I’m taking troubling current events and spinning them into baking for a cause. In the news: oil spill and opposition to equal rights –> In my corner of the world: selling beige and purple candy to donate money to charities working on these problems.
1. My all-time best seller- Oil Spill Pecan Pralines
2. New addition to the charity candy list:
What’s eating you in the news? Do you have another idea for a charity candy I can make? Comment and I’ll give it a whirl (within reason). And if it was your idea, you’ll get free candy, of course!
I tried three new cookie and muffin recipes for a party I had Friday. Here’s a buttery one for those Earl Grey afternoons (apologies, pix not uploaded yet):
Poppy Seed Cashew Cookies
1 cup butter
scant 3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
2-1/2 cups flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp. cinamon
1/2 cup chopped cashews
2-3 Tbsp poppy seeds
Pre-prep: Let the butter sit at room temp for a good hour before you start.
1. Cream the butter and sifted sugar in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add egg yolk and beat til mixed.
3. In separate medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon, and cashews.
4. Spread the sesame seeds on a dry, flat surface like a cutting board.
5. Combine the wets and dries. Mix the batter with wooden spoon and/or by hand until doughy ball forms. Roll this ball into two logs. Roll the logs in the sesame seeds to coat the outsides evenly, and wrap in plastic wrap.
6. Refrigerate 30-60min.
7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
8. Slice the logs into 3/4 inch thick slices and bake these about 10-12min.
9. Remove from oven when lightly golden brown and let cookies cool on a wire rack (transfer them over gently with a metal spatula to prevent breakage).
A friend attended my loftwarming party where I served these and pleasantly surprised me with these gorgeous baking gifts. She is a true Southern Lady of simply inspiring party etiquette- hats off to Miss. J.L.:
1. Sustainable casserole dish:
The Chantal 1¾ Qt. Casserole Dish & Lid pairs the eco-friendly beauty of the Pure by Chantal collection with the convenience of spill-proof, stay-put lids for truly portable green living. Ceramic lids eliminate the need for plastic wrap or foil, reducing waste, and feature BPA-free silicone gaskets to seal in freshness. You can write on the lid or any of the glazed areas with a permanent marker for parties or potlucks – the ink won’t transfer to your hands or other surfaces, but will wash off easily in warm, soapy water.
You can write on it in permanent marker and wash it with warm soapy water. Easy for marking recipes or dates of contents. Green because you store leftovers in the same vessel in which you bake- minimizes using more tupperware (to wash) or plastic wrap (to trash). Love it!
I can’t believe I never had one. It prevents clumping in your brown sugar. Awesome! This makes a perfect small gift for any cook/baker. Score!
Today I stumbled onto an Etsy seller, Gypsy Charms Jewelry, via the Greater New Orleans Foundation website. She has listed an SOS necklace with the proceeds from the sale of this necklace going to The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund. It’s a lovely necklace and I applaud this seller and all the other Etsyers supporting the oil spill relief effort. I was so inspired that I listed my popular Southern Pecan Pralines as another item with proceeds donated to the relief fund. And then I was feeling gung ho and created a Gulf Oil Spill Relief Treasury. Check it out! Includes a keychain from a favorite seller, RiskyBeads.
Instead of complaining about the sublime ineptitude of BP and the unfathomable, astronomical damage this spill is causing each day, I will attempt to heed the words of Mother Teresa as per The Secret and the Law of Attraction: “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” Yes, let’s all try to attract positive energy and not marinate in this catastrophe which affects many things including… (since I must relate my rant to food for this blog) the seafood industry! I don’t want crude in my shrimp gumbo! According to the NY Times Diners Journal blog, many are worried about the havoc on our seafood…
Recently, three lovely Etsy treasuries have included me.
All of them chose my Southern Pecan Pralines.
Thank you again to Corky Crafts and KnitsYoursKnotMine (unfortunately treasuries expire, so these ones aren’t viewable anymore).
Kudos to you on some skilled hand-picking of theme items! Current treasury featuring Adore a Jar Bakery:
Readers: Do check out these Etsy treasuries, and if you have an idea for a treasury of your own, go ahead and create one on Etsy! You may have Favoritized several items that fit under one theme- for example, your favorite color, tree-related knick knacks, or summertime handmade items… you name it. Go for it! It’s a great way to contribute to the community and boost visibility of sellers you like.
I came across Anvil’s 100 List, a list of 100 cocktails you should try once in your life. It’s by Bobby Heugel and Justin Burrows, master mixologists at Anvil Bar & Refuge in Houston. Just from the great design of their website and this wonderfully anachronistic and multivariate list, this bar is on my list! #96, the Vieux Carre, caught my eye.
Which cocktail below would you most like to try?
Check this out- Anvil is upcycled! From their About section:
“Anvil is located in a Bridgestone-Firestone tire store built in the late 1950’s. Designed and remodeled by the partners, the finished space reflects the same respect for history, elegant simplicity, and raw ingredients as the cocktails that are served there. The building was completely gutted, revealing original brick walls, high ceilings and industrial ductwork, all of which remain untouched. Reclaimed materials and locally salvaged artifacts were discovered at antique stores and thrift shops and then retooled to craft the bar, shelving and tables. The result is a modern industrial design softened by the rich, recycled natural materials that furnish Anvil. Even the glassware is vintage, reminiscent of grandmother’s fancy glasses, all unearthed at small local stores.”
Thank you to Fridah at Craftcount.com for featuring Adore a Jar Bakery this week!
Two other great shops featured at Craftcount:
<—-And this gal at Piddix on Etsy has a pinup (she wins in my book) and neat Scrabble pieces (I love Scrabble).