Hot Cocoa With a Kick

Hot Cocoa With a Kick

Winters here in Tennessee can be chilly which makes the special ingredient in this hot cocoa so perfect! A touch of chili powder gives this traditional cold-weather beverage a  bit of kick!

You’ll need:
2 ½ cups milk
½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla (pure or extract both work)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of nutmeg
Sugar to taste (optional)

To make:
Combine all ingredients into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the chocolate is melted and nearly simmering. Stir frequently. Taste and add sugar, if necessary. 

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Christmas Pot-Pourri

Christmas Pot-Pourri

The holidays are a time for twinkling lights, the invigorating scent of farm-fresh Christmas trees, and a general sense of togetherness. One of our favorite ways to bring on the holiday coziness is to heat up some stove top pot-pourri!

You’ll need:

1 orange, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup fresh cranberries
tablespoon of whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole bay leaves
1 star anise pod

Put it all in a pot and cover with water. Turn the heat up until the mixture comes to a gentle boil and then turn it down to a simmer. Your whole house will smell of holiday cheer!

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Pumpkin Eats

Pumpkin Eats

It’s Fall and most of us are busting out our crockpots and casserole dishes to start serving up that cold-weather comfort food! Pumpkins aren’t just for pumpkin pie. You can make wonderful stews, souffle, curry, and more! Here are some great pumpkin varieties 

Pumpkin Varieties
We’re going to bypass the big carving pumpkins (think Jack-O-Lanterns) all together as they are the worst pumpkins for cooking. Their meat is very stringy and their flavor is extremely bland. Instead, go for varieties that are sweet, uber flavorful, and have a smoother flesh. Look for pumpkins that are labeled as ‘sugar pumpkins’ or ‘pie pumpkins’. We grow several varieties of cooking pumpkins including Long Island Cheese, Cinderella, and Jarrahdale. 

Pumpkin Size
The best cooking pumpkins should be between 4-8 pounds. Be sure to check for bruising or spots as this can be a sign of rot. 

Storage
Keep your pumpkins longer by placing them in a cool temperature. When stored properly, pumpkins can last up to 90 days! You could be making pumpkin pies well past Christmas!

We look forward to seeing y’all here at the farm for loads of Fall fun!