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  • Anise Biscotti

    Anise Biscotti

    Though modern biscotti are associated with the Tuscan region of Italy, the popular Italian cookie traces its origins to Roman times. The word biscotto derives from “bis,” Latin for twice, and “coctum” or baked (which became...

  • Apple Pie Pancakes with Warm Apple Compote Apple Pie Pancakes with Warm Apple Compote

    Apple Pie Pancakes with Warm Apple Compote

    Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour¼ cup Maple Sugar or Vanilla Bean Sugar4 teaspoons baking powder¼ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon salt1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice1 ¾ cups milk (plus up to 1/4 cup extra if needed)¼...

  • Autumn Harvest Allspice Cake

    Autumn Harvest Allspice Cake

    Ingredients: 2 1/3 Cups All-Purpose Flour1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Sea Salt Flakes2 Teaspoons Baking Powder3/8 Teaspoon Baking Soda4 Teaspoons Ground Allspice1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger1/2 Teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon- ground3 Eggs1 Cup Vegetable Oil1 Cup...

  • Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

    Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans

    Ingredients: 4 pears, I prefer Bosc as they are firmer and hold their shape well 24 fresh cranberries4 tablespoons chopped pecans1/2 teaspoon Ground Saigon Cinnamon, plus more, if needed1/4 teaspoon Grenada Nutmeg Ground, plus more, if...

  • Banana Walnut Bread

    Banana Walnut Bread

    Ingredients: 3 very ripe bananas, peeled (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups mashed)1/3 cup melted butter1 teaspoon baking sodaPinch of Himalayan Pink Salt Fine Grind3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet)1 large egg, beaten1...

  • Bananas Foster

    Bananas Foster

    This is Brent's favorite dessert of all time! We all have our kryptonite and this is his. Bananas Foster is an American dessert that originated in New Orleans made with cooked bananas served in a butter, brown...

  • Basic Master Scone Recipe

    Basic Master Scone Recipe

      The original scone was round and flat and usually as large as a dinner plate. It was made and baked on a griddle and then cut into triangular sections for serving. Today, many would call the large round cake a bannock, and call the triangles...

  • Boozy Rum Cake

    Boozy Rum Cake

    Great as a traditional holiday cake but yummy any time of the year. I have substituted a number of different types of liquor throughout the years including vanilla and maple flavored whiskeys as well as almond, orange and coffee liqueurs...

  • Buttermilk Lemon Chess Pie

    Buttermilk Lemon Chess Pie

    A Southern favorite, this is an extremely easy pie to make and is delicious. Make your favorite pie crust recipe or use one roll of store bought crust if you want and line a 9 inch pie pan crimping the edges. Ingredients:2 Cups granulated sugar2...

  • Caribbean Spiced Fried Plantains

    Caribbean Spiced Fried Plantains

    Fried plantain may be served as a snack, a starter or as a side dish to the main course, such as with Jollof rice, Jerk Chicken, barbecued meat, tomato stew or beans.  Ingredients: 4 large yellow-ripe plantains, peeled 1 tablespoon ground ginger1...

  • Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

    Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

    Ingredients:  1 cup butter - room temperature1 cup packed brown sugar1/3 cup white sugar2 eggs - room temperature1 ½ teaspoons Madagascar Vanilla Extract1 ½ cup flour1 ½ teaspoons Saigon Cinnamon¼ teaspoon ground...

  • Chinese Five Spice Oatmeal Cookie

    Chinese Five Spice Oatmeal Cookie

    Ingredients: 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour1 cup coarsely ground almonds1 1⁄2 teaspoons Chinese Five Spice Powder1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon ground Saigon Cinnamon1⁄2 teaspoon salt1 cup...

  • Chocolate Cocoa Nib Lace Cookies

    Chocolate Cocoa Nib Lace Cookies

    Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 Stick) Butter1/2 cup Honey1 1/2 tablespoons Light Cocoa Powder1 1/4 cups White Sugar1/4 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt2 teaspoons instant espresso or coffee powder1 1/2 teaspoons Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract 3/4 cup...

