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Cocoa Local Mousse

Sweetlife Cocoa Local mixes make sublimely thick and rich tasting mugs of steaming hot cocoa. They perform equally well with full fat or non fat cow's milk, soy milk or coconut milk. We like to tart them up a bit for a winter adult dessert, and simply add a jigger of rum, whisky or brandy [...]

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Sunday Supper, Kitchen Slavery, Quince

Sweetlife Sunday Supper(make that supper with friends on Sunday, lunch on Monday and dinner on Tuesday)Eating well is a passion, but I'm not a slave to my kitchen. In fact, I can be pretty lazy about cooking. One good outcome evolved from a lifetime of doing it is that I am pretty good at making [...]

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Quince: an odd little minx of a fruit

So says Jessica Sanders, co-owner of Austin's Drink.Well.  She describes quince as having the texture of an under-ripe pear or apple, but smells like a pineapple or guava. Native to the Middle East, it's not so great eaten raw, but cooking "unlocks a deep flavor and tropical sweetness." In the October Issue of Imbibe Magazine (yes, there is [...]

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Starbread stuffed with Sweetlife Farm Burnt Caramel Sauce

The other day a random video caught my fancy, and cooking for houseguests became the perfect excuse to experiment. The video uses nutella as the sweet between layers of dough, but Bob hates nutella with a capital N, so I immediately thought about interesting substitutions for this eye-catching pastry. Turns out it is simple and [...]

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Rainy Summer Celebration

After much nail biting and countless checks of the weather forecast, Intentional Table's third annual outside dinner extravaganza under the Sweetlife arbor was relocated inside to Intentional Table. Between storms we collected herbs and edible flowers and plucked grapes from said arbor to embellish the meal, garnish the plates and add to the sparkling table decor enhanced [...]

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Chocolate Walnut Pie

Chef Heather Andrus of Intentional Table made these recently for the Bike for Pie event here on the island. She made an extra one, just for us!Unbaked pie shell5 eggs7 oz brown sugar1 oz melted butter1 1/3 cup corn syrup1 tsp vanillapinch of salt4 oz melted semi-sweet chocolateSprinkle the nuts on the bottom of the pie [...]

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Cooking for a weekend crowd: keep it simple and tasty

Last weekend's summer celebration at Sweetlife Farm included planning meals for a crowd, since several of the artists who joined us, and my brother who came out for a visit and to help out all weekend had long travel times and were staying over. One even brought his bed with him, in the form of a [...]

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Mom's Aprons

Over the years, Nancy's mom Jean has outfitted half of Bainbridge and sprinkled the rest of the contiguous 50 states with fun, functional, retro style aprons. She is an excellent seamstress, and her aprons are made to become pass alongs to future generations. Now in her late 80's, she has developed peripheral neuropathy in her [...]

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Tipi Granola

Makes approximately 20 3/4 cup servings  We serve this to tipi guests with our homemade yogurt and an optional dollop of Sweetlife jam; it seems to be a big hit, and the containers routinely come back empty. Bob combined several recipes to get the right balance of nutritious grains & nuts toasted with just enough honey [...]

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The Sweetlife Tipi project

Bob has always wanted to erect a tipi on the property. Our home is filled with Native American art and books; looking out the window at a tipi just felt right to Bob. After years of talking about it (and talking me into the idea), we finally acted on his dream and decided to put [...]

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