Do we have a treat for you today! Elizabeth Colling, pâtissière and food editor for Martha Stewart, is here with a double crust apple brown butter pie. Say that five times fast with a mouthful of pie… And though I wish I had a slice in front of me right now, these photos from our friend (and Snippet & Ink Select vendor) Elizabeth Messina are the next best thing…

If you’re in the Santa Barbara area, you can pre-order one of Elizabeth’s special pies for your Thanksgiving dessert table. Choose from Double Crusted Apple Brown Butter Pie,
Pumpkin Pie with a Homemade Graham Cracker Crust, Southern Pecan Pie with a Classic Pate Brisee Crust, or Chocolate Ganache Pie with a Homemade Chocolate Cookie Crust. See order and pickup details below.

Not in Southern California? Elizabeth has kindly shared her recipe for this incredible apple pie with us! Just CLICK HERE to download the recipe and get baking (and eating!). And thanks to Elizabeth Messina for sharing these pics and making us drool…

Thanksgiving Pie Pop-Up Shop
Pies are $43.00 each.
Place your order by Wednesday, November 20th by emailing Elizabeth Colling.
Pick up your pies Wednesday, November 27th, from noon – 5:00, at the Jenni Kayne Home Store in Montecito, 525 San Ysidro Road, Unit D.

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What I love most about Everyday Occasions is that it makes entertaining and living well totally approachable. As Jenny says, “entertaining at its best is done often, with an effortless and easy style. It should be fun – for the host and the guests!” What better way to celebrate this philosophy than with a simply yummy lemon pie…

 

During my catering days, being able to make a fabulous (and stunning…) dessert in just a couple of minutes (for just a couple of dollars…) was essential to survival. This Easy & Creamy Lemon Pie was often on the menu, especially during the spring and summer months. It is sweet, tart, creamy and refreshing all at the same time. Besides being, delicious – it is unbelievably easy with very few ingredients. I’ve made it in regular pie dishes, or in cupcake pans for mini tarts. I’ve even traded the lemon juice for key lime juice… always a big hit!

Easy & Creamy Lemon Pie

10 graham crackers (2 cups of crumbs)

5 tablespoons of butter

1/4 cup of sugar

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2 cans of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup of lemon juice

6 egg yolks

2 cups of whipping cream

1/4 cup of sugar

lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the crust, crumble graham crackers into crumbs by processing them in a food processor.  If you don’t have a food processor, you can smash them in a plastic bag.  Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pie dish in the microwave.  Add graham crackers to the butter and add sugar.  Mix mixture together with a fork.  Press the crumb mixture into the sides and bottom of the pan.  A measuring cup can make it easier.  Bake the crust for 8 minutes.

For filling, mix together sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and egg yolks until smooth.  Pour filling into crust.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Let cool.  When cool, topped with sweetened whipped cream.

To make whipped cream, in a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add cold cream and sugar then whip until peaks form.  Top pie with whipped cream and lemon zest, and refrigerate.

    

  

 

 

See more of Jenny’s delicious ideas over on Everyday Occasions.

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Summer is on its way, and my favorite local farmers market is full of delicious goodies, but I’ll be honest – as much as I love browsing stalls and sampling what’s new, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the whole thing, and often leave the market with either way too much or barely anything. So when our friend Steve Fortunato at the innovative RoomForty Catering offered to share some suggestions for making the most of a trip to the farmers market, I immediately took him up on it. Here, Steve’s tips for “making your farmer’s market experience (as Thomas Keller says) a little bit better every time.”

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1. Ask a Chef Where to Go
The term “farmers market” has come to mean many different things. We’ve been to farmers markets that are mostly prepared food stalls, Rastafarian art and singer/songwriters pouring their hearts out. We’ve been to other farmers markets that are filled with… wait for it…farmers. The point is that all markets are not created equal. Ask a chef at your favorite local restaurant which farmers market they like and go to that one. Chefs are paid to have local knowledge – and the hospitality business is all about nurturing people in various ways, not just through food, so your favorite chef will most likely be happy to tell you. Why? Because it’s nurturing to tell people where to get good food!

