white lotus farms, ann arbor, mi
it’s national farmer’s market week – shop from your local farms
Dubbed “the farmers’ market effect” by the New York Times, a recent study shows that vouchers that permit low-income women to shop at a local farmers’ market increase fruit and vegetable consumption in their families. “It’s not clear why mothers visiting a farmers’ market wound up buying more vegetables than grocery store shoppers, but some women told the researchers that the produce sold at markets seemed to be fresher and of higher quality than supermarket offerings. Many shoppers also said they enjoyed the pleasant community experience and the chance to interact directly with growers.”
“raw ingredients trump recipes every time;
farmers and ranchers who coax the best from the earth
can make any of us appear to be a great cook.”
-judy rodgers, the zuni cafe cookbook
these were one of the greatest food creations of my childhood
with the introduction of the mini-box variety packs
came great excitement
new reasons to battle with siblings
how to divide the number of boxes evenly
who gets to pick first
did i open it correctly on the perforated lines
kellogs, general mills, or post packs
who gets stuck with
the ‘old boring people’s cereal boxes’
such unparalleled joy
sprung from eating it right out of the side of the box
pouring your milk on this sugary delight
turning it into a personal bowl
i thought i could never be happier.
“do you know what breakfast cereal is made of?
it’s made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!”
Sure, you could freeze those overripe bananas for bread or smoothies.
But wouldn’t it be nice if they just stayed yellow longer?
Try a hat.
That is, a hat designed to preserve your favorite tropical treat.
This one’s a two-parter: First, place the silicone cap over the crown (where the bananas connect) to slow the absorption of ethylene gas, which is what causes them to turn brown. Second, place the cute knit hat over the silicone one (they secure with magnets). Unicorn and viking or watermelon and pineapple? The choice is yours. Then, voilà! Bananas stay fresh longer—and look great while doing it. Which means you’ll waste less food and money. Yep, all that from a little hat. Made in California. ($25.00 from Uncommon Goods)
what’s the most unusual ‘kitchen tool’ you’ve ever purchased?
“i’m getting so old, i don’t even buy green bananas anymore.”
variations of this quote attributed to: lou holtz, chi chi rodreiguez, claude pepper
my two favorite sauces in the world
sanders hot fudge sauce and fresh bernaise sauce
sweet and savory
what’s your magic sauce?
march is national sauce month, so sauce it up!
throw a little extra sauce on some of your favorite meals.
whether you like it hot, mild, sweet or savory,
it’s the perfect time to celebrate all things saucy and have some fun with it.
since sauce is so diverse, one kind of it or another can go on literally anything.
“an ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.”
-anthony bourdain (rip)
i recently made a new recipe
finally used my worcestershire sauce!
like finding an old friend
nothing had really changed
still can’t pronounce your name
still in that familiar bottle
how nice to bump into you
so long until i see you again
whenever that might be.
“i’m pretty sure 2020’s safe word was
and we couldn’t say it right.”
i’ll never forget that wonderful yellow cake with the warm apple topping
my mom would sometimes serve us after dinner
years later when i was a mom
i thought of it again
asking her for the very fancy recipe
she was surprised
oh that? it wasn’t fancy at all
i bought a pre-made pound cake, cut it into slices,
heated up a can of apple pie filling, and poured it on top.
then i was the one who was surprised.
What secret family recipe is in your lineage?
“don’t let the secret recipe die with the inventor.”
The NYT has traced the first nachos back to Piedras Negras, Mexico, in 1940, with just three ingredients. As the story goes, a group of women walked into the Victory Club in Piedras outside business hours. Aiming to please, Ignacio Anaya, the maître d’hôtel known as Nacho, ran to the kitchen and made a quick appetizer with ingredients he found. Today’s nachos know no end to their variations: They can have a number of seasoned layers or simply be topped with cheese sauce, like those sold at concession stands. But the simplicity of its original, with its barely salted chips, nutty melted cheese and briny pickled jalapenos, is sure to charm true nacho fans.
“we’ve all invested emotionally in nachos.”
credits: Christoper Simpson(NYT) and Simon Andrews- food stylist (NYT)
Reese’s is putting pretzels in peanut butter cups, because ‘the hell with it, it’s 2020’
Alexis Benveniste, from CNN Business, reports the following big news from the world of confections:
This year has been far from sweet, so Reese’s is embracing its salty side by adding pretzels to its peanut butter cups. The Hershey’s candy brand, which launched ‘breakfast cakes’ last month, introduced the newest addition with the slogan: “The hell with it. It’s 2020.”
The candy giant is nervous about Halloween this year, which typically accounts for 10% of Hershey’s annual sales, as the pandemic threatens to put a damper on trick-or-treating. The company is shifting its strategy for what is typically its biggest season. That means less Halloween-focused packaging and more family-sized packs, as many Americans gear up to celebrate at home. Reese’s with pretzels are set to hit stores in November, and the mini cups with pretzels won’t be available until January 2021.
“Let’s face it, we’re all feeling a little bit salty this year,” Ian Norton, Reese’s senior director, said in a statement. “In true Reese’s fashion, we channeled our feelings into sweet and salty deliciousness with new Reese’s Big Cups with Pretzels.”
Hershey, like other confectioners, relies on impulse purchases to drive sales. But people are shopping less during the pandemic, making new and somewhat outrageous candy combinations more important than ever for junk food companies. That’s why there are seemingly two dozen flavors of M&Ms in the candy aisle and a new variety of Lay’s potato chips every month.
“fortune befriends the bold.”
(not my breakfast, but how i imagine it to look if i had ordered the daily specials)
how fun to discover
that one of my favorite breakfast places
has changed up their menu a bit
(maybe now that the students are back on campus?)
adding 11 ‘breakfast beers’
and a daily special of
cake and ice cream
“celebrate everyday like your birthday!”
what’s not to celebrate?
“i discovered a meal between breakfast and brunch.”
avalon bakery and cafe, ann arbor, mi, usa
late summer 2020