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national blueberry pie day

happy national blueberry pie day !

only six more days till the Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market in long beach ny

only six more days till the Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market in Long Beach NY !

i know i said pecan pie was my most favorite pie of all… but blueberry would be a second close. our blueberry crumb pie is all about the piles of blueberries we mound into the crust and then sprinkle with our butter crumbs and bake till nice and bubbly, if it doesn’t bubble, then keep it in longer cause it ain’t done.

here’s an interesting read about the seasonality of this tiny blue fruit. we are always trying to explain that long island climate can’t support growth of blueberries in the colder months. typically, at the local farmers markets, berries aren’t seen past august, september if we are lucky.

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national zucchini bread day

zucchini : bread vs cake

zucchini walnut cake

      here at butterscotch*s we prefer to lighten up the more dense traditional zucchini bread by tweaking the leavening and switching up the process a bit. our zucchini walnut cake has a more pleasant crumb and less sugar than its counter part the zucchini bread.  we prefer to use local organic zucchini from thera farms. and lucky for you all, we will be bringing plenty of these with us on may 4 at the kennedy plaza farmers market in long beach ny. hope you can be there to help kick off the 2016 season !

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earth day

 earth day

black grim tomato plants courtesy of Thera Farms Ronkonkoma NY

black grim tomato plants courtesy of Thera Farms Ronkonkoma NY

April 22, 2016 celebrates the 46th anniversary of the earth day movement to bring awareness of the impact our daily routines have on this earth.  one way that we as individuals can help the planet in the quest to make it cleaner, is to plant organic based gardens in our own yards and terraces.  having beautiful produce at our finger tips, inspires us to create delicious nutrient dense recipes that our customers love.  you can start your own plants from seeds, or if you don’t really have the time or space for that, check your local farms.  Most farms will allow you to purchase already started vegetable plants such as these organic heirloom tomato plants which will supply us with delicious fruit all summer long.

come visit us at the kennedy plaza farmers market starting wednesday

5/4 from 9am-2pm

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national pecan day

PECAN

pecans are one of my most favorite nuts. they have the most amazing buttery flavor profile that deepens when toasted. it actually sort of reminds me of bourbon in some ways , my cocktail of choice. i think that is why it is no surprise to me why i regard pecan pie as the “pie of all pie”, and if a little bourbon should make its way into the recipe, well, i’m not going to complain.

for a really great pecan pie recipe head on over to food and wine

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caramel

caramel : ingredient or method ?

caramel is such a versatile ingredient, well maybe i should be saying method? either way, it’s delicious!

just a little history here first… there are two types of caramel, a wet caramel and a dry carmel. a wet caramel starts with sugar and water that gets cooked until the sugar dissolves into the water and they become a happy harmonious single entity.   as you leave it on the stovetop, the color of the sugar mixture deepens as the temperature rises all the way up to 320-360 degrees fahrenheit.  a dry caramel is just straight up sugar in a pan over high heat. the water in sugar eventually allows for the sugar to liquify.  this method yields a darker caramel, because the high heat is needed to help it move along.

for more fun facts regarding the different “stages of sugar” including a handy little guide, head on over to the joy of baking