With the thermostat broken on my oven, I’ve been unable to keep something on the cake stand, and am feeling mighty deprived. Fortunately, there are a few slices of pumpkin bread and Maple-Parsnip Cake in the freezer. Serendipitously, while enjoying some with a cup of tea, I came across another secret veggie recipe, the Why Plant Yellow Beets in Your Garden Cake in the latest Penzey’s Spices catalog (see page 15 of the link). It’s described as a twist on carrot cake, inspired by the appearance of yellow beets in the creator’s farm share box.
And Happy 25th Anniversary to Penzey’s, a favorite company that offers quality ingredients while maintaining a conscience. The catalog includes info about why specialty salts will no longer be offered, because Penzey’s feels they glamorize the use of higher-priced salts that encourage people to use more, just when we should all be cutting back on sodium intake. Ditto for claims that some salts don’t affect your health like others do. “This is just not true and not something we want to be part of. Salt is salt,” writes owner Bill Penzey. “With our belief that cooking comes from caring for those around you we feel part of that is caring for the well-being of the people we cook for.”