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    Bronzies–Like your average brownie, but better!

    We all love to get down with a plate of brownies every now and again, right? Here's a recipe from Fire Cider co-owner Amy Huebner that utilizes African Bronze Honey, an amazing honey from the African Bronze Honey Project (which we use in our Fire Cider African Bronze variety). We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with this organization and love to shout them out whenever we get the chance!

    This recipe is an adaptation of  "Double Fudge Brownies" from Whole Grain Baking King Arthur Flour Cookbook, Copyright 2006

    Bronzies Recipe

    makes about 20 brownies

    Equipment:

    • 10 x 7 glass pan or equivalent, buttered

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup African Bronze Honey–you can buy this on our website here or directly from the African Bronze Honey Project site
    • Vanilla Stevia to desired sweetness (about 4 dropperfuls)
    • 6 tablespoons coconut flour
    • 3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • optional: 1-2 cups chocolate chips or walnuts

    Method:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    Melt the butter in a sauce pan over low heat. Add honey, stirring to combine completely. Remove from heat.

    In a bowl, combine dry ingredients: coconut flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the butter and honey mixture.

    Once the mixture is cool enough to touch/not cook the eggs (about body temp or lower), mix in the 4 eggs, vanilla extract, and stevia to taste. Stir to fully combine.

    Add chocolate chips or walnuts, if using. Adjust for honey/sweetness.

    Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes. A knife in the center should come out clean, with the edges and center set. Let cool completely before cutting and eating!

    Slice those Bronzies; we're ready to indulge!

    Fire Cider On The Road- LA Experience & Gourmet Guru Food Show

    One of the most exciting parts of being with Team Fire Cider is the opportunity to travel and spread the Fire Cider love.

    October 27th was an especially busy travel day, as Co-Owner Brian Huebner and Marketing Director Stephanie Gravalese each went to different events, one in Brooklyn and one in LA. That's Fire Cider lovin' coast-to-coast, baby!

    Gourmet Guru 'Next Big Thing' Food Show

    Brian represented at the Gourmet Guru 'Next Big Thing' Food Show, a sampling event for food producers to showcase their products directly with buyers. In their 20th year, Gourmet Guru is a mom and pop food distribution company that serves the natural and organic food industry on the east coast. Fire Cider just signed aboard, and we are super psyched to be partnering with this cool company.

    Brian's sampling station, ready to pass out shots of Fire Cider to those in need of a morning wake-up jolt. He's getting the party started!

     

    Post-event booty! We love making new friends and trying new products at food shows. Here's a few goodies Brian snagged: Koti Mustard from Finland, Red Jacket Orchards Honeycrisp Apple Cider and Black n Blue Stomp Juice, Absolute Green Lavender Air Freshener, Raaka Virgin Chocolate- Ghost Pepper, Jubali Smoothie Greena Colada, Love Grace Foods Matcha Organic Herbal Energy and Green Sunshine, and LuliTonix Blended Greens Kick!

    Organic Spa Magazine Los Angeles Experience Wellness & Travel Media Event

    Stephanie flew out to LA to for Organic Spa Magazine's annual press event, which connects vendors with media channels. The focus is on providing wellness and eco companies the opportunity to gain mass-market exposure. How exciting!

    Stephanie is ready to stir up some buzz for Fire Cider! Look at that cute little display of fresh ingredients on the right.

    Know what these are? Our very official and professional media kits, that's what!

    This event garnered Fire Cider some great support from the media world, and we're looking forward to new opportunities.

    Want to know where you can find Team Fire Cider next?

    We have plans to attend the SOHO Expo and the Winter Fancy Foods Show. Stop by our booth for a sample and to say hello. More details will be shared soon, so stay tuned!

    Meet The Team- Jake

     

    Meet Jake Roach, Warehouse Crew 

    Our ongoing series featuring the members of Team Fire Cider continues with staffer Jake. Jake's responsibilities in the warehouse include packaging both wholesale and web store orders, delivering to local stores, and general warehouse cleanup and organization. Besides helping to keep our warehouse at its best, there's so much more to Jake! So, we recently asked him a few get-to-know-you questions. 

