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    Fire Cider Blog

    Kickin' Egg Salad

    August is National Sandwich Month

    It's hot. Sticky humid wilting weather. And we're definitely not even looking in the direction of our ovens, so we all can get behind a cool nourishing sandwich right about now, yes?

    Cue the Egg Salad! If that sounds a little blasé to you, perhaps you've never thought to add a splash of Fire Cider to the mix...instant flava!

    A perfect pair- creamy egg salad and Fire Cider.

    If you don't have a tried-and-true in your arsenal, we're fans of this Food Network standard. Or how about adding bacon and green olives, like in this Bon Appetit version?

     

    Whether it's your Nana's recipe you loved when you were 8, or something you created just to suit your tastes- seriously, add a splash of Fire Cider. 

    You could even plan ahead and pickle your eggs in Fire Cider; then use those spicy, golden pub-favorites in your salad. (Fire Cider staffer Heather has a great recipe that we'll be sharing soon, so stay tuned!) Guaranteed, you're not bored any more. And, you can wait to turn on the oven for another day. Win-win!

    Oh yes, add those sprouts, seasonal tomato slices, and leafy green lettuce. This one is served between two slices of rye.

    French Fries Require Fire Cider

    August 19 is National Potato Day and National Hot & Spicy Food Day

    This just seemed too good to pass up. Spicy potatoes are so up our alley that we've made them our roomies for ever. And while we already spend our Sunday brunches together, jammies-clad, cozied up with Fire Cider on our hash browns and homefries, we also love it on our fries all day long.

    So, a quick stop to Blueberry Hill Market Cafe in New Lebanon, NY, later, and we have both an order of regular fries and sweet potato fries (who wants to choose just one?), ready for a generous glug of Fire Cider.

    Malt vinegar is a pretty standard french fry pairing, so it isn't a stretch to imagine how great Fire Cider works... it's sweet, spicy, tart, and fried deliciousness.

     

    Pre-Fire Cider fries.

     

    Post-drizzle. Turned out we weren't generous enough here and had to go another round after this photo.

     

    We ate them all. No shame. It was really hard to decide whether the regular fries or sweet potato fries went better with the Fire Cider, so we had to continue for many rounds of tastings. Still undecided.

    We encourage you to join us today in a toast to potatoes and hot & spicy food with fries covered with Fire Cider. 

    Oh Baby! Drizzle Fire Cider on Oysters

    August 5 is National Oyster Day, y'all!

    We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to take a staff outing to Eat on North's Raw Bar for some divine Wellfleet Oysters. Heck. Yeah.

    We don't go anywhere without a bottle of Fire Cider, so out of the purse (don't tell us you don't have a bottle in your purse) and onto the bar it went. Now we're ready for those oysters to arrive.

    Oh man, our anticipation is through the roof!

    We've got oysters!...Look, look!

    Here we go...

    D'oh! Bethany has a slight miss of the target.
    A drizzle and slurp later, and we were on our way to an elevated state of peace and contentment. 

    So much documentation happening.
    Try a little dash of Fire Cider on your oysters today, and see what we mean. You won't want to have them any other way!

    Bootiful!

    SLURP.

    Meet the Team—Bethany

    Meet Bethany Geiger, Sales and Customer Service Representative

    Bethany joined the Fire Cider team just this past June, so sitting down for q&a session seemed mighty apropos. 

    What's your favorite use for Fire Cider? When I'm sick, I kill a bottle in two days. I have a really weak immune system, and I was using Fire Cider for years before I worked here. But, honestly, I'm a traditionalist, and a nice Hot Toddy mid-winter pairs well with some Egyptian Liquorice Tea and some Old Overholt Whiskey. 

    What do you like to do in your free time? I love swing dancing! I go down to Race Brook Lodge. Not only do they have amazing local cuisine, but they also have concerts all the time and swing dance nights.

    What's your favorite music? This is going to be so lame when I confess this! I really like techno swing. It's when they take old fashioned jazz music from the 20's and remix it. I also attended my first Phish concert this summer and we set up the Fire Cider car there, so I've gotten into Phish recently.

    Star Wars or Star Trek? Intellectually, Star Trek. But when it comes to just how much I straight-up enjoy it? Star Wars. Was that the right answer? 

    What's your favorite food? Grilled cheese and tomato soup. I'm a lady of simple means. I also swoon and go weak in the knees for the cornbread at Prairie Whale

    What's your favorite Christmas movie? I LOVE Christmas! I'm going to be ashamed for the rest of my life for saying this publicly, but it's Barbie in the Nutcracker. I collect versions of the Nutcracker, and that one has just such a special appeal. I wasn't expecting to reveal so many best-kept secrets about myself!

    Anything else you want to share? One pair of shoes for the rest of my life? Tasteful black rain boots! I gotta say it; I don't think they get enough cred.

    Meet the Team- Caitlin

    Meet our newest team member, Caitlin Porter Loverin

    Caitlin acquired the position of Fire Cider's Marketing Coordinator this month, working under the leadership of Marketing Director, Stephanie Gravalese.

    You may know her from her previous role as Marketing & Events Manager at Guido's Fresh Marketplace, Pittsfield & Great Barrington, where she slung out social media posts and coordinated events & demos, both in the store and by representing Guido's throughout the local community.

    We sat with Caitlin and asked her all the pertinent get-to-know-you questions:

    If you were a Game of Thrones Character, who would you be? Oh, I'm a huge fan. I've read all the books. I would have to say Arya, since she's so ruthless.

    What's your favorite social media platform? Instagram does it for me, but I've been trying to play around more with Snapchat. I rely on my daughter to give me pointers.

    What's your favorite use for Fire Cider? So, I love making a broth of miso, nut butter, and Fire Cider. I then throw in diced tofu and lots of veggies- usually nori, thinly sliced radishes and rainbow carrots, scallions, sprouts, and whatever else I have on hand. I plan to create a blog post with a more defined recipe on the Fire Cider website soon!

    What food would you never want to live without? Hot sauce, definitely. I put it on everything, nothing's sacred. Salad, soup, sandwiches, toast, oatmeal, I'm even good with it on desserts. My standard is Cholula, but I love super-spicy obscure sauces. I should join a hot sauce club!

    What do you do in your free time? Free time is a tricky thing, since I am a mom of three, but when I have the time, I read, cook and bake, knit, and Netflix-binge.

    If you could only wear one pair of shoes for the rest of your life, what would they be? They would be the shoes I'm wearing, actually! Strappy, cute, simple sandals. They go with everything, right? Except maybe that wouldn't work in the winter. I'll have to move back south.

    What are you most looking forward to with team Fire Cider? There are so many possibilities! I love the growth and energy here. I'm diving into working on the website, contributing to the Blog and social media content, and helping to define the branding. My favorite experience so far has been visiting the production facility and working my butt off shoveling fruits and veggies into the pressing machine. You can see me with the press in the photo; looks like fun, right?