These maple macaroons are a great way to use up leftover egg whites to make a less sweet treat. They're sweetened with maple syrup and thickened with arrowroot, which produces a light, crunchy cookie. These take quite a while to bake, so keep that in mind before you start mixing. If you find that your finished cookies aren't quite as crisp as you would like, you can extend the cooking time at low heat, or put them in the dehydrator for a few hours. (If the weather is humid, they may absorb moisture from the air.) [Read more…] about Maple Macaroons – Refined Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Delicious!
Maple Sugaring Season with Silloway Maple
Maple sugaring season – the ten day forecast…. sugarmakers are watching, some are heading to the sugarbush to tap. Others are finishing up logging jobs, or busily making “drops”, the two foot piece of tubing with a spout on one end, and a T on the other. The temperature must rise above freezing in the day, and fall below overnight for the sap to run. Within the next three weeks, our crew will head out with maple tapping equipment, getting the tubing up and tight where there is damage, putting on new spouts, and tapping! [Read more…] about Maple Sugaring Season – A Visit to the Sugar House Plus Tasty Recipes
Did you know which state produces the most cranberries? That would be my home – Wisconsin, which produces nearly 2/3 of the cranberry crop annually. Near my home in North East Wisconsin, we also have Door County, which produces a sizable crop of tart cherries, plus quite a number of maple syrup producers.
I figured I'd try something a little different this year and combine three of my favorite Wisconsin foods – cranberries, tart cherries and maple syrup. Cherries are naturally sweeter than cranberries, so this allows you to cut back on the sugar compared to standard cranberry sauce. Maple syrup and sugar also have trace minerals not found in refined sugars. And, of course, brightly colored cranberries and cherries are also loaded with antioxidants. [Read more…] about Fresh from Wisconsin – Cranberry Cherry Sauce