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TIP OF THE DAY: Fall Mocktail

Two days we presented an extensive drink menu for a Halloween cocktail party. But what do you serve the non-drinkers and the kids?

Fall mocktails, of course. You can find many of them online.

For starters, here’s a recipe full of fall flavor: apple, cinnamon and ginger, courtesy of Reed’s Ginger Brew, which has a portfolio of ginger beers from plain, in different strengths, to cherry and raspberry.

RECIPE: APPLE GINGER MOCKTAIL

Ingredients Per Drink

  • Reed’s Spiced Apple Ginger Brew or other ginger beer
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Optional: splash of grenadine for color
  • Ice cubes
  • Cocktail option: 2 ounces apple schnapps (liqueur), applejack or Calvados (apple brandy)
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    Preparation

    1. FILL a tumbler with ice. Pour in Spiced Apple Ginger Brew and optional alcohol.

    2. STIR with a cinnamon stick and serve.

       

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    Looking delicious: a fall mocktail of ginger beer with apple and cinnamon notes. Photo courtesy Reed’s Ginger Brew.

     

     

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    Reed’s seasonal six-pack. Photo courtesy
    Reed’s Ginger Brew.

     

    WHAT IS GINGER BEER

    Ginger ale is carbonated water simply fllavored with sugar and ginger flavoring. Ginger beer, on the other hand, is brewed for deeper and more complex flavors and a sizzling ginger “burn.”

    The basic recipe combines ginger, sugar, water, lemon or lime juice (for an acidic pH balance) and the ginger beer plant, a fungus that contains specific yeast and bacteria that aid fermentation. Other live cultures can be substituted, including brewers’ or bakers’ yeast, lactic acid bacteria, kefir grains or tibicos, another culture of bacteria and yeasts.

    Brewers can add citrus zest, cayenne pepper and other hot spices, and blend-ins from nettle or dandelion beers.

    After a few days of fermentation, you’ve got ginger beer, effervescent with natural carbon dioxide (as in the fermentation of beer).

    Ginger beer originated in England, where it can be made with an alcohol content of up to 11%, or with no alcohol at all. In the U.S., it is typically found as an alcohol-free soft drink.

     

      

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    RECIPE: Halloween Or Thanksgiving Bundt Cake

    The best seasonal bundt cake is a pumpkin bundt. Here are two versions, one for Halloween and one for Thanksgiving.

    You can use:

  • A special Nordicware pumpkin bundt cake pan
  • A single conventional bundt cake pan (for a shorter cake)
  • Two conventional bundt cakes, to approximate the style of the specialty pumpkin bundt pan (it won’t be quite as round)
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    Next, pick your flavor. While chocolate and lemon poppy cakes are always popular, think seasonally:

  • Apple cake (see yesterday’s recipe for Apple Streusel Bundt Cake
  • Carrot cake
  • Cranberry-orange cake
  • Maple cake
  • Pumpkin cake
  • Sticky toffee cake
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    For Halloween, it’s a pumpkin or a jack-o-lantern. Photo courtesy Nordic Ware.

  • Spice cake (Nordic Ware makes a delicious Caramel Apple Spice Cake mix)
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    If you’re making a two-bundt recipe, with the special pumpkin bundt or a traditional bundt, you can bake two different, complementary flavors (apple and carrot, chocolate and spice cake, for example).

     

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    For Thanksgiving, it’s a pumpkin plucked
    from the pumpkin patch. Photo courtesy
    Nordic Ware.

     

    RECIPE: HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN BUNDT CAKE

    Ingredients

  • 2 bundt cakes (1 if you want the “short version”)
  • Vanilla frosting, tinted orange (here’s a buttercream frosting recipe, or use royal icing or other favorite, such as caramel frosting [recipe below])
  • Vanilla frosting, tinted green
  • Ice cream cone for stem
  • Optional: black icing or cake decorating gel for jack o’lantern face.
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    Preparation

    1. BAKE the bundt(s) from your favorite recipe or a cake mix. Cool.

    2. MAKE or buy vanilla frosting. Reserve 1/4 to tint green; tint 3/4 of the batch orange with food color. Mix equal parts of yellow and red food coloring to make orange. For a darker blood orange, add more red. For a lighter pumpkin orange, use more yellow.

