Monday, January 27, 2014

I think I'm in charge of my life, but obviously still influenced by old tv shows

It's BABY GOAT SEASON, and not just in my back yard. 



Stop by the Palma Sola Farmers Market Sundays from 11-3 and you're apt to enjoy the antics of 5 week old triplet kids who are excited to explore their new world. They love to run, jump and munch on anything that looks yummy. 



The ribbons on my sign attracted them, but in the end they preferred chewing wood chips. Bring the family & even young children can gently hug a baby goat. They're very friendly and Glenna can answer all of your questions & fix you up with goat cheese and milk from their Myakka farm. Come early to get the best selection of organic veggies grown right here at the farm.


Aren't these radishes beautiful...& you'll also find Daikons to pair with incredibly sweet carrots & turn into pickles for your Bahn Mi sandwich. Ryan is particularly proud of his wall of lettuces. Everything is just picked...can you say that Publix?


Remember the classic "Seinfeld" episode that had Elaine baking muffins and just selling the tops? Last Sunday I decided to bake Cranberry Corn Muffin Tops, which have been on my radar for a long time. Of course, as a New Yorker & dedicated "Seinfeld" fan, that episode kept playing in my head as I baked. As opposed to Elaine's great dilemma of trying to get rid of all her muffin stumps, I used muffin top pans, so there was nothing extra to dispose of. That proved to be a great disappointment for my dog Twinkie. I loved eating them well toasted with homemade jam slathered on top. This week I'm making a batch featuring fresh blueberries. Details below.

Here's what I'm baking this week:

Morning Glory Muffin  $2
The delicious combination of whole wheat, carrots, nuts, coconut, pineapple, apple and orange in a single muffin. Whole grain + fruit + veggie = perfect & filling for breakfast or a snack anytime.

Created in the 70's, they've become a classic

Blueberry Corn Muffin Tops  $3/pkg
The perfect partner to a quick breakfast alongside cereal, eggs or coffee. Toast it until the outside is crunchy for best flavor. Two muffin tops per package so you can share or not.

Toasted Muffin Top with Cranberry Pear Jam...yummy
Florentine Stromboli  $20  [special order only]     SOLD OUT
Thanks to extraordinary bassist Libby Blatt for sharing this recipe. Bless the musicians, artists & social workers for helping us all cope! My handmade dough encases a wonderful filling of spinach, tomato, onion, garlic, olives and several cheeses. Fully baked, just reheat & serve. Feeds 6 as a meal, or cut thinner for a crowd. Bonni Bakes Pizza Sauce available for $5.

Florentine StrombolI
Big Cookie   $1.50
Individually wrapped & available in the following flavors:  Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Orange Belgium Dark Chocolate Walnut, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Snickerdoodle, Pecan Coconut Belgium Milk Chocolate

Cinnamon sugar Snickerdoodle cookie
Chocolate Orgasm Cookies   $5/pkg
My legendary chocolate delivery system made from melted Belgium Bittersweet chocolate, toasted fresh almonds, chocolate chips & very little flour. Sold in packages because you must have more than one.


Rosemary Parmigiano Breadstix   $4/pkg
Sophisticated breadsticks, at home in any setting including your Super Bowl buffet table. Fresh herbs from my organic garden & Italian Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Plus they stay crunchy down to their nibs.


Decadent Brownie w/Nuts  $2.50
From your first bite into this intensely chocolate brownie, you'll fall in love. How can something so innocent looking taste so sinfully good. And those toasted walnuts tucked here & there. Oh my!!


Homemade Jams & Chutneys   $4/ jar
Cranberry Pear, Mango Meyer Lemon, Berry Basket, Blueberry Lemon, Pineapple Mango Rum,  Mango Chutney and Ginger Pear Chutney .

Fresh Keitt mango, pineapple and lime waiting to turn into jam
My Garden Tomato Trio  $3/pint [very limited availability]
A melange of "Juliet" (mini Roma), "Chocolate Cherry" (large full flavored) & "Lady Bug" (red cherry)



 Everything always hand-made in small batches with the best ingredients & locally sourced when possible. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or fake stuff EVER!!

