According to many New England natives, there are actually five seasons in a year: spring, summer, fall, winter and sugaring season. This last one is when the maple trees are ready to be tapped and syrup production can begin for the year. It normally runs between mid February through April and is a sign that winter is truly coming to an end -- and that we can look forward to the warmth of spring.
With sugaring season in full production at the moment, it means it's time to start enjoying the freshly-tapped maple syrup. And we don't have to reserve this sweet syrup for just pancakes and French toast. It's also a great ingredient to cook with, and blends well with both savory and sweet foods. With recipes such as Pork Tenderloin with Maple-Mustard Glaze and Maple-Apple Upside-Down Cake, you'll find it hard to keep any maple syrup in stock.
What's your favorite way to cook with maple syrup? Leave a comment.