Baked Summer Ratatouille
One of the first local recipes we made for the Oregon Food Bank's Eat Local Challenge!
Last week I had the pleasure of attending a little Happy Hour at Saint Cupcake downtown! It was definitely the remedy for the first really crappy rainy day of the year, and it wasn’t really that little. We got to taste amazing pies, ice creams, cookies and candy!
I’ll get to the glamour shots in a moment, but first, I just have to say what was really cool about this experience for me. I got to meet Jami Curl, the owner, and talk to her a little bit about what it’s like to start your own business. It sounds risky, terrifying and TOTALLY AWESOME.
[Photo credit: Marlynn of Urban Bliss Media]
[Please excuse my rain-drenched appearance, see earlier comment about it being the first gross day of the year]
Thanks, Jami, for telling me all about how you got started and how Saint Cupcake has grown. It is so cool to get to know the owner of a beloved local business, and even cooler to boot that you are a female entrepreneur. And thanks for the delicious treats! Read on.
Jami told us that Saint Cupcake has been experimenting with two things: smoking flour and sugar, and pie/ice cream combos. Sometimes together!
My favorite was definitely this Smokey Chocolate Flake ice cream – the sugar used to make the ice cream was smoked! It reminded me of Drumsticks, but with more flavor dimensions. SO good, but my photo of it was NOT good.
We ate many cookies! I had a hard time deciding which was my favorite.
Just kidding, it was totally the brownie cookies.
We also got to taste some new candies – these are little chocolate-like drops with fun toppings:
I was so stuffed, I had to take the caramels for the road. And by road, I mean I did put them in my purse for like an hour. Then I ate them.
Parting shot? OK, fine. I’ve always wanted to be BEHIND the counter at a cupcake shop. This is why: