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Posts tagged “Maple Syrup

Cranberry Fig Salad

Cranberry Fig Salad with Pomegranate, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #salad #recipe

with wine-poached figs, crumbled blue cheese, pomegranates and toasted pecans I know, I know … it’s the holidays and most of the things I’m posting are … um … healthy. Yeah, I know that’s unusual in the food blogger realms lately. Everyone seems to be posting goodies galore … not me. I’m definitely not in […]


Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #dressing #recipe

I made this dressing for a cranberry salad that I made recently … the salad was delicious (and I will blog it sometime soon), but the dressing was so fabulous, I decided it deserves its own post. It’s very simple to make … and the flavors are wonderful together. It goes really well on any […]


Lavender Cream Cheese Stuffed Figs

Lavender Cream Cheese Stuffed Figs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lavender #creamcheese #figs #recipe

I found some fresh figs … right here in the midwest where such exotic things oh so rarely make an appearance. The foodie in me has been extremely jealous of all the fresh fig recipes I see online … I always ooh and ah over them, wishing, oh wishing, that I could experience this marvelous-ness that is […]


Maple Strawberry Chocolate Chip Waffles

Maple Strawberry Chocolate Chip Waffles ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #decadent #breakfast #recipe #waffles

My teenage daughter made these beautiful waffles last weekend. We had strawberries so she decided to slice some up for her waffle and look at this beautiful presentation! She made her waffle look like a spring flower. Her waffle looked so pretty that we decided we should take pictures. This waffle recipe is one that she makes […]


Minted Cantaloupe Chicken Salad

Minted Cantaloupe Chicken Salad with Minted Yogurt Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #melon #salad #recipe

My dad gave me one of his first few prized cantaloupes from his garden. Dad absolutely loves cantaloupe and always plants an abundance of them in his garden. We await them eagerly every year. They are sooo sweet and juicy and wonderful. When you put a piece in your mouth, it practically melts on your […]


Apricot Date Nut Baked Oatmeal

Apricot Date Nut Baked Oatmeal ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #apricot #breakfast #recipe

I am not done yet with apricots! There is still a little box full of them in my fridge and I am dreaming up even more ways to enjoy them. If you know my fascination with baked oatmeals, you would know I really just HAD to try apricots in a baked oatmeal. Apricots intensify when baked. […]


Very Berry Ice Cream Float

Very Berry Ice Cream Float ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #icecream #float #recipe

July is National Ice Cream Month. Normally, I’m not a “drink my calories” kinda gal, but every once in a while, you gotta give in and have a summer treat, especially when we’re right in the middle of National Ice Cream Month and the temperatures outside are soaring. We’ve been very lucky this summer. Temperatures have […]


Cherry Vanilla Rum Sauce

Cherry Vanilla Rum Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #amazing #simple #cherry #sauce #recipe

What do you do when you suddenly, on a whim, find yourself with 10 lbs. of marvelous sweet red cherries that are at their very peak of ripeness?  It happened one night … I came home from work and signed into facebook and found myself face to face with a notice from the fruit club saying […]


Roasted Grape & Walnut Salad

Roasted Grape & Walnut Salad with blue cheese, fresh mint and a maple ginger yogurt dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #grape #salad #recipe

with fresh mint, blue cheese & a Maple Ginger Yogurt dressing Grapes are a tricky little type of fruit at my house of ultra-picky eaters. When perfectly crisp and fresh, my practically grown kids will eat them and eat them, but if they are even just a bit soft, they turn up their noses at […]


Pretty Peanut Butter Truffles

Pretty Peanut Butter Truffles ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #beautiful #decadent #chocolates #recipe

Pretty molded truffles that look and taste as wonderful as if you had bought them from a fabulous chocolatier … with a little time, the right mold, some high quality chocolate melts and some patience, you can make these beautiful chocolates for the peanut butter lover in your life. In my life, it seems, the peanut […]


Banana Maple Nut Oatmeal

Banana Maple Nut Oatmeal ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fast #simple #hot #healthy #breakfast #recipe

When you’ve got only a few minutes to cook or you just want something quick and hot for breakfast, there’s nothing quite like a nice bowl of steamy oatmeal. This one is especially good if you have over-ripe bananas on your counter that really need to be used in some fashion and you just don’t have […]


Cherry Apple Walnut Chopped Salad

Cherry Apple Walnut Chopped Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #winter #salad #recipe

This salad is a light mix of fruity flavors with greens and a maple-licious dijon dressing. The dried cherries add an intensity that contrasts nicely with the crunchy sweet apples. I mixed in some Napa cabbage for the pretty curly leaves and the lovely light green color. Spinach provides the dark green. It’s a great way to use […]


