Spooooooky Island Treats and Many Gracious Thank Yous!

It’s time to talk about this.  As you all know, we did not manage to snag the coveted “people’s choice” award in the Martha Stewart competition. It was some stiff competition and slim, slim odds but you guys fought so hard it was incredible!! Do you realize that we managed to sneak in the top 3 in NC? We also far outstripped many people in much, much bigger cities! That was all due to YOU!! The every day voters, the ferocious social media warriors tweeting and retweeting and Facebooking relentlessly!!  It was absolutely inspiring and heartwarming! It is amazing to know how committed our bakery family is to what we do for a living. So, thank you!!! We were so honored to get as far as we did and proud of the showing we all made!!!  In a side note, the ever fabulous Beth Rowland-one of our dear friends-captured one of the coveted ‘frequent voter baskets!” Congratulations Beth!!!!

In the meantime, nothing has slowed down! I was honored to be asked to do a bee-tasting contest in Onslow County last week. There were over 20 honey represented and we had to perform multiple tastings. It is absolutely fascinating the difference between all the different honey.  https://www.facebook.com/onslowcountybeekeepers

Sunday the 26th, we will be closing early (2 p.m.) because it is Logan and Tanis’s family birthday party (make sure to tell Mom “Happy Birthday!” when you are in the shop!) and prior to that we will be at Pomegranate Books feeding Bob Garner! There is a link to the time and place for Bob’s event.  https://www.facebook.com/events/572044786233612/

Other things that are perking along…James Beard chef recommendations

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Guy Fieri and Diner’s? What say Surf City-shall we bring him down? www.dinersdriveinsanddives.net/contact-us.html

Saturday the 25th there will be a SUPERFUNPARTY at QuarterMoon Books!!! Pet costume party and Human Costume Party-we can’t wait!

And if you are wanting to order special spoooky treats for Halloween, we have the following items available:

Single Layer Cookie cake with spiderweb and spider $12.00

Pumpkin Pie $14.00

Pumpkin Whoopies $3.00

Caramel Apple Cake $28.00

Haunted Forest Cake-chocolate cake lavender buttercream-piped with bats and a sparkly chocolate forest $30.00

Owl Cupcakes (available in pumpkin, vanilla or chocolate) $2.00 each

Spiderweb Macaroons $1.65

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Father’s Day is fast approaching! You might have noticed, we have extended our hours and added a few days to make sure everybody is able to sneak in for a snack! We are now open Wednesday through Sunday from 10-till 8ish, sometimes later! Sundays we do close at 5!

Boston was amazing and I now feel entitled to say things like “Fatha’ and “Lobstah roll” with the travel log to vouch for me!

I went to Julia Child’s house in Cambridge. I stood outside the fence. It was fantastic. (However, the current owner drives a Prius smattered in vegetarian and vegan stickers. I’ll let that sink in for a moment.)  Went to Savenor’s, her local butcher and bought butchery-type items and took photos like a tourist.

Enough about me, though-you want Father’s Day specials-here you go! We have an incredible set of original Perry Mason hardbacks, pretty hard to find. Some wonderful locally made pottery for the dad’s who love a bowl of morning granola! Homemade biscotti to tuck in some of our one-of-a-kind pottery mugs with a bag of fresh and locally roasted coffee, hysterical handmade cards, vintage travel and gardening books, wonderful oils, vinegars, waterproof matches and applewood chips for the grill gods and as to baked goods:

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Shawn Pie-Chocolate Chess Pie in a pastry crust with a ribbon of peanut butter, topped with chocolate ganache and crushed candied walnuts $17.00

Ira Pie-Sour Cherry Pie, Ira’s all time favorite, he gets them in multiples! $18.00

Chocolate Rolls-our sweet roll dough, swirled and tucked around 3 kinds of buttered chocolate and brushed with more butter and a toothsome topping of turbinado sugar $4.00 each

Whiskey Cherry Moonshine Pound Cake-our buttermilk pound cake riddled with cherries soaked in whiskey and glazed with moonshine $7.00

Peanut Butter Power Play-a 6 pack of Peanut Butter cookies to include, Double PB, PB&C and Oatmeal PB $6.50

German Chocolate Cupcakes-$12 a 6 pack

Apricot Appreciation Cake-almond cake filled with D’Arbo apricots and frosted with a butterscotch frosting. A lovely European style treat $26.50

As always, please order ahead! Delivery is available to Pomegranate Books for Saturday a.m. Orders must be picked up by 3 p.m.

