The Comfortable Baker

New Business-New Husband-New Life?

So…. Yeah. That’s what I gotta say about that.

Yeah, I’m just plugging along. I’ve been doing 4 farmers markets, this week I think I am just going to do three. I think I am taking the Feura Bush Market out. It is a brand new market, and I’m all for growing from the ground up, but there is no farmer at the market. Sooo, its a little hard too have a farmers market and no farmer. I feel I’ll do better by doing three really well then 4 half-assed.

I’ve got a couple of new ideas. And I’m trying to get things planned for when the farmer’s markets slow down. I’m looking for suggestions for festivals/ shows/ etc that I can go to sell. Its hard because we’ll be gone at the end of September. Well everyone, put on your thinking caps.

On to wedding stuff. I think that’s why the farmers markets are starting to push to the back of my mind. Anyway, wedding invites are done, almost.  The shower is this weekend, which I am super excited for. I can’t wait to see everyone! So I still have a few minor things to do, but it’s coming together.

It’s 53 days away.

 

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Sorry I Haven’t Been Bloggy in the Last Few Days.

Yeah, really haven’t been feeling it. I’m guessing it’s the weather. It’s just hot here. Which makes me want to do nothing. Lord, the dog won’t even get up. She had spent most of her day moving from one place to another to lay down. I think she  is in search of the coolest place in the house (there isn’t one, but how do you explain that to a dog?) she’s already tried the bed, the floor in the bed room, most places on the floor in the living room and now she is on the couch. Tough life of a dog.

Well I’m starting a new week, Four farmers markets. I’ll see if I go crazy by the end. The best part of it all is that HP7pt2 comes out on Thursday night, so that means no sleep what so ever.  I can’t wait though!  Well this is going to be a short blog, cause I have to package up some cooled banana bread and get ready for Watervliet. Time too swelter in the afternoon!

T- 9 Days……..

We have had a torrid love affair, since those first days, 13 years ago. Late nights in bed, waiting for hours just to get my hands on him.  Turning him over and over in my hands.  Crying, laughing, all emotions were felt, through him, and with him.

I’m going to miss that little boy wizard.

Get your mind out of the gutter.

ok. I have  a secret passion, well I have lots of secret passions, but this one’s final chapter (unless someone wants to write some more) is coming to a close.  It’s about a little boy and a scar and some wizards and lots of other stuff too. Harry Potter is being released next Friday night. Seven books and 8 movies, tons and loads and buckets of stuff to go along with it all.

I started reading the books to some kids that I was babysitting.  I thought that YA Fiction had come along way if this was the kind of books that were out now. Well little did I know that there weren’t really any books like that out.  I kept the fact that I was a HP-Fanatic under-wraps, well I tried to at least. It would have messed with my street-cred in college. I figured I was the only 20ish gal out there reading, kids books.

Then I went to my first B&N Midnight Release party. I had found ‘my people’.  But its all done. The story closes. Only one more midnight showing. One last time I can wear my HP tee shirt in public with out being completely embarrassed.

One last time…

 

 

I can’t wait  !!

Happy 4th Everyone!

Now get out and party!

Feura Bush Farmers Market

Well this is a quick Saturday Morning Post. I am picking up the Feura Bush Farmers Market on Wednesdays. I still think I’m going to pick up the Coeymans one as well on Thursday Nights. I don’t have the sheet in front of me but I know that The FB is at the Jerusalem Reformed Church on 32. 2pm-6pm I think, or something close to that. As soon as I dig the paper out of the car I’ll get it up on the Calender.  I’ve been having a great go at Voorheesville and Watervliet. I really enjoy meeting everyone.

Some Highlights:

Voorheesville:

There is a Hummus Guy coming in the next week or so.  Fresh Hummus….CAN’T WAIT!!

A farmer is selling home grown mushrooms.

There is a fresh meat (chicken, steak, etc) and Egg farmer.

Farmer Jon has great greens ( got some chard for some sautéed greens)

Watervliet:

Kristy’s Barn is there with AWESOME produce every nweek (they’re also at Delmar, Voorheesville, Cohoes, North GB)

The Watervliet Historical Society is there raising money with the sale of glass wear and nick-nacks.

I hope to see you out at the markets to see what our region has to offer, it’s really outstanding!

Etsy!

Hey!  I’m on Etsy now…..

 

Which means You can use your credit card!

Check me out HERE!!

I’ll be working on a for-real website soon.

