Off to my first trade show next week, NE Grows in Boston at the Convention Center. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood! As I think I have established by now, what I really know is food so I will be baking about a million little butter cookies to give out at the show. I have red, yellow and orange sugar to make them flame colored. I am not sure what this has to do with making and selling Fire Pits but my 18 year old foodie son has told me that I have to give out food, it will bring people into the booth. Here’s hoping he is right. I imagine he is but, really, no one loves food like a 6′ tall young man, they are always hungry! I wanted to give out s’mores but that was a little complicated, what with fire and all. How popular would my booth be if I could give out those yummy s’moretinis?!
Oh, right, trade show, work day, better move on.
If you feel like baking this weekend too, try these delicious butter cookies that I came across in Gourmet (sob, sigh) years ago.
Basic Butter Cookies
4 sticks (1 pound) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- In large bowl of a standing electric mixer beat together butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy.
- Beat in yolks, 1 at a time, and vanilla and beat until smooth.
- Beat in flour gradually, beating dough until just combined well.
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I was driving home two days ago at about 6 pm and caught a glimpse of the huge orange moon rising over the harbor. I drove into my neighbor’s driveway to get a good look and could have sat there gazing for ages, it was just so magnificent. unfortunately, I had my teenage daughter in the car and she was less impressed and wanted to get home to do her homework (at least that is what she said- she could have been video chatting all night for all I know!). The whole experience
(minus the teenager) made me feel so blessed and then I started thinking about how to spend more time outdoors enjoying the moonlight and what snacks I could make that would be orange. I am a little ADD so bear with me here. It seems that we take these small miracles of life for granted and sometimes I just want to stop, pause and take it all in. Truth be told, I don’t do this any more than the next person but I would like to and I guess that is a start. So where to go from here? I have recently designed a fabulous starry fire pit, which I have called Stella, and with the warm winter we are having, was able to light a fire in it.
What to make to snack on while I enjoy my new creation? I am still in the New Year, New Me mode so I thought mini turkey burgers with monterey jack cheese and salsa would be good. If you roast some sweet potato fries in the oven to serve with them, you have a delicious and healthy little meal. In the orange theme, a friend suggested orange jello shots, which would certainly make it a party! I was thinking more along the lines of spicy hot cocoa spiked with a little cinnamon and cayenne but the choice is yours. Enjoy this little break from winter before the snow flies!
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I am blessed to be spending the holidays at a friend’s ski house. It has everything going for it- great location, a view of the mountains and an outside hot tub. What is missing?? Nothing, really, but a Fancy Fire Pit would be so gorgeous and fun, sitting out in the snow. Frankly, it is a little too cold to sit outside at the moment, with temperatures hovering in the low double digits. But after skiing, while the sun is still shining and the air is a balmy 35, I would love to sit by the fire with my glass of red wine and look at the mountains.
I would not be opposed to making something delicious to enjoy with my wine. A big piece of raclette cheese, melting by the fire (put it on a tray and set it next to the fire pit, on a table) would be great. Serve it with a bowl of boiled tiny new potatoes and chunks of bread to skewer and spread with the cheese. So delicious and very Swiss apres ski.
For something more familiar and retro, but equally fortifying, make potato skins. Bake russet potatoes in a 350 oven for about an hour. Let cool slightly and then scoop out all but 1/2″ of the flesh. At this point, you can go traditional with bacon and cheddar cheese or get creative. I like to go Italian with crisped pancetta, diced fire roasted tomatoes and parmesan cheese but making them Mexican with diced peppers, salsa and monterey jack cheese melted on top would be good as well. Make sure to put out sour cream and chopped scallions for topping.
If you bring a warm blanket outside with your drinks and appetizers, all will be happy and warm, sitting around the fire pit enjoying the view.
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What better way to celebrate the Festival of Lights (aka Hanukkah) than with this fabulous extreme menorah and a fire in your fire pit? As I sit here sipping Christmas blend coffee and looking at blogs with gorgeous photos of Christmas trees, I am feeling a little left out of the general festivities. All will be good when I light up my menorah and feast on latkes and jelly donuts. Latkes are a little difficult for outdoor entertaining but jelly donuts will be delicious with my spicy coffee sipped around the fire on the first night of Hanukkah.
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The days are getting shorter and cooler. Fall is definitely here. To make the most of the beautiful days and cool evenings, light a fire in your Fancy Fire Pit. Keeping warm around the fire is easy. First, make sure your fire is blazing. Check out our tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvCrbzNLtGg for a quick video on how to make a great fire. Then make a batch of spiced cider, either with or without rum, and settle in for a fun fall evening around your Fancy Fire Pit!
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I collect old cookbooks and my 1961 edition of Time Life states, and I quote, “grilling is a man’s job.”. Despite being a trained cook, I must admit to having followed that edict all of my life and left the outdoor cooking to my husband. This is embarrassing to admit. But I have finally broken out the giant grilling tongs and gotten to work. I made marinated pork tenderloins last night which were perfectly cooked and with July 4th weekend upon me, I am feeling adventurous. I’ve got some chicken thighs in the fridge which I am thinking of marinating in something lemony and spicy and wraping in naan- not traditional for the holiday weekend but delicious just the same. Perfect finger food to eat around the Fancy Fire Pit!
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Summer is here and with it, fire pit season. Sam is lighting a fire every night and hanging out with his friends. My challenge is to figure out how to cook over our Fancy Fire Pit without incinerating the food. I love to entertain year round but the summer is especially fun and I am full of ideas. Our next project will be a grill grate for the fire pit. I love an outdoor kitchen!
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