Cider

This one is brewed in Vermont and some say is a little sweeter than Angry Orchard. They have a Woodchuck Private Reserve Ginger Cider. Before you scroll past, the ginger works with the apple in a great and unique way.


Argus Cidery

Argus Cidery cider is brewed in Austin, Texas. They have some that have a "straightforward apple palate" that is dry and crisp and not too sweet. They also make a Ginger Perry. It's Argus's first unpasteurized fermentation with ginger, fruit, and citrus flavors

Fox Barrel

Fox Barrel cider is brewed in Colfax, California. They have a Fox Barel Pacific Pear Cider which lives up to its name, so if you like pears be sure to pick this one up



Square Mile Hard Cider

This cider is brewed in Portland but they import their apples from the northwest. This one is very carbonated and less sweet than some of the other ciders. It's got a hint of ginger as well.


Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider

This is a sweet one. It's made by Anheuser-Busch, the same company that makes Budweiser. It's recommended to be enjoyed over ice. But I'm not kidding. This stuff is sweet.


Reverend Nat's, Revival Hard Apple

Most of Reverend Nat's ciders have won awards. It is brewed with beer yeast which helps build both aromas and flavors. So if you're traditionally a beer lover this one might be worth a shot. It's described as being semi-sweet and with lots of tropical flavors.


So the next time you want to try something new why not try one of these.

Please enjoy responsibly!

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11 Pasta Recipes For EVERY Broke College Student

Here's how college students can save time and money on food (maybe not carbs, though).
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As a college student that loves pasta, I’ve learned some creative things to do with it on a restricted budget and with limited resources.

The average price of name brand pasta is anywhere from $0.10 an ounce to $0.25 an ounce. Be sure to look for sales and coupons as this could potentially lead to free pasta.

Pasta may also be cooked in a microwave, making it an easy way to save money and time!

Here are the top 11 pasta recipes that I've created.

Note: Many of these recipes are for an individual serving, but you can easily multiply them for occasions when you need to cook for more than yourself.

1. Five-Minute Sauce

This is one of my favorites due to how simple it is and how it isn't just for pasta!

Ingredients:

1 (6 ounces) can tomato sauce

1 (6 ounces) can tomato paste

¼ tsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. dried basil

1/2 tsp. onion powder

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a pan and cook until sauce comes to a boil. Remove from heat and then store in a resealable container until ready to use. You could also freeze the sauce in ice cube trays, pop out cubes and place in a plastic bag to continue freezing.

Bonus: For pizza, use about five cubes per large pizza and microwave before spreading.

2. Cheesy Mug Mac

Homemade mac-and-cheese always tastes better than the stuff from a box!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup (1 ounce) pasta

3/4 cup (6 ounces) water, cold

4 tbsp. milk

1/4 tsp. cornstarch

4 tsp. cheddar cheese, grated

Salt and pepper

Instructions:

Add the macaroni and water to a large microwavable mug or bowl – you'll need a large mug as the water will boil up. Microwave for roughly three and a half minutes (timing is based on a 1200W microwave). The pasta should be fully cooked.

Pour out the remaining water. Stir in the milk, cornstarch and shredded cheese and microwave for 60 seconds to create your sauce. Stir well, season with salt and pepper and enjoy.

Notes: Cooking time will vary greatly depending on your microwave and the width and depth of the mug. Always keep a close eye on your mug while in the microwave so it doesn’t overflow or overcook.

3. Microwave Spaghetti

This is a great way to use the five-minute sauce from number one!

Ingredients:

1/4 lb. lean ground beef, cooked

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic flakes

1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

1/8 tsp. Kosher salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. sugar

Premade five-minute sauce

1/4 cup parmesan

Parsley to taste

2 ounces pasta, cooked

Instructions:

Layer ingredients into a microwavable mug and repeat until the mug is full. Cook on high in a microwave until the cheese is melted.

4. Creamy Chicken Alfredo

Who doesn't love Alfredo? It's basically mac-and-cheese for adults!

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 small can chicken, cooked, do not drain

1/8 tsp. Kosher salt

Black pepper to taste

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. garlic flakes

2 ounces fettuccini, partially cooked

1/2 cup parmesan

2 ounces cream cheese

Parsley for garnish

Instructions:

Coat mug with olive oil, mix rest of olive oil with rest of ingredients and put into microwave mug. Heat until cheese is melted. Stir and heat until fettuccini is completely done.

5. Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Buffalo chicken + pasta = the perfect combination when you can't decide what to eat.

