Well, it’s finally here – Fall! When the season changes, I love getting back to tending my garden and using what is fresh and seasonal. As I switch my garden over from its summer abundance to fall herbs and winter vegetables, I also head into the kitchen to experiment with them. I take our fresh organic herbs and extract their essence to combine with an aromatic extra virgin olive oil and flakey sea salt until I find the perfect combination. And voila, Rockin’ Rosemary, my latest organic sourdough snack flavor for our family of super-crunchy, addictive Margot’s Morsels. Buy this or any one of our other three flavors today from our website or stop by one of the farmer’s markets I attend, if you are in the SF bay area. And, watch out, we’re expanding like crazy, we’ve added Napa Valley, Carmel, Bend, Oregon, Atlanta, Georgia, and several new bay area stores where you can stop in and pick up your morsels whenever you want.
Stock up on these deliciously crunchy sourdough beauties and use them in soups, salads or crush them into crumbs for so many other recipes. I have a couple on the website to recommend. Check out Bruce’s Mac and Cheese sprinkled with crushed morsels in any of the four flavors to add that crunch to this yummy creamy recipe. I also crush up these and add herbs and lemon as a crust on fish or chicken.
Don’t let Halloween ghost you – I know it won’t look like it did last year but it can still be fun while staying safe and there are so many ideas to make this Halloween special, especially for school-age children.
Costumes – There is no better excuse to wear a mask. Take advantage and plan a neighborhood parade to show everyone’s costume off. Even if you might be staying in this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a costume competition with friends and family. Schedule a Zoom call to share costumes. You can download a spooky background to use as a photo booth or as a background for your Halloween Zoom call. A private Pinterest board is ideal to post the costumes and announce the winners. Set up categories – scariest, funniest, most elaborate, silliest, most alien, etc. Come up with categories so everyone wins and drop off a cookie prize – Chocolate Cinnamon Skeleton Cookie is one of my favorites – with a “winner” tag for each of the participants.
Activities – Pumpkin carving is still a favorite activity for the whole family but how about filling a piñata with your family’s favorite sweet treats and having everyone take a whack at it? Another fun way to distribute the candy is a scavenger hunt.
Dinner – Instead of the usual rushed dinner so everyone can get out the door, why not plan a really fun, Halloween-themed dinner for the whole family to enjoy. I’m going to try the orange bell peppers hollowed out and cut out like a jack-o-lantern and put Bruce’s Mac and Cheese inside. And I always like to start with a hearty dip for everyone while I’m cooking, like this Octoberfest beer cheese to dip Margot’s Morsels in.
If you’d like me to cover something specific, just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll continue to tell you what’s happening in my kitchen and coax my husband, Milt, to guest blog on his baking adventures.
If you are in the San Francisco bay area, come to the farmer’s markets in the North Bay Area and look for us. Right now we’re at Mill Valley and Marin Country Mart in Larkspur. I would love to meet you and find out how you use morsels. Don’t forget to Get Your Crunch On!