Shocking Confessions and Suspicious Hours

I haven’t blogged in weeks and now I am here to shock you. I am leaving. Ok, only for 4 days, but there you go. Please feel free to feed and water Mom, Shawn and the kids as they hold down the fort and dispense Luna Pops and Nye’s Cream Sandwiches to the hordes of out-of-towners!

The case is loaded today, so stock up! Alternately, Pine Valley Market, Pomegranate Books, Brown Dog Coffee Company, Kornerstone Bistro, Gallagher’s and Quarter Moon Books are also packed to the gills with tasty treats so you shan’t have to do without!

To that end, our hours this weekend will be different. Today is 11-7 as per usual. Friday and Saturday, due to the scandalous lack of baked goods due to my gad-aboutness we will open at 12.

Upon return, I shall post the Father’s Day specials and the pictures from my fabulous and unprecedented adventure!

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There’s a Pot O’ Gold at the end of the Swingbridge! Oooh La La!

The sun is shining! Well, at least right now it is! Loads of colorful festivities coming up in the next few weeks! Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day are happening and besides being big food holidays we are French (barely) and Irish (a LOT)  so we celebrate IN STYLE! .

Empty Bowls is coming up again this year and and we are providing desserts to accompany all the luscious soups that will go with the to-die-for bowls!  (https://www.facebook.com/emptybowls.wilmington?fref=ts)

Also coming up the barnraising! We are providing desserts for this scrumptious event as well and look forward to attending. (http://www.feastdowneast.org/InviteFINAL.pdf)

As always, please order ahead for any holiday treats. Wilmington pickup is available at Pomegranate Books (http://www.pombooks.net/).

We are happy to announce two new Sugary destinations! Hullabaloo in Hampstead will have mommy snacks (https://www.facebook.com/hullabalooplay) and 24 South Coffee House in Wilmington (https://www.facebook.com/pages/24-South-Coffee-House/1432240193678251) will have an assortment of fun and tasty treats!

Look for updates on the OTHER SIDE as we being painting! Many, many thanks to our furniture fairy who gifted us with a TON of great looking stuff!

King Cakes (with bebe’!)-raspberry, cream cheese, cinnamon, caramel pecan, chocolate chip and lemon $15.00 thru 3/2/14

Blarney Stone Granola-pistachios, pumpkin seeds and apricots make this granola a LUCKY CHARM! $6.00

Irish Creme Cheesecake-brownie crust and a luscious irish creme swirled cheesecake batter $26.00

Bailey’s Creme Babycake-mini chocolate cake filled with Bailey’s creme mousse and frosted with mocha frosting $19.00

Oatmeal Currant Scones-plumped currants tucked into our oatmeal scone batter $2.00 each

4 Leaf Clover Cupcakes-available in double vanilla or double chocolate-baked in a emerald green wrapped and decorated with a hand piped 4 leaf clover

Gold Bars-buttermilk pound cake loaves frosted in caramel and sprinkled with gold leaf $7.50

Irish Soda Bread-available with or without caraway seed $7.00 a loaf

AGAIN PLEASE ORDER AHEAD!!!

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10 days till Christmas and I am JUST now doing this post…

Hey Ya’l!!! Merry Christmas! It is December 15th and I will admit, this year has REALLY taken the cake! As I simply can’t say enough, we are so grateful for the overwhelming support of all our friendstomers both old and new! There is nothing we love more than feeding people and I truly delight in being thought “qualified” to provide treats for birthdays and other festivities and family gatherings, it is an honor indeed!

This year, I have finally gotten to fully indulge in my fruitcake addiction. (Much to Mom and Romelle’s chagrin I have eaten 10 so far. No regrets.) People have brought me fruitcake slices, wedges and recipes and it has been WONDERFUL!

Below is our Holiday Menu. As always, your favorites are also available even if not listed on the menu (i.e. Cheddar Pigs and Snooty Stars, etc…). Please order ahead as you know-it is all made fresh and from scratch and that takes a minute! Shawn and the festivemobile are delivering the 3 counties on the 22nd and 23rd if you are needing delivery!

Our mini Sugar at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington has been doing spectacularly well and we hope you are all finding it convenient! (http://www.pombooks.net/).

