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Foodie Friday: Dancing Deer Cookie Factory Tour

Last week local Boston business Dancing Deer Baking Co. invited me for a behind-the-scenes tour of its cookie and brownie factory. Having been the recipient of a crazy delicious Dancing Deer gift basket last month, there was no way I was missing this press opp. I’ve eaten more than my fair share of Dancing Deer treats recently, sent Dancing Deer gifts to friends and family over the past couple of years, and seen their packages at Whole Foods, but other than that I didn’t know much about the company.

Dancing Deer started 20 years ago as a bakery that provided cakes to cafes and restaurants, quickly added packaged consumer goods, then expanded into a retail shop when neighbors demanded taste after taste. Three years in, Dancing Deer won a major industry award for its Molasses Clove Cookie. As a chocolate devotee, who doesn’t believe non-chocolate calories have any value, I can tell you it is delicious; perfect with a cup of tea.Dancing Deer cookies and brownies are scratch made in relatively small batches in an industrial park in Boston. All of the products are certified kosher, some of them are gluten-free; none of them are vegan.

A huge amount of its business is conducted this time of year, when they increase the labor force hugely, with workers returning year after year, and often coming on full-time when spots open. Dancing Deer is committed to environmentally-friendly practices as well as philanthropy, with its Sweet Home Project initiative, which helps homeless families move into stable lives and homes of their own by providing funding and support for low-income single parents to complete their college education and enter family sustaining careers.

Let’s take the behind-the-scenes factory tour. You can easily order cookies and brownies online—they are perfect presents for birthdays, holidays, sympathy, congratulations, pretty much anything, and come in adorable recycled cardboard boxes or natural baskets. Dancing Deer is offering StyleCarrot readers an exclusive 30% discount sitewide from today through Nov. 15, 2014 with promo code CARROT.

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Premium Christmas Bakery Gift, $44.99

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Brownie Gift Box, $28.99

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Molasses Clove Cookie Gift Box, $23.99

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Chocolate Espresso Birthday Cake Party Kit, $29.99

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Foodie Friday: Embracing the Green Stuff – 10 Kale Recipes for Fall

Stews aren’t my thing, but I love a good autumnal meal. The trick is finding dishes that feel like fall, minus the stringy meat. This summer, in a fit of kale frenzy, I posted 12 Kale Salads. I’ve definitely taken to kale. (It may be the influence of the “Eat More Kale” bumper sticker I see every morning on a car at my son’s school. Cambridge, yup.) My mother-in-law makes a delicious Kale Portuguese Soup (a Provincetown specialty), for which she swaps out the linguica for Hebrew National hot dogs, since we don’t do pork. I’ll have to try to create a batch myself in my new beautiful cast iron cocotte sent to me by Staub, which is displayed like art (a glossy grey sculpture it is) on the range. I have yet to try any of these recipes, but they are tempting. I think my younger son would love the Smashed White Bean & Kale Quesadillas, and I’m feeling like the Quinoa + Kale Patties could be interesting. Let me know if you have a favorite kale dish, from here or your own recipe files.

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Kale, Spinach & Goat Cheese Pasta •  Fork Knife Swoon
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Smashed White Bean & Kale Quesadillas  •  Running to the Kitchen
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Savory Kale, Corn , & Feta Galette  •  White On Rice Couple
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Skinny Slow Cooker Kale & Turkey Meatball Soup  •  Foodie Crush
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Kale & Artichoke Dip  •  eHow
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 Quinoa + Kale Patties  •  Yummy Supper
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Butternut Squash Quinoa with Kale, Cranberries, Walnuts & Goat Cheese  •  Stuck on Sweet

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Spaghettini with Creamy Kale Sauce  •  Canuck Cuisine
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Crustless Kale Quiche  •  Ingredients, Inc.
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 Baked White Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Kale & Bacon  •  iVillage
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 Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel Honeycrisp & Goat Cheese  •  Cookie + Kate
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Foodie Friday: 12 Summer Cocktails

I’m not all that drinky. I’d rather expend calories on chocolate, and I figure I’m uninhibited enough. Although I rarely imbibe (though totally welcome those who do!), I have had a good sampling of summer cocktails this season. If I’m not drinking champagne, then I prefer a vodka cocktail with some sort of herb. I like to just ask the bartender to make one up for me, if there aren’t any on the menu. So far so good.

