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- To celebrate Thanksgiving, we are continuing our five-year tradition of adopting a flock of turkeys from Farm Sanctuary. Check them out, maybe adopt one of your own. We don't have favorites but if we did, it'd totally be Martha.
- Soapwalla will be at the PS 321 Holiday Shop, from 10am-5pm on December 5! Swing by to check out the complete Soapwalla line, plus stunning work by several other local artists and craftsmakers. Click HERE for more information.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is our next Book Club pick. If you haven't read this book, we cannot recommend it highly enough. We will meet in person in Brooklyn, NY (location TBD) and virtually on Google hangout on December 15, 2015 at 7:00pm EST. Thanks to everyone who participated in Frankenstein, last month's book!
Turmeric + Cardamom Warming Mulled Wine / Cider
When the weather dips, the Netflix goes on and the crockpot gets dusted off. This classic mulled wine recipe is tweaked to include the healing powers of turmeric and cardamom. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic virtues. Curcumin is the active part of this root and has many health-promoting benefits. If you choose not to imbibe or you live in the Southern Hemisphere where summer is just around the corner, skip the wine and brandy and replace it with apple cider or tea.
This is a delicious grounding afternoon (or post-yoga) treat. Add almond milk and agave to taste!
6 whole cloves
2 whole star anise pods
4 (3- by 1/2-inch) strips fresh lemon zest
4 (4- by 1/2-inch) strips fresh orange zest
4 cups dry red wine (from two 750-ml bottles)
1/2 cup kirsch or other cherry-flavored brandy
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar or maple syrup
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
Garnish: cinnamon sticks
Special equipment: a 4-inch square of cheesecloth; kitchen string
Put cloves, star anise, and zest on cheesecloth, then tie closed to form a bag. Combine wine, kirsch, water, sugar/maple syrup, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, and cheesecloth bag in a 4-quart saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring. Simmer 10 minutes. Served best warm in your favorite mug, with a blanket, comfy sweats and a fun movie.
*Recipe altered from Epicurious.com
** Image Source HERE