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Maple Spiced Cabbage

Maple Spiced Cabbage

This easy vegetable dish is a favorite on our Thanksgiving table, but also delicious year round. It’s spiced with warm cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and lightly sweetened with maple and apples. The tart cranberries, onions and garlic offset with savory goodness. Enjoy!

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon both salt and pepper
  • one medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • large clove of garlic, minced
  • small head of purple cabbage, thinly sliced into strips
  • medium green apple, chopped into small chunks
  • 2 cups fresh, unsweetened cranberries
  • 4 tablespoons Couching Lion Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of each: cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Heat olive oil in a large pan and add onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Saute until translucent and then add cabbage, apple, cranberries, maple syrup, cider, orange juice and spices. Cook until cabbage and apples are softened and cranberries have popped open, 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon unsalted butter.

Maple Apple Crisp

Maple Apple Crisp

Apple season in Vermont is one of my favorite times. There are several orchards nearby and we have both cultivated and wild apple trees growing on our farm. The combination of maple, spices and apples is amazing. Top with a crumbly, buttery oat mixture and you have a dessert that is sure to bring out autumn vibes!


6 apples of any variety, I prefer Macintosh or Paula Red, mixing varieties is also great

1/2 Cup Couching Lion Maple Sugar

1 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon (divided)

1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


1/2 cup of pure Couching Lion Maple Syrup

3/4 cup of oats

3/4 cup of all purpose flour

1/2 cup butter

dash of salt


Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Butter an 8×8 baking dish, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, add chopped apples, granulated maple sugar, 3/4 tsp of the cinnamon and lemon juice.  Stir to combine, then transfer to prepared baking dish.

In a separate mixing bowl, add dry topping ingredients (oats, flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, and diced cold butter).  Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the oat mixture, using a slight downward twisting motion, until mixture resembled pea-sized crumbs.  Alternatively, you can use two forks or even your hands to cut butter into the mixture. Once the butter is well incorporated, stir in maple syrup.

Spread topping over apples in baking dish, and gently pat to even it out.  Bake 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy!

Maple Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Maple Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Most cream cheese frosting recipes use many cups of confectioner’s sugar. This recipe uses only pure maple sugar, making it not only more delicious but so much healthier! Bring to room temperature 8 oz cream cheese and 6 tablespoons unsalted butter. Add the cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on low. Slowly add in chunks of butter until it is well incorporated.

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Maple Sugar Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Maple Sugar Pumpkin Spice Muffins

This classic pairing of maple, pumpkin and spices comes to me from my sister, Juniper. She and her kids are always experimenting in the kitchen with their number one ingredient, maple!


1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil)

1/2 cup granulated maple sugar

1/2 cup Couching Lion Maple Syrup

1 and 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling- you can find it canned or halve a pie pumpkin, remove seeds, bake in oven at 350 for an hour, scoop out flesh and puree)

2 large eggs


First, set oven at 425. Mix together the flour, baking soda, spices and salt. In a separate bowl combine vegetable oil, maple sugar, maple syrup, pumpkin puree and eggs. Make a small well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Stir just until combined. Lumps are ok! Pour into prepared muffin tin (greased) or paper liners. Bake at 425 for 5 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 and bake about 15 minutes more or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool muffins completely if using Maple Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting.

Maple Syrup Grades

Maple Syrup Grades

All Maple syrup is delicious! People tend to feel very strongly about their favorite grade, however. Learn more about the different grades to know what’s best for baking or pouring on pancakes.

Golden Color with Delicate Taste

Usually made at the beginning of the new maple season, this syrup was known once graded as Fancy. Subtle maple flavor is best appreciated when used on pancakes or waffles or paired with rich dairy items like yogurt or vanilla ice cream.  Try it over Greek yogurt or for a simple but elegant dessert, simply pour this grade of Vermont syrup over vanilla ice cream. 

Amber Color with Rich Taste

Usually made about mid-season and often seems to be the most popular for all-around use. Full of characteristic maple flavor, this syrup is equally as good over waffles as it is in salad dressings, cocktails, or in a maple-sweetened barbecue sauce. If you’re only going to have one grade of Vermont maple syrup in your kitchen, make it Amber Color with Rich Taste.