 

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Today I am Happy to be a NY’er.  My close friends can do the same things that I can do. I will be able to celebrate with them, when they take the next step in their relationship.

More Importantly…..

They get to have the same basic rights that I enjoy everyday. They get to express their love to their partner, just as I will in 78 days.  When they get sick, their loved one can be in the room with the Dr. and stand next to the bed.  They can put their partner on their insurance and share a last name.

My fiancé and I tried to become domestic partners when I was laid off. Let me tell you, this is NOT equal but different.  It’s just not equal. It is a Giant Giant Giant pain in the tucass. Even though we live together, have a puppy, pay our bills out of one check book, and generally, except for that piece of paper, are married. We weren’t married enough to claim domestic partnership. We didn’t own a car together. If we had owned a car together for 6 months, then we could claim domestic partnership. Then, is when the fun begins. The tax forms are ridiculous. So all in all, not equal at all, not when any straight couple can walk into the clerks office, take an oath, and sign a paper, and its done. But today, no one has to do that any more.

Today I am proud to be a NY’er. Finally our elected officials did something right

Dum Dum da Dum….

So I haven’t really talked a lot about my impending marriage on the blog. Mostly because it has not been an issue at all. We got engaged a year and a half ago in Egypt, Kevin set the date on the boat and by mid summer all the big things were taken care of, the church was booked and the barn was booked. By the first of the year we had the photog, the DJ and the florist and I had my dress.  All that was left was the limo. (Check) Tuxs Just need to order. and the little stuff. I swear I might be the calmest coolest bride around. Really. I am stressing about nothing. Well you always stress about money, but that can’t really be helped. We picked out the invites, made the way too long list. We know what our favors will be and have some great surprises planned for our guests.  I AM READY!

I say… bring it. The sooner the better! I am a go for the Honeymoon. My bikini is bought and there is a rum punch somewhere with my name on it.  I have a ton of sundress’ and just need to find a fancy hat to wear, But I’ll probably get that on the island.

So this all is brought on because we went to a wedding last night. We had a really great time, we didn’t know a lot of people there, but that’s why we had so much fun. We had a good meal, had some cocktails, and danced! I just kept imagining what our wedding was going to look like. What we were going to have for center pieces. How the cake was going to look. ETC, ETC, ETC. Then I realized how much more hectic our was going to be, we got to spend time with each other last night. Not so much at our wedding. We’ll have family and friends in from all over the country, and it will be the  first time my four brothers and I will be together since 1985. yes 85.  I can’t wait. but I know it won’t last long enough. Even though we pretty much have a Weekend planned for everyone. It still won’t be long enough. We have spent countless hours getting things ready and thousand of dollars, not to mention all the money our guests will be spending to come and stay here in Albany.  I just don’t feel that 6 hours is going to be long enough.

I’m sure that every bride and groom feel the same way.  Right?

 

 

Time to get up on the Soap Box

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM???

Seriously? Do you have any idea?

Tomatoes? Lettuce? Bananas? And those are just fresh vegetables.

So this was all prompted by a visit with my friend Betty (name changed). Betty is ‘in a family way’ and we were discussing how being pregnant makes you rethink your diet (or it should!) Betty has a gluten intolerance (Celiac), which when pregnant can become severe. She must be very, very careful about what she is eating, not just when she is pregnant, always and forever. She reads every label and knows where her food comes from. I applaud her!

I am a baker, and now a business owner. Do you know what you have to do when you bake for a living? Make ingredient labels. Being a chef and a country girl, I know what’s in season and where it is coming from. But I didn’t know what was in Vegetable shortening (Crisco) until last week. I have a basic knowledge of what it is (as should every Chef) it’s hydrogenated vegetable oil. So in basic non-sciencey terms, the molecule of vegetable oil has open parts like the sides of an inside piece of a puzzle, where things can fit. So to turn liquid vegetable oil into a solid shortening, they use hydrogen and fill up those sides. But a lot of the time they don’t fill everything up, so you get partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil. Awesome right, it’s from veggies and now it makes decent pie crust (not as good as lard, but that’s for another post) problem is that when you don’t fill up all the bonds it leaves spots open and stuff can cling to it and get into your body. FREE-RADICALS!!!! These are the hangers on of the cool kids world. So sometimes, bad nasty sh*t can help it’s self on in to our bodies. Cancer causing stuff and the like. These Trans-fats also lead to heart diseases and a host of other nasty illnesses. Listen I’m not a scientist and I’m sure if you know one they would be able to explain it better to you, probably a scientist out there will read this and have many, many polite observations on how I could have explained it better. Listen there is a wikipedia article HERE. But they use lots of sciencey terms. Where was I going with all this…. Oh yes what’s in Crisco.  Ok so I know Crisco isn’t the best for you, but neither are the triple chocolate cream de menthe brownies that I make. Everything in moderation I say.  But I was making a label and got out the can to copy the ingredients over.  Good Lord in Heaven ABOVE! What was all this crap?