ORDER BY 5pm WED.  PICK-UP AVAILABLE EITHER 

FRIDAY  12-4 in the Village of the Arts
at BONNI's TreeHouse 
932 12 St W (down the driveway thru the white wrought iron gate) 

OR

SUNDAY 11-3 at Palma Sola Farmers Market
  at Geraldson's Community Farm, directions at
facebook.com/palmasolafarmersmarket

All items in limited supply...first come, first served

TO PLACE AN ORDER 
call me at (941) 746-6647 
  or email  bonnibakes@gmail.com  

   PAY BY CASH OR LOCAL CHECK TO BONNI BROWN  

 Hugs from my kitchen,
Bonni

Monday, January 20, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII is just two weeks away


I love this cooler weather, wearing sweaters & jeans, making soup & feeling like it's time for football. The Broncos vs Seahawks should be an exciting game & I'm already thinking about what to eat while I watch the game. 

If you're hosting a Super Bowl Party, I have a menu suggestion. It was a such a big hit last year that I've decided to bake large loaves of STROMBOLI ($20/each by advance order only) again. Each loaf makes 6 hearty portions, or you can cut them narrower to feed a crowd. Just reheat in your oven, slice & serve. A bottle of my handmade dipping PIZZA SAUCE is available for $5These are the same stromboli that were such a favorite on my Bonni Bakes Bakery/Cafe menu for 12 years. 



Filling choices are:  FLORENTINE (spinach, tomato, onion, garlic, mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano);  HAM & CHEESE (Black Forest Ham, provolone, roasted red pepper, mozzarella, whole grain mustard,) or PIZZA (tomato, pepperoni, basil, mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano ). I'm bringing this up early because I can only make a limited amount and last year they sold out early. Taking orders now for pick-up on Friday Jan 31 in The Village or Sunday Feb 2 at the Farmers Market.

I love using ingredients obtained at the source. Recently, my son brought me back Cinnamon Sticks, purchased during his recent trip to Sri Lanka & Oman. He's the one with the beard.


This week I'll use them in my Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread. The potency of freshly ground spice should give it an extra "oomph". Details below.

Here's what I'm baking this week:

Blueberry Lemon Muffin  $2
Warm up your spirits & taste buds with the ever sunny combination of fresh plump blueberries embraced by a delicate lemon muffin. Sure to make you smile ;-)


Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread   $5
A fragrant slicing loaf with Sri Lanka cinnamon both in the dough & a serious vein of it running all the way through; plus a half pound of raisins per loaf. Especially delicious toasted.


Big Cookie   $1.50
Individually wrapped & available in the following flavors:
Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Orange Belgium Dark Chocolate Walnut, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Snickerdoodle, Pecan Coconut Belgium Milk Chocolate



Chocolate Orgasm Cookies   $5/pkg
My legendary chocolate delivery system made from melted Belgium Bittersweet chocolate, toasted fresh almonds, chocolate chips & very little flour. Sold in packages because you must have more than one.


Kalamata Olive & Feta Breadstix   $4/pkg
The sophisticated breadstick, at home in any setting. The wonderful taste combo of olives, oregano and Feta cheese make these perfect for snacking or as partner to soup, salad or a cocktail.  Plus they stay crunchy down to their nibs.



New York City Rugelach  $4.50/pkg (6 oz)
First you bite into that traditional delicate cream cheese dough crust, then the flavors of the filling explode in your mouth. Toasted walnuts, homemade jam, raisins, cinnamon & sugar. Nothing else needed.


Homemade Jams & Chutneys   $4/ jar
Cranberry Pear, Mango Chutney, Mango Meyer Lemon, Ginger Pear Chutney, Blueberry Lemon, Pineapple Mango Rum.


 Everything always hand-made in small batches with the best ingredients & locally sourced when possible. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or fake stuff EVER!!

ORDER BY 5pm WED.  PICK-UP AVAILABLE 

FRIDAY  12-4 in the Village of the Arts
at BONNI BAKES Gallery 
930 12 St W (just south of MLK)  

OR

SUNDAY 11-3 at Palma Sola Farmers Market
  at Geraldson's Community Farm, directions at
facebook.com/palmasolafarmersmarket

All items in limited supply...first come, first served

TO PLACE AN ORDER 
call me at (941) 746-6647 
  or email  bonnibakes@gmail.com  

   PAY BY CASH OR LOCAL CHECK TO BONNI BROWN  

 Hugs from my kitchen,
Bonni

Monday, January 13, 2014

Seems like the animals have taken over



I've always wanted a goat, and now I have one. No more jealous pangs at the Palma Sola Farmers Market on Sundays when I watch Glenna's goats forage & scamper about. Today I brought Miss Persnickety home from Divine Excess Gallery in The Village and gently introduced her to my dog Twinkie. It only took one sniff on Twink's part to determine Miss P was no threat. Then the goat behavior kicked in and I could barely keep up with her. First she started nibbling on my Meyer Lemon tree, then pounced on top of the table. But not for long.


