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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 …

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 a good indicator of whether it is heating or cooling.  With red, it pretty safe to assume—it’s heating.  Although, usually sweet, strawberries also have a touch of the sour taste.  A little fire element that imbalaned my fire. Which for me showed up in the form of acidity.  A couple days of CCF tea, set me straight again. Reminding me to reduce my intake going forward. At the sametme, I still had three pints of strawberries from my visit. Those berries needed a belly and I needed a solution.  Turning to my spice cabinet, I was drawn to fennel. A digestive spice, I imagined would compliment the berries, …