“Moroccan” Spiced Brown Sugar

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
1 tablespoon Ras El Hanout (traditional recipe follows)
½ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
Directions
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

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Apple Gallette

Serves 6
For dough
INGREDIENTS
2 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon maple sugar or brown sugar
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
1⁄1-½ cup ice water as needed
DIRECTIONS
Combine flour, salt, sugar in food processor and pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse to combine. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with water until the dough [...]

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Apple Ginger Cranberry Sauce

This is an extrmely versatile cranberry sauce, pleasing the palettes of most everyone, while tasting delightful and fallish with a unique, subtle and spicy gingery twist! Also a delicous accompaniment to pork!

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Apple Mustard Mint Glazed Ham

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 [...]

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Apple Walnut Butter

INGREDIENTS
1 pound apples, peeled, cored and chopped fine
¾ cups apple cider
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
1 egg white, for brushing tops of pop tarts
2 tablespoons soy or rice milk (vegan option), for brushing tops of pop tarts
DIRECTIONS
In a saucepan over medium heat add ingredients and [...]

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“Sweet” Gluten Free Pie Dough

Makes one pie shell or 4 tartlets

Ingredients

1 ½ cup rice flour
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick of butter, cold and cubed
Ice water

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and vanilla and salt. Cut in butter with two forks or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water [...]

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Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

Serves 10 to 12
Ingredients
9 tablespoons unsalted butter
1½ cups packed light brown sugar
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 firm-ripe bananas, peeled and cut crosswise into ¾-inch thick slices
¼ cup banana liqueur
½ cup dark rum
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch salt
6 cups (½-inch cubes) day-old French bread
Vanilla ice cream
Caramel Sauce, recipe [...]

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Beet Stem Cake

“I don’t see why a person couldn’t add a handful of diced pears, cubed apples, you name it – maybe even swiss chard. This recipe is easy to use and creates a cake that tastes of Christmas. It also has worked a treat as a breakfast slice, instead of a granola bar. Somehow I believe that if my great-Grandma saw me using beetroot in cake, she’d be very pleased. In regard to this recipe, I did find that the batter needed a little longer time in the oven.”
Aloha!
Courtesy of Anna Lissiman

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Blissed Bread’s Roasted Pumpkin Custard Bread

I call this recipe a “custard bread” because the additional eggs give the bread a wonderfully spongy, moist, texture. Please assume all ingredients are organic whenever possible!

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Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Makes 1 Bundt Cake
INGREDIENTS
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12⁄3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch Bundt pan.
In a [...]

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Bourbon Persimmon Lavender Glazed Ham

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 [...]

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Brown Sugar Butter Glaze

INGREDIENTS
¾ cups brown sugar
½ cup (¼ stick) butter
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sized sauté pan, over medium heat, add ingredients until warm and sugar has dissolved.
Remove from heat and drizzle over pop tarts.

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Brown Sugar Ginger Rum Kumquat Mojito

Makes 5 cocktails
Ingredients

1 cup kumquats, sliced medium
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup fresh mint leaves
Ice
1 ¾ cups ginger infused dark rum (recipe follows)
Seltzer water
Directions

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Butter-Braised Radishes With Their Greens

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
1-2 bunches red radishes with their greens (about 2 pounds)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar
Sea salt or kosher salt
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
DIRECTIONS
Cut the radishes away from their leaves, leaving about ½ inch of green attached. Scrub the radishes and slice them in halves or quarters [...]

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Muesli Energy Bars

Makes 18-20 bars
INGREDIENTS
1½ cups rolled oats
½ cup dried cherries
1 cup muesli (of your choice)
6 tablespoons butter
¼ cup nuts (*optional)
½ cup brown rice syrup
½ cup whey or soy protein powder
¼ cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup brown sugar
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Prepare a half sheet tray with baking spray and set aside. [...]

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Cilantro Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

This spicy sauce is perfect for a south-of-the-border themed Thanksgiving. Try it with a chipotle glazed turkey, corn bread jalapeño stuffi ng, corn mashed potatoes, and green chili gravy.

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Coconut Chutney with Mango-Lime Granita

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup coconut, freshly grated
Zest of one lime
Juice of one lime
2 curry leaves
1 thai chili
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions

In a small sauce pan add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, stirring constantly until thick and creamy. Cool. Serve over Lime Granita.

Mango-Lime Granita

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 large ripe mangoes, chopped
Zest of one lime
Juice of [...]

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Makes 1 cake
INGREDIENTS
For cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1½ tablespoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
1½ cups buttermilk
For frosting
2 cups heavy cream
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
1 pound semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
DIRECTIONS
For cake
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare 3 baking pans by buttering [...]

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Ger-Nis Chai & Mango Bubble Teas

Makes 1 drink
INGREDIENTS
¼ strong black tea
¼ cup cooked tapioca pearls
¼ fresh mango syrup or Chai syrup (recipes follow)
¼ cup coconut milk
Crushed ice
DIRECTIONS
Make black tea and allow to cool. Allow to cool in the refrigerator. In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Add the tapioca pearls (make 2 [...]

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Ger-Nis Jerk Cole Slaw

Serves 12
Ingredients
For the dressing
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime [...]

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Ger-Nis’ Herbal Mint Julep

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

Lemon mint brown sugar (recipe follows)
4-5 fresh mint leaves
Crushed or shaved ice
½ ounce lemon mint herbal syrup (recipe follows)
2 ½ ounces bourbon (Makers Mark is our preferred choice)
Crushed or shaved ice

Directions

Wet the rim of a old fashioned or low wide mouth glass with a lemon wedge, dip [...]

