All Things Pumpkin – Recipes + New E+B Scent

Would it really be fall without the mention of the most famous squash of all- pumpkin?! This Autumn staple is used in all sorts of fun ways during this time of year. So go ahead and kick-off the fall season with harvesting up these gourds at your local patch for either decor or cooking. Needing some inspo? Take a look at these yummy pumpkin recipes for the fall (and we promise, they won’t all be desserts!).

Pumpkin Baked Ziti

Pumpkin Baked Ziti

If you have ever experienced the savory combo of pumpkin and sage, then you know that your taste buds have been blessed. This Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Sage Sausage brings together the perfect pairings into creamy pasta dish. Top with parmesan cheese and viola, you’ve got a comforting, warm bowl of pumpkiny-goodness!

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Vegan Curied Pumpkin Soup

There’s absolutely nothing like curling up to a bowl of warm soup during the cool fall months. This Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup is a classic take on the pumpkin soup with invigorating curry spices that elevate it to the next level. It has all of the creaminess you would ever need in a fall soup, and the best part is, it’s dairy free!

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts drizzled in maple glaze.

An Autumn take on a classic childhood favorite- pop tarts! Flaky pie crust stuffed with warm pumpkin-spiced filling. As if these treats are not scrumptious enough, these Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts are drizzled in sweet, delicious maple glaze.

Pumpkin Beer Pretzels

Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso Dip

If soft and buttery pretzels dipped in cheese sauce evoke any sort of childhood memory, then this recipe is for you! Perhaps a more adult take on the classic, these Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso sauce are so indulgent. The secret weapon lies in the pumpkin beer that adds just the right amount of booze and fluffiness to the dough. 

Fall Scent-Pumpkin Porter

Etta+Billie Pumpkin Porter Soap

We have launched a limited-edition fall scent- Pumpkin Porter! A combination of fall spices, pumpkin, and creamy Bay Area brewed porter make for a deliciously tempting bar of soap (but don’t be too tempted to take a bite :)).

Our Favorite Apple Recipes to Celebrate the Season! Plus a peek at a new fall scent!

As we officially embark upon the Autumn season, we would be absolutely foolish to overlook this famous fall fruit. Due to its peak ripeness and versatility, apples serve as a staple during this time of year. Not to mention, fall is the best time to take advantage of the fruit’s bounty and perhaps embark on the ever-famous challenge of eating “an apple-a-day”. To showcase its many uses, here are some delicious apple recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Breakfast Granola Apple Crisp

Apple Granola Crisp

Apple crisps are not strictly meant to be enjoyed for dessert, but actually can be eaten for breakfast as well! This breakfast apple granola crisp is the perfect spin on your classic granola and can totally be made in advance for those hectic mornings. Simply pair it with your favorite yogurt and serve it warmed or chilled.

Herb Apple Gruyere Scones

Herb Apple Gruyere Scones

Apples and Gruyere cheese offer such a stark contrast that pair together to make melodious, savory goodness. These Herb Apple Gruyere scones are the perfect addition to any fall soup- tomato, pumpkin, or butternut squash.

Grilled Flatbreads with Apple, Bacon, and Onion

Grilled Flatbread with Apple, Bacon, and Onion

Fruit on pizza? Not to be confused with the highly-debated pineapple on pizza. Apples with savory bacon and sweet caramelized onions make for great toppings. This grilled flatbread incorporates the warming herbs of thyme, rosemary, and sage for a delicious fall-inspired take on a classic pizza. 

Mom’s Apple Cake

Apple Cake

To top the day off, enjoy a slice of this moist and sweet apple goodness. This Apple Cake, featured on our “A Few Festive Ways to Celebrate Fall” blog post, pairs well with your favorite ice cream or can be simply enjoyed on its own.

Etta+Billie’s Fall Scents

Our fall scented-goodies officially launch on October 4th! It would not be a fall scent launch without something apple-spiced. We know that cinnamon laced cider and bourbon are the perfect match. With our Spiked Cider Soap, you’ll feel like you’re curled up in front of a crackling fire with a warm beverage every time you shower.

Warm apple cider with cinnamon and a touch of bourbon are the inspiration for our Spiked Cider Soap!

