Monday, November 30, 2020

RECIPE NEWSPRINT FOR PRE ORDER - DELIVERY IN DECEMBER $9 + $7 SHIPPING



           5 recipes from past Internet Cookie flavors in a beautiful newsprint designed by Elise Grace

$9 + $7 USPS Priority shipping 
Delivery in December
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING AVAILABLE - EMAIL INTERNETCOOKIESUBCRIPTION@GMAIL.COM

NOTE THERE IS A PRINT TYPO: PRINTED "SHEEP PANS" INSTEAD OF SHEET PANS. AND LET'S ALL LAUGH ABOUT THAT.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear cookie friends, 


I have made the decision to end subscriptions for various reasons but mostly because I have too many cookie related projects going on next year and I can't do all of them AND subscriptions. And as I'm leaving for North Carolina for Christmas in December and can't travel, quarantine and make cookies there won't be a December cookie. 

I will still be offering special cookies on a one time order basis in the new year and will keep you posted on those. 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for being a subscriber. Y'all are amazing and my love for all of y'all knows no end. 


Love, 


Gaia

Saturday, August 1, 2020

AUGUST COOKIE: ANSON MILLS WHOLE WHEAT, CARAWAY, TONY'S CHOCOLONELY 70% CHOCOLATE, TOASTED SESAME SOURDOUGH BAGUETTE PIECES & BENNE SEEDS




One of the things i love about food is learning where an ingredient comes from, how it's used and what makes it special. One of these special ingredients are Benne seeds. Rich in flavor, almost caramel like and not your average sesame seed!


Benne was an essential medicinal and kitchen garden plant during our Colonial and Antebellum Eras. It was grown in all great Carolina kitchen gardens, in particular in the forbidden subsistence gardens of African slaves who brought benne to Carolina and introduced it to the region’s nascent rice culture and cuisine. Planted between field peas, corn, and other human food crops in late spring, and harvested in late summer, benne provided near magical enhancements by improving soil quality and protecting nearby plants from harmful pests. In those days, benne was grown specifically for its vital nutrients and culinary versatility.

When rice plantations transitioned their kitchen benne to commodity fields for commodity oil production, “benne” became “sesame.” As sesame, benne did not escape heavy pressure for yield, and Southern growers drifted away from an interest in the seeds’ culinary diversity, instead focusing exclusively on oil production. In time, raw benne seeds became nearly flavorless, and they were only slightly more interesting when toasted. In fact, modern American sesame bears no resemblance to Antebellum benne.

Much of benne’s unique flavor profile and nearly all of the extraordinary derivative foods associated with the seeds have been lost. Here are some examples: Benne leaves were cooked as soup greens and, if pounded prior to adding, worked as a thickener. Benne seeds, raw or toasted, were tossed into stock or water, their oil adding enrichment (the flavor impact in this application was thought to be extraordinary). A handful of benne seeds was simmered in water, and then the water poured into a pot with dry rice; the cooked rice possessed exceptional flavor—served with benne greens it was nearly perfect food. After the oil and water were poured off, the remaining seeds were dried and pounded in a mortar. The resulting flour was called bennecake (the term “bennecake” meant flour made from benne seeds after oil extraction). Bennecake, the central ingredient in benne bread, benne biscuits, and benne cakes, is powerful, its flavor reminiscent of toasted peanuts, but intertwined with a wildflower tang, and a sensation of verdancy and vigor.

Copyright Anson Mills 2020. All Rights Reserved


Monday, June 29, 2020

JULY BREAK ANNOUNCEMENT !!






Anne Coster Vallayer - White soup Bowl, 1771


My dear cookie people,

Due to the (sometimes) long USPS shipping delays there won't be any cookies in July. Some packages are taking a week to get to their destination and that just doesn't work for fresh cookies. I plan/hope to start shipping cookies again in August.
All subscriptions will be refunded through the month of July.

KEEP AN EYE OUT ON INSTAGRAM FOR RECIPES!

Thank you for being a part of my cookie world.

Love,

Gaia