This tasted delicious, with the caveat that I changed the recipe a bit. I used dried thyme instead of fresh and 1 cup of cider instead of 3/4 c, and added 2 carrots, 2 dashes of Italian herbs, and 4 dashes of ginger. We don't do subtle flavors in my house. We ate it with fresh baked bread. It was perfect for a rainy fall day.