     

    3. ASSEMBLE. Add a light layer of frosting in-between the bundts to hold them together. Don’t extend to the edge of the bundts; the frosting should not be seen from the outside. Insert the cone as the stem. If you like, you can fully frost the cake and draw a jack o’lantern face on the side of the Halloween bundt. For the Thanksgiving version, pipe some green leaves and tendrils instead.
     
    RECIPE: CARAMEL FROSTING

    This recipe was adapted from one we found in Southern Living (September 2005). You can make a plain caramel frosting, or add pecans and/or coconut.

    Ingredients

  • 2 cans (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1-1/2 cups chopped, toasted pecans
  • Optional: 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE all ingredients in a 3-quart saucepan. Stir and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring continuously, for 3 to 5 minutes or until the mixture reaches a pudding-like thickness.

    2. ADD optional ingredients: pecans and coconut. Remove from heat. Let cool and frost the cake as shown in the photos above.

      

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    RECIPE: Apple Streusel Bundt Cake

    Remember the Tunnel Of Fudge Cake, a chocolate bundt cake with an inner circle of chocolate pudding? Here’s a sophisticated version for fall: a bundt with a circle of apple streusel.

    Celebrate fall’s apple harvest with this recipe from Zulka, a family-owned business that makes premium sugar.

    RECIPE: APPLE STREUSEL BUNDT CAKE

    Ingredients For The Cake

  • 4 large eggs
  • 10 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
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    An apple streusel-filled bundt cake, perfect for fall feasting. Photo courtesy Zulka.

     

    Ingredients For The Apple Streusel

  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups apples*, peeled and diced
  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped
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    Ingredients For The Icing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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    *Best apples for this recipe: Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Mutsu, Pink Lady.

     

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    The apple streusel inside. Photo courtesy
    Zulka.

     

    Preparation

    1. MAKE the apple streusel. Combine 1½ cups brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 2 tablespoons flour and 6 tablespoons butter in a medium bowl, and stir until the butter is evenly mixed in. Add the apples and pecans and stir well. Keep chilled until ready to use.

    2. PREHEAT the oven to 325°F. Butter a 12-cup bundt pan and coat with flour, tapping the sides to shake out excess flour.

    3. MAKE the cake. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl, then add the yogurt, apple sauce and 1½ teaspoons vanilla. Mix well and set aside.

    4. COMBINE the remaining 3 cups flour, 2 cups brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Mix on low speed until just combined. Add 2 sticks of butter one tablespoon at a time, and mix on low until well combined. Add half of the egg mixture and beat on low. Add the remaining mixture and raise speed to medium and mix for 30 seconds.

    5. POUR half of the batter into the bundt pan, spreading evenly. Spoon the apple streusel filling in the middle of the batter, making sure none reaches the edge of the pan; gently press into the batter. Top with the remaining batter and carefully spread so that no streusel is showing.

     
    6. BAKE for 40-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then flip onto a cake plate or serving platter and carefully remove the bundt pan. Let cool completely before icing.

    7. MAKE the icing: Combine the cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, 1½ cups powdered sugar, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix well with an electric mixer. Drizzle or pour over the top of the cake.
     
    THE HISTORY OF THE BUNDT CAKE

    The bundt pan was created in 1950 by H. David Dahlquist, the founder of Minneapolis-based Nordic Ware, a manufacturer of kitchenware products. He did so at the request of Rose Joshua and Fannie Schanfield, members of the Minneapolis chapter of Hadassah, a Jewish women’s service organization.

    According to an article in the Fall 2005 issue of Generations, the newsletter of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, Fannie remembers a Hadassah luncheon when Rose lamented the quality of light and fluffy American-style cakes, and longed for the rich, dense cakes of her European childhood. These, however, required a special type of of pan—one with a hole in the center that allowed heat to penetrate heavy cake batter from all sides. With this type of form, a heavier batter could be baked without leaving under-baked dough in the center.

    Fannie’s husband arranged a meeting with Dahlquist, and Rose joined her to show Rose’s mother’s ceramic kugelhopf cake pan. This became the prototype for the Bundt pan.

    Dahlquist modified the design by introducing folds in the fluted edges, and fashioned the pan out of aluminum. Some months later, a dozen Nordic Ware factory “seconds” were delivered to Hadassah member Mary Juster’s home, and Hadassah sold the pans to members for $4.00 each.
     
    How The Bundt Got Its Name

    The way the story is told, the name bundt comes from the German word bund, which means “community” or “a gathering of people”; and that Dahlquist just added the letter “t” to the end and trademarked the word.

