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Free Monthly Giveaway – Vintage Owl Salt and Pepper Shakers

Congrats to Katie Davis for winning the October apron giveaway! (Don’t be discouraged if you didn’t win, there are still 8 more giveaways left that you can participate in!)

November’s giveaway is in honor of Autumn, my favorite season.  I’m giving away these adorable vintage owl salt and pepper shakers! You know they’re going to look great on your dining room table!

To be eligible for the giveaway just comment on this post about your favorite thing about autumn!

 

 

Cake Stands

Fly Away Fox has some new cake stands for sale! These stands are made with vintage plates (mostly 1970s Japanese stoneware) and vintage colored goblets. These stands are great as table centerpieces and can also hold pies, cookies, and savory hors d’oeuvres! Each one is unique and one-of-a-kind. Pick one up today for only $15!

 

Cake Flour

Cake Flour is an all-natural bakery on Market Street.  They have an eco-friendly building with energy efficient appliances and work hard to maintain a minimal carbon footprint. They use no artificial anything in their products. Their eggs are grown locally, their flour is organic and unbleached, even their shortening is all natural!

They offer a wide range of products from quiches to cupcakes and always have daily specials. If you haven’t visited yet, head down for a treat. You won’t be disappointed! Their food is delicious!

www.cakeflouronmarket.com/

Photos from Cake Flour website

Salton

I recently bought a vintage Salton hot food tray at a yard sale for $1! Salton is a brand that started making appliances in Canada in the 1950s. I think my food tray is from the 1960s based on color and design.  This hot plate not only warms your food but also looks good on the table! I’m excited to use it when I host my Mad Men party in a few weeks!

Choctoberfest

This Wednesday Just Creations is hosting their annual chocolate bake off as part of their Choctoberfest celebration! It starts at 6PM and is free and open to the public. Community members signed up in advance to participate in the bake off and anyone can come and sample the different creations! A panel of local food experts serve as judges with first place, second place, and fan favorite prizes! It’s a fun and delicious event!

Check out some Louisville chocolate companies and see what scrumptious items local businesses are creating!

Coco’s Chocolate Cafe

Cellar Door Chocolates

Stellar Sweets

 

 

Banh Mi

Banh Mi is a Vietnamese baguette sandwich. A result of French colonialism in Vietnam, this delicious sandwich combines both Asian and European flavors making it a unique dish. Traditional ingredients include pickled carrots, daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chilli peppers, pate, grilled meat, and aioli. The flavors are bright, fragrant and delicious!!!

You can find Banh Mi at the following restaurants in Louisville: Nam Nam Cafe at 318 Wallace Avenue, Coco’s Bakery at 6915 Southside Drive, Annie Cafe at 308 West Woodlawn Avenue, and Pho Binh Minh at 6709 Strawberry Lane

Visit these websites to learn more about Banh Mi and read reviews by Louisville blogs:

http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/

http://consuminglouisville.com/

http://battleofthebanhmi.com/

Photo from Food People Want website

Amelie’s French Bakery

I was recently in Charlotte, NC and visited Amelie’s French Bakery twice! Located in the NoDa neighborhood (North Davidson), Amelie’s is open 24/7 and packed with colorful vintage Parisian decor.  Their menu features croque monsieur sandwiches and wild mushroom duxelle tarts which are perfect for lunch.  Sweet items include eclairs, petit fours, croissants, meringues and more! Everything I sampled was delicious, especially the salted caramel brownie.  If you’re ever in Charlotte, you must visit Amelie’s.

http://www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com/

Here are few photos I took of the space.

Ginger Fruit Bundt Cake

I recently tried out a new recipe that combined a few different recipes I’d seen into one.   Ginger Fruit Bundt Cake… delicious! This recipe can be made with apples or pears and even zucchini! I also enjoy mixing all of those ingredients together for interesting textures and flavor combinations.

Ingredients:

4 medium apples, pears or 4 small zucchini – cut into 1/3 inch pieces

1/4 cup candied ginger cut into tiny pieces (about 1 cm)

4 tablespoons honey

2 1/2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup olive oil – not extra virgin just plain

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups all purpose flour

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

5 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

Maple syrup

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil and flour 12 cup bundt pan. Mix apples, pears, or zucchini with honey, ground ginger, 3 teaspoons cinnamon and chopped candied ginger. Set aside in bowl. Combine 2 1/2 cups sugar, eggs, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla in large bowl. Mix/Whisk to blend. Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt into egg mixture.  Spoon 1 1/2 cups batter into bundt pan. Top with half of fruit mixture. Cover with 1 1/2 cups batter then add remaining fruit mixture. Cover with batter.

