Cinnamon Black Pepper Glaze

February 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
¼ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup milk

Directions

Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.  Drizzle over doughnuts!


Ginger & Spice Apple Fitters with Cinnamon Black Pepper Glaze

February 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 20 small fritters

Ingredients

2 cups flour
½ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
2  teaspoons cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon all spice
½ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
2 eggs, beaten
¾ cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 apples, peeled and chopped small
Cinnamon  Black Pepper Powdered Sugar Glaze (recipe follows)

Directions

In bowl combine all the dry ingredients  and mix well.  Add the wet ingredients and mix until a chunky batter is created.  Place the batter in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  Heat a large pan of hot oil to a medium high heat.  Drop batter using a large spoon into fitter size dollops.  Frying only a  few at a time.  Allow to fry about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.  Take out of oil and place on paper towels.  Glaze & eat!

Cinnamon Black Pepper Powdered Sugar Glaze

Ingredients

1 cup powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
¼ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup milk

Directions

Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.  Drizzle over doughnuts!



Orange Cinnamon Fennel Soda

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

In a glass filled with ice mix 1 ounce of fennel seed syrup with 2 ounces fresh orange juice and fill with seltzer and stir!

Fennel Seed Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

Ingredients

¾ cup sugar
1½ cups water
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fennel seed, crushed

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Cool and strain.

The Cinnamon Fig

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

3 ounces bourbon
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ounce cinnamon stick black pepper syrup (recipe follows)
1 ounce sweet cinnamon vinegar (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon fig compote (recipe follows)

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into an old fashioned martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Cinnamon Black Pepper Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
2 cinnamon sticks, smashed

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.

Sweet Cinnamon Vinegar

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cinnamon stick, smashed
½ cup dark brown sugar

Directions

Place the apple cider vinegar and cinnamon in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to a rolling low boil and let reduce by half. Add the brown sugar and stir well. Bring to a boil again and then again reduce heat but this time to a slow simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes until the mixture is thick. Take off heat and let stand to cool for 5-10 minutes and then strain. Store in the refrigerator for up to five weeks.

Fig Compote

Makes 2 cups compote

Ingredients

1 pound fresh black figs, ripe & sweet, de-stemmed & chopped
1 cup simple syrup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often for about 1 hour. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Orange Cinnamon Fennel Cava

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce fennel seed syrup (recipe follows)
Cava
Cinnamon dusting

Directions

Place one ounce of the orange juice and one ounce of the fennel seed syrup in a champagne glass and fill with cava. Garnish with a dusting of freshly grated cinnamon.

Fennel Seed Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

Ingredients

¾ cup sugar
1½ cups water
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fennel seed, crushed

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Cool and strain.

Ginger Apple Cinnamon Bins with Nutmeg Plum Glaze

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen rolls

Ingredients

For the dough:

5 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup water, hot
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs, beaten
Butter
Ginger-Apple Filling (recipe follows)
Nutmeg Plum Icing (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, and ground ginger. In another bowl combine the yeast and the hot water, mixing well. Let stand to get frothy a few minutes and then add the a little of the dry mixture, the yeast mixture and the milk and the eggs in a mixer and begin to mix, adding a little at a time of the dry mixture until it is done and a soft dough is formed. Knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic about 8-10 minutes. Cover and let rest for about 10 minutes. Divide the dough into two equal portions and roll each portion into a 12 x 8 inch rectagnle about 1/2 inch thick. Spread the ginger apple filling evenly over each rectangle. Beginning at one of the rectangles, roll it up tightly like a jelly roll, making sure to pinch the seams to seal. Cut each roll into 12 pieces and place rolls on a greased baking sheet (butter). Cover and let rise in a warm draft free location until double in size or about 45 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 375°F. After the rolls have doubled in size, place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until a stick inserted comes out clean. Place the Nutmeg Plum Glaze over the hot rolls and let cool.

Ginger-Apple Filling

Ingredients

2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 stick butter
2 tablespoons flour

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook on medium low until thick about 3 minutes. Set aside and cool.

Nutmeg Plum Glaze

Ingredients

1/4 cup plum syrup, warmed
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
A few tablespoons hot water as needed

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix. Add hot water until thick and smooth like a paste.

Cinnamon & Rosemary Plum Rose Spritzers

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1 ripe plum, deseeded and chopped
1 bottle sparkling rose

Directions

Combine the rosemary leaves, sugar, water, cinnamon stick and plums in a medium saucepan, stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick and allow to cool. Blend until smooth and pour through a fine mesh strainer. Chill. Place about 1-2 ounces of the chilled syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass and fill with sparkling rose and stir.
Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh cinnamon.

Cinnamon Buns

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

4 cups all purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm milk, scalded and skimmed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs

Filling:

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
21/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened

Icing:

8 tablespoons butter, softened (1 stick)
11/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

Dissolve the yeast in warm milk and set aside for 5 minutes to proof (foam). Combine sugar, butter, eggs and salt. Stir in flour and yeast mixture. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Sprinkle lightly with flour, as needed, to keep dough from sticking  (dough should be slightly sticky). Add as little flour as possible; the more flour that is added, the heavier the bread will be, and the goal is to have very light bread, so if the dough is sticking rub a little oil on your hands. Place in a lightly greased bowl and turn once to grease top. Cover, let rise in a warm place free from draft about one hour or until dough has nearly doubled in size. Punch down, and roll the dough on a clean surface lightly dusted with flour. Roll out to a rectangle shape until it is approximately 21 inches long and 16 inches wide by 1/4” thick. If dough begins to resist, stop working and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F. While oven is preheating, mix ingredients for filling. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Spread the softened butter evenly over the surface of the dough, then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Starting from the long side, begin rolling the dough down to the bottom edge, jelly roll style. Cut the rolled dough into 13/4” slices and place and place into a lightly greased baking pan, allowing about 1 inch space between each.
Put the rolls into a warm place and allow to rise again until nearly double in size (approximately 30 minutes). Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden. While the rolls are baking, mix ingredients for icing.
Beat well with a rotary mixer until light and fluffy.
When the rolls are done, drizzle generously with the icing while still warm.

Recipe property of Shawona Jones.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Prosecco

November 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

2 ounces apple pie syrup (recipe follows)
Prosecco

Directions

Place about 2 ounces of the apple pie syrup in a champagne flute (less for less sweet) and fill with Prosecco, garnish with a bit of grated fresh cinnamon, stir and enjoy!

Apple Pie Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup apple cider
1 cup sugar
Juice of ½ lemon
2 cinnamon sticks

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir. Heat to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 4-5 minutes or until mixture is thick. Set the cinnamon sticks aside. Allow to cool.

Apricot Baklava

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts, chopped fine
1 cup apricots, chopped fine
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 cups apricot syrup (recipe follows)
1 package whole-wheat Phyllo pastry (white can be substituted)
1 stick butter, unsalted and melted

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
In a mixing bowl, mix the filling mixture ingredients (walnuts, apricots, and sugar) until well combined and set aside. Butter a large baking sheet making sure to get the corners and sides as well. Unroll the phyllo dough and cover with a damp cloth to keep it from drying out. Place two sheets of dough on the pan and brush with melted butter thoroughly. Sprinkle a later of the nut mixture atop the sheets and repeat the layers creating a total of between 5-8 layers. With a sharp small knife, cut the pastry in diamond or square shapes carefully, making sure to get all the way to the bottom of the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until golden brown. While the baklava is baking, make the syrup by combining apricots, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes. Keep warm and spoon over baklava (when it first comes out of the oven), making sure the baklava is soaked fully.

Let baklava set for about 30 minutes before serving.

Apricot Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup apricot puree
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Combine apricot puree, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium sauce pan and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes.

Mattar Paneer

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 (dried fenugreek leaves, found at specialty Indian shops)
1/4 cup water (or as needed)
1 ½ cups of frozen peas
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

Directions

Heat oil and fry paneer cubes till they turn golden brown. Set aside. In a separate pot, heat ghee, cumin seeds, until they are aromatic, turn a slight brown color and sputter. Add chopped onions, ginger, chilies and garlic and cook until onions soften.Add tomato puree, salt, sugar, and cook till the tomatoes soften till fat separates. Then add garam masala, chili powder, turmeric powder coriander powder, cumin powder, and kasoori methi. Cook for another few minutes to release spice flavors. Add the water and stir it in, using your discretion depending on how dry the dish is. If you added too much water, just let it simmer away until much of it evaporates – you want your tomatoes soft anyway. Add the peas. Cook just until the peas are tender. Pour in the cream, mix, and add the paneer and let simmer on medium heat for the paneer to absorb the flavors.

*Recipes Property of Palak Patel

Sweet Spiced Red Bean Paste

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup adzuki beans, cooked very soft
¼ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated

Directions

In a blender mix well while beans are warm and allow to cool.

