Sunday, October 30, 2011

Roaring Fork Bakery- A Review

Yesterday, Dev and I were doing our regular Saturday errands (Target, Natural Grocers, Lowes, etc.) and we stopped for lunch at the Double Dog Pub.  While sitting there, looking out the window, I noticed the bakery was open.  Usually when we're in Glenwood, it's later in the afternoon during the week, and the bakery is closed.  After settling our tab, we walked over to take a look at what Roaring Fork Bakery had to offer.

Dev saw the chocolate cheesecake right off the bat.  So we ordered one slice and two spoons.  Then he helped himself to a cup of coffee.  While the lovely lady behind the counter was working on the cheesecake, I looked around in the case and spotted the chocolate croissants.  Two of those went into the bag.  Then there were home made dog biscuits for .50 a piece, so Bear got a treat as well.  After another look around, we saw a beautiful loaf of nine grain bread.  After asking whether or not it contained Rye (Dev is not a big fan of Rye at all), it jumped into our bag.  We struck up a conversation with the ladies behind the counter, and before I knew it, a plate came to the counter with a sample of baguette and bleu cheese- specifically a bleu cheese called "Moody Blue."  If you can find it- buy it.  It is slightly smoky, and not at all strong or assertive like a Maytag bleu.  Dev even had some, and he hates bleu cheese.

They have a lunch menu.  While we were there a gentleman came in and ordered a sandwich.  Unfortunately they were out of lettuce and tomato.  I don't know if that made a difference to the purchaser or not.  It seemed kind of odd not to have that stuff on hand during a weekend lunch time, but not owning my own bakery, I don't know if that's unusual.  Now I know they also serve soup, so the next time we're in Glenwood early enough on a Saturday, we'll be eating lunch with our new friends at Roaring Fork Bakery.  Hopefully that whole "having enough sandwich stuff for the weekend" thing will be solved by then!

They have a Facebook page (which I linked to at the top) but not a web page.  I wish they would consider doing it.  People are using their phones and iPads more and more to find new and interesting places to eat.  It would be great if they could cash in on some of that publicity.  They have daily specials, and if they posted them on Facebook, or even tweeted them, they might pick up more business.

I will definitely be going back.  The ladies working there could not have been any nicer, or more accommodating.  I can't wait to warm the chocolate croissants and have a cup of tea in the morning.  It might even make Monday more bearable!

Sunday Lunch

So we had a light lunch today, because we're going to have taco soup for dinner (hopefully pretty early).

This is a piece of 9 grain bread with some "Moody Blue" cheese, dribbled with a little bit of honey from the Savannah Bee Company.  I got the bread and the cheese from Roaring Fork Bakery.  You will hear more about them, later.

This was a very satisfying lunch.  Kinda fancy, but at its heart, very comforting.

Halloween Treats

Since I've been on a cupcake decorating kick lately, it seemed logical to practice my new hobby on my class at school.

Once again, I didn't make the cupcakes or the frosting.  I figure I don't want to put all that work into them if I'm not confident they will come out.  And I'm FAR from confident about my cake decorating abilities.

I ordered some more cool things from "Cupcake Social" and they arrived on Wednesday, so I was ready to go!

For the kids I did mini cupcakes in double chocolate cake with dark chocolate fudge frosting.  I used the smaller star tip and then put candy corn and sprinkles on each little cupcake.

For the big people in our building, I made regular sized cupcakes (same combo) then used candy corn and colored dusting sugar.

These pics aren't the greatest.  I really need to stop taking blog pictures with my iPhone and start using my big girl camera again.  These pics make them look like chocolate cupcakes with poo and candy corn on them.  Bleck.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Getting Back to My Roots

When I was little, my mom signed up to take a cake decorating class at a local bakery.  I'm pretty sure it was sponsored by Wilton.  I remember her baking a cake each week to take with her to class, and I remember she always came home with a decorated cake- which we (my sister and I) got to eat.  It was cool for the first few weeks, but after that- we all kinda burned out on cake icing.

I always had great birthday cakes.  I remember the required barbie cakes (the ones with the real doll top and the cake part was a huge hoop skirt), the character cakes (for some reason I remember Big Bird and Strawberry Shortcake) and zillions of other cakes my mom made for other kids at school.

When I got to high school, I used all of mom's equipment to make birthday cakes for all the members of Duran Duran.  I still kinda remember all the birthdays.  I think Simon Le Bon is next in early December.