    However, there is a citation for a “bundt form” as early as the 1903 edition of the famous Milwaukee Settlement Cookbook†, 63 years before Dahlquist filed for his trademark on March 24, 1966. One can surmise that the Jewish women of Milwaukee had the cookbook and asked for a bundt pan. Still, Dahlquist was granted the patent.

    In 1960, the Good Housekeeping Cookbook showed a pound cake baked in a Bundt pan; that feature turned the Bundt into the number-one selling cake pan in America. But it was the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off, where the Tunnel of Fudge Cake recipe baked in a Bundt won second place, that launched the Bundt trend.
     
    †In the 1903 Milwaukee Settlement Cookbook, “Bundt form” is found on page 319 in the following text (under BUNDT KUCHEN, No. 2): “Grease Bundt form (a heavy round fluted pan with tube in center) well, and flour lightly. Cream butter and sugar well, add beaten yolks and beat, then the raised mixture and the rest of the flour, and lastly the beaten whites. Pour in pan, let rise until very light, and bake until well done and brown in a moderately hot oven, about forty-five minutes.” (Read details of the Settlement Cookbook source material). The Settlement Cookbook, first published in 1901 in Milwaukee to raise funds for the Settlement House for immigrants, is considered to be the most successful fund-raising cookbook in American history. It is still in print; the 1976 edition was named to the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Make Easy Tuna Tartare & Steak Tartare

    If you‘re looking for a fine-dining restaurant in the heart of South Beach or in Cleveland, check out Red, The Steakhouse. The menu is loaded with steakhouse specialties (look here if you want to develop an appetite).

    They kindly shared their recipes for Tuna Tartare and Steak Tartare with us. These are two dishes we adore, and don’t get often enough. Yet, they’re easy to make at home, using top-quality proteins. The only challenge is cutting the tuna or steak into small enough pieces.

    So if you enjoy making small dice and love a good tartare, get the proteins, sharpen the knife, and get going!
     
    RECIPE: TUNA TARTARE

    Ingredients Per Appetizer Serving

  • 4 ounces sushi grade tuna
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional garnish: fried plantain chips
  • Crostini or gourmet potato chips
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    Tuna tartare, one of our favorite foods. Photo
    courtesy Red, The Steakhouse.

     

    RECIPE: TUNA TARTARE VINAIGRETTE

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon mirin
  • 1/4 cup fresno chiles (substitute jalapeño or serrano chiles)
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
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    Preparation

    1. MAKE the vinaigrette. Finely chop the shallots and season them with the kosher salt. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, saving the extra-virgin olive oil for last. Set the mixture aside.

    2. CHOP the tuna with a sharp knife into very small pieces. Place in a small bowl and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

    3. ADD 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette and mix until it is evenly combined with the tuna.

    4. PLATE as desired into individual servings or a single serving plate. Serve with crostini, gourmet potato or plantain chips.

     

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    Steak tartare, so easy to make at home. Photo courtesy Red, The Steakhouse.

     

    RECIPE: STEAK TARTARE

    Ingredients For 1 Appetizer Serving

  • 4 ounces prime tenderloin
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
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    RECIPE: STEAK TARTARE VINAIGRETTE

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped capers
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
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    Preparation

    1. MAKE the vinaigrette. Finely chop the shallots and season with the kosher salt. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, saving the olive oil for last. Set the mixture aside.

    2. CHOP the tenderloin with a sharp knife into very small pieces. Place in a small bowl and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    3. ADD 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette and mix until evenly combined with the tenderloin.

    4. SERVE with crostini.

      

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    HALLOWEEN: Caramel Apple Cheesecake

    Just in time for Halloween, we received this recipe from GoBoldWithButter.com. Instead of biting into a hard candy apple, this Candy Apple Cheesecake melts in your mouth.

    Plan ahead: You need to make the cheesecake a day in advance. The caramel sauce can be made a week in advance.

    Says blogger Bree Hester of Baked Bree, who created the recipe: “Every year I make a ‘Welcome Fall’ dinner that involves roast pork, mashed potatoes, braised red cabbage and caramel apple cheesecake. It is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of dinner, one we look forward to all year long.

    “This recipe might seem a little on the complicated side, but you can make most of the components ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you need them. I guarantee that your guests will be blown away. I know this because I get lots of oohs and ahhs when this baby hits the table.”

