Sweet Heather Anne Cooks Breakfast

We had the pleasure of chefing at SELMA cafe this past Friday.  For those of you not in the Ann Arbor area SELMA is a weekly local foods breakfast salon, celebrating Michigan’s bounty and the community by which the bounty is both fueled and supported.  Every week local food professionals (supported by loads of other volunteers from all walks of life) volunteer their time and skills to create a delicious breakfast for the community.

If you have never been, I highly recommend it.  The joy and energy surrounding this weekly ritual are inspiring.  It is testimony to the strength of the community that it keeps happening, every week, and has only been growing stronger.

Creating a delicious local foods breakfast during winter in Michigan is not an easy feat.  But we managed, much thanks to Zingerman’s Creamery and the Brinery.  The menu included a spicy potato hash (with greens, sausage, and Brinery kimchi topped with a fried egg and a side of toast) and a potato, kale, and bacon tart (with Zingerman’s Creamery Great Lakes Cheshire and Lincoln Log cheeses and a side of hoop house greens). For dessert we served Sweet Heather Anne Cookies: Mexican shortbread and chewy chocolate molasses (a personal favorite).

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Happy Pie Day

The Wednesday market before Thanksgiving has become one of our favorite days at The Ann Arbor Farmers Market.   It’s come to represent a final adieu to the fall, and a pleasant welcome to the winter.

Heather and I agree that it’s hard not to smile after working there– It was an unusually beautiful November day, everybody who stopped by was super positive, and there was a sense of community among the vendors.

I’ve dedicated this post to sharing scenes from my day, as I walked around collecting some last minute treats for holiday entertaining.  I’m especially excited to share with you some of our favorite friends at The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.

We chose to bring a few six-inch cakes in pumpkin and chocolate praline, a variety of fall cookies, and a whole lot of our Tantre pumpkin pies.

This is the view of our booth, with our favorite Michigan Radio producer, Zoe Clark.  We were lucky enough be hired to bake her wedding cake last summer, and Heather and I share a moment whenever we hear her on the radio.  We’re quite proud.

We also love her mom, Lisa, who, together with her husband, Jeff, is responsible for keeping Selma Cafe an ongoing community project.  If you haven’t been to this pop up cafe at their home, it’s worth going at least once.  We’ll certainly bug you about it again before February 3 when the ladies (and gent) of Sweet Heather Anne are scheduled to cook.

First on my shopping list was a 1/2 peck of apples.  I decided a couple fruit pies would be nice to supplement the staple pumpkin and pecan.  I’ve never had as good of luck as when I get a mixed bag.  That way, I’m able to get a variety of apples with delicious flavor and ones that will hold up a better in the oven.

Just after paying for my apples, I walked by Lizzie from Wasem Fruit Farm.  They have our absolute favorite snacking apples, Green Russet, so I had to get some more!  I’ve never seen them from any other farm.  They are very firm, sweet, and tart, with a wonderfully complex flavor.  It’s a good thing I brought two large shopping bags!

It’s been a while since I’ve been up early enough to get to the Market before work on Wednesday, so It’s been a while since I’ve had kimchee from The Brinery… I just can’t seem to keep it around very long.  I eat it with everything, and sometimes on it’s own.  It’s definitely my favorite flavorful booster for my staple fried egg and toast.

Plus, David is a joy to run into.  His enthusiasm is simply contagious.

This is a shot of the greens from Seeley Farm.. Their spicy mix is delicious and beautiful..  In the summer they even include small, edible flowers.

A trip to the Market wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Durham’s Tracklements, just around the corner.  They have limited hours, so making it downtown while they’re open is a real treat.  Taylor, fish smoker and patee chef extraordinaire, worked with us until just recently (and hopefully she’ll make a guest appearance or two).

She served T.R.’s smoked trout at at a dinner party recently, and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since.  And since the smoked salmon isn’t available anymore at Beezy’s, I REALLY needed to stop in.

Before heading home, I made sure to let Heather have a break for an eat sandwich..  While I was manning the booth, Nicole of Nicole Ladonne Photography, who’s been volunteering with us, stopped in, and Rachel, our business manager, with her mother and grandmother!

We all left for Thanksgiving with a big smile… I hope you had as joyful a holiday as we did!