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November 14, 2007

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Filed under: Seattle, cookbook ideas — Kate @ 8:03 pm

The hustle and bustle of the Holiday season is already here.  I can feel it in every way.  Our team is busy getting cookbooks ready for the Holidays, and like you, I’m trying to find time to get my shopping knocked out so I can enjoy some of the festivities this season.  I’m in full Type A list mode!  I have 5 pages of lists going- shopping lists, “To Do” lists, and lists for travel plans. 

I always find myself craving certain foods this time of year, so in the spirit of “list making”, I thought I would make a list of my favorite things of the season:

  •  Sweet Potatoes-  I can’t get enough of warm sweet potatoes flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter.  My friend, Mara, laughed when you looked in my fridge this weekend!  She found raw sweet potatoes, sweet potato pancakes, mashed sweet potatoes, and sweet potato pieces from Trader Joes!
  • Butternut Squash- Soup, ravioli, or baked with nutmeg and cinnamon- I love it any way!
  • Pumpkin- Especially Martha’s Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter.  Click here to read more about this recipe!
  • Bartlett Pears- Bartlett pears are my favorite fruit of the season.  They are so delicious and perfectly sweet.  I like to have one for dessert or late in the afternoon.
  • Honey Crisp Apples- I eat an apple every day for breakfast.  Some would say this is boring, but it makes me feel so good and healthy.  It’s the best way to start a day!  Honey Crisps are my favorite apple this time of year.  They are very crisp and lightly sweet.   
  • Macaroons- My friend Mindy made the best macaroons last weekend.  She made them with almond extract and dipped them in chocolate.  Yumm! 
  • Hot Chocolate- Living in Seattle has changed many things for me!  I now understand why this city is so famous for its coffee and coffee-drinking.  It is very necessary this time of year when days are short and sometimes gray.  I have a new appreciation for coffee, but recently I have gone back to my childhood favorite, Hot Chocolate.  What a treat!

What are your favorite foods this season?  Email us at info@heirloomcookbook.com and tell us!  Also, if you have any other food or recipe stories that you would like to share on our blog, please email or call us.  We would love to share your story!

Have a wonderful evening,
Kate

August 22, 2007

Recipe Inspiration: The Beet Bread Story

Filed under: Seattle, cookbook ideas, recipe inspiration — Kate @ 12:30 pm

The move to Seattle has brought many wonderful culinary adventures my way. It’s great to be in a city where wonderful food is plentiful. You can’t walk down the streets of Seattle without being reminded of the flavors of the season. From Pike Place Market and neighborhood markets to the many great Seattle restaurants (and even sidewalk foods too), there is something tasty on each block.

I love Seattle’s food attitude. Not only do most people shop organic, but they also go out of their way to support local growers. Because of this, there is a greater emphasis on seasonal foods, and you find yourself picking up items at the market that weren’t on your grocery list because they look so fresh and irrestible. As soon as you get home with your unplanned, special ingredient, you have to figure out what you want to make with your prize, and it becomes a recipe search- only backwards. You have to find a recipe that will make the most of your special ingredient and one that only includes things you have in your kitchen already (to avoid making a second run to the market!).

This brings us to the Beet Bread story. Last weekend my friend Amanda came across some beautiful beets at the farmer’s market. She brought them home, and having never prepared any recipes with beets before, Amanda started searching her favorite recipe websites. After considering beet salads and soups, she came across a recipe for Beet Bread and curiously made her way to the kitchen to bake a loaf. The bread came out beautifully- similar to Zucchini bread but pink and better (in my opinion). I was lucky enough to be given several slices to take home!

So, how about grabbing a special, seasonal ingredient next time you go to the market? Not only is this fun, but it’s a great way to expand your recipe collection. Just think- if you try several new recipes each month, you’ll have enough to fill a Keepsake cookbook to give your friends and family for a unique Holiday gift each year!

Take care and have a great day,
~Kate


 
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