    See more of Bree’s wonderful recipes at BakedBree.com.

    RECIPE: CARAMEL APPLE CHEESECAKE

    Ingredients For Cheesecake

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 container (16 ounces) sour cream
  • Zest from one orange
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs
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    It’s the season for Caramel Apple Cheesecake. Photo courtesy Baked Bree | Go Bold With Butter.

     

    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Butter a 10-inch springform pan. Wrap the pan in aluminum foil.

    2. ADD the graham cracker crumbs, butter and pecans to a food processor, and pulse until well combined. Press into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then cool completely.

    3. MIX the cream cheese, sugar and cornstarch in a food processor or with an electric mixer, until completely smooth. Add the sour cream, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, until everything is incorporated and completely smooth.

    4. POUR the filling into the cooled crust. Make a bain-marie: Place the springform pan in a large roasting pan and pour boiled water halfway up the sides. Cover the roasting pan loosely with foil. Bake 1 hour 45 minutes, or until the edges are set and the middle still has some jiggle. Check the pan about halfway through and add more water as needed.

    5. TRANSFER the pan to a cooling rack and cool completely. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.

     

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    Fuji apples. Photo courtesy The Fruit
    Company.

     

    Ingredients For The Brandy Caramel Sauce

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional: 1 vanilla bean, seeded and scraped
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    Preparation

    1. SIMMER the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Keep warm.

    2. PLACE the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; do not stir. Swirl the pan occasionally, until the sugar turns a golden amber color, about 8 to 10 minutes. When the sugar has reached desired color…

    3. SLOWLY WHISK the cream into mixture until smooth. Remove from the heat and add the brandy, sea salt and vanilla bean. Pour into an airtight container. The caramel will keep in the fridge for one week. Reheat gently if it hardens.

     

    Ingredients For The Apple Mixture

  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeded and scraped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Peel from one lemon
  • 3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 Fuji apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup brandy
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    Preparation

    1. BRING the apple juice, sugar and vanilla bean to a boil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup.

    2. STIR in the butter. Add the apple slices and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the brandy and cook until the sauce reduces in half again. Let cool slightly before adding to cheesecake.
     
    TO ASSEMBLE

    1. UMNOLD the cheesecake from springform pan.

    2. POUR the caramel sauce on top of cheesecake. Top with the apples and serve.

      

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    RECIPE: Triple Peanut Butter Cookies

    Back to school time always makes us think of our Nana’s peanut butter cookies. Nana was a traditionalist—just peanut butter and chopped peanuts. But for an extra bit of fun, add peanut butter baking chips, which are the third peanut component in these triple peanut butter cookies from Zulka Morena.

    Variations: Substitute toffee chips, chocolate chips or white chocolate chips for the peanut butter chips. Or, amp up the peanut profile with flavored peanuts (Planter’s, for example, makes Chipotle Peanuts, Cocoa Peanuts, Salted Caramel Peanuts and Smoked Peanuts). You can also add raisins or dried cherries or cranberries (we’re keen on the dried cherries).

    For Halloween, add a bit of candy corn!

    You won’t have a triple PB cookie, but you will have something equally delicious.

    RECIPE: TRIPLE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

    Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 sticks butter, salted or unsalted
  • 1 cup organic creamy peanut butter (no added oil)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup table sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
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    Snack time! Photo courtesy Zulka.

     

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    From a family-owned company that does
    things the right way. Photo courtesy Zulka.

     

    Preparation

    1. WHISK together the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

    2. COMBINE the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 15 second intervals until melted. Add the vanilla extract and stir until combined and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

    3. BEAT the eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer until pale and slightly thickened. Add the sugars and mix well. Pour the peanut butter mixture in and mix well, scraping down the sides when necessary.

    4. ADD the flour mixture and mix on low until combined. Add the one tablespoon of milk and mix again. Add the peanuts and peanut butter chips and stir by hand until combined. Chill the dough at least one hour, up to overnight before baking. When ready to bake…

    5. PREHEAT the oven to 325°F. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone bake mats. Scoop out rounded heaping tablespoon and a half sized dough balls and place on the cookie sheets about 2” apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Do not over bake.

    6. COOL on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

     

    ABOUT ZULKA

    More than 100 years ago, the Zulka family built mills among the lush sugar fields of Mexico, in a tropical area ideal for sugar cane farming. They remain a family-run company, continually investing and modernizing so that these same facilities can process more than six million tons of fresh-cut sugarcane each year.

