Somehow we have sailed right through Thanksgiving and into December! If I didn't realize the time of year here in Denver from looking out the window, I'd have to realize that its Christmas time based on the number of holiday cookie orders that are lighting up the phone lines, not to mention the online shop. Whether its Booty Bars for that someone special's stocking (I mean doesn't everyone want a little Booty for Christmas?) or dozens upon dozens of cookies for corporate thank you gifts, I am ready to take your order. Ginger is a perennial favorite during the cold months and with all of the awards that the chocolate chip got this year, its a popular order, but I've got some new offerings as well - Crazy Lady Oat, Mom's Addiction, ABC - to name a few. And remember, we deliver locally and ship across the country. Now its up to you to decide whose been naughty and whose been nice.
I like to celebrate things in due time - tomatoes in August, strawberries in May, turkey in November, and please don't put up that Christmas tree until December. So, no, I am not singing 'home for the holidays' quite yet. I am however taking holiday cookie orders and am delighted that so many of you want to include VLC in your holiday plans. So far the biggest order of 2013's holiday season has been 300 cookies, shipped. Maybe you don't need that many - or maybe you need more! In any case if you have questions or just want to place your order with me personally instead of through Paypal, please feel free to call the bakery. I am happy to help - it brings out my inner elf!
Have we met? Well, no, not actually. But our cookies have. Christina Tosi, the owner of Momofuku Milk Bar has a passion for off-beat sweet creations. She's also written a fabulous cookbook, Milk, in which she shares her recipes. I too love to take my customers on unexpected taste bud journeys - never weird, but often a surprise. Most recently I was trying to create the taste of corn hash in a cookie. Hash for those of you who don't know, is a savory dish - usually produced from leftovers and piled together in a hot skillet to create something far greater than the sum of its parts. The dictionary lists meat and potatoes as the primary ingredients. For me, corn and paprika are far more important. So in tracking down my ideal "hash cookie" I began with freeze dried corn. Long story short, I was baking along my merry way when I happened to come across Christina Tosi's recipe in Milk that, not surprisingly, is called Corn Cookies and uses, yes, freeze dried corn. I decided it was worth taking a detour to check out her recipe. Bingo. She nailed the corn part. Corn, not hash. The hash part was left to me. That is the Tosi meets Greenwood - and Victory love + cookies - part. I love her cookie but it didn't scream "hash!" the way that I imagined my cookie. Thank you to Christina Tosi for doing 90% of the work - I added the paprika and black pepper and there you have it - HASH - and damn good hash it is!
I LOVE cookies. I love creating them, experimenting with them, mixing, baking, EATING cookies. But there are times that I have something to say that has very little to do with cookies. So, to scratch that itch, I have started a new blog called
love + notes. We don't have a link here on the home page yet so I'll stick this link here for now: http://victoryloveandcookies.com/lovenotes/ The entry that I posted last night shares a bit about a woman I used to work with, Jessica, and her husband Michael who have a remarkable story to offer. It is a story of gratitude, miracles, transformation, and most of all, LOVE. They've posted a summary, an explanation of sorts, on youtube. Check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc8eisFK7iI And check back in to the love + notes blog. I hope to provide some inspiration mixed with joy and a whole lot of love.
I have good news and I have bad news. Lets start with the bad just to get it out of the way. I will be closed for a few days. Ok, there, I said it. Sorry about that. I know its painful when you have a cookie craving and I'm closed. Why am I closed? Well for love of course. I am off to a wedding! Upstate New York - where else right? Seems like that's always where i'm headed and I'm not complaining about it. Ithaca in the early fall - how beautiful is that!! Ok, now here's the good news and I think you'll be happy about it: when I return from this trip, Booty Bars will go back on the menu. Look for them the weekend of Sept 20. Yay!!! Thank you for your patience everybody!!!! Gotta go get on a plane now............
Greetings amazing customers! Tomorrow cookies will be on the shelf (retail) and the online store will reopen for orders to be shipped on Wednesday. Vacation was awesome and I so appreciate your patience. I know its tough when you've got a cookie craving and there isn't the cookie to fill it. But have no fear, VLC is back! I look forward to serving you!!
