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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Blueberry Ginger Maple Syrup

Ingredients
1 cup maple syrup
¼ cup blueberry puree
1 teaspoon grated ginger
Directions
In small saucepan over medium-low heat, add maple syrup and ginger and warm through.

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Fresh Carrot & Lime Sodas

Makes 1 pitcher
Ingredients
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
½ cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 cup fresh carrot juice
1 cup fresh lime juice
Ice
Seltzer water
Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine the mint, ginger, sugar and water.  Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve all the sugar.  Reduce heat and simmer [...]

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Ginger Carrot Wholegrain Pancakes

Makes 6-8 cakes
Ingredients
1½ cups whole wheat flour
1½ cups 1% milk
½ cup wheat bran
½ cup carrot puree (cooked & blended carrots)
½ cup buckwheat flour
3 large eggs
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons lowfat plain yogurt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon grated ginger
Directions
In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a medium sized bowl, combine all wet ingredients, [...]

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Ginger Spice Butter

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.

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Ginger-Beet Orange Sodas

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients
¼ cup tarragon leaves, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
½ cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 medium beet, scrubbed
6 oranges, peeled IceSeltzer water
Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine the tarragon, ginger, sugar and water.  Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve all the sugar.  [...]

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Parsley & Lemon – Ricotta Cupcakes

Makes 6 large cupcakes
Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup turbinado sugar
3 tablespoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons chopped fine, parsley
1 stick butter ( salted) softened
¾ cup ricotta cheese
1 egg
juice of three lemons
Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Sift or mix together the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and soda [...]

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Rosemary & Roasted Parsnip Maple Sodas with Rosemary Pixie Dust

2 parsnips, chopped
¼ cup turbinado or raw sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup water
Seltzer water
*Rosemary Pixie Dust
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 [...]

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Spicy Summer Fruit Muffins

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

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Spinach & Three Cheese Ravioli (kid friendly)

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup fresh spinach juice
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup parmesan, grated fine
½ cup pecorino Romano, grated fine
¼ cup ricotta cheese
Butter

Directions

Mound flour on a work surface, preferably wooden, and make a well in center. Add egg, spinach juice and salt. With a fork, gently [...]

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Winter Herbal Citrus Soda

Makes 1 Large Pitcher
Ingredients
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh basil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves
zest of 1 lime
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup turbinado sugar or white sugar
1 cup water
2 cups citrus juice: tangerines, lemons, limes, oranges
Directions
Combine the herbs, zest, sugar and water in a medium saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce [...]

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