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October 2017 A Note from Marcy

This is one of my favorite fall baking pictures. But taste is worth a million pictures so let's get baking. It's October 1st, National Pumpkin Spice Day. Do you know where your cinnamon (cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and mace) are? There's FREE Pumpkin Sugar and Spice Soft Pretzels., Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Caramel Sticky Buns plus sumptious Pumpkin Spice Scones, and a Cinnamon Bun Swirl Cake that will make you bask in pleasure at each bite.

 

Dear Bakers and Friends,


Itâ??s 5 am here in the north east where I am. Hopefully most of you (my readers) are still sleeping. As I yawn and poke my way through the last edits and recipe changes for this monthâ??s issue of Betterbaking.com it is my fervent hope that somewhere, in some time zone, someone else (at least) is still soundly asleep. I live, however vicariously, for sleep. Itâ??s actually one of the vital pillars of my new diet (excuse me: lifestyle eating) plan.

Iâ??m up early since yesterday was Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and reflection, and it interrupted my baking schedule (howâ??s that for poor priorities?!). So here I am, rushing towards the daybreak deadline, ensuring a fresh, new issue of Betterbaking.com meets you with your first cup of coffee. I promise, as soon as I sign off, Iâ??ll head back to bed, perchance to sleep but more likely to tuck in with coffee and the newest issue of Cookâ??s Special Thanksgiving edition.

What a difference a month makes! Just days away, September was here, in all its unseasonable, warm glory. It was difficult to think of pumpkins and spice with temperatures hovering near 90 F (30 C). As a baker, I need the nippy first chill of fall to get my motor ignited and engines revving. Then, and only then, can I ever consider spice. But when I do? Wow! Cinnamon, allspice, mace, fresh apples, ridiculously huge pumpkins and a plethora of stone fruit all vie for my attention. The perfume of autumn is a fragrance even Guerlain or Chanel can only hope to rival. For me, a perfume collector, that is saying a lot.

Did you know October lst is National Pumpkin Spice Day? In case you forget, head to Starbucks, Tim Hortonâ??s or whatever coffee chain you favor and inhale a pumpkin latte or pumpkin spice something. Itâ??s not a spice; itâ??s a movement. Itâ??s aromatherapy at its highest level.

This October finds me in three different tango classes, sussing out new yoga studios (the old one bit the dust), going on long, reflective walks and honing my lifestyle eating plan.  Lifestyle eating is the new buzz phrase for what was formerly known as a â??dietâ??. Like many of you, Iâ??m always dieting or more to the point, I am often under-eating or depriving myself of something or in some quantity.

Iâ??ve counted carbs and calories like a paranoid accountant in tax season and drunken water until the camels came home. These days I am still in that instinctive eating thing which seems to be the only way to go. So I eat without measuring or weighing but I simply eat great food which I sort of always did. I cringe at calling it â??clean foodâ?? because clean food is a largely first world term these days. Food groups I once deleted, Iâ??ve added back. Nuts, seeds, avocados and healthy amounts of lean protein fill my plate.

Iâ??ve also come to love moving around more than I ever did. I donâ??t swim, run, dance, walk or bike because itâ??s an end game to weight loss; every form of movement I do is more or less my another  â??officeâ?? for me.  Itâ??s a place to turn off. The swimming pool (thereâ??s a new one in my neighbourhood that looks like it was made for the Olympic summer games) is probably my best â??otherâ?? office. Once in the pool, I have only one thing to do: keep afloat. (On a busy pool day I have two things: avoid kicking someone or getting kicked). I have the â??keep afloatâ?? thing down pat and so the only other thing I get to do in the pool is think nice thoughts, such as what to bake, what to read, which Old Navy sweater is a must-get but mostly â?? I am mindless in the pool which in fact, makes me (wait for it, trend word ahead) mindful overall.

So mindful in fact, that I finally find new things to bake and write and share with you. And so, I just have!

This month youâ??ll find a sugar-and-spice repertoire of recipes. I am also happy to announce that three of my cookbooks are on Kindle Countdown this week. From October 2nd until October 9th, you can get A Passion for Baking, When Bakers Cook and The Bakerâ??s Four Seasons at a steal of $4.99. Donâ??t forget you also get 4 months free of BB with any cookbook purchase. My neweste book, Best Biscotti, IS available as an e-book (Amazon etc.) but the print version will be out any day now.




So please check on Amazon and Indigo to find it in print or ebook any moment now (really).

So, happy October everyone, happy Thanksgiving fellow Canadians and happy Succoth (you know who you are) and happy lifestyle eating. Yes, itâ??s a thing.

Warm wishes from my kitchen to yours,


Marcy Goldman
Master Baker, Author
www.BetterBaking.com
est. 1997

 

October 2017 Recipe Collection

BB's Complete Thanksgiving Complete Recipe Menu
FREE Pumpkin Sugar and Spice Soft Pretzels.
Pumpkin Spice Brown Sugar Scones
Pumpkin Apple Spice Muffins
Cinnamon Bun Swirl Cake
Blackberry Cobbler
FREE Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Mixed Berry Cobbler Bars
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins


 

 

 

 

 


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