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Game Day Hot Wings!

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, these hot n’ spicy wings are a sure fire way to have a great party!

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You’ll need: 2 cups of all purpose flour, 3 tbsp of organic paprika, 3 tbsp of organic adobo, 3 tbsp pf organic chili powder, 1 tsp of kosher salt, 2 lbs of organic chicken wings, canola oil, 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, 1/4 cup hot sauce and blue cheese dressing

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Step 1: Add 2 inches of oil to a pan and place over medium high heat. Then add all your spices to your flour and mix well.

Step 2: Dredge your chicken in your seasoned flour and gently place in hot oil. Avoid over-crowding by working in batches.

Fry each batch for 10 minutes until golden brown.

Step 3: Remove crispy wings and allow to drip dry on a cooling rack

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Step 4: Make your wing sauce by melting the butter in a sauce pan and adding in your hot wing sauce.

Step 5: Coat your wings in the hot wing sauce and serve with blue cheese dressing and an ice cold beer. Enjoy!

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Sugared Rosemary Champaign Cocktail

By: Angela Keyser, Director of Marketing for High Quality Organics

Happy New Year!

For most people, New Year’s Eve isn’t complete without a festive cocktail in hand. Here’s one that’s really easy to make. The sugared rosemary gives it an extra festive touch that, if you’re like me, will make you smile. Remember, drink responsibly!

2013_12_31_Sugared Rosemary Cocktail Up CloseSugared Rosemary Champaign Cocktail

4-6 Champagne Flutes
1 Bottle of Your Favorite Champagne
A dash of pomegranate or cranberry juice
A bunch of fresh rosemary, just the tips or small stems
A glass of water
A cup or two of white sugar on a plate
 
Step 1: Cut the tips of the rosemary sprigs OR remove the small branches of the large rosemary sprigs so you have enough small rosemary “buds” for all your champagne glasses. 
 
2013_12_31_Sugared Rosemary on PlateStep 2: Dip rosemary sprigs in water and then coat with sugar.
 
Step 3: Place sugar coated rosemary on plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. (Until rosemary is firm.)
 
Step 4: Fill champagne glasses half to three-quarters full of champagne, adding a splash of juice, if desired.
 
Step 5: Garnish with a small sprig of sugared rosemary
 
Step 7: Surround yourself with friends, say “cheers” and enjoy!

Sage Gin Cocktail

By Angela Keyser, Director of Marketing for High Quality Organics

This cocktail is light, crisp and refreshing. A great accompaniament to a festive holiday dinner. Make the simple syrup in advance and you can assemble the drink within minutes.  Enjoy!

Sage Gin Cocktail*

Sage Gin Cocktail CoverIngredients
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce sage simple syrup
1/2 ounce lime juice
sparkling water or club soda
fresh sage leaves for garnish
 
Sage Simple Syrup
1 cup honey
1 cup water
8-10 fresh sage leaves, rolled and finely chopped 
 
Directions
Step 1: Make Sage Simple Syrup – Combine honey, water and chopped sage leaves in a small sauce pan and heat on medium high.  Stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil and the honey is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit for several hours or overnight. Strain sage leaves from simple syrup and store in refrigerator.
 
Step 2: Make Cocktail: Add gin, sage simple syrup, lime juice to a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into large glass. Top with sparkling water or club soda and a fresh sage leaf.
 
*Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is.
 
 
 
 

Big-Batch Cocktail Recipe: Spiced Eggnog

By Angela Keyser, Director of Marketing for High Quality Organics

Be sure to shake or stir well before serving. You can see how the milk and light cream separate.

Be sure to shake or stir well before serving. You can see how the milk and light cream separate.

I will have to admit, I’m not an eggnog lover.  Yet, I know there are many of you out there so I wanted to make sure to find a great-tasting recipe that was flavorful and easy to make ahead of time.

This eggnog recipe requires a little more time than the Hot Buttered Rum Apple Cider recipe, but, it’s just as delicious. It not only makes a great holiday party cocktail but add it to a mason jar with a bow and you have a great hostess gift for any eggnog fan.

Note:  If you’re in a pinch, buy some ready-made eggnog and add a teaspoon or two of your favorite spices and a cup of rum in your pitcher and you’re set!

Spiced Eggnog Cocktail*

Serves: 12-20
 
Time: 20 minutes plus chilling time (4-24 hours)
 
Ingredients
4 cups 2% milk
5-7 whole cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 egg yolks (save the egg whites for your breakfast omelet)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups light rum
4 cups light cream or half and half
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 
The nutmeg adds beautiful speckles to the cocktail. If you're in a pinch, buy some ready-made eggnog and add a few pinches of your favorite spices and a cup of rum in your pitcher and you're set!