Mango Banana Spring Rolls with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 seconds. Take out and shake off excess water and lay flat on a kitchen towel. On the middle of the wrappers, place a long dollop of the bean paste mixture, a few mango strips and a few banana strips. Wrap the roll up like a present but rolling. Serve garnished with strawberry sauce.

Sweet Spiced Red Bean Paste
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup adzuki beans, cooked very soft
¼ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated

Directions

In a blender mix well while beans are warm and allow to cool.

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 stand to cool before serving. (discard the star anise before serving.)

Fig Compote

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 pound fresh black figs, ripe & sweet, de-stemmed & chopped
1 cup simple syrup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often for about 1 hour. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Lavender Fig Compote

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 pound fresh black figs, ripe & sweet, de-stemmed & chopped
1 cup lavender syrup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often for about 1 hour. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Honey Lavender Fritters With Fig Compote

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 20 -25 fritters

Ingredients

1 pound fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 vanilla bean scraped, bean scrapings reserved
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons lavender flowers (fresh or dried)
Oil for frying
Lavender Powder *1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers crushed and mixed with ½ cup powdered sugar
Fig Compote (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the ricotta, eggs, vanilla seeds, sugar, baking powder and flour until combined. Mix in the lavender flowers and mix again until the batter is thick. Refrigerate the batter for one hour. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan or fry pan making sure that there is at least 2 inches of oil in the pan to a temperature of about 375 degrees. Once hot drop spoonfuls of the batter in the pan and fry until golden brown, making sure to flip for a total of about 3-4 minutes. Take out and drain on paper towels. Once slightly cool, sprinkle powered lavender sugar over the top. Serve with fig compote.

Fig Compote
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 pound fresh black figs, ripe & sweet, de-stemmed & chopped
1 cup lavender syrup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often for about 1 hour. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Watermelon Rind Pickles

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes a large batch of pickles

Ingredients

Seedless red watermelon rind with a touch of red flesh left on (entire watermelon)
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon alum powder (pickling preservative for crispness/totally optional)
1 quart cold water
3 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks
15 cloves
3 cups sugar

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine the salt and cold water and mix or whisk until all the salt dissolves. Pour the mixture over the rinds in a large flat vat or container, making sure all rinds are covered. Cover the container with something to push the rinds down into the liquid and let stand for eight hours. Drain the pickled rinds and rinse and soak in a clean cold water bath. In the meantime in a large sauce pan bring the vinegar and spices to a boil. Add the clean rinsed rind and 1 cup of sugar and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When the mixture is cool add one more cup of sugar and place back on burner and bring to a boil. Remove again from heat add sugar and allow to cool. Place back on heat and add the final cup of sugar. Allow to cool.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Ginger Spice Butter

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

½ stick butter, softened
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
1 teaspoon fresh cinnamon, grated

Directions

In a small bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread on warm muffins.

Spicy Summer Fruit Muffins

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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
â…“ cup honey
1 cup soy yogurt
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup fresh summer fruit
Coarse sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, salt and sugar, and set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together honey, soy yogurt, coconut milk, vanilla and fresh ginger until smooth. Add in fruit and mix well. Combine together the flour and fruit mixtures a little at a time until thick but still smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle course sugar over the 12 muffins and pat in slightly with fingertips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean.

Ger-Nis Jerk Cole Slaw

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

097

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 juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¾ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

3 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth and set aside. Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed. Mix in dressing and toss until evenly distributed. Season with salt to taste.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

4 bananas
8 wooden skewers
Parchment paper
80% dark organic chocolate bar
Organic White chocolate bar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch cayane pepper
½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
Zest of 1 lime
Zest of 1 orange
¼ teaspoon fresh nutmeg
¼ teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Directions

Cut bananas in ¼’s or ½ depending on size. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Skewer bananas, ready for dipping. Simmer enough water to cover the bottom of a large sauce pot. Take a metal or glass bowl and place over boiling water, being careful not to let the water touch the bowl. In one bowl, break up dark chocolate and add cayenne & cinnamon, place over water and stir till melted. In the other bowl break up white chocolate, adding in ginger, nutmeg, and citrus zest. mix till melted.

Dip ½ of the skewers in the dark chocolate, and the other ½ in white chocolate. Sprinkle the white chocolate skewers with the chopped walnuts, and the dark with the sea salt. Place on parchment and put in freezer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Silver-Dollar Walnut Cakes with Berry Compote and Lemon Ricotta

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

For the Pancake Mix

1½ cups buckwheat flour
1½ tablespoons agave nectar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1¼ cups almond milk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup chopped walnuts
Cooking spray

For the Berry Compote

½ pint blueberries
½ pint strawberries sliced
½ pint raspberries
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
2 tablespoons water

For the Lemon Ricotta

½ cup skim ricotta
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
1 tablespoon mint, chopped

Directions

In a small sauce pan, add berries, water and marmalade. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until it thickens. Mix together ingredients for the ricotta & store in fridge till its time to serve.

Preheat griddle over medium heat. Mix dry pancake ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix together wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to dry. Fold together. Measure out cakes with a small ladle or ice cream scoop to a sprayed griddle. Cook each for about 3 minutes per side, and store cooked cakes in a warm oven (200°) until all are cooked.

Place cakes on plate (3 for a full serving of whole grains). Top with compote and a dollop of ricotta mixture.

Turn leftovers into a trifle by alternating cake, compote, ricotta in a tall glass container. Top with any extra compote. Cover with plastic wrap and place a small plate on top to weigh down. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour. Turn upside down over plate and remove bowl. Slice like a cake and serve.

Crispy Flax Granola

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

2 cups traditional rolled oats
2 tablespoons ground golden flax seeds
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup raisins
¼ cup walnuts
½ cup dried cranberries or cherries
½ cup peanut or almond butter
3 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 lemon, zested
2 tablespoons thyme
1 teaspoon tarragon, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add honey, olive oil, nut butter, herbs and zest. Fold in the rest of the ingredients. Press flat into baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 35 to 40 minutes, or until crisp. Let cool, the break into bite size pieces and serve over your favorite fruit, yogurt or with milk.

Waffle Cones

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 12 cones

Ingredients

1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cup powdered sugar
1½ cup flour
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

In a medium bowl whisk together the cream and vanilla until the heavy cream begins to get thick, it will resemble somewhere between a yogurt or mouse consistency. Whisk in remaining ingredients until well mixed and thick batter is created. Let stand for at least 20 minutes before making the cones. Follow the instructions on the waffle cone maker and make sure you grease it. Before making the waffles, make sure to make a cone template, unless you are a pro! Using a piece of paper roll it creating a paper cone the size of the bottom of the rolled paper is the size of the cone you want to create. Tape the paper up the size you want your cone. To roll the waffle you must work fast. Heat the waffle iron and cook waffles according to directions on waffle iron. Remove from the waffle iron and use your mold to form the cone shape. Roll the waffle over the mold forming the cone and let stand to dry a few minutes and it will harden.

Almond Butter, Banana & Honey Panini

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

Hearty, crusty whole grain bread, sliced
½ cup of either almond butter or peanut butter, chunky
2 bananas sliced lengthwise
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon canola oil
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat Panini grill (or you could use a grill pan with a heavy skillet as a weight). Spray the cooking surface. Brush one side of bread with oil, and place side down on grill. Spoon on nut butter, lay down bananas, and drizzle with honey. Place oiled bread on top, and press sandwich. If using a skillet, flip after about 3-4 minutes. Slice Paninis in ½ and store in a ziplock bag for up to 5 days. Enjoy cold or at room temperature.

Fennel Orange Granola Bars

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients

Large egg
1 large egg white
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups toasted oats
½ cup quinoa
½ cup kasha
1 cup chopped dried fruit (any of the following: cherries, apricots, dates, raisins, figs)
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 orange zested
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon toasted fennel seeds
1 cup cooked and drained lentils, any color
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8-by-11-inch pan with parchment paper. Whisk egg, egg white, honey, oil, cinnamon, orange zest & juice, salt, spices and vanilla in a large bowl. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients. Spread in prepared pan and press. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool; cut into bars with a lightly oiled knife. Can store out of the fridge in an airtight container for 1 week or in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Jerk Chicken Slaw

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

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 juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth set aside.  Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed.  Mix in dressing and toss until mixed. Season with salt to taste.

Jerk chicken Slaw

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

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 juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth set aside.  Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed.  Mix in dressing and toss until mixed. Season with salt to taste.

Fresh Ginger Whole-Wheat Nutmeg Butter Cookies

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-9 cookies

Ingredients

¼ cup butter, soft
¼ cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
¾ cup whole-wheat flour
Pinch of salt

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. In a small mixing bowl cream together butter, sugar, spices and vanilla until well mixed, add the egg and mix well. In a spate small bowl mix together flour and salt. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet a little at a time mixing continuously. Form the mixture into a long log shape about 2 inch circle and wrap in saran wrap for up to 1 hour. Slice the logs thin and place on a baking sheet. Alternatively you can bake immediately without refrigerating the cookies with be softer. Place spoons full of the dough mixture on a baking sheet and press down using fingers to a flat cookie shape. Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Place on rack to cool.

