Recipe: Tulalip Resort Casino’s Spiked Apples and Cream Sauce

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For 13 years, the Tulalip Resort Casino has been cultivating a luxury experience just 30 minutes north of Seattle’s downtown…

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Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of “Mad Men.” It’s arguably the sole reason I started drinking Manhattans.
Now, with Mad Men sadly coming to a close, we take a look at some of the inventive ways cocktail chefs are bringing together the worlds of cocktails to our favorite beverage—hard cider. The Internet is ripe with recipes, either developed by bar chefs, or the at-home consumer, and we’ve collected a few (as well as preferred cider selection) right here.

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Cider is a sweet and beautiful thing. But it isn’t always sweet and doesn’t have to taste sweet either. Sometimes the best savory dishes are those that are laced with the slightest hint of fruit, chocolate, caramel or other flavors you would likely find on the dessert menu. When used in moderation, these flavors can subtly change the flavor profile to your favorite dishes, transforming them from good to great.

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Cider, like food, should taste like where it comes from—which is why we combed North America from coast to coast, sourcing recipes from chefs who understand a sense of place. This is one of five chefs who offered up the menu items for the winter and spring season that not only highlight where they come from, but ciders from their own backyards.

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For some reason, when my sweet-tooth starts yelling at me to satisfy its sugary cravings, my lazy-tooth rolls his eyes and says, “Fine, make a sweet treat, but let’s not do too much work or dirty up too many dishes.” It’s sad but I’ll admit it: thinking about all the mixing bowls, utensils, pans, etc. that I’d have to clean up after a simple batch of cookies sometimes causes me to explore simpler options.

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When it comes to breaking the mold with Saturday-morning pancakes, spatula-wielders typically play with the recipe’s solid ingredients and add little treasures such as blueberries or chocolate chips to the batter. The results, while still highly delicious, pale in comparison to playing with the liquid ingredients of your go-to pancake recipe. For a slight apple taste in your next stack of flapjacks, try adding some cider to the mix.

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