Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cookie Crazed Mama - Tipp City, OH

Cookies, scones, muffins, cupcakes, mini pies, and bars. From their website: I started as a “Cookie Crazed Mama” but now I’m just a “Sugar Crazed Mama”, baking up treats to share with friends, family, and of course, YOU! But if you’re here visiting then you fall into either category. So I hope you stay and find some sugar inspiration to bake up for yourself!

  2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3/4 c. granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp. lemon zest (zest of 2 sm. lemons)
- 1 c. unsalted butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt-set aside.  In another bowl, add sugar and lemon zest.  Using your fingers, rub the zest into the sugar.  The idea is to infuse the sugar with the lemon flavor.  Lemon-sugar.  Good stuff.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy- a few minutes.  Scrape down sides of the bowl, add egg and vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed for several minutes.  Turn mixer on low, and slowly add flour mixture.  Stir until batter is just combined.  Batter will be thick.
Using a small cookie scoop, scoop dough (about golf ball size) onto prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool cookies on sheet for a couple minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Lemon Frosting
* you could probably halve this recipe but I'd rather have enough goodness to spread around, and save the extra for something else like frosting cupcakes or filling whoopie pies-YUM!  :)

- 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 c. vegetable shortening
- 5-6 c. powdered sugar (depending on thick/sweet you want)
- pinch of salt
- 4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (use your 2 lemons that you zested)
- 1-2 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
- yellow sanding sugar (optional)
In a bowl of stand mixer, beat together butter and shortening.  With mixer on low, add powdered sugar and pinch of salt.  Beat until powdered sugar is incorporated and mixture is thick.  On low, slowly add your lemon juice and food coloring.  Turn mixer on high and beat until whipped and fluffy!
Scoop a heaping mound of frosting onto each cooled cookie and and spread around.  Sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired.  Enjoy!

Olive Oasis - Troy, Ohio

The Olive Oasis is located at 7 E. Main St. in Troy. 
The store is open Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
 Closed Sunday. 
Look for The Olive Oasis on Facebook
 (937) 552-7322
 Lucas Schlumpf, owner
Just a short drive from Dayton, Ohio, The Olive Oasis offers fresh and healthy food products in a unique setting.his family-owned and operated retail store, offers a wide variety of  fresh extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars for you to choose from when you visit. Select your favorites and they'll bottle it for you while you wait! Makes a great gift and fun stop while seeing the town. 

The 2012 Stinner Summit - Oct 5, 2012 Athens, OH

(Note -- I post this here because it will appeal to the the vendors at the farmer's markets who focus on sustainable agriculture and communities. As always, I encourage you to grow your own food and buy locally grown produce.)  

What is the Stinner Summit?

 The inspiration for the Annual Stinner Summit is Ben's vision of collaboration for building relationships based on common interests, his ability to see and understand the big picture, and his passion and enthusiasm for building healthy agroecosystems and sustainable communities.

The Summit, held at a different location each year, is a highly engaging and participatory event that draws stakeholders from around Ohio (and sometimes beyond!). Attendees, all with different expertise and paticular interests, work together to develop projects that will address healthy agroecosystems and/or sustainable communities. At the end of the day, the Ben Stinner Endowment pledges $15,000 in support of one or more projects. Breakfast and lunch are provided for attendees, and always features local restaurants and producers. The event is free of charge and open to any who are interested, though space is sometimes limited. To see photos and agendas of past Summits, check out the links below.

 Each year is unique, however; the best way to understand the Summit is to experience it for yourself!

 In summation (though incomplete), the Stinner Summit provides attendees with:

 1. Face-to-face networking opportunities
 2. A multi-disciplinary, engaging environment
 3. Open space to brainstorm projects related to sustainable agriculture and communities
 4. Coffee
 5. Food
 6. Financial support for projects concieved, developed, and selected by Summit attendees.
 7. A springboard for ideas, projects, and connections that can be carried into other aspects of your life.