Many of us have a story of how they ruined a moment, some of us, who will remain nameless, have ruined a whole holiday. But taking down two beloved mystical mascots at once? Sheer talent my friends. It happened six years or so ago. Our daughter, who some of you know, is shall we say, skeptical, discerning if you will. She has a "look". You know the one your mother had when she disapproved? Our kid was born with it. See exhibit A, she's a mear 3 days old.
People used to marvel at us speaking to her like she was a "grown-up" and we did, but mostly, it was because of this look. She did not accept cute explanations or baby talk. She would give you this look, even as a toddler, until she found your explanation believable.
This personality trait became interesting when it came to things like Santa Clause. Very early on she told me it was impossible for someone to deliver that many gifts in
one night. But here is the kicker, from very early on, it was made clear - she expected us to play the game. And so, to that end, my husband and I did what was expected; we moved that damn elf, often after waking in terror realizing we hadn't, we woke early to hide eggs around the yard, took bites out of carrots and drank lukewarm milk that had been left for the Santa she knew wasn't real, and dutifully slid money under her snoring head as proof the tooth fairy knew a tooth fell out of her head. But then it happened. . .
One morning as I walked by her doorway, she said loudly, "Mama, why didn't the tooth fairy come?" and to that, I replied groggily, "Babe, the Easter Bunny has been really tired lately." I stopped in my tracks, leaned back and poked my head into her room, and saw that look. Not the look of a child who had discovered her heroes were not real. No. It was the look of a child disapproving of her parent's inability to play the game well.
Fast forward to today and we've graduated from losing teeth to finishing up orthodontic visits and reading increasingly funny notes left for Santa in which the PS lines indicate "I know this is you, mama". But we are still waking up in terror remembering that this weekend is Easter and in our social distancing, traditions may not be able to be upheld and obligations may not be met.
In a week where you've been asked to avoid the grocery and with many shops closed, you may not have grabbed all of the typical supplies needed for candy stuffed eggs or overflowing baskets.
We encourage you to embrace this situation and get creative. Easter egg hunts can become challenging scavenger hunts for older kids. Or fill the eggs with hints and clues leading whoever is playing to a larger gift ordered online or from a favorite local shop. One of our customers tells us her family's traditional Easter supper will now be a more laid back brunch. Below, we help you lean into slow living with Viola Minerva's recipe for naturally dyed blue eggs, baking cakes with often more readily available non-traditional flours or making small-batch cookies with only three ingredients!
It is notable that this week many of us celebrate holidays that honor and respect the darkness which inevitably comes before the light. Believer or not, we all celebrate the arrival of Spring and rebirth after the cold and dark winter. Make the most of the precious time you have with family and friends in and outside of your home this week. Write a note, Facetime and Zoom. We stay apart now, so that we may all be together tomorrow.
From all of us at the shop, happy Easter, Passover, Ramadan, Spring, Zoom Cocktail Hour. . .you get the idea,
I almost forgot! We've launched a portion of the shop online! We've entered over 700 items and that is just on the food side. It isn't pretty, but it works. You can now order food for pick up or delievery by going to goodsforcooks.com/shop/ and following the prompts to our Square shop. We will be adding new items daily. If you don't see what you need, we likely have not gotten around to entering it. We are still doing orders through email, DM, IM, and phone calls.
The Little Things
Often the littlest item brings joy, these small ceramic muffin cups can be used for baking treats, but they would be great to use as salt & pepper pinch pots, mise en place prep bowls, and to hold sides of fruit or treats for the kiddos. Also, check out this Egg-cellent oversized mug! Who doesn't need a large portion of coffee these days? We have lots of sweet gift items gracing our shelves and will happily deliver them to your home.
Traditional Food Rituals
The Passover Seder is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. It is conducted throughout the world on the evening of the 14th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar. Click the photo below to learn more about the elements of a Seder plate.
Pup Not Included
Mr. Rogers told us to look for the helpers and several of our favorite companies have stepped up to help local brick and mortars survive stay-at-home orders. One such company is Corkcicle. If you shop Corkcicle.com through April, you will not only have access to their full selection, but you will be able to enter Goods for Cooks at checkout and we will get paid as if you shopped directly with us. Of course, if you'd like to shop directly with us, we can help you pick out just what you need. Some of our spring favorites include the vivid Price and Kennsington teapots, the bee-themed zip pouches from Danica, Bialetti stovetop Moka makers and the butterfly mug from Now Designs.
or visit HummingBirdHigh.com to explore Michelle's helpful hints on small batch baking with fewer ingredients. These flourless chocolate cookies use only three ingredients! Once you have made these, you can whip up a batch of her 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies.
For some reason, we always think of coconut during the Easter season. Perhaps it was too many pre-packaged snowball style "baked goods" as a child. In a week where we are being asked not to go to the grocery, many flour alternatives are readily in stock on online sources. Try this lovely coconut cake first featured in Ottolenghi's Sweet, or these other flourless cakes.
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