Apple Mustard Mint Glazed Ham

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Wine Pairing: Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Riesling Gueberschwihr – Organic 2008, Germany.
This almost perfect German Riesling has smoke and stone notes lached with white peach, apple, and lemon zest. It’s zesty and snappy with a white pepper-tinged finish. It is perfect for this ham! Retails for around $18.

INGREDIENTS

For the Brine

One whole bone in fresh ham, skinned and trimmed, slashes cut, leaving a thin layer of fat
6 quarts water
1 cup sea salt
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 whole nutmeg, cracked and broken

For the Glaze

1 medium tart apple, peeled and seeds removed
½ cup fresh mint leaves
1 small red onion
½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon salt

For the Spice Rub

3 tablespoons black pepper, cracked medium fine
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

PREPARATION

Brining

In a large pot, bring all items for brining to a boil, stirring occasionally until all the sugar and salt is dissolved. Cool mixture, and add ham to pot- mixture should completely cover the ham, if it does not than make more brine! Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, turning the ham a few times. Drain the brine, and let the ham rest on a roasting pan with a rack, allowing the brine residual to drip down into the pan. Pat the ham dry with paper towels.

Glaze

In a blender, blend the apples, red onion, sugar, salt, and the mint. Add the honey and the mustard, and mix well. Set aside, and let rest for at least 30 minutes.

Spice Rub

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, mix up all the spice mix ingredients. Rub mixture all over ham. Place ham in the pre-heated oven, and bake according to weight based on the table below. A 15-pound ham with the bone intact should take a total of 3 to 4 hours. Let the ham bake uninterrupted, and then in the last hour begin the glazing process. Glaze every 10 minutes until entire ham is browned. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, turn the oven temperature up to 425° F, and let the ham get a bit crispy and caramelized.

Blackberry Mango Mint Cava Granita

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Makes 3 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 ripe mango peeled, pitted and cubed
½ cup sugar in the raw
1 cup cava
½ cup fresh mint
1 cup blackberries

PREPARATION

In a blender or food prosecco mix mango, sugar and cava until pureed smooth. Pour into a metal baking pan (shallow) and freeze, scarping with a fork every 10 minutes. Scrape with fork to serve with fresh blackberries on top and garnish with mint leaf.

Blueberry Mint Cavatini

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Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces vodka
¼ cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon ripped mint leaves
1 ounce cava

PREPARATION

Place vodka, blueberries and mint in a shaker, muddle blueberries until smashed well. Add cava and fill with ice, shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a blueberry and mint leaf.

Bourbon Persimmon Lavender Glazed Ham

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Wine Pairing: Ch. De Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé 2009, France.
This one is a tough pairing the the potent floral lavender and the spicy sweet persimmon next to the smoky and salty ham. This French rosé is perfect for all. It is bright and bold but with spicy undertones that lend well to the persimmons, and it has a fresh, fruity note that allows the potency of the lavender to subtly shine while pairing well with the saltiness. Retails for around $20.

INGREDIENTS

For the Brine

One whole bone in fresh ham, skinned and trimmed, slashes cut, leaving a thin layer of fat
6 quarts water
1 cup sea salt
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup fresh lavender leaves
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 whole nutmeg, cracked and broken

For the Glaze

½ cup bourbon
1 tablespoon fresh lavender leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
1 persimmon, peeled and deseeded, very ripe
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup bourbon
½ cup orange juice
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

For the Spice Rub

2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked medium fine
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon dried sage leaves

PREPARATION

Brining

In a large pot, bring all items for brining to a boil, stirring occasionally until all the sugar and salt is dissolved. Cool mixture, and add ham to pot- mixture should completely cover the ham, if it does not than make more brine! Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, turning the ham a few times. Drain the brine, and let the ham rest on a roasting pan with a rack, allowing the brine residual to drip down into the pan. Pat the ham dry with paper towels.

Glaze

In a blender, blend the persimmon and all the herbs. Pour into a medium mixing bowl, and gently mix in the sugar, bourbon, ginger, and the remaining ingredients. Mix well, and set aside.

Spice Rub

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, mix up all the spice mix ingredients. Rub mixture all over ham. Place ham in the pre-heated oven, and bake according to weight based on the table below. A 15-pound ham with the bone intact should take a total of 3 to 4 hours. Let the ham bake uniterrupted, and then in the last hour begin the glazing process. Glaze every 10 minutes until entire ham is browned. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, turn the oven temperature to 425°F, and let the ham get a bit crispy and caramelized.

Chicken Breast & Chard with Thyme, Garlic, White Wine & Lemon

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Serves 1 – 2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings chicken breast, boneless, skinless, sliced
Juice of ½ lemon
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
3 tablespoons white wine
1 cup chard, chopped
Several thyme sprigs

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.
Place sliced chicken breast on prepared foil. Top with juice of ½ lemon, 2 chopped garlic cloves, white wine, chard and thyme.
Wrap and bake for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through.

