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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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