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by Caitlin Saniga

Apple hand pie with rosemary caramel

Each hand pie comes individually boxed, like a delicious little present.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Mushroom and wild rice soup

I would have made a great Minnesotan. Mushroom and wild rice soup, a Minnesota classic, is one of my favorite comfort foods.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Tingling pineapple-ginger soda with cayenne

Waylaid with a nasty sore throat and stuffy sinuses? This drink is dynamite. Pineapple is the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme used to treat inflammation, especially of the nose and sinuses. Pineapple core is especially rich in the protein, so be sure to include chunks from this section in your mixture. The spiciness of the ginger and cayenne is the perfect scratch for an itchy throat. And the lemon is the perfect zing for awakening and soothing sinuses. Drink a glass of the pineapple mixture straight, or add club soda for a less potent sipper.

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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

Pomegranate orange peel tea with gingered honey

The timing of this month’s guide couldn’t be more perfect. I’ve been battling a cold since Christmas Day, and although the worst of it is over, I can tell you for a fact that this tea soothes an uneasy stomach and encourages stuffy nasal cavities to loosen up. Ginger and honey are classic remedies for upset stomach and sore throats, respectively, and the benefits of orange and pomegranate peels were new news to me. Both are high in vitamin C and calcium. Orange peel tea has been used to treat heartburn and indigestion, and pomegranate peel tea has been used to soothe sore throats. One thing to keep in mind when purchasing your fruit for this tea: Organic is absolutely best, as peels touched by chemicals tend to absorb those chemicals.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Chocolate-drizzled gingerbread cream puffs

Cream puffs have become my go-to potluck party dessert. They’re pretty and kind of impressive, and they’re all the more festive with a swirl of gingerbread cream in the middle. Getting the puffs to rise correctly is, for me, a lot about getting the right feel when mixing together the ingredients. I’ve had tons of practice and been through lots of trial and error. The first pate a choux recipe I posted on the blog has helpful photos and hints for first-timers. I suggest giving it a browse before starting.

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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 Caitlin Saniga

Slow cooker kielbasa and sauerkraut with skin-on mashed potatoes

I love when I’m home and Mom puts on a CrockPot of kielbasa and kraut for dinner — it’s a Saniga family favorite. The longer it cooks, the better the taste, with both components swapping some of their signature flavors. And no plate of kielbasa and kraut is complete without a small mountain of mashed potatoes. No frills here, just a simple, beloved meal.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Maple pumpkin cornbroad

Baking is one area where I’m frightened about making substitutions and getting creative, so I took baby steps with this New York Times recipe. Instead of honey, I used maple syrup (and was curious about using molasses), and I added a dash of cinnamon. I considered adding zest from a mandarin orange but then chickened out. Maybe next time …

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups stone ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Heat the oven to 400 degrees, and place a 2-quart baking dish on a rack in the middle of the oven.

Whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk, olive oil, maple syrup and eggs.

Place the cornmeal in a large bowl, and sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix together without overworking.

Remove the baking dish from the oven, and add the butter. When it is melted completely, brush the sides of the pan with the pastry brush; tip the excess melted butter into the batter, and quickly mix it in. Scrape the batter into the hot pan, and return it to the oven. Bake for 35 or 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes before serving. Slather warm pieces with butter, and drizzle them with more maple syrup.

Makes 12 servings.

Recipe adapted from: nytimes.com

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by Caitlin Saniga

Chai spice palmiers

Chai spice palmiers: part pastry, part cookie, part candy, part addiction problem.

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