In a flash she was gulping down my Mexican Petunias...


and tried to climb up the avocado tree. Thank goodness for Twinkie, who knew how to quickly get her attention. Oops!!!


Before long everything quieted down and a tired little Miss P finally took a nap.


Her udder looks very full so it shouldn't be long before I'm rolling in goat milk and goat cheese. It's not so hard being a "City Farmer" Glenna. I also got a cat to keep in my kitchen.


This colorful pussycat is a reminder of my recent trip to Tulum. Of course the white powder that shakes out is only sea salt.  My veggie crops are progressing too.


This year I started several varieties of small tomatoes from seed and am growing them in Earth Boxes without pesticides. My personal favorite is "Chocolate Cherry" (dark ones at the top) along with "Juliet" (elongated mini Romas) and "Lady Bug" round cherry tomatoes. I'm harvesting them now & will sell mixed pints for $3 in VERY LIMITED quantities. Let me know if you're interested.


I planted a couple of Brussels Sprout plants too. I love how the tiny sprouts appear and grow on the stalk, in the armpits of the leaves. Aren't they adorable!! Thanks Ginger Stevenson for growing them in your garden years ago...I never would have known!


FYI -- Thanks to all of you for your encouragement & support these past months while I looked for just the right tenant for my former Bonni Bakes Cafe building. I'm happy to report that I found them, and they will be taking it over on Feb 1st. Sorry I can't share any details at the moment but it will be a terrific addition to The Village of the Arts & a place I know you'll want to visit. More details to come soon. 

Here's what I'm baking this week:


Pumpkin Date Nut Muffin  $2
Nothing tastes so rich and satisfying as one of these large muffins, sliced and slathered with cream cheese. For me it's almost a full meal and a guaranteed smile :-)


Classic French Ficelle   $2.50
I love French bread, but mostly I love the ratio of crunchy crust to soft interior. A Ficelle is like a Baguette, but skinnier, so that proportion of crust to interior is greater. Whatever, it's damn yummy.

Big Cookie   $1.50
Individually wrapped & available in the following flavors:
Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Orange Belgium Dark Chocolate Walnut, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Snickerdoodle, Pecan Coconut Belgium Milk Chocolate


Chocolate Orgasm Cookies   $5/pkg
My legendary chocolate delivery system made from melted Belgium Bittersweet chocolate, toasted fresh almonds, chocolate chips & very little flour. Sold in packages because you must have more than one.

Black Pepper Parmigiano Breadstix   $4/pkg
Just the thing when you want something alongside that cocktail, soup or salad. Made with imported Reggiano Parmigiano cheese, coarse ground Tellicherry pepper from my trip to India, and fresh oregano from my organic garden. Plus they stay crunchy down to their nibs.


Jewish Apple Cake  $3/slice
My aunt's classic cake is taken to a new level with the addition of organic apples from Palma Sola Farmers Market. Not overly sweet, but moist because it's loaded with chunks of delicious fresh apples. Perfect with tea or coffee; as dessert, or just as a very satisfying snack.


Homemade Jams & Chutneys   $4/ jar
Cranberry Pear, Mango Chutney, Peach Melba, Berry Basket, Blueberry Lemon, Ginger Pear Chutney.

 Everything always hand-made in small batches with the best ingredients & locally sourced when possible. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or fake stuff EVER!!

ORDER BY 5pm WED.  PICK-UP

FRIDAY or SATURDAY 12-4 in Village of the Arts
at BONNI BAKES Gallery 
930 12 St W (just south of MLK)  

OR

SUNDAY 11-3 at Palma Sola Farmers Market
  at Geraldson's Community Farm, directions at
facebook.com/palmasolafarmersmarket

All items in limited supply...first come, first served

TO PLACE AN ORDER 
call me at (941) 746-6647 
  or email  bonnibakes@gmail.com  

   PAY BY CASH OR LOCAL CHECK TO BONNI BROWN  

 Hugs from my kitchen,
Bonni

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR in Florida...and where are my mittens?



Hope the holidays were everything you wanted. Now for a fresh start in a new year filled with optimism and hope. And jackets, sweaters, boots & hats here in sunny Bradenton. Twinkie celebrated at Carol's house, but was waiting at the window to greet me when I got back from Mexico. Thanks Carol!!

