Fresh Star-Anise Strawberry Sauce

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
½ cup strawberries
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 star anise
Directions
In a medium saucepan combine the strawberries, sugar, water and the star anise and bring to a boil and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until thick and strawberries cooked down. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes and take of heat and let [...]

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Jamaican Jerk Glazed Ham

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 [...]

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Mango Banana Spring Rolls with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Makes 6 rolls
Ingredients
1 cup sweet red bean paste (recipe follows)
6 small rice paper wrappers
1 semi ripe mango sliced long and thin
2 bananas, halved and sliced into 3 inch long strips about ½ and inch thick
Fresh Star Anise Strawberry Sauce (recipe follows)
Directions
In a large bowl of warm water, dip the rice paper wrappers for about 7-10 [...]

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Massaman Beef Curry

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 pound beef, sliced or cubed (about 1 inch-chunk or sirloin is best)
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1 can 14 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce of tamari
1 tablespoon canola oil or peanut oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 cardamom pods, whole
1 cinnamon stick, whole
1 star of [...]

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Mulled Hot Apple Cider

Makes 1 quart
INGREDIENTS
1 quart fresh apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves
1 star anise
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 to 2-inch piece of ginger, sliced thin (peeled or not peeled)
PREPARATION
Place all items in a large pot on high heat. When mixture begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Strain and serve in a glass [...]

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Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

Recipe adapted from the Cuisines of Spain by Teresa Barrenchea
Makes 25 fritters and 2 cups of marmalade
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons salted butter
6 tablespoons sweet white dessert wine
1⁄3 cup fresh orange juice (2 to 3 oranges)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 cups all purpose flour, plus extra
¾ cup olive [...]

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