When I moved away, I took all my mom's cake decorating stuff with me.  She doesn't do it anymore, and I do bake for my class and my friends, so rather than see it go to waste, I took it.  And for the most part, all the tips (I think I have all of them) and equipment have been packed up in a box, out of the way since 2006.

Because of the popularity of cupcakes, I have been thinking of getting out the box and trying my hand at decorating.  Surely some of my mother's talent rubbed off on me, right?  After reading several blogs, however, I realized that to make trendy cupcakes, I was going to need some new tips.  These are gigantic, and they are designed to make the huge swirls of frosting on the tops of all those beautiful cupcakes.  I found a source online the other day (Cupcake Social), and ordered a set of my very own.  They arrived about 4 days ago.

My husband teaches 5th grade.  He has auctions for his class, so they can spend the "money" they earn at their "jobs."  He usually asks me to bake something he can put on the auction block.  Usually I send cookies or brownies.  But this time- I was ready.  I decided to make strawberry cupcakes with pink cream cheese frosting.

Now- I didn't make anything from scratch.  I really didn't have time.  But I did get out my new decorating tips and give it the good old college try.  They weren't perfect, but they were awfully cute.  I even used the sample of white sugar sprinkles I got with my new tips.

If you have any creative leanings in the cake decorating area, you really should give it a shot.  It feels so creative, and you get to eat your work!  Plus- people love to get baked goods as gifts.  I highly recommend the company from which I bought my cupcake tips.  They are very nice and I was very satisfied with my experience with them.  I really like that it's an Etsy shop, because I love the idea of supporting small businesses.

Now I'm chomping at the bit to bake again for Halloween.  My mom gave me a chocolate/caramel cupcake recipe that will be perfect!

Dutch Babies and Other Odd Culinary Subjects

I was reading my blogs last night before I went to bed and saw that Angry Chicken had posted a "Dutch Boy" recipe.  I've heard of these before...some people call them German pancakes, or oven pancakes.  I guess I just assumed they were too much work to bother with.  Well, according to this post it's not difficult at all.  I had all the ingredients- butter, flour, eggs, milk.  And I had a large cast iron skillet.  So I threw caution to the wind and decided to  give it a try.

As it turns out, it really wasn't difficult at all.  It was almost too easy.  And mine came out just like the picture (which NEVER happens to me).  I have only 1 criticism.  I really think it is too bland.  The recipe does not call for any salt (although I did make the conscious decision to use salted butter).  It tasted like a creme puff without the creme.  Syrup didn't help much.  But at lunch I found this recipe's true calling.  I tore the remaining half pancake into 2 halves and filled each with leftover chicken curry....MINDBLOWING.  It was like a crepe, only sturdier.  This would be amazing with any kind of roasted meat.  As a matter of fact, after looking at other similar recipes, it is the same as Yorkshire Pudding- which everyone knows goes hand in hand with a big ole slab of roasted beef!  This is the kind of thing you eat while standing in front of the ice box at 11pm, stealing cold leftovers.  Seriously- I will do this again.

I will also upload the picture I took, as soon as my phone cooperates with me and emails it like I asked it to.  Who knows how long that will take.  But in the meantime, hit the link at the beginning and look at
Angry Chicken's photo.  Mine looks just like it!  Yay!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weekend Project

 We were busy this weekend!  We were kinda stumped over what to do with the stairway in our new house.  There's a huge blank wall, and we don't own enough pictures (or the right types) to fill this space.
While wandering around in the blogosphere a few months ago, I came across a post on a design blog about ledge shelves.  I loved the way they looked, plus I figured it was way better than putting 50 nails in the wall to hang all those pictures individually.  Not to mention, trying to hang them all straight!
Fast forward a few months and we're ready to tackle decorating the stairway.  I remembered the pictures, and showed them to Dev.  One trip to the hardware store and a few hours in the garage, and he made me these.  He built them a few weekends ago, and I painted them this weekend.  I haven't had a chance to spray paint all the frames, but I wanted to see what they'd look like, so I dug out our pictures and threw them up.  Even haphazardly arranged, I think they look great.
 I especially like the way the white shelf pops against the darker wall.  We haven't quite finished painting the whole wall yet, but when we get around to it, it will be awesome!
I also like the way the shelves look from the living room.  I think I'll try to track down some different size frames to make things a bit more interesting.  I'll try to find the blog post again and link to it.  Dev said the shelves were really easy to make.  I am fighting the urge to put them all over the house!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Diane!  I tried to upload this onto 1700 Miles, but it seems wordpress wanted to charge me to add a video uploader.  Hmmm.
Anyway- I hope you have the best birthday ever!
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