Thursday, July 30, 2009

The July Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network

Catering Happenings

I did a catering job at Rush Ranch this week for Solano Land Trust. Rush Ranch is a beautiful location, right in Suisun. They offer carriage rides, walks, hikes and a wealth of knowledge about wildlife in our area. I drove up about 6:30a.m. to a beautiful horse nursing her foal. I had a quick look around the Blacksmith area and then headed off to work. I set-up in the Nature Center which has a large window looking out on vast land. The cloud formations were perfect. It was an incredible way to start the day. It got me thinking, this was another place close to home that I haven't taken advantage of. We have so many incredible places right in our backyards.

Anyway the catering part went well. We kept everything very organic and sustainable. An enjoyable program was shared and then I started clean up. We distributed the left over food, loaded the dishes and started to take the table decor down. When I went to throw away the beautiful flowers from Erickson Farms, the farmer stopped me and asked if he could have the flowers. I said sure, and asked innocently if they were for his wife. He responded "No, to feed my goat". Now that is keeping green!

We will be at Vacaville Farmers Market on Saturday from 8a.m.-Noon. We have been able to work out a deal to access electricity and will be bringing our freezer for homemade ice cream while the weather remains warm.


Tuna and Cheese Turnover $4 for 2

Tuna and Cheese fill a puff pastry turnover

Panchetta, Mint and Pea Tart $5

Panchetta, fresh mint and fresh peas with a creamy mixture in a shortcrust pastry

Tomato terrine $4

Heirloom tomatoes used in this

Ricotta Lemon and Arugula Quiche $4

A twist on regular quiche...the lemon adds a fresh flavor


Poppy Seed Kolache $4 for 2

A bread filled with poppyseed filling and raisin

Peanut butter-Honey Tart with Ganache Glaze $4

Organic Peanut Butter, Azure farm Honey, bittersweet chocolate.

Cheese Tart with Strawberries and Oranges

Apricot Bouchons $3 for 4

Little Bites of Heaven, with fresh apricots

Lemon tiramisu Cake$5

Lemon Cake, Lemon Curd, Lemon Cream.

Peach Cobbler $5

A favorite from last summer...a whole wheat crust with fresh peaches and cardamom