  • Cinnamon Coffee Cake

    Cinnamon Coffee Cake

    I know the name implies that this fantastic cake should be served with coffee but really as you can imagine we don't really drink a tremendous amount of coffee in our house. I suggest pairing this with Braveheart Scottish Breakfast Blend, English...

  • Coconut Chai Rice Pudding

    Coconut Chai Rice Pudding

    Ingredients: 1 cup medium grain white rice1/4 tsp salt1 1/2 cups almond milk, divided3/4 cup coconut milk6 tbsp. sugar (or more to taste)1/2 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp ginger1/4 tsp cardamomPinch of ground clovesPinch of coriander1 egg1/2 cup golden raisins...

  • Coconut Semolina Cake

    Coconut Semolina Cake

    Sweetened Semolina Cake is also known as Basbousa or Hareeseh, or Nammoura, and is a traditional Middle Eastern sweet cake.It is made from a sweetened semolina batter and typically flavored with orange flower water or rose water simple syrup. The...

  • Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

    Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

    Orange and Cranberry are such wonderful flavors, especially during the winter and holiday months. The sweetness of the cake contrasts nicely with the tartness of the fresh berries, and the icing on the cake is a sweet orange glaze that puts this stunning...

  • Crockpot Apple Butter

    Crockpot Apple Butter

    Just like Grandma used to make but with a lot less work! Ingredients: 6 large apples, peeled, cored, finely chopped honeycrisp or gala work well1/3 cup raw sugar1/2 cup light brown sugar, not packed1 tsp ground Saigon cinnamon1/8 tsp ground allspice1/8...

  • Crunchy Cornflake, Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole Crunchy Cornflake, Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole

    Crunchy Cornflake, Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole

    This recipe was given to me by my ex mother-in-law more than 30 years ago as a mandatory holiday side dish when I hosted my first Thanksgiving. I acquiesced reluctantly but must admit it has become one of my favorites and has made its way onto the table...

  • Delicious Fruit Curds for Tea Time Delicious Fruit Curds for Tea Time

    Delicious Fruit Curds for Tea Time

    Used traditionally as a topping for scones or as a filling for cakes, curd is easy to make and so yummy! You can substitute any number of frozen or fresh berries or citrus fruits and some of my favorites have been mixed berries, lime and grapefruit. Just...

  • Dutch Baby Pancake Dutch Baby Pancake

    Dutch Baby Pancake

    Ingredients: 2/3 cup milk room temperature1/2 cup all-purpose flour3 large eggs, room temperature1/2 teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon1/4 teaspoon Madagascar Vanilla Extract1/4 teaspoon Kosher Flake Sea Salt3 tablespoons butter1 tablespoon butter1/2 Meyer lemon,...

  • Earl Grey Creamy Berry Refresher

    Earl Grey Creamy Berry Refresher

    Ingredients:  1 pint of frozen berries (any kind you like! We used a medley)9 tsp of The Spice and Tea Shoppe’s Earl Grey Tea½ cup of sugar or The Spice and Tea Shoppe’s Honey Powder or Vanilla Bean Sugar½ pint of heavy...

  • Easy Blueberry Cobbler

    Easy Blueberry Cobbler

    Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup sugar1/4 teaspoon salt1 - 1/2 teaspoons baking powder3/4 cup whole milk1/3 cup butter, melted2 cups fresh blueberries1/3 cup lavender or vanilla sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Preheat oven...

  • Espresso Sea Salted Double Chocolate Brownies

    Espresso Sea Salted Double Chocolate Brownies

    Ingredients: 4 large eggs1 ¼  cups Salty-Savory-Sweet Dutch-Process Cocoa1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon baking powder1 tablespoon Salty-Savory-Sweet Double Strength Madagascar Vanilla Extract2 sticks unsalted butter2 ¼  cups sugar1...