Cranberry Apple Pear Oat Crumble

Cranberry Apple Pear Oat Crumble ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fruity #baked #oatmeal #recipe

It has been so dang COLD here lately, so I decided I need to make myself something nice and warm and cozy for breakfast. Have I mentioned before that I love eating dessert for breakfast? Well, I do, especially since I found out that eating dessert for breakfast can help you lose weight — and keep […]


Maple Roasted Pear & Bacon Salad

Maple Roasted Pear & Bacon Salad with cranberries, candied walnuts & blue cheese and a maple dijon white wine vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #roasted #pear #bacon #salad #recipe

with dried cranberries, blue cheese, candied walnuts & a maple dijon white wine vinaigrette I have had the idea for this salad wandering about in the back of my brain for quite a while. I kept buying pears and meaning to make it, but then ending up using the pears for something else. This particular pear I chanced on […]


Maple Spice Apple Crisp

Maple Spice Apple Crisp ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lowsugar #apple #crisp

My yoga friend’s apple tree had a plentiful year. For weeks she brought us buckets full of apples, with special bags for us to bring a bunch of apples home with us. I filled up a couple bags of apples and brought them home … I did use a few of the apples, but most of […]


Sweet Maple Pumpkin Spice Hummus

Sweet Maple Pumpkin Spice Hummus ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #sweet #autumn #hummus #recipe

Adapted from The First Year Blog The taste of pumpkin and all those lovely autumn pumpkin spices in a healthy sweet maple dip that is reminiscent of hummus. Well actually it IS hummus, minus the garlic and tahini, then add in pumpkin puree, peanut butter (to stand in for the tahini), pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup. […]


Ginger Apple Plum Oat Crumble

Ginger Apple Plum Oat Crumble ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fruity #baked #oatmeal #recipe

After teaching two breakfast cooking classes where we made overnight oat parfaits, I was a little burned out on overnight oats. But I had some chopped plums and freshly grated ginger left from the class and decided I needed to bake them into something warm and cozy with some lovely spices, maple syrup and pecans. A […]


Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Parfait

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Parfait ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #overnight #oatmeal #parfait #makeahead #breakfast #inajar

It’s almost time for my second cooking class! I’m doing a class on make-ahead breakfasts this month and one of the things we’ll be making are overnight oatmeal breakfast parfaits. I’ve been making lots of different flavors to see which ones work best before the class, and this one turned out to be a total […]


Ginger Plum Breakfast Parfait

Ginger Plum Overnight Oatmeal Breakfast Parfaits ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #makeahead #breakfast #recipe

My stomach needs time to “wake up” in the morning before I eat, so for me I need an easy option to bring with me to work that I can eat while I’m working. I get bored with the same old same old breakfast routine so I need to switch it up a bit every […]


Making Salads a Sumptuous Meal

Strawberry Almond Wild Violet Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

with helpful links for salad inspirations, salad questions, health information, and links to over 81 salad and salad dressing recipes Last week I hosted my very first cooking class. My full-time job doesn’t normally involve cooking, but I found a way to combine the two! I went to our HR director and volunteered to do […]


Red White & Blue Ricotta Galette

Red White & Blue Ricotta Galette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #4thofJuly #dessert #recipe

Happy Independence Day! I woke up early today, the sun shining on my bed at 5:30 am and I was absurdly, entirely awake. I had planned to sleep in today, but my body and the sun had other plans, apparently. There was no use lying in bed when I was so thoroughly alive and awake. […]


Maple Marmalade Cream Cheese

Maple Marmalade Cream Cheese ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #schmear #recipe

You might have noticed if you’ve been following me for a while that I have a thing for really good “schmear” … that is, something creamy, cheesy and wonderful to spread on your bread, bagel or crackers. This one has a sunshiny citrus flavor that reminds me of Florida. This was another “treasure” I created […]


Roasted Pears with Maple Nut Mascarpone

Roasted Pears with Maple Nut Mascarpone Filling ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #light #dessert #recipe

Do you ever walk into the grocery store and find yourself smitten with some piece of fruit you see in the entrance? This was one of those times. I walked in … and there were these gorgeous pears … I was intrigued, and then drawn, and then … I just had to have them. I […]


Healthy Pumpkin Ginger Soup with Sriracha

Healthy Pumpkin Ginger Soup with Sriracha ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #soup #recipe

Creamy, smooth, lightly sweet (but not TOO sweet) pumpkin soup with a bit of a kick … what more could you want in a soup? For me, I want it to be healthy too. I know, I know, it’s not “pumpkin season” … but who says we have to have a “season” for pumpkin? It’s […]

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