The nutmeg adds beautiful speckles to the cocktail.

Directions

Step 1: Combine milk, cloves, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and cinnamon in pot and very slowly heat to a boil, stirring at all times. (Start the burner on low for about 5 minutes and then gradually bring to a medium or medium-high heat.) When mixture boils, remove from heat.
 
Step 2: In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk until fluffy. Then, slowly add the hot milk mixture to the eggs, stirring constantly and making sure not to cook the eggs.  Pour mixture back into large pot and heat, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes thick.  Don’t let the mixture boil!
 
Step 3: Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, removing cloves. Let cool for about 1 hour.
 
Step 4: Add rum, cream, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and nutmeg to the milk and egg mixture and refrigerate overnight or for about 4-6 hours before serving.
 
*Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com
 
 
 

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

By Angela Keyser, Director of Marketing for High Quality Organics

This is a super simple dry mix that’s perfect for last-minute gifts.  I particularly love it for office or teacher gifting. Just add it to a pretty container or a small mason jar with a bow and you have at least 6-12 gifts ready to go at a moments notice!

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix*

DIY Hot Cocoa MixIngredients
1 cup hot chocolate mix
1 cup powdered  milk
2/3 cup instant coffee
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 
Directions
Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
 
Step 2: To make – add 2 tablespoons mix to 8 ounces hot water. Garnish with whip cream or marshmallows and mini chocolate chips.
 
Recipe adapted from Yummly.com
 
 
 

Big-Batch Cocktail Recipe: Hot Buttered Rum Apple Cider

By Angela Keyser, Director of Marketing for High Quality Organics

The hustle of the holidays are well upon us. Whether your scrambling to get some last minute shopping or baking in, or preparing for a holiday party this weekend, I hope you find time each day to take just a few minutes to stop and enjoy the beauty of the season. The lights, sounds, smells and excitement of children are such wonderful little blessings that help us remember it’s not the gifts or glamor, but the moments that make this season so special.

This make-ahead recipe is ready in minutes and makes your house smell so delicious!

This make-ahead recipe is ready in minutes and makes your house smell so delicious!

One of my favorite memories growing up was the annual Christmas caroling party my parents hosted in our tiny farmhouse. I, along with my siblings, would help my mom decorate the house and prepare all the food. Looking back, I’m in awe of how she did it: four kids, working on the farm full-time and still managing to turn our house into a magical masterpiece at Christmas! What I learned was her awesome ability to plan, organize and create simple, great-tasting foods…and throw one heck of a party!

So, in the effort to help with your holiday celebrating, I wanted to share some seasonal favorite recipes  that are easy to make and just as delicious to enjoy. (Check our recipes section for additional recipes.) Most of them you can make ahead of time so, hopefully, (yeah, right!) you can avoid the last-minute rush of making cocktails or setting out the appetizers and actually have a few minutes to compose yourself before the razzle dazzle begins. Enjoy!

Hot Buttered Rum Apple Cider*

NOTE: This cocktail is best enjoyed while strolling through the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights, wrapping presents in the wee hours of the night or simply snuggling up on the couch and watching your favorite Christmas movie.

Serves: 8-16
 
Time Required: 10 minutes plus time for spiced butter to firm in refrigerator. Then, 5-10 minutes to warm apple cider and melt butter in cider.
 
Just a few simple ingredients make this big-batch cocktail recipe so simple and perfect for holiday gatherings.

Just a few simple ingredients make this big-batch cocktail recipe so simple and perfect for holiday gatherings.

Ingredients

For Spiced Butter
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 heaping teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch of salt
 
For Cocktail
64 ounces (half gallon) of apple cider
Spiced Butter
Cinnamon Sticks
Rum or Apple Brandy
 
Directions
Step 1: Make spiced butter. Combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a medium bowl using a fork.  
 
Step 2: Use a plastic scraper or spatula to form butter mixture into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
 
Spiced butter has been chilled and then cut into chunks and added to simmering apple cider.

Spiced butter has been chilled and then cut into chunks and added to simmering apple cider.

Step 3: Place apple cider in large pot and heat on the stove until it simmers.  Reduce heat to low.

 
Step 4: Remove spiced butter from refrigerator and plastic wrap. Cut into small chunks and add to hot apple cider.  Stir until butter is melted. Optional: Transfer to a crock pot for buffet service.
 
Step 5: To serve, add hot cider to a mug with a cinnamon stick and a shot of rum or apple brandy, if desired.
 
*Recipe adapted from Once Upon a Chef on Yummly.com