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Fall Flavors

We are starting to grow our collection of pantry staples, including spice blends from Calicutt's Spice Co. in Hershey, PA. I recently tested out a few blends for Fall! I recommend all of these - they are sure to become Fall staples in our household.

Maple Chicken Sausage

Recipe adapted from NYT Cooking

1 tsp. dried sage

2 tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. Vermont Maple spice blend

1 lb. ground chicken

1 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. maple syrup

Extra-virgin olive oil

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

  • Add the sage into a large bowl with salt, black pepper and Vermont Maple spice blend.

  • Add chicken and syrup to the spice mixture.

  • Using your hands, mix thoroughly.

  • Divide and form the mixture into 8 2 ½ inch patties, placing them on the baking sheet. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. You can skip this step if in a time-crunch; waiting just allows the flavors to marry.

  • To cook, heat a cast-iron pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When it shimmers, add patties in a single layer, leaving space between them. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned on the surface and just cooked through.

  • Drain sausages on paper towels. Serve hot.

Chipotle & Honey Sweet Potatoes

2 tbsp. light brown sugar

1 tsp. Chipotle & Honey spice blend

¼ tsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp. kosher salt, divided

¼ cup water

2 tbsp. honey

3 large sweet potatoes

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

  • Preheat your oven to 350*

  • Line a large baking sheet with foil and lightly grease with olive oil spray.

  • To make the glaze, whisk brown sugar, Chipotle & Honey spice blend, pepper, ½ tsp. of salt, and water in a large bowl.

  • Cut sweet potatoes into ½ inch wedges and gently toss with the honey and spice glaze to coat.

  • Spread the sweet potatoes out evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  • Cover with foil and roast for 45 minutes, gently tossing every 15 minutes.

  • After 45 minutes, uncover the potatoes and drizzle or baste with the remaining honey and spice glaze. Increase the oven temperature to 425* and bake the potatoes for an additional 15 minutes, uncovered.

  • Remove immediately from the oven, sprinkle with a half teaspoon of salt and serve.


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