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3 Homemade Simple Syrups by Mac

So how do restaurants make their cocktails so great? It’s simple! Using simple syrup adds sweetness without being overpowering, plus you can infuse the simple syrup with just about any flavor you want. Here’s how I make mine:

 

General Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

2 cups of water

1 ½ cups sugar (raw cane sugar, if you can find it)

 

Directions:

In a small saucepan, add water and bring to a boil. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let cool. 

Sarah's Kitchen Creations: Plant-Based Miso Ramen

Try this soothing miso vegetable ramen chock full of local winter produce, including shiitake mushrooms, scallions, carrots, and radishes. This cozy recipe will bring you comfort all while incorporating those whole foods your body craves.

What you need for Plant-Based Miso Ramen:

2 containers Pacific Foods mushroom broth

2 1/2 cups water

2 pieces of kombu (optional for broth)

1 local & organic celeriac (celery root) from PrairiErth Farm, coarsely chopped (optional for broth) 

Sarah's Kitchen Creations: Spicy Pork Ramen

This spicy ramen is perfect to make on a cold weekend. This recipe walks you through how to slow cook local pork shoulder, how to prepare tasty ramen broth, and what local winter vegetables go great with black forbidden rice ramen noodles.

What you need for Spicy Pork Ramen:

2 T. organic canola oil

1-2lbs local pork shoulder roast from Central Lean

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

2 containers (8 cups) Field Day Vegetable Broth

1 cup water

1 inch piece fresh ginger, thickly sliced

Mac's Christmas Morning Kombucha Mimosa

Craving a mimosa but want to mix it up? Check out the easiest twist on this classic cocktail to ring in Christmas morning: the Kombucha Mimosa! There are tons of kombucha flavors you could easily substitute, because, let's face it, it's rare for a flavor profile to clash with Champagne or Prosecco (though we do recommend staying away from GT's MultiGreen). A mimosa is best served with either a brut Champagne or Prosecco. A traditional mimosa is 1/2 wine and 1/2 orange juice, and we did the same with kombucha. 

 

DIY Gifts for the Holidays

Make gift giving extra meaningful this year by making your own gifts! Not only will these gifts be fun and affordable to make, they also can ship well as holiday care packages.

Learn how to make:

  • Fudge Brownies In a Jar

  • Infused Honey (Lavender & Tulsi Basil are great options)

  • Meyer Lemon Infused Salt

  • Cumin & Coriander Infused Salt

  • Zinfandel Infused Salt

Sarah's Kitchen Creations: Latkes

Try these decadent latkes for Chanukah this year! Made with local PrairiErth Farm potatoes, yellow onion, local eggs, a little matzo meal, and some scallions, these latkes are perfect when topped with sour cream and applesauce.

What you'll need for Latkes:

2lb bag of local & organic gold potatoes from PrairiErth Farm, grated

1 organic yellow onion, grated

1/2 cup organic green onions, thinly sliced (more for garnish)

1/4 Manischewitz matzo meal (if not available breadcrumbs or flour will do)

Sarah's Kitchen Creations: Chicken Piccata Sheet Tray Meal

This lemony chicken piccata is absolutely delicious - you'll have to try this baked version. This sheet tray meal is meant for days you just want to throw ingredients on a pan, step away from the kitchen, and pull out a ready-to-eat dinner from the oven. It's so colorful and perfectly flavored, you'll want to make it regularly.

What you'll need for Chicken Piccata Sheet Tray Meal:

1 package bone-in & skin-on chicken thighs from Farmer Focus

2 T. organic Italian seasoning from bulk section

1 tsp organic dried basil from bulk section

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