Massaman Beef Curry

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 anise
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons massaman curry paste

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine beef, ginger, hoisin sauce and coconut milk and stir. Let stand to marinate at least 30 minutes. In a large sauté pan heat oil to a medium high heat, add the garlic, yellow onions, shallot, cinnamon stick, star of anise and the cardamom and saut&eactue; until onions are just beginning to be translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the sugar and continue to saut&eacte; on high heat another 3-4 minutes or until it begins to caramelize. Strain the meat from the marinade and add to the sauté mixture, and cook milk from the marinade. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes or until the meat is tender. Serve over rice.

Massaman Thai Curry Paste / Gaeng Massaman

June 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

5 small fresh red chilies
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons white peppercorns, crushed
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
5 cardamom pods, toasted, husks removed and seeds scraped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cloves, toasted and crushed
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse on chop until a chunky paste is created, add water as needed. Alternatively crush together in a alarge mortar witha pestle or crush and drag into a paste using a large knife.

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 follows

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 10 by 14-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside. Melt the remaining 8 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 cup of the brown sugar and the cinnamon and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Add the bananas and cook on both sides, turning, until the bananas start to soften and brown, about 3 minutes. Add the banana liqueur and stir to blend. Carefully add the rum and shake the pan back and forth to warm the rum and flame the pan. (Or, off the heat, carefully ignite the rum with a match and return to the heat.) Shake the pan back and forth, basting the bananas, until the flame dies. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Whisk together the eggs, remaining ½ cup brown sugar, the cream, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the cooled banana mixture and bread and stir to blend thoroughly. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake until firm, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. To serve, scoop the pudding onto dessert plates. Top each serving with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and serve immediately.

Caramel Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

Ingredients

¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons to ¼ cup whole milk

Directions

Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium heavy saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Let boil without stirring until the mixture becomes a deep amber color, 2 to 3 minutes, watching closely so it doesn’t burn. Carefully add the cram (it may splatter), whisk to combine, and remove from the heat. Add the milk, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.

Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before serving. (The sauce will thicken as it cools.)

Recipe Courtesy of Emeril’s Delmonico, by Emeril Lagasse

Pineapple Preserves

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup pineapple, chopped small to fine
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (scraped parts reserved)
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan on low heat and cook slowly stirring often for about 20 minutes.

Semita de Piña (Pineapple Tart)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 12 tarts

Semita is the most popular pastry in El Salvador and its basically a bread dough filled with jam. The most popular filling is pineapple utilizing El Salvador’s sweet pineapples!

Ingredients

1 cup milk
½ cup butter, unsalted
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
13 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
5 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups pineapple preserves (recipe follows)
(egg and water for glaze)
Turbinado sugar for dusting

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a saucepan heat the butter, sugar and milk until all the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and cool to a lukewarm temperature. In a small bowl whisk together water and yeast and set aside for about 3-4 minutes until yeast is frothy. In a large bowl combine the flour and salt and make a well in the center. Mix together the milk mixture and the yeast mixture and slowly add to the flour bowl mixing as you add forming a bread dough. Once a bread dough is formed and all the ingredients are mixed well, transfer to a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to a lightly oiled metal or ceramic bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot for about 1½ hours or until doubled in size. Punch the dough down and divide into two sections and place again on a lightly floured surface and roll out the dough into a rectangle sheet the size of a baking sheet. Place the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet (save the trimmings of dough if you have). Spread the pineapple preserves all over the dough evenly leaving a border around the edges for sealing the top layer. Roll out the second section of dough and place over the top of the jam. Making sure to seal the edges (by pressing together tightly). Roll out the strips of dough into long strips and make criss-cross pattern over the tart. Take some beaten egg and water and brush the tops of the tart and sprinkle with the turbanado sugar. Poke many holes in the tart to prevent it from puffing ad let the tart rest for about 30 minutes before placing in the oven to bake. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the dough (on the side) comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let stand about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Pineapple Preserves

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup pineapple, chopped small to fine
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (scraped parts reserved)
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan on low heat and cook slowly stirring often for about 20 minutes.

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

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 scraped and cut)
1 can (15 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-12 four ounce ramekins. In a medium mixing bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In another larger bowl cream together the butter, sugar and eggs until fluffy. Mix in the scraped parts of the vanilla bean and mix until incorporated well. Slowly combine and mix the dry mix into the wet mix a little at a time until all is incorporated and a creamy batter is created. Pour the batter evenly between the ramekins. Bake the ramekins for about 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool. In a mixing bowl combine the mango, the brown sugar syrup, the coconut milk, the condensed milk and mix well. Carefully take the cake out of the ramekins and place down on a large baking tray or Pyrex baking dish with raised sides. Make sure the little cakes do not touch each other. Poke holes in the cakes using a wooden skewer (about 10 holes per cake), making sure the hole goes to the bottom. Pour your mango batter over the cakes and place in the refrigerator to soak up the sauce for about an hour.

Ger-Nis Mild Curry Seasoning

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

A delicious yet mild curry seasoning that can be made and stored for up to six months in a glass jar for future use!

Ingredients

4 tablespoons ground cumin
4 tablespoons ground coriander
5 tablespoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground mild mustard powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients place in a jar and store for up to six months!

Greek Style Baklava

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

For the filling

1 cup walnuts, chopped fine
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla

For the pastry

1 package phyllo pastry
1 stick butter, unsalted and melted

For the syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
½ cup tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

In a mixing bowl, mix the filling mixture ingredients until well combined and set aside. Butter a large baking sheet making sure to get the corners and sides as well. Unroll the phyllo dough and cover with a damp cloth to keep it from drying out. Place two sheets of dough on the pan and brush with melted butter thoroughly. Sprinkle a layer of the nut mixture atop the sheets and repeat the layers creating a total of between 5-8 layers. With a sharp small knife, cut the pastry in diamond or square shapes carefully, making sure to get all the way to the bottom of the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until golden brown. While the baklava is baking, make the syrup by combining sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon and place on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and add honey and vanilla and simmer another few minutes. Keep warm and spoon oven baklava (when it first comes out of the oven), making sure the baklava is soaked fully.
Let baklava set for about 30 minutes before serving.

Dried Cherry Cola

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 colas

Ingredients

2 tablespoons sucanat (raw unrefined sugar)
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons dried cherries, chopped
½ cup water
Ice
Seltzer

Directions

In a small sauce pan combine sucanat, cinnamon stick, cherries and water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low heat and let simmer for about 3 -4 minutes. Take off heat and discard cinnamon stick. Divide mixture up between the 4 glasses. Fill glasses with ice and then fill with seltzer. Stir well and enjoy!

Zucchini Carrot Cakes (weight management dog treats)

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen mini cakes

Ingredients

2 eggs
1 small zucchini, shredded
1 small carrot, shredded
2 tablespoons pumpkin-seed oil or sunflower oil
¼ cup milk, skim
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¾ cup whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch salt

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, zucchini, carrots and pumpkin seeds and milk until smooth and creamy. Add the pumpkin seeds and mix and set aside. In a smaller mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and the salt and mix well. Slowly add the dry goods to the wet a little at a time until combined and batter like constancy. Place by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet (or lined with parchment paper) bake little mini cakes in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick interested in each cake comes out clean. Allow to cool, store in a airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Horracha de Arroz con Mango (Mango Rice Milk)

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 drinks

Ingredients

2 cups rice
6 cups water
1 cup mango puree
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated cinnamon
1 fresh vanilla bean

Directions

Soak the rice overnight in the six cups of water. In batches in a blender blend the rice and water mixture until smooth about 2-3 minutes. With a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a large pitcher. Repeat process until all rice mixture is blended and strained. To the pitcher of strained rice milk add the mango puree, sugar, freshly grated cinnamon and the seeds of the inside of the vanilla bean. Mix well and serve over ice.

Red Basil Cinnamon Lip Gloss (Brown Tint)

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon shea butter
1 tablespoon pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon beeswax
½ tablespoon Vitamin E oil
1 cinnamon stick
¼ cup fresh cinnamon basil

DIRECTIONS

Wrap basil with kitchen twine or in cheese cloth for easy removal. Heat up ingredients in small saucepan, and let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes, infusing ingredients. Discard basil, and fill it into jars. Let harden.

Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 8×12 cake

INGREDIENTS

For the streusel

13 cup all purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, cold and cut into pieces
1 cup pecans, chopped

For the coffee cake

4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, softened
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat 350°F. Grease an 8×12 baking pan and set aside.

For the streusel

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut butter in with you fingers to form coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts and set aside.

For the coffee cake

In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to butter sugar mixture alternating flour mixture with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour.

