Concord Grape Jack O’Lantern Punch

Makes 1 big pumpkin’s worth of punch

Ingredients

2 cups turbinado or raw sugar
2 cups water
2 cups fresh concord grapes, smashed
3 cardamom pods, crushed
2 cinnamon sticks, cracked
2 teaspoons nutmeg, freshly grated
1 inch piece of ginger, sliced thin
Large Jack O Lantern, seeds removed and cleaned but not carved ( just top)
1 -2 liter seltzer water
Concord Grapes [...]

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“Baja Style” Spicy Purple Kale Pesto Sauce

Makes 2 cups pesto
Ingredients
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
2 cups purple kale, stems removed and chopped
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
½ cup avocado or olive oil
Zest of 1 lime, juice of two
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 jalapeño, chopped (seeds and all for hot, seeds removed for less hot)
3 tablespoons [...]

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Cornmeal Crust Ricotta Fig Tartlets

Makes 6 Tartlets
Ingredients
1 batch cornmeal crust, refrigerated
1 pound fresh ricotta cheese
2 eggs¼ cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
Pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 pint of fresh figs, cut in half
½  teaspoon lavender flowers (optional)
Directions
Make sure the batch of cornmeal crust if cold and in the refrigerator.
Pre heat the oven to 375° [...]

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DARK CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN TRUFFLES WITH SPICED PUMPKIN SEEDS

Makes about 30 truffles
Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon ground spiced pumpkin seeds
¼ cup pumpkin puree½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nut meg
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet  dark chocolate, chopped
cocoa powder mixed with a little pumpkin pie spice, for dusting
Directions

In a [...]

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El Romero- Italian Celery Root Citrus Coolers

Ingredients
1 lemon, halved and sliced thin
1 lime, halved and sliced thin
1 orange, halved and sliced thin
1 mandarin, halved and sliced thin
8 kumquats, halved
1 medium celery root, peeled and cubed small
2-3 kaffir lime leaves
1 bottle Dorothy Parker Gin (New York Distilling Co.)
*Rosemary Sugar Salt
*Rosemary Syrup
Fresh pink grapefruit juice
Aperol
For the Rosemary Sugar Salt:
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons [...]

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Fresh Apple Shrub

Ingredients
2 tart apples, peeled and chopped
½ cup raw or turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
¾ cup apple cider vinegar
Directions
Mash together the apples, sugars, and caraway seeds until a rough applesauce has been formed. Place the mixture in a mason jar and let sit over night in the refrigerator. Add the apple [...]

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Ginger-Beet Cava with Fresh Tarragon Orange Zest

Ingredients
2 orange beets, peeled and chopped
1 sprig of fresh tarragon, a few leaves reserved
Juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon of orange zest
¼ cup sugar
½ cup water
Champagne or sparkling wine
1 navel orange for garnish
Directions
Combine the beets, tarragon, orange juice, zest, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and [...]

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Mango Negroni

2 ounces mango infused gin*
1 ounce campari
1/2  ounce sweet vermouth
Mango slice garnish
In a rocks glass stir together the gin, campari and sweet vermouth.  Fill with ice and garnish with a slice of mango.
*Mango infused Gin-Place one ripe mango (chopped)  in a mason jar and fill with gin and allow to infuse for 3-4 days.

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Maple & Roasted Parsnip Champagne with Rosemary Dust

Ingredients
2 parsnips, chopped
¼ cup turbinado or raw sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup water
Champagne or sparkling wine
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 390°F. In a mixing bowl combine the parsnips, sugar, maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves, then toss together until coated and mixed. Arrange the parsnips on a baking sheet [...]

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Orange Thyme Cranberry Sauce

Makes 3 cups
Ingredients
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup light brown sugar or turbinado sugar
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of one orange
½ cup fresh thyme leaves
1 cinnamon stick
½ cup water
Directions
Place all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat and cook until cranberries begin to burst. [...]

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Pan Fried (Herbal) Cod Tacos with “Baja Style” Spicy Purple Kale Pesto Sauce and Pickled Red Cabbage

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
2 cups red cabbage, shredded
Juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons salt
4 pieces of cod, local & sustainable
Salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Canola oil
Dried Red Chili
“Baja Style” Purple Kale Pesto Sauce (recipe follows)
Flour tortillas
Lime wedges
Directions
Place the shredded cabbage in [...]

