Archive for November, 2012

Ginger Pear Cocktail

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Pear Ginger Cocktail

Pear Ginger Cocktail

Ginger Pear Cocktail

This is a festive holiday cocktail.  Leave the alcohol out for a virgin drink.  You can also use the ginger simple syrup with soda water for a non-alcoholic drink.  Or add some ginger simple syrup to apple juice or cranberry juice.
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Apple Pie

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Thursday Throwback

Apple Pie

Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts, especially fruit desserts.  This one uses Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples, providing a firm fruit filling with a sweet-tart taste.  The type of apples you use will greatly influence the taste and texture of your pie.  I hope to experiment with a few various apples in this recipe in the future.  I suggest you buy a few apples you’d like to use and taste them before buying all you need for a pie, to make sure they are good and have the flavor you want.  After all, it is the main ingredient.
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Ginger Simple Syrup

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Ginger Simple Syrup

This is a great flavored syrup for ginger ale or cocktails. Add it to soda water for homemade ginger ale. It’s also great added to apple or cranberry juice for a ginger spice kick.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes (includes steeping)

Makes: 1 cup

Ingredients

1/4 cup peeled, sliced ginger

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Equipment

Small pot

Glass jar with lid

Strainer

Process

Add all ingredients to the pot. Bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Let the ginger steep for 45 minutes, or longer.

Strain the syrup.

Lay the ginger pieces on a wire cooling rack to dry. This will give you candied ginger.

When the syrup has completely cooled to room temperature bottle it and store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Persimmons

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Fuyu Persimmon

Fuyu Persimmon

Persimmons

The two most common varieties of persimmons found in the US are Fuyu and Hachiya. These persimmons have different characteristics, so what you plan to do will determine which type you should use.
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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Macarons

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Macarons

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Macarons

Review


Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Macarons

I should preface with the fact that this was my first time trying macarons from Trader Joe’s.  It was also my first time trying Parisian macarons from somewhere other than a French bakery.
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