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Any suggestions for enjoying these specialty items?

vvvindaloo | Nov 11, 2007 11:24 AM

I went on one of my "impromptu gourmet shopping sprees" yesterday, and am pretty excited about my new purchases. There are a few, though, that I can't seem to decide on how to use... I would love to get some feedback from the CH community. Who wants to play?

1. Rare Hawaiian's "Organic White Honey". This is a white, thick, pure raw honey from the Big Island of Hawaii that is hand-picked from Kiawe trees, unheated, and unfiltered. An 8 oz. jar costs $22.00, so I won't be making honey butter with it, or melting it in my flavored tea! I'll definitely be trying it with cheese, but what to do with 8 oz?

2. Agrimontana's "Amarene Candite in Composta". These are dark, sour cherries from Italy that are preserved in a sugar syrup. I must admit, part of what attracted me to these was the large, reusable, resealable preserving jar that they come in. These are pricy, too, so I would not want to use all of them as a topping for Greek Yogurt (though I can't wait to try that particular combo).

3. Mymoune's "Rose Syrup". This is a 9 oz. pretty glass bottle of Lebanese syrup made with rose petals, sugar and fresh lemon juice. I'm thinking of cocktails... but does anyone have a nice cake recipe for it, perhaps?

4. Austria's Finest Pumpkin Seeds. They are the largest, greenest, most appetizing-looking pumpkin seeds I've ever seen, and I know I'll use them as a garnish for the pumpkin/cream cheese frosting cupcakes I'll be making this week. But I have nearly a cup of them. Any thoughts?

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