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Happy National Gingersnap Day! In honor of this day, I’m spotlighting gingersnap cookies–a heavenly creation of crunch, spice, and chew. Their origin lies in England and Germany, but how did the name come about? Do gingersnaps snap? I’m convinced there is a faint sounding snap when you break them in half. Perhaps they are named for the “snappy” ginger flavor. Either way, these cookies have some enlightening health benefits due to the ginger content (which of course, gives us more reason to eat them at any given time of day)
Fit For Two’s Five Ginger Health Facts:
Thinly Sliced Cucumber boasts delicious gingersnap-raspberry sandwiches that would make a great dessert to bring to 4th of July BBQs, keeping you patriotic with red raspberry filling.
Gingersnap Raspberry Sandwiches
Makes: 2 dozen sandwiches
1. Preheat oven to 375º. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.
3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed. Beat in the maple syrup. Add the egg and beat until well combined. Reduce the mixer to low and add the flour mixture in 3 additions, beating well between each addition.
4. Place the granulated sugar in shallow bowl. Measure out 1 tablespoon of dough and form into a ball. Roll the dough in the sugar and place on one of the prepared baking sheets. Space each ball about 3-inches apart. Repeat until both sheets are full.
5. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown, rotating the sheets once in the middle of the baking time (the sheet on the bottom switches places with the sheet on the top).
6. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool. Repeat the process with the remaining dough.
7. When the cookies are cool, spread half with roughly 2 teaspoons of jam. Place a second cookie on the top and press lightly.
8. Serve and enjoy!
Photo Credit: Thinly Sliced Cucumber
Sometimes there is nothing better than to watch a talented bartender craft the perfect mojito, gently crushing the mint to release the right amount of flavor. If you’re lucky, a mortar & pestle is involved, making you feel you’re handed a beneficial elixir from an apothecary of yore. In Biblical references, an apothecary referred to the holy oils and ointments prepared by priests properly qualified for this office.
There’s also nothing better than serving the perfectly mixed mojito, with no elbow-grease involved. When you’re hosting your next summer soiree, consider anointing your guests with the City Farm’s lovely Island Mojito Mix. Just add your favorite white rum.
According to Wikipedia, Cuba is one of the theorized origins of the mojito. “One story traces the mojito to a similar 19th century drink known as “El Draque,” after Francis Drake. In 1586, after his successful raid at Cartagena de Indias, Drake’s ships sailed towards Havana but there was an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy on board. It was known that the local South American Indians had remedies for various tropical illnesses; so a small boarding party went ashore on Cuba and came back with ingredients for a medicine which was effective. The ingredients were aguardiente de caña (a crude form of rum, translates as fire water from sugar cane) added with local tropical ingredients; lime, sugarcane juice and mint. Drinking lime juice in itself would have been a great help in staving off scurvy and dysentery.”
Probably best to avoid discussion of scurvy at your summer soiree, but “fire water” is sure to create some great post-party stories, and it wouldn’t hurt to add a little Cuban flair to the party. Check out Saveur’s Cuban recipes for your next mojito party.
Bonus: Your City Farm Island Mojito Mix (and any others you order – there’s a delicious Strawberry Blush Margarita Mix, a Melon Mist Daiquiri Mix, and more!) come beautifully packaged, so you can also give them as gifts.
Cheers to backyard summer soirees!
(Mojito photo credit: Martie Knows Parties)
For me, food is fun. Avocados, a new favorite of mine have also become subject to my food experimentation’s. I use them in smoothies (right? Forget the Kale—an avocado still makes your smoothie green, and it tastes a lot better. Don’t get me wrong—Kale absolutely has its place in my cookbook.) baked goods, puddings, soups, salads, sauces, ice cream— it’s safe to say they’re perfect on their own; too.
There are few things better than a ripe avocado; but there’s nothing worse than needing your green goddess to ripen in the next day when it’s as hard as a rock. This of course, usually happens when I have the spare 10 minutes to scramble the ingredients before I jolt out the door.
If you find yourself in this dilemma where you need to speed up the ripening process (via Vivian Tran’s article in XYZ magazine):
1) If you have 24 hours: Place avocados in a brown paper bag with a banana, then leave the bag on a sunny windowsill for 18-24 hours. Together the banana and avocados release a large amount of ethylene gas which can quicken ripening.
2) If you have less than 24 hours: Place two peeled pitted avocados in a blender with 1 cup of peas (fresh, frozen, or thawed) and pulse until smooth. The peas will help soften the consistency of the unripe avocados but won’t affect the flavor.
Now, it’s your turn to become a ripening wizard with these simple tricks. Enjoy!
