Posts Tagged ‘dates’

Winter Warming Chinese Herb Poached Pears

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Organic/natural tastes best.

pearsFor all of you pear lovers out there and especially for the unbelievers, like me, this is a winner.

Sweet, soft, tart and tangy.

I never thought pears could taste this good!

You’ll need:

3/4 Cup Fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 Cup Tangerine Peel
2 Tablespoons chopped Dates or Whole Golden Raisins
1 Tablespoon Whole Cloves
3/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
4 Bosc Pears peeled, cut in half lengthwise and cored
A touch of your favorite slightly sweet liquor for that little extra…
warmth. A little brandy anyone? Maybe Tuaca? mmmm

To prepare:

Bring all ingredients except for pears to boil in large saucepan. Add pears and reduce heat so that liquid simmers gently. Cover and cook until pears are soft but not mushy when pricked with a fork, 20-35 minutes. Use slotted spoon to remove pears from pan and transfer to serving bowl. Pour liquid in pan through a strainer and discard herbs. Return strained liquid to pan and bring to boil. Simmer until reduced to thick glaze, about 8-9 minutes. Pour glaze over pears. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Alternately, you may cook pears in the liquid covered on low, for about 30 minutes, then remove the cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes more, the liquid will reduce and thicken. Place pears on individual plates and carefully pour glaze on each pear, using the strainer to trap the herbs as you serve individually. Garnish with fresh strawberry halves, mandarin orange slices or fresh mint leaves. Absolutely luscious!

Aunt Libby’s Michigan Rocks

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Organic/natural ingredients are best.

rocksTreat your kids with this sweet & healthy, chunky, chewy snack for school or after.

Maybe you should double it for the crowd they’ll bring home with them.

My son’s friends always raided my kitchen with these high on their list.

You’ll need:

1 Cup – Butter – 2 sticks-room temperature
1-1/2 Cups Organic Sugar, just cane or mix ‘n match to your sweet tooth
4 Eggs separated
1-1/2 teaspoons pure Vanilla
3 Cups Unbleached White Flour
1-1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
3 Cups Assorted Nuts, whole, unsalted: Brazil, almonds, macadamia, your choice but with crunch and mouth feel in mind and keeping the Brazils in for the oil and feel
3 Cups Dates fresh and cut into large chunks
1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda (level) dissolved in 2 Tablespoons boiled water

2 Cookie sheets greased or parchment papered
350 degree oven for about 20-22 minutes

To prepare:

Preheat oven. Sift together flour, cinnamon, salt. Cream butter & sugar in electric mixer. Add yolks, vanilla, and baking soda water. Mix. Add flour mixture in 3 portions. Mix well. Beat egg whites till soft peaks. Meanwhile add nuts and dates by hand and mix thoroughly. Fold in beaten egg whites. Spoon by Tablespoon onto cookie sheets. Don’t worry. You may need only one sheet depending on your Tablespoonful size. Bake in middle of oven for 20-25 minutes. Cool on sheet. Healthy and yummy!

ABOUT: Wellness Chef Helen Sandler
Lecturer, personal chef, teacher, wellness coach, & speaker, Helen promotes a healthier lifestyle through common sense, organic / natural approach to a happier, positive life.

Helen Sandler is used to being an innovator and at the cutting edge of whole foods whole grains awareness. After graduating from SUNY, New York with a teaching degree, she began to follow her real passion for healthy cooking which took her from Los Angeles to Boston to attend the cooking school of the late and great master Japanese natural chef, Aveline Kushi. Later that passion took her to Kyoto, Japan to continue her studies, where she spent four more years learning the art of healthy Japanese cooking (Seishoku).

As Wellnes Chef Helen she is the featured authority at CTNgreen /wellness with articles in the library there and the virtual paperless magazine at CTNGreen Magazine