Magpie Cafe and more calendar photos

Southern Louisiana is known for a very specific food culture.  Here, you see a lot of seafood, po’ boys, daiquiris, snowballs, beignets, and gumbo.  It’s all exceptionally tasty, but for the exception of the seafood, “fresh” and “local” are not words thrown around very often.  Fortunately, Baton Rouge has at least one restaurant that boasts fresh, local and seasonal food made completely from scratch.  And I find myself at Magpie Cafe about once a week.  I crave their salads, paninis, and COOKIES.  Really, go eat their chocolate chip cookies.

The husband and wife that own Magpie, James and Lina, are awesome.  They were inspired to open the cafe after coming home from a trip to Italy and noticing the unfortunate lack of seasonal food and extraordinary coffee here in the states.  They did a great job refurbishing the building (that looks like a farmhouse from the outside) and are always around making delicious food and coffee.  The specials change daily and are really- dare I say- special.

I was there for lunch today with some friends, and looking around at the beautifully styled cafe full of gorgeous light, I knew I had to come back with the calendar.  My house isn’t exactly apartment-therapy-worthy…it’s pretty dark and I live with boys.  Aaaand check out the etsy shop.

buy it on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/thehungryfox

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A Yearly Tradition

Every October, my mother’s side of the family in Missouri gathers to make the year’s batch of apple butter.  They’ve been doing this since even before my mother was born, back when my grandparents were children.  My grandfather’s brother, Kenny, went to great lengths to secure his family’s old kettle from an auction in 1979, and they’ve been using it ever since.

There’s no written recipe- the elders just know the approximate amounts and wing it every year.  It always turns out more or less delicious.  I do know that it involves copious amounts of sugar, even though they’ve scaled back from the traditional 15 pounds of sugar per bushel of apples, to about 8 pounds of sugar.

My grandfather is pretty much amazing.  He was a pilot and a POW in World War II, and his stories are incredible.  A favorite part of the day was when Edward (granddaddy), and his brother Kenny and sister Margie were all in the same room, and Kenny told stories about the war.  Lou chimed in with what it was like being at home with two brothers in the war.  It was emotional for everybody.

My grandfather has even written a book about his experiences, Lest They Forget Freedom’s Price.  Check it out.

We jarred over 60 pints of apple butter.  I am so grateful for this tradition, and for the 3 jars of apple butter in my pantry waiting to be consumed, and for selfless men like my grandfather.

Kenny and Graddaddy

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We Love Cupcakes

This delicious chocolate cupcake features dark chocolate-caramel frosting,  salted caramel filling and a sprinkling of sea-salt.

This is not the dyed-pink, make-your-teeth-hurt-sweet cupcake of your childhood, this is the deep, multi-faceted, welcome-to-adulthood, chocolate covered pretzel-esque cupcake of your next party or event.

Choose flags or banners for your cakes in any color with words, phrases, initials, pictures, etc.

For regular-size cupcakes, chose Swirled Peak frosting style (above) or Rose frosting style (below).

For a complete list of flavors and prices, please see the Bakeshop page.

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