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Florentine Style Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

We all enjoy a sweet treat but one that is loaded with healthy ingredients and has great flavor is definitely ideal. Susanne suggests scooping these cookies while the dough is soft and fairly liquid so that the cookies spread out and are almost like Florentine’s in texture. The recipe makes 3 dozen and trust me, hide some as they will disappear in record time.


Susanne Jensen

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1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats

¾ cup oat flour (rolled oats can be pulverized in the food processor until fine)

½ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp baking soda

1 cup nuts, walnuts, pecans or almonds, coarsely chopped

1 cup dark chocolate chips

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup maple syrup

⅓ cup brown rice syrup

2 tsp pure vanilla extract


Heat the oven in the Convection mode 325 ℉. Line  two flat cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Place the rolled oats, flour, salt, baking soda, nuts and chocolate chips in a large bowl and mix together. In a smaller bowl combine, oil, maple syrup, brown rice syrup and vanilla and whisk together.Stir the wet ingredients into the dry.

Scoop the dough with a tablespoon cookie scoop and place the mounds at least 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets so they have room to spread while baking. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until crisp. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool and continue baking.

Variations: Add lemon zest, orange zest, crystalized ginger or dried fruit.

Makes 30 - 36 cookies


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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots

Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.  

In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.

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1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs

1 - bunch fresh sage leaves

¾ - cup olive oil

1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks

2 - cups tangerine juice

2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed

2  - cups, packed light brown sugar

1 - cup water

½ - teaspoon whole cloves

2 - cinnamon sticks

1 ½ - lbs baby carrots

Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.

Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. 

Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep. 

Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.

Bake for 2 hours.


Combine the  butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.  

Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.

Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.

Serves 12

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