Archive | Winter 2015

Squash, Leek and Vinegar Soup

Photo by Brent Harrewyn

Photo by Brent Harrewyn

This sweet and spicy soup will accelerate the metabolism with apple cider vinegar, enhance circulation with chile flakes, boost immunity with leeks and soothe the nerves with winter squash.

2 tablespoons local sunflower oil (I like Rainville Farms.)
2 leeks, chopped and rinsed
3 ribs celery, rinsed and chopped
1 acorn squash
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon each: coriander and chile flakes
½ teaspoon each: cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg and salt
4 cups water

Preheat oven to 375°.Place the whole acorn squash in a baking dish and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven, cut open and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Scoop out seeds, remove skin and set aside.

Heat oil in a soup pot. Add rinsed and chopped leeks and celery and cook on medium heat until translucent—about 5 minutes.

Add baked squash, vinegar and spices. Stir well. Add water, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for 15 minutes or more. Leave the lid slightly askew so that some of the steam escapes and the soup reduces to a thicker stew.

Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and unsweetened yogurt if you like.

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Daily Tonic and Hot Toddy

Daily Tonic

This invigorating beverage gives the body a gentle wake-up call. Try it either first thing in the morning or during the post-prandial afternoon dip in energy. It will stimulate lymphatic circulation, helping to cleanse the fluids of the body and reduce sinus congestion.

½ cup freshly pressed apple cider (I like Shelburne Orchards Ginger Jack for its warming, digestive kick.)
1 cup water
3 tablespoons unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
Juice of 1 lime

Combine in a 16-ounce glass container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Hot Toddy

A lovely, relaxing beverage to enjoy around the fire, you can customize this warming concoction to delight your guests.

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
¼ cup water
2 teaspoons raw honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Juice of 1 lemon
Optional: ½ ounce whiskey (Might I suggest Vermont’s own WhistlePig Rye.)

Mix these well in a small pot. Heat gently and drink to your health.


Photo by Brent Harrewyn

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