Scrape into pan and evenly cover with streusel topping. Pat crumbs gently into batter and cake 30-35 minutes or until cake has risen and golden brown. Insert a knife to test if cake is done, if it comes out clean, it’s finished. Cool for ten minutes and serve warm.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 Bundt Cake

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
123 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 large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the batter just until blender. Fold in blueberries.

Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Sprinkle half of this mixture over the batter in the pan. Spoon remaining batter over the top, and then sprinkle the remaining pecan mixture over. Use a knife or thin spatula to swirl, the sugar layer into the cake.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan over a wire rack. Invert onto a serving plate, and tap firmly to remove from the pan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

Recipe Property of Shawona Jones

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Strawberries & Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Jalapeno Strawberry Sauce

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups ice cream and ¾ cups of each sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dulce de leche
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan bring the milk, yolks, and the cream to a boil and remove from heat. Whisk in the dulce de leche until melted and fully incorporated. Add vanilla, salt and almonds. Mix well and then gently fold in the strawberries. Process in an ice cream maker using instructions.

Mexican Chocolate Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup (4 ounces) of dark semisweet chocolate, shaved or chopped
¼ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and whisk continuously for a few minutes until all chocolate is melted. Drizzle over ice cream.

Jalapeño-Strawberry Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 tablespoon jalapeño, deseeded and chopped super fine
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve over ice cream.

Strawberry Almond Granola

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
½ cup maple syrup
2 ½ cups old fashioned oats
â…“ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup sliced raw almonds
¼ cup flax seed meal
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sweet vanilla dried strawberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 325ËšF.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add butter and maple syrup. Heat until warm and butter has melted.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, almonds, flax seed meal, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter and maple syrup mixture and combine thoroughly. Mixture should be a wet consistency. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven for a total of 40 minutes, making sure to check every 10 minutes, stirring, so granola is toasted evenly. Once granola is golden brown, remove from oven and mix in dried strawberries. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Banana Caramel Mille Feuille

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 oven to 400ËšF

For the spiced phyllo

Melt butter with cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg in a small saucepan. Cut 2 pieces of parchment to fit a rimmed baking sheet. Brush 1 piece of parchment with spiced butter, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar. Place 1 phyllo sheet on top, and gently brush with spiced butter. Top with another phyllo sheet. Repeat, buttering and layering remaining sheets. Sprinkle remaining tablespoon confectioners’ sugar on top. Using a paring knife, trim edges of phyllo to fit parchment, then cut into about 24 2-by-3 1/2-inch rectangles (don’t cut through parchment).

Transfer parchment and phyllo to an upside-down rimmed baking sheet. Brush remaining sheet of parchment with spiced butter, and place on phyllo, buttered side down. Place another baking sheet, right side up, on top of phyllo. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer phyllo to a wire rack, and let cool. Phyllo will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.

For the filling

In a large bowl, combine cream and vanilla and whisk to medium-stiff peaks.

To assemble mille feuille, place 1 phyllo rectangle on a plate, and spoon whip cream over top and then sliced bananas. Continue with another layer and then top with third layer and dust top with confectioners’ sugar. Drizzle with salted caramel sauce and serve.

Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

Salted Caramel Sauce

Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

1 ¼ cups sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
Maldon salt, to taste

Directions

Place a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar, making sure it is in one even level. Start stirring with a wooden spoon around the edge of the pan because that’s where the sugar will dissolve first. As your sugar begins to cook, watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn. Cook about 5 minutes or until the sugar is a golden brown liquid, or the color of honey. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly whisk in cream and butter to emulsify. Season to taste with salt.

Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

Jamaican Mango Pepper Sauce

April 5th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes approximately 1 cup sauce

Ingredients

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, stems and seeds removed and chopped
¼ cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon allspice berries, freshly ground
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, freshly ground
½ teaspoon cloves, freshly ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
¼ cup orange juice
¼ tablespoon brown sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, cook on low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until soft. Allow to cool, place in blender and puree until smooth.

Ginger Carrot Muffins with Ginger-Spice Butter

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

For the ginger carrot muffins

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
â…“ cup honey
1 cup soy yogurt
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup carrots, shredded
½ cup raisins
Coarse sugar

For the ginger-spice butter

½ stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
1 teaspoon fresh cinnamon, grated

Directions

For the ginger carrot muffins

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, salt and sugar, and set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together honey, soy yogurt, coconut milk, vanilla and fresh ginger until smooth. Add in carrots and mix well. Combine together the flour and carrot mixtures a little at a time until thick but still smooth. Fold in the raisins and mix gently.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle course sugar over the 12 muffins and pat in slightly with fingertips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean. Serve with ginger-spice butter.

For the ginger-spice butter

In a small bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread on warm muffins.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-24 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup dried strawberries, chopped fine
¾ cup margarine
½ cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and freshly grated
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup almond milk
3 cups rolled oats

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a couple of baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, spices and strawberries. Set aside. Beat together the margarine, sugars, vanilla and fresh ginger until light and fluffy. Add the soy milk and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the flour to the liquid a little at a time until incorporated and it is a thick smooth batter. Add the oats slowly and mix well until incorporated as well. Drop spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets and flatten each ball slightly. Bake approximately 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Take cookies off baking sheet carefully using a spatula and put them on a surface to cool. (The hot pan will continue to bake them.)

Blueberry Muffins

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 12 muffins

Ingredients

For muffins

3 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
â…” cup vegetable oil
2 egg
â…” cup milk
2 cups blueberries

For topping

1 cup sugar
â…” cup all purpose flour
½ cup butter, cut in cubes
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 400ËšF. Prepare a muffin tin, using non-stick spray to coat inside.

Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder for muffins. Pour vegetable oil in a 1-cup measuring cup and add egg. Add enough milk to fill the cup (may be more or less that directed â…“ cup milk directed for). Mix with dry ingredients, do not over-stir. Fold in blueberries.

For crumb topping, combine all ingredients and work with your hands until crumb-like mixture forms. Scoop muffins into muffin tin until ¾ full. Top with crumb topping and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Ashton Keefe

Puff Pastry Pear Tart

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup sugar in the raw
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, quartered and sliced thin
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut in cubes
Juice and zest of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly butter a baking sheet. Set aside.

Sprinkle a work surface with sugar-in-the-raw and spices and roll out puff pastry about 18 inch thick, turning once to coat both sides. Place puff pastry on baking sheet and using the tip of a pairing knife create a ½ inch border around the entire sheet. Prick pastry all over with a fork (to prevent pastry from puffing up) and place baking sheet in freezer until pastry is chilled well, about 15 minutes. Once chilled, arrange pear slices on puff pastry (in whatever design you like), sprinkle with sugar and place cubed butter on top. Finish by adding juice and zest of 1 lemon. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Jamaican Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ habañero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ tablespoon lime zest
½ tablespoon orange zest
½ teaspoon allspice, ground
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ tablespoon black pepper, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons brown sugar
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound pork butt
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Tortillas, for serving

For garnish:

Mangoes
Pickled onions

DIRECTIONS

In a food processor place all ingredients except the pork butt, lime juice, orange juice and cider vinegar.
Pulse until the mixture is ground into a course paste. Rub the mixture all over the pork butt, let stand for 10 minutes. In a large cast iron pan over high heat, add canola oil. Brown the pork butt so that all sides are well seared. Add the lime juice, orange juice and cider vinegar; stir scraping the bottom of the pan to remove the cooked bits and pieces. Add the entire mixture to a heated crock pot and let cook for about 4 hours or until pork butt falls apart. Take the port butt out and pull apart with a fork and then place back in the crock pot and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve on tortillas with mangoes and pickled onions.

Ger-Nis Chai & Mango Bubble Teas

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cups for a batch to make 8-10 drinks). They will fall to the bottom of the pot. Allow to boil about 20 minutes. Take off heat and allow to rest covered for about 15 more minutes. Pearls should float when finished cooking. Place the pearls in a metal bowl and pour a little of either of the mango syrup or the chai syrup and mix, just enough that they don’t stick together. Place in the refrigerator and cool. To make the bubble tea, in a shaker filled with crushed ice, place ¼ cup syrup of your choice, 2 to 4 cups strong black tea, ¼ cup coconut milk and shake vigorously. Pour the mixture into a glass and add tapioca pearls and stir.

Fresh Mango Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

INGREDIENTS

2 fresh ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
¾ cups sugar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ cup water

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan bring all ingredient to a boil and reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Take off heat and cool. Blend in a blender until smooth.

Chai Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 star of anise
2 cardamom pods, shell removed
4-5 whole allspice
2 cloves
1 tablespoon black pepper corns
13 cup brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

With a mortar and pestle crush spices so they are just cracked. In a medium sauce pan bring all ingredients to a boil and reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Take off heat and cool. Strain.

