I tried to focus on recipes this month that you could use for the holidays and entertaining
Marcia Taylor's Mulled Cider
2 32 oz bottles of TaylOrganic Muscaberry Blue juice, or other naturally sweet juice or cider
(alternatively, use equivalent amount of Cabernet Sauvignon plus ½ cup brown sugar).
About 20 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
Spices (adjust to taste):
½ tsp of allspice
½ tsp of nutmeg
Cut the orange and lemon into quarters or smaller slices. Snap cinnamon sticks in half.
With a sharp, pointy knife or other pointy instrument, cut tiny holes in the outside of the fruit, and insert one clove in each hole. About 20 pieces of clove per entire fruit should be enough. It may be easier to strip a little bit of the rind from the fruit before attempting to push the cloves into them.
Place all ingredients in a crockpot and stir well, until spices are well blended. Heat at High for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, before serving. If you do not have a crockpot, it is fine to make this in a pot on the stove, but do not let the mixture boil.
You may wish to strain the fruit, cloves, and cinnamon sticks from the pot before serving.
Serve warm, if possible with a cinnamon stick in the mug.
Recipe copyright Marcia Taylor
Spread or Bruschetta
Here's the recipe: get a nice wedge of blue cheese, pour some TaylOrganic Sweet Georgia Gold honey over it, sprinkle it with chopped pecans or chopped walnuts and devour it. Use crackers or baguettes. It really doesn't matter one bit because they are just vehicles to get more of this wonderful concoction into your mouth. If you have never put honey with blue cheese, I hope you are as pleasantly surprised as I was. It is wonderful. You can substitute the honey with fig preserves also. Another twist is to bake it with the honey on slices of baguettes to have a wonderful bruschetta. Enjoy!
We still have a few jars of our Alon's Bakery Fig Banana Preserves available you could use to make this an extra special dish!
Pears with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto
2 pears (such as Bosc or Bartlett), each cored and sliced into 8 wedges
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 ounces blue cheese cut into small pieces
6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto cut in half lengthwise
1 cup Arugula
Dried Cranberries if desired
Roll up an Arugula leaf, a piece of pear, and a piece of cheese in the prosciutto.
My Variation on this recipe is to add a dried cranberry into the rolling process.
1 Package for frozen premade meatballs or use your favorite homemade recipe
1 Jar of TaylOrganic Pepper Jelly any variety
1 Bottle of Chili Sauce
Couple splashes of TaylOrganic Habanero or TaylOrganic Select Hot Sauce if desired heat is needed
Add all above ingredients to a crock pot mix and let simmer for a couple of hours. The longer they simmer the more favorable they become.
Value Added Product Ideas for the Holidays
Don't forget about our many Value Added products that can be used for entertaining or even better given as gifts for the hostess at your next holiday party.
Pepper Jellies and Country Tomato jam can be poured over cream cheese and garnished and served with crackers for a great spread.
Any of the blueberry ciders and be mixed with Vodka and add fresh basil for an unusual holiday beverage.
TaylOrganic Bloody Mary Mix is easy and great with the Hot Pickled Okra or Dilly Beans ad a garnish.
Open and enjoy any of our salsas, relishes, pickled items for a fast savory experience at any party.
Make miniature pancakes or hoe cakes and serve with our blueberry salsa or syrup or serve with a nice shortbread cookie.
Pour our strawberry preserves over any store bought cheese ball to jazz it up or of course your could make your own.
Mix some fresh Cilantro and Spring onions sliced with a jar of our Country Red or Heirloom Tomatoes to make an extra fresh tasting Salsa.