This beautiful entrée makes an ideal edible centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Experiment with different varieties of winter squash/pumpkin. Kabocha, acorn, red kuri, sweet dumpling and turban work well. 

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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Bacon flavored olive oil paired with our Maple balsamic takes these brussel sprouts up a notch.

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Maple Balsamic & Bacon Olive Oil Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts


2 pints Brussels sprouts (approximately 4-5 cups)

3-4 Tablespoons Bacon or Butter Flavored Olive Oil

1-2 Tablespoon Maple Dark Balsamic Vinegar

Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400. Trim up the stem end of the brussel sprouts and remove all wilted and yellow or brown exterior leaves. Cut large sprouts in half.  Put the sprouts and on large sheet pan and toss with the butter or bacon flavored olive oil, (just enough to coat evenly) and season with salt and pepper.

Roast in the oven for 25-35 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally to brown the vegetables evenly, until crisp and slightly charred on the outside and fork tender on the inside. (Your cooking time will depend on the size of your sprouts.) Take them out of the oven, drizzle on a little maple balsamic check seasoning and adjust if needed.  Best served warm. Enjoy!

Cooking Note: You can add in dried cranberries, garlic, onion, pancetta, or bacon crumbles if you want to bring it to the next level!

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Tomato-tofu relish

A great make-ahead item that works well with crusty sourdough bread, tossed with pasta, or as a topping for baked potatoes. Flavor intensifies over time. Follow the method EXACTLY or it will not turn out!!    

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Middle Eastern Hummus (Greece, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Egypt)

This classic Middle-Eastern pureed chickpea (garbanzo) appetizer is typically served with pita, falafel, or raw vegetables, but it works well as a dip or spread on almost anything

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Edamame Hummus (Asian adaptation)

Save yourself the hassle and use frozen edamame already removed from the shell. Be sure to read the label. Look for organic or non-GMO soybeans. Make this in a blender. Use edamame hummus the same way you would use any hummus.

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This South American classic is the ideal condiment for almost any savory dish, especially black beans, beef, chicken, fish, tofu, whole grains, and baked potatoes (including sweet potatoes).

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Macadamia Pesto

This versatile pesto is perfect for pizza, pasta, crostini, soup topping, or as a base for dips and dressings. Instead of macadamia nuts, feel free to substitute walnuts, pine nuts, or toasted almond slices. Use any variety of basil.

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This simple probiotic sauce is a delicious accompaniment to grilled meats, vegetables, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), pita, and crudité. Be sure to use unflavored full-fat Greek yogurt (not “Greek-style”) if possible. Avoid yogurt with corn starch (modified food starch) or gelatin, as the finished product will be compromised. Use only Japanese or English cucumber, because the peel is thinner and unwaxed, and seeds are small.

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This recipe is pretty and satisfying enough to entertain with, yet easy enough to whip up on a weeknight.  This was one of my favorite childhood dishes with the creamy delicious cheese sauce enveloping the shells, topped with a flavorful zesty tomato sauce. Serve alongside a simple garden salad with a classic Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Balsamic dressing.

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