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Sugar and Spice Pecans

Recipe Source: Daisy

Ingredients:

1/2 lb pecan halves
1 cup sugar
1//2 cup water
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Directions:

Heat nuts to 250 degrees for 15 minutes. Cook sugar, water, salt and spices to soft ball stage. Do not stir.

Stir in nuts until creamy and thoroughly coated. Immediately pour pecans on waxed paper and separate nuts as they cool.

Laurie Colwin’s Gingerbread

Recipe Source: Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin, care of Marisa McClellan of Slashfood.com

Directions: (all parenthetical notes belong to Colwin)

1. Cream one stick of sweet butter with 1/2 cup of light or dark brown sugar. Beat until fluffy and add 1/2 cup of molasses.
2. Beat in two eggs.
3. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and one very generous tablespoon of ground ginger (this can be adjusted to taste, but I like it very gingery). Add one teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves and 1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice.
4. Add two teaspoons of lemon brandy. If you don’t have any, use plain vanilla extract. Lemon extract will not do. Then add 1/2 cup of buttermilk (or milk with a little yogurt beaten into it) and turn batter into a buttered tin.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for between twenty and thirty minutes (check after twenty minutes have passed). Test with a broom straw and cool on a rack.

Marisa’s notes:

I used a fairly shallow 9 inch round cake pan and had a mess all over my oven. I think next time, I will use a deeper, square 9 x 9 pan. Also, in my oven, which runs fairly true to temperature, this cake took nearly an hour to bake. I don’t know if that had something to do with my choice in baking vessel, but don’t be discouraged if it takes far longer than her instructions indicate.

Michael’s Favorite Brownies

Recipe Source: andreasrecipes.com

Ingredients:

3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup melted butter, divided
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts or dark chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

In the mixing bowl, combine cocoa and baking soda. Add 1/3 cup melted butter and the boiling water and stir on low until the mixture thickens.

Stir in sugar, eggs, and remaining 1/3 cup melter butter. Mix until smooth.

Add the flour, vanilla, and salt, and mix completely. Stir in nuts or chips, if desired.

Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies pull away from the sides of the pan, but watch them carefully after 30 minutes to make sure they don’t over bake. Cool completely in the pan. Cut into bars.

Variations:

To spice up the brownies, add one of the following to the dry ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons espresso powder (or good instant coffee, ground with a mortar & pestle)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne

Quick Chocolate-Cinnamon Mousse with Cherries

Recipe Source: Dave Lieberman, from the June 2007 issue of Bon Appetit

Cherries:

8 ounces fresh Bing cherries, pitted
1/3 cup black cherry preserves or other cherry preserves
1/3 cup ruby Port or cherry juice

Mousse:

1 1/4 cups chilled heavy whipping cream, divided
1/8 teaspoon (generous) ground cinnamon
4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

For cherries:

Combine cherries, cherry preserves, and Port in heavy small saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and boil until juices thicken to syrup consistency, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to small bowl and chill until cold, about 3 hours. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.

For mousse:

Combine 1/4 cup cream and cinnamon in small saucepan; bring to boil. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Transfer chocolate mixture to large bowl. Using electric mixer, beat remaining 1 cup cream in medium bowl until soft peaks form. Fold 1/4 of whipped cream into lukewarm chocolate mixture. Fold remaining whipped cream into chocolate mixture in 3 additions just until incorporated. Divide mousse among 4 glasses or bowls. Chill until set, about 4 hours. DO AHEAD. Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; keep chilled.

Spoon cherries with syrup atop mousse and serve.

Apple Pie Sparkler

Recipe Source: Bert’s Kitchen Witch / recipezaar.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 3 min prep

Ingredients:

2 ounces rum (Apple-flavored, I used Bacardi Big Apple, but any Apple Vodka would work!)
1/2 ounce cinnamon schnapps (Any kind would do but I used Hot Damn)
6 ounces ginger ale

Directions:

Fill a tall “High Ball” glass with ice, and pour over the Apple Rum. Pour over the Cinnamon Schnapps. Top off with Ginger Ale.

Stir all together, and enjoy.

Mary Anne’s Moist and Nutty Carrot Loaf

Recipe Source: P.Weiss

Prep/Cooking Time: 1 Hr

Ingredients:

3 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 carrots
1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
6 eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.

Sift together baking soda, salt, spices, and flour.

In a large bowl, combine ground carrots, pineapple, oil, and sugar. Mix in eggs. Blend flour mixture into carrot mixture. Mix well. Fold nuts and raisins into batter. Pour into prepared pans.

Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean.

Island Chicken

Recipe Source: drgourmet.com

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. ground ginger
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. ground nutmeg
6 – 4 ounce chicken breasts (skinless and boneless)

Directions:

Mix the ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl and add the chicken breasts tossing to coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Preheat the grill or broiler.

Grill or broil for about 8 minutes on one side and 4 – 8 minutes on the other. The meat should be firm when pressed in the center (check that the internal temperature is at least 170°F).

Cincinnati Chili

Recipe Source: Jean Kressy, “Relish the American Table,” February 19, 2006 (relishmag.com)

Ingredients:

3/4 pound ground lean beef
1 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 (15-ounce) can lower-sodium tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper, or to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
6 ounces uncooked spaghetti, cooked according to package directions (3 cups cooked)
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, heated
Chopped onion
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:

Crumble beef into a large nonstick skillet and cook over medium-high heat. Add diced onion; cook, mixing with a large spoon to break up meat, until beef is browned. Add garlic, tomato sauce, water, cocoa, chili powder, salt, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, red pepper and vinegar. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and simmer slowly, uncovered, 1 hour.

Stir occasionally and add more water as necessary to make consistency of a meat sauce.

Spoon sauce over cooked spaghetti, top with beans, onion and cheese. Serve with oyster crackers.

Serves 4.

Hot Mulled Cider

Recipe Source: Slow Cooker Recipes

Ingredients:

1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. whole allspice
1 tsp. whole cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash of ground nutmeg
3 inches stick cinnamon
2 qt. apple juice
Orange slices

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together. Heat and serve in crockpot.

Sugar and Spice Muffins

Recipe Source: Verona / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 35 Min

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 12 muffin cups.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together oil, 3/4 cup sugar, egg and milk. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture, just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

While muffins are baking, mix together 3/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. While muffins are still hot, dip tops in melted butter and then in cinnamon sugar mixture.

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