We will be closing at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve (due to death threats from my family!!!) and will be closed 12/25-27. We will then post our New Year’s Eve delivery schedule and then we are going to close for A WHOLE WEEK!

There is a gorgeous selection of locally made one of a kind ornaments (http://www.fatcatpottery.com/), our own specially roasted holiday coffees, lovely woolen scarves by the ever talented Melissa Gray (http://melissagray.homestead.com/), fresh granolas, biscottis and wonderful vintage books, dishes, children’s books and Reindeer Food at the the shop waiting to be festively packaged and given to people you REALLY like. Not the ones who get the CVS gift card.

Thanks again for all your support and love of tastiness! Merry Christmas!

(P.S.-feel free to share your fruitcake with me.)

http://sugarislandnc.com/christmas-menu/

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Final Count and Small Business Saturday!

Because you asked-I will give you the final numbers from this year’s Thanksgiving(just Wednesday)! 85 pies, 6 cheesecakes, 5 layer cakes, 10 turtles, 66 cookies, 10 Turkeys, 1 Giant sea turtle, 10 dzn cookies, 13 bags of pigs and then all the little add ons like rolls, brownies, fruitcakes, cornbread cupcakes, etc. Shawn and the pie mobile spanned 3 counties 2 days in a row and Mom and I held down the Island front. A lot of coffee was consumed by all!  Thank you again for letting our family help feed yours this Thanksgiving!  It definitely took all hands-on deck! At one point Connor and Shawn tried to hide from me.  A special thanks to Ms. Weez for helping with the boys, Jade for decorating and turkeys and bedazzling the tchtochkes and Mom and Shawn for keeping up with the “sheer epicness” of it, as Logan says!
(On a side note, at one point on Wednesday, Mom and I had been peeling more apples, there was a veritable Stonehenge of butter on my table, the oven was on, the mixer was on and there were empty pie pans EVERYWHERE and this baboon walks in and says to Mom, “Is any of this fresh?”.     Yes, I let him live, but only because it was Thanksgiving.)
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday and we have so many friends participating-it should be great fun! QuarterMoon Books is having a massive wine sale http://quartermoonbooks.com/upcoming-holiday-events/, Crescent Moon Gallery will be having some wonderful sales and a wine pairing http://www.crescentmoonnc.com/ and Pomegranate Books is having a bit of a Wonka Saturday! In addition to Sheila Boneham https://www.facebook.com/events/549008168524167/ there will be other authors on hand AND hidden thru-out the Sugar Island baked goods there will be 5 GOLDEN POMEGRANATES! They are all Pomegranate Books gift certificates, 4 for $5 and one for $20-they are tucked inside either the Pomegranate Books coffee or Pomegranate Books granola! Good luck to the lucky finder!
At our personal Small Business Saturday party on the Island we will be having a lovely sale! All pickles, jams and salsas are buy one get one for $3.00 and this is a mix and match deal! All Singing Dog Vanilla products are 25% off-this NEVER happens in ANY universe by the way. And finally, all our custom flavored coffees will be $12.00 a lb-meaning two bags for $6.00! While we would LOVE to see your smiling faces, of course, for those of you on our delivery route you are welcome to call in your order and we will deliver it or drop it to your delivery station next week to take advantage of this ONE DAY SALE!
In the meantime, I have some new recipes for you to try below since I know everybody is ready to think about MORE FOOD!
Island Blues Cheese Ball
1 pkg.  (8 oz.)  Cream Cheese, softened
 1 cup sharp shredded Cheddar Cheese
 4 oz excellent Bleu Cheese (I also really like the goat cheese bleu from Nature’s Way in Hampstead!)
3/4  c. chopped Rum Island BBQ Pecans
 Cream all cheeses together in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer till smooth and combined. Shape into a ball and roll in the chopped pecans. Allow to stand in fridge at least 24 hours to get the full flavor developed! Serve with crackers, crostini and veggies.

Sugar Island Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
Sweet Potatoes:
4 pounds dark-skinned sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup cane syrup (from Twin Creeks Farms)
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Salt
2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature and cut into pieces
1/2 cup light-brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup toasted Sugared Pecans or Candied Cream Pecans
2 cups miniature marshmallows
Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Sweet Potatoes:

Arrange the potatoes in 13 by 9 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Combine the cane syrup, butter, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the orange zest. Pour the sugar mixture over the potatoes, and toss the potatoes to coat. Cover the dish tightly with foil. Bake for 50 minutes, and then remove the dish from the oven, remove the foil, and bake until the potatoes are tender and the syrup has thickened slightly, basting occasionally, about 20 minutes.

