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    Fire Cider in the Kitchen - Best Cheesecake Ever

    Fire Cider in the Kitchen - Best Cheesecake Ever

    With our recent restock of African Bronze Honey, Amy decided to whip up her favorite, gluten free, low-glycemic Cheesecake recipe. This is a fantastic dessert to take to that potluck graduation party or summer picnic! Personally, I'm in love with the pecan crust.
    Amy's Best Cheesecake Ever on the Fire Cider Blog at FireCider.com
    Best Cheesecake Ever
    Ingredients:
    For the crust-
    1/2 cup butter
    2 cups pecans
    1/2 tablespoon of African Bronze Honey
    For the filling-
    5 egg whites
    1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1/3 cup African Bronze Honey plus stevia to desired sweetness for low sugar option or use up to 2/3 cup honey
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon or more lemon zest
    1 1/2 pounds cream cheese (3 8oz packages)
    For the topping-
    1 pint sour cream
    2 tablespoon African Bronze Honey
    Method:
    - First, let your cream cheese sit out until it's soft and at room temperature.
    - Prep a 10 inch spring-form pan by lining the bottom with parchment paper and buttering the sides and seam around the bottom edge. The spring-form pan is important, I have baked this cake in a glass pie dish and it came out all right but the texture was not the same fluffy yet creamy deliciousness that you get from baking in a metal spring-form pan.
    - Preheat your oven to 350
    - Make the crust by pulsing the pecans in a food processor until most are in small bits, then add the butter, in small chunks, and the honey.  Pulse a few more times until it forms a crumbly, sticky, mixture.  Press evenly into the bottom of your prepared pan.
    - In a separate bowl whip the cream cheese, vanilla, lemon zest, honey (and stevia if using) into a soft, creamy mixture.
    - Whip the egg whites in a clean metal bowl with the cream of tartar until soft peaks form. - Gently fold the egg whites into the cream cheese mixture. This step will take 5-7 minutes and it will initially look like you are giving the cream cheese mixture a bubble bath in the foamy egg whites.  Do not worry, with a few minutes of gentle, continuous folding the mixture will start to come together. 
    - Pour the filling on top of your crust and bake for 30 minutes until set.
    - Remove from the oven and turn the heat up to 450.
    - Mix the sour cream with the tablespoon of honey and pour evenly over the top of your baked cheese cake.  Pop it back in the oven for 5-7 minutes.
    - Serve at room temperature - don't worry about refrigerating the left overs, there won't be any!

    Celebrating Mother's Day - self care tips for Mom and you!

    Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself, and those around you, is to step back and make sure you are actually caring for yourself. We know that's not always the easiest thing to do in our busy, modern lives so we asked our staff for their favorite self care tips for themselves and their Moms.
    Self Care tips for Mother's Day on the Fire Cider Blog at FireCider.com
    Caitlin - Always have a really high-quality lip balm (especially ones based in coconut oil), in as many locations as you can–purse, car, bedroom, bathroom, desk at work. Apply liberally! Surround yourself with plants indoors for better air quality and a greener perspective on life! Eat lots of fermented foods, cuz gut health matters. Read books and drink tea. And wine.

    Amy - In my family cooking/baking is definitely a way to show love and appreciation. I bake a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting for my Mom. I have also taken my Mom to Cranwell for a spa day and to The Clark for an outdoor picnic and walking the galleries.
    Lately we've been buying things for others via non profits because we all have everything we need- so this year I am giving my mom and mother in law a year of school for a girl. We also buy farm animals. And last Christmas we got my Mom a baby elephant to sponsor. Now she wants to go to Kenya to meet it, which I had not anticipated!

    Sara - Always have a water bottle with you, I keep a refillable glass bottle at my desk at work and metal bottles in my car and purse. Sometimes just taking a moment to hydrate yourself can help you center and refocus. Indulge in a luxury item for yourself, whether it's that high-end mascara you've been eyeing, an incredible bottle of whisky, or the occasional Netflix binge session.

