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by Caitlin Saniga

Edamame hummus

A version of edamame hummus was served at Joel’s company’s holiday party. It was really great with sweet potato and beet chips and thinly sliced baguette toasts, but I really like dipping fresh veggies in my version.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Tahini-nut butter

This spread is like a savory crunchy peanut butter with lots of new unexpected flavor and texture. I love the way the toasted sesame seeds crackle when you take a bite. I like spreading this butter on toast and topping it with crumbled feta and sliced pears or apples.

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by Sarah Steimer

Spicy-sweet curry popcorn

I’ve never had a sweet-and-salty curry combination, but this was pretty rad. Once again, I gobbled through this bowl of popcorn in no time and mentally added this to my list of movie-watching snacks. Spicy-sweet curry popcorn and maybe a bottle of dark winter ale? Absolutely.

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by Sarah Steimer

Maple-cayenne popcorn

This popcorn was gone in a flash. If you’d like to slow yourself down, try offering this up with a bowl of nuts and dried cranberries on the side. Or just try not to be a snack monster like I am.

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by Sarah Steimer

Pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips

Can’t find whole wheat pastry flour? No problem, you can usually just substitute all-purpose or regular whole-wheat flour. But if you can find it, use it. Pastry flour really adds a little extra somethin’-somethin.’

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by Caitlin Saniga

Artichoke-red pepper flaky pastry pies

A recent trip to a Middle Eastern grocery store in my neighborhood has had me thinking about seasonings like dill and sumac — a deep maroon-colored spice with a sparkly, citrusy flavor. I sprinkled a bit of each into this lovely mix of marinated artichoke hearts and smokey red peppers, and the combination was dynamite — made even better when folded inside flaky, golden puff pastry.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Buffalo-Parmesan popcorn

Buffalo sauce is my new favorite. (How have I waited so long to become hooked?) The sauce recipe I include here tastes very authentic. I recommend using Frank’s Red Hot, if you can find it, and not another type of hot sauce, as the flavor is distinct. If you’d like to add an extra kick to the sauce, add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

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by Sarah Steimer

Plum coffee cake

This coffee cake was one of my favorite recent baking projects. It was fairly simple to make and the plums were fantastic. I actually enjoyed it with a few extra fresh plum slices on the side.

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by Sarah Steimer

Green bean and cilantro salsa

Not only is this a great salsa, but it’s really an awesome side dish as well. The best part is for sure the crunch, so think about adding it to a soft taco.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Pumpkin spice granola

I’ve been watching fall movies (Lemony Snicket, anyone?) and snacking on this pumpkin granola lately. Isn’t autumn lovely?

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Combine the oats, flax seeds, almonds, cranberries, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in one bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coffee syrup, egg white, oil, and vanilla. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir and stir and stir until all of the ingredients are wet.

For chunky granola, line a glass baking pan with parchment paper. Scoop the granola onto the parchment and spread in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes, or until granola is golden-brown, dry, and hardened slightly. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool for 20 minutes, then transfer the granola to an airtight container.

For finer granola, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the granola onto the parchment and spread in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, then stir, breaking up any clusters. Bake for 15 minutes longer, or until the granola is golden-brown, dry, and hardened slightly. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool for 20 minutes, then transfer the granola to an airtight container.

Store the granola at room temperature for up to 1 week.

 

Recipe adapted from: Aunt Karen’s recipe

*It’s the breakfast that doesn’t require a skillet or even a bowl; It’s the easily prepared and transportable granola! This month we’re getting our crunch on with homemade granola recipes that can be enjoyed on the go or part of a complete breakfast. Check out all the Morning Clusters recipes here.

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