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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are perfect to bring to holiday parties or give as presents for family and friends. They are also easy to make. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and grease the baking sheets. Cream butter and both sugars. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl, then add to the creamed mixture. Mix well. Stir in crushed crispy rice cereal and chocolate chips. Drop level tablespoons two inches apart onto the baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Let cool for one minute before removing them from the baking sheet. If you love crispy cookies, these are to die for!

Ingredients for 3 dozen cookies:
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal, crushed to 1 1/2 cups
1 cup chocolate chips

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Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey

Enjoy the amazing juicy smoky flavor of this turkey that you get from the Caliber Pro Kamado. Wash and brine your turkey with your favorite dry brine. Inject turkey under the skin with one cup of apple juice. Stuff turkey with your favorite stuffing and cover exposed stuffing with foil before cooking.

Prepare the Caliber Pro Kamado Smoker by filling the blaze basket accessory with lump charcoal. The basket should sit on the charcoal plate at the rear of the smoker with the hinged part of the grate above it so you can access it. Bring the temperature of the smoker up to 300ºF. Once the temperature has settled, place your turkey centered directly on the grate, breast facing up. Allow 1” of space between turkey and smoker lid. Now add a small handful of apple and pecan smoking chips to the blaze basket and close the lid. The smoker will “smoke” for the first 30-60 minutes of the 3-4 hour cooking process (20-30 min. per pound). After this time, there should be “clean” heat exiting the top vent. Too much time with “smoke” may impart a bitter taste into your turkey. Continue to cook the turkey, checking on it every hour or so with the heat not exceeding 325ºF or falling below 250º F. If the skin darkens too quickly, then tent foil the turkey to avoid burning the skin. This will be a turkey like no other.

Ingredients for Smoked Turkey:
15-20 Lb. Turkey
1 Cup apple juice
Your favorite dry brine and stuffing

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Pumpkin Pie Muffins

These sweet treats are perfect for a Halloween party or leading up to Thanksgiving. Beat 2 sticks softened butter and 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar with a mixer until fluffy. Next, beat in 4 eggs, a 15 ounce can of pumpkin, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of sifted flour, 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice, 1 teaspoon each of baking powder and baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture. Bake in 18-20 lined muffin cups for 25 minutes on 350 degrees F.

Once muffins are cool, you can eat them plain or add this delicious and easy cream cheese frosting recipe: beat 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/2 stick of butter, 1 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until it thickens. Enjoy this great fall recipe!

Ingredients for 18-20 Pumpkin Pie Muffins:
2 sticks softened butter (1 cup)
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
15 ounce can of pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder and baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces of cream cheese
1/2 stick of butter
1 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

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HGTV’s Hidden Potential

Featured Install – (HGTV’s “Hidden Potential” California Cape Cod Episode)

Caliber was thrilled to be part of Scott and Iliana’s renovation project with HGTV designer Jasmine Roth.  The Huntington Beach locals were having trouble entertaining in their house’s cramped quarters and limited seating areas. Jasmine designed a house with a functional floor plan that also stands out on the block with their new state-of-the-art culinary range. If you missed this “Hidden Potential” episode, you can unlock this episode online with your digital cable password.

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Butternut Squash Soup

This is a delicious soup recipe to make on the Caliber Indoor Pro Rangetop during the fall season. Sweet potato is the secret ingredient, which adds an extra sweetness and texture to the soup. Peel, seed and dice the squash. Peel, seed, and dice the sweet potato. Put them both in a pot with the vegetable broth, water, and salt. Bring the pot to a simmer for 40 minutes, or until tender. Be careful not to boil. While the vegetables simmer, melt the butter in a pan. Gently cook the onions in the butter, stirring occasionally, until they begin to caramelize. Continue cooking for about five minutes, stirring often. Add the wine to the onions, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the onions to the mixture in the pot and continue to simmer for the remaining time, about 25 minutes. Puree everything with a hand blender. Add the cream, white pepper, and a bit more salt if needed. Garnish with chives or cilantro. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 Pound butternut squash (about 12 oz peeled, seeded and diced)
1 Large sweet potato (about 12 oz peeled and diced)
2 Cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 Cups water
3/4 Tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
2 Medium onions, sliced
1/3 Cup dry white wine
1/4 Cup half and half
White pepper to taste

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