Several years ago a new food vendor popped up at our local farmers' market...and our lives were forever changed. Up until that point, my kids would belt out, "pupusas!", the moment we set foot in the market, so addicted were they to the traditional Salvadoran corn masa dish one stand sells there. However, one day this new vendor appeared with a gorgeous display of pastries galore and Kenya and Chloe's morning tune changed mighty quick. Hand-pies, croissants, tarts, galettes and more, each one more drool worthy than the next. Pupusas soon became a distant memory.
As the years passed we started to become friendly with the tall gentleman manning the pastry table. He always smiled sweetly whenever my kids would beg him for a taste of one of his treats -- which was always. I'm not one to allow a pastry to be the first thing in her kids' tummies at 8am, so first we would shop around, loading up on all the fruit and veggie samples to be had, then finally end up back at the pastry vendor where I would buy my little ones a treat of their choice. Kenya enjoys trying something new and seasonal each week, but Chloe always points straight at the Meyer Lemon Cakes, which are topped with the most beautiful pink icing.
After a few months of this routine I learned that the tall gentleman actually had a name, Stan, and that his wife, Valerie, was the culinary genius behind their business. Stan and Valerie have two young children, and every Sunday I would see them all around the market, buying tomatoes, strawberries and more from other farmers. It was a special sight, knowing that their baked goods were a family affair and also included the freshest ingredients possible to be sold at their shop.
After years of working on it, Valerie's first cookbook, Sweet, came out a few months ago -- and oh how sweet it is! The book is spectacular, filled with desserts and pastries perfect for Valentine's Day that will have you wanting to climb through the pages to grab a bite (or more) of them. I had the hardest time trying to single out one recipe to cook for this post, but Chloe made the decision easy as soon as she saw the picture of her favorite pink icing-adorned farmers' market Meyer Lemon Cakes. The recipe is unbelievably easy and perfect for a birthday party since it makes 24 beautiful little cakes.
In honor of Valentine's Day I'm giving away two copies of Sweet. For a chance to win one, leave a comment below telling me your favorite dessert, pastry or sweet. Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!
Prize: Two (2) lucky weelicious readers will receive a copy of the cookbook Sweet by Valerie Gordon. I have not been compensated in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.
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