Friday, August 29, 2008

Hoping for redemption

After the "Sun Pickle debacle" and ensuing public outcry over said preserved cucurbits, I felt it necessary to try to save face and assure people that I really do know my way around a kitchen. Judging by the comments on that post, I am pretty sure at least Nancy K. ( if not several others), is still having nightmares about my failed experiment.

Today is Friday, and that means prepping for market tomorrow. Originally, when I first signed up for market, my intention was to sell my fiber, along with my polymer clay figurines. But I don't always have my yarn and roving back from being processed when market begins on May first, so I needed something to fill in until I had all of my wares. I decided that, since I like to bake, and darn it, I am pretty good at it, I would bring a few cookies along to sell. I guess the cookies have taken on a life of their own....not like the Sun Pickles, that is all together different. Now that I have started the baking, people expect their favorite flavors of cookies every week, and boy do I get in trouble if I can't accommodate.
One of the most popular varieties is the White Chocolate Macadamia nut cookies.
Of course I make regular Chocolate chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodles, and Sugar cookies, but one of the big favorites are the Double Chocolate Chunk cookies. If you like chocolate, these are your guys. Soft Chocolate cookie dough with lots of chocolate chunks. Kind of a cakie, fudgie, chocolaty thing all going on at the same time.
Once everything has been baked and cooled it needs to be packaged and labeled.
New this year are the Salted Nut Rolls. You may have heard Miss Effie mention them a time or two...they are slightly addictive. I feel like a drug dealer at market. I have people walk up to my booth, and in a hushed voice say, "Miss Effie sent you have any nut rolls?". I am a little afraid when I run out.

I am thinking of bringing some of my Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt cake to market when the weather cools a bit. It is really yummy with a cinnamon, brown sugar filling. I figure that would probably be a good way to make delicious treats and use up some pumpkin......... Okay, you already know that I am strange by now, so here goes. I was at the grocery store a few months ago, and I saw that they had the Libby's canned pumpkin (the big cans) on sale for 25 cents. What? Yes, 25 cents. I thought that maybe it was about to expire or something, but no, the "use by" date was April of 2009, the clerk told me that they had just ordered way too much and had a good deal on it. So, by golly, I decided to buy some....okay, a lot....okay, like 60 cans...whatever, don't judge me, I'm OCD I can't help it. So we eat a lot of pumpkin. Also sheep and chickens enjoy pumpkin, as do the dogs...not so much with the horses..........need any pumpkin?
So that is what I do on Friday's. My neighbors are all aware of my Friday baking routine, and interestingly, they just happen to stop by to say "hi" on Fridays. Coincidence? I think not.

The last thing I do to get ready for market, is pick any produce that I will be taking. Mostly peppers, but my apples and pears are almost ready to go too. Since I have become obsessed with canning stuff, I have less to bring to market. Maybe I should talk to someone about my hoarding tendencies?


Nancy K. said...

C U C U R B I T S ???????

OK. I was all set to give you a hard time about the cucurbits but then I read the rest of your post. I've decided that you are quite wonderful and if you want to eat/make/talk about cucurbits that's just fine with me!

I am more and more glad, each day, that we will be sharing a room at Jefferson. It will be so nice to see you again!

P.S. I LOVE pumpkin. (no nuts please ~ although I think I could probably choke down a couple of those salted nut rolls....)


Crosswinds Farm said...

Thanks Nancy, but I am over the cucurbits. I promise that any snacks Marie and I bring to Jefferson will be cucurbit-free.

We can't wait to see you too :-).

Unknown said...

Tonight I refused to do anything but read about what other people are doing because I need to see if anyone gets as tired as me....& since I knew I needed to "redeem" myself for the weekend, your blog caught my eye! And I am so loving the fall food ideas! Thank you for the link on the pumpkin bundt sounds very bad for me so I will make it! But I will just buy a couple cans of pumpkin!

Ebonwald Cardigans said...

ok I'm placing an order for Jefferson

12 macadamia white chocolate chip cookies

12 double chocolate chip cookies

at least 6 of those nut may need to bring more of everything...

i typically make the local subway run out of both kinds of cookies when I go. I LOVE THEM!!!! and yours are homemade so i already love them more!

you make me laugh so hard when I read your blog...i can't wait to meet you and we'll both laugh our butts off at anything we say!

Crosswinds Farm said...

Kristi, LOL I could send you some pumpkin!The problem is that that recipe only takes one cup!

I will see what I can do about your order! I can't wait to see everyone, it will be so much fun.....after everyone gets through the show.

Miss Effie said...

Let's talk about your food hoarding tendencies -- after I place an order for 10,000 nut rolls. What will I do when market ends???

Where will I get a fix? Where will my honey, BIL, cousin and her friends get their fixes??

That pumpkin cake looks great .... I happen to have some pumpkin. I know -- its a surprise to me, too!

Ebonwald Cardigans said...

if you get a chance.....

i talked to my mom and she wants some salted nutrolls too! :)

if you have time.....

lisa said...

If you need an endorsement - and I'm sure you don't - I can vouch for the fact that those White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies can and will change a person's life.

Crosswinds Farm said...

Effie, you know that the nutroll supply line to you is always open! The pumpkin cake is great....just don't read the nutrition info on the recipe!

I'll see what I can do Garrett!

Thanks, Lisa :-).

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