Apple Mustard Mint Glazed Ham

Wine Pairing: Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Riesling Gueberschwihr – Organic 2008, Germany.
This almost perfect German Riesling has smoke and stone notes lached with white peach, apple, and lemon zest. It’s zesty and snappy with a white pepper-tinged finish. It is perfect for this ham! Retails for around $18.
INGREDIENTS
For the Brine
One whole bone in fresh ham, skinned [...]

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Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

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 [...]

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Caramelized Banana Tartlets with Chocolate Port Sauce

Serves 8-10
INGREDIENTS
½ cup raw hazelnuts
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 bananas, sliced in rounds about ½ inch thick
1 package puff pastry, thawed
4 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
¼ cup tawny port
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine [...]

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Chocolate Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1½ cups buttermilk
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. [...]

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Coconut Chutney with Mango-Lime Granita

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup coconut, freshly grated
Zest of one lime
Juice of one lime
2 curry leaves
1 thai chili
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions

In a small sauce pan add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, stirring constantly until thick and creamy. Cool. Serve over Lime Granita.

Mango-Lime Granita

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 large ripe mangoes, chopped
Zest of one lime
Juice of [...]

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Ginger Sage Maple Glazed Ham

Wine Pairing: Domaine de la Chevalerie, Bourgueill “Cuvee Chavalerie” – Organic 2001, France.
This is an old Cab Franc Producer that has been producing traditional Cab Francs for generations. This wine is super robust, extremely herbaceous, and quite elegant. It is extremely compatible with the potent sage and ginger and excellent with the saltiness of the [...]

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Hazelnut Sponge Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
12 eggs, separated
8 ounces light brown sugar
14 ounces hazelnut flour
4 ounces all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 ounces granulated sugar
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
Chocolate block, for decorating
Chopped hazelnuts, for decorating
DIRECTIONS
Preheat to 350°F.
Butter 2 half-sheet pans and line them with parchment.
In a metal bowl, with electric beater, whisk or in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid Stand [...]

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Herbal Spring Rolls

Makes 12 rolls
Ingredients
12 rice paper wrappers
1 head boston lettuce leaves, white parts removed
2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup scallions, chopped fine
½ cup semi ripe mango, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup fresh thai basil leaves
Peanuts (optional)
Sweet chili sauce (recipe [...]

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Jamaican Jerk Glazed Ham

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 [...]

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Lavender White Hot Chocolate

Serves 4-5
INGREDIENTS
1 cup water
1 lemon myrtle tea bag or 1 tablespoon lemon myrtle tea
1 tablespoon fresh lavender leaves
1 vanilla bean, split open
½ cup light brown sugar
4 cups milk
8 ounces white chocolate, chopped fine
Lavender leaves, for garnish
Bee pollen, for garnish (optional)
DIRECTIONS
In a large sauce pan add 1 cup water, the myrtle tea, lavender leaves and vanilla [...]

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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, figs)
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
1 cup lentils [...]

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Mango Agua Fresca

Makes 1 gallon
INGREDIENTS
2 ripe mangoes, peeled, deseeded and pureed
Zest and juice of 2-3 limes
½ cup honey or light brown sugar
1 cup hot water
Gallon of ice cold water
DIRECTIONS
In a gallon pitcher combine the pureed mangoes, the lime juice and zest and the hot water, add the sugar or honey and stir until totally dissolved. Fill pitcher [...]

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Mango-Lime Granita

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 large ripe mangoes, chopped
Zest of one lime
Juice of 4 limes
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup water
Directions
In blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a shallow metal pan and freeze, making sure to scrape with a fork while freezing to result in an icy freeze.

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Mango-Sage BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This is the perfect special occasion addition with a no fuss recipe. Sure to be a crowd pleaser, it is a sweet & spicy and herbalicious treat. You will need party size buns, too.

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Orange Zest-Ginger Butter

Makes ½ cup butter
Ingredients
1⁄3 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
Directions
In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small [...]

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Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Makes 1 8×12 cake
INGREDIENTS
For the streusel
1⁄3 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 [...]

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Pomegranate Ginger Champagne Cocktail

Makes 1 cocktail
INGREDIENTS
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
4 tablespoons light brown sugar or sugar in the raw
Prosecco, Cava or Champagne
DIRECTIONS
In a small saucepan, combine pomegranate juice, ginger, and sugar. Bring to a boil, making sure that all sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat, and simmer for about 10 minutes or until [...]

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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 cup chicken broth
For the cherry onion sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 [...]

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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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Sweet & Spicy Herbal Slaw

Makes 4-5 cups of Slaw, serving 12-15 people
INGREDIENTS
1 medium to large head of red cabbage, shredded and center discarded
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1 red bell pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 orange bell pepper, deseeded, pith remove, and chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
¼ cup fresh [...]

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Sweet Chili Sauce

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt
Directions
In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

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Sweet-and-Sour Eggplant Pickle

Makes 1 quart
INGREDIENTS
1-pound Japanese or small Italian eggplants, or 1 large (1¼ to 1½ pound) eggplant, stemmed
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1½ cups loosely packed light brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
½ tablespoon chopped garlic
½ tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
DIRECTIONS
If using Japanese eggplants, cut them in half lengthwise and then crosswise into 2-inch [...]

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Tarta de Naranja (Orange Tart)

This sweet, simple tart highlights the region’s most prized fruit- oranges! Just a taste of these delicate tarts will make you feel like a Valencian!

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Thai Cucumber Salad with Roasted Peanuts

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 english cucumbers, peeled and chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 red chili, chopped fine
½ cups fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Salt
Roasted peanuts, chopped coarsely
Directions
Toss together in a large mixing bowl [...]

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

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

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