Lydia's Kitchen Blog

Banana, Raspberry, and Maple Muffins

Banana, Raspberry, and Maple Muffins

Here's a fun new recipe from our daughter Madeline.  We are so pleased that both girls share our appreciation of great food and enjoy spending time together in the kitchen.

My sister, Ava, and I love to bake. We are always trying new recipes together. I would like to share with you our healthy version of banana muffins.

2 ripe bananas
¼ cup Crown Maple Dark Amber Syrup
1 and ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons flaxseed
¼ cup 2% organic yogurt (we used Chobani yogurt)
¼ cup apple sauce
2 whole organic eggs and 1 organic egg white
4 tablespoons walnut oil (coconut oil is another good alternative)
1 cup organic rolled oats
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup whole wheat flour (quinoa flour is a good gluten free alternative)
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raspberries (or another type of berry)


In a bowl, sift together the baking soda, baking powder, flaxseed, rolled oats, and cinnamon.

Crown Maple Syrup Lends Regal Flavor to Hearty Meals

It’s February, and even though this winter has been milder than most, it’s still cold. And when it’s cold, I enjoy preparing and eating hearty meals.

We used to call this “comfort food,” but to me the term connotes dishes that are heavy and perhaps even a bit on the unhealthful side. But I have some good news: it is possible to prepare relatively healthful hearty meals that are delicious.

One of my favorite winter meals is pork roast with dried-fruit compote with a side of stuffed sweet potatoes. Both of these recipes have wonderful flavors and are fairly easy to prepare. Because the pork roast is done with a slow cooker, I usually prepare it in the morning before I leave for the day and then voila – it’s ready when the family comes together for dinner.

I hope you’ll try and enjoy these recipes and share them with friends and loved ones. If you have a favorite recipe – hearty or not – that you make using Crown Maple Syrup, be sure to enter it in our monthly Crown Maple Recipe Contest. You could win a trio of Crown Maple Light Amber Syrup, Crown Maple Medium Amber Syrup, and Crown Maple Dark Amber Syrup. I’d also love to know how you use our different varieties of Crown Maple Syrup. Can you pick a favorite?

Stay warm!

Crown Maple Syrup Featured on NBC’s Today Show

It’s been quite an exciting couple of weeks for us here at Crown Maple Farm. First, we were featured on The Martha Stewart Show and this past Monday, it was Woman’s Day Magazine Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Mayhew telling the nation on NBC's Today Show about our pure maple syrup. Pinch me.

Crown Maple Syrup was featured on NBC's Today ShowElizabeth called our Dutchess County home “the perfect place weather-wise and climate-wise” for maple syrup and told Ann Curry and the audience about our “100% organic… absolutely delicious” light amber, medium amber and dark amber syrup. She even mentioned how we sustainably manage the farm. She was very kind.

NBC’s Dec. 12 Today Show Gift Round-Up Includes Crown Maple Syrup

We’re very excited that Crown Maple Syrup is going to be featured Monday on NBC’s Today Show.

Woman’s Day Magazine Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Mayhew will offer a holiday gift guide round-up with favorite products from regions around the country; and plans to include Crown Maple syrup as her choice for the Northeast.

The segment is scheduled to air on December 12 during the second hour of Today, but tune in early in case there’s a time change or breaking news that bumps the story.

You may want to set your DVR or TiVo if you can’t watch it live. We’ll probably do both!

Crown Maple really is ideal for everyone on your holiday shopping list and looks extra festive with our new “Royal Treatment” Crown Signature box and message card. Trendy Crown Maple apparel also makes a popular gift. Order soon so your sweet surprises arrive on time!

Crown Maple Syrup Featured on The Martha Stewart Show

If you missed 'The Sticky Show' episode of The Martha Stewart Show, you missed Martha and TV Chef Nora Singley making an amazing version of the traditional British favorite, Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Martha Stewart and Nora Singley use Crown Maple Medium Amber Syrup to make Sticky Toffee Pudding on The Martha Stewart ShowThis "ooey-gooey good" version features Crown Maple Medium Amber Syrup and is sure to be a hit in your home whether you're making it for family, entertaining or simply treating yourself.

Try Martha Stewart’s Upside-Down Sticky Toffee Pudding Made With Crown Maple Medium Amber Syrup

Crown Maple Syrup was featured on today’s “The Sticky Show” episode of The Martha Stewart Show. Martha and TV Chef Nora Singley selected our Medium Amber Syrup as the key ingredient to create Upside-Down Sticky Toffee Pudding, considered by the show that airs on the Hallmark Channel “the gooiest, stickiest toffee pudding ever tasted.”

Watch Martha Stewart use Crown Maple Syrup to make Sticky Toffee Pudding on The Martha Stewart Show tomorrow

We’re telling all our friends to watch The Martha Stewart Show tomorrow (Nov. 30) at 10 a.m. Eastern on the Hallmark Channel. Martha and TV Chef Nora Singley use Crown Maple Medium Amber Syrup to make the best Sticky Toffee Pudding you’ve ever tasted. We'll post the recipe after the show airs.

Make These Maple Syrup Recipes Your New Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – the weather is usually fairly good and there’s no dealing with gift giving.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yoursLike many of you, we’re headed over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for a big family Thanksgiving. My parents host the holiday at their home in Pennsylvania – there will be about 20 of us all together. My parents are amazing cooks. We start about 4:00 p.m. and sit around the table and eat all day, finishing with lots of great desserts.

Of course, our meal will feature a lot of delicious dishes made from recipes using pure maple syrup from Crown Maple.

My sister does most of the baking for Thanksgiving; this year she’s making apple streusel and pumpkin pie with Crown Maple Light Amber syrup. The recipes are below in case you’d like to try them, too – who knows, they may become part of your family’s Thanksgiving tradition.

Chefs Jonathan Benno and Richard Capizzi Share Recipes Featuring Crown Maple Syrup

We’ve only been selling our certfiied organic pure maple syrup for a few months, but we’re already bowled over by the reaction we are getting everywhere we go. It’s very gratifying to be so well received, especially by some of the best chefs in the country, who have provided us – and you! – with maple syrup recipes using Crown Maple.

The latest chefs to share their secrets with us are Chef Jonathan Benno, formerly the chef de cuisine at Per Se and now executive chef at Lincoln Ristorante, the new modern Italian restaurant at New York City’s Lincoln Center, and Pastry Chef Richard Capizzi, also from Lincoln, who turns out the most authentic and refined Italian desserts using modern methods and the finest ingredients.

Crown Maple Syrup to Appear on The Martha Stewart Show

I had a great day yesterday. My sister Jessica and I were invited to the set of The Martha Stewart Show to watch a taping of her Nov. 30th episode that, among other things, featured Crown Maple Syrup! For a new company like ours, this was a very big deal.

The show’s producers were kind enough to seat us in the front row where we had a great view of how they put the show together. The set was amazing, with every inch decked out in a rich fall theme with colors and props. Not a detail was missing as you might expect from anything Martha touches.

I told Robb after the taping that I missed my calling in life. I would love to have a set like that to decorate and cook in! Although I don’t think I’d ever want to actually be on camera…

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