Vegetable Shortening: (Soybean Oil, Fully Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Palm and Soybean Oils Mono and Diglycerides, TBHQ and Citric Acid (Antioxidants)

I don’t know what TBHQ is and frankly I’m scared to look it up. Oh and on a side note, I don’t know how to make the font bigger, if someone knows throw me a comment wouldya?  Back to the Rant.  So out shopping today, I needed more shortening, because in some baking applications, you need a solid fat and butter (always delicious) doesn’t always translate across recipes without some major tinkering. And not for nothing if Grandma said use shortening… I’m not messing with the best.  True though when Grandma used shortening, I’m sure it didn’t have TBHQ in it. Ok. I looked it up. It’s an antioxidant. Really it keeps fats from going rancid. So that means I can have crisco on the shelf for years and….Still Good!  That scares me, I knew I didn’t want to look it up :/  So checking out the food labels on solid vegetable shortening can be a wonderful and eye opening experience. Well not really. But on the good side I found a shortening that doesn’t have so much of the extra crap in it. And it was a store brand. So I saved a few pennies, left out a few chemicals, and pretty much vowed to read every label I buy. Eventually I would like to go all natural baking. Slowly I will change recipes and work out the chemicals when I can. It will take time, and it will be hard to find replacements that work.

So I got really far off topic- sort of.  Back to knowing where your food comes from. We live in a society that has come to believe that strawberries can be grown year round. Here. In America.  News flash…. They can’t. Though we do have a great range of climates and are able to get a longer growing season on a lot of vegetables. We can’t grow everything all year around. But we can ship in Apples from New Zealand, and fruit from Chile, and Mexico.

Being at the farmers markets has really opened my eyes to how little people understand where there food comes from.  A lady walked in to the market and was looking for corn. Now I can guess she probably doesn’t drive past a corn field on her way home, it’s not even knee high yet. The corn your eating out of the supermarket was shipped in from the south. Probably Texas and the like. I did find a great site that helps folks understand when food will be ripe in their area.  Check it out HERE.

It’s really sad that many Americans have little concept of the origin of their food. So tonight when you sit down to the dinner table, take a look around. Do you know where your food came from and what’s in it?

This week…..

So I haven’t posted very much this week, kinda been hectic.  After the farmers market on Tuesday, I got home and got ready to leave for my parents house in Westernville. I was on my way home for a final concert by my band teacher Mr. Ischia. He taught for 36 years. I really can’t imagine doing the same thing for 36 years. He loved it though, said he could have done another 3-4 years. But thought it was time to go, golf and spend time with his family.  It was really great seeing him, and the high school, and some high school friends I haven’t seen since I left.  The school looks different, Mr. Ischia’s hair is a lot greyer, and the friends haven’t changed, just got a little older. There were some mixed emotions going back, though I was excited once I got there.  I still had the, OMG moment, will I still fit in?

Then came a long awaited for moment… I got to check two things off my list. 

1. Have a drink with a Teacher

2. Have a drink at Benny’s Respectable Gin Mill

Really It’s called Benny’s Place, it’s in Holland Patent and the great aspiration of a group of High Schoolers Back in the late 90’s. David Parker, used to talk about Benny’s Respectable Gin Mill all the time, like he was the Norm of Holland Patent and had his own seat at the bar, when really we all knew that he had never been in for a drink before, being that he was 17 and a decent kid that only made mischief and a small bit of trouble.  So when at the age of 31 I finally got to belly up to the bar and order a Gin & Tonic– it was a moment, the fact that I was doing it with Mr Ischia, made it that much more special.  We laughed and talked,  I caught up with friends,  we did a lot of remembering.

 

So back home Thursday after noon to live life, had some orders to go out and did a lot of paperwork.  Scrubbed the house, and I’m baking today for tomorrow, I’ll be at the Watervliet Farmers Market tomorrow from 2:30 – 5:30. Come and visit. Kristy’s Barn is there from Schodack and they’ve got great produce for being early in the season.  I’m going to try to get into Voorheesville on Friday Nights. I’ll hope to see you there too!

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