Dark Color with Robust Taste

As the maple season progresses, the syrup darkens in color and develops a more robust maple flavor. Good for all around use, its hearty flavor is a great choice for all kinds of recipes. Pour over baked apples or squash, use as a glaze for meats and vegetables, or sweeten baked goods. This grade pairs well with smoky and spicy flavors like chipotle peppers, sriracha, or bourbon.

Very Dark Color with Strong Taste

Produced at the end of the season, it’s perfect for cooking and baking. When you need a strong maple flavor in a bread or cookie, ice cream, or barbecue sauce, this is the grade of choice. 

The Health Benefits of Real Vermont Maple Syrup

The Health Benefits Of Real Vermont Maple Syrup

Derived from 100% maple sap and minimally processed over a wood fired arch, our maple syrup is a healthy addition to your meals! Many people enjoy a few tablespoons each day in coffee, over oatmeal or yogurt, in salad dressing and marinades and of course with waffles and pancakes! It has a lower glycemic index than other sugars, making it a better choice for people with insulin resistance. Maple syrup is also packed with minerals and antioxidants. Swap out all your sweeteners for nature’s healthiest syrup!

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Minerals found in maple syrup, high fructose corn syrup, honey, white sugar and brown sugar.

Holiday Newsletter 2022

Couching Lion Maple Sugar Farm

Holiday Newsletter 2022

Happy Holidays!

After an exceptionally long and warm Vermont fall, it is starting to feel more like winter is approaching. The days are shorter, most leaves have fallen and we’ve had a couple of light snows. This is good news for our sugar maples which need several months of dormancy in order to produce sweet maple sap in the spring.  

We’re packaging our delicious maple syrup in all shapes and sizes for your holiday gift giving. A small gift of maple syrup is a wonderful way to show gratitude and appreciation.  

Savory, sweet and a cocktail! Maple enhances every dish.

Incredible Maple Bars

Back by popular demand…..

shake up your holiday baking with this maple treat!



  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup maple sugar
  • 1 cup flour


  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup maple sugar
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine butter, maple sugar and flour and stir until the mixture is crumbly. Press mixture into an 8 inch greased baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.


  1. In a saucepan, combine the maple syrup, maple sugar and walnuts and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter and stir until melted.
  2. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the flour and salt. Add egg mixture to maple syrup mixture and stir to combine. Pour over the base and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until set. Cool completely before cutting.

Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

In a cocktail shaker combine 2 ounces bourbon, 1 ounce lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Couching Lion Maple Syrup, a dash of vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon. Shake and strain into your favorite glass!

Check out Half Baked Harvest for many more creative maple inspired recipes.

Maple Syrup Glazed Red Cabbage

This colorful vegetable pairs well with poultry and is a delicious non-traditional Thanksgiving dish.


Yield: 4 to 6 servings

  • 5 slices bacon, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 medium firm, tart apple, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 pound red cabbage (about ½ head), cored, outer leaves removed and shredded
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½cup maple syrup
  • Salt and black pepper
  1. Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. In an ovenproof saucepan or Dutch oven large enough to hold all of the ingredients, sauté the bacon over medium until crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 more minutes.
  2. Step 2Add the apple, cabbage, bay leaf, maple syrup, and season with salt and pepper, cover, and transfer to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.

Join the 123rd Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Our sugarbush is enrolled in Audubon’s Bird friendly Maple Project.We love seeing how our forest stewardship protects habitat for birds. Participate in the Christmas Bird Count from your neck of the woods or get in touch if you’d like to bird in our sugarbush.

Whether giving as a gift or keeping for yourself, maple syrup is the perfect addition to your gatherings with friends and family. Shop all our products online or visit our Maple Kiosk on Aestivalis Hill!

As 2022 draws to a close, we want to thank all our wonderful customers, friends and family who support our business. We are grateful for so much. Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday.

XO From Huntington,

Chaska, Matt and Sugardog Archie