Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crew of Ithaca Friends, Christmas Gifts & Gluten Free!

Its just damn good, I tell ya.

And behind the scenes,
In my delighted & overwhelming thrill to make Pasta for Italian Night I did make a mistake & had to make MORE pasta. 
Thankfully, a Black River Produce man came in & we chatted & I realized that my sweet little nests of pasta I was so proud of were clumped together in a sticky undried mess. 
All was not lost & Zoe's dance was cancelled that night & I had the time to redo ALL OF IT! All of IT. YES, All OF IT.

In the End, The Spaghetti & Meatballs were gone within the first 2 hours of business Friday Night, the Wild Fern was standing room only for Pizza Luvers, & everyone that tried the Salami Dolce smiled yummily & the Vibe in the Room continues to be damn good.

And, there are plenty of fine folks that play a great part in making that Vibe happen. 

The Music of The Baba Yagas on Friday Nights is one part of that vibe wonderfulness for me.

The Trio is soulful, earthy, old'timey, with melodic harmonies that both vocally & instrumentally reach through my skin surrounding my heart in sheer goosebumps & filling my ears with soul candy. The musicians, are truly some of the finest players I've ever heard. 

& they play right here in Stockbridge for me, you & anyone else coming through the Wild Fern doors on Friday Night. 

Let's talk about The Luv coming from Ithaca, New York.    
Some eight years ago I was introduced to Bubba & Sharon in a parking lot in a little tiny Camper full of dogs, & back in the day of Rick Redington & The Luv Machine & The Clear River Tavern. 

Like many of our friends, they too were first Fans of RR's music. As the years roll along, Fanship (is this another word I made up;) has turned into Friendship.

The crew of people of friends Rick & I have met over the years are really great human beings sharing a lot of love, great conversation, great food, great music & overall great times with us both at The Hacienda which is their home, Ithaca venues, the Grassroots Festival & Rabbit Run;) & everywhere in between!
& now on our own land......

Rick Redington & The Luv are some lucky, well,
ya know.
rhymes with ...............

Who knew that many years later, Bubba & Sharon & a Caravan of Ithaca Friends would trek to Vermont to spend a weekend Celebrating A Birthday & Supporting The Wild Fern in our Home State of Vermont.

That my friends, is Dedication & Devotion
From the very wholeness of my Heart, I thank each & every one of you coming this weekend & giving ME the chance to cook & bake for YOU, this time!
It felt damn good. 

And the End Note, 

I'd like to Invite You To Stop At  

The Wild Fern For A Few of Your Holiday Season Special Gifts!

I will be Baking Challah on Fridays & whipping up Chocolate Deliciousness like Salami Dolce, Cappachino Cupcakes & Other Chocolates & Cookies & are available in pretty little bags for Gift Giving!

Gluten Free? 

I have a lovelingly Sweet White Chocolate 

Cranberry Bliss Bar Cookie that is sure to Indulge Your Gluten Free Loved One!

& atlast,

I have a Gluten Free Pizza Dough 
& Bread to Offer! 

Hope to see you soon!
Gift Certificates too!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sister Hood

 I was able to stall the tears today, but they were running down my cheeks by the time I pulled out of the parking lot at The Wild Fern this afternoon & my long time pal Frank, looked upon me & if dogs could cry, I'm pretty certain tears would've escaped him too.

 And so A Baker's Tale of Kitchen Fairies & Long Lost Sisters & all the Beautiful Luxurious Doughs, The Kitchen Talk & The "Delicious" Sweets in between, came to "The End" today.

Or rather, shall I dare say, this chapter closed & a new chapter begins?

She left me $$ I paid HER!

Words, words, words. The world is full of words, sometimes over use of words, sometimes unnecessary spoken words, sometimes much needed words are uttered in the most wonderful of moments & at times, no words are needed at all.

With those thoughts in mind, finding the worded meaning behind the last two weeks &
particularly today at The Wild Fern, I struggle to put it into a readable story, for there aren't really enough words......

