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‘morning, sunshine. {florida orange caramel coffee frappe}

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we live in florida, at least for now, and we make the most of our never-ending supply of local, fresh produce.  i’m not sure if there’s been a week go by that we don’t have a bowl of florida oranges in the big wooden bowl on the kitchen island.

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when Florida Department of Citrus contacted me to offer a mini-cookbook giveaway for readers, i was excited to participate, because citrus is one of my favorite “food groups,” whether as a snack or a recipe addition.

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the cookbook is full of innovative ways to cook with citrus, including recipes like crispy gator salad (of course a floridian would name that!), beef short ribs (oh, my husband’s dream dish) with florida orange texas-style barbecue sauce, and florida citrus-peach mint julep (oh, my, southern-girl-heaven).

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in the afternoons, i often hit a slump and get a desperate craving for coffee and sugar (i’m working on adding more protein through the day to help with that!), but this coffee frappe finished off my craving with a pop of citrus.

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the original recipe calls for sugar and orange juice; we opted for fresh oranges we juiced, and replaced the sugar with raw honey.  i highly recommend this switch – the honey adds nutritional value and a deep sweetness that brings so much more to the flavor!

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here is our version of the recipe.  would you like the original?  enter to win a cookbook from Florida Department of Citrus below!

from their words:

·         Drinking just one 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice has no added sugar and is an excellent natural source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, a key nutrient that helps support a healthy immune system/overall health.

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florida orange caramel coffee frappe


  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1-2 cups ice, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon caramel (or this primal caramel sauce)
  • 2 cups strong coffee
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Add ingredients to a high-speed blender in the order listed.
  2. Begin with one cup ice, and add up to two cups, stopping blender, as needed.
  3. To serve, pour into two chilled glasses.
  4. Frappe will naturally "settle" into layers of color as it sits.
  5. If you prefer, stir with a spoon to combine layers.

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Savory Cauliflower Soup {Paleo Blender Soup Recipe}

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this soup is so thick and creamy… almost meaty in texture.  adding the element of both fresh and sun-dried tomatoes gives a salty, almost briny- flavor, and smoky depth.

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you can steam the vegetables first, if you like, but roasting them adds another great layer of flavor.  if you like, you can double the vegetables for roasting and save some for another night.  that’s what i did – i doubled and roasted the cauliflower/onion combination, then froze half for a second batch!

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you won’t believe how easy it is to whip up in your high-speed blender, or even a regular blender if you don’t have one.

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you know you want to make it.  like now.  here’s the recipe!

Savory Carrot-Cauliflower Soup


  • 1 whole cauliflower
  • 1 sweet onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup walnut oil, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 2-4 sun dried tomatoes, soaked
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, plus extra for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut cauliflower into large chunks, approximately the same size as onion pieces.
  3. Place onion and cauliflower in roasting pan and drizzle with half of walnut oil (may substitute olive oil).
  4. Season with salt and pepper, and roast 20 minutes.
  5. Place roasted vegetables with remaining ingredients in high-speed blender in order listed.
  6. Beginning at low speed, quickly accelerate to high speed.
  7. Blend 2-4 minutes, or until hot and steam puffs from vented lid.
  8. Serve sprinkled with coarse salt and dried thyme.
  9. Special note: for using a regular or hand-held stick blender, Simmer vegetables with one cup vegetable broth. Carefully transfer in small batches to a blender or use a hand-held stick blender to blend until creamy.

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