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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hilary Bee Homemade Goods Now Available!

Hello, Friends! After years of baking goods for my friends and family, I decided to dip my toe into the baking world this year. I'm starting small, but with your help, I would love to build my way into a bigger business. For this holiday season, my baked goods will be available for direct order via e-mail. I would like to expand my operation to Etsy and Farmer's Markets in the coming year. Download the HilaryBee 2010 Catalog Here.

I will be offering:

Chocolate Gingerbread Mini Cake-Christmas in a cake. Fresh ginger, molasses, and chocolate chunks come together in this petite loaf. Drizzled with a decadent chocolate frosting.
Cake Pops-Cake bites on a stick, lovingly decorated for the holidays. Red velvet, chocolate, or yellow.
Pizzelle-The snowflake cookie from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Crispy, light, and not too sweet. Made to my Aunt Virginia's specifications. Choose from Vanilla, Amaretto, or Orange.
Double Decker Brownies-Half gooey brownie, half soft chocolate chip cookie. So good it should be illegal.
3C's Granola Bars-Granola goes gourmet. Dark chocolate paired with cashews and tart cherries. A delicious, but not sinful combination. Vegan.
The Works Holiday Basket- Beautifully decorated and filled to the brim with goodies. Two mini Chocolate Gingerbread Cakes, two Double Decker Brownies, six Pizzelle Cookies in an assortment of flavors, four 3C's Granola Bars, and a bouquet of six cake pops in assorted flavors.

Check out my catalog and please contact me via e-mail at if you are interested!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What to Eat When You Have a Cold

Do you have a cold? I do. It's about the right time for me- usually I get colds in late October. It didn't happen, so I knew the cold monster was gunning for me. This soup, Cider Onion Soup, is perfect for when you have a cold. I know, it's not chicken soup. Chicken soup, as prescribed by your mother or the food industrial complex is fine. But this soup is better. And it's vegetarian, because you know that's how I roll.

Molly Watson, over at The Diner Files, invented this soup last year. I had it then, and it has evolved into one of the favored meals at my house. I've added some sage croutons and thrown in some gruyere shavings. You'll like it, I promise.
Cider Onion Soup with Sage Croutons and Gruyere
Serves 4 first course servings; two dinner servings. (I'm lazy and don't make side dishes, so there are usually no leftovers of this soup).

For the soup:
4-5 medium size yellow cooking onions, thinly sliced
1 cup of dry, hard apple cider
3 cups vegetable stock (low salt, please)
2-3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 whole sage leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste

For the croutons:
About two cups day-old bread, cut into bite size chunks
1 tablespoon butter
2 sage leaves, minced

Gruyere Shavings (as you like, I like lots of cheese).

First, heat oven to 400. Melt the butter and olive oil in a medium pot. Add the onions and whole sage leaves. Stir occasionally to ensure the onions do not stick to the bottom. In a saute pan, melt the butter for the croutons. (I would use medium heat). Add the sage as the butter browns. Add the bread, and stir to ensure even coating of butter and sage. Place the croutons on a baking sheet, and bake at 400 for about 5-6 minutes. Stir the croutons to ensure they are not burnt. If they are not a deep brown color, put them back in the oven for another 3-4 minutes.

Meanwhile, the onion should be caramelizing. This does take a while, about 30-40 minutes. They could go longer, depending on your patience. I'm never patient enough to get them to a deep, deep brown. Make sure the onions are at least golden before starting the soup. When the onions are caramelized to your liking, add the cider and bring to a boil. Then add the stock and black pepper. Allow to simmer for another 15 minutes.

Top the soup with the croutons and cheese. Serve and relax.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Announcing Hilary Bee Homemade!

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Full of candy canes, trimmings, and bows. And food. Delicious, delicious food. Would you like to add something special to your holiday? Send a special homemade gift to your family and friends? Treat yourself?

I am pleased to announce that Hilary Bee Homemade will offer a limited Holiday catalog of baked goods. Pizzelle, Apple Butter, Granola Bars, Holiday Cakes, Buckeyes, Cake Pops, and Chestnut candies. All made with the highest quality local and/or organic ingredients that I can find.
One of my offerings: Bejeweled Citrus Cake. A luscious, moist cake studded with fresh cranberries. The cranberries look like rubies in each slice.

The pizzelle cookies are a time honored tradition on the Italian side of my family, and I am honored to share them with you.
For my South Park readers. I hear that you are busy! Don't like to cook? Generally stressed? Afraid of your oven? Fear not. I am offering my services to help you develop a custom menu for your holiday party. I will come to your house and help you prepare a wonderful holiday meal for your friends and family. Or, maybe you're just hungry? I'll make you dinner in your kitchen. I'll give you the recipes and skills to make a healthful, homemade meal over and over again.

Soon, I will have an order form PDF and paypal button on my blog. I will also distribute a mailer via e-mail and facebook. It's kind of scary, but hopefully this is the opportunity to share my talent with the ones that I love.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hoppin' John

Any Meadowlark fans out there? Well, I love the Meadowlark restaurant. It's my favorite restaurant in any city, bar none. Even better that this gem happens to be in my own city.

I've attempted to knock off several Wiley creations, including an experiment creating my own ketchup, which was somewhat successful. But the Hoppin' John- a humble, black eyed pea stew- is my favorite item on the menu. I've made several variations of the stew, and I've even tried a much lauded Emeril Legasse recipe (which I found far too salty and served about 16!) Here is my variation, made in a slow cooker, so you can enjoy Hoppin' John any night of the week.


1 Orange or Yellow Bell Pepper, diced
1 medium Yellow Onion diced
2 celery stalks with tops finely diced
1 bunch of Carrots, diced
3 Garlic Cloves minced
1 Jalapeno pepper, cut in half lengthwise
1 1/2 cup Dry Black Eyed Peas
32 ounces low salt stock (I use homemade vegetable; chicken would be nice, too)
3 Bay Leaves
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 Sprig Fresh Thyme
4-6 servings cooked rice of your choice
Sharp White Cheddar (I like Dubliner)
1 bunch Green Onions
1 bunch Collard greens, leaves stripped from stems
2-3 tablespoons White Vinegar (optional, but delicious)
Rinse the peas under cold water and pick out any stones or discolored peas. Bring the peas to boil in a medium saucepan full of cold water. Boil the peas for 10 minutes. As the beans cool, start chopping the vegetables. If you are planning to simmer the stew all day while at work, skip boiling the peas.

Combine peas, stock, diced yellow pepper, onion, carrots, garlic, jalepeno halves, stock and seasonings in a slow cooker.Cook for at least 4 hours on low.

About an hour before you are ready to serve, prepare the rice and collards. While the rice is cooking, cut the collard green leaves into strips and add them to the stew. Cook the stew for another 40-60 minutes.
Remove the bay leaves, thyme stems, and jalapeno halves. Spoon the stew over rice. Top with cheddar cheese, green onions, and a drizzle of white vinegar. Serve hot.

Read more at Food52.