Recipe Roundup: Thanksgiving Classic with a Twist Version

 

Thanksgiving recipe roundup!

It’s the food holiday to end all food holidays so obviously it’s my favorite day of the year (besides my birthday). I love testing new recipes but Thanksgiving is definitely a time for all the classics like stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, etc. Here are a few of my favorite thanksgiving recipes that give those classics just the slightest update.

Cranberry Relish: This recipe is both ridiculously easy and ridiculously tasty. Of course, it comes from my food crush, Anthony Bourdain.

Italian Sausage + Bread Stuffing: I love this slight tweak on classic stuffing recipes. Up the herb anti by adding fresh sage, thyme, and rosemary.

Duchess Baked Potatoes: These will change your life. Seriously. People go crazy over them (it’s probably all the heavy cream and eggs) and you can make them ahead and reheat. Perfect for the Thanksgiving cooking marathon.

Arugula Persimmon Salad with Avocado: This sounds delicious and a great contrast to all the heavy Turkey day classics. I may just throw in some pomegranate seeds too for good measure.

Dry Brined Roast Turkey: Dry brining sounds about 10,000 times easier than a traditional brine so you better believe I’m going to test this one out.

Apple Pandowdy: Who doesn’t love a simple dessert. Like an apple but easier.

 

 

Events: Holiday Shows Galore!

The holidays will be here before we know it!  Find us at the following holiday shows in November + December to smell goods in person and find the perfect gift for pretty much everyone on your list.

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38Makers
November 4 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm | $5 suggested donation
Pinterest | 651 Brannan Street, San Francisco

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Renegade SF
November 11 + 12 | 11 am – 6 pm | Free
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion | San Francisco, CA

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QuickBooks Connect
November 15, 16th, 17th | Conference Fee
San Jose Convention Center | San Jose, CA

 

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SF Etsy Holiday Emporium
November 25 + 26 | 12 pm – 6 pm + 11 am – 5 pm | Free | Booth #219
Pier 35 | San Francisco, CA

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Renegade LA
December 9 + 10 | 10 am – 5 pm | Free
Los Angeles State Historic Park | Los Angeles, CA 

Heath Make Good Market
December 9 + 10 | 10 am – 5 pm
Heath Ceramics Showroom | San Francisco, CA

SFMade CCA 2017
SF MADE 
December 17th | 10 am – 5 pm
California College of the Arts | 1111 Eight Street | San Francisco, CA 

New Product: Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Co. Soap Now Available!

Etta + Billie x Woods Collaboration Soap

Remember the collab I did with Woods Beer Co? Well, you can now buy some of that delicious beer soap plus we made a video of the whole dang process so you can see the making of both the soap and the beer. I’m so darn excited to share with you! Check out the video below.

The beer soap is a refreshing blend of bright citrus notes, herbal eucalyptus, slightly sweet vanilla, a touch of the Saison, and ground rye berries (one of our beer ingredients) which acts as an exfoliant so you can basically turn any shower into a spa-like beer lover dream. Putting a whole new twist on the beer in the shower concept. Sounds pretty fantastic, right? You can purchase here.

Events: Etta + Billie Third Annual Studio Sale!

3rd Annual Studio Sale Social Media Blog

The Etta + Billie Studio will be open on October 28th for our annual sale! Come by to see the studio and check out the other artists in the building including Public Glass, Charlotte K, and Spark Ceramics (it’s Art Spans Open Studios). Highlights of the studio sale include discounted “seconds” of various soaps, lotions, oils, and other products, a small selection of mystery soap bags, and there may just be a soap demo! Treats + beverages will be available so you can sip and snack while you browse.

We’re also partnering up with the brilliant Shujan Bertrand creator of Aplat (a beautiful line of culinary totes), who will also be hosting a sample sale on Saturday, to do a giveaway! You’ll have the chance to win an Aplat tote (just in time for the holidays!) along with some luscious  E+B goodies to fill it with. To participate, come to the studio sale, grab a giveaway card from either studio, visit both studios and be sure to get a signature or stamp on your card.  Turn it in at either studio and don’t forget to include your contact info!  We’ll pick a random card from all the entries on Tuesday, October 31!

This year, we’ll be donating 10% of sales to the Redwood Credit Union Fire Relief Fund. Hope to see you there! 

Highlights

  • Mystery Soap Bags
  • Seconds Sale
  • Treats + Beverages
  • Peek inside the E+B studio
  • 10% of Sales Donated to victims of the #Calfires

Details

  • Etta + Billie Third Annual Studio Sale
  • October 28th from 11am – 4pm
  • 1777 Yosemite Ave, Suite 55, San Francisco, CA 

What are seconds? For us, they are products that didn’t meet our QC standards whether it’s a funky label or slight discoloration.