    All of the sugar cane they process comes from local small family farms, owned by hard-working people who are dedicated to producing top quality sugar cane. “We are proud of our workers, partners, and product,” says Zulka.

    With most sugar coming from enormous, soul-less companies, it’s a great mission to support. Check the store locator to see where you can buy Zulka products.

    You can also find it on Amazon.com in white sugar, brown sugar and individual white sugar packets.

    The company will soon be introducing powdered sugar and chili sugar, with a touch of chili spice.

    Find more delicious recipes on Zulka.com.

      

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    RECIPE: Apple “Jell-O” With Caramel Crème Fraîche

    For sophisticated palates, here’s a riff on the Halloween caramel apple: apple gelatin with a cloak of caramel crème fraîche.

    It’s from CookTheStory.com, the website of Christine Pittman, a recipe developer and photographer. Check out the website for more delicious recipes.

    “For this recipe,” says Christine, “you combine apple juice and gelatin and then divide it among small jars before putting it in the fridge to set. Then you mix crème fraîche with caramel sauce and whipped cream and slip it on top of the jello. There’s a layer of nuts and caramel between the jello and the crème fraîche. Oh my!”

    Note that while many people use the term Jell-O generically, it is a trademark of Kraft Foods, and refers only to the Jell-O brand. Everything else is properly called gelatin.

    RECIPE: HOMEMADE APPLE GELATIN WITH CARAMEL CRÈME FRAÎCHE

    Prep time is 25 minutes. The recipe can be made up to two days in advance.

    Ingredients For 8 Servings

  • 4 cups apple juice, divided
  • 3 packets (0.25 ounce each) gelatin powder (2.5 tablespoons powder)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1½ cups caramel sauce, divided
  • 8 ounces crème fraîche (store-bought or homemade)
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    Photo courtesy CookTheStory.com.

  • 1¾ cup whipped cream (store-bought or homemade from 1 cup whipping cream)
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    Preparation

    1. POUR 3 cups of the juice into a medium sauce pan. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile…

    2. POUR the remaining cup of cold apple juice into a large bowl. Sprinkle the cold juice with the gelatin powder. Let stand for 1 minute. Add the boiling juice to the cold juice. Stir continuously for 3 minutes and then stir in the maple syrup or honey.

    3. DIVIDE the apple juice mixture among 8 jars, glasses or dessert bowls with an 8-10 ounce capacity. Refrigerate until set, about 3-4 hours. Once the jelly has set…

    4. COMBINE the walnuts with the cinnamon and ¾ cup of the caramel sauce. Divide evenly among the 8 containers. (Up until this point the recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep the containers refrigerated). When ready to serve…

    5. MIX the remaining ¾ cup caramel sauce with the crème fraîche in a large bowl. Add about 1/3 of the whipped cream and stir it gently. Add the remaining whipped cream and gently fold it in just until it is combined (it’s alright if there are ribbons of caramel color through the cream). Divide the caramel cream among the containers.

     

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    Crème fraîche. Photo courtesy Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery.

     

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CRÈME FRAÎCHE & SOUR CREAM

    These two fresh dairy products are similar, and sometimes can be substituted for each other.

    Sour cream is:

  • Tangier than sour cream.
  • Made by thickening cream with lactic acid cultures.
  • Has a fat content of about 20%, and more protein—which is why heating it results in curdling.
  • Can include stabilizers and thickeners, such as gelatin, rennin (a protein-digesting enzyme that curdles milk) and vegetable enzymes.
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    Crème fraîche is:

  • Thicker and richer than sour cream, with a fat content of about 30%.
  • Made traditionally made (in France) from unpasteurized cream that naturally contained the right bacteria to thicken it. In the U.S., which has pasteurized cream, crème fraîche is made by adding the bacteria with other fermenting agents.
  • Does not contain added stabilizers or thickeners.
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    THE HISTORY OF JELL-O

    Gelatin (also spelled gelatine) has been made since ancient times by boiling animal and fish bones; aspic, a savory, gelatin-like food made from meat or fish stock, was a French specialty centuries before the day of commercial gelatin, and was very difficult to prepare, relying only on the natural gelatin found in the meat to make the aspic set.