Photo Credit: BringJoy.com, Start Baby On Solids.com
Today is the day to indulge! Internal guilt comes to a halt, flies out the window and new purchase bliss overcomes all hesitation. Can we make this moment last forever? Well, we can make it last for at least today, June 18—National Splurge Day!
Whether you splurge on yourself, your family, guests, or home, let the thought of National Splurge Day take any glimmer of apprehension away. It is your time to treat yourself. After all, once in a while balances the frugal moments, right? I call it the equilibrium of expending.
Splurge on something from our farm, to your home; the Edith the Cow Creamer set ($175). Named fondly after one of City Farm’s very own, this pewter cow and pail creamer set measures 7 inches long, 5 inches wide and 4.5 inches high. Take delight in this kitchen accessory to give your morning coffee a special taste. This set captures our importance to slow down and enjoy. Morning musings over a cup of coffee, with a touch of cream take us back to our simple roots. Giving you what is ours, that is now yours.
Simply click the ‘buy now’ button to give Edith a spot in your kitchen! Enjoy~
As City Farm’s avocado groves give us endless California Hass Avocados, avocado trees also give an equally sweet gift, and I’m not talking about guacamole!
We are proud to announce the debut of our newest City Farm exclusive, 16 ounces of California harvested Avocado Honey.
This honey has a place in my heart and in my pantry. I use it in sickness and in health; perfect for teas with a sore throat, to spread on bread for a light breakfast and used as an alternative sugar in many chocolate filled desserts. Our last recipe with this honey was City Farm’s avocado pudding—so sweet it was almost dangerous! This honey can be mixed into yogurt, sauces, marinades and anything else your culinary minds can dream of.
Enjoy yours today, and comment me with recipe suggestions and honey creations of your own! Shop it here: https://thecityfarm.com/product/avocado-honey-2/
As one of City Farm’s defining features, our 2,000 tree avocado orchards supply us with thousands of pounds of California Hass avocados each year. Avocados can be store bought year-round, however their season and City Farms best avocados are ripest from May through late summer. Our dinner recipes have been filled with avocado infused courses. Creamy avocado soup, gazpacho, and classic guacamole are just the beginning! I will
openly admit that I enjoy them plain—simple foods are my favorite.
Mother’s Day marked the beginning of our picking season. Over this past five days we’ve picked about 40,000 pounds (yes, pounds!) of avocados from our groves. That number may seem hard to believe; but when one tree can give up to 1,000 pounds–we’ve got so much more green goodness ahead. Hoping to pick another 90,000 pounds this season our crop grows bigger and more bountiful each year. I take kind care of my groves, this year they really took care of me; too. I’ll send more updates to you as we keep picking, and please share your avocado recommendations with me! Take care and Enjoy ~
Mornings are my absolute favorite time of day. Full of renewal and fresh starts, it only seems right I begin mine with some caffeine–espresso in these little darlings sounds right! I found these tumblers when visiting the Maison D’ Objet show in January. I remember walking by the booth and did a double take–were these cups meant to be dented? And in fact they were! Designed to look like a hand gripped this cup a little too tightly these cappuccino tumblers are incredibly fun and unique.
We’re sending them to you in sets of two. Colors come in red, orange, yellow, navy or white. These are just the right size for a quick swig before you head out the door to your next destination, or for sitting and enjoying with breakfast. Cup measures 3.25 inches in diameter and 3.25 inches high. Holds 6.25 oz. Water and Utensil Tumblers pictured in collection sold separately. Enjoy! https://thecityfarm.com/product/cappuccino-crumpled-tumbler-set-white/
It might be our April newsletter than just went out, but I’ve got shopping on the mind. My taste both city and farm, I have to highlight one of our newest products in addition to the three April features, the ‘Keep Calm and Carry Chocolate’ sign. Not too long ago I was designing T-shirts with some friends with the same ‘Keep Calm’ slogan. Phrases and literary bits of joy are the little things that can completely change the course of a day from bad to good. I think this sign should be hung on every wall, of every room, in every home. Maybe not every room but it certainly has a place in mine.
In addition, carrying chocolate is also very relevant to me and everyone at The City Farm. In the words of Patty herself, “We love..I mean love chocolate at The City Farm”. She’s right, between making Avocado Chocolate pudding and taking sweet little cupcakes on photo shoots, I may slowly turn into a piece of chocolate.
This sign is certainly an affordable piece at only $14 that is necessary for your home and any chocolate lovers you know. Click the ‘Buy Now’ button and consider it yours, gift wrap included! Enjoy the weekend, happy shopping!