Bake cake until top is brown and test toothpick comes out with moist crumbs, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Run knife around sides of bundt pan to loosen cake. Turn cake onto rack to cool for 45 minutes.  Lightly brush with maple syrup. Serve warm or at room temperature.

This cake also goes great with plain frozen yogurt or vanilla ice cream! Try it out today!

Tiramisu Four Ways

Having lived in Italy a few years ago, I developed a love for tiramisu. It’s a decadent dessert that is not as popular in the US as it was 15-20 years ago. I’ve developed a few different takes on tiramisu that you can make at home. It requires no baking, all you need is an electric mixer and great ingredients.  Below I’ll list a basic easy traditional tiramisu recipe. Then I’ll include what ingredients to change out and add for each style.  We’ve got Southern Style, Nutty Chocolate, Fresh Lemon, and Chai Spice.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (8-oz) container mascarpone cheese (1 scant cup)
  • 1/2 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 2 cups very strong brewed coffee or brewed espresso, cooled to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sweet Marsala wine
  • 18 savoiardi (crisp Italian ladyfingers, 6 oz)
  • 1/4 cup fine-quality bittersweet chocolate shavings (not unsweetened; made with a vegetable peeler) or 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Preparation:

Beat together yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Beat in mascarpone until just combined.

Beat whites with a pinch of salt in another bowl with cleaned beaters until they just hold soft peaks. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar a little at a time, beating, then continue to beat whites until they just hold stiff peaks. Beat cream in another bowl with cleaned beaters until it just holds soft peaks. Fold cream into mascarpone mixture gently but thoroughly, then fold in whites.

Stir together coffee and Marsala in a shallow bowl. Dip 1 ladyfinger in coffee mixture, soaking it about 4 seconds on each side, and transfer to an 8-inch glass baking dish (2-quart capacity). Repeat with 8 more ladyfingers and arrange in bottom of dish, trimming as needed to fit snugly. Spread half of mascarpone mixture evenly over ladyfingers. Make another layer in same manner with remaining ladyfingers and mascarpone mixture. Chill tiramisu, covered, at least 6 hours.

Just before serving, sprinkle with chocolate.

For Southern Style: substitute half of the whipping cream with buttermilk. whip together according to recipe. Substitute bourbon for Marsala Wine.  I like to use a smooth bourbon like Makers Mark.

For Nutty Chocolate: Add cocoa powder to cream mixture according to taste. I would suggest at least 3 tblsp.  Substitute Frangelico or Amaretto and cream for Marsala Wine.  Sprinkle with crushed hazelnuts or almonds, depending on liquor used.

For Fresh Lemon: Add 1/2 the juice of a lemon to cream mixture. Substitute Limoncello (or lemonade) for Marsala Wine. Sprinkle with lemon zest and top each piece with fresh mint.

For Chai Spice: Add 1/2 tsp clove, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp nutmeg to cream mixture. Substitute Chai Tea (highly concentrated) for Marsala Wine.  Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon, top each piece with candied ginger.

Here are some independent stores in Louisville where you can find natural and local ingredients for whichever recipe you choose to create!  It’s hard to mask items when you’re not baking or cooking them so using local and natural ingredients in a dish like tiramisu really makes a difference.

J.D. Dotson Buttermilk, J.D. Dotson heavy cream – The Root Cellar, Rainbow Blossom, Valu Market

Organic Chai Tea – Just Creations, Rainbow Blossom

Ladyfingers – Lotsa Pasta

Organic Cream Cheese/ Mascarpone Cheese – Rainbow Blossom, Lotsa Pasta, Valu Market

Candied ginger – Rainbow Blossom

Fresh Mint – Farmer’s Markets, Rainbow Blossom

Limoncello, Frangelico, Amaretto – Old Town Liquors

Orchard Dreams

With the warmth of Spring and Summer on the horizon, I’ve been getting the itch to spend more time outdoors. One place I’ve always wanted to visit is Hubers, an apple orchard and winery in Southern Indiana. I also keep finding apple-themed items everywhere I go! I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them with you. In order of photos we have: Handmade Rag Wreath, Vintage tin and wood cheese tray, Vintage Tin Canister, Handmade coasters, Vintage Apple Bakers, Vintage Apple Bakers Original 70s box, Vintage Embroidery. All of these items will be for sale at the Buy Local First Fair on May 22 and then online at my Etsy Shop which will open in June!