Swig Well & Slow Food Shrub Class (Bonus Herb & Honeydew Shrub and Cocktail Recipes!)

FullSizeRender_1Happy New Year! Slow Food Seattle is back after the winter holidays, and we’re kicking off 2015 with a look back at our November shrub class with Swig Well. We’ve included a couple of delicious recipes from that class, too!

If you have been reading our site and newsletter in the past year, you know we’ve had shrubs (aka drinking vinegars) on the mind for a while. We like them because they are delicious, of course, but they have a special significance for Slow Food as they are in our Ark of Taste as a product of historical significance deserving of celebrating.

Foods and drinks are typically put in the Ark as they are “on the verge of extinction,” but we’ve been fortunate to see the shrub experience a resurgence of popularity in the cocktail community in recent years.

Therefore, it seemed like an excellent idea for us at Slow Food to partner with Anu Apte and her cocktail school Swig Well. We decided to offer a shrub class focused on how to make them and then use in mixed drinks. (Not a tippler? Still read on as they make an excellent non-alcoholic beverage option, too.) Continue reading

Three Pear & Gouda Pie Recipe from “Pie School” by Kate Lebo

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Image via Flickr user David Blaikie

We’re very excited to have this recipe to share right now, because it couldn’t be more timely.

For one reason: it’s pear season. For another: it’s arguably more acutely pie season right than at any other time of year.

This is sort of a questionable assertion to make, of course, because Team Pie would argue: when isn’t it pie season? From rhubarb to berry to peach to apple to pumpkin, there’s a pie for each season.

That is true, but fall is a time when even those of us who might be normally on Team Cake often find ourselves feeling drawn into the nostalgia orbit of the heavy pie gravity of Thanksgiving.

pieschoolAnother reason this recipe is great to share right now is because Pie School  the book the recipe came from – just came out. It’s by local author Kate Lebo, and offers (in addition to recipes like this one) helpful pie fundamentals, including a photo step-by-step illustrating the basic crust-making technique.

And with the holidays coming up, we at Slow Food think it’s a great time to consider local authors for holiday gift-giving. So this might be one to think about for the pie-lover (or Team Cake member in need of conversion) in your life.

Enjoy this sweet and savory pie for a fall potluck or holiday table. Continue reading

Gallery: Honey Tasting & Summer Picnic Potluck

Chicory and beeBrightening up this rainy day with some summer memories. We tasted 13 honeys from throughout the Western US at our August picnic potluck. Here is a gallery with our tasting notes from the light & floral blackberry to the rustic, “barnyard” buckwheat.

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Fall Fruit Bonanza This Weekend

mushroomcollage-001This weekend, see an incredible diversity of fall fruits: on Saturday, the Seattle Fruit Tree Society has their show featuring many different varieties of tree fruits (including quince, medlars and kiwis in addition to the apples and pears). There’s also Applepalooza at the U District Farmers Market. On Sunday, it’s fungal fruits of the forest with the Puget Sound Mycological Society‘s Wild Mushroom Show. See our calendar for more details about these community events.

Slow Food Seattle Newsletter: Fall Mushrooms, Apple Chutney Recipe, Events and More!

JonagoldCheck out our latest newsletter! We’ve got the details on our upcoming mushroom event, information about Slow Food Bastyr’s Portuguese food event this Sunday, a recap of all the recipes posted during our fall blog blitz, and a new recipe for Rebecca Staffel’s apple chutney. (Want to receive this directly? Sign up here.)

Apple Cinnamon Shrub (Drinking Vinegar) Recipe from “Shrubs” Author Michael Dietsch

photo (7)Today is a Twofer Tuesday! We just posted a recipe for Cat’s Ear Clam Linguine from Melany Vorass, and now here’s a fall-friendly cocktail or mocktail option to go with it.

We’ve noted before that we have shrubs on the mind lately.

Shrubs (aka drinking vinegars) are in the Slow Food Ark of Taste, and we’ve been enjoying variations on them for a while. (Especially the Concord Grape & Lavender Shrub from Amy Pennington we posted a few weeks ago.)

They’re delicious as a mixer in a cocktail, but also just on their own mixed with seltzer. If you haven’t tried them before, the idea of drinking vinegar might not sound immediately appealing, but if you’ve been a fan of lightly sweetened sodas like our local folks Dry Soda, you’ll probably love the tart and fruity taste of homemade shrub soda.

ShrubsWe’re still in the works for our members-only shrub class with Swigwell (sorry for the delay on this but we hope to have final details nailed down soon). But we’re excited to see shrubs in the zeitgeist with the release this week of the new cocktail book Shrubs: An Old-Fashioned Drink for Modern Times by New York author Michael Dietsch.

Michael was kind enough to share a recipe with us, and it’s perfect for right now as it calls for that fall superstar apples. We made a batch and can confirm: it’s delicious!

If you’d like to learn more about shrubs, Tales of the Cocktails is holding a chat with Michael online this Thursday, October 9 at 11am Pacific! Details hereContinue reading