Winter Sangria

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I feel like we all could use a soul warming cocktail to brighten these dark (I mean really dark) evenings. Can you believe that the shortest day of the year hasn’t even happened yet? How depressing is that? Thankfully we’re almost there and things will hopefully start looking up but man, these extra long evenings are really starting to get old!

All I can say is thank god for these cocktails. They are full of festive flavors and are definitely a bright spot on a dark evening. They taste best when enjoyed with great friends, good food and Christmas music of course!

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I hope wherever this holiday season finds you that you are able to slow down for an evening and clink glasses with people you love. Not even the sun can compete with that. Cheers!

Winter Sangria

Cocktail

A sweet and festive cocktail perfect for the holidays or a dark winter evening.
  • PREP TIME
    10 mins.
  • COOK TIME
    0 mins.
  • 1 apple, cut into thin wedges (no need to peel)
  • 1 navel orange, cut into thin wedges (no need to peel)
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • Fresh rosemary for garnish


Serves 6-8

  1. Place the chopped fruit in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add the cinnamon stick and stir in both liquors and the wine. Mix well and cover the sangria with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (the flavor enhances the longer it sits).
  2. Remove from the refrigerator and add the sparkling water. Pour into individual glass (be sure to add a few pieces of the fruit) and top with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary.
*Use this recipe as a guide.
*Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.
*Taste test as you go.

Gingerbread Latte

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You know it’s been a good week when I post TWO gingerbread recipes. We’ve actually been enjoying these for a couple of weeks now however, I’m just getting around to posting them. Oops! Better late than never.

Recently, Taylor and I have organized morning “meetings” where we’ve been discussing logistics of the 2015 farm season and let me tell you, it hasn’t all been sunshine and roses. It’s stressful talking about money, CSA accounts, compost, new farm equipment etc. However, it’s all stuff we need to iron out and it feels good to check it off the list. Obviously, stressful meetings call for tasty beverages to sweeten things up a bit. These lattes fit the bill and have been a welcome change to our usual cup of black coffee. These obviously taste best with a few gingerbread cookies dunked into the frothy milk!

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I hope these lattes sweeten up your morning routine as well. Enjoy!

Gingerbread Latte

Breakfast

A sweet and spicy latte perfect for the holiday season.
  • PREP TIME
    5 mins.
  • COOK TIME
    5 mins.
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1-2 Tablespoons molasses- more or less to taste
  • 3/4 cup strong coffee (or 4 shots of espresso)

Optional Toppings:

  • Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon


Serves 2

  1. Bring the milk to a simmer on the stove stirring often. Don’t let the milk boil!
  2. Whisk together the spices, maple syrup and molasses with the 3/4 cup coffee. Whisk well until the spices have dissolved.
  3. Divide the coffee mixture between two mugs and top with warmed milk. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
*Use this recipe as a guide.
*Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.
*Taste test as you go.

Holiday Kale Salad with Apple-Cinnamon Tahini Dressing

festive kale salad

This salad is a celebration of all the great flavors of the season and is a wonderful addition to any holiday feast.  I was inspired to make this dish before Thanksgiving when we were still picking kale from the field. It was a cold and rainy afternoon on our last harvest of the season but our kale was sweeter than ever!

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This salad is a lovely combination of flavors, textures and sweetness. I love the pop from the pomegranate arils and the creaminess from the tahini dressing. If it’s possible for a salad to taste like Christmas this is definitely it.

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I got the idea to make this salad after enjoying a similar one at Blossoming Lotus Cafe in Portland, Oregon last winter. I’ve been dreaming of it ever since and now that I’ve made my own version I can’t get enough. If you need to add a little more “green” to your holiday feast I think this is the salad for you. Grab a fork and enjoy!

Holiday Kale Salad with Apple-Cinnamon Tahini Dressing

Salad

A festive salad that will brighten up any holiday feast.
  • PREP TIME
    15 mins.
  • COOK TIME
    20 mins.
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large bunch of kale, tough stems removed and torn into bite sized pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 1 medium-sized delicata squash, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch half moons (no need to peel)
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils, from about 1 pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • fine sea salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing:

  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water


Serves 4-6

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Sprinkle the delicata squash with the olive oil and place on a prepared baking sheet and roast in the oven until tender. About 20 minutes. Flip squash halfway through cooking.
  2. While the squash cooks prepare the dressing. Combine all the ingredients and whisk until smooth. This works best with an immersion blender or food processor. Taste test and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  3. Assemble the salad by massaging half the dressing into the kale leaves and then tossing the kale with all the ingredients and mixing until well combined. Add additional dressing as needed and season with salt and pepper as need.
*Use this recipe as a guide.
*Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.
*Taste test as you go.
*Have fun in the kitchen and make this recipe you own!