Spiced Hibiscus Syrup

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Spiced Hibiscus Syrup
Lightly spiced ruby red syrup that makes a fabulous drink!
Course Drink
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Drink
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain through a fine mesh strainer set over a mixing bowl and press on the solids with the back of the spoon to extract as much juice as possible.
  3. Transfer to a canning jar or other container with a lid and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator. Use within 1 month.

Rosemary & Lavender Shortbread Cookies

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Rosemary & Lavender Shortbread Cookies
A deliciously herbal shortbread that is perfect for just about any occasion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8" tart pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flours and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until fully incorporated and airy, about 1 minute. Add the rosemary, lavender, lemon zest, vanilla and salt to the sugar and butter and mix until incorporated. With the mixer running, slowly add the flour over low speed until just incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. There should be clumps of dough at this point.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tart pan and press down lightly with your hand to smooth the surface. The bottom side of a measuring cup is another good way to pat down the surface. Using the tines of a fork and pressing down so you hear the metal tap against the pan, prick lines of holes in the dough to create a dozen wedges. Finish by pressing the bottom of the tines horizontally around the edges of the dough.
  5. Bake for about 23 minutes or until the edges have just started to turn golden but the center is still pale. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Then, using a knife or bench scraper, cut the shortbread along the pricked lines. Allow to cool a bit more in the pan and then carefully lift the pieces out using a spatula or cake server and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes
  1. These cookies are based on Dorie Greenspan's "Rose-Hibiscus Shortbread Fans" Recipe
  2. You can omit the rice flour and use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle

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Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle
A lightly crunchy pickle with the perfect balance of sweet, acidic, and sea flavors.
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add the vinegar, water, kombu, garlic, sugar and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to ensure the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the carrots and cook for an additional 2 minutes (the liquid may not come back up to a boil, which is fine, the goal is to just slightly soften them).
  2. Transfer to a quart sized canning jar and allow to come to room temperature. Seal with a lid and transfer to the refrigerator. Enjoy within two months.
Recipe Notes

I sliced the carrots using the 3mm setting on my Oxo mandoline (which translates to about .12 inches).

Fresh Carrot, Turmeric & Ginger Dressing

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Fresh Carrot, Turmeric & Ginger Dressing
A fresh, flavorful dressing great with salad, rice bowls or wraps!
Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into your blender, starting with only 2 teaspoons of honey, and blend until fully combined, about 1 minute, stopping to scrap down the sides of the blender if necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Transfer to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for 1 week or store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Recipe Notes
  1. If you haven't used fresh turmeric before, I would recommend starting with half of the amount I recommend and then adding more little by little. The flavor can easily overpower the other ingredients so it is best to start small and add more to taste.
  2. I used white miso because it is mild but you could try red miso for a funkier flavor (this might be closer to the Korean soybean paste).

Shiitakes Preserved in Oil

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Shiitakes Preserved in Oil
Tangy mushrooms with just a hint of tarragon, mustard and lemon.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 3 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 3 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place the mushrooms in a medium mixing bowl and toss gently with the salt. Place a plate on top of the mushroom and weigh it down with a heavy object. Let the mushrooms sit for an hour. Drain, spread them on a clean towel and pat them dry.
  2. Bring the vinegar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, return to a boil, and boil until they have softened slightly but still have a nice meaty texture, 3-5 minutes. Drain and spread the mushrooms out on a clean towel and pat them dry. Let them dry until they are no longer damp, about 2 hours.
  3. Combine the oil, mustard seeds, tarragon and lemon zest in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring from time to time, to just below a simmer (look for small bubbles to appear). Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Place the mushrooms in a wide mouth pint-sized canning jar. Pour the infused oil over the mushrooms, adding more oil to submerge completely if necessary. Cover and refrigerate. To serve, bring to room temperature and remove only what you plan to use. Top the jar with oil as necessary to keep the remaining mushrooms submerged. Eat within 3 months.

Fennel Infused Olive Oil

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Fennel Infused Olive Oil
Oil infused with sweet fennel flavors highlighted with notes of citrus and spiciness.
Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and press as much of the fennel below the oil as possible (the oil will barely cover everything at first but it will cook down later). Bring to a simmer over medium heat, cover, and reduce to low to maintain a very low simmer. Cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, or until the flavor the oil has reached your liking. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer set over a medium mixing bowl. Allow to cool to room temperature, transfer to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes
  1. I tried a batch using only a few orange zest strips and didn't get a lot of orange flavor. The next batch I increased it to 6 strips and the orange flavor was pronounced. Hopefully that helps you decide how many to use.
  2. I tried a batch using 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes and didn't get much of any heat. The next batch I increased it to 1 teaspoon and while not spicy, there is a little kick on the finish.
  3. I haven't tried cooking the oil any longer than 1 hour as I assumed all of the fennel flavor has been extracted at that point. But I would love to know the results if you cook it longer!