Beef Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of good beef bones, preferably leg and knuckle
1 pound beef chuck, cubed
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 raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds London broil or flank steak sliced thin and cooked in the broth for about 1 minute.
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, beef bones and beef and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the bones. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the raw beef into the pot of boiling stock and cook for 1 minute. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and beef and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Chicken Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 chicken breasts, poached in the broth and shredded with fingers and set aside
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers sliced thin, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, chicken bones and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the chicken. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the shredded chicken into the pot of boiling stock to reheat, for about 10 seconds only. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and chicken and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Tofu Vegetable Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cup tamari
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds of tofu, cut into bit sized squares, seasoned with tamari and fried
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, shallots, carrots, galangal, ginger, and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the dried shitakes, salt, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the fried tofu on top of the noodles and ladle broth over the noodles and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Caramel Almond Pear Tart

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 long rectangular tart

INGREDIENTS

For pie dough

1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For filling

1½ cups sugar
½ cup pear juice
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almonds, chopped
2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, halved, and sliced

DIRECTIONS

To make this dough, use sweet pie dough recipe, and add ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to dough. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let come to room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes so dough rolls out easily.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Transfer to a long rectangular tart shell with removable bottom. Trim edges, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 17 minutes. Remove foil and beans and set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

In a medium heavy bottomed pan, combine sugar and pear juice, and bring to a boil. Do not stir. Using a pastry brush, wipe any sugar from sides of pan, so sugar does not burn. Once sugar begins to melt, the caramel color will become a deep amber. Reduce heat to medium, slowly whisk in heavy cream, and mix until smooth. Remove from heat, and add butter, honey, and vanilla, and combine. Add chopped nuts, and combine.

Arrange sliced pears on tart shell, and spoon caramel nuts on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Velvety Chesnut Soup with Grape Honey

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 leaves
½ cup sweet Madeira
4 cups of sweet onion broth (see recipe)
½ cup heavy cream
Black pepper

For the grape honey

1 cup frozen concord grapes or fresh black grapes, chopped
¼ cup water
½ cup honey
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ tablespoons black pepper, freshly cracked

DIRECTIONS

For the sweet onion broth

In a large soup pan, add a bunch of red onions skins, shallot skins, carrot pieces, parsnip pieces, and 4½ cups of water. Add 2 tablespoons salt, ½ cup honey, and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain, and set aside.

For the soup

In a large heavy bottom soup pan, over medium high heat, add butter and pumpkin oil. Cook shallots and onions, until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the celery and parsnips, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add bouquet garni, bay leaves, and Madeira. Add the 4 cups of sweet onion broth, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove bouquet garni and bay leaves and blend with hand held immersion blender until smooth.

For the grape honey

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer about 4 to 5 minutes. Take off heat. Cool. Place in blender, and blend until smooth. Strain using a fine mesh strainer.

To serve soup, place in bowl, and swirl in grape honey.

Persimmons with Brown Sugar and Butter Cream

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

1-2 fuyu persimmons, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
2 tablespoons raw sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons half and half

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Place all ingredients in the center of a large heavy duty piece of aluminum foil. Fold the aluminum foil edges over like a burrito, then fold each side about a half inch in again and repeat until you have a tight little packet. Place packet on lines baking sheet.

Bake for about 10 minutes. Serve.

Lili’s Vegan Banana Muffins with Pecans & Dark Rum

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-18 muffins

INGREDIENTS

Dry

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice

Wet

4 overripe bananas, smashed
¾ cup melted earth balance (or vegetable oil)
2 eggs-worth Ener-g brand egg replacer
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
½ dram dark rum

To Finish

½ cup pecans, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Smash bananas with a fork until smooth (little chunks are fine), then add rum and both extracts to the bananas. In a small sauce pan, melt the vegan margarine on medium heat, stopping as soon as it is fully melted while not allowing it to boil. In a small, separate bowl, prepare you egg replacement mixture, then incorporate into the rest of the wet ingredients. You’ve made the wet mix, HOORAY!

For the dry mix, it’s as simple as mixing everything under the “dry” banner together. Make sure you do so thoroughly and evenly, and you’ll be fine. Next, finely chop the pecans until they resemble tiny pebbles. Do not mix the nuts in with the dry, but reserve them for the final step.

Slowly fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture in a scraping motion, making an effort not to just whip it all together, but instead, allowing for some unevenness. There should be a few tiny stripes of flour visible within the otherwise well-incorporated ingredients – this is how rough you can be, and how important it is not to over-mix. Then, evenly fold in the pecans, and as soon as they’re in there, let the mixture rest. Muffin mixture success!

Line a muffin tin with baking cups, and fill the cups to the very brim with your muffin mix with the biggest spoon in the house – it seems like too much, but it will be just right to get a nice top. Slap those beasts in the oven for 18 minutes, after which point a toothpick inserted into a sample muffin should come out perfectly clean. Sit back and admire your fine handiwork. Devour noisily.

© Recipe Property of Lili Dagan

Quinoa Morning Cereal

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

½ cup red quinoa
1½ cup water
¼ cup chopped almonds
½ cup blueberries, fresh or dried
2 tablespoons maple syrup (more if your tooth is sweeter than mine!)
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan, add the quinoa and the water, and begin to boil. Reduce to a rolling low boil, and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the almonds, blueberries, maple syrup and the nutmeg and cinnamon. Cook on a low rolling bowl for another 6 minutes, stirring constantly until soft and porridge like.

Whole Roast Duck with Spiced Maple Glaze

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

1 duck, excess fat removed
1 cup chicken or duck stock
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
1 stick cinnamon
2 cloves
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
½ a lemon

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Prick the duck all over with a fork (this will allow the excess fat to render out of the duck).

Season the duck with salt and pepper and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast 1 hour and 20 minutes, draining off the fat during the roasting process several times. Once out of oven, set the duck aside until it is cool enough to handle.

Make the glaze: Combine the stock, syrup, orange juice and zest, cinnamon cloves and ginger in a pan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to ½ cup, strain the glaze and season with a few drops of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut the duck in half lengthwise and pull out the rib cage and back of each half.

Light the broiler and position a rack six inches under it.

Place the duck halves skin side up in a pan. Broil until the skin is crispy, about 4 minutes. Brush with some of the glaze and broil 2 minutes more.

Pour the remaining glaze over the duck and serve.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Winter Squash Potage with Spiced Créme Fraiche

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

For soup

3 pounds winter squash (such as kabocha, acorn, or butternut), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large or 2 medium Spanish onions, chopped (2 cups)
Sea salt or kosher salt
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 quart vegetable stock, or water
½ cup apple cider or apple juice
Freshly ground black pepper

For bouquet garni

1 small handful celery leaves
3 to 4 fresh sage leaves
One 2-inch piece cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves

For spiced créme fraiche

&frac12 cup créme fraiche or sour cream
Freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly ground cinnamon
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Toss the squash with the oil, season lightly with salt, and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, turning several times, until the squash is tender and lightly caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, in a heavy, 3 to 5 quart soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and ½ teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, for a minute or two. Stir in the ginger and garlic, cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook gently for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice and lowering the heat if necessary to keep the vegetables from browning. Pour in the stock or water, and the apple cider or juice, and add the roasted squash.

To make the bouquet garni, bundle the ingredients in a square of cheesecloth and tie it closed with kitchen twine.

Add the bouquet garni to the soup. Raise the heat to bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to as low as possible, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Discard the bouquet garni and pass the soup through the fine holes of a food mill (or puree using an immersion blender or working in batches in a hand blender).

In a bowl, combine the créme fraiche with 5 or 6 gratings of nutmeg, several grinds of black pepper, and a pinch of salt.

Serve the soup in bowls with a dollop of the spiced créme fraiche, a dash of cinnamon, and a sprinkling of parsley.

Stop and Take Stock.

Making a simple vegetable soup? Take stock of the trimmings, and the other vegetables you have on hand and consider simmering them into a flavorful broth to enhance the flavor and nutrient-content of your soup. In a stockpot, combine 6 cups of any of the following: squash and ginger peels, mushroom stems, cabbage cores, parsley stems, chopped carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, leeks, parsnips, fennel, and garlic (cut a whole heat in half crosswise, and leave the peels on). Add a couple bay leaves, and some fresh thyme, or sage, cover with water, bring to a simmer, skim off any foam that rises, then simmer gently, uncovered, for an hour. Strain and use right away or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Caramelized Apple Buckwheat Crepes with Light Rosemary Cream

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For the crepes

2 cups 2% milk
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup buckwheat flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds
3 eggs

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth batter is formed. Batter will be much thinner than pancake batter. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until cold before making crepes. Lightly grease a non-stick griddle pan and place over high heat. Making sure pan is very hot, pour batter to form a 7 inch circle. When crepe is cooked on one side, about 15 to 30 seconds, flip and cook on opposite side. Repeat until all batter is used.

