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  • Updated Website Address: LocalBanquet.org

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  • Looking Back on a Decade of Maple Innovation

    Back in 2007, Local Baquet ran an article by Bonnie Hudspeth on maple innovation and production in Vermont. Since then, maple production in Vermont has tripled to 1.8 million gallons a year and innovation seems to have entered a new golden (or perhaps amber) age. We did a quick maple innovation news round up for 2018 / 2019 to help everyone keep up with the some of the trends. 

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Cold Quell Soup

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Cold Quell Soup

Serve this bold yet simple soup at the first suggestion of a cold or flu as a bit of preventative medicine: The oil from the mustard greens warms the nasal passages, helps disperse congestion, and increases energy flow throughout the body; the greens help move stuck energy; and the yam and ginger support qi and blood circulation. The yam’s sweet flavor also acts as a counterpoint to the piquant greens and ginger.

Ingredients

  • 1 large yam, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups bone stock
  • 1 Tbs peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1½ tsp. unrefined salt, or to taste
  • 1 bunch mustard greens, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Combine the yam, stock, ginger, and salt in a medium saucepan; place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the yam softens. Add the mustard greens and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the greens are wilted, their color darkens a bit, and their bite mellows to your liking. Adjust the seasonings, spoon into bowls, finish with a splash of oil, and serve.

Reprinted with permission from The Whole Bowl: Gluten-Free,
Dairy-Free Soups & Stews
,by Rebecca Wood and Leda Scheintaub,
The Countryman Press 2014.

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