I’ve been a refugee upstate the past couple of days, as earlier in the week I was stuck in the darkness for a couple of days in NYC… What a lovely time to be upstate!
Saturday was a day for foodie fieldtrips, and what a fun time. I started, of course, at the Hudson Farmers Market. I picked up some staples for the week, trying to not get carried away and buying more than I will realistically cook. It’s an ongoing battle.
Early afternoon I joined a neighbor to visit Omi International Arts Center in Ghent for a book signing and marmalade tasting by Elizabeth Field for her first book, Marmalade: Sweet and Savory Spreads for a Sophisticated Taste. As a baker, the unpredictability of marmalade, jellies and jams makes my hair stand up on end, but the recipes are compelling and I’m always willing to try some new recipes. And who better to inspire me than a woman who did her Master’s dissertation on marmalade??? Ms. Field also has an article in the New York Times today on – you guessed it – marmalade.
Since it was such a lovely day and I didn’t feel like working on the garden anymore, my OH and I jumped in the car and drove down to Ancram for the opening of Hillrock Estate Distillery. Located in the beautiful hills in the Ancram area, this beautiful distillery was built in the past couple of years to take advantage of the terroir – they grown their own barley and rye. They hope to have their official organic designation next year, and pride themselves on being the only field to bottle bourbon. Our informative tour was led by Tim Welly, who is in charge of the bourbon production under the guidance of master distiller David Pickerell (formerly of Makers Mark). While I’m sure it’s incredibly challenging, it sounds like a cool job! The tour of this gorgeous facility ended with a tasting, and since I like just about any bourbon that’s in front of me, it was tasty. However, at $80-85 a bottle, I’ll have to save my pennies to have a bottle of my own… They estimated that they may have had a thousand visitors yesterday, their first day, so it’s a great start for our latest local producer.
The weather has turned chilly so I’ve been baking and cooking warm comforting autumn-y foods. I might recommend these delicious recipes:
Autumn Lasagne with Butternut Squash, Sage and Kale from Handpicked Nation
Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese from The Kitchn (this dish was going into the oven as the lights went out)
Couscous with Chickpeas, Fennel & Citrus from The Kitchn (I fed this to the friends who had offered the escape from NYC)
Parmesan-Rosemary Crackers from A Little Saffron – every bite is cheesy deliciousness.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eating Well – every once in awhile I have a flareup of “healthy” eating…
Pumpkin Spice Cookies from The Kitchen – cake-y goodness
Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Guinness cake from The Kitchn – Make. This. Cake.