Sunday, June 26, 2011

The farmers market and our weekly specials

As summer is upon us, so is the official season of the local South Boston and Halifax farmers markets! Yeah! Two years ago I spent the market season selling my canned and baked good. I loved getting to know the local produce farmers and learned a lot about growing things in my own garden.
 I create our daily specials to follow whats being picked locally and try to deal with as many organic farmers as possible.  Since we make our food fresh daily ..... when an item is sold out.... thats it. We cant just run to the freezer and open a commercially prepared, always the same product. When opening our front door you dont need to ask whats cookin'. You can smell it. Its truly a labor of love.  Robert tastes every new thing Im working on and often helps me fine tune the flavor combinations. He also helps eat the leftovers on our days off! Check out our weekly specials on our facebook page. If you "like" us on facebook, you will get our specials posted on your facebook wall!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dolly Cakes

For about 5 years I have been a part of an online group of women (and a few brave men) who initially met up talking about food and recipes but as in real life... quickly gave way to discussions of books, films and family. When Robert and I started thinking about the new shop and what exactly we would be doing , of course I would post ideas for feedback from this group of wonderful thoughtful people. They happen to live all over  the world and have given great insight. The past few weeks I have been thinking about an item I wanted to create for the pastry case at Southern Plenty. Not knowing about my search, an online friend, Megan (from California) posted the first recipe her mom taught her to make at age 6. She mentioned it originally came from Sunset Magazine which happened to be a welcome read in my house while growing up in Southern California. To the recipe I added cocoa powder to the batter, macadamia nuts and cinnamon sugar on top. When I asked Megan what her moms name was she said everyone called her Dolly. I knew that would be the perfect name for this new creation. It was inspired by a loving mom who inspired her daughter who inspired me. Thanks Dolly, thanks Megan.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Desserts for a Friday at Southern Plenty

Desserts for a Friday prepared by Mary (from top left to bottom right)

German Chocolate Muffins
Peanut Butter Cookies
Peach Cake
Raspberry Shortbread
Apple Caramel Cake
Strawberry Tart
Strawberry/Rhubarb Cobbler
Cream Cheese Muffin
Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
Orange Chocolate Scone
Ginger Scone
Lemon Curd Tart
Chocolate Mint Cookie
Caramel Brownie

Bring a Craving!!

Oh yes, there is also Macadamia Nut Pie that we could not fit into the case.