For the caramelized apples

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons butter
4 apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
2 tablespoons sugar in the raw
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped super fine
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ apple cider

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauté pan, over medium heat, add butter and melt. Add apples and cook for a few minutes. Add sugar, cinnamon, rosemary and nutmeg. Continue to cook apples, until slightly golden and caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add apple cider and turn up heat a bit until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.

For the light rosemary cream

INGREDIENTS

½ cup crème fraiche
½ cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon syrup from caramelized apples
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth cream is formed. Can be made thicker or thinner by adding less or more milk.

To assemble crepes

Place a little bit of the apple mixture in a crepe and fold over. Spoon some light rosemary cream over the top.

Quince and Apple Tart with Half White Flour Crust

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

2 cups Cayuga Organics farmer ground half white flour
½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
½ cup sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small dice, and very well chilled
¼ cup ice water

DIRECTIONS

Combine flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine.

Add butter, and blend 15 to 20 seconds.

Start the blender and immediately start pouring water in a slow, steady stream. Should take 10 to 15 more seconds. Stop motor. The dough should appear dry, but hold together when pinched. If it falls apart, add another couple of tablespoons of ice water.

Turn dough out on to a sheet of plastic wrap, form into a 1 inch thick square, wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour to hydrate.

For quine

3 ripe quince
2 cups apple cider
2 cups sugar
1 stick of cinnamon
2 allspice berries
2 slices of lemon
Pinch sea or kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

Peel quince, slice into 6ths, and then core. Place in a sauce pan with the remaining ingredients, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, drop to a simmer, and cook partially covered until the quince is very soft when pierced with a paring knife. Carefully remove the quince to a sheet tray and chill.

For the apple puree

2 Granny Smith or other tart apples
½ stick butter
½ cup sugar
Generous squeeze lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons corn starch

DIRECTIONS

Add apples, butter, sugar, lemon, and salt to a small pot. Add water to barely come up to the tops of the apples. Bring to a boil, drop to a simmer, and cover with a parchment paper hat. Cook until the apples are very soft – about 30 minutes.

Dissolve corn starch in 2 tablespoons water, and then add to apples. Return to a boil, and then remove from heat, and transfer to the bowl of a blender. Puree well on high, scraping down the sides as necessary, and strain. Refrigerate.

To assemble tart

Cut dough in half, and roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 18” thick. Dust again with flour then transfer to a parchment lined sheet tray, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Once crust has chilled, place into a 12″ x 4″ rectangular tart mold sprayed with PAM. Work crust into corners, then trim, leaving ¼” of crust above edge of the tart mold. Refrigerate ½ hour to prevent it from shrinking. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Place a sheet of parchment over the tart shell, fill with baking beans, and blind bake in the oven on a sheet tray until golden brown – about 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven, carefully remove parchment, and pour off baking beans (save for another use). Spread ½ to ¾ cup apple puree evenly along the bottom of the tart shell.

Cut quince pieces on a hard bias into ¼ inch slices. Arrange on top of apple puree in an overlapping pattern.

Return to the sheet tray, and bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until the apple puree starts to bubble at the edges, and the crust is a darker golden brown on the edges.

Chill 1 hour, cut, and serve with caramel ice cream, and diced apples cooked in bourbon.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Apple Walnut Butter

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cook until sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to thicken and reduce. Take off heat and let cool before using to fill pop tart.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Lay one rolled piece of pie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and place filling in the center.
Cover with another piece of dough and crimp edges closed. Brush top with egg white or soy or rice milk (vegan option) and sprinkle with topping of choice. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Suggested Crust: Whole wheat, plain, cornmeal
Suggested Topping: Brown sugar butter glaze, chopped walnuts, flax seeds

Peanut Butter and Dried Fruit Protein Oatmeal

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins
3 tablespoons honey
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted

DIRECTIONS

Combine oats, water, and salt in an uncovered pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Oats can sometimes foam over the pot; if this happens, just add a small pat of butter. Once oats have simmered for 20 minutes, stir in the cinnamon, peanut butter, cranberries or raisins, and honey, and remove from heat. Serve oats topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Tips: I love this recipe, but it’s not always practical to make each morning. I usually make it on a Sunday, and eat throughout the week. This recipe can be made and stored for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. To reconstitute after refrigerated, just thin with water or milk of your choice, and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. This way you can enjoy this healthy breakfast throughout the week.

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson.

Pear and Cranberry Galette

December 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 tablespoon lemon zest
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of ground cardamom

PREPARATION

In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and cardamom. Next, cut in butter with a pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolk and vanilla; add ice-cold sweet wine. Add the egg mixture to flour mixture and mix just until dough comes together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to overwork dough. Flatten into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator, and chill at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, combine pears and cranberries with sugars, lemon juice, zest, and spices, and set aside. Once dough has been chilled, remove from refrigerator and generously flour your work surface and roll the dough out into a 12-inch round. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Pile pear mixture into the center of the dough, leaving a 1½-inch border. Fold the border over the pears, pleating the edge to make it fit. The center will be open. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, let stand for 5 minutes; then slide the galette onto a serving plate.

Mulled Hot Apple Cider

December 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 with a handle to avoid being burned. Can be garnished with a cinnamon stick, apple slice and a dash of cinnamon.

Apple Cider Sidecar

December 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS

1 oz apple brandy or apple jack
1 oz lemon juice
1 ounce Cointreau (triple sec, orange Curacao or Grand Marnier)
1 oz apple cider
1 dash cinnamon
Apple slices, for garnish

PREPARATION

Place first 5 ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini style glass or glass where the hand will not warm the drink. Garnish with apple slices.

Jamaican Jerk Glazed Ham

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

Lamb Kefta with Herbed Yogurt

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

1 pound ground lamb
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup red onion, chopped super fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup Kashi Whole Grain Nuggets or Grape Nuts (substitute with breadcrumbs)
2 eggs, beaten

For the Yogurt Sauce

2 cups plain Greek yogurt
½ cup fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

To assemble the meatballs, combine all ingredients except the eggs. Use hands to mix well, making sure all ingredients and spices are all combined. Form into 1-inch balls. Lamb meatballs can be either grilled over medium-high heat (turning until browned on all sides) or baked in a 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes, rolling a few times to makes sure they are browned on all sides.

To make the yogurt sauce, combine all ingredients in a blender or use a hand held processor, and blend until smooth.

Serve meatballs with yogurt sauce, in pita sandwiches, or over Middle Eastern vegetables and couscous.

Spicy Moroccan Cauliflower Latke with Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 medium latkes

These are Moroccan inspired latkes with a tangy mint sauce adds interest and an exotic twist.

INGREDIENTS

For Latkes

1 small head of cauliflower, washed and grated
1 medium yellow onion, grated
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon honey
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Vegetable oil

For Preserved Lemons and Mint Marmalade

1 cup preserved lemons, chopped fine (2 whole lemons chopped with peels and all is okay is well)
1 cup sugar in the raw
1 cup water
½ cup fresh mint, chopped

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine grated cauliflower, onion, parsley, ginger, honey, zest and juice of lemon, eggs, flour, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, salt, and pepper, mix well. Heat a large heavy bottom skillet over high heat, making sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom generously. Form 2-inch pancakes, drop into pan, and brown on both sides until deep golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Take off heat, and place on paper towels so excess oil can be drained.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine lemons, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for approximately 10 minutes uncovered. Take off heat when it reaches desired consistency, and add mint. Serve warm over latkes.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 loaves

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups milk
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110°F)
3 eggs
½ cup white sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins
8 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons milk
¾ cup white sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted

PREPARATION

Warm the milk in a small saucepan until bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.

Dissolve yeast in warm water, and set aside until yeast is frothy. Mix in eggs, sugar, butter, salt, and raisins. Stir in cooled milk. Add the flour gradually to make a stiff dough.
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes. Place in a large, greased, mixing bowl, and turn to grease the surface of the dough. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle ½ inch thick. Moisten dough with 2 tablespoons milk. Mix together ¾ cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon, and sprinkle mixture on top of the moistened dough.

Roll up tightly; the roll should be about 3 inches in diameter. Cut into thirds, and tuck under ends. Place loaves into well greased 9 x 5 inch pans. Lightly grease tops of loaves. Let rise again for 1 hour.

Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until loaves are lightly browned and sounds hollow when knocked. Remove loaves from pans, and brush with melted butter or margarine.
Let cool before slicing.

Recipe by Ashton Keefe

Apple Bread Pudding with Golden Raisins

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 loaf Challah bread, crusts removed, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup (6 ounces) golden raisins, plumped in hot water for 15 minutes
3 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
â…› teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
â…› teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
3 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
¼ cup sliced almonds

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Generously butter a 9×13-inch deep baking dish and set aside.

Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 6 minutes, until crisp. Transfer to a bowl and add the apple and raisins.

In a medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer or whisk, beat the eggs with the sugar. Beat in the ground spices, vanilla and salt.

