Recipes

7-D Ranch Granola

This delicious granola recipe is all yours thanks to a lovely woman who has worked at  7-D Ranch, located in the Sunlight basin outside of Cody, Wyoming. Thanks 7-D Ranch, we just love this recipe! 

Makes about 5 lbs. 

Ingredients
1 cup organic sunflower or canola oil
1 cup honey, maple syrup or agave
1 Tbs. vanilla extract 
9 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (or any other kind of flour)
1 cup wheat germ, oat bran
1 cup coconut
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 – 1 cup sesame or flax seeds
1 cup raw almonds, cashews, or nut of your choice

Method
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat the oil & sweetener to a rolling boil in a saucepan & stir to combine.
Turn off heat, wait a minute or two & add vanilla, be careful, it may foam up. 

Immediately pour over the dry ingredients & stir it all up.
Keep stirring until all the ingredients are moistened & evenly coated.

Spread the granola on 2 sheet-pans (not a cookie sheet, you need sides).
Bake at 250-275 degrees for about an hour.
Check & stir every 15-20 minutes & rotate pans once during the hour.
When everything is lightly browned & dry, take it out.
Cool the granola on the sheets then dump into a large bowl.
When it is totally cool add:
2 cups powdered milk (optional)
3 cups of raisins, chopped dates, dried cherries, chocolate chips or whatever you wish. 

Stored in airtight containers it will keep for a month.

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Maple Banana Pecan Trail Mix

Makes about 12-16 servings

Ingredients 
4 tablespoons organic unsalted butter
1 cup B grade maple syrup (dark, with sharp maple flavor) 
2 cups raw unsalted pecans
1 cup wheat germ
3 cups organic rolled oats
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup dried bananas or banana chips
2/3 cup dried cherries

Method
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Melt butter & maple syrup together in a pan.
Combine pecans, wheat germ, oats, and salt in a large bowl.
Toss butter mixture with nuts & oats to coat thoroughly.
Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake, stirring once and rotating sheet after 20 minutes, until just golden, 35 to 40 minutes total. Let cool.
Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in bananas & cherries.

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Pumpkin Patch Trail Mix

Makes about 12-16 servings

Ingredients 
1 cup organic raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup whole raw organic almonds
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup large unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup crystalized ginger chunks (cut into 1/4-inch pieces)

Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine pumpkin seeds, almonds & olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet.
Sprinkle with kosher salt & cinnamon. Toss to combine.
Toast, stirring halfway through, until golden, about 8 minutes. Let cool.
Mix cooled nuts with coconut flakes, dried cranberries & candied ginger.

Storage
Trail mix can be stored in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

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Turkey Stock

Whether you’re making a turkey for Thanksgiving or for some other affair, make sure and always save your leftover turkey carcass, so you can make a tasty turkey stock. It’s rich, versatile & can be frozen for many uses, like soups, later on.

Makes at least a gallon of stock
*** but could make more if you had a really large turkey, just increase the vegetables & water a bit. 

Ingredients
1 turkey carcass
4 large carrots, cut in half
4 – 6 stalks of celery
1 large onion, skin on & quartered
Salt & pepper
Herbs: parsley sage, rosemary & thyme are classic along with a bay leaf or two, but use anything you have leftover, fresh or dried. If using dried, add about a Tbs. of each sage, rosemary & thyme. 

Method
Get out your biggest stock pot. You may have to break the carcass in half but get it into the pot along with any leg or wing bones, skin or pan drippings you may have leftover.

Put celery stalks (including any leaves if you have them) in with the turkey as well as the carrots & onion. If you happen to have bought carrots with the green tops, put the tops in too.

Put 2 Tbs. of salt & 1 Tbs. pepper into the pot along with 1 Tbs. each of the dried herbs & 1 bay leaf. If you have leftover fresh herbs, put them in the pot, stems & all. 

Next, add enough water to cover the bones & vegetable scraps by a good couple inches. There should be at least a gallon and a half of water in the pot. Bring to a boil & then reduce the heat to a simmer & cook for 2 hours.

At the end of 2 hours….
Let stock cool & then strain through a colander. Pick any edible leftover meat off the bone & set aside. If you have cheesecloth, strain the stock a second time through a colander lined with the cheesecloth for a clearer broth. Taste to correct for salt & pepper.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes

Makes 24 regular cupcakes

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Boiling water
1 1/2 sticks Unsalted Butter 
3 cups Molasses 
6 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour 
1 Tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger 
1 1/2 tsp Salt 
1 Tbsp Baking Soda 

Method
Melt the butter in boiling water. Add the molasses to the melted butter and water.

In a large bowl whisk the flour, ginger, salt and baking soda together. 

Fold the liquid into the dry ingredients, mix until barely incorporated. 

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the top is set, turn the oven down to 300 and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean. 

Allow to cool. Top with a Swiss cinnamon flavored Buttercream or Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

A perfect topper for your fall harvest desserts. Try this frosting atop our Pumpkin Spice or Gingerbread cupcakes.