  • Honey and Spice Tea Loaf

    Honey and Spice Tea Loaf

    Ingredients: 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1-1/2 cups granulated sugar1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon Kosher Flake Sea Salt4 teaspoons Ground Saigon Cinnamon1/4 teaspoon Ground Clove1/2 teaspoon Ground Allspice1 cup canola or...

  • Italian Anisette Cookies

    Italian Anisette Cookies

    Ingredients: 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour1 Cup White Sugar1 Tablespoon Baking Powder1/2 Teaspoon Ground Anise Seed1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Sea Salt Flakes1/2 Cup Milk2 Large Eggs3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil2 Teaspoons Anise Extract, divided1 Cup Powdered Sugar2...

  • Italian Lemon Olive Oil Cake

    Italian Lemon Olive Oil Cake

    Ingredients: 1 cup Meyer Lemon Infused Olive Oil3 eggs1 1/3 cup milk1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest2 cups white sugar2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon Kosher Flake Sea...

  • Lavender Lemonade

    Lavender Lemonade

    I must confess I am not an overly floral person but this recipe is just the right amount of lavender. It pairs so well with the tartness of the lemons and the sweetness of the simple syrup that I was surprised how much I really enjoyed it the first time...

  •  Lemon Lavender Greek Yogurt Pound Cake

    Lemon Lavender Greek Yogurt Pound Cake

    The delicious flavor combinations of lavender and lemon pair well together in this moist and easy pound cake. A lovely afternoon pick me up with a cup of Earl Grey makes a delightful respite from a busy day. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/4...

  • Maple Oat Pecan Scones

    Maple Oat Pecan Scones

    Ingredients: Scones:2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting board1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, ground fine 1/3 cup granulated sugar or Maple Sugar2 tablespoons baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes...

  • Maple Pecan Glazed Cookies

    Maple Pecan Glazed Cookies

    Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened3/4 cup sugar3/4 cup packed brown sugar2 large eggs, room temperature1 teaspoon Maple Extract2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon Kosher Flake Sea Salt2 cups white baking chips1 cup chopped...

  • Matcha Green Tea Yogurt Cake

    Matcha Green Tea Yogurt Cake

    Ingredients:  2 cups all purpose flour4 tsps. Green Tea Matcha Powder1/2 tsp. baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 tsp. Salt3 large eggs1 cup plain  Greek yogurt1/2 cup oil- EVOO, canola or any that suits you1 cup granulated sugar1 tsp...

  • Microwave Salted Caramels

    Microwave Salted Caramels

    Gorgeous, creamy, buttery, soft caramels with just the right amount of salt to balance the sweetness. This easy to make and practically fool-proof microwave version only requires a few ingredients and just under 15 minutes to make. The hardest part...

  • Orange Olive Oil Cake

    Orange Olive Oil Cake

    Ingredients: 1 1/3 cups Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil3 large eggs1 1/4 cups whole or 2% milk1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest1/4 cup orange freshly squeezed juice1/4 cup Gran Marnier1 3/4 cups granulated sugar2 cups all-purpose flour1/2...

  • Overnight Oats

    Overnight Oats

    Super easy to make and fun for kids to do as well. Letting them pick their healthy toppings is a really great way to get them started in the kitchen and no stove is involved. Ingredients: 1/2 cup of milk or milk substitute such as almond, cashew or...

  • Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Sugar Crust

    Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Sugar Crust

    My favorite classic peach cobbler with a twist. Crunchy Vanilla Bean Sugar topping sends this recipe to the next level! Serve with a high quality vanilla bean ice cream for the ultimate summer treat. Ingredients:  8 fresh peaches peeled, pitted...

  • Peach, Cinnamon and Cardamom Cake

    Peach, Cinnamon and Cardamom Cake

    Ingredients:  Peaches:1/4 cup sugar1/4 teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon2 medium peaches, peeled*, pitted and each cut into 8 wedges Cake:1 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon ground Saigon Cinnamon1/8 teaspoon ground Cardamom1/4...