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk with the molasses until just warm to the touch. Gradually beat the warm milk into the egg mixture, scraping the bottom and side of the bowl. Spread bread mixture out in your large baking dish, or distribute it among ramekins. Pour the custard over the bread mixture, nudging the bread around a bit to make sure it soaks all of the pieces. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle the almonds on top. Bake in the center of the oven for about 40 minutes, until puffed and set, with the tops lightly browned. Let the bread pudding rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Pear Ginger Pot Pie Pockets

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12-15 pies

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.

INGREDIENTS

Basic Pie Crust Dough Recipe (follows)
4 medium pears, peeled, cored and chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 pinch of ground cardamom
½ cup light brown sugar or sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon flaked sea salt
1 teaspoon turbinado sugar or sugar in the raw

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 400° F.

In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Roll out dough, and cut dough into 12 to 15 4-inch squares. Put 2 tablespoons of mixture on the dough on one side, and fold over.
Using wet hands, moisten the seal so it sticks together. You can use a fork to press it down or roll it over like an empanada. Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush outside with beaten egg wash, and sprinkle with salt and sugar. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Pie Crust Dough

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
1¼ sticks of unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons ice water

PREPARATION

Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl until combined well. Using your hands, add butter and crumble into the flour (a food processor can also be used) until the crust mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the egg yolk and the ice water, and mix together gently until dough is moist. Form dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.

Moroccan Chicken Curry Pot Pies with Puff Pastry

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 Mini Pot Pies

Exotic Middle Eastern spices give these individual chicken pot pies, a sultry edge, while filling your kitchen with intoxicating scents!

INGREDIENTS

1-2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed into 1 inch pieces
Salt/white pepper
2 medium tart apples, cored and chopped
½ cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
Butter
1 package frozen puff pastry

PREPARATION

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat, cook garlic and onions until slightly cooked or translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken, and sauté until cooked through. Season with salt and white pepper. Add the apples, raisins, and spices, and sauté, stirring well mixing in all the spices. Add the flour, and mix thoroughly making sure the flour dissolves into the mixture. Finally, add the chicken broth, mix well and turn butner to low and allow to simmer, 15 to 20 minutes. Take off burner, set aside and allow to cool slightly.
Lightly greased ramekins (8-10 ounce size) with butter. Pour the chicken mixture into the ramekin until ¾ full. Cover with a square of puff pastry just larger than the ramekin, pushing down slightly so it adheres to the ramekin. Cut some slits into the top of the puff pastry and sprinkle with a little cinnamon in top.
Place all ramekins on a baking sheet and place in oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Pear Cardamom Ginger Chutney

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups

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!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups fresh cranberries
2 medium Bosc pears (any variety will do), peeled, cored and chopped medium
1 cup light brown sugar
3 cardomom pods
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons citrus vinegar
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup water

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat and cook until cranberries begin to burst. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until sauce is thick and chunky, about 25 minutes.

Blissed Bread’s Roasted Pumpkin Custard Bread

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 breads

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!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour sifted
1 cup whole wheat flour sifted
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon clove
2 teaspoon ginger
4 eggs
2 cups packed brown sugar (I’ve made it with 1½ to 2¼ cup sugar, depending on preferences re: sweetness)
¾ cup (12 tbs) melted butter
3 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 small pie pumpkins (to make 3 cups roasted, 1 may be enough)

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut pumpkins in half, clean out seeds, spread out on tray and spray oil/butter over seeds, salt and throw in lower rack of oven (optional-but who wants to waste yummy healthy seeds) place cut side down on baking sheet and bake for approx 40 minutes (seeds will be done in 20 min). Take pumpkin out and allow to cool while assembling other ingredients. Grease and flour the loaf pans, or for a nice caramelized bottom substitute granulated or brown sugar for the flour… easy to lift the loaves out and delicious! Sift together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a food processor, blend the pumpkin with approx half the melted butter, streamed in the food hatch-just enough to get the pumpkin blended. This may have to be done in batches, depending on the size of your processor. I do it in a small 4 cup, and it makes 3 batches. Don’t worry if you need more butter, use whatever is necessary! Cream in mixer brown sugar, pumpkin, remainder of butter… adding in vanilla and each egg, one at a time. Blend wet into dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix.

Pour into two standard size loaf pans, two thirds of the way – this bread will rise high!

Bake until toothpick comes out dry, approx 50 minutes (ovens vary), Streusel topping (optional!). I look for any excuse to add more butter and cinnamon in a bread, what’s better than that?

Streusel Topping

INGREDIENTS

½ stick cold butter, cut in pieces
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup quick cook oats
2 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients in a processor or with fingers until crumbly and mixed together. Add more sugar if you like it sweeter.

Sprinkle generously over breads before baking!

©Recipe Property of Jennie Giammasi

Roasted Pears with Sweet Maple Cream

November 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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, vanilla, brown sugar, thyme sprigs and a generous sprinkle of salt. Let everything come to a gentle boil and stir continuously, about 2 minutes.

Add the halved pears to the pan, cut side down. Give it a shake and let them simmer on the stove about 2 minutes. Turn the pears over so they are now cut side up and transfer the pan to the oven, middle rack. Bake for 12 minutes until the pears are soft and the sauce has caramelized.

While the pears are baking, beat the cold heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add the maple syrup, pinch of salt, cinnamon and beat another minute to combine. Gently fold in the greek yogurt, this will make it a bit thinner.

Put one pear on a plate, drizzle with a spoonful of sauce with a sprig of thyme for garnish, and a generous dollop of yogurt cream.

Roast Pumpkin Soup with Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 (2-pound) pumpkin, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 6 cups) and roasted
6 cups vegetable broth
3 whole star anise
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup maple syrup
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, for garnic, recipe follows

PREPARATION

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion, sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, vegetable broth, star anise, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Cover and simmer until pumpkin is very tender, about 25 minutes. Discard Star anise. Purée soup in batches in blender and return back to Dutch oven. Stir in cream and maple and bring soup back to simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
(Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving, thin with more stock, if desired.)

Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon cayenne

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Toss pumpkin seeds with butter, maple syrup and spices and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and toasted. Let cool.

Ginger Squash Cake

November 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from Susan G. Purdy

Makes 1 Bundt Cake

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
313 cups flour
1½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1½ cups sugar
1¼ cups dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup canola oil
5 large eggs, beaten
2 cups baked Sugar Pie pumpkin or Kabocha squash
23 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
Orange Ginger Glaze, recipe follows
Chopped walnuts, optional

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a Bundt pan with softened butter. Sift all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, add sugars, canola oil and eggs, mix well. Add to dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Next, add pumpkin, buttermilk and ginger and combine. Pour all ingredients in the prepared Bundt pan and cook for 40 to 45 minutes (test with tooth pick, until it comes out clean). Cool and poke holes on top of cake for Orange Ginger Glaze. Drizzle glaze over top and add chopped walnuts. Serve once cooled.

Orange Ginger Glaze

INGREDIENTS

1½ cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 pinch salt
¼ tablespoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons heavy cream
zest of one orange
1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice

PREPARATION

In a medium-size bowl, add all ingredients and combine until pourable consistency.

Ginger Squash Cake

Butternut Squash Cannelloni

November 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups butternut squash, prebaked to soften
½ cup parmesan cheese (more for topping)
12 premade pasta sheets

INGREDIENTS FOR SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE WITH CHOPPED HAZELNUTS

½ cup butter
¼ cup sage leaves, chopped
¼ cup toasted hazelnuts

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Use 1 tablespoon of butter to grease the casserole dish and set aside. In a medium size sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil and cook onion until tanslucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
In a medium-size bowl, add onions and garlic and rest of ingredients up until pasta sheets. On a cutting board, place a pasta sheet and spoon a line of filling down the middle, roll and place seam side down in casserole. Continue until finished with all sheets.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and cook until brown and butter solids have sank to the bottom. Add sage leaves and hazelnuts and remove from heat. Pour sauce over cannelloni and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until warm. Serve immediately.

Butternut Squash Cannelloni

Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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
13 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 oil, plus extra for frying
Zest of 1 orange cut into long thin strips
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
½ teaspoon anise seeds
Marmalade, recipe follows

PREPARATION

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, take off heat add the wine, orange juice, zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, stir well with a wooden spoon.
Heat a large pan with olive oil about an inch deep until just about smoking hot, 350°F-375°F.
Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and add the liquid mixture mix up quickly and vigorously until dough forms. On a lightly floured work surface knead dough briefly until soft and flexible. Shape into a ball and let rest for one hour.
On a lightly floured work surface roll the dough out very thin about ½-¼ inch rolling the dough to about the size of 20-inch square. Cut the dough into 4-inch squares, you will have 25 4-inch squares. Working from the corner of each square, roll up the square on the diagonal, creating a cylinder with a ½-inch hollow center, rub the corners together with a damp finger to get them to stick. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and anise seeds before frying.
Working in batches, fry fritters turning as needed about 2-3 minutes until golden brown.

