Belgian-Style Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Cherry-Beer Reduction and Dried Cherries

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled finely chopped 4(7-to-8-ounce), skin-on, boneless Pekin duck breasts 1 teaspoon Sea salt or kosher salt 1 cup Belgium Cherry Beer 1 cup duck or chicken stock 16 dried cherries […]

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Cardamom Dried Cherry Crumb Cake Bars

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

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Cherry Spicy Brown Mustard

Makes 3 cups of mustard INGREDIENTS 1 cup Founders Brewing Company Cerise Cherry Ale (Grand Rapids, Michigan) or any cherry ale 1 cup malt vinegar ½ cup dried cherries, chopped superfine ½ cup whole brown mustard seeds 2 tablespoons dry mustard 1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated 2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black […]

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Chocolate Cardamom Banana Bites

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

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Chocolate Dried Cherry Nut Clusters

Makes about 15 clusters Ingredients ½ cup raw almonds ½ cup raw peanuts ¼ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup dried cherries 8 ounces dark chocolate melted Himalayan pink salt Directions In a medium bowl mix together almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cherries. On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper place a teaspoon or […]

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Crispy Flax Granola

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 […]

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Dark Cherry Port Gravy

Makes 2 cups of gravy INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 medium shallots, chopped 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped ½ cup dried cherries, chopped fine 1 cup tawny port ½ cup pomegranate juice 1 cup chicken broth ¼ heavy whipping cream (optional) PREPARATION In a medium sauté pan, heat butter and oil […]

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Cardamom Truffles

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

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Dried Cherry Almond Cream Filling

Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon almond paste 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ cup dried cherries, chopped ½ cup roasted almonds, chopped fine Pinch of salt 1 egg white, for brushing tops of pop tarts 2 tablespoons soy or rice milk (vegan option), for brushing of pop tarts Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small […]

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Dried Cherry Cola

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 […]

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Dried Cherry Mole Sauce

Makes 2 cups 2-3 dried ancho chilies 2 dried guajillo chilies 2-3 cloves garlic 1 medium yellow onion ½ cup raw almonds 3 whole cloves 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 4 tablespoons sesame seeds ¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup dried cherries 2 tablespoons […]

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Fennel Orange Granola Bars

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) […]

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Lentil Spiced Snack Bars

Makes 16 bars Ingredients 1 large egg 1 large egg white ½ cup light brown sugar ½ cup honey 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground clove ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1½ cups toasted oats 1 cup chopped dried fruit (any of the following: cherries, apricots, dates, raisins, […]

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Mezcal, Cilantro Dried Cherry Glazed Chicken Wings

Smoky mezcal and dried cherries give these wings a unique flavor, and the sweet and smoky flavors perfectly complement ice cold beer!

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Penne Pasta with Hazelnuts and Dried Cherries in a Brandy Cream Sauce

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 1 box (or 1-pound) Penne pasta 2 tablespoons butter 2 shallots, chopped fine ½ cup dried cherries ½ cup hazelnuts, roasted and chopped ¼ cup Brandy 1 cup chicken stock 1 cup whipping cream Salt and freshly ground pepper ¼ cup fresh thyme leaves PREPARATION In a large saute pan, melt butter […]

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Pomegranate Sage Manhattan

Makes 1 cocktail INGREDIENTS For cocktail 2 sage leaves 1 ounce rye or bourbon ½ ounce sweet vermouth Dash of angostura bitters 1 pomegranate bourbon dried cherries, for garnish For the pomegranate bourbon dried cherries 1 cup pomegranate juice ½ cup sugar-in-the-raw ½ cup rye or bourbon 1 cup dried cherries DIRECTIONS Rub and crinkle […]

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Pumpkin Taquitos with Dried Cherry Mole Sauce

Serves 6-8 Ingredients 2 cups fresh pumpkin, cubed about 1 ½ inches 1 small red shallot, chopped 1 dried chipotle chili (preferably mecca variety), crumbled 1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated 1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly grated Avocado oil 16 soft corn tortillas, small Maldon salt Fresh local […]

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Roasted Pork Loin with Onion Cherry Sage Sauce

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS For the pork loin 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 2 fresh bay leaves, veins stems removed 2 teaspoon juniper berries 2 tablespoons orange zest 1 tablespoon coarse salt 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 3-pound pork loin 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon hazelnut oil or olive oil ½ […]

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Spicy Cherry Pretzel Knots

Makes 30 knots INGREDIENTS For the knots ½ cup warm water (105° to 115°F) 1¼ teaspoons active dry yeast ¼ cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons golden brown sugar (packed) ¾ teaspoon sugar 1½ teaspoons vegetable oil ¼ cup spicy mustard 1⁄3 cup dried cherries, chopped fine 2 cups bread flour 1½ teaspoons salt Nonstick vegetable oil […]

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Sweet Black Pepper Cherry Glaze

Makes ½ cup Ingredients ¼ cup honey 1 tablespoon molasses 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon dried cherries, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine Directions Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan, mix and bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed and […]

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

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

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