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Apple Cider and Clementine Syllabub

For many years now I have turned to this Lemon Syllabub for a quick and elegant dessert when entertaining guests. It is bright, refreshing, and can be made ahead of time, perfect for a summer evening. Of course it isn't summer anymore. We have falling leaves, pumpkins, halloween decorations, and occasionally a chill in the air (just not today, today we were pushing 80 and stripping off our long sleeves and sweaters just when we thought the cool weather would finally stick). As I was doing my research for this article I came across a wikipedia page that said of syllabub "It is reputedly most traditionally made by the milkmaid milking the cow directly into a jug of cider." Ah ha! Apple cider is perfect fall weather fare. So today in honor of the milkmaid and her cider I give you my version of a Fall Syllabub.

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Coconut Milk Gelatin with Pomegranate Lime Sauce

When I started this recipe adventure (much later in the day then I had intended) I thought I was going to make a mango pudding with some kind of pomegranate sauce. When I cut open my mango it was brown and unappealing, so I had to come up with something else to use my pomegranate in. I could have used yogurt except that I have been so busy making desserts and treats that making homemade yogurt keeps getting pushed aside. I looked at making a chia pudding, but since they generally soak overnight and as I was running behind I kept looking.

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Simple Cinnamon Berry Compote

Today I have a guest post! It is my Dad, Granddad to my kiddos, and Dennis Green to the rest of the world. Growing up my Dad loved to take over in the kitchen to make special breakfasts and special treats (often involving ice cream or chocolate and peanut butter), today is no different. In order to give me a little break he sent me one of his tried and true quick dessert recipes. I expected just a simple ingredient list with a few directions, but he went the extra mile and created a whole article for me (Thanks Dad!). So without further blathering from me, here it is.

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Simple Stovetop Popcorn- No Special Equipment Needed


For the longest time I thought a popcorn maker was needed to make good popcorn. I grew up with an air popper or microwavable bags. When I started learning about traditional food I still assumed I needed special equipment and sought out special stovetop poppers with fancy cranks. It was pretty cool to turn the crank and watch everything pop through the special glass window, but it took up precious room in my kitchen and only had one use. When it broke I didn't want to replace it. Instead I grabbed my stainless steel soup pot with a glass lid and gave it a try. It worked. It was fast and easy. Almost as fast as microwavable bags, but a thousand times better (better tasting and better for you). Today my three boys and I gathered around our stovetop to make a special cinnamon and sugar treat for our snack time.

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Frozen Blueberries and Fresh Cream

I would say that the majority of the treats I have posted for this 31 day challenge have been simple. Today's is as basic as it comes, a dessert my family has enjoyed for years (probably at least the last 20 years), with just two ingredients (I add a third ingredient but it is completely optional).

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