Uncertain Times and What You can do to Help

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Who else has been feeling overwhelmed with negative news these days? Our country and communities have been put through the ringer. Hurricane after hurricane has caused massive destruction, swept away people’s entire lives and left little in its wake. Forest fires aare devastating Northern California (including my near and dear home county of Mendocino) and the West Coast. Political squabbling instead of action. Mass shootings. It’s overwhelming, to say the least. And so tempting to look the other way when you’re not directly affected. I know I’ve felt that way too. And it’s hard. I’ve felt guilty for not doing more, giving more and participating more. In my experience, guilt rarely does anything but make you feel like shit so clearly, it’s ineffective. What keeps resonating with me is something the incredibly insightful Melissa Wert of Print Therapy said the other day on Instagram

“…just because we can turn off the news doesn’t mean we should. In fact, it’s because we can that we shouldn’t”.

We have the option where other’s don’t, we shouldn’t forget that and instead of pretending like nothing is happening, we need to do something to help those around us.

At Etta + Billie, being a part of our various communities is a core part of what we do. Because of this, I want to continue supporting our communities and our friends as we all deal with these tragedies. Here are some ways we’re taking action:

Right Now

All Year Round

  • Donating 5% of all event sales to various non-profits helping with disasters (like the Houston Food Bank) or working to aid causes we believe in (see list here)
  • Donating office supplies and craft supplies to SCRAP
  • Donating unused electronics and equipment to our local Goodwill

Looking for ways to help? Here are a few ideas from some people-in-the-know around the web. 

Help North Bay Fire Victims at SF Chronicle

Help Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico at PBS.org 

Help those affected by Harvey at NPR.org

How to help the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, in case you’re feeling powerless

 

Events: Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Party

Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Collab Sunrise Saison

I got to make beer! A whole lot of beer. A few months ago, I teamed up with Woods Beer Co., known for their experimental style and mate infused MateVeza, and came up with an amazing Saison combination that is a bit herbal, a bit citrus and a teeny tiny bit vanilla (but in a good way). Very Etta + Billie. 😉 The Sunrise Saison will be launching at Woods Oakland this Friday, September 1st.

In addition to the beer, I had to have the brewmasters come to the E+B studio and make a soap! It’s ridiculously yummy with a touch of the Saison, grapefruit, and eucalyptus. This limited edition batch will be available on Friday at the brewery. We made a small batch so if you want to be one of the first to try it out, you’ve got to come to the party!

I hope to see you there!

What: Etta + Billie and Woods Collab Party!
When: Friday, September 1 from 5-9pm
Where: Woods Bar + Brewery, 1701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA (near The Fox)

Woods Bar & Brewery Oakland

Etta + Billie Bath + Body Oil isn’t just for your bath or your body.

Etta + Billie Natural Skincare Body Oil
I have a deep love of product, all sorts of product. When I was younger, I had a bathroom full of different lotions, body sprays, scrubs, body wash (you get the picture). I’d apply all different combinations of aforementioned product, followed by my four different treatments just for my hair. Yowza. As I’ve gotten older, I realize I’d rather spend more time drinking coffee, then applying lotions and potions, plus I have significantly less space in my bathroom to hold a vast collection of items. This means I need products that are effective and have the potential for multiple uses. I can spend less time getting ready and more time doing things I enjoy (but know that my skin and hair are taken care of and looking good). One of my favorite multi-taskers is Etta + Billie Bath + Body Oil. This oil makes an amazing moisturizer for the body, face and hair with a combination of organic jojoba, organic sweet almond, organic sunflower and un-sprayed meadowfoam oils.

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The Breakdown

Jojoba Oil – This oil is easily absorbed into the skin because it mimics skin’s natural sebum. Plus it contains protein, minerals and is very similar to collagen (that stuff that keeps skin looking young and lovely). The jojoba in Etta + Billie products comes from a family owned organic farm in Arizona. 

Almond Oil – High in vitamin E a super antioxidant and skin healer. Great for all skin types, rich in minerals, vitamins, and proteins.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil – An excellent hydrator for skin. Creates a protective layer that helps skin hold moisture yet this oil absorbs quickly.

Sunflower Oil – Also high in vitamin E. Helps seal in moisture but allows skin to breathe.

Vitamin E – powerful antioxidant properties and help fight and protect skin against free radicals which damage and age skin.

Etta + Billie Bath Scene

Options, options, options

Hair: A leave-in/scalp/pre-wash treatment.

  • Use as a leave-in conditioner by applying a few drops to palms, rub hands together and distribute through damp or dry hair. Start at the ends if using on dry hair.
  • For scalp, apply a few drops at a time to fingertips and then rub into scalp, may need to repeat 2-3 times to cover entire scalp.
  • As a pre-wash hair treatment, apply a dropper-full of oil from roots to ends before bed, wash out the next day with shampoo. Note: you may want to cover pillowcase with a t-shirt so you don’t get oil all over.