    Brian - Usually I go for a jog in the morning and then get brunch with my mom. And be careful about getting your Mom lilies if she has cats, they are toxic for the kitties.

    Sheri - My natural self care remedies are FIRE CIDER, Urban Moonshine's Joy Tonic, coconut oil for all things... tea tree oil and lavender oil for happy minds. To keep myself sane and happy I also like to paint after the kids are in bed and listen to Taylor Swift on vinyl with my husband because he's a good sport. For my parent's I enjoy preparing foods for them and force feeding my Mother Fire Cider. We also enjoy each others company and since I was born on Mother's Day I like to say my mother and I have a special bond... and by bond I mean that I totally stole the spotlight for all future Mother's days. You're welcome Mother.

    Najwa - This Mothers Day I will not be heading to a spa for a facial, or sipping cocktails over brunch. This year I choose to sit in our breakfast nook with my child and make blueberry muffins. I will allow her the space and time to find the way she most enjoys interacting with the gooey process. I will take deep breaths and be sure to have enough eggs on hand in case one or two end up on the floor. Most importantly, I will let myself relax in the experience, knowing that while she may never feel the same way about food that I do, I have shared an important part of myself with her.

    Big News at Fire Cider HQ - We're moving!

    It's an exciting time here at Fire Cider HQ. After a long search, we can finally share the good news about our future home. Later in 2017 we'll be moving to a building that will house our entire company and process under one roof, and we get to stay in our beloved hometown of Pittsfield, MA! 

    Fire Cider HQ on Commercial St. in Pittsfield.

    Construction has already begun to renovate the space. We're updating the building to accommodate our warehouse and offices as well as our new, custom kitchen. The 20,000-square-foot facility will enable us to increase our production capacity and expand our distribution throughout the United States and Canada. Production at the new facility is scheduled to begin in Fall 2017, with a bottling line to be added in 2018. 

    Ongoing construction to renovate the new home of Fire Cider.

    We worked with Jan Perry Realty, Lee Bank, and 1Berkshire to purchase in Pittsfield’s East Street neighborhood, and we've secured the professional services of Springfield-based The Dennis Group for architectural and engineering design. This move wouldn't be possible without help from the Community Development Department and the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corp (PERC).

    We'll be posting updates each month showing you our progress, and the fun, exciting things we have planned for our new home. Stay tuned!

    Meet the Team - Sheri

    Meet the Team - Sheri

    This week we're talking to our Customer Service and Office Manager, Sheri. She's a fierce Mama, tireless Fire Cider ambassador, and fun loving goofball guaranteed to brighten up the office. Keep reading to find out what her favorite movies are, and why she would travel to the past. 

    Sheri - Fire Cider employee #1!

    Tell us about what you do at Fire Cider HQ.  I am the Customer Service gal... You have a Fire Cider question?  I'll answer it!  I also do book keeping.

    How long have you worked here? 3 years!  I was their first employee!

    What is your favorite way to use Fire Cider?  A shot straight from the bottle! That way you don't have to share. 

    I also like the mini concoction I make for my kids...  Heat up about a half cup of water (not too hot because...kids), add lots of lemon and some extra honey! (Or LOTS of extra honey if you're my son, David...)  Finish with a half shot of Fire Cider!  Great for sore throats.

    Do you have any hobbies?  I love to paint, garden and raise wild children (as long as they are my own).. I'm good at that...  Hiking and drinking fine, cheap wine also make the list.... Because those are hobbies too, right?

    If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future? The future scares me... I'd definitely go to the past...  That way I could type a letter to my grandmother on a typewriter while talking to my best friend on a rotary phone.  

    Two favorite movies?  Rear Window and Ponyo... Mostly because after watching Ponyo my kids always want to eat noodles and broth with hard boiled egg and HAM!  yum....