Banana Caramel Mille Feuille

Serves 8
Ingredients

For the spiced phyllo
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
6 sheets phyllo dough, thawed if frozen
For the filling
1 cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large bananas, peeled and chopped small
Salted Caramel Sauce, to serve (recipe follows)
Directions

Preheat [...]

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Cardamom Black Pepper Syrup

Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
5 cardamom pods, crushed (whole pod)
Directions
Place all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and let stand for 15 minutes, strain.

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Cardamom Dried Cherry Crumb Cake Bars

Makes 12 bars
INGREDIENTS
For the crumb topping
½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup walnuts, chopped
1⁄3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
½ teaspoon instant espresso
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, cut into pieces
For the cake
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
2⁄3 cup sugar
½ cup dried cherries, chopped
4 ounces melted butter, [...]

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Cardamom-scented Rice Cream with Saffron Drizzle (Firni)

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
5 cups cold water
¼ cup raw basmati rice
4 cups half-and-half
¾ cups sugar
6 whole cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground (or 1⁄3 teaspoon ground cardamom)
½ teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons heavy cream
DIRECTIONS
Combine the water and rice in a large bowl, and let the rice soak overnight. The next day, transfer ¼ cup of the rice water [...]

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Cardamon Nutmeg Dried Blueberries

Makes ½ cup dried fruit

Ingredients

1 cup blueberries
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon cardamom pod, seeds removed
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Mix honey, cardamom seeds, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Drizzle on top of blueberries and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 2 ½ to 3 [...]

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Chai

Serves 4 to 6
INGREDIENTS
2 cups milk
1 cup water
1½ tablespoons loose Darjeeling or Earl Grey tea
A 1½-inch piece cinnamon stick, brown in half
9 green cardamom pods, crushed slightly in a mortar and pestle to open
7 whole cloves
A 1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into chunks
6 black peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar
DIRECTIONS
Combine the ingredients in a medium saucepan [...]

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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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Chicken Pho

Serve 6-8
INGREDIENTS
For the broth
2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch section of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch section of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of chicken pieces, wings and other bones
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup [...]

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Chocolate Cardamom Banana Bites

Makes 12-15 bites
INGREDIENTS
2 bananas, firm but ripe, cut into 12-15 pieces
9 ounces dark semisweet chocolate
1 teaspoon cardamom
1⁄3 cup shredded coconut
½ cup nut of choice, chopped fine
2 teaspoons flax seeds
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
1⁄3 cup dried dates and cherries, chopped fine
DIRECTIONS
Freeze the banana pieces. In a large bowl, mix all the nuts, seeds, coconut and chopped fruit. [...]

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Cardamom Truffles

Makes about 30 truffles
INGREDIENTS
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cardamom seeds (removed from cardamom pod), crushed
¼ cup dried cherries, chopped fine
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Cocoa powder, for dusting
DIRECTIONS
In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, cardamom seeds, and dried cherries to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber [...]

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Garam Masala

Makes about ¾ cup
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon dried miniature rosebuds (optional)
A 1-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
2 bay leaves
¼ cup cumin seeds
1⁄3 cup coriander seeds
1 tablespoon green cardamom pods
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoon whole cloves
1 dried red chile
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1⁄8 teaspoon ground mace
DIRECTIONS
If the roses have stems, break them off and discard. Heat [...]

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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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Ginger Cardamom Pear Jam

INGREDIENTS
1 pound pears, semi ripe, peeled, cored and chopped and put in lemon water (to keep from browning)
2 cups sugar in the raw
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cardamom pod, split and seeds removed
1 egg white, for brushing tops of pop tarts
2 tablespoons soy or rice milk (vegan option), [...]

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Le Pruneau Homme

Ingredients
2 ounces prune infused gin (recipe follows)
2 ounces hum liquor
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce cardamom ginger black pepper syrup (recipe follows)
Sparkling Wine
“Moroccan” Spiced Brown Sugar (recipe follows)
Gin Infused Prunes
Directions
In a shaker filled with ice, place the gin, hum liquor, lemon juice, and syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into an old fashioned martini style glass and [...]

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Maple Sage Crusted Pumpkin Tart with Nutmeg Cardamom Whipped Cream

Makes 1 tart

Ingredients

For the tart

1½ cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped super fine
1 stick butter, cold and cubed
3 tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup whole milk

For the filling

2 eggs
1 can (12 ounces evaporated milk)
¾ cup brown sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
2 teaspoons fresh cinnamon sticks, freshly grated
1 [...]

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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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Mattar Paneer

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 package of paneer (cubed)
2 tablespoons ghee
3-4 cardamom pods, whole
1 small stick of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 small onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon ginger, grated
3 green chilies, finely chopped
3-4 large tomatoes, pureed
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Salt (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
3 tablespoons of kasoori methi [...]

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Molten Chocolate Cake with Cardamom Cream

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
½ cup butter
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (baking squares are best)
¼ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 8 6-ounce ramekins with a generous amount of butter, and sprinkle with sugar.
Over a double boiler, combine butter, chocolate, and cream. Heat over low heat, stirring [...]

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Passover Roasted Leg of Lamb

Serves 10-12
Ingredients
½ cup fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon cloves, whole
1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
2 tablespoons coriander, whole
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
6 pound leg of lamb, trimmed of fat
6 garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 medium yellow onions, divided into 12 wedges or cubes
2 bottles dry red wine
8 cups veal or chicken stock
1 pound or [...]

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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 Ginger Pot Pie Pockets

A quick take on the pot pie, somewhere in the middle between a hot pocket and a pop tart but perfect for a quick sweet and spicy snack.

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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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Rosemary Cardamom Plus Coolers

Makes 1 cooler
Ingredients
2 ounces cardamom infused bourbon
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces honey plum syrup
Seltzer
Rosemary Sugar
Ice
Cardamom garnish
Directions
Place the gin, lemon juice and plum syrup in a shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour entire contents into a tall glass rimmed with rosemary sugar and fill with seltzer. Garnish with a cardamom pod.
**Cardamom infused gin: place the [...]

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Tarragon & Cardamom Poached Pears with Frothed Rose Water Milk and Pistachios

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
¼ cup rosewater (2 tablespoons reserved)
½ cup honey, plus 1 tablespoon
¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves, chopped fine
4 Bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 cup 2% milk
2 pods of cardamom (seeds inside)
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup pistachios, shelled and chopped fine
DIRECTIONS
Heat the water, rosewater and ½ cup honey in a large [...]

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Tofu Vegetable Pho

Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS
For the broth
2 medium onions, chopped large
3 cloves garlic
1 shallot, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
2 small carrots, cut into large pieces
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
¼ cup dried shitakes
2 tablespoons salt
¼ [...]

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Vanilla-Saffron Rice Pudding & Rhubarb Compote with Orange Zest Ginger Butter

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon saffron threads
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
2 teaspoon orange zest
1 cardamom pod (seeds only)
1 cup jasmine rice
½ cup sugar
2 cups milk
Vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
Rhubarb Compote (Recipe Follows)
Orange Zest Ginger Butter (Recipe Follows)
Directions
In a medium sauce pan, heat the butter on medium heat and sauté the saffron, ginger, zest and cardamom [...]

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Velvety Chesnut Soup with Grape Honey

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For the soup
1 cup whole chestnuts, roasted and peeled
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon pumpkin oil
1 small shallot, chopped fine
½ of a sweet yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup celery, chopped fine
1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped fine
Salt
1 bouquet garni of fresh herbs in a cheesecloth sack: parsley, thyme, rosemary (a few springs of each)
2 fresh bay [...]

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