Sunday, October 10, 2010

Autumn Smoothie

When I was in college I spent two seasons working at a local orchard, trimming trees, bagging apples, making cider. It was a good job, and a hard one. What I remember more than anything are the awesome smells that came from our ever busy kitchens, spicey, autumn smells: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla. Great stuff.

Here's a smoothie that captures some of those fall flavors. One of my coworkers brought in a whole crate of pears the other day and I was happy to take several off her hands.

1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped.
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 drops pure almond extract
pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg

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