Streusel Topping:

Combine the butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and pecans in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, and pulse the mixture until it resembles coarse pebbles or in a cold bowl by hand. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, then add the marshmallows and toss to combine.

Raise the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Remove the baking dish from the oven and cover the potatoes with the marshmallow streusel. Return to the oven, and bake until the topping is bubbly and browned, about 10 minutes.

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News, News and More News!

Yes, I took the Thanksgiving menu down. Yes, I will be replacing it with the December menu shortly. And, YES! We are finally opening a mini-Sugar inside of Pomegranate Books (http://www.pombooks.net/)!  We have been talking about it for years, literally and we both finally had a minute to sit down and sort it out!

Thursday, November 21, Celia Rivenbark will be doing a book launch for her newest brainchild “Rude B@#$%#s Make Me Tired” (my kids read this blog, hence the adaptation…) at Pomegranate Books and should you want to obtain a SIGNED copy and hobnob with the brilliant author herself, and check out Pomegranate’s gorgeous holiday offerings and get free Sugar sweets and see the mini Sugar Island then you should go!

We will be delivering baked goods, custom granola and our coffees to Pomegranate and you may also place orders to be picked up at Pomegranate Books. Pomegranate Books currently has a selection of coffees and teas to enjoy in house, which we will be expanding even further come January.  There will also be a special offer on Small Business Saturday that we will be letting everybody know about quite soon!

There is another market downtown this Saturday should you need some lovely flowers, fantastic pickles, mind blowing goat cheese, wine and a few baked goods to get you thru until THE BIG DAY OF EATING!  http://www.wilmingtondowntown.com/farmers-market

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Thursday is Going To Be Fun!

images imagesCAQTJJU2 imagesCASMSLE0I have so many things to tell you! As you know, we have a lot of great partners in town and the surrounding areas and now ee have some more ventures to fill you in on. I LOVE books. Especially all books. I loved the library and bookstores as a kid and don’t think I ever go anywhere without a book. Neither do my kids. Or my siblings. Or my mom. Shoot, if I could teach the goats to read I would!

Oh yes, anywho, we always do treats for Pomegranate Books story hour on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Their story hour is bilingual also (http://www.pombooks.net/). additionally, we do the treats for Story Hour at the Wilmington Railroad Museum (http://www.wrrm.org/) which is the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. Well, now we are hooking up with the New Hanover Public Library to offer treats at their assorted story times-and there are SO MANY! Obviously, we will be skipping the Yoga Storytime as nobody like cooky crumbs on their Downward Facing Dog now do they? Click the pdf link below for the full story time schedule! Library Story Time0001

We are back to our regularly scheduled program with Down East Connect, as well(http://www.farmersfreshmarket.org/downeast/).

In talks with 2 restaurants that you all know and love to do their desserts-will explain when all the details are final.

Where’s another free place to get some Sugar? Why CopyCat Print Shop, of course. (http://www.copycatprintshop.net/) On Thursdays, starting TOMORROW, go on in there and get some copies made or some documents printed and snack on one of our cookies. Every Thursday. Plan your week around it and offer to do ALL the copying for your friends and co-workers-they will think you are awesome and you don’t EVER have to tell them!

And then to complete tomorrow’s awesomeness, we are now getting our Espresso beans roasted in Burgaw by our friends at Courthouse Coffee (http://www.browndogcoffeecompany.com/). Besides using this to make our famous lattes and cappuccino we will be using it to make the Espresso Brownies and Double Chocolate Espresso Muffins that we sell in our shop and that they sell at Courthouse.

AND, Wednesday, January 23rd is National Pie Day. We will celebrate this year by offering coffee or tea for $1.23 a cup with any slice of pie! Also, all whole pies will be on special for $14-PRE-ORDER ONLY-girt certificates do NOT apply to this crazy deal.

So, that’s what’s new for this week! Not too shabby. Next week we will put up our Valentine’s and Washington Day Menu.

Happy January, everybody.

Oh. And there’s a new baby goat. His name is CADBURY. Pictures soon****

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Random Acts of Violence.

  This post was supposed to be about apples. That’s our theme for September-apples.  But this post is not about apples.