Ginger Beet Prosecco

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Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

Ginger beet syrup
Prosecco

PREPARATION

Place one ounce of ginger beet syrup in a chilled champagne glass and fill with prosecco.
For the ginger beet syrup place 2 tablespoon grated & peeled fresh ginger & 2 medium peeled red beets cut into cubes in a saucepan with ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 3-4 minutes, cool and strain.

Ginger Sage Maple Glazed Ham

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Wine Pairing: Domaine de la Chevalerie, Bourgueill “Cuvee Chavalerie” – Organic 2001, France.
This is an old Cab Franc Producer that has been producing traditional Cab Francs for generations. This wine is super robust, extremely herbaceous, and quite elegant. It is extremely compatible with the potent sage and ginger and excellent with the saltiness of the ham. It retails for around $23.

INGREDIENTS

For the Brine

One whole bone in fresh ham, skinned and trimmed, slashes cut, leaving a thin layer of fat
6 quarts water
1 cup sea salt
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 whole nutmeg, cracked and broken

For the Spice Rub

2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked medium fine
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
2 tablespoons sea salt

For the Glaze

1 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
6-8 sage leaves
Sage brush (a bunch of sage tied together to form your glazing brush)

PREPARATION

Brining

In a large pot, bring all items for brining to a boil, stirring occasionally until all the sugar and salt is dissolved. Cool mixture and add ham to pot – mixture should completely cover the ham, if it does not make more brine! Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, turning the ham a few times. Drain the brine, and let the ham rest on a roasting pan with a rack, allowing the brine residual to drip down into the pan. Pat the ham dry with paper towels.

Glaze

In a medium saucepan, heat the maple syrup, sage leaves, and the ginger to just before boiling, let the maple syrup infuse for about 15 minutes or until the spicy ginger flavor is very apparent. Take off heat, and allow to cool. Set aside. Make your sage brush by twisting kitchen twine around the stems of a bunch of sage leaves.

Spice Rub

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, mix up all the spice mix ingredients. Rub mixture all over ham. Place ham in the pre-heated oven, and bake according to weight based on the table below. A 15-pound ham with the bone intact should take a total of 3 to 4 hours. Let the ham bake uninterrupted, and then in the last hour begin the glazing process. Glaze with the sage brush every 10 minutes until entire ham is browned. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, turn the oven temperature up to 425°F, and let the ham get a bit crispy and caramelized.

Indian Summer Ratatouille

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Serves 6 – 8

Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour (very little if any attention during this time)
Wine Pair: Red

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
3 bell peppers (1 yellow, 1 red, 1 orange), chopped medium
3 medium zucchini, chopped medium
1 medium fennel bulb, sliced thinly
1 medium to small eggplant, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 medium carrot, chopped small
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper, cracked finely
1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
4-5 medium sized tomatoes, chopped medium
¼ cup of each of the following fresh herbs : marjoram, oregano, basil, chopped fine
â…“ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
¼ – ½ cup of red wine (the wine you choose for the pairing)
Parmesan cheese, shaved for garnish

PREPARATION

In a heavy bottom stew pan heat olive oil to medium heat, sauté garlic and onions for about a minute or two until slightly translucent. Add the bell peppers, and sauté another minute or two. Add the zucchini, fennel, eggplant and carrots and sauté a few more minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir well, add chili flakes if desired and half of all the herbs. Add tomatoes and wine and mix well, turn down heat to low and let simmer stirring occasionally for about 40 minutes. Add the remaining herbs and take off heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve over polenta, pasta or just as vegetable stew!

Jamaican Jerk Glazed Ham

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Wine Pairing: Charles Joguet, Chinon “clos du Chene Vert” – Organic 2002, France.
This highly complex and extremely spicy wine does not overcomplicate the intricate flavors of the jerk glaze and spices, instead they forge an incredibly bold pair suited for bold palettes and the brave of heart, much like the dish itself! Retails for about $40.

INGREIDENTS

For the Brine

One whole bone in fresh ham, skinned and trimmed, slashes cut, leaving a thin layer of fat
6 quarts water
1 cup sea salt
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup fresh sage leaves
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 whole nutmeg, cracked and broken
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 star of anise

For the Glaze

1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch of all spice
1 pinch of clove
½ habañero pepper, seeds removed and chopped superfine
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
¼ fresh chives, chopped fine

For the Spice Rub

3 tablespoons black pepper, cracked medium fine
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch cinnamon

PREPARATION

Brining

In a large pot, bring all items for brining to a boil, stirring occasionally until all the sugar and salt is dissolved. Cool mixture, and add ham to pot- mixture should completely cover the ham, if it does not than make more brine! Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days, turning the ham a few times. Drain the brine, and let the ham rest on a roasting pan with a rack, allowing the brine residual to drip down into the pan. Pat the ham dry with paper towels.

Glaze

In a medium sauce pan, add all ingredients, and bring to a boil, simmer, and reduce for about 15 minutes until thick. Cool, and set aside.

