Good News…

…for Californians who are considering starting a food business.  Governor Brown signed AB 1616, also known as the California Homemade Food Act.  This gives people the opportunity to use their own kitchen to make goods and sell them at farmers’ markets, to restaurants, or grocery stores.  There are limitations:  nothing made with dairy or meat can be made in a home kitchen (you’ll have to use a commercial space), but it’s a start.  

Bakers of bread, makers of jam, mixers of spices or salts, if you’ve been playing in the kitchen with ingredients dreaming about starting a little something but couldn’t afford the cost of renting kitchen space, here’s your chance to give it a go.  

You can read AB 1616 here.  

As for me…this past weekend I had overripe bananas and a bag of chocolate chips to do something with.  A muffin with Sunday brunch is an excellent way to begin the day.Image

A Taste for Mom and Dad

So I Skype’d with mom and dad last week and they said they wanted me to make something for them.  And they’d pay me.  You know, since I set up the Etsy shop, my brother has ordered twice.  Is it bad form to have your family pay for your goods?  I kind of like that he put in an official order and all.  Though for mom and dad…well, I’m not going to take their money for an order…but I am very happy to make something for them.

Mom wanted raspberry.  So raspberry is what she’s getting.  She is also getting a taste of my second cookie obsession…shortbread.  How can you not love a cookie completely laden with butter?  I know I can’t.

Raspberry Shortbread for the Parents