  • Pear Apple Crisp

    Pear Apple Crisp

    Ingredients:2 medium apples of your choice, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thickI used 1 Granny Smith and 1 Gala 2 medium Bosc pears, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick3 tablespoons granulated sugar3/4 teaspoon ground Saigon...

  • Persian Saffron, Rose and Pistachio Ice Cream
Persian Saffron, Rose and Pistachio Ice Cream

    Persian Saffron, Rose and Pistachio Ice Cream

    Ingredients: 1 ½ quarts good quality vanilla ice cream½ tsp saffron, ground very fine with mortar and pestle1 tablespoon very hot water1 tablespoon rose water1 tablespoon rose petals ground very fine in mortar and pestle½ cup...

  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    One of my favorite cakes from childhood and one of the first things I learned to cook. I had been known to pick just the topping off in my younger days and bare the wrath of my Grandmother when she saw the pock marked caked on the counter...

  • Poached Pears in Wine

    Poached Pears in Wine

    Ingredients: 1 bottle Merlot or Cabernet (enough to fill saucepan 3/4 full)4 pears – Bosc works best - pears should be firm but not too firm1/2 cup sugar1 Tbsp. Salty-Savory-Sweet Mulling  Spices2- 2 inch pieces of orange peel or 1 tsp...

  • Polish Cherry Cake

    Polish Cherry Cake

    Many don't realize that Polish cuisine is quite good and probably one of the least talked about European cuisines outside of goulash, perogies and cabbage rolls. However, there is so much more to Polish cuisine than the fore mentioned dishes. Known for...

  • Pumpkin Bread

    Pumpkin Bread

    Although pumpkin bread and other pumpkin recipes are closely associated with American cuisine, these foods have a lengthy history in North America. Many Native Americans tribes developed their pumpkin-based recipes prior to the arrival of European...

  • Pumpkin Butter

    Pumpkin Butter

    This Pumpkin Butter is a sweet with the warm spices of fall and winter - perfect to serve over scones, pumpkin bread, waffles or biscuits. Ingredients:  1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree3/4 cup apple juice1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend1 1/2...

  • Rustic Strawberry Cake

    Rustic Strawberry Cake

    Ingredients:  2 eggs, at room temperature 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar1/2 cup reduced-fat Greek yogurt 1/4 cup melted butter, cooled slightly 1 teaspoon Madagascar "Bourbon Islands" Vanilla Extract1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1...

  • Salted Caramel Apple Galette

    Salted Caramel Apple Galette

    Ingredients: Crust:1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface1/4 cup granulated sugar1/4 teaspoon salt Kosher Flake Sea Salt1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed into small pieces1/4 cup ice cold water Filling & Topping:3 large...

  • She's My Cherry Pie!

    She's My Cherry Pie!

    She's My Cherry Pie! Forgive my throwback with the title of this yummy cherry pie (admit it the song is in your head now) but every time I would make this when the kids were little I would dance around the kitchen like a fool singing it. Those were the...

  • Snickerdoodle Cookies

    Snickerdoodle Cookies

    Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons cream of tartar1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon ground Saigon Cinnamon1/2 teaspoon Kosher Flake Sea Salt1 cup unsalted butter, softened1 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed1 large egg...

  • Surprise Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Filling Surprise Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

    Surprise Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

    Ingredients: Cream Cheese Filling:1 - 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened¼ cup granulated sugar1 egg, beaten Cake Batter:2 cups flour1 ¾ cup sugar2 teaspoons baking soda1 tablespoon British Baking Spice Blend1 teaspoon salt1 cup liquid...

  • Sweet Spiced Nuts Sweet Spiced Nuts

    Sweet Spiced Nuts

    Year over year this has been one of our most requested recipes for holiday gift giving. Fun and easy to make in large batches and tied with festive bow your friends, neighbors and co-workers are sure to love these. Or keep them all for yourself, we wont...

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