Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Penguin Christmas Sugar Cookies

This year I have gone with a penguin theme for my holiday cookies because my son's birthday party is going to have a penguin theme. He loves them! I am putting these on my blog so you can use the ideas if you'd like. If you would like to make your own, you can go to Sweetopia and get her great recipe for royal icing! It is really great, although, I have found that using the 10 second rule she uses makes the icing a little too tight for the fine details I create on these cookies. I add a little more water and use a 5 second rule. It just works better for the tiny tips I use.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

La Boca Farms Brunch, Norwich, NY

Today we ate lunch at the cutest little eatery I've ever seen.  OMG. The food is so good. I can't say enough about how impressed I was with this place. Organic, farm to table and fresh!  The name of the place is La Boca Farms and this seasonal restaurant was just opened weeks ago by the woman in white on the bottom right corner. They are only open on Sunday mornings for breakfast and lunch and only for another 5 weeks.  After that they take off for the South West for the winter.  Nice!  Upstate winters can be harsh!  If this place was open for coffee every morning, I would swing by before taking the kids to school and get a cup to go!

The picture on the left is the cheese and fruit plate which is what I ordered. It is so good and has great nuts, cheeses, fruit and crackers.

The coffee is AMAZING {Blue Bottle Coffee} and well, you can see that I loved it.  They offer a nice spread of sweeteners for your coffee too, including agave, vanilla bean simple sugar, farm fresh cream and local honey.

Below is the potato hash with sausage, peppers and onions. My 13-year-old son ordered it and LOVED it.

The French Toast was to die for.  Seriously. And don't even get me started about the Applewood Smoked Bacon.  OMG. 

 For my local friends, you go out Polkville Road about 4 miles and you will see the sign for La Boca Farms. They have done such a nice job with the place. The only issue.... they are only open for 5 more Sundays. They do breakfast and lunch on Sundays only for now. 9:00-2:00. (Maybe it is 8:00-2:00). See you there next Sunday.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cornbread Recipe

I must admit that I am not a big cornbread fan.   I never have been.... I blame that on the many box mixes I have had in the past.  This recipe may have changed my mind about that old Southern classic that we northerners have misunderstood.   

I like that it is made with actual cornmeal and flour and sugar and Greek yogurt and fresh corn.  I think this is the recipe I have been looking for.  Perhaps you, as a Southerner, will look at this recipe and tell me I am still misunderstanding, but this was WAY better than anything I have had thus far. It was moist and hearty and had a lot of texture due to the fresh corn kernels.

I would have linked to the recipe, but it isn't on the FoodTv site.  I will make this again.

I would wait a little while longer before loosening and slicing it as mine was not quite cool enough in 15 minutes.

Now that I've found a nice recipe, maybe I will invest in one of these!

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