Face: Works great as a facial oil/cleansing oil when traveling (or anytime).

  • Apply one to two drops to damp skin and gently massage in.
  • For cleansing, wet skin, massage a few drops of oil, apply a very warm washcloth, let sit for a couple of minutes, gently wipe oil from skin using cloth. Apply serum and moisturizer!

Hands/Feet: Hands and feet will be hydrated in no time.

  • Massage onto hands right before bed. Pay special attention to cuticles. 
  • Apply all over feet, apply some cozy socks and hit the hay. You’ll wake up to super soft feet.
  • Extra dry skin: you can apply Etta + Billie skin balm on top of oil to help lock it into the skin and add another moisturizing layer.

Bath: An easy way to add aroma and hydration to a bath in minutes. 

  • A couple of drops in the bath is an easy way to add scent and a boost of moisture.

Body: An alternative to lotion.

  • Massage onto to damp skin after getting out of the bath or shower. The oil will absorb quickly while locking in the extra moisture from bathing. Skin may have a slight natural glow right after application. Bonus.

Events: Etta + Billie headed to NYC!

2017 Etta + Billie NY Now Join Design

I’ll be showing off all the delicious Etta + Billie products at my first ever NY NOW show this month in bustling (and most likely sweltering NYC). Attendees will get a sneak peek at our winter limited editions and a new product. If you’ll be at the show, let me know! I would love to connect.

What: Etta + Billie at NY NOW
When: August 20-23rd 
Where: Javits, NYC | Booth 4276 (formerly 4269) Join Design | Accent on Design

p.s. got any NYC recommendations for me? I’m always looking for a new donut place to try. 😉

 

Kitchen to Shower: Cinnamon

 

Horcha Soap + Horchata

The Supreme All-Season Spice

Cinnamon as a summer spice may seem strange at first but the cozy fragrance and flavor of cinnamon that usually invokes the wintertime, is the perfect addition to all sorts of summer recipes (and showers). Factoid: Cinnamon actually comes from tropical climates in India and Southeast Asia. It pairs beautifully with warm sun, al fresco desserts and summer cocktails. How would we make it through the season with a cold glass of horchata now and then? And what would our summertime favorite, peach pie be like without a sweet and spicy touch of cinnamon? 

The real deal

Cinnamon comes in either of two varieties: Ceylon and Cassia. Each comes from the same genus– but separate species–of evergreen tree. While Ceylon is considered a truer/purer cinnamon by hard-core cinnamon fanatics, the cassia variety is more common and more popular in the United States, probably because of its intense flavor.

Ground vs Stick

The choice is up to you on this one, but I recommend having both on hand (though some swear by one or the other, you know how foodies get). I like to keep ground on hand for recipes that require measuring. I’m not a fan of extra steps when I’m whipping up food on a weeknight. It’s about a 1,000x quicker to measure out a teaspoon of ground cinnamon than grinding it yourself (though it’s not that hard).

The major benefit of stick over pre-ground is you know you’re getting some seriously fresh cinnamon in your recipe. Plus you’ll know your cinnamon contains cinnamon and nothing else. Sticks also last longer than you might realize. You can keep them for months or even years in a tightly sealed container, and if you drop one into a tea or an infusion—or place one on top of your coffee grounds before you brew (highly recommended)– you can remove it post brewing or steeping and use it again and again. Just rinse it with warm water and allow it to dry before re-storing. It’s the spice that keeps going and going and going.

Bonus: it’s healthy too

Cinnamon isn’t just comforting and delicious; it’s also beneficial. The spice contains anti-inflammatory properties and anti-oxidants and it’s been linked to healthier brain function and, according to some, a reduced risk of high cholesterol. Win, win!!

If you’re a cinnamon fan like I am, you’ve got to check out the tasty cinnamon infused recipe here and of course, it’s one of the main ingredients in E+B  horchata inspired soap.

What’s your favorite way to use cinnamon?

 

 

Events: Etta + Billie at American Craft Council

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The E+B crew and I will be setting up shop at the American Craft Council show in San Francisco August 4-6th. Come by to see some of the most talented artisans from across the country. You’ll find ceramics, fine art, textiles, jewelry, leather goods and of course all the limited edition summer E+B scents. Plus, you can get in on some DIY action at our face mask bar on Saturday from 1-3 pm for $5.00.

What: Etta + Billie at the American Craft Council Show
When: August 4-6th 
Where: Fort Mason, San Francisco | E+B is on the Mezzanine Level
Cost: Entry is $14 at the door or buy tickets online for $10.50