Each passing season carries its own sweetness; something to love, savor, or look forward to. When the dreary winter begins to relent, what could be a better addition to the season’s end than a generous drizzle of maple syrup?

Pure maple syrup doesn’t just taste fantastic; it is also a healthier choice when it comes to picking sweeteners that are also good for your health. Naturally sweet and nutrient rich, it can be substituted for other refined sugars in most recipes.

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Cast-Iron Beer Bread

This simple recipe uses the activating ingredients in the beer and the baking powder to replace the yeast. Baked in a cast-iron skillet, our bread is served straight from the oven to the table.

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Maple-Balsamic Glazed Acorn Squash Soup

Our Nordic take on a classic squash soup, this recipe blends maple syrup and balsamic vinegar to create a fabulous glaze to enhance the subtle flavor of the acorn squash. Variations can include butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, or parsnips to add a new dimension to a family favorite while making the most of the root vegetables in season.

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 Maple Syrup Butter Tarts

The maple syrup and the cranberries in this recipe give this dish a Northern twist. Serve as a side or salad.

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As far as wine pairing goes for a sumptuous Spring maple-themed menu, we suggest choosing a white wine that is light and fruity, with a balanced acidity, such as an Alsatian Cuvé. Pick a Riesling if you are looking for a citrusy blend that cuts through the texture, leaving a crisp aftertaste; a Gewurztraminer if you prefer a rich and full bodied white, think honeyed fruits and slight gingerbread perfume notes; or opt for a perfumed and full-bodied Pinot Gris, or a Cremant if you prefer a few bubbles in your mix.

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The sugar season is a great excuse to sit down for a feast with family and friends. In case your guests show up before all of your last preparations are done, make sure to have a board of yummy treats for them to snack on.

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 Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Bacon Drizzle

Roasting sweet potatoes must be the simplest and admittedly best way to preserve their flavor. Opt for a darker, grade B maple syrup if you can. The thicker, caramel undertones of the late season harvest will compliment this dish the best.

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Rich, fat-marbled beef ribs require a little TLC to help their flavor and tenderness shine, this is why we suggest simmering them low and slow. The result is a juicy, flavor-packed meat that has absorbed the richness of the cooking juices.

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Braised Bones

Try this cold weather, fall-off-the-bone, dinner masterpiece as a celebration of the days getting longer, a final attempt to satisfy the desire to cozy up with a sumptuous meal.

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Braised Bones

This recipe combines both short and long ribs. We love how dramatic this dish looks when plated upon a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. We love buttery Yukon Gold potatoes, topped with a dollop of cream cheese. Voila! Perfect creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes the whole family will love. Serve with a side of gold coin braised carrots, and roasted acorn squash.

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 Pouding Chomeur

This is a classic Quebecois dessert from the province that produces 75% of the world’s maple syrup. Make this cake in a cast-iron skillet or individual ramekins. This traditional sweet cake embodies the flavors of warm maple syrup soaked pancakes. Serve with freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Make the best of the remaining ice and snow and turn any remaining maple syrup into a wonderful treat by making taffy sticks. We simply love the deliciously chewy texture, a melt in your mouth after-dinner family favorite.

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Butter tarts are a Canadian original! Every family seems to have their own version. This recipe uses maple syrup to give our tarts that “True North” taste. So light and fluffy, you can eat two...or three!

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Making a meal that people are willing to travel for - that is pure happiness. Top off the day’s celebrations with a hearty toast to good times, good people, and the spirit of conviviality that brings us all together.