I’m thankful for 50 degree weather this fall. I am thankful for beer, football & baseball, high heels, happy hour, summer, and steak.
For Big Bird not losing his job this year. That reminds me, I am thankful the elections and cray cray political Facebook posts coming to an end. If you are still posting about it, let it go. Let it go. Thankful for my dog’s farts being a rarity (A simple whiff of those little “episodes,” as I like to refer to them, will likely reduce my life by about 5 years).
I am thankful for cat memes.
I am thankful to have a website that people support. Who would’ve thought? I am thankful for the kind comments, emails, follows and likes. For all of the comforts I have as well as my home and material items. Particularly after Sandy. We should all be thankful.
I am thankful for this holiday that allows me to unabashedly cram food into my cheeks in preparation for a long winter of hibernation. Any other day of the year, I usually hide in the closet at dinner parties, pouring plates of bacon scallops into my mouth and purse. Don’t want to frighten the children. This is the one day I can finally “come out of the closet” and openly eat like a pig without judgement. The only worry I am left to deal with is remembering my ninja stars. Tuck them away in my purse. Anticipate the need to bring immediate death upon anyone who touches my stuffing.
I am thankful for my spiked apple cider dip recipe. Years of tweaking and perfecting. It tastes like apple cider, which my parents up in New England stock the fridge with almost year round. It’s a dip. It’s easy. It has liquor. Or not, if that’s your thing. Thanksgiving will never be the same.
Here’s What You Need for Your Apple Cider Dip
– One gallon of apple cider
– Cinnamon sticks (You may also use anise if you like)
– About 1/8 cup corn starch
– 16 ounces cream cheese
– At least 2 tablespoons of rum, whiskey, or apple brandy
– Different colors of tortilla and wraps
– Sliced apples
-Apple cider doughnuts (stay tuned for recipe this week!)
*Although results will vary, this recipe yields about 3 1/4 cups. I strongly suggest making more, as this can be made ahead of time, stored, then easily brought out for guests before the meal. I mean double or triple. This is incredibly addictive. Trust me. If children are attending, divide dip into two portions and so as to offer a non-alcoholic serving for them.
Begin by boiling down your apple cider.
You will need the apple cider, cinnamon sticks and cornstarch.
Pour apple cider and add cinnamon sticks into a pot.
Bring to a high boil for about 15 minutes.
Lower to a low boil/high simmer and cook uncovered for about 2 hours. You can do laundry, watch TV, pick your nose…whatever. Every time you walk by the stove just stir it a little.
If you are dating, this is actually a perfect time to invite a special friend over because the house will smell magical. Forget perfume and cologne. This smell is guaranteed to score you some action. Lots of video game playing, dip eating, action.
The apple cider will reduce substantially by this point. Whisk in the corn starch, and set stove to low.
After about 30 minutes t should look like this.
Strain into a bowl. This removes the cinnamon and any clumps of corn starch. How much cider you end up with depends on the brand of cider, humidity, and stove. I ended up with about slightly over 1 cup worth.
If you want it spiked with liquor, this is a good time to add it. I suggest starting off with two tablespoons for every cup of cider you have, then add more to taste. Keep in mind it will be a little less strong once you add in the cream cheese so make just slightly stronger than you would like.
If you plan on splitting it for both alcoholic and spiked, or you simply prefer your cider virgin (teehee) then leave the liquor out. Place cider in to cool.
Take the cream cheese out and let it soften. You want it very, very soft.
Whip the cream cheese in a mixer.
Add in the apple cider mix. I used two 8 ounce packages of cream cheese for every cup of apple cider mix. I say pour a portion of the apple cider in, bit by bit until it tastes just right.
Mix on medium until combined. If it doesn’t taste boozy enough you may add in some more liquor. Now, if you plan on having the two dips, this would be the time to split portions and add the liquor to one half.
While you chill the dip in the fridge, slice your apples, make your doughnuts (recipe soon to follow), or use tortilla and wrap bread to make chips.
You will want an autumn cookie cutter set (just click this underlined text to order).
Cut them out and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, or until crisp.
Throw a few ninja stars at anyone hogging the donuts.
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