    Powdered gelatin was invented in 1682 by Denis Papin. The concept of cooking it with sugar to make dessert dates to 1845 and an American inventor named Peter Cooper. Cooper patented a product that was set with gelatin, but it didn’t take off.

    In 1897, Pearle Wait, a carpenter in Le Roy, New York (Genesee County), experimented with gelatin and developed a fruit flavored dessert which his wife, May, named Jell-O. The first four flavors were orange, lemon, strawberry and raspberry.

    He tried to market his product but lacked the capital and experience, and in 1899 sold his formula to a fellow townsman and manufacturer of proprietary medicines, Orator Frank Woodward, for $450. Jell-O was manufactured by Andrew Samuel Nico of Lyons, New York.

    Alas, sales were slow and one day, Wait sold Sam Nico the business for $35. In 1900, the Genesee Pure Food Company promoted Jell-O in a successful advertising and by 1902 sales were $250,000. In 1923 management created the Jell-O Company, Inc., which replaced the Genesee Pure Foods Company, the purpose of which was to protect the Jell-O trade name and to keep it from becoming a generic term.

    That same year, the Jell-O Company was sold to the Postum Cereal Company, the first subsidiary of a large merger that would eventually become General Foods Corporation. Lime Jell-O was introduced in 1930.

    Today Jell-O is manufactured by Kraft Foods, a subsidiary of Phillip Morris, which also acquired both Kraft and General Foods in the 1980s and ultimately merged the two companies. There is a Jell-O Museum in Le Roy, New York.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Easy Homemade Bibimbap

    One of our favorite Korean dishes is bibimbap (pronounced BEE-bim-bop), a comfort food recipe that’s easily customizable to your tastes. It combines rice, protein, fresh vegetables and spicy Korean barbeque sauce.

    The dish is traditionally made, mixed and served in a Korean stone bowl (also called hotstone or dolsot). You can use a regular skillet and a dinner plate.

    With a stone bowl, the rice on the bottom becomes extra crisp and crusty and is considered a bonus, like the socarrat on the bottom of paella pans.

    Already low in calories and healthful, if you substitute a [nontraditional] whole grain for the white rice, it becomes a very nutritious dish. Consider black, brown or red rice, or barley (bap is the Korean word for cooked rice). Quinoa fans: Go for it!

    Below are five easy steps to making bibimbap at home from Bibigo, maker of Korean pantry products.

    RECIPE: HOMEMADE BIBIMBAP

    Ingredients

       

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    Bibimbap served in a traditional stone bowl. Photo courtesy Barnjoo Restaurant | NYC.

  • Cooked rice—your choice of type, including steamed sticky rice
  • Cooked protein(s) of choice: bulgogi beef*, chicken teriyaki, chicken breast, ground beef, seafood, spicy pork or tofu, cooked in marinade (see Step 2 of recipe below)
  • Egg, cooked sunny-side up
  • Vegetables of choice: lightly-cooked carrots, mushrooms, onions, spinach or other favorites
  • Sauce: gochujang (see below) or other traditional sauce (Bibigo makes Hot & Spicy Bulgogi, kohot, ssam sauce, and citron soy)
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    *Bulgogi is thinly sliced, marinated and grilled beef. The word literally means “fire meat” in Korean.
     
    Condiments

  • Gochujang paste (see below), available at Asian markets or online
  • Kimchi
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    Optional Garnishes

  • Nori (dried seaweed sheets, or laver, used to make sushi rolls)
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Sliced green onions (scallions)
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    ABOUT GOCHUJANG PASTE

    Gochujang (pronounced ko-chu-JONG, also translated as kochujang) is a Korean hot chile pepper paste, spicy, but not too hot. It is made from glutinous (sticky) rice, red chiles, fermented soy beans and salt.

    Gochujang is one of the three indispensable condiments in Korean households, along with doenjang, bean paste, and ganjang, Korean soy sauce.

    The popular condiment is used in bibimbap as well as in bulgogi (barbecued meat wrapped in lettuce leaves), tteokbokki (a snack food made from soft rice cake and fish cake), and in salads, stews, soups and marinated meat dishes.

    You can also spread it on burgers and sandwiches for some fusion flare, use it as a breakfast condiment with eggs or hash browns, or mix it with soy sauce, rice wine and a bit of brown sugar to make a delicious dipping sauce.

     

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    Bibimbap served on a regular dinner plate.
    Photo courtesy Bibigo.

