Equally memorable are the wintertime sweets like spice cakes or honey cakes made from the fantastic seasonal citrus and dried fruits, or local honey, or maple.
Mulled Local Cider
1/2 gallon local apple cider
3 strips of orange peel
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 slice 1/16 inch thick fresh ginger
Put liquid, orange peel and spices into a 3 quart sauce pot. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to low and lightly simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot with your favorite winter cookies or spice cake.
—Story by Douglas Katz, Photos by Donna Ruhlman
Douglas Katz is the owner and executive chef of fire food and drink at historic Shaker Square, owner of The Katz Club Diner in Cleveland Heights, and Chef/Partner of Provenance, Provenance Cafe, and Catering By Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Chef Katz will launch the fire spice company in January 2016, which will offer handcrafted spice blends for the home cook.