My sudden interest might be due to pinning all the yummy looking summer cocktails for Matouk’s Cocktail Hour Pinterest board. I’ve even started one of my own: Cocktails Pinterest board. Here are pretty summer cocktails that I’m tempted to try before the season is over. (Guess I’ll be kind of tipsy this week.)

To start, a creation called the Elderbubble Champagne Cocktail from my ever lovely friend Chantal Gordon and handsome husband Gordon Benoit, who mix drinks and grow plants in their funky backyard (check it out here), and document it all on their blog, The Horticult. The Elderbubble Champagne Cocktail is a recipe from  The Bubbly Bar, written by  Chantal’s friend, Maria Hunt, aka The Bubbly Girl. This champagne summer cocktail is first on my list.

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Elderbubble Champagne Cocktail   •  The Horticult

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Peach & Vodka Sparkler With Rosemary  •  Verses From My Kitchen

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Grapefruit, Fennel & Mezcal  •  Coco + Kelley

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Rhubarb Granita  •  Lamponi & Tulipani

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Peach Jalapeño Margarita  •   Dessert For Two

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Sour Cherry Gin & Tonic  •  PBS

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Cucumber Ginger Mocktail  •  40 Aprons

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Gluten & Sugar Free Figtini  •  Tasty Yummies

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Watermelon Lime Mint Agua Fresca  •  J. Chong Studio

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Summer Prosecco Sangria  •  Eye Swoon

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Vodka Lavender Lemonade  •  The Effortless Chic

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St. Germain Mojito  •  A Beautiful Mess

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Strawberry Blood Orange Rum Punch  •  Bojon Gourmet

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Foodie Friday: 12 Kale Salads

Not to get too leafy green and healthy on you, but it’s summer and I’m on the Cape enjoying our airy, white kitchen and area farmer’s markets. So, in addition to last week’s summer salads with greens and grains, here are 12 kale salads. Let me know if you make any and how they turned out.

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Zucchini Ribbon and Kale Salad  •  Bev Cooks

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Grilled Kale & Red Pepper Tuscan Pasta Salad  •  Half Baked Harvest

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Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon and Pecorino •  Sugar and Grace

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Kale Caesar Salad with Garbanzo Bean Croutons  •  Mountain Mama Cooks

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Kale Caesar Salad Topped With Soft Boiled Egg  •  Blue Apron

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Mexican Kale Salad  •  iFoodReal

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Kale, Broccoli & Spinach Salad with Sunflower Seeds • Reluctant Entertainer

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Couscous Kale Salad  •  Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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Kale Salad with Chick Peas, Olives & Feta  •  In Pursuit Of More

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Kale Salad with Peaches, Corn & Basil Honey Vinaigrette   Eats Well With Others

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Kale Chicken Caesar Salad with Parmesan Crisps  •  Baked Bree

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Strawberry Kale Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette  •  Gimme Some Oven

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Foodie Friday: 10 Summer Salads With Greens and Grains

A lot of people use Pinterest primarily to track recipes. My Pinterest boards focus mainly on decor and art, with a healthy dose of style. At some point I created a desserts board, then expanded into breakfast in order out separate out all the muffins and waffles.  I just added cocktails since I was collecting so many great ones for Matouk’s Pinterest boards that I was inspired to perhaps mix up some of my own.

And. . . I’ve finally succumbed to adding additional real food boards, including one for soups, salads and sandwiches.  I’ve been pinning photos of gorgeously styled, delicious looking food, most linked to recipes. Have I cooked any? No. But I might. Really. I have every intention of concocting one of these healthy vegetable and grain salads before the end of summer. And, if I do, I’ll pin that too.

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Green Herb Couscous Salad  •  ManMade

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Chili Lime Cucumber Noodles  •  The First Mess

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Guacamole Salad  •  Simply Delicious

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Lemony Orzo Salad With Cucumber and Feta  •  Fork Knife Swoon

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Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad  •  Cookie + Kate

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Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad  •  The Sassy Life

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Soba Noodle Vegetable Salad  •  In Pursuit Of More

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Sweet Pea & Avocado Salad  •  Glamour

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Spiralized Raw Zucchini Salad with Edamame  •  Skinny Taste

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice & Arugula Salad  •  Pinch of Yum

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