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Food - Gift - Love Not just for the Holidays!

Food - Gift - Love Not just for the Holidays!

The holidays are finally here! I am so excited. The store is all decked out, we are celebrating our anniversary and customers are coming in placing orders for cookies and purchasing holiday gifts. It's a wonderful time of year. This topic is near and dear to my heart as I teach so many classes related to FOOD.
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Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Icing

Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Icing

INGREDIENTS For the Sweet Potato Cake - makes 3 8” layers or 2 10” layers 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda 1 ½ teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 ½ cups butter, melted and browned, bits included 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar 1 ¼ cup packed light brown sugar 6 eggs, lightly
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Goat Cheese Appetizers - Just heavenly!

Goat Cheese Appetizers - Just heavenly!

Are you prepared for unexpected visitors?  I like to keep cheese on hand should that occasion arise.  Add my favorite Blueberry Bourbon Pecan Jam and let the party begin.
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I AM TOURISM

Do you have an ATTRACTIONS GUEST PASS from Richmond Region Tourism?  Contact IATRVA.com to become a Tourism Ambassador and receive a certificate, lapel pin and attraction pass. Richmond is an awesome place to live and we encourage everyone to become an ambassador through education and engaging in Richmond Region Tourism's ambassador workshop
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Templates for Eclairs & Profiteroles

Click here to find our Templates that we use to make Eclairs and Profiteroles.  Make your life easy by downloading these pages and laminating them.  We guarantee that you will find that your Pate' Choux items are uniform and consistent.
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Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Tart

When you own your own bakery-cafe you have to be able to think fast.  Our customers are looking for something new, something different and most importantly something Delicious!  This past week a friend of a friend shared a recipe for a Goat Cheese Tart via her blog Celebrate Creativity.
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Here Come The Girl Scouts

Girls Scouts Rock!

This past week we were thrilled to host a Pizza Party for an Amelia County Girl Scout Troop.  The GIRLS (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk Taker, Leader) showed up expecting a class on how to make pizza from scratch. 

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Cream Puffs can be so Fickle

Have you ever made Pate a Choux?  Pate a Choux is a light pastry dough with a high moisture content that steams when baking which creates the puff. The ingredients for Pate a Choux include flour, fat, salt and eggs. Light, airy and puffy they are just delicious. Products can be sweet or savory.   

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Croissants by Hobby Hill Farm Fresh

Ask most people what gets their taste buds and their memories flowing, and baked goods often top the list. Who doesn’t remember a special Christmas, memorable Thanksgiving, or a great meal at a favorite restaurant, made even better by warm bread or rolls? Bread isn’t just the Staff of Life – it’s the Stuff of Dreams.

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Spring is here and Herbs are coming in!

Springtime always gets me in the mood for fresh herbs to come and fresh ideas for what to use them with.  It seems a natural pairing for herbs and soft cheeses together,  but how many times have you made that simple cheese spread or caprese' salad and didn’t add herbs to the mix?  

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Everyday Kimchi Recipe

Looking for a quick & easy Kimchi Recipe?  This Everyday Kimchi has been a hit in my Beginner Fermentation classes.  Give it a try!

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Cranberry Orange Sauerkraut

The winter holidays are over and you may have some cranberries lurking around in your refrigerator so why not make a batch of colorful sauerkraut.  Add some cranberries and some orange to to your next batch and watch the color come alive.

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