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Ginger & Fresh Plum Sake Truffles with Black Sesame Seeds

Makes about 30 truffles
Ingredients
½ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon brown sugar
¼ cup fresh plums, chopped
2 tablespoons sake
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Black sesame seeds for dusting
Directions
In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, ginger, brown sugar and fresh plums to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula [...]

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Ginger Infused Mulled Wine

Makes 1½ liters of mulled wine
INGREDIENTS
2 bottles dark red wine (Syrah, Zinfandel or Cabernet Franc)
1 cup pear brandy
1 medium Valencia orange, sliced
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thin
2 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
¼ cup brown sugar
PREPARATION
Place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Serve warm.

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Lemon-Mint Brown Sugar

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients

1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
1 tablespoon mint, chopped superfine
¾ cup light brown sugar, fine
Directions

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week!

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Lemon-Mint Herbal Syrup

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients

½ lemon sliced
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup water
Directions

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain, and store syrup in the refrigerator for up to [...]

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Lime Pie with Ginger Snap Crust and Ginger Whipped Cream

Makes one 9″ pie – Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For ginger snap crust
1¾ cups gingersnap cookies, crushed
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For lime pie filling
1 can (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
½ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 tablespoons lime zest, plus more for garnish
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a [...]

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Orange Halva Ice Cream with Ros Al Hanout Brown Sugar Sauce

Makes 4 cups
Ingredients
2 cups whole milk
Zest of 2 oranges
¼ cup fresh orange juice
½ cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1½ cup tahini
Cup heavy cream
Salt
Directions
In a medium sauce pan combine milk, orange zest, orange juice and sugar and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes allowing zest to infuse. Bring the heat to [...]

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Pasteles de Tres Leches con Mango (Three Milk & Mango Cake)

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
1½ cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (insides reserved)
2 cups mango, ripe and chopped small
½ cup vanilla brown sugar syrup (¼ cup water, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 vanilla bean [...]

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Pear and Cranberry Bellini

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 pears, peeled, seeded and chopped
½ cup fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Prosecco
PREPARATION
In a small saucepan, add pears and cranberries and cook until soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then add to blender. Blend until smooth and strain through fine mesh strainer. Pour a small amount of strained pear/cranberry [...]

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Pear and Cranberry Galette

Makes 1 large Galette
INGREDIENTS
For the Pastry:
2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
14 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons ice-cold sweet wine
For the Galette Filling:
6-8 pears, cored and cut in wedges, ½-inch thick
¾ cup fresh cranberries
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 [...]

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Pear Cardamom Ginger Chutney

This cranberry sauce alternative is exotic and decadent while still remaining seasonal and partners with turkey exceptionally well. This sweet and spicy chutney will wow your Thanksgiving guests with tingling delight!

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Pear Riesling Cast Iron Gallette with Cardamom Whipped Cream

Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
For the Pastry:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk
1 to 3 tablespoons ice-cold Oregon Riesling wine
For the Gallette
6-8 pears, cored and cut in wedges, ½-inch thick
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Pinch of [...]

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Pick Your Own Fruit Crisp

INGREDIENTS
Crumble topping
1 stick butter, cut in small pieces
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup brown sugar
chopped nuts/seeds, optional
½ tsp vanilla extract
PREPARATION
Preheat at 375˚F.
Combine all ingredients for topping. Sprinkle fruit with sugar and place in ramekin, top with crumble. Bake for 15 minutes.

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Red Onion Apple Caraway

Ingredients

¼ red onion, chopped fine
1 cup apples, chopped
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup Manchego cheese, shredded
1 egg white, for brushing tops of pop tarts
2 tablespoons soy or rice milk (vegan option), for brushing tops of pop tarts
Directions

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and use to fill savory pop tart.
Preheat oven to [...]

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Roasted Pears with Sweet Maple Cream

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
4 ripe pears, cut in half lengthwise, seeded
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup fresh thyme sprigs
Salt
For yogurt cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup plain Greek yogurt, 2%
Salt
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 450°F.
In a cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet, add the butter, maple syrup, [...]

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Rosemary and Plum Grilled Pork

Serves 6
Ingredients
6 boneless pork loin chops
Salt/pepper
3 plums (black preferred), deseeded, and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
2 cloves roasted garlic
½ cup red wine
½ cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
Directions
Season the pork loin chops with salt and pepper and set aside. Heat a grill to hot or pre-heat the oven to 350°F. In [...]

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Rosemary Potato Latkes with Rosemary Apple Chutney

This is a semi-traditional potato latke recipe with a modern version of applesauce to go with it.

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Spiced Apple Cider with Dark Rum

Makes one gallon
INGREDIENTS
1 gallon fresh apple cider
1 tart apple, sliced horizontally
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 whole cloves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1-2 cups dark rum (can be omitted for non-alcoholic version)
PREPARATION
Place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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Spicy Mango Salad

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 firm-greenish ripe mangoes, sliced in thin long wedges
½ cup scallions, chopped fine
1 small red onion, sliced thin
½ cup fresh mint leaves, sliced
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, sliced
1 small thai chili, sliced thin
Salt
Zest of one lime
Juice of two limes
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Directions
In a medium mixing bowl [...]

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Spicy Summer Fruit Muffins

Makes 12 muffins
Ingredients
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons fresh nutmeg, grated
2 teaspoons fresh cinnamon, grated
½ teaspoon (a pinch) ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup honey
1 cup soy yogurt
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup fresh [...]

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Strawberry Quinoa Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup black quinoa
¼ cup rolled oats
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flax seeds
¼ cup almonds, chopped fine
1/3 cup almond oil
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup almond milk
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped fine

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F. [...]

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Whole Grain or Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Ingredients

1½ cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter with two forks or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice [...]

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