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Fruits of Labor: yogurt pumpkin cake

October 17, 2012

What is it about fall that just makes you want to bake? 
I love the spices, the newly in season ingredients, and pumpkins!

this cake is a treat on a crisp fall day with a cup of tea or coffee ~ a little spice a little subtle earthy pumpkin flavor and this great zip from the yogurt. 

If your looking for another cozy fall recipe, check out my Grao-De-Bico recipe in the recent 5th volume of Kinfolk 


1 1/4 sticks of butter, softened 
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 eggs 
1/2 cup of plain yogurt 
3/4 cup of pumpkin 
2 cups of self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg 
1/2 tsp of freshly grated cinnamon 

preheat the over to 325°
Place the softened butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat until the mixture is pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Add the yogurt and beat well until combined. With a spatula fold in the sifted flour. Finally hand mix in the pumpkin until smooth. 

Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased bunt pan or into two small loaf pans. Bake for 60 mins or until cooked through (if made in two pans cooking time will likely be shorter than 60 mins).

Remove from oven and let cool then turn out of the pan. Serve warm with tea or coffee on a crisp fall day!


creating a comfortable home

May 17, 2012

celebrating the launch of Etsy’s new registry feature they have asked a few guest curators to put together some of their favorites for home. I was honored to see some items from Cottage Farm included in Nathan William (of Kinfolk) picks for “creating a comfortable home”. But, more importantly I love his thoughts on the subject. I think each of us strive to create a comfortable, and beautiful, space that we can be proud to call home. 

For me comfort in the home goes hand-in-hand with food and the kitchen space. I have chosen my last two apartments based on how good the light is and then how good the kitchen is …. gas stove mandatory. 
It is the first room I unpack after a move which is as much about function as it is about comfort… the two are synonymous. 

I also loved Nathan’s strategy for outfitting the kitchen. 
We don’t have a tableware collection with every color scheme under the sun, but I recommend following the lighting of the day (warm morning sun, bright white midday, dark and shadowy afternoon). Darken the colors you use for an evening meal with wooden serveware, candles, and colored linens.”
It is so very much about utilitarian elegance for your ever day. So logical and yet this simple practice of moving with the day leads to the creation of an incredibly beautiful setting in which to gather, eat and enjoy being together.