What a wonderful adventure I had in Tulum, Mexico. Now I know where all the hipsters & fashionistas in NYC go when the temps dip. At Cancun, Budget Car Rental insisted they had no cars for us, despite two pre-paid car rental agreements. It's a scam...do not rent through them!


We ended up spending hours there until my hero & daughter Abby successfully got us wheels. The house they rented was a piece of art...no right angles, local materials used throughout from twisted trees as handrails to wood & stones embedded in concrete floors, sinks and bathtub. Three floors of quirky space.


The house owner has a local beach bar/restaurant where we stopped for drinks & dinner. Who needs floors when you can enjoy the sand between your toes. Ate my first fish taco.


Tulum boasts a number of very good restaurants, some of which have sister spots in NYC. Lots of local fish & shrimp (heads intact) are served grilled. There was an amazing fillet cooked in sea water that was exceptional. I have the recipe & when I've adapted it to home cooking, I'll share it with you.

Choose your shrimp & fish, priced according to weight.
We toured Mayan ruins; floated down a narrow waterway propelled solely by the current; walked through jungle and went to Hidden Worlds, a zipline & cenote (underground cave with stalagmites, stalactites & crystal clear water) jungle park, which was amazing & a real physical workout. 

The trip starts with a 20 minute ride into the jungle on this truck

Zipline into cenote & splash-down


Zipline bike travels by pedal power
Zipline roller coaster, dangling above the jungle
If I had seen the second dip in the "zipline roller coaster" I definitely wouldn't have tried it, but by then it was too late. I really enjoyed repelling 50' into a dry bed cenote dangling from a rope. Of course, that first step was a doozie.


Most important was that at the end of that day, all six of us were still smiling & walked out under our own power! 


We spent days exploring, on the beach, shopping locally & eating out. Nights were for trying new cocktails & restaurants, and a farewell tattoo on our last night. Okay, they're temporary & support my local NPR station, but they made us a force to be reckoned with.


Back to reality...and to dust off the oven in my kitchen. Here's what I'm baking this week:


My New York City Knish  $3.50
When the weather gets cold you can always warm your hands around a hot knish. This is the classic NYC knish with a thin crust that is  baked, not fried. Choice of three fillings: Potato, Spinach or Kasha.


Blueberry Lemon Muffin   $2
The sunniest muffin on the planet. How can you beat the loving combination of a lemony muffin interspersed with big plump fresh blueberries. Gotta have one, or two.




Potato Onion Rye Bread   $2.50/pkg
The potato adds moisture, the sauteed onions give it depth of flavor and the Swedish coarse rye flour, that I brought back from Sweden, gives it fabulous texture. Did I mention how good it is toasted?


Big Cookie   $1.50
Individually wrapped & available in the following flavors:
Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Orange Belgium Dark Chocolate Walnut, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Snickerdoodle, Pecan Coconut Belgium Milk Chocolate


Chocolate Orgasm Cookies   $5/pkg
My legendary chocolate delivery system made from melted Belgium Bittersweet
chocolate, toasted fresh almonds & chocolate chips. Sold in packages because you must have more than one.



Rosemary Parmigiano Breadstix   $4/pkg
Just the thing when you want something alongside that cocktail, soup or salad. Made with imported Reggiano Parmigiano cheese and fresh rosemary from my organic garden. They stay crunchy down to their nibs.


Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Sticks  $4/pkg
Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, because they're baked in cast iron. The great flavor fusion of jalapeno, roasted red pepper, Cheddar cheese and roasted fresh corn kernels. Reheat and dip in melted butter or enjoy alongside soup, chili and salad.


Homemade Jams & Chutneys   $4/ jar
Cranberry Pear, Mango Strawberry Cardamom, Mango Chutney, Peach Melba, Berry Basket, Blueberry Lemon, Ginger Pear Chutney.

 Everything always hand-made in small batches with the best ingredients & locally sourced when possible. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or fake stuff EVER!!

ORDER BY 5pm WED.  PICK-UP

FRIDAY or SATURDAY 12-4 in Village of the Arts
at BONNI BAKES Gallery 
930 12 St W (just south of MLK)  

OR

SUNDAY 11-3 at Palma Sola Farmers Market
  at Geraldson's Community Farm, directions at
facebook.com/palmasolafarmersmarket

All items in limited supply...first come, first served

TO PLACE AN ORDER 
call me at (941) 746-6647 
  or email  bonnibakes@gmail.com  

   PAY BY CASH OR LOCAL CHECK TO BONNI BROWN  

 Hugs from my kitchen,
Bonni