A Few Festive Ways to Celebrate Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time we gear up for the wonderful season marked by pumpkin-spice, cozy knits, and foods that make you feel all warm inside! Here are some fun fall festivities and recipes that ought to get you ready for the seasonal transition:

Orange pumpkin on wooden floor

Pumpkin Patches

Visiting a local pumpkin patch is the best way to kick-off your fall season. These iconic autumn squashes are on display in all of their glory- ranging in colors from white, yellow, and orange in a variety of shapes and sizes. Grab some of the gourds for carving or simply to adorn your home, but don’t throw those seeds away! They can be roasted up into something crunchy and flavorful to munch on. Spice up your recipe with some of these creative takes on the classic roasted pumpkin seed.

Reinvented: Pumpkin Seeds 5 Ways

An assortment of flavored pumpkin seeds

Apple Picking

Apples reach their prime in the fall, so what better time to gather up family and friends to enjoy the day picking them? You can slice them up for a pie, turn them into fritters, or dip them in ooey gooey caramel. Either way, apple picking can prove itself to be quite a rewarding pursuit. Make it a day worth while by packing a picnic to enjoy on the grounds in the fresh crisp air. 

Mom’s Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Baking & Cooking Galore

With the weather becoming cooler and night beginning earlier, it is a great time to flock indoors and whip up some of your favorite fall goodies with warm and invigorating spices. One way to infuse the delicious fragrances of the fall into your space is by brewing up a batch of apple cider. The beauty is, you can leave it on the stove or keep it simmering in the crockpot. If you’re really looking for some fun, turn your cider into spiked goodness by pouring in your favorite liquor. 

Easy Hot Spiked Mulled Apple Cider

Spiked apple cider



The Story Behind the Scent: Etta + Billie’s Grapefruit Cardamom

In our new series “Story Behind the Scent”, Alana Rivera, owner and soap maven of Etta+ Billie, will take us through a history behind our scented concoctions. Here, she will recall the foods, memories, and people that have helped bring them to life. This week, we are talking all things Grapefruit Cardamom!

Etta + Billie Grapefruit Cardamom Body Scrub and Body Lotion

Tell us about the inspiration behind this scent: 

Grapefruit Cardamom was a melding of two flavors that I loved into something absolutely blissful.

My love of grapefruit began as a child. Every summer, I spent time at my Grandma Etta’s in Southern California. She would often serve me grapefruit in the morning and I came to love the way she would cut each section for me so I could scoop the tangy flesh into a bowl. Then, I would squeeze any remaining pulp to create “Grapefruit soup”. I was so hooked on this method that I would often refuse to eat grapefruit cut any other way. 

My obsession with cardamom didn’t start until I was much older. My first cardamom experience was in Indian cooking and then in a variety of pastries. I loved how the flavor is both herbaceous and spicy. With fresh green notes as well as a warm coziness. Once I discovered it, I couldn’t get enough.

Etta + Billie Grapefruit Cardamom Hand + Body Wash

Using my cooking experience and food loves as inspiration, I combined these two scents together. They work in harmony with each other to create something sweet, tart, spicy, and fresh. This combination is one of my very first and still one of my favorites today.

What products does Etta+Billie carry with this scent?

Our delicious Grapefruit Cardamom scent is available in Body Lotion, Body Scrub, Room + Body Spray, Hand + Body Wash, and our Skin Balm.

Grapefruit Cardamom Skin Balm

Were there any recipes/goodies that contributed to the creation of this scent?

Nothing specific, but I do love seeing this combination in recipes. I’ve seen grapefruit cardamom tarts, scones, and all manner of sweet things. I’m always drawn to this combination in cocktail form. 

You can find grapefruit cardamom cocktail recipes all over the internet and here are a few of my favs:

Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz refreshing gin cocktail!

Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

The Remedy: a delicious whiskey based recipe.

Etta + Billie's Grapefruit Cardamom Rose Cooler Recipe

Etta + Billie’s Grapefruit Cardamom Rose Cooler Recipe on You Tube

A Few Good Fried Chicken Recipes for National Fried Chicken Day

We’ve pulled together a few different recipes for you to test out just in time for National Fried Chicken Day.

Nashville Hot Chicken

Classic Fried Chicken

No fried chicken taste test would be complete without a traditional option like this one from The Spruce Eats.

