Tip: The burger mixture can be packed into a buttered bread pan and baked in a 400-degree oven for an hour (or until a meat thermometer reads 155°), then cooled for 10 minutes. You now have meatloaf. You can eat slices with the slaw on the side or make meatloaf sandwiches (topped with the slaw, of course).

Apple cider cocktail with spiced rum and apple brandy

Cider is almost intoxicating by itself: "The smell of cider is the epitome of the beginning of fall. Drinking it warm gives people a delicious feeling," rhapsodizes Irena Stein of Cafe Azafran and Alkimia. With this in mind, I tried to lighten the drink up with a little fizzy seltzer and keep warmth and spice by adding apple brandy and spiced rum. If the drink is too strong (or too weak) for you, then adjust according to your tastes.

Makes: 2 drinks

5 ounces apple cider

1 1/2 ounces spiced rum

1 1/2 ounces apple brandy

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

4 ounces cold seltzer

Combine the first four ingredients into a shaker over ice. Shake until combines (about 40 shakes) and strain into a glass. Top with the seltzer, stir gently and serve.

Tip: Leave out the seltzer and heat up the cider for a warming and potent drink for the coming winter.