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Oh My Foodness

13 May

The first ever Cottage Bakers Market event that took place during the weekend before Mother’s Day helped promote up-and-coming small business owners from the Eastside and from cities south of Seattle.  One of the vendors I chatted with is Arceli from OH MY FOODNESS.  The business name is pretty catchy, don’t you think.

I stopped by OH MY FOODNESS after being informed that the vendor is a local Hawaiian.  I’ve covered Hawaiian culture and foods for many posts now, such as Oahu and Big Island restaurants, and so I became interested in checking out the baked goods at OH MY FOODNESS.  What caught my attention?  The lemon bars!

OH MY FOODNESS samples

What is your inspiration for OH MY FOODNESS?

My inspiration for OMF is because as a mother of 3, it’s difficult to find treats with good, quality ingredients to satisfy our daughters’ sweet tooth.  So OMF uses better ingredients, that’s better for you and also tastes good.  I use certified organic ingredients & specialize in vegan baked goods.

OH MY FOODNESS

How long have you been baking?

I’ve been baking since I was in high school.

Where do you get your recipes from? Are they traditional or are they recipes handed down from family members or are they original creations?

I find recipes online, in books or get them from friends & family, but always “play” with the recipe & make changes to suit my taste.  With sugar being in most baked goods, I always try to reduce or substitute the amount used in recipes, but still come up with a product that tastes good.  The lemon bars recipe was given from a family friend, but my sister & I have made changes to make it taste the way it does today.

OH MY FOODNESS

How long have you lived in Washington State? Where did you live before Washington State?

My husband & I have lived in WA since 2001.  We moved here with one daughter and now we have 3 daughters.  I was born and raised in Hawaii (Oahu).

What are your favorite desserts, and which one would you consider a comfort dessert?

My favorite dessert is anything with lemon in it.  Thus, I have the lemon bars that is the most popular item I sell.

OH MY FOODNESS

What is your favorite restaurant and dessert place in the city where you are currently residing? And why?

I live in Pacific, which is a very small city so there isn’t a favorite restaurant & dessert place here for me.  However, my favorite restaurant is *Taste @ the SAM in downtown because they use fresh, local, ingredients.  My favorite dessert place is Hot Cakes in Ballard because they are certified organic and also use fresh, local, organic ingredients.  

Arceli credits the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Cottage Food Operation Program for the opportunity to be in business.  In regards to WSDA’s program, she says, “The WA State Cottage Food Operation permit has allowed me to start OMF from home, which I never thought I’d be able to do.  I am so grateful for it!  This still gives me time to be a stay home mom, homeschool our 2 younger children & bake in the comfort of my home at my convenience w/out having to pay for commercial kitchen space.  I hope more people become aware of the Cottage Food Operation to help those who cannot afford commercial space, but have a desire to start their business of selling baked goods from home.”

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OH MY FOODNESS is a product of Arceli’s enterprising spirit in combination with her passion for baking.  As a mother, Arceli’s concern for her daughters’ health has guided her into using quality and organic ingredients.  The lemon bars she make are subtly tart and just have the right amount of sweetness.  For those of you of you who like sugar on the soft side, the OH MY FOODNESS lemon bars will hit the spot.  Click on any of the photos and you will be directed to Arceli’s site at OH MY FOODNESS.

*Author disclaimer: I have actually already reviewed TASTE Restaurant here

Irish Rose Bakery

8 May

The first booth that caught my attention during the Cottage Bakers Market event in Bellevue just this past Saturday, May 4th, was Irish Rose Bakery.  It’s hard to miss a booth passionately promoting sweets.  Seeing Chef Erin’s “Keep Calm and Eat Cupcakes” sign caught my attention and I couldn’t help but stop by her booth.  How could I not?  The sign was practically beckoning me.

I tasted the Black Brownie sample and I wished then that I had the shame to ask for more.  I believe I experienced death by chocolate, and it was awesome.

Chef Erin Evans, the brain and rose behind Irish Rose bakery, has always loved sweets and baking.  Learn more about her lovely story from her interview below.

Chef Erin Evans

What is your inspiration for Irish Rose Bakery?

The inspiration for starting Irish Rose Bakery was my passion for baking especially desserts and how they can elevate a normal meal gathering into a celebration!

How long have you been baking?

I discovered my gift for baking in a high school home economics class when our class was asked to make cookies for the school’s open house- I loved making all of those Toll House cookies…I still crave fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies to this day.

Irish Rose Bakery

Where do you get your recipes from? Are they traditional or are they recipes handed down from family members or are they original creations?

Most of the recipes I use are from my training as a pastry chef where I learned several traditional French and American techniques but through the years ingredients and taste profiles change and so I’ve experimented with those formulas to create our signature flavors.

How long have you lived in Washington State? Where did you live before Washington State?

Though I love to travel I’m a lifelong Washingtonian and have been blessed to live on the Eastside of Lake Washington.

What are your favorite desserts, and which one would you consider a comfort dessert?

I haven’t met a dessert I didn’t like although, I really like the contrast of warm and cold in a dessert.   I think eating seasonally is best. Fresh fruit desserts in the summer, pumpkin or apple in the fall, anything in a pie over the holidays and don’t forget chocolate any time of year!  My go to comfort dessert would have to be the recipe I’ve developed for our black brownies; fresh from the oven they are moist and very delicious.  Pair them with a glass of milk or put them into a salted caramel sundae…outrageously good.

Irish Rose Bakery

What is your favorite restaurant and dessert place in the city where you are currently residing? And why?

My favorite restaurant where I live in Renton is the Melrose Grill.  I love it when I go in there and can get bison filet mignon grilled to perfection, but for dessert I’d have to say that my favorite place is Sweet Decadence in Newcastle. I go there and for wine and chocolate tasting.  I’m always amazed how the flavor of each can change and complement each other when put together. 

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Chef Erin’s Irish Rose Bakery is a unique boutique bakery where you’ll find hand-crafted baked goods made from scratch.  Chef Erin was excited to be at the Bellevue Cottage Bakers Market this past weekend and is excited to be back again in November.  When you find yourself in Renton Farmers Market which starts on June 4th, check out Chef Erin’s wonderful work.

Irish Rose Bakery can also be found on Facebook, or at her website.  Put Chef Erin’s talents to the test and delight in some of her creations by contacting her for your next event.  Click on any of the pictures above and a new window will open taking you to Irish Rose Bakery’s website.