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This vegetarian and gluten-free recipe was created by Chef Deborah Brunson. It was a fan favorite at a recent Longmont Farmers' Market, so we just had to share it with everyone.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1" cubes, about 4 cups
2 firm pears, peeled and cut into 1" cubes, about 2 cups
1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 cup apple cider
4 cups vegetable stock
½ teaspoons salt
½ cup half and half
1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla paste or extract

Method:

Heat oil in a medium stock pot over low-med heat. Add squash, pear, and onion. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent.
Add cider and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Add broth and simmer on low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, until squash is tender, about 30 minutes.
Carefully transfer hot soup in batches to a blender (or use an immersion blender directly in the stock pot) and puree until smooth. Return to stock pot and add salt. Continue to cook uncovered on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until reduced by about half.
While soup is reducing, warm half and half over low heat just until it steams, being careful not to let it boil. If using a vanilla bean, split and scrape the bean into the half and half. If using vanilla paste or extract, simply add to the half and half as it warms. Stir into reduced soup and adjust seasoning as desired. Serve warm.
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Sweet Health

Ingredients
1-cup orange juice
1-Tbsp. rosemary
1-tsp. vanilla
2-Tbsp. whipped cream
1 slice of orange (garnish)

Method:
Make a warm tea of the orange juice, rosemary and vanilla, then strain. Serve slightly warm with 1-Tbsp. whipped cream blended in, and one on top for garnish with a slice of fresh orange.

History/Lore:
While many people think of rosemary in terms of remembrance, in the Middle Ages it was lauded as having many restorative qualities for health. The high content of Vitamin C in oranges aids this feature.

Alternative:
This is also good cold, served over chipped ice with a mint leaf for extra energy.

from Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions, by Patricia Telasco

Rose Cake

Jun. 27th, 2006 07:30 pm
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1 Tbsp shortening
2 eggs
2 egg whites
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup canola oil or other vegetable oil
1 teaspoon rose water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon soda
2 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
1 Cup buttermilk
8 rose scented geranium leaves Heat oven to 350 F. Generously grease a 8x12 inch pan with shortening and dust with flour. Lightly pound rose geranium leaves between sheets of wax paper and arrange in the bottom of the pan.
In a bowl with an electric mixer or a food processor beat together egg whites and sugar. Continue beating until the sugar dissolves. Beat in the oil, salt, vanilla extract and rose water. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the egg and oil mixture. Mix only until no flour is visible.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown on the top and firm to the touch.Cool for 20 minutes. Turn out of pan. Allow to cool completely on wire rack. Peel off leaves when the cake is completely cool. Decorate according to liking.*original author unknown*

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