Garam Masala Apple Quick Bread

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Garam Masala Apple Quick Bread
A slightly sweet, slightly spiced quick bread that is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 350°F. Line a 9- by 5- loaf pan with a 9 inch aluminum foil sling so that the ends of the foil hang over the sides of the pan (making it easier to remove the loaf after it is done baking). Spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, garam masala, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs until fully combined. Whisk in agave, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir apples into batter until evenly distributed.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake bread until golden and a cake tester comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. If you have a thermometer, I baked mine until it was 195°F and it came out moist.
Recipe Notes

I haven't tried these substitutions, but I am assuming you can use all-purpose flour for the spelt, honey or maple syrup for the agave and possibly coconut oil for the vegetable oil. Let me know how they work if you try it!

Peach Leaf Ice Cream

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Peach Leaf Ice Cream
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine the milk and cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring often, over medium heat. Add the peach leaves and submerge as much as possible under the liquid. Allow to steep for 5 minutes and then promptly remove with a slotted spoon.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs and salt until fully combined. Ladle about 1/2 cup of the steeping liquid into the egg-sugar mixture and whisk to combine. Repeat with another 1/2 cup, whisking to combine. Then pour in the remaining liquid and whisk to combine again.
  3. To make the custard, set up a double boiler (see recipe notes for additional details). Place the bowl with the milk-cream-sugar-eggs mixture over a saucepan with 1-2" of simmering water and stir constantly, ensuring that you get into any corners or edges of the bowl. This is where an instant read thermometer is a must - you will want to test the temperature every couple of minutes until it reaches 175°F (it should take about 10-15 minutes). If you don't have a thermometer, you can always test your luck and do it by sight. You will want to cook it until it reaches a nappe consistency - dip a spoon in the custard, turn it over and draw your finger across the back. If you have a clean line, it's ready. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract, stirring to combine. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Allow to cool on the counter and then transfer to the refrigerator until completely chilled - 8 hours to overnight.
  4. To make ice cream, follow the manufactures instructions for your ice cream maker.
Recipe Notes

Using a double boiler is the best way to slowly cook a custard without the danger of curdling. To set it up, find a medium to large saucepan that will hold a mixing bowl on top while maintaining 2-3" between the bottom of the bowl and saucepan. Ideally, the majority of the sides of the bowl will set inside the saucepan (if only the bottom of the bowl sits inside the saucepan, it will take for.ev.er to cook).

Pear Bourbon Butter

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Pear Bourbon Butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1-1/2 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1-1/2 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine pears, cider and bourbon in a large Dutch oven and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pears are very soft, about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to a food mill and process until dry skins are all that remain. Scrap the bottom of the food mill as a lot of the puree will stick. Discard skins and transfer puree back into the Dutch oven. Stir in sugars, lemon juice and salt. Simmer over low heat (otherwise, it will splatter!), stirring occasionally, until mixture is browned and thickened and rubber spatula or wooden spoon leaves distinct trail when dragged across bottom of pot, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Transfer pear butter to a jar with tight-fitting lid and let cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Pear butter can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.
Recipe Notes
  • I didn't get the pear variety from the farmer I purchased them from, but they looked like Bartletts.
  • If you can't find 1816, use your favorite bourbon, preferably one with similar characteristics (check out the tasting notes here).
  • This recipe is adapted from the Apple Butter recipe in America's Test Kitchen D.I.Y Cookbook.

Pawpaw & Coconut Popsicles

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Pawpaw & Coconut Popsicles
Course Dessert
Prep Time 45 minutes
Servings
popsicles
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 45 minutes
Servings
popsicles
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To remove the pulp: be prepared to get messy! You can do this a number of ways, but I simply peeled off a couple sections of the skin (which is hard to do if you have really ripe fruit), dug the seeds out, then used a spoon to get the remaining pulp. See the "Recipe Notes" section for a link to the Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association suggestions. You should have about 1-1/4 cups of pulp.
  2. Add the pulp and remaining ingredients to a blender and process until fully pureed, about 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed (you may want to consider an extra pinch of salt or lime zest). Pour into popsicle molds (I use the Zoku Classic Pop Molds, which hold about 3 oz each) and freeze overnight.
Recipe Notes

http://www.ohiopawpaw.com/handling.pdf