     

    RECIPE: BIBIMBAP

    This dish is primed for “freestyling.” You can add whatever ingredients appeal to you, from edamame to rice noodles, to create your own signature bibimbap.

    Ingredients For 2 Servings

  • 2 cups steamed medium-grain rice, rice of choice, or other grain
  • 2 cups mixed raw vegetables: bean sprouts, julienned or sliced carrot, cucumber, radish, zucchini, etc.—or—1 cup raw vegetables and 1 cup cooked vegetables, such as bok choy, mushrooms or spinach
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced (about 3 large cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces cooked protein
  • 3 tablespoons gochujang sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • Garnish: julienned nori (seaweed sheets), kimchi, sliced green onion (scallions), toasted sesame seeds
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    Preparation

    1. DIVIDE the rice and vegetables between two serving bowls; set aside.

    2. MAKE the marinade: Combine soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and pepper in a mixing bowl.

    3. COMBINE the marinade and protein in a skillet over medium-high heat, and stir frequently until just cooked through.

    4. TOP the rice with the cooked protein, reserving the cooking juices. Mix the juices with the gochujang sauce.

    5. FRY the eggs sunny-side up and place one on top of each rice bowl. Garnish to taste and serve with gochujang sauce.

      

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    RECIPE: Goat Curry

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    Goat curry with naan, Indian flatbread.
    Photo courtesy AG Local.

     

    Got your goat?

    AgLocal has it! The e-tailer sources its meats from family farms that treat their animals well. The goal: a marketplace where consumers can easily purchase high quality meats while actively supporting the development of sustainable, regional farms. Learn more at AgLocal.com.

    And here’s some news: Goat is the most widely consumed protein in the world. It is also one of the most sustainable animals to raise, eating mostly brush and weeds.

    Yet, while Americans love goat cheese and other goat milk-based dairy products, we rarely eat goat meat. In fact, it’s hard to find outside of international markets and butchers. Even the Italian restaurants of our youth that had goat on the menu have it no more. Where has all the goat meat gone?

    This recipe, adapted by the AgLocal Test Kitchen from the August 2012 issue of Good Food Magazine, is an easy way to introduce goat into your cooking repertoire.

     
    RECIPE: GOAT CURRY

    Ingredients For 4-6 Servings

  • 1 pound goat stew meat
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2-3 jalapeño chiles
  • Optional: small handful curry leaves
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 4 tablespoons mild curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 can (15-ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 can (15-ounces) pinto beans
  • 1-2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1-2 lemons, juiced
  • Small bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • Naan and/or rice for serving
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    Preparation

    1. PLACE the onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor and purée. Heat oil in a Dutch oven and add the onion mixture. Cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the peppers, curry leaves, thyme, curry powder and 2 teaspoons salt and cook for 2 minutes more until fragrant.

    2. ADD the goat meat and cook for 5 minutes until sides are browned. Add the tomatoes and stock and season with salt and pepper to taste. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and leave to simmer for 2 hours.

    3. UNCOVER and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Add the beans to heat through. Slowly whisk in lemon juice and yogurt. Taste and add more yogurt and lemon juice to cut through spice if needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

     
      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Make Cinnamon Apple Chips

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    Make delicious apple chips. Photo by Hannah
    Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

     

    We love apple chips, a better-for-you sweet snack. We’re big fans of the Bare Fruit brand, which we buy online in both single serve and family size bags. The apples they use are so sweet that there’s no added sugar.

    When we’re out of Bare Fruit apple chips, we make our own with this easy recipe from Zulka Morena sugar. If you’re cutting back on sugar calories, you can make half with sugar, half without, and combine them; Splenda fans can try the noncaloric sweetener.

    RECIPE: CINNAMON APPLE CHIPS

    Ingredients

  • 3-4 apples, sweetest variety
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT oven to 225°F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and set aside.

    2. REMOVE the apple cores with an apple corer. Use a sharp knife or mandolin slicer to thinly slice the apples into rings.

     
    3. PLACE the slices next to each other on the trays (they can overlap a bit). Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the apples.

    4. PLACE the sheets on the oven racks and bake for one hour. Remove each tray of apple slices, flip the slices and return the tray to a different oven rack than before to ensure even baking.

    5. BAKE for one more hour. Turn off the oven, leaving the apple chips inside for another 2-3 hours or until dried out. Store the chips in an airtight container for up to one week.
     
    Find more delicious recipes at Zulka.com.

     
      

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