Extra Crispy Fried Chicken

Apparently there is one ingredient that you can add to make your fried chicken super crispy. Read more about it and other fried chicken tips at The Stay at Home Chef.

Fried chicken with a touch of spice from Front Porch.

Nashville Hot Chicken

This addictive spicy chicken is a must if you ever make a trip to Nashville. But if you don’t have plans to head to Nashville anytime soon, you can make your own with this recipe from Saveur.

Our Favorite Side Dishes for the Fourth of July!

It’s that time of year that we celebrate the U-S-of-A with a big get-together, sunshine, cold beers, and a massive BBQ feast. I’ve polled the E+B Crew and some of our Maker pals to find out what some of their favorite side dishes are to accompany their hot dogs/burgers/ribs/tofu/chicken for Fourth of July!

Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn on the Cob - the perfect, and very classic, 4th of July side dish.
image from Serious Eats

Sonia, Etta + Billie’s Production Manager, loves a classic Grilled Corn on the Cob. Check out a few techniques for the perfect butter worthy corn-on-the-cob over at Serious Eats.

Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad is a refreshing take on the classic pasta salad option.
image from Salt and Lavender

I love Jasmine’s (E+B’s Studio Assistant) pick for her favorite side – a pasta salad. This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is the perfect blend of crunchy, salty, savory, and 100% satisfying. Plus, you can put most of it together ahead of time and mix in the tomatoes, cucumber, and fresh herbs right before serving.

Potato Salad

Chimichurri Potato Salad
image from Salt & Lavender

I love potato salad but I’m not a mayo fan (except in deviled eggs, egg salad, and tuna – I know, that makes no sense) so I’m always drawn to tangy, herb-laced recipes like this Chimichurri Potato Salad from Salt & Lavender. Yum.

Coleslaw

Creamy tangy coleslaw is always a great BBQ side.
image from Inspired Taste

Our super talented maker pal, Angie Chua creator of Bobo Design Studio, thinks coleslaw is necessary at any grilled-meat based food celebration because it cuts the “richness and heaviness of BBQ”. Agreed, lady! Check out this recipe from Inspired Taste.

Cornbread

image from The Guardian

Sharon Zimmerman, the uber-talented metalsmith, wants a cheesy cornbread to accompany her BBQ favorites (chips and guacamole too!). I’m dying to try this recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi.

Ok, I hope this has given you a few ideas. Now I want to know, what’s your favorite 4th of July side dish?

Negroni Week: My Favorite Cocktail Recipes and an Exclusive Etta + Billie Product!

image from Imbibe

When I think of ordering a Negroni, my mind is usually telling me it’s time to sit and relax. Take a load off, savor the moment, which is hard to do with a 1-year old baby boy!
The Negroni is the perfect cocktail for these kinds of moods. They’re a bit bitter, strong, and subtly sweet. For one our favorite weeks at Etta + Billie, Negroni Week, I wanted to share some of the most interesting ways you can enjoy this iconic cocktail, where to get them, and also share some exciting E+B news!

Classic Negroni: Junior. Mission, SF

Exterior of Junior in the Mission District of San Francisco

Located just a hop and a skip from my house, Junior is my favorite local spot to sit n’ think for a while with a good, herbaceous Negroni. The interior is beautiful, the colors are contemplative, which makes for the perfect environment. Here are the ingredients for the Classic recipe:

Interior of Junior, located in the Mission District of San Francisco. A full display of the bar.
image from EaterSF

Classic Negroni
1 oz. Gin (my favorite is St. George’s!)
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1 oz. Campari
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: Rocks Glass
Garnish: Orange Peel
Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Kingston Negroni: Outerlands, Outer Sunset, SF

Interior of Outerlands, a restaurant in the Outer Sunset District of San Francisco.
image from EaterSF

If you take the N-line outbound to the beach, through layers of fog, you’ll find this wonderful gem of a restaurant called Outerlands. Although they’re known for many things (like their amazing grilled cheese!), the bartenders introduced me to the Kingston Negroni, and now it’s my favorite place to get it. Using Jamaican rum instead of gin, I was pleasantly surprised by the rich, spicy combination. Definitely the kind of drink you want to have with a friend, savoring all the flavors of your Negroni and sharing deep conversation. Here are the ingredients for the Kingston Negroni recipe:

