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Cinnamon Hot Toddy, infused with sunshine

Cinnamon Hot Toddy, infused with sunshine

My father is superman.  He is constantly going, going, going.  Even on the coldest winter day he is out and about.  Last weekend he out for hours in the arctic cold, chopping wood.  The sun was passed the yard arm when he came in to make a fire.  When I asked what I could get him he declared a "Hot Toddy".  

I had just brewed a pot of Harney's Hot Cinnamon Tea, so I decided to improvise.  This is how I made that snow day staple special.

Place a metal spoon in a handled glass or mug.  Add The Knot or spirit of your choice.  Include Orange Juice and top off with prepared tea.  Add sugar to your liking.  Serve while still hot.

Cinnamon Hot Toddy, infused with sunshine

More sensational sips for snowy days.

Photo Credit: Julie Cecchini


Pumpkin chili, a twist on traditional tailgate treats

 

Pumpkin chili, a terrific tailgate treat

Two of the many things I love are pumpkin and chili.  When many people think of pumpkin, they think of sweet treats, but I love making it savory.  I found myself deep in mainland China one Halloween, feeling a little melancholy for rustling leaves, football and costume clad children.  A trip to the vegetable market and a find of New England like pumpkins inspired this fusion of flavors from home.  It is hearty, healthy and a great twist on traditional tailgate fair.

Pumpkin Chili

Heat a large pot over medium to medium high heat. Add beef or sausage ( or oil and turkeyor lentil). Season the meat with Picante Passion. Break up the meat with the back of a wooden spoon into small crumbles.

picking your perfect pumpkin

Brown meat 5 minutes, then add vinegar, onions, tomatoes and pumpkin.  Cook 10 minutes more. Stir in Salsa Bean Soup Mix (or beans and tomato sauce).   Bring to a bubble.  Let chili simmer 10 minutes.  Adjust seasonings and heat level to your taste.
Remove from heat and serve.

Serve with tortilla chips and your favorite shredded or crumbled cheese.

 

More great tailgate treasures;

  Pumpkin, whats your favorite flavor?

Photo Credit:  Julie Cecchini

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