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Smokin' Sweet Cranberry Chiptole Chutney

Smokin’ Sweet Cranberry Chipotle Chutney

With the craziness of the holiday season, I should have, could have, but didn’t post my cranberry sauce recipe in November. Ce la vie, at times. You do what you can do—right? It may seem out of season, but cranberries are still lingering around in the markets. If you love sweet, smoky and tangy flavors, you’re going to want to preserve a jar of this chutney, to take you through spring. If not, hold on to this recipe for next fall! Six years ago, I came across Chiptole Cranberry Sauce in Bon Appetit and have never looked back. The following year, I used it as my base recipe and added a little orange zest and increased the spices a bit. The flavor from the zest is not strong, but it adds a little complexity that makes it taste extra good. It’s hard to believe that was five years ago. To my surprise, this recipe is one of the few dishes that returns to the Thanksgiving table. every year. This cranberry chutney/sauce is a-mazing with turkey, but the sweet, spicy, garlicky, smoky flavors …

Lavender Rose Blueberry Jam #chitchaatchai

Lavender-Rose Blueberry Jam

Eight years ago I made my first spiced blueberry jam with black pepper. I love a little sprinkle of cracked pepper on my toast—why not add it to my jam? Since then, I’ve  spicing up all my jams. However, instead of using any ol’ spice that tickles my fancy, I now choose spices based on the season and their heating or cooling energy. It’s important I try to balance my foods to promote balance within. Besides, I can buy plain jam anywhere. Why not spice it up and brighten it up with fun flavor combinations and some aromatherapy—ahhhhhhh, pass the lavender rose jam, please! Ayur-wisdom: Blueberries are sweet and slightly sour in tastes. They have a heating nature like most berries, and when condensed into a jam they become heavier. Their heating nature is balanced by adding cooling and pungent spices like, lavender and rose. In balancing foods this way, helps prevent dis-ease, like bloating, which comes from too much cold or acid-reflex, which stems from too much heat. Lavender, a digestive aide, also helps to lighten the heavy nature of jam since it is a carminative herb. It prevents stagnation in …

Strawberry Fennel Jam

During my last visit to my friend and Ayurveda teacher’s home, Mamta Landerman,  I recognized eating a pint of strawberries was perhaps  a little over the top for me. I was so excited for the just-picked, sweet strawberries from her farm, Sonoma Swamp Blues, I  found it hard to control myself. I went a little crazy for all those antioxidants and forgot about their heating energy. A fruit’s color is often good indicator of whether it is heating or cooling.  With red, it pretty safe to assume—it’s heating! Silly me. I felt the heating effects pretty soon thereafter. I guess a pint of strawberries in a day is out of balance for my pitta dosha. So, when she gave me three pints of strawberries a week later, I was pretty excited for more of the sweetest berries—but I knew I had to control myself. Those berries needed a belly and I needed a solution. Somehow, adding fennel sprinkles came to mind as a way to balance the heat. Fennel seeds are cooling to the body with sweet and pungent tastes. Quite often served after a meal as …