Slow Cooker Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam

I wanted to make an appetizer that travels easily so that I could bring it up to an engagement party I was attending on Long Island. Closet Cooking has a fantastic recipe for Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam that sounded perfect. I altered it to make it into a slow cooker recipe because I didn’t have time to keep something on the stove for 1-2 hours (I actually ended up making this overnight) and made it a bit less spicy. The jam can be made well ahead of time which made it perfect for traveling! Ingredients: 1 (16 oz) package uncured center cut bacon 1 large white onion, sliced 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 cup brewed coffee 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup bourbon 1 chipotle chili in adobo, chopped, plus a teaspoon of the adobo sauce 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika ground pepper, to taste

Banana Split Cupcakes

The inspiration for this post is a bit convoluted. I was originally looking for some way to incorporate wet walnuts into a recipe for my dad. My dad is a huge fan of wet walnuts and he just had surgery so I wanted to make him a little pick-me-up treat. Wet walnuts are usually a topping on ice cream so I thought it would be fun to make a spin on a banana split in cupcake form. Later, I found out that Banana Splits do not traditionally even have wet walnuts as a topping. Oh well! I used a banana cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart and filled each cupcake with homemade whipped cream. I then topped 1/3 of the cupcakes with vanilla frosting, 1/3 with strawberry frosting, and 1/3 with chocolate frosting. I topped them all off with sprinkles, wet walnuts, and maraschino cherries! These are sugar overload so despite the photos showing all 3 types, stick to one cupcake at a time INGREDIENTS: Banana Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes): 1 ½ cups cake flour ¾ cups sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter (1 stick) melted 4 ripe bananas, mashed 2 eggs ½ … Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

I personally am not vegan. But as more of my friends dabble in veganism, I have been getting more requests to do some vegan friendly recipes. I’m honestly finding vegan baking to be relatively easy; most of the substitute ingredients are already in my pantry! I received a bag of One Degree Organics Sprouted Spelt Flour along with some vegan baking recipes that sounded really tasty! I have never made a vegan cookie before so I appreciated the nudge towards trying. Sprouted Spelt Flour works generally like normal flour, you just need to adjust your dry-to-wet ingredient ratio (less dry ingredients or more wet ingredients). Sprouted Spelt Flour contains more fiber, vitamins, and essential fatty acids than regular flour so it seems like a generally good switch to make. (I’m not giving up eating cookies, but hey, at least I’ve increased my fiber!)  :)   One Degree Organics prides itself on using only organic foods grown using natural veganic methods for its grains used in its cereal, bread, and flours. The company also does not add any synthetic ingredients and practices sustainable growing methods. One Degree Organics actually includes a QR code and alphanumeric code on each package so that you … Continue reading

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