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The **COVID** holiday

Well the holidays are upon us! Is anyone else feeling at a loss of how to move through these traditionally warm and lovely times?!

At the Bakery we are working away to make sure we are prepared for whatever this holiday season may bring. We will be attending the Holiday Market, usually a full Saturday and Sunday affair held INSIDE at the fair grounds. This year will be quite different, just Saturdays outside where the current Saturday market happens (8th & Oak). You can find our Holiday Offerings at our Storefront, ONLINE, and at our Retailers throughout Oregon.

With COVID cases continuing to rise in our state, and in lane county, its possible that gatherings might be very limited. With that in mind, my kiddos and I have come up with a list of what to do to bring joy this holiday season:

  1. 1. EAT ALL THE FOODS. They suggest maple syrup with all meals (we *may* have watched a bit of Elf..), even in the case of having just your immediate family for the big meal! Make usual portions so you can freeze the meal for future enjoyment!
  2. We will be having- Turkey, Mashed potatoes and Gravy, Stuffing, Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Warmed Brie with Pepper Jelly and Baguette, and of Course PIE! Each kiddo has requested a different type (Pecan, Pumpkin and Cheesecake) but whipped cream is sure to accompany them all.
  3. 2. MAKE CARDS OF TURKEYS OUT OF YOUR HANDPRINT. This is a family favorite, and can be a great activity to kill time (those are the only activities my family is interested in these never ending days at home).
  4. 3. GET OUTSIDE. We will be taking several strolls around the neighborhood to gather some of the fall bounty, leaves from this time of year are just gorgeous! and can be the perfect table decorations for kids to spend time making.
  5. 4. CALL OR FACETIME FAMILY & FRIENDS. This has become the new normal during these times, and seeing faces of loved ones is a great moment, even if it’s short.
  6. 5. TICKLE FIGHT. Okay the kids insisted on me including this, they also like asking Alexa to play fart sounds…..

All jokes aside, We hope that you and yours will be safe and able to find joy in some small moments this Holiday Season. I will post more photos of food and recipes soon!

This is a throwback to Thanksgiving 2016, enjoying the spoils of pumpkin pie
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Stay Tuned…

New Elegant Elephant Baking Co. Website Coming Soon

Elegant Elephant Baking Co. is currently undergoing renovations and we will be up and running with a new, super fantastic site very soon. We are still accepting online orders and you can still find our gluten-free baked goods at local markets around Eugene. Check back for updates and thanks for the love and support.

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My Market- My Choice…

So you may have heard….but Elegant Elephant Baking Co is now available at YOUR local Market of Choice!! (well in Eugene, hopefully we will be up in the other areas by the middle of November), but holy smokes I’m so excited!!! They are carrying “Twisted Scones”, “Brownie Bites”, “One More Muffin”, and “Not Your Average Cookie”. So with that exciting news flee to your nearest MOC and buy a delicious treat 🙂

Here is a photo of my product on the shelf I put a labor of love into making this happen. There were several obstacles to this move, the biggest being PACKAGING! Luckily I have a great team of supporters who pointed me in the right direction and I was able to put together packaging that looks good and is biodegradable! YaY!

In the last week I have done 4 demos of my products at the various MOC’s in town, overall a positive experience. It seems from people’s responses my scones and cookies are the favorites.  On Tuesday of this week I had a meeting to introduce MOC to my holiday products. I am pleased to announce that we will be providing local gluten-free stuffing, gravy mix, dinner rolls (my favorite recipe!!), and of course pumpkin pie!! I Also just made an apple pie that turned out so well I may try to get that out to people too 🙂

Until next post, be well, eat well…..and always Smile!

oh and here is an up close shot of my goodies in thier packaging

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Cheesecake, yum!

So this weekend I had the honor of attending a fabulous wedding at silver falls. For those of you who haven’t been there, it’s a classic Oregon spot loaded with trees and mountains and open meadows. Veva & Oliver had such a beautiful ceremony (and after party!), they also had a brilliant idea to ask their guests to each bring a pie! What a great thing! Needless to say I got into it and tried out a new recipe. This was the result

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Raspberry Cheesecake!! Ooh la la!
I used the recipe from the one and only miss Martha Stewart http://www.marthastewart.com/340227/raspberry-swirl-cheesecake
The best thing is getting a good recipe that has few ingredients, making it easier to swap for gf substitutes or eliminating them all together. For this recipe I used a springform pan and did NOT make a crust. When cheesecake sets right it has a crust like firmness so you don’t miss it. Besides that I just made sure to read the labels of my vanilla and cream cheese. One tip for this is the roasting pan. You cover the springform in aluminum foil and set it into a roasting pan that then you fill half way with boiling water. Make sure your pan is BIG! It will make it easier to ladle the water into.
The cake was a hit, hopefully you will like it too!

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I get by with a little help from my friends

Hey all!

It’s a truly beautiful day in Eugene and I’m feeling very grateful for the team of people who helped (and are still helping me) to get this business off the ground and running!

Leda Hermecz from F.I.R.S.T is a biggy.  She has been a much needed resource for all things in the baking world, and especially for helping me think big picture on sustainability for Elegant Elephant. We recently finished a video (thanks to Dylan Keim) on Leda’s business that features us. Thank you lady Leda!

Here is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd3fj-hJnq0&feature=plcp

and Leda’s website : www.betterfoodsfirst.com

 

Next I would like to talk about the very amazing Jessica Kantola of Felicity Design. Jessica took my basic idea and turned it into a far superior reality and classic design for my logo. I mean just look at it, beautiful!Image

She also is the sister of Anne Nunn of Anne Nunn Photography , who photographed all of my food. This is one talented family!

Anne’s website:

www.annenunnphotography.com

 

The next big thanks goes out to my parents & in-laws, and friends. Wow. You have been so helpful with support and encouragement, and taking care of our precious little one so I can bake. Thank you, thank you!

 

And lastly to my husband, Evan, who if you hadn’t been so adamant about “how ridiculously good” my cookies were this would never have happened. Thanks, I love you.Image

Okay if I forgot to mention you, my bad. But THANKS for helping Elegant Elephant Baking Co go from a dream to a bakery!

Oh and on top of this love fest- we have expanded to 3 new places that now have our product. Chicken Bonz, Greater Goods, and Whirled Pies. YAY! Go check em out and grub on some gluten free goodies

 

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One month!

So today marked the one month anniversary of elegant elephant baking company’s production.
Overall I have to say I feel successful! I have 2 accounts that I deliver to weekly, I have semi-mastered the amazing commercial equipment, and I have come out with two new products.
I am currently working on drumming up new accounts and getting my website & etsy fully functioning.
I baked a lovely spread on Saturday:
3 dozen “not your average” cookies, 1 dozen “twisted blueberry” scones, 2 dozen “one-more” muffins, and a veggie delight quiche.

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first day, a thank you!

So for a short introduction, I’m Jessie Scarola. I have been working for a little over six months getting a gluten free business, Elegant Elephant Baking Co., together. Today was the first day of production! Very exciting stuff. As it turns out it is not the same baking in a brand new state of the art commercial kitchen as in say, my kitchen.

 

Little did i know…..

 

Let me pass on some very valuable knowledge to other amateur bakers out there: a convection oven is your best friend. however it may take 4 dozen burnt cookies to feel like you know each other. okay maybe it was 6 dozen.