A Kingston Negroni on the counter of Outerlands in midday


Kingston Negroni
1 oz. Jamaican rum (my favorite is Smith and Cross!)
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz Campari
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: rocks
Garnish: orange peel
Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Mezcal Negroni: Hello Stranger, Uptown Oakland

Interior of Oakland's Hello Stranger in the Uptown District. a Large L-shaped bar with cool lighting and plenty of space to move around
image from EaterSF

Across the bridge, Hello Stranger is my favorite Uptown bar for a Negroni. On the weekends this place gets busy, but during the week you can always count on a mellow scene with great music. Honestly, what brought me to this place was word of their original creation: the Hell’s Belles Negroni. With earthy mezcal, herbaceous rosemary (they even torch the rosemary sprig!) this version surprised me in the best way. It’s an experience you must check out if you’re in Oakland. Here are the ingredients for the
Mezcal Negroni:

The Hell's Belles mezcal negroni sitting on the bar at Hello Stranger in Uptown Oakland
image from EaterSF

Hell’s Belles
1 ¼ oz. mezcal (Hello Stranger uses Wahaka espadín)
1 ½ oz. Cocchi Americano Rosa
½ oz. Campari
Tools: barspoon, strainer
Glass: Old Fashioned
Garnish: grapefruit twist, rosemary sprig
Stir all the ingredients with ice to chill, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Twist a piece of grapefruit peel over the drink, then pierce the twist with a rosemary sprig and use as garnish. (Optional: Use a kitchen torch to flame the rosemary sprig until it smokes; extinguish the flame before serving.)

New Etta + Billie product: Negroni Soap!

Etta + Billie Negroni Soap displayed on a table with other bar tools, as well as a hand holding a negroni cocktail

Just in time for Negroni Week, I made a small batch of soap inspired by one of my favorite classic cocktails, the Negroni! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and bitter and a little boozy. Visit our Instagram page for more Negroni Week updates, as well as our website to purchase your favorite new cocktail soap.

In the Kitchen: 5 Fancy Looking but Totally Easy Easter Brunch Recipes

There are many things to celebrate on Easter, but one of my all-time favorite parts of the day is the incredible holiday brunch gathering. The kind of brunch you don’t see on a normal day. The kind that makes your eyes wide, mouth water, and sets your stomach growling!

Ready to be hailed brunch royalty? Here are some scrumptious recipes to put you on that pedestal: 

French Toast Casserole 

Flavorful and delicious, this french toast bake takes 15 minutes of prep the night before. Impressive dish, without the stress. 

Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyere, and Egg

Fancy will be your name after you serve your guests this open-faced fried egg sandwichon toasted, buttery bread. Top with your favorites like frisee salad, prosciutto, and add some pretty garnish. 

The World’s Easiest (VEGAN) Sticky Buns

Soft, tender, and fluffy! These sticky bunsare perfectly spiced and loaded with pecans! This delectable treat gets better with each bite. 

Apricot-Bourbon Glazed Ham

This tangly glaze by the one and only Martha Stewartcarmelizes into a gorgeous amber coat for a bone-in presentation that is sure to impress. Sweet, tart, and smoky, this ham is a stunning centerpiece. 

Easter Brunch Cocktail: Lavender & Grapefruit

You can’t leave brunch without an impressive (but simple) Easter Brunch Cocktail. This drink is hard to mess up with only TWO ingredients! Lavender-infused vodka and grapefruit juice! Okay three ingredients – you do have to infuse the vodka with dried lavender prior to the day. But totally worth it! 

In the Kitchen: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

From Craftsman and Wolves

These are the best chocolate chip cookies EVER! Seriously. I know there are a ton of blog articles out there claiming to be the real deal, but none of them have ever made me feel the way about a cookie like I do when I’m waiting on the Craftsman and Wolves to get out of the oven. 

Think ooey gooey hot Valrhona chocolate wrapped in a salty-sweet cookie batter with REAL vanilla and sea salt. I mean oh.my.goodness! Take it to the next level with a dip in some almond milk and I’m done for the day!

Have I convinced you? 

Get the Recipe: Valrhona Chocolate Chip Cookies