Ingredients:

1 small can chicken

1/2 c. penne pasta

1/8 c. buffalo wing sauce

1/4 c. chunky blue cheese dressing

Parsley or chives, chopped for garnish

Instructions:

Cook the pasta according to package directions or in a microwave, then drain. While the pasta is cooking, cook the chicken in buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese dressing. Add pasta, mix well, garnish and serve.

6. Mason Jar Pasta

This is an adorable and easy way to take your lunch with you or give a gift to someone! Feel free to try different recipes in the jars.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar dressing

6 grape tomatoes

1/2 cup mozzarella

2 ounces whole grain pasta, cooked

2 cup baby spinach

1 quart-size mason jar

Instructions:

Place ingredients into the mason jar starting with dressing, then tomatoes, mozzarella, pasta and spinach. Place the lid on the jar and close tight. Shake the jar to mix the ingredients and pour into a bowl to eat. This will last 5-7 days in the fridge!

7. Parmesan Prosciutto Pasta

Take a trip to Italy the cheap way with this easy Parmesan Prosciutto Pasta!

Ingredients:

2 ounces cooked elbow pasta

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan, plus more for serving

1 ounces prosciutto

1 cup arugula

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Layer all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug and then cook until the cheese is melted using two-minute intervals. Top with parmesan and enjoy!

8. Italian Bacon Pasta

Bacon, pasta and cheese? Yes, please!

Ingredients:

2 ounces pasta, cooked

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. oil

12 sliced cherry tomatoes

Salt and black pepper to taste

2 slices of bacon, cooked

2 tbsp. feta cheese

2 tbsp. cream cheese

Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together then place in a microwavable mug. Heat until the cheese is melted, stirring every minute to prevent scorching.

9. Eggs And Bacon Noodles

Who says you can't have pasta for breakfast?

Ingredients:

1 pack instant ramen, seasoning packet discarded

1 tsp. olive oil

2 slices bacon, chopped into 1/2" pieces

1 tsp. garlic

1 egg

1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Instructions:

Boil noodles according to package instructions. Save 1/4 cup of cooking water to loosen sauce later if needed. Drain noodles and toss with olive oil so they don't stick. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon pieces until brown and crisp.

Add the noodles to the skillet and toss with the bacon until the noodles are coated in the bacon fat. Turn off the heat. Beat eggs with fork and mix them into the pasta with parmesan cheese.

10. Veggie LoMein

Who needs takeout when you can make your own?

Ingredients:

2 ounces angel hair pasta

4 ounces fresh or frozen stir-fry vegetables

1/2 tsp. sesame oil

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 tbsp. sugar

1/8 tsp. lime or lemon juice

1/8 tsp. sriracha sauce (optional)

Instructions:

Microwave the pasta in a microwave-safe bowl and set aside. In a microwave-safe dish, cook the vegetables until thawed or warmed using two-minute intervals. In a bowl, combine your sesame oil, soy sauce, lemon or lime juice, sriracha sauce (if desired) and sugar.

Add more sugar if you like your sauce sweeter, taste sauce and go from there. Add the pasta to the vegetables then pour your sauce over the top. Toss to coat and microwave again for about two minutes.

11. Creamy Asparagus Pasta

This is a great way to use asparagus! Even if it's not your favorite vegetable, the cream makes it amazing!

Ingredients:

½ tsp. olive oil

2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into thin ribbons

2 tbsp. onion flakes

2 tsp. garlic powder

½ lb. asparagus, cut on a bias into 1 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 ounces grated parmesan cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. chives

2 ounces rigatoni, cooked

Instructions:

Cook the prosciutto in olive oil until crisp, add onion, garlic and asparagus. Toss and stir frequently until asparagus just starts to turn tender. Add cream and parmesan and cook until cream thickens, stirring often.

Season with salt and pepper and then add rigatoni. Garnish with lemon juice, chives and the remaining parmesan cheese.

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5 Things I Am Thankful For This Thanksgiving

These are in no specific order.

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Sometimes we forget to really sit down and think about what we are grateful for in this life, and these are just a few things.

1. Football:

Especially since its rivalry weekend, Ummm Boomer Sooner? Roll Tide? Go Blue?


2. My friends that have become my family:

To ones here in Oklahoma, all the way to the ones home in New York.


3. My Family:

I know there's a lot of us.


4. My Church:

Thank you for accepting me with open arms, always.


5. My Life:


And there are so many more, but that would be the equivalent of a 20-page paper.

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