July 2015 A Note from Marcy



Beautiful, easy, rustic, summery-delicious focaccion. Enjoy with variations along with other great recipes for the July 2015 issue of www.Betterbaking.com. Visit the site for the full newsletter.

 

Dear Bakers and Friends,

Welcome to the July Issue of BB. I’ve included some special treats that are easy bake (or cook) that are perfect for the balmy climes of summer.

On this end, my son’s restaurant, www.RedBirdCafe.com has made everything else take a back seat. I am in these often, having trained the cook and baker and ensured recipes are all up to snuff. I proud to share with you that customers at the cafe are responding so positively to the menu.  In particular, the muffins and cookies are flying off the shelf and the salads and wraps I created (Turkey Gratitude Wrap, Count Balzac Chicken and Grilled Vegetables, Good Fortune Asian Chicken Salad) are a huge success. People seem to really like the interesting, international flavors of the fare. My carrot cake still reigns supreme and amazingly considering it’s summer, the soups are also being slurped with great gusto. Healthy, gourmet, global flavors ‘on the go’ is what Red Bird is all about. It stems from what I am all about (discounting Chocolate Eruption Cheesecake, etc.) these days. I prepare more vegetarian meals but still like my proteins (chicken, fish, turkey) sweets, breads and classic fruit muffins, biscuits and cornbread.  I also like my ‘grainy, healthy baking’ just as much.  But with everything, I am intrigued by the seasonings, spices and flavors of other cuisines and love marrying that with classics to create new twists. I am almost done with MY Black Bean Burger which is a chewy, smoky, meaty tasting burger that’s totally vegetarian. I had to build it from the ground up having tried other recipes and approaches and what can I say? Like Dorothy, there’s no place like home (i.e. my own test kitchen and my own instincts).

New businesses like my son’s Red Bird Café are like embers that need caring puffs of air blown on them, in order for them to grow. It occurs to me that changes in our lives are like that too. Inasmuch as I dislike change, it’s inevitable. Once I embrace it, then I try and keep the sails of change aloft by feeding it as much oxygen as I can muster. One has to blow and crow over things to encourage seedlings to root and flourish.

What many of us often fail to see is that making a change is one thing; feeling and embracing it and becoming the change (the feeling of it and the new identity that results) takes time. How much time? Always longer than you think.

The last few years have been ones of great transitions on this end and there doesn’t seem to be land in sight. But on the journey, I have felt myself morph. Have you ever experienced that? You want something, you try for it, you claw, creep and grasp your way towards it and once there? You are a totally different person in a new and alien land. I think we believe the destination contains elements of what we think will make us happy but the truth is, the journey shapes us into what we’re supposed to be. That has to be more organic or a more authentic place than the vision board happiness we aimed for.

That said, I am always amazed how much I still love to write and bake. I might be a different baker or writer now, certainly I am more mindful, but the passion hasn’t wavered. Speaking of writing, you can find a lot more of my works on www.Medium.com. Invented by the guys who invented Twitter, Medium.com is a place to read works of anyone who posts their stuff. Search Marcy Goldman on www.Medium.com if you’re curious.

In the spirit of summer, I am pleased to share some hand-crafted, hand-plucked recipes with you. I wish you happy July, happy Canada Day, July 4th (I’ll be at my American cousin’s Canadian wedding on July 4th!) and always, happy baking.

Warmly,

Marcy Goldman

Author, Master Baker
www.BetterBaking.com


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