Afternoon at Good Intent’s New Cidery and Tasting Room

Last year I posted about a great meal that we had that was made better with Good Intent Cider.

Good Intent Cider got even better because this weekend they opened their tasting room at 167 South Potter Street in Bellefonte, Pa.

Good Intent Cider tasting roomMike and I went after running a few errands and we were very excited to enjoy all the cider we know we already love in their tasting room. Their space is so quaint with lots of exposed brick and wood.

good intent 3We each enjoyed two glasses of cider.  We each had a Good Charmat and then Mike tried their perry which is called Calebasse Bosc and I had the original Adam’s Apple.

good intent 5good intent 4There were a lot of people coming in and out and everyone was so friendly.  It ended up being a great time talking with new people and enjoying cider on a perfect fall afternoon.

And of course I got a sweatshirt before I left because I love a good hoodie and I’m sure it won’t hurt if there’s another person out there wearing their gear.

good intent 2I really hope that Jenn and Adam’s success continues.  I know we’ll be back.

Two-Potato Latkes

We went to Philadelphia for the Thanksgiving weekend to visit our families.

Wednesday night was the first night of Hanukkah so we made potato latkes for dinner. My mom had both baking and sweet potatoes and we found this Cooking Light Two-Potato Latkes recipe for the ingredients.

We opted for the not so light but more traditional cooking method.

latkesWe had both sour cream and applesauce for our latkes, along with a childhood favorite, cornflake chicken, and steamed green beans.  I am not a huge potato fan so adding the sweet potatoes into these latkes made them perfect for me.

latkesplateWe also had this great hard cider with dinner.

goodintentfrontGood Intent Cider is my friend Jenn and her husband Adam’s business.  They make it on his family farm in Gettysburg and it is so good. This version is a special bourbon barrel aged cider and it’s dry with a hint of bourbon flavor.  It was the perfect compliment to our dinner.

goodintentbackThere are still a few more nights of Hanukkah but the latkes are a great side dish any time of year.  We even warmed the leftovers in a pan the next morning and made an egg hash for breakfast.  And if you are in Gettysburg or State College, definitely try Good Intent Cider.

2013 Granary Gourmet Dinner

It’s been two years since we were last at the Granary Gourmet Dinner. The evening is a benefit to support the Lemont Village Association.

Last night we enjoyed a great dinner catered by EcoVents and spent time with some of our neighbors. It was a beautiful evening on rather cool day for mid-September and the space, as usual, was charming and rustic.

Lemont Granary Dinner Table Wheel at Lemont Granary Lemont Granary dinner table twoAppetizers including Baked Brie, Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Goat Cheese Canape, Honey-Roasted Onion Tart, Fromage Fort, and Bagettes were being served when we arrived.

Baked Brie Roasted Balsamic Strawberry & Goat Cheese Canape Honey-Roasted Onion Tart, Fromage Fort, BagettesAnd there was beer from Otto’s and wine from Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery.

Otto's beer Happy Valley Winery WhiteHappy Valley Winery RedWhen we were seated, we started with an Apple Walnut Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing.

Apple Walnut Salad

Next was the French Lentil Soup.  I think this was by far my favorite course of the entire meal.

French Lentil SoupI sort of forgot to take pictures of the entire main course (maybe I was just that excited to taste it!) but here is the Filet with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce. As you can see it
was done perfectly.  There was also a Potato Gratin with Gruyere and Pappardelle with a Fricassee of Wild Mushrooms.

Filet with with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce

And for a dessert a Fresh Pear Tarte.  I only had a few bites of mine and while I am sure it was good, I’m just not a huge fan of cooked fruit.

Fresh Pear TartIt was a wonderful evening as usual.

 

Apple Cake

I am not a fan of cooked fruit but Mike has a weird allergic-like reaction to most raw tree fruits with a pit or core. So when I saw Teddie’s Apple Cake on Alexandra’s Kitchen, I knew that he would love it.

It turned out perfect! It was very easy to make (especially since Mike peeled and sliced the apples).

I had a piece last night and it tasted really good. I still don’t loved cooked fruit but I can see how this would be a great cake for someone who does.  The cake part is so moist and flavorful and the outer part is a little more dense and chewy.

Since I won’t be eating any more of it, we froze a large portion of it (hopefully it holds up) and Mike can enjoy a few more pieces this week.