Spice Rub

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, mix up all the spice mix ingredients. Rub mixture all over ham. Place ham in the pre-heated oven, and bake according to weight based on the table below. A 15-pound ham with the bone in this should take a total of 3 to 4 hours. Let the ham bake uninterrupted, and then in the last hour begin the glazing process. Glaze every 10 minutes until the entire ham is browned. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, turn the oven temperature up to 425° F, and let the ham get a bit crispy and caramelized.

Late Summer Garden Chicken and Herbed Dumplings

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Serves 6

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Wine Pair: White & Red

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves, garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped small
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips, lightly dusted with whole wheat flour
1 bunch green onions, sliced
3 stalks of celery, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
1 medium turnip, cubed small
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
â…“ cup white wine (use the wine you choose for the wine pairing)
3 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 cup of the following herbs destemmed and chopped: parsley, thyme, marjoram, chives
2 fresh bay leaves (if not, substitute dry)
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup fresh spinach
Herb Dumplings*

PREPARATION

In a large heavy bottom stew skillet, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onions for a few minute until translucent. Add chicken and green onions and sauté until chicken is browned or about 3 minutes. Add celery, carrots, turnips and salt and pepper. Deglaze pan with white wine and add chicken stock and herbs, including bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then turn to low and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Meanwhile, put together dumplings, see recipe that follows). Add the cream, nutmeg, cayenne and spinach. Drop spoon full’s of dumpling dough over the top of the soup and let cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes, uncovered and not stirring, until dumplings are cooked through.

Dumplings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour
1½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed very small
½ cup cold milk
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and stir well. Add butter and using fingers make a crumbly mixture. Add milk, cayenne and herbs and mix well, adding more flour if needed in order to make a slightly sticky but manageable dough.

Lemon Verbena Basil Cava Cooler

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Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces gin
1 ounce of fresh squeezed organce juice
1 ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon basil leaves
1 tablespoon lemon verbena leaves
1 ounce seltzer water
1 teaspoon sugar in the raw
½ cup cava

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a mixer glass and muddle leaves for about a minute. Fill glass with ice and cover and shake vigorously. Strain into a lowball glass filled with ice and add cava. Garnish with a basil and verbena leaf.

NJ Peach Tarragon Bellini

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Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

Peach Tarragon Syrup
Prosecco or Cava

PREPARATION

Place one ounce of peach tarragon syrup in a chilled champagne glass and fill with prosecco or cava.
For the syrup place 1 fresh peach sliced thin & ½ cup fresh tarragon in a saucepan with ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 3-4 minutes, cool and strain.

Pork Loin And Potatoes With Rosemary, Leeks & Cream

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Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 servings pork loin, sliced
¼ medium yellow onion, chopped fine
1 Yukon potato, chopped
1 leek, chopped
3 tablespoons cream
Several sprigs rosemary

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.
Place sliced pork loin on prepared foil. Top with onion, potato, leek, cream, and top with several sprigs of rosemary.
Wrap and bake for about 25 minutes, or until pork is cooked all the way through.

Raspberry Sage Prosecco

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Makes 1

INGREDIENTS

Sage leaves
Frozen Raspberries
Prosecco

PREPARATION

Rub Sage leaves over the rim of the champagne class, fill with prosecco, garnish with sage leaves and a frozen raspberry.

September Roasted Plums with Rosemary Cream

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Serves 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes (mainly unattended time)
Wine Pair: Dessert

INGREDIENTS

6 medium plums, red, Italian, purple, pluots or any combination there of, pitted and cut in half
1 tablespoon almond oil
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
½ cup heavy whipping cream

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF. In a medium mixing bowl, toss plums with almond oil and then sprinkle sugar and rosemary, mix well. Place plums skin side down in a small glass baking dish and bake in oven for 10 minutes, turning the oven on broil for the last minute until lightly browned. Take out of oven and add heavy whipping cream to the dish and mix well. Serve drizzling cream mixture over the top.

Sweet Corn Chowder With Roasted Poblano Peppers

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Serves 6

Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Wine Pair: White

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
1 shallot, chopped medium
1 small jalapeno, deseeded and chopped finely
1 large red bell peppers, chopped small
4 medium to large ears of fresh corn, kernels removed from cobs
2 medium yellow potatoes, cubed small
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
½ cup white wine (use wine that you choose for wine pairing)
1 cup water
2 medium poblano peppers, pre-roasted, skins removed and chopped small*
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup cilantro leaves

PREPARATION

In a large soup pot, heat butter and olive oil on medium heat. Add onions and shallots and sauté until translucent, or about 1 to 2 minutes. Add jalapenos and red bell peppers, for spicier version use the entire jalapeno for milder just use ¼ to ½, sauté another few minutes and add corn kernels and potatoes and salt and pepper. Sauté mixture for a few more minutes, add white wine and then add water. Turn burner to low and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to simmer and add roasted poblanos, heavy cream, sugar and cilantro, stir well and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Take off heat and let cool a bit, serve warm not hot.

*For roasted poblano peppers: On a baking sheet, place poblanos in the oven on broil and rotate a few times until the skins burn. Let cool and remove skins and seeds inside, chop.

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