But Allow me to give it a shot:

Lily's First Croissant Action
Over the years I've made plenty of friends. Some have stayed with me, some voluntarily left, some passed on, some come & go on a regular basis, & some I see once to every few years.

All of them I keep in my heart with memories that could fill a giant book, laughter that comes in unexpected & often timely moments, once in awhile a tear, but always, always, remembered.

When Lily strolled into The Wild Fern just as November rolled over the calendar, an immediate friendship sprouted that very day.
She wanted to learn how to make Croissants.

In my world,
that means some serious sisterhood PeopleI found a comrade who loves Croissants as much I do! Someone wanted to learn what I was doing! & as I told her from the very beginning,

I am a Home Schooled Baker Cheftress who doesn't really know
much, but what I know, I'll share!

And she moved in just like that. Into my kitchen & into my home & couldn't have been a more perfect roommate in both living spaces. She was the best roomie in the 20 plus years I've been living on my own! No offense to anyone out there who may read this =) But its TRUE! LILY ROCKS! 

Her Family in Italy can be very proud of their Girl!

After Creole Celebration Night!

And before I knew it, she became a Great Friend to hang out with watching Audrey Hepburn movies, flopping on my oh so cozy $50 couch, eating popcorn, devouring shrimp over our Creole Celebration Weekend, eating "Delicious" Chocolate Brownies(thanks Alison=), making Pasta, frying Churros, practicing Yoga & discussing every avenue of Baking Ideas over Coffee. 

And though she is a Vegetarian, she even deboned The Turkey with me =)

As she left today from the Wild Fern, I told her I felt like I had just taken a much needed internal vacation these past weeks & learned a valuable lesson since she moved in, to slow down.
It was a great Lesson to learn. 

She's 19 & I'm 42 btw, & it wasn't all about me teaching her. 

It was All About, 

A Sister Hood Made In The Kitchen. 

My Awesome Girls, Lily & Zoe on Pasta Making =)

And so speaking of Sister Hood,                   

Our day at The Wild Fern also included another Sister, Cathy, who is fastly approaching her very own path unto Mother Hood. 

And I am most fortunate to be her Friend & Fellow Sister & to have the Most Cherished Honor of photographing her Gorgeous Baby Belly! 

At first, I wasn't sure how I would make time to do this. It took not more than speaking the words of, "I will try to make time" to Cathy to realize as I typed it, that of course I would have time. 

Cathy & Dawn, her Doula =) 

There is no way I want to pass by on this memorable opportunity to be a part of making her Belly a cherished Memory. 

Baby Bellies are absolutely one of the most amazing sights I've ever seen. Having now photographed three of my Friends, each Belly is different & each Belly is Extraordinary. 

You can only view these two photos though. 
Cathy hasn't seen them yet! 

So with that, 
Tuesday was a Poetic, Sentimental & Deeply Emotional Day at The Wild Fern! 

Thank You Lily, Cathy & Dawn for sharing the day with me! I love you LADIES!! 

sending our first overnight cake to Portland Maine =) 

                                                   New Creation for Pallet Sensation: Peanut Butter Honey Comb Pie =)

Now Everyone, 

Come TO The Wild Fern Today for Bagels & Pizza!

Thursday, November 22, 2012


As The Wild Fern continues to grow,
Friendships both old & new are sprouting up in this tiny little kitchen bakery near the junctions of Route 100 & 107 opening only a short 11 weeks ago!

So too does my heart!

Somedays I could swear the lil'ol thing could burst!
Its fun! It's scary! It's uncertain!
                      It's unbelievable!

~ all of it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank You for coming here these weeks!

ps. forgive me if I don't have a shot of you!

Honey Comb Candy, yum! 

Creole Gumbo YaYa!

Sweet William!

oh yeah.

Second Gluten Free Pizza, Breakfast Style =)

The Baba Yagas

Sweet Orin

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Sweet Life!