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February 2014 Recipe of the Month

This month's recipe of Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes is featured in Sweet & Savory Cooking Miraval's newest cookbook created by Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim MacyThese light pancakes are the perfect breakfast treat to surprise your family with on cold mornings!

Note from Chef Kim Macy: Having success with gluten-free recipes isn't just a matter of using the right ingredients; it's also about cooking things properly. You need to know that these pancakes don't behave quite the same as "traditional" ones—you won't see a lot of bubbles forming as you cook the first side, and you'll need to cook them a touch longer than you think you might. The best way to test is by taking a bite!

Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes

Makes 12 Five-Inch Pancakes

  • 1 c. rice flour
  • 1/4 c. tapioca flour
  • 1/4 c. potato starch
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

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Looking for healthier options during your Super Bowl party this year? Try some of these classic dishes with a Miraval twist. Featured in Mindful Eating and Sweet & Savory Cooking, these recipes use natural, fresh ingredients for amazing flavor with tons of nutrients. 

For more healthy, flavorful recipes from Miraval Chefs, order your copy of Mindful Eating or Sweet & Savory Cooking  today!

Venison Chili 

Note from Executive Chef Justin Macy: I make this chili with venison when I cook it at Miraval, but you can use beef chuck as well. Don't grind the meat, however; the cubes will give you a really nice texture. You'll simmer the chili for a long time, which will marry the ingredients and make the meat fork-tender. A little bit of bacon and some canned chipotles in adobo give the dish a hint of smokiness that is balanced by a touch of honey and molasses and some nerve form the porter and red wine.

Serves 6

  • 1/4 lb. applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 lb. medium-diced venison meat or beef-chuck stew meat
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • 1 c. diced red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped

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With freezing temperatures across the nation, we wanted to share some of our most popular Miraval soups to help you keep warm on a cold winter day! These soups, featured in Mindful Eating and our newest Miraval cookbook, Sweet & Savory Cookingare packed with natural ingredients and tons of nutrient-rich vegetables.  Enjoy!

Potato Leek Soup

Note from Executive Chef Justin MacyMaking a pot of this warming soup is an easy way to take home the taste of Miraval. When you puree the finished soup, the potatoes give it a lovely creamy texture without any cream. I like to use Yukon Golds, which are a medium-starch potato with a nice nutty flavor.

Serves 4

  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 2 c. chopped leeks, white part only
  • 2 c. chopped celery
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh garlic

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It's officially awards season! With the 2014 Academy Award nominations announced yesterday, we wanted to share some of our favorite appetizer and cocktail recipes that are perfect for entertaining. These recipes are featured in Mindful Eating and our newest Miraval cookbook, Sweet & Savory Cooking. Enjoy!

Appetizers:

Crab Wontons with Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce

Serves 8

  • 1/4 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 c. cream cheese
  • 1/3 c. finely diced red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. green onions, thinly cut on the bias
  • 2 Tbsp. minced shallots
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 oz. crab meat, picked over to remove any shell
  • 3/4 tsp. lemon zest

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By: Kim Macy, Miraval’s Pastry Chef

In Miraval’s newest book, Sweet & Savory Cooking, my husband, Executive Chef Justin Macy and I share recipes and techniques for making delicious, healthy dishes. A big part of my approach to baking at Miraval is showing you don’t have to deprive yourself of good food – you just need to hold things in balance. Below are some of my favorite ways to easily add nutrition in baking. Enjoy!

 I often mix all-purpose with a whole-wheat flour to add more nutrition and nuttiness to cookies. My Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a great example of this. Get the recipe here >

• Using seeds, nuts, and dried fruits in baked goods is a great way to add anti-oxidants, nutrients, vitamins and essential oils. My Trail Mix Cookies are really easy and kid-friendly. Get the recipe here >

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