I tried an iced chai latte for the first time in October. It has now grown to be one of my favorite drinks, and even though it reminds me of fall, when it is iced or mixed into donuts, granola, or cupcakes, I find that it transitions quite well into the spring and summer. Chai is one of those ingredients that never goes out of season. What’s great about chai is that you can make it mild or strong, and that kind of flexibility is convenient for when you want to try recipes over and over. Mild chai ice cream one day, strong chai ice cream the next. A blend of tea, herbs, and spices, chai is a unique flavor that will soon become a favorite, no matter what you put it in.
All posts in category Flavor of the Month
Posted by Lauren on May 1, 2013
1. Lime Poppy Seed Muffins with Citrus Glaze | 2. Chocolate Lime Cake | 3. Lemon and Lime Tart | 4. Brussel Sprouts with Sriracha Honey and Lime | 5. Zucchini and Coconut Bread with Coconut Rum Lime Glaze
Limes are an interesting fruit because they aren’t necessarily meant to be eaten by itself like an apple or a pear. Like a lemon, lime is zesty and refreshing, and it is an important ingredient in food and drink recipes such as guacamole and margaritas. However, lime is unique because you commonly use it by the teaspoon or tablespoon, yet it provides a subtle kick to the dish you are making. A popular ingredient during the spring and summer, lime is incredibly versatile and can be used in a surprising amount of dishes you wouldn’t normally expect it to work with, like chocolate or zucchini and coconut bread. This month, let’s try incorporating lime into more of our recipes for an unexpected citrus flavor.
Posted by Lauren on April 3, 2013
When it comes to herbs, you can’t go wrong with basil. Whether you are seasoning sauces, making pesto, or simply using basil as a garnish, the versatility of this herb is seriously impressive. Not only is basil delicious, but it has incredible health benefits, some of which include: protecting the body from premature aging, strong antibacterial capabilities that could help prevent bacterial infections, and improving blood flow because of its high source of magnesium. As if you need more convincing, basil also helps with indigestion and stomach cramps. Next time you want to top off a pasta dish or salad, don’t be afraid to sprinkle a couple more basil leaves on top.
Posted by Lauren on March 4, 2013
1. Pomegranate Salsa | 2. Cucumber Pomegranate Cocktail | 3. Pomegranate Kiwi Ice Cream 4. Citrus, Chicken, and Goat Cheese Pizza | 5. Double Chocolate Pomegranate Cupcakes
6. Coconut, Pomegranate, and Lime Kanten
While there are many exciting events in February, Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays around the world. In honor of love, one of the major associations of Valentine’s Day, pomegranate is February’s Flavor of the Month.
Did you know that in certain cultures, pomegranates symbolize love and fertility? In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the pomegranate fruit is referenced. In Act 3, Scene 5, Juliet says to Romeo, “Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day. / It was the nightingale, and not the lark, / That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear. / Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree. / Believe me, love, it was the nightingale.” In this section, pomegranate symbolizes love - from true love to innocent love to forbidden love.
Pomegranates are not only delicious, but they have a beautiful red color that makes the seeds stand out in meals and desserts. If you’re looking to make a treat for yourself, to cook a meal for a loved one, or just to eat this sweet fruit’s seeds on its own, pomegranates provide diverse and tasty flavors that you’ll absolutely love. Will you eat pomegranate this month?
Posted by Lauren on February 4, 2013
Happy New Year! I hope you celebrated 2013 with loved ones and welcomed the coming year with open arms. One flavor that I’m sure many of you enjoyed a couple of nights ago was the taste of champagne. However, instead of just imbibing this fizzy liquid, champagne is also delicious in many meal and dessert recipes. At the top of my list: Sparkling Champagne Cupcakes. While I’ve used wine in my dishes, cooking and baking with champagne will be new for me…but isn’t that what the new year is all about anyways?
Posted by Lauren on January 2, 2013
‘Tis the season to enjoy all things peppermint, hence why it is December’s Flavor of the Month. During the holidays, peppermint candy seems to be everywhere. Even though the mint might seem like an overload at times, now is the time of year to really embrace it. These peppermint recipes are too good to miss out on, especially during December. Who can resist peppermint hot chocolate or homemade peppermint patties? Get creative with this beloved candy, and maybe try to incorporate it as much as you can into your holiday meals this winter – it really is quite a treat!
Posted by Lauren on December 10, 2012
With November comes delicious foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. However, one ingredient that is often underrated is cranberry. Besides the usual cranberry jelly spread over warm turkey, cranberry can be incorporated into many other meal and dessert recipes. For a touch of sweetness, cranberry sorbet and bundts are a great dessert alternative. Cranberry muffins are a perfect fall morning treat, and cranberry-red wine meatballs are an upgrade from your typical tomato spaghetti and meatballs. Whether you are making lunch or Thanksgiving dinner, these cranberry recipes will be an automatic flavor boost.
How will you include cranberry in your meals this month?
Posted by Lauren on November 5, 2012
Flavor of the month is here once again, which means it’s another new month! I can’t believe how quickly September flew by. I’d love for October to take its sweet time because I want to enjoy fall for as long as possible. October’s flavor of the month is pumpkin, naturally. It may seem obvious, but I wanted to feature recipes that strayed from the usual pumpkin pie. If you do want a pumpkin pie recipe, however, check out this one - so great! I find fall recipes to be incredibly warm and rich in flavor. Don’t you want to just bundle up in a blanket with that pumpkin white hot chocolate and watch a movie? That sounds like the perfect – and for me, pretty typical – Saturday night! What pumpkin recipes are you loving this month?
Posted by Lauren on October 1, 2012
Now that September is well on its way, coffee is an appropriate flavor for the month since with September comes new jobs, new school semesters, and big changes. That being said, coffee will be a necessity in the month of September to both help wake us up and to help keep us awake. Personally, I can’t stand hot coffee, and I won’t drink it unless it is iced. Since I do not want to solely rely on drinking coffee as a way to stay caffeinated, I found some great recipes that seamlessly incorporate coffee into food. Chocolate Espresso Black Pepper Cookies are at the top of my list to make – I also did an interview with the baker herself, Jane from Buttered Up (check it out here)! Cheers to September and staying awake!
Posted by Lauren on September 5, 2012
I am usually quick to avoid kiwis at the grocery store because I never know what to do with them other than eating them plain. Kiwis are somewhat difficult to peel and can sometimes lack the sweetness that I often crave from fruit. However, I wanted to learn how to implement kiwis into meals and desserts, and I found several great recipes that make kiwis more approachable and convenient. I am excited to try out these kiwi recipes this month, and I will be sure to report back with the results. What kiwi recipes are you loving this month?
Posted by Lauren on August 8, 2012