I write this post as one would write a family holiday newsletter when one has too many wonderful family members and a rather lengthy tale to tell-so rather than repeat it often or have it relayed inaccurately you write it down.

On Labor Day-some person, and I use that word loosely, opted to rob and vandalize Sugar. Specifically, my magical vintage Astoria espresso machine (http://usa.astoria.com/) and my coffee grinder. The espresso machine and I have been together for years and had a real relationship and met years ago at Koffee Katz in Surf City, NC and were re-united years later in order to open Sugar. She made superb espresso and gorgeous foam.  In a nutshell-someone came behind our counter and threw water directly into the outlet of both the espresso machine and the coffee grinder-ruining both the outlets and the “boards” on each machine. As a final whoop-de-doo whomever did this was made sure I lost all my dairy in my fridge and left with the starting till.

For a while, we will be without lattes and espresso sadly, as I formulate a game plan. We are not at all sure she can be fixed-she is old and the damage is great. The cost to replace her is insurmountable.

The silver lining in this story is that the old adage about you know who your friends are in times of crisis has never been more true! One of my favorite people, friend and customer (whom shall rename unnamed unless she wishes otherwise (D!)) offered genuine he;p coming from a place of pure friendship and a belief in what we do. While I couldn’t accept the gift the words of support were so helpful and reassuring that it made the gesture twice as wonderful.   

In another selfless gesture from the heart of one independent small business owner to another, Pomegranate Books (www.pombooks.net) offered to have a bake sale-fundraiser to help raise funds for new equipment. While I certainly can’t allow them to take that kind of time to do this event the gesture was overwhelming! This also made me feel so much better after what can truly only be described as a feeling of violation.

So to all my friends and supporters out there who have believed in us all along and put up with our weird hours and crazy antics-thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart and please continue to bear with us as we try to get the latte end of our world back up and running.

I realize there are much worse problems to have-this is not a crisis, per se, more than a large mental hiccup as I try to absorb the sheer magnitude of anger that was directed my way.  It is disturbing and I always find people who purposefully destroy things, waste food and steal most distasteful.

Thanks for having our backs. That’s the story-sad but true. How do you like them apples?

Eggin’ Me On!

As you may have noticed we have gone to a 6 day week.  In the beginning-I had visions of Sugar at 3 of the local Farmer’s Markets and cranking it out 7 days a week.  Weeeeeelllllll, after 8 months of being open now I have realized that this is not a feasible plan when I am the only one baking AND I have had the most fantastic time finding employees!  I know it’s very clichéd to say that “good help is hard to find” but good ganache! What a nightmare!  My sister is, of course, fabulous, but she can only take so much of me and others-well-let’s just say it’s astonishing how arrogant people can be!   I have high hopes for our newest helper, Anna, as she is tres intelligent AND rotten!  Sarah is sweet but she is going away to school and sooo…

That being said-I am going to try being closed on Sundays until we get to the Fall and then perhaps we will rethink that plan and have a Scrabble club or some such funness!

I read the most interesting article the other day which I intend to print out and hang up at the shop but I will give you an excerpt here to see what you think, “…Research indicates that those who spend money on coffee breaks at the local cafe’ can reap emotional profits: A 2008 Harvard Business School says experience,rather than goods, tend to make people happier, and spending less than $5 in a coffee shop can be enough-it provides a healthy break from your routine and puts a smile on your face.” (Clean Eating June 2011)  Ha!  SO, instead of having lawful 15 minute SMOKE breaks they should be caffeine breaks-huh, huh?? I like it! 

Last thing-Must share this insane deviled egg recipe with you!

12 large eggs (preferably from Grassy Ridge Farms or some such local farm. Just make sure they are a few days old before you use them or else they are tricky to peel.)

1/3 cup Olive Oil Mayo (homemade if you’re feeling fancy)

2 tblsp Plugra butter unsalted

1 tblsp Dijon mustard

Kosher salt and white pepper to taste

2 tblsp chopped FRESH chives (dried chives are a waste of everyone’s time.)

Boil eggs in the manner to which you are accustomed, drain and cool.   Peel eggs and cut in half. Throw egg yolks, butter, salt, pepper, mayo and mustard into a food processor and combine (you can also do this with mesh sieve). Fold in chopped chives. Pipe into waiting egg whites and serve IMMEDIATELY-these are a labor of love and while you can serve them after they’ve chilled for a bit they are not as decadent and luxurious.