I come to you today with an apology for not posting for so long. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a promise to try to do better. In fact, Valley Victuals is going on hiatus. I have started taking a graduate class and it is taking up a lot of my time and something had to give. I hope to be back someday, but until then, please enjoy this cake. I made it for my mother’s birthday, in an effort to replicate a cake she loves at the Dunbar Tea Room in Sandwich, MA. They call it princess cake, and I call it yummy.
Jennifer cooks a new recipe for spicy stuffed meatballs.
Back in October, my post about El Guanaco in South Hadley generated quite a few comments, mostly quite positive. But then – something changed. The management and/or ownership at El Guanaco changed hands. Some people – they are not pleased. There has been much hand wringing and rending of garments as the old El Guanaco has been mourned. Where, o where in the Valley would we go for good, authentic Mexican food in a small building set back from the road? Well, have no fear. La Casita Azteca is here!
After a long and fairly crappy week, I was in the mood for some comfort food. A friend of mine had been telling me about some gluten free products she had been trying, including some made with tapioca. So, when I wandered into Ocean State Job Lot on Friday and saw that all of the Bob’s Red Mill products were 20% off, I just had to buy some tapioca pearls.
It all started with the pretty Christmas cookies with the holly painted on the icing. Then they morphed into Valentine cookies, with pretty jam cut-outs, personalized birthday cookies and anniversary cookies. One Valentine’s Day, I made them into conversation hearts. This Valentine’s Day, it was a little different.
Don’t panic – I’m not talking about that scary stuff that might be made with, I don’t know – graham crackers, cinnamon and brown sugar maybe? – but doesn’t have any actual apples in it. But I did make apple bread from a mix, not from scratch. Mon dieu!