Category Archives: SAVORY & SWEET

Barton Creek Farmers Market

Today Elise and I went to our first Farmers Market in Austin. It is right next to our apartment. I can see the tents from our parking lot. Fun, fun, fun!!!

Barton Creek Farmers Market

http://www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

Richard would have to be prepared to take me to a market. It can prove to be dangerous. I ask a bunch of questions. Plus if I see something of interest then I want to taste it or just plain touch it. Most likely I am going to buy it! Richard really needs to be prepared for the outing.

As you can see from the picture below we came home with a few items.   Like a kid in a candy store! Please can I try one of those and those and …

This picture doesn’t show all that I bought, but it shows a few of the delicious goodies we, including Bear, get to sample.

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Dog treats, jalapenos, granola, honey, tamales & hummus

Below is a juice I tried at the market. Yummy! Kale, Apple, Ginger & don’t know that last ingredient.  I can’t find the vendor’s card.  Somehow I lost it.

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Kale, apple, ginger & ????

Need to share  that I was bummed about two items: eggs and tacos. All sold out by 11 a.m. Elise and I arrived at 11:45 a.m. a bit too late. Missed it by that much!! Oh well I guess there is a reason to go back.

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Today I made Giadia’s  (http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com) Strawberry-Mint Omelette from her new cookbook.  It is a bit sweet for breakfast but I believe it is perfect compliment dish for a brunch with ladies.

Strawberry-Mint Omelette

Strawberry-Mint Omelette

Pull Apart Bread

Cinnamon Sugar goodness

Cinnamon Maple goodness

I made this delicious recipe a few weeks ago for Elise and Preston.  I wanted to surprise them with a homemade cinnamon roll/bread instead of store bought Pillsbury out of the can cinnamon rolls.  I found the recipe on Ree Drummond’s website – The Pioneer Woman. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2012/11/pull-apart-bread/.

She found the recipe on Pinterest.  It is another version of monkey bread with an interesting ingredient in the icing –  Maple extract.  I like it better than traditional monkey bread.

Note:  When I made the recipe there was enough dough to fill a loaf pan and two small (4 inch diameter) round pyrex dishes.  Be sure not to crowd the dough.

If you are looking for a Christmas morning treat with your coffee and eggs think about making this one.  I would make it on Christmas eve morning if my daughter didn’t make it mandatory every year to have French Toast Casserole instead.

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Barbecue & Bakery afternoon

Today we enjoyed two special treats in downtown Toronto.   We decided that barbecue sounded tasty for a late lunch.  When we parked halfway down the block from the restaurant I noticed a bakery.  An italian bakery.  It made my heart sing.  I love italian cookies because of my dear friend Stephanie.  At that moment I told Richard we are going to pop in after lunch to check out the counters filled with sweet goodness.

Back to lunch at Lou Dawg’s.  The best barbecue restaurant north of the border we found to date.  Pulled pork, pulled chicken & brisket.  It is really hard to match Texas bbq but this place will do for a taste of home.

Lou Dawg's Restaurant - Downtown Toronto

Lou Dawg’s Restaurant – Downtown Toronto

On to dessert. Forna Cultura is a wonderful, authentic italian bakery.  My taste buds were excited!  Of course I couldn’t leave with just one tasty treat.  I need to try several.  So below are pictures of the yummy goodies the kids and I are going to enjoy tonight and tomorrow.

Dessert platter

Dessert platter

Olive oil chocolate cake with katamala olives

Olive oil chocolate cake with katamala olives

Italian Chewy Almond Cookie

Italian Chewy Almond Cookie

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