ORANGE MARMALADE

INGREDIENTS

2 oranges
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split open
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
½ cup of honey
¼ cup heavy cream

PREPARATION

Slice the oranges (use a mandolin if needed) discard any seeds, cut the slices into little pieces and place a medium thick bottomed sauce pan, add the lemon zest, water and sugar and stir well, bring to a boil, add the vanilla bean, cinnamon stick and star anise, bring to a boil then reduce heat, reduce to low cook for about 1 hour on low or until all the fruit is broken apart. Discard the cinnamon stick, star anise and vanilla bean. Set aside to cool.
In a medium saucepan add 1 cup of the marmalade and ½ cup of honey, heat until just before boiling, take off heat add heavy cream and served drizzled over fritters.

Pestinos Y Mermalada De Naranja (Fritters with Orange Marmelade)

Berenjena Rellena (Stuffed Eggplant)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 medium eggplants
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Serve with chunk of bread

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cut the eggplants in half and brush with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt, place skin side down on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until soft.
Remove from oven and cool and scoop out center, leaving a little on the bottom as the shell becomes a boat or vessel for your mixture. Chop the eggplant super fine and place in a large bowl and add all other ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and place in shells and bake for about 30 minutes or until super soft. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.

Albondigas Tradicional (Traditional Moorish Meatballs)

November 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Recipe adapted from the Food of Spain cookbook by Vikki Harris

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

For Meatballs:

8 oz ground pork
8 oz ground beef
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 teaspoon coriander seeds (freshly ground)
2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (freshly toasted and ground)
Pinch of ground cinnamon
1 egg
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

For Spicy Tomato Sauce:

1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
½ cup white wine
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups (15 oz can) crushed tomatoes
½ cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl combine pork, beef, breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley, spices, egg and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly by hand until the mixture is smooth. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Turn mixture into small 1-inch balls. Heat a large sauté pan with olive oil on medium high heat and cook the meatballs, rolling until all sides are golden brown, drain on paper towel. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent about 5 minutes. Add parsley and white wine and reduce liquid a little. Add tomato paste and mix well, add the crushed tomatoes, stock and cayenne and mix well. Add meatballs back into the pan and cook for another 10 minutes on medium low heat. The sauce should get thick. Serve warm.

Albondigas Tradicional (Traditional Moorish Meatballs)

Pear Riesling Cast Iron Gallette with Cardamom Whipped Cream

October 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 cinnamon
Pinch of ground cardamom
Cardamom whipped cream, recipe follows

PREPARATION

In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar and cardamom. Next, cut in butter with a pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks; add ice-cold Riesling. Add the egg mixture to flour mixture and mix just until dough comes together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to overwork dough. Flatten into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator, and chill at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, combine pears with sugars, lemon juice, zest and spices and set aside. Once dough has been chilled, remove from refrigerator and generously flour your work surface and roll the dough out into a 12-inch round. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Pile herb sugar mixture into the center of the dough, leaving a 1½-inch border. Fold the border over the pears, pleating the edge to make it fit. The center will be open.

Bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, let stand for 5 minutes, the slide the gallette onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges and serve warm with cardamom whipped cram.

Cardamom Whipped Cream

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whipping cream
1-2 tablespoons sugar
5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1 vanilla bean, scraped

PREPARATION

In a medium-sized chilled bowl, add cram and begin to whisk. Once cream starts to get thick, add rest of ingredients and beat until medium-stiff peaks form.

Pumpkin Walnut Bread

October 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 loaf

INGREDIENTS

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon all spice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, at room temparature
13 cup water
1½ cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
½ vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F and position rack in center. Butter loaf pan and line with parchment paper (if using muffin tin, just butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray).

In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, spices and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and water. Add the sugar and blend well. Add the pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, and vanilla, blend well.

Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients and fold until smooth. Add walnuts and fold until evenly distributed.

Scrape into a loaf pan or muffin tins and level at top.

Bake for 55-65 minutes until bread is firm to the touch and toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely, cut with a serrated knife.

©Recipe courtesy of Ashton Keefe.

Persian Herb Stew

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Vegetable oil
1 bunch scallions, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium leek, sliced thin, tops included
1 pound, beef, cubed into ½ inch cubes
Salt/pepper
½ teaspoon saffron threads
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon turmeric
2 medium tomatoes chopped, seeds included
3 dried Persian lemons, cracked in half
2 cups water
½ cup yellow split peas or pre soaked chick peas
2 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup fresh chives, chopped
¼ fresh fenugreek

PREPARATION

Cook onions, scallinos and leeks in oil heavy bottom soup pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and semi translucent, 15 to 20 minutes.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on the meat. Increase heat to high, and then add meat, saffrom, cinnamon and turmeric to onions and cook, stirring frequently, until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Mix in tomatoes and toss in lemons and stir well, then simmer for a few minutes. Add water and simmer covered for about 35 minutes. Add water and beans and all fresh herbs and simmer again covered for about 45-60 minutes or until meat is very tender.

Beet Stem Cake

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups brown sugar
23 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1½ cups chopped beetroot stems
½ cup chopped walnuts or macadamia nut pieces
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together milk, lemon juice and vanilla; let stand for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, mix together 1½ cups brown sugar, oil and egg. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda, stir into sugar mixture alternately with the milk mixture just until combined. Boil beet root stems until soft, remove from water, cool and dice into cubes. Fold in beetroot stems and nuts. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Sprinkle this mixture over the unbaked loaves. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean.

© Recipe Courtesy of Anna Lissiman

Beet Stem Cake

Pick Your Own Fruit Crisp

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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 375ËšF.
Combine all ingredients for topping. Sprinkle fruit with sugar and place in ramekin, top with crumble. Bake for 15 minutes.

Pick Your Own Fruit Crisp

Red Basil Ginger Almond Cinnamon Pesto

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups fresh red basil leaves
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
½ cup almonds, toasted
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup Almond oil
Salt

PREPARATION

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until everything is incorporated.
Season with salt to taste.

Pumpkin Maple Soup with Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon all spice
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
2 (2-pound) pumpkin peeled, seeded, chopped (about 6 cups)
½ cup whipping cream
4 cups vegetable broth
¼ cup maple syrup
2 star anise Salt and freshly ground pepper

For garnish, recipes follow
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Cranberry Sage Pecan Pesto
Red Basil Ginger Almond Cinnamon Pesto

PREPARATION

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrots, sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, 6 cups stock and star anise, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Cover and simmer until pumpkin is very tender, about 25 minutes. Discard star anise. Purée soup in batches in blender. Return to Dutch oven. Stir in cream and maple syrup . Bring to simmer and season to taste with salt and pepper.

(Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving, thin with more stock, if desired.)

Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

INGREDIENTS

½ cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
3 tablespoons maple syrup

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400ËšF.
Toss pumpkin seeds with butter and spices, place in oven, 15 minutes or until crisp and golden. Let cool.

Blueberry Nut Crispy Energy Bars

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-20 bars

INGREDIENTS

1½ cup rolled oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped almonds
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup flax seeds
1 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup dried blueberries
½ cup almond butter
½ cup whey or soy protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup toasted wheat germ

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350ËšF. Prepare a half sheet tray with baking spray and set aside. On a separate sheet tray, toast oats and nuts in oven until golden brown and fragrant, 10 to15 minutes, and let cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Meanwhile, place a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, add liquids and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add to dry ingredients and stir well. Press oat and nut mixture into prepared half sheet tray and bake for 20 minutes or until browned. Once out of oven, cool for 30 minutes. Once cooled, cut and place in refrigerator overnight.
For on-the-go travel, wrap in wax paper.

Cinnamon Orange Basil Sweet Rolls

December 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 large rolls

INGREDIENTS

1 package active dry yeast
¼ cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon honey
5 cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons fresh orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
1 cup whole milk, lukewarm
1 stick butter melted
½ cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze

INGREDIENTS

2 cups powdered sugar
½ stick butter, melted
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
Pinch of salt

PREPARATION

In a medium mixing bowl, gently whisk together the yeast, ¼ cup lukewarm water and the honey. Let the mixture stand until frothy, about 7 minutes. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, salt, zest and basil. Use a mixer to add milk, butter, vanilla and sugar to the yeast mixture. When it is mixed well, mix in the eggs and mix well again. Add the flour mixture a little at a time until combined well and dough is forming yet slightly sticky. Knead with hands using a floured surface until dough is elastic. Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a warm towel. Let rise in a warm draft free location for about 2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.

Knead the dough again on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes. Divide dough in 12 equal pieces, form each piece into a smooth ball and arrange balls on a lightly greased baking sheet. Let rise again in a draft free location for about an hour. Place in an oven that has been preheated at 400° for at least 45 minutes. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Take rolls out of oven. Whisk together all ingredients for the glaze until they are smooth and creamy. Drizzle glaze over the warm rolls and let stand for another 20 minutes.

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