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Get creative with holiday recipes

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

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  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

    Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.

    (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • Nicole Bishop, Maria Crowley and Caitlin Mooney spend a November morning whipping up some holiday treats at Social Grove in Peterborough.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

The holidays are a great time to get creative in the kitchen. If you’re planning a get-together with friends, these three recipes from Social Grove, a recently opened cafe and caterer in Peterborough, should warm the hearts and bring smiles to the faces of your guests.

Roasted Apple Butternut Bisque

2 pounds butternut squash, peeled & cut in half

4-5 apples, depending on their size

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 c. brown sugar

6 tablespoons butter, sliced

3/4 c. heavy cream

In a roasting pan, sprinkle squash and apples with brown sugar and butter (2 tablespoons per half of squash)

Roast butternut squash and apples at 375 degrees until soft (apples will take less time; just remove and set aside)

Saute onions with butter until softened.

Combine squash, apples and onions in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth (adding water if necessary to loosen)

Transfer to a pot and warm the mixture. Add cream and stir until combined.

Nikki Bishop of Social Grove says she first made this soup using sauteed squash and apples, but she found that roasting adds flavor.

“They cook in their own juices,” Bishop says.

And you must use heavy cream, and fold it in slowly.

“It’s really the key, the best part of the soup,” Bishop says about the cream.

The soup can be made ahead of time. Just freeze it after the blending step, then thaw, reheat and add the cream just before serving.

“Turkey” Cream Puffs with Pumpkin Cream Filling

For Puffs:

1 cup water

1 stick butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1 cup flour

4 eggs

For Filling:

1/2 can of One Pie pumpkin puree

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Chocolate:

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon heavy cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Bring water, butter, salt and sugar to a rolling boil and remove from heat.

Add flour (all at the same time) and mix vigorously until combined and flour is completely mixed.

Return to heat and continue to mix for about 30 seconds to cook off moisture.

Remove from heat.

In a stand mixer or with hand mixer, beat in eggs (one at a time), stopping after each addition to scrape bowl.

Transfer “dough” into a pastry bag or Ziploc bag. Cut off the tip and pipe onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Pipe out 2-inch-diameter circles about an inch high onto sheet.

Pipe backwards S shapes for turkey necks and inch-long stripes for feathers

Cook for 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then lower temperature to 350 degrees and cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

For filling, beat all ingredients together until smooth. Put in a pastry bag or Ziploc. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Melt chocolate chips and butter in a small sauce pan on low-medium, whisking until smooth. Add cream and whisk until smooth.

Transfer to a pastry bag or Ziploc.

Assembling the turkeys

Cut puff in half. Fill with cream filling. Stick S shape into the filling to make the head and neck. Return the top half of the puff, leaving some room for feathers.

Using the melted chocolate, pipe chocolate onto each feather; attach the feathers to the back of the turkeys, using more filling as glue, if needed.

With the chocolate, add two dots for eyes and an upside down U for the gizzard and beak.

“I was always afraid to make these puffs,” says Maria Crowley of Social Grove. “It seems very fancy, but it’s really easy.”

The key to making the puffs, Crowley says, is to be sure to stir briskly after adding the flour, so the “dough” doesn’t burn. And the eggs should go in one at a time and be blended thoroughly.

Crowley has fun assembling the turkeys. She says a simple Ziploc bag works just as well as a traditional pastry bag for applying the filling and decorative chocolate. Each turkey will be one of a kind.

Hot Apple Pie Sipper

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened

Cream together butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat in softened ice cream.

Transfer to freezer for at least 3 hours

To serve:

Place 1/3 cup of frozen mixture into a mug and top with hot apple cider!

Add whiskey or brandy to make it an adult beverage (a dessert and nightcap all in one)

Caitlin Mooney of Social Grove says of this party drink, “You can add a dollop of whipped cream if you want to make it really festive. The women of Social Grove prefer whiskey to brandy in their sippers, but the choice is up to you.

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