One of the sweetest times of year to spend with family, friends and some little yellow peeps, I love Easter. This year at The City Farm we decided to enjoy our Easter with each other by creating an imaginative twist on Easter desserts! Based on a traditional chocolate pudding recipe, we infused our signature with some Avocados straight from our groves and of course, the soon to debut City Farm Avocado Honey. I have a sweet tooth with a different twist, gravitating towards non-dairy options we provided you with both a non-dairy pudding–and one that tastes just a tad bit richer!
To make our non-dairy Chocolate Avocado pudding, you will need:
6 ripe avocado, peeled and flesh removed from pit
1/2 cup quality cocoa powder (100% pure cacao)
1/2 cup pure honey (soon to be City Farm!)
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Prep time, about 10 minutes. I’m a fan of quick sweet eats. Place all items in mixing bowl, simply mix together with a hand or stand mixer. This recipe will make approximately 6 – 8 half cup servings. This recipe is 100% free of dairy and any refined sugar additives.
For traditional Avocado Chocolate Pudding, use the following ingredients:
One pack of Jello chocolate mix and 3 cups of whole milk. Mix well, and chill!
We photographed both the non-dairy and traditional Avocado Chocolate Pudding side by side, with rice whip cream and homemade whipped cream to create a layered (and delicious) look.
Get creative at an Easter party with some peeps and chocolate Hershey eggs! We hope you enjoy your Easter, and bring a little City Farm to all of your friends and family!
Keeping my Friday tradition, the City Farm went sweet this week; marshmallows, to be exact! We decided to have a little fun in the kitchen in celebration of sending out our first monthly newsletter (join us on the homepage if you haven’t received yours!) with featured products for the month of March. April’s products may be centered around food, but we have a few other City Farm must-sees to send your way. I digress; I needed something sweet, but also something that could be make quickly, food and convenience are my top two.
Two desserts sounded right. City Farm Marshmallow cups, and traditional Rice Krispie treats (who doesn’t love those?) Our City Farm Marshmallow cups can be easily made, all you need are:
1 bag marshmallows, 1 bag chocolate chips, Peanut butter, almonds, granola, candy of your choice and Cupcake cups
The art of creating the perfect marshmallow cup is layering. Begin with a bottom layer of marshmallows, next add in the layer of peanut butter and another candy/nut mix of choice. Add layer two of marshmallows, add a healthy layer of chocolate chips (chocolate is full of antioxidants), and top with another layer of marshmallows. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown! Think s’mores, oven style. Let these delights cool for just a minute! They taste best served hot. Enjoy, and don’t be fooled by their overwhelming appearance. They taste delicious!
3 tpsp butter, 1/2 bag of marshmallows, 2 cups rice krisp cereal
Mix the melted butter with the melted marshmallows (microwave for 45 seconds at medium power) together, and pour in your rice krisp cereal. Mix all together in a small baking pan, and pop in the refrigerator! Allow your treats to cool in the refrigerator for 5 minutes, then simply cut the squares, and enjoy!
Happy Friday, may yours be as sweet as mine!
I have this silly tradition of starting and ending my week with one favorite treat; I like to enjoy my food! While watching what I eat is an equal concern, I came across this article today and it brought great comfort to one of my
guilty pleasures, homemade chips and guacamole.
Courtesy of the examiner.com and Debbie Nicholson, a study was released examining the health benefits of daily consumption of avocados. Researchers conducted a survey among 17,567 men and women aged 19+. Results showed that 347 adults that consumed about 1/2 of a medium sized avocado within 24 hours showed increased intake in nutrient levels. Specifically, “36% more dietary fiber, 23% more vitamin E, 13% more magnesium, 16% more potassium and 48% more vitamin K than non-consumers”.
While every study has limitations, this one certainly makes me want to increase my avocado intake! Follow this link for the full article: http://www.examiner.com/article/avocado-s-linked-to-lower-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome and enjoy your avocados today! I know I will.
Maybe it’s that cozy winter feeling, but the grey overcast today (my secret favorite) has me itching for other cold cities; London, to be exact. One of our dear friends just returned from a trip there and she was gracious enough to share some of her behind the scenes pictures with me. Naturally, I have to share them with you!
Taking a vicarious trip, the forecast in London today is 5 degrees Celsius, a chilly 41 degrees Fahrenheit. One of her favorites that is a sure indoor ‘must-do’ is to spend the perfect winter day at London’s oldest, Spitalfields Traders Market. Open everyday, these shops showcase the cutting edge trends for fashion, health and beauty, art, home interiors and even gourmet food and wine. The design of the building stands out among others with its beautiful glass canopy; complete with world cuisine restaurants; you really don’t ever need to leave.