If you've been desperately trying to order cookies but can't figure out WHY the 'shop' link won't let you shop, well, its because I am shutting down, off to the lake to sit on the dock with a good book and a margarita. Don't worry, its only for a few days and you will benefit as much as me: my rest always seems to translate into new cookie ideas. So, retail will be shut down from July 29 through August 12th, online July 23rd through August 12th. Thank you for your patience!! xxxx
love + cookies, kristy
A few days ago I had the spontaneous experience of doing yoga with thousands of people at Red Rocks while Michael Franti played an acoustic concert. How did this come about? My sister called to say that this event was taking place, did I want to go? My initial reaction was typical: "I'm busy. I have to work." Thank goodness that before I could hang up the phone some little angel whispered into my ear "do something different". I immediately agreed to meet my sister, Kym, at the Rocks. What transpired was nothing short of exceptional, amazing, uplifting, joyful. I had no idea what to expect when I arrived but long story short: Michael Franti performed for a packed amphitheater of yogis while we moved and grooved through our asana practice. How does this tie into cookies you ask? As I walked to work today I was thinking about how Michael Franti had succeeded in infusing an astounding number of people with his vision of a joyful existence in just an hour of yoga practice. He truly changed our experience of life. Then I realized that my cookies are the music that I bring to the world. The cookie message is (extended) "Amazing Cookies for Amazing People), (edited) and most importantly: "You are Amazing". Every single person is, simply by being alive. And each person, every single one, has something amazing to share. It doesn't have to be what you do for work and you don't have to be a world class artist to touch people. I truly believe that every person's actions and intentions are affecting the whole of the universe. What do you bring to the table of life? What do you want to contribute? I hope that each of you realizes how truly unique your gifts are and are willing to share them with the rest of us!! Bring on the love!!!!!
What do you do for the man who has everything? You give him cookies of course. This weekend you will find some pretty unusual fun selections. I can't really choose a favorite but I will say this: the Sesame Revolution is totally rocking my world right now. Its a stick cookie, crunchy (but not hard like a biscotti can be), sweet, but not overly so. There are actually two versions per package: a vanilla, sprinkled with black sesame seeds and a chocolate sprinkled with white sesame. Visually beautiful as well as unique and yummy, your dad will love them! If he's more of an all or nothing chocolate kind of guy, the Diablo is always a hit - spicy and hot. Then you've got the Strawberry Margarita, or maybe Utility Lemon, or Grant's Chocolate Chunk or or or or or. You see - you've got lots of options! So come to the bakery and get the man who gives you everything a little something back. ( And remember - if you can't come into the bakery, you can always call for local delivery or order online for shipping across the country. No dad should be left without a cookie in both hands!)
I am a lover of women. Don't get me wrong: I love men too. (We can talk more about that in June.) But this is May and of course each May in this country, we celebrate women, specifically mothers. I grew up with a feminist for a mother. In fact one of my earliest memories is of my mother telling me that I could go anywhere, do anything. And its funny that I have ended up as a cookie baker - not exactly the most daring profession for a woman! But I love it, its what I've chosen, and I think of it as a most independent, feminist choose. To choose something else would have been to deny what I actually wanted, for the sake of making a statement, instead of choosing from my heart. When I think of all of the women in my life, I am keenly aware that many of them (including myself) are not truly "mothers". Some are dog moms, some are cat moms, some are stepmothers, some just are amazing women free of any label. And, still some, are incredible, wonderful, generous full fledged "moms". Many of these women have inspired cookies. There is the Julia 96 - a shortbread created for Julia Child's 96th birthday (no, she didn't live that long but I celebrate her birth each year regardless). There is Gracies - named after my adorable niece. There is Grandma Rosie's Oat which isn't actually her recipe but the flavors of pecan and coconut are all Grandma. And speaking of coconut, the Coconut with Blueberries is most definitely my mom's. It wasn't developed with her in mind but she has become a hoarder of this cookie, snatching it out of any care package and storing it who knows where so that she "gets her share". With Mother's Day approaching I want to encourage each of you to give your mom - or daughter, sister, girlfriend, soul mate - some extra love - and maybe some cookies too. You can order for cookies to be shipped: the online store is ready and rocking; you can call to order for local cookie delivery.