We thought touring was finished for 2018 after Fante’s Kitchen store in Philly. But having seen dear friend Lee White in Connecticut on the way back from Johnson & Wales, and a delightful dinner with friends in New Paltz after the CIA demo, sparked the addition of five more events.
My Interview with cooking show host par excellence, Faith Middleton on Food Smooze, brought in quite a few people to both of our Connecticut events.
The Albert Weisner Library in Warwick, NY was awarded Best Small Library for 2016 by the American Library Association. What a happy coincidence that our new book also was awarded the best cookbook of 2018 by the Library Journal! Our cherished Warwick friends, Gar Wang and Ron Gee, connected us with event organizer Kathleen Georgalas to do a PowerPoint presentation and book signing. The event sold out every Rose’s Baking Basics and Rose’s Christmas Cookies that the bookseller had in stock. Rose’s heart was warmed by a surprise meeting of one of her oldest friends, Elaine Kohut Marron, who happens to have moved to Warwick and is a regular at the library. Elaine’s Apple Coffee Cake, for which she won a prize when in high school, has graced four of Rose’s books, each one featuring a different shapes and sometimes a different fruit.
We only had 30 minutes to enjoy a fabulous lunch at Gar and Ron’s which included a hearty vegetable soup, amazing corn bread made with the red corn meal from their own corn, and a mixed green salad from their winter cold frame garden. They packed a few slices of the corn bread for the road and it was still delicious the next day even after having been stored and eaten at close to freezing temperatures in the car. It had to have been made with oil, because butter would have been the wrong texture at such a cold temperature.
Blue Cashew Kitchen Homestead in Kingston, NY has been a regular stop on our book tours. The delightful Sean Nutley, staff, and twenty attendees welcomed us to their new enlarged showroom, equipped with a well-designed kitchen for classes and demos. We made the Linzer Thumbprints using the Ankarsrum mixer to grind the nuts and mix the dough. After the demo we enjoyed a short and freezing walk around town and got to see the four houses built before the Revolutionary War, when Kingston was the capital of New York State. We were joined for dinner at Boison’s with long time friends Susan and Bruce Frank who brought along a bottle of my favorite Chateauneuf-du-Pape from our long ago wine group days, which he still had in his wine cellar. I was touched he remembered. Also joining us was my grandson’s godmother Cathy Schulz and her friend, both of whom have a house in the area.
Our next day’s first event, at Byrd’s Books in Bethel, CT, involved our tasting and giving critiques of cookies from Rose’s Baking Basics and other recipes from Rose’s book. We also talked about the book and then, of course, signed books for the participants. Alice and her son, owners of Byrd’s Books, were delightful hosts. Attendees could purchase a “pick your choice of treats” box, with the proceeds going to a local charity. Joining us below was Chris Hoelck, senior copy/production editor of Fine Cooking Magazine, who was responsible for introducing us to the book store. His daughter made the most perfect ever peanut butter thumbprints from the book and Chris thanked me for stressing the importance of allowing the dough to rest before making to result in a super smooth texture (see below). (No I wasn’t texting on the iphone, I was taking photos!)
The Perfect Pear in Chester, CT is a popular new cookware store in a charmingly picturesque town. The store supplies a mix of down-to-earth, everyday goods for cooks and people who love to eat, drink, and entertain. It was our last event for our tour, and what a grand finale. Store owner, Laura Grimmer, made several recipes from our books for our wonderful attendees to enjoy while we discussed our book and answered questions. We enjoyed getting to know Laura and hear about her fascinating background which led to her current and successful enterprise.
We couldn’t resist a return to Sift Bakery in Mystic, CT even though it added an hour to our return home. Last visit we had fallen in love with chef owner Adam Young’s irresistible caramel rolls. Adam is not usually in the bakery on Mondays, but fortunately for this visit, he happened to be there. We showed him the new book, Rose’s Baking Basics, and were so moved that he took time from his busy schedule to go through each and every page, we just had to offer the book. We now have a new friend in Mystic CT and are looking forward to his beautiful young daughter Stella and wife Ebbie baking from the book..