Make this delicious soup from scratch


Lovejoy Bakers may be known for artisan breads, but our scratch-made soups are quickly becoming just as popular. Here is Chef JJ’s recipe for a rich and satisfying soup similar to Vichyssoise, but made with celeriac, commonly known as celery root. Celery root isn’t the prettiest vegetable on the outside, but when pureed with onions, thyme and yukon gold potatoes, it becomes wonderfully silky-smooth with a delicate celery flavor. It’s easy to prepare and makes a lovely dinner with a salad, and of course, a Lovejoy Bakers Baguette. Enough to serve 4.

For the Soup
Serves 4
2 cloves garlic – peeled
1 medium yellow onion – julienned
21/2 pounds of celery root – peeled and diced in large chunks
1/2 pound yukon gold potatos – peeled, diced in large chunks
1 quart milk
2 cups water
1 sprig thyme – leaves picked from stem
1 large bay leaf
1 1/2 tbs Champagne vinegar
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 tbs kosher salt
1/8 tsp ground white pepper

For the Garnish
Crème Fraîche
Black Truffle Oil
Celery Leaves

Make the soup:
Fill a 6 quart soup pot with water and milk. Add the celeriac and potato directly to the pot to avoid oxidation. Add the onion, garlic, thyme & bay leaf. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 35 minutes or until tender. Remove bay leaf. Remove from heat. Add vinegar, cream, salt and white pepper.

Puree with a hand mixer until smooth and pass through a fine sieve. Ladle into 4 – 8oz bowls. Garnish with a little swirl of crème fraîche, a few dots of black truffle oil and a couple of lovely inner celery leaves for a beautiful finish. Serve warm and Enjoy!

Make Lovejoy Chili at home (or not :-)

Lovejoy Chili con Carne with Sweet Corn Aji Amarillo

If you haven’t tried this yet, you OWE it to yourself (especially on a rainy day) to enjoy a bowl of Josh’s chili, made exclusively for Lovejoy Bakers.  Getting Josh to part with the recipe was no small feat, but here it is for those who want to make a big batch at home.

Josh’s Chili Con Carne with Sweet Corn Aji Amarillo

For the Chili
1 lb. Painted Hills ground beef
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
I cup yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 lb. Roma tomatoes, rough chopped with juice
2 cups canned black beans, drained
3 Tbs. garlic, minced
1/2 Tbs. onion powder
1 Tbs. dark chili powder
1 Tbs. ground cumin
salt/pepper, to taste

1.  Heat a large pot on medium high heat with oil.  Brown the ground beef, drain, reserve 1/4 cup of drippings, set beef aside.
2.  Put reserved drippings back into the pot.  Turn heat to high and add peppers, carrots, onion, celery, garlic and jalapeno. Saute until soft and slightly caramelized.
3.  Toss in remaining ingredients and beef.  Cover pot, turn heat to low, and stew for 3 hours. Stir occasionally and adjust salt and pepper to taste.

For the Sweet Corn Aji Amarillo
1/2 cup softened cream cheese
1/2 cup cooked corn
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 Tbs. dried Amarillo Chile Powder (probably available at Whole Foods, New Seasons, etc.)
salt/pepper to taste
1 chopped scallion (for garnish)

1.  Place all ingredients, except for corn and scallions, in Food Processor.  Puree until smooth.
2.  Remove blade and fold in corn.
3.  Add a generous spoonful to chili before serving.  Garnish with chopped scallions.

 

Sweets for your sweetie

valentines shaped sugar cookies

Love is in the air, and edible Valentine gifts are now available at Lovejoy Bakers.  These whimsical shortbread cookies are oversized on purpose.  What better way to demonstrate the enormity of your love?  Available per piece at the counter.  Or call to pre-order a dozen.

Homemade oreo with buttercream filling and chocolate ganache

If chocolate is the key to your honey’s heart, these homemade “oreos” are sure to open the door.  Vanilla bean butter cream is sandwiched between two chocolate butter cookies… then dipped in dark chocolate ganache and dusted with crystal sugar.

Fig Bun

Not a conventional Valentine’s Day treat, this Glazed Fig Brioche is nonetheless a delightful gesture.  Special this month, it is lovely when enjoyed with coffee (Stumptown) or tea (Smith).

lovejoy's infamous house made granola

Did you know we make our own whole-grain Granola?  Now you can too.  See the recipe below to make a batch at home.  If you can’t find dried cherries, feel free to substitute dried cranberries, apricots or mangoes.

Lovejoy Bakers Granola
makes 5 pounds

1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
6 cups regular (not instant) oatmeal
1/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup dried cherries
Preheat oven to 250 degrees
In a very large bowl, combine oil, sugar, honey, cinnamon, and salt together.  Add oatmeal and mix well.  Form a shallow layer on sheet pan and bake for 45 minutes,  stirring every 15 minutes.
Cool and mix in remaining ingredients.  Store in a tightly sealed container.