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PUMPKIN CANNELLONI WITH CARAMELIZED PUMPKIN SPICED ONIONS AND CONCORD GRAPE SAUCE

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 pumpkin, prebaked, peeled and  pureed
½ cup parmesan cheese
12  premade  fresh pasta sheets
Melted butter
Pumpkin Spiced Caramelized [...]

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PUMPKIN ICE CREAM WITH MAPLE & SAGE GLAZED PECAN NIBBLES

Makes 4 cups
Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt4 egg yolks, whisked
1 cup pumpkin puree
Maple & Sage Glazed Pecan Nibbles (recipe follows)
Directions

In [...]

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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 ricotta cheese
Dried Cherry Mole Sauce (recipe follows)
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°.
Toss together the [...]

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Quick Herb Rolls

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
¾ c -1 c buttermilk
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine
Directions
Preheat oven to 425°F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Into a large bowl [...]

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Quick Pickled Turnips

Makes 3 cups
Ingredients
2 cups water
¾ cup white vinegar
3 tablespoon kosher salt
2 fresh bay leaves
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, cracked
3-4 turnips, peeled and chopped
1 turnip, peeled and sliced in wheels
1 red beet slice
3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced thin
Directions
In a small sauce pan combine the water, vinegar, and salt and heat until the salt dissolves. To the [...]

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Roasted Carrot & Parsnip, Beef & Sundried Tomato Tacos with Red Chili Parsley Chimichurri

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
1 pound skirt steak
2 medium carrots, cut into thin 2 inch strips
2 medium parsnips, cut into thin two inch strips
½ medium white onion, halved and sliced
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine (good quality ones)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
Avocado [...]

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Roasted Cauliflower & Spinach Whole Wheat Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 cups cauliflower florets (bite size)
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced
2 cups baby spinach
Whole wheat tortillas
Sharp cheddar cheese (I use a local raw jalapeno)
Lime Wedges or tomatillo sauce ( I used my frozen tomatillos from the [...]

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Rosemary & Concord Ginger Shortbread with Fairy Dust

Makes 6 dozen cookies

Ingredients
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
1  teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
10 tablespoons (1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons Concord Grape Ginger Jam ( Recipe Follows)
1 large [...]

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Salsify Orange Negroni

Ingredients
1 ounce Seneca Drums Gin (Finger Lakes Distilling Co.)
1 ounce Cynar
½ ounce *Salsify Orange Syrup
½ ounce Amberthorn Dry Vermouth (New York Astby Co)
Oven Dried Salsify Stick Garnish
For the Salsify Orange Syrup:
2 salsify roots, chopped
1 cup water
Juice of 1 orange
Zest of 1 orange
½ cup sugar
Directions
In an old fashioned glass filled with ice place the gin and [...]

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Sprouted Corn Roasted Squash Breakfast Tacos with Peruvian Cilantro Sauce

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
2 cups winter squash, cubed ½ inch
½ red onion, chopped medium
½ red bell pepper, chopped small
1 chipoltle chili pepper, crumbles
Salt and pepper
Avocado oil
2 cups spinach leaves
6 eggs
Sprouted corn tortillas
Peruvian Cilantro Sauce
Directions
Pre heat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, toss together the squash, onion, bell pepper, chipotle, salt and pepper with some avocado [...]

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Swedish Apple-Rottabagge

Ingredients
1 bottle of aquavit
1 rutabaga, cubed (about 2 cups worth max)
Lemon juice
*Caraway Syrup
Fresh Apple Shrub
Soda Water
Apple Slice Garnish
For the Caraway Syrup:
2 tablespoons caraway seeds, toasted
1 piece lemon peel
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
Directions
In a large mason jar, combine the aquavit and the rutabaga. Let stand in an ambient temperature dark place for about a week [...]

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Sweet Potato Mash

Ingredients
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed small
1 vanilla bean
1 cinnamon stick
1 bottle Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey
*Balsamic Syrup
*Black Pepper Sugared Pecans
For the Balsamic Syrup:
½ cup balsamic vinegar (high quality)
For the Black Pepper Sugared Pecans:
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup pecans
1 tablespoon raw or turbinado sugar
2 teaspoons black pepper, cracked
Directions
In a large mason jar, place the sweet potato, vanilla [...]

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The Dirty Turnip

Ingredients
3 ounces gin
½ ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled turnip brine
Pickled Turnip Wheels
Cilantro leaves for garnish
Directions
In a glass filled with ice, add the gin and vermouth and stir. Add the turnip brine liquid and strain into a martini glass. Place one pickled turnip wheel to float on the top with a cilantro leaf on top of [...]

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