Spitalfields is located on Brushfield street, available by bus, car and bike. Open seven days a week, from 10:00AM – 7:00PM. Enjoy these pictures, and plan your next British visit to this beautiful market!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re married, in a relationship, or single; today is about spreading the love. In making my own gifts, I wanted to share my favorite handmade Valentine Idea with you, courtesy of Spoonful.com. You’re never too old for hand-crafted Valentine’s.
To create these beautiful flowers, gather colorful construction paper, scissors, a glue stick and your favorite lollipop. You can also use Cake Pops for an extra pop of color and sweetness.
1. Cut out a heart, flower, or any shape your desire from the construction paper. Glue the wrapper of the lollipop to the paper.
2. To make the leaves, simply fold paper in half and cut a leaf shape.
3. Unfold the leaf shape and glue it around the lollipop stem, press firmly to secure the shape.
4. Enjoy your handmade Valentine’s!
Thank you Spoonful for the DIY inspiration! To a day filled with red, chocolate, flowers and fun. Enjoy~
Inspired by Gandhi’s above quote and today’s trending tweet of #changestuff, I was curious–what’s the change about? After browsing I quickly realized no ‘one’ event signified the trend (unlike the Super Bowl of course, which generated an overwhelming amount of trending tweets), but it gave us a chance to voice our change, what we want to change and what motivates that~to each his own.
This time of year signifies change most, a Spring season of new beginnings, ventures, a renewal of the mind and all things life. One of the most beautiful changes to me, aside from the change is season but in connection with; the change in fashion. New York fashion week airs tomorrow, one week to forecast the next few months of ‘must have’ looks. I like to connect these looks with one of the most important aspects of change; what we define ourselves by. These looks connect to the change we want to see in the world, the look we choose as a direction connection to who we are.
The bright colors, the pastels, the soft fabrics all give us a different definition and connection. The feeling of a soft pastel dress with the sun on your face.. It’s those moments that make me enjoy change, in its most basic form. What’s your change? Write in and tell me about it.
While I absolutely love the California sunshine, sometimes it’s hard to compete with the French elegance that is Paris, even if it was 30 degrees..for 7 days straight.
We just returned home from attending the Maison D’ Objet Trade Show in Paris, full of inspiration and creative products. My favorite part of our French travels were the food, the fun and the future we get a birds eye view of, as we know European markets set the trends. While it would be unfair to share all of my secrets of the products we’re soon to unveil–I will divulge this: I hope your sweet tooth and your homes are ready!
The beauty of getting lost in specialty shops captured me most. Pictured below is the cozy olive oil, tapenade and honey store Epicerie Provencale, Premiere Pression Provence. While exploring around the West Bank and Le marais, we strolled (coffee and pastry in hand, of course) in here, leaving with arms full of herb, spice, butter and aromatic flavored cooking oils. Certainly a shop to be seen out on your next travel to Paris!
HINT: Future product inspiration and clues may be hidden in this blog. We’re back and excited to show you more country chic style this Spring!
Some of the best meals in the country are still found in off-the-beaten-path roadside diners. Tastes and textures that can never be duplicated have often been discovered at the end of a road-weary day. A home-made tamale here, a juicy burger there, the creamiest Mac-and-Cheese ever, or a gooey, buttery, caramel at that tiny candy store, whose name and place you will never remember. These are food treats that will stay with you a lifetime, never to be matched . . . until now.
The City Farm Avocado Honey is that memory in the making. Only now, you won’t have to search a lifetime to duplicate the experience. If the smooth elegance of copper-colored velvet could be made into a food, it would certainly be our Avocado Honey. It’s almost ready to share, we’re creating its perfect packaging.
Try a bottle. Then share some bottles. It will be ready for you soon!
You won’t regret it, and your friends will love it.
Originally designed to hold calling cards, our Antique English Sterling Silver card cases make beautiful gifts for a special someone. Great for business cards, credit cards or money these one-of-a-kind cases are quite the gift to give this season.
We only have three, shop them here: https://thecityfarm.com/product-category/shop-vintage/
Feel the City Farm elegance with this in your evening bag out in the city (New York City to be exact…my favorite!) or the fancy of home. Enjoy!
Here’s A cute cover for the rainy season! “It’s raining cats and dogs” almost applies. However, in our case, it’s raining dogs, and more dogs!
Measuring 36″ in diameter when open, our pet umbrellas make walking on a rainy day a pleasant event. With the rubberized handle that’s much easier to hold, you can walk your three (or maybe four dogs) at once. Coordinate your umbrella with your raincoat, or your dog! Buy it here.
Whichever you choose, your rainy day will be a bright one. Enjoy!