    Let's start off gently...when were you hired? Mid-May this year. My last day at my last job was National Migratory Bird Day. So I flew away! I started at Fire Cider pretty much right away.

    So, what is your favorite way to take Fire Cider? I take it a lot of different ways. I like drinking just a large shot of it, because I like the rush of it. But I like cooking with it, too. I've made marinades for chicken with it, and that is my fave way to cook with it. I was doing that before I started working here. I add garlic, cinnamon and honey- sweet stuff like that, pepper, and ginger. Lots of ginger. But the bulk of it is reduced Fire Cider.

    If one musician could come back from the dead, who would you choose and why? That's so hard! See, I have so many inspirations that are dead rock stars, but I'd want to be rational and choose someone like Bach. He clearly had a lot to offer. So many of the people who died young like Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, I'd like to see what they'd be doing now, but from the standpoint of what would be good for this era- and refresh it, I'd have to choose Johann Sebastian Bach. I'll probably kick myself later and wish that I had chosen John Bonham or something.

    You get to choose a superpower...which one? I really like telekinesis. There's so much potential- you would basically have other superpowers that go with that, like speed, and flight, and teleporting. And there's super-strength. I feel like it would cover a lot of ground. Plus, you could be lazy and do everything from a chair and exercise your muscles telekinetically.

    What animal are you most aligned with? I have been told on multiple occasions that I'm most like a fox. Not that I would necessarily want to be, but I guess that is pretty accurate in terms of personality. Kinda a really cool animal that's common but relatable. 

    What's your favorite hobby? Music. I don't know if I'd call it a hobby anymore, it's kinda taken a bigger role for me, making music. By far my favorite thing - exploring the creativity, seeing what I can do with sound. 

    Is there a website where we could go to check out your music? Not really as of yet. I've been working just this year on getting some demos together, short songs that I can put out there, but I've been having some trouble with my perfectionism- letting anything go out to the public before it's finished. Me finishing something is a big deal because I imagine my songs as this big grandiose thing with all kinds of instruments and accompaniments that I can't really procure right now. Basically, I just need to loosen up and put some simple stuff out there. Currently if you want to hear me, you have to come out to a concert or open mic at J Allen, and I have a monthly gig at the Cork 'N Hearth in Lee with various people.

    If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future? The future. It's such a dense question, but that's something I have thought about a lot. I'd rather be an idiot among geniuses than the smartest person around with everyone looking to me for answers. It'd be cool to see what's in store for humanity. I'd like to go super far into the future to see if we're even still around, and if not, why. I feel like that would be more adventurous and enlightening than going some place I kinda already know. Not that I wouldn't be interested in going to the past, that would be super cool, too.

    Spooky question time! Fave Halloween costume, past or present? I've seen a lot of creative ones! This isn't my answer, but I remember one that sticks out to me just because of its sheer stupidity is, a friend of mine when we were little dressed up as a cereal box with a bunch of knives stuck in it all over. He was a serial killer. it was the dumbest idea, and I couldn't believe that he had brought it to fruition and actually made a costume out of it. I didn't really celebrate Halloween, though, so I didn't have a lot of costumes. My favorite costume I ever did, though, was a lumberjack because I literally did nothing. I just put a fake mustache on and carried an ax all day.

    Anything you'd like to say about yourself? What makes Jake Jake? What defines you? At face value, I guess I'm very devoted to art, creativity, and thinking outside the box. Something that is always a resonate thing with me is I'm very focused on perspective all the time. I look at everyone in terms of what anyone else is perceiving from their point of view. When you always have that in the back of your mind, it helps you to interpret situations a bit clearer, I think. Everyone has a different story. 

    Does your art take other forms? Music is the one I'm proficient at, but I really appreciate all forms of art. I think that comedy is another one that I'm very big on. I love laughter and finding humor in the world because it's really dismal, a lot of things in the world, but it's just as funny as it is sad.

    So then what's your fave comedian? Role model or the type of comedy that speaks most to you? It's hard to name names, but the type of comedy I like is that kind of realism dark comedy. I guess people that laugh at the triviality of people getting upset at everything. People that just don't care about the kinds of things that people get upset over. Because everything is so crazy that you can't be a real functioning person without realizing that.

    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.