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Charred Orange & Vanilla Vinagrette

Vanilla isn’t just for desserts! This fragrant spice lends itself for many applications and works well with almost all the seasonal ingredients. The charred orange adds just the right level of acid to the natural sweetness of the vanilla, which helps to balance out the dressing. This dressing is the perfect topping to a mixed greens salad with spiced pumpkin, dried cranberries, goat cheese, crispy bacon, and toasted walnuts. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the flavors of the season in a healthier way. What you’ll need: 3 vanilla beans, seeds scrapped 2 oranges, cut in half 1/3 cup of roasted garlic 1/4 cup of sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp thyme leaves 1 cup apple cider vinegar 2 cups walnut oil(substitute with blended oil if you can’t get walnut) Combine the vanilla bean seeds, roasted garlic, sugar, extract, and thyme in a blender, set aside. Get a dry sauté pan nice and hot and place the halved oranges face down on the hot surface. It’s going to sizzle, don’t be scared, let the pulp …

5 Holiday Drinks to Wow Your Guests

Keeping your guests happy isn’t an impossible feat; set a festive mood, feed them, and keep the libations coming. But if you want to raise the bar from keeping them happy to making your party a force to be reckoned with, you need to go above and beyond. Nothing will keep your guests talking like a delicious signature drink with the flavors of the season! Here’s our list for must try cocktails! Hot Buttered Rum This one is a classic, there’s nothing like a buttered rum to warm your soul. Not to mention is can be frozen to drink all winter long! White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Martini The sophistication of a martini with all the childhood fun of the candy cane! It even includes a recipe for homemade white chocolate liqueur(a great gift) or you can substitute with the ready made Godiva version. Snickerdoodle Martini Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies, and this easy to make cocktail has all the flavors accounted for…how cute are the cinnamon-sugar glass rims? Warm Apple Pie Cocktail Who …

Festive Autumn Sangria

By the time Fall rolls around most of you are spent from long summer days in the sun, living in Miami I know the feeling all too well, you just want to relax and cozy up. Well here, by the equator, if you cozy up too much you could suffer from heat stroke…So, I’m cheering in the holidays with a different kind of chill…A CHILLED SANGRIA! This Sangria is perfect for any celebration at the end of the year, making use of hearty seasonal fruits and spices that make you feel “holiday cozy” without breaking a sweat! Here’s what you’ll need: 1 red apple, thinly sliced 2 pears, thinly sliced 2 oranges, thinly sliced 1 pomegranate, seeds only 4 cinnamon sticks 3 star anise a pinch of vanilla extract 2 tbsp. of sugar 3 cups of any peach blend juice 1 bottle of white wine, I used pinot a 6-pack of Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider 1 cup pumpkin spice liqueur Once all your fruit is cut, find a nice pitcher or punch bowl, and add all the …