Posts Tagged ‘ginger’

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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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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Ginger and Garlic Red Lentil Soup

Sunday, January 29th, 2012
Ginger and Garlic Red Lentil Soup

Ginger and Garlic Red Lentil Soup

Ginger and Garlic Red Lentil Soup

I whipped this soup up the other week.  I have a whole jar full of red lentils and I had a lot of ginger that needed using.  At first I was going to start with a traditional mire poix mix (carrot, onion, celery).  But, then I changed my mind and geared it more towards a more Asian flavor profile of ginger, onion, and garlic.  All the fresh ginger adds a bit of zing and bite, which mellows a bit the next day if you have leftovers.
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Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Ginger Chile

Sunday, January 15th, 2012
Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Ginger Chile

Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Ginger Chile

Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Ginger Chile

I developed this soup with items I had stashed in my freezer.  It had an amazing rich and spicy flavor.  The rich coconut pairs beautifully with the pumpkin and the ginger chili contrast well, offering a nice spicy kick.
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Chewy Gingerbread Men

Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Chewy Gingerbread Men

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

Soft, chewy gingerbread cookies are one of my favorite holiday cookies.  The warm spices and molasses pair extremely well with coffee, milk, and hot cocoa.  Gingerbread cookies also have a wonderful holiday smell with the ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.  Be careful not to over bake this cookie; you want it nice and soft.  Store cookies in airtight containers at room temperature.  Place sheets of parchment in between the cookies to prevent the icing from sticking to the other cookies.
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