2. Walk The Entire Market Before Purchasing
Seasonality means that several farmers are going to have the same product. Nothing is more frustrating than going to one stall, buying what you thought was
killer eggplant, then going two stalls down, and seeing eggplant that makes the
eggplant in your bag already look like eggplant marinara. Get a feel for what’s
available, and where it looks best throughout the whole market, then start to
buy.

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3. Ask Questions of the Farmers
We firmly believe in always learning. Growing food can be one of the most rewarding, visceral, timeless practices, and farmers love to talk about their products. So ask them questions. Things like: What is a good way to prepare this? Can I try a sample of this? I see your farm is organic; what does that mean to you? What’s coming next week?

4. The Early Bird Avoids the Worm
Try to get to the market as close to when it opens as possible. Remember, everyone has free reign to pick through the bins and get the best of the goods, so the later you arrive, the less chance you have of finding the cream of the crop.

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5. Try Something New
Every time you go to the market, we encourage you to try one thing you’ve never had before. Trust us – just one thing at a time.

6. Think Beyond Vegetables
We find a lot of people buy their fruit and vegetables at farmers markets, and get everything else, well, elsewhere. There are some awesome meat purveyors and dairies coming to markets (house made cheese anyone?), so be open to buying more than produce.

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7. Gauge Ripeness According to Use
The market is inspiring, but as inspired as you are, you most likely will not use everything you buy in one day. So get some items that are ripe enough to be used immediately, and some that are under ripe but will be perfect in a few days.

8. Bring…
Cash (rarely are credit cards accepted), your own big shoulder bag (you don’t want to be walking around the market with a handful of plastic bags), and that’s it. Have fun!

 

And now some delicious shots of the RoomForty team in action at a farm-to-table dinner they catered, ending with their signature Campfire S’mores with Hickory Smoke.

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Yum! I’m definitely ready for a trip to the farmers market (and a seat at the table of the next RoomForty event).

What was your last farmers market purchase? Mine was a few months ago, but it was some tiny, delicious kiwis that I’m still dreaming about!

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Ever since I started Weekend Links, Fridays have been a day for me to share things that aren’t necessarily wedding related, but that I find inspiring and think you’ll enjoy, too. Or sometimes things that are a bit more personal. And though weddings will always be the heart of Snippet & Ink, now that we have a baby joining the family I thought it would be fun to make a little room here for life beyond the wedding day. So, in addition to a Happy Weekend post, Fridays will sometimes include a little something extra, starting with this inspiration board I created for Little Miss Grady’s nursery…

When decorating a room, I tend to go piece by piece, picking up things that stand out to me and as our budget allows. But with the nursery, I wanted to have something resembling a finished room by the time little girl arrived, and it was surprisingly difficult to find what I was looking for in coral! So, the actual direction of the nursery has changed a bit, with more pale pink and gray, but I still love the feel of this inspiration board and could see the room eventually growing into it.

 

Wondering where Weekend Links are? Check back in just a couple hours for the round-up!

Row 1: tie-top linen curtains from Restoration Hardware / Chelsea Bella twill from BuyFabrics.com / framed Shel Silverstein poems from Amy Meier Design / handmade teddy bear by Jennifer Murphy  / Row 2: camelia botanical print from Art.com / boudoir pillow from Annette Tatum / Locklin Plantation wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils / Jameson dresser from Restoration Hardware / Row 3: pink check fabric from BuyFabric.com / pink monogram bed linens from Leontine Linens / magnolia botanical print from Art.com / Reverie print by Alphonse Mucha from Art.com / Row 4: Asher armoire from Restoration Hardware / apple blossom botanical print from Art.com / pink crib bedding from Land of Nod / coral burlap drum shade from Shades of Light / bedroom with Turkish towel from Easy Elegance via Such Pretty Things
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