Makes
 approx. 2 qts (enough for at least 24 regular cupcakes)

Ingredients
8, 8 oz Cream Cheese containers or boxes
3 sticks Unsalted Butter, room temp, softened 
1 cup Maple Syrup 
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Powdered Sugar, sifted 

Method
In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or hand held) beat the cream cheese and butter until there are absolutely no lumps, scraping the paddle and the side of the bowl often.

When you are certain there are no lumps, gradually add the maple syrup and vanilla. Add the powdered sugar and mix until you have a smooth frosting. 

It is ideal to let the frosting sit overnight in the refrigerator before using. Can be stored up to a week in the fridge.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Makes 24 regular cupcakes

Ingredients  
3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour 
3 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar 
2 tsp Baking Soda 
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp Salt 
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg 
7 1/2 oz Vegetable Oil 
1 1/2, 15 oz cans Pumpkin puree 
5 Eggs 
5 oz Water 

Method 
In a large bowl whisk the first seven dry ingredients together.

In a medium bowl whisk the oil, pumpkin, eggs and water together.

Add the wet to the dry and fold together, mix until just barely incorporated. 

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the top is set, turn the oven down to 300 and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean.

Allow to cool. Top with a Swiss Maple flavored Buttercream or Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Apple Pecan Cupcakes

Makes 48 mini cupcakes

Ingredients 
6 oz Vegetable oil 
1 1/2 cups Granulated sugar
2 Eggs 
2 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract 
2 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
2 1/3 cups All Purpose Flour 
2 tsp Baking Soda 
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 
1 tsp Salt 
1/2 tsp Nutmeg 
4-5 medium Apples, peeled, cored and cubed
1/2 cup Pecans, chopped 

Method 
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or hand held mixer), beat the oil on low and gradually add the sugar, creaming the two together.

In a small bowl mix the eggs, vanilla and lemon juice together. Slowly add the eggs to the oil and sugar mixture, mix for a few minutes.

In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Fold the flour mixture, apples and pecans into the batter, mix until just barely incorporated. 

Scoop (or pipe) the batter into miniature muffin pans, lined with muffin cups or coated with butter (or spray). Fill 1/2 of the way full.

Bake at 300 for 10-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the cupcake comes out clean.

Allow to cool. Top with a Swiss Brandy flavored buttercream frosting, or simply enjoy plain.

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Swiss Buttercream Frosting

Mmmm, this frosting is the perfect top off to any cake or cupcake – it’s especially great atop our Apple Pecan cupcakes. Enjoy. 

Makesapprox. 2 quarts (enough for at least 24 regular cupcakes)

Ingredients
12 Eggs, use whites only
3 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
4-5 sticks Unsalted Butter, softened
1 Tbsp Flavoring (clear extract or liquor)*  

Method
Over a double broiler heat your egg whites and sugar, whisking constantly until it reaches a temperature of 150 Fahrenheit.

Pour the mixture into a standard mixer and whisk on high until the meringue reaches its peak volume. Turn the speed down to medium/low and whisk until the meringue has cooled.

Switch to a paddle attachment, and with the mixer on low gradually add your softened butter, one small chunk at a time, waiting for it to become fully incorporated before adding more. Watch the buttercream closely, you will notice that at some point it will look as if it is going to separate on you, at this point stop adding butter and let it whip for a while. It should emulsify and come together soon. If it seems to be taking a while add a very small amount of butter and let it whip again.

Once you have a beautiful buttercream add your flavoring (and coloring if desired). For fall inspired flavors try adding a maple or cinnamon extract, or even a brandy liquor.

Storage
This can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months, in the fridge for about a month. Let it sit out at room temperature the night before you want to use the buttercream. 

 

*When adding an extract flavoring it is ideal to use a clear extract if you want to maintain a white frosting color. If you use a brown colored extract, for example, it will yield a brownish colored frosting. 

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Salsa Casareccia With Rigatoni by CARMELINA BRANDS

Servings 10-12  

Ingredients 
2 oz. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 
1 Tbs. Garlic, Minced 
1 lb. Ground Mild Italian Pork Sausage
1 Tbs. Fresh Thyme, Chopped
8 oz. Ricotta Cheese
3 oz. Parmesan Cheese, Grated 
4 bottles of Carmelina San Marzano® Italian Passata (Tomato Puree) 
1/2 oz. Fresh Basil, Chiffonade 
White Wine
2 oz. Kosher Salt 
½ teaspoon
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
1 lb. Rigatoni, Cooked 

Method
In a large saucepan, gently heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute over medium heat. Add the ground sausage and cook for 15 minutes, or until the bottom of the pan starts to dry out. Deglaze with white wine, stirring constantly, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Let the wine evaporate for 1 minute. Add the fresh thyme and the Carmelina ‘e…San Marzano® Italian Passata (Tomato Puree). Bring to a boil over high heat and then add the salt, pepper, and ricotta cheese, and continue to cook until an aroma is present. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the sauce for about 30 minutes to combine the flavors. Following this, add the parmesan and basil as a final touch. Stir the sauce thoroughly and serve HOT tossed with Rigatoni. 

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