Friday, July 19, 2013

Amaretto ~ A Love Story


So, the story (sorta) goes like this per Wikipedia:  Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo da Vinci's pupils, was chosen to paint a sanctuary with frescoes and needed a female model.  Luini found his inspiration in a young widowed innkeeper, who became his model and in most versions of the story, his lover (swoon!).  The woman wished to give him a gift, so she steeped apricot kernels in brandy and presented the resulting concoction to a touched Luini.  Pretty romantic, yes? Gifts are great, but girlfriend should have started mass producing the stuff and then opened a chain of her inns.  But, that’s just me.  Anyway, this delicious Italian libation gets our vote and judging by the way our new Amaretto Brownies sold out on Tuesday at the Westover Hills Farmers Market, we are not alone.  Amaretto has a delicate scent and flavor that pairs well with the chocolate, making it a natural choice for brownies and pound cakes.  We will have the Amaretto Brownies starting this Saturday at the Hillcrest Farmers Market, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon, 2200 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock, and on Tuesdays at the Westover Hills Farmers Market @ N. McKinley & Richard B. Hardie Drive (off Kavanaugh).  Haven’t been to either of our farmers markets yet?  It’s time!  Come enjoy the summer’s high of tomatoes, onions, meats, homemade jellies, scone mixes, fresh berries and more. 

It is only July (and hot, hot, HOT!), but since the wonderful Hillcrest Farmers Market runs year round I have begun planning for the fall and winter months.  Here is a little of what the holiday menu will look like for November and December:

Glazed Cranberry Lemon Pound Cake (no alcohol)

Bourbon Balls (2 pound minimum)

Holiday Mocha Rum Cake w/Peppermint Candy Shavings

Hazelnut Bourbon Torte

Gingerbread Cake (no alcohol)

Bourbon Pecan Pie & Tarts

Buttermilk Bourbon Pie (similar to Chess Pie)

Yes, it is early to think about these things, but it’s a nice reminder that it will not be this hot forever ;) 

Stay cool!


Katie Connally’s granddaughter 

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