Wednesday, May 8, 2013

new stuff for the fair

We've been busy gathering new products for our booth at the Country Living Fair in June. (Rhinebeck, NY, June7-9th). Here's a preview of our new aprons, cards, sun hats and honey bee boxes.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Country Living Fair

Country Living magazine is hosting one of its summer fairs in Rhinebeck, NY this year and we'll be there!

gluten-free marble cake

We stumbled upon this marble cake recipe on the great food blog La tarte gourmande and had to try it. It's a very simple loaf cake made with gluten-free flours. Our sample cake is cooling in the kitchen right now. It's very moist and not too sweet, just the way we like our cakes. We're going to have it for dessert tonight with a little vanilla frozen yogurt. It would make a lovely addition to an Easter brunch or dessert buffet.

Marble Cake (gluten-free)
adapted from La tarte gourmande
1 stick butter, softened
3/4 c. spelt flour
1/2 c. quinoa flour
2 T. flax meal
1/2 c. almond flour (or brown rice flour)
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. natural sugar
3 eggs, at room temp
1 1/2 T cocoa powder
2 t. pure vanilla
1/3 c. buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and  butter a bread/cake pan. Combine the flours, salt and baking powder. Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and buttermilk. Add dry ingredients. Put 1/3 of the batter into a bowl and add the cocoa powder. Pour 1/2 of the vanilla batter into the bottom of the cake pan; add the chocolate batter and top with the rest of the vanilla batter. Swirl with a fork to create the "marbled" look. Make for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a tester comes out cleanly. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.

Monday, February 4, 2013

a country store

I popped into the Hillsdale General Store (in Hillsdale, NY) this afternoon and found three handmade items I had to have: letterpress postcards made by Oblation Press in a 19th Century letterpress studio in Portland, Oregon, a honey & almond scented soy candle handmade by Blithe and Bonny in Bonny Doon, California, and the most delicious piece of shortbread, made just down the road at Bridlewood Farm in Hillsdale, New York! The shortbread is the find of the day, and we hope to add it to our Sweets & Treats section soon.
If you're anywhere near Hillsdale, please stop into the General Store. You'll find a few things to take home too.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

a quick lunch

This time of year is so busy it's hard to find time for lunch during all the shopping, baking, wrapping...Here's a super quick and very healthy lunch that uses leftovers and an easy tahini dressing:

Fill a bowl with brown rice, pasta, polenta or any grain of your choice. Top it with some veg (I used roasted broccoli but anything will work). Heat them up in the microwave and top with tahini dressing made with 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 T tahini, 2 T lemon juice, a clove of garlic (this makes enough dressing for several lunches). Season with salt and pepper to taste. You can add anything else that looks good--I put on a spoonful of leftover cranberry sauce (chutney would be yummy too). In four minutes you have a filling, well-rounded meal to help you get through the rest of your day. And you've helped clear out your fridge to make room for more gingerbread men!

Monday, December 3, 2012

holiday gift ideas

fruit tea & honey: hummingbird ranch & harney & son's

soap box: paper mache box filled with two handmade soap & two 100% cotton washcloths

Friday, November 2, 2012

how sweet

Homemade candy is a real treat--not many of us have the courage to mess around with boiling hot sugar. Luckily we found Lauralei's Kitchen. Laura makes the most delicious caramels with local cream, butter and other yummy things. They are available in three flavors (with more coming for the holidays): apple cider, salted vanilla, and salted pecan bourbon. One is all you'll need to satisfy a sweet craving (ok, maybe two!).