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2016 Cookie Walk -Get all your Holiday Cookies at EllieGail’s!

2016 Cookie Walk -Get all your Holiday Cookies at EllieGail’s!

The 2016 Holiday Cookie Walks will be held two Saturdays, December 10 and December 17. The walk will begin at 8 a.m. and plan to come early for best selection. There is not a particular end time – we just take it down when the cookies sell out!

If you have never been to a cookie walk – you are in for a great surprise. We will have a variety of 25-30 different kinds of holiday cookies to purchase by the pound on these two days. Many people buy them as gifts, for themselves, or to share. It is a great way to add a few varieties to your own holiday baking, or leave all the baking to us!

Holiday Cookie Walk Week Two: Saturday, December 19

Holiday Cookie Walk Week Two: Saturday, December 19

Our second cookie walk will IMG_2080be on Saturday the 19th of December….just in time for your holiday celebrations.  Come in and pick up “just a few” or enough to make trays for your friends.  No order too big or small!

Cookies available for week two:

  1. Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
  2. Maple Pecan
  3. Chocolate Crinkles
  4. Cherry Crowns
  5. Date Pinwheels
  6. Cinnamon Roll Cookies
  7. Creme Wafers
  8. Chocolate Dipped Pecan Sandies
  9. Lemon Crescents
  10. Candy Cane Snowballs
  11. Walnut Thumbprints
  12. Cranberry Walnut White Chocolate
  13. Peppermint Dark Chocolate Kiss
  14. Toasted Coconut Butter Ribbon
  15. M&M Pecan
  16. Russian Teacakes
  17. Raspberry Thumbprints
  18. Peanut Butter Blossom
  19. Cranberry Orange Ribbon
  20. Chocolate Checkerboard
  21. Chocolate Sandwich
  22. Spritz
  23. Frosted Cutouts
  24. Holiday Sugar Cookies
Holiday Cookie Walk 2015, Week One

Holiday Cookie Walk 2015, Week One

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Our first holiday cookie walk for 2015 will be Saturday, December 12 starting at 8 a.m.  Many of you have asked  “What cookies will you be making?”  Here is a list of all the cookies that will be available to purchase on December 12 – BEST CHOICE IS EARLY.

  1. White Chocolate Holiday M and M
  2.  Spritz
  3. Lemon Coins
  4. Peppermint Pinwheels
  5. Date Pinwheels
  6. Almond Meltaway
  7. White Chocolate Ginger
  8. Oreo Cookie Dough
  9. Red Velvet Crinkles
  10. Chocolate Matchsticks
  11. Chocolate Mint Dream
  12. Christmas Ribbon
  13. Maple Pecan
  14. Holiday Sugar
  15. Dutch Spice
  16. Raspberry Thumbprints
  17. Lemon Snowflakes
  18. Chocolate Checkerboard
  19. Vanilla Creme Wafers
  20. Cranberry Orange Ribbons
  21. Russian Tea Cakes
  22. Coconut Snowball
  23. Glitter Rounds
  24. Cinnamon Roll Cookies
  25. Chocolate Crinkles
  26. Peanut Blossoms
  27. Chocolate Chocolate Sandwich
  28. Frosted Holiday Cutouts
2015 Valentines Dinner

2015 Valentines Dinner

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We will hold our annual Valentine Dinner on Saturday Night February 14, 2015 beginning at 5 p.m. This is a RESERVATIONS ONLY MEAL, so be sure to call the bakery and make your reservations soon. The cost per plate is $16 and the entree choices are:
Beef Brisket
Pan Fried Walleye
Ask the Mayor Chicken
Vegetarian Lasagna

Looking forward to serving you!

A pan of golden croissants - warm from the oven.

Making Croissants

It has been SO COLD lately, which gave me the time to try some new things in the kitchen.  I have always wanted to try making homemade croissants; the type of croissants made of many thin and buttery layers.  I have never attempted them because I read cookbooks like novels, and the croissant recipes are always about six pages long!  Since I knew the forecast was for “way-below-zero” weather – I figured I could attempt this at the bakery this week, in between daily demands.

I started out by finding a great recipe from one of my food idols – Carole Walter.  Her cookbooks aren’t filled with lots of color photos, but she gives excellent step-by-step directions – which is what I needed for this first attempt.  Besides, I have had lots of success with her recipes in the past.  After finding the recipe, I read it over from beginning to end three times, so I knew what I was in for.

I mixed up the dough on Thursday – a “sponge” with a process of mix, rise, mix, rise, etc.  Then for the tasty part – layering in cold butter with the dough while rolling, folding, and chilling the croissant dough. Finally, it was into the fridge for a night.

Here is the dough after the first day and a night's rest.

Here is the dough after the first day and a night’s rest.

 

On the second day I went through a process of dividing, measuring, rolling, and shaping the croissants.  At this point, I was thinking, “is this really worth it?”  I have included pictures of this process.

I tried to capture all the layers of buttery dough in a picture.

I tried to capture all the layers of buttery dough in a picture.

 

Rolling out the dough before cutting into triangles.

Rolling out the dough before cutting into triangles.

Cutting into triangles.

Cutting into triangles.

Rolling them up and making that traditional croissant shape.

Rolling them up and making that traditional croissant shape.

Finally, after a day and a half, we were rewarded with a beautiful, light, buttery batch of croissants.  I am already planning some delicious fillings!  If you have ever wanted to try this process – trust me, the end product is well worth it and can not be duplicated by any purchased product.

A pan of golden croissants - warm from the oven.

A pan of golden croissants – warm from the oven.

The finished croissant - hard to capture the taste in words.

The finished croissant – hard to capture the taste in words-or in a picture.

 

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February 15-next Saturday Night Dinner

Get ready for Valentine’s Day – we are having a “Reservations Only” Saturday Night Dinner on February 15th!

 

Remember, you need to call ahead for reservations, be prepared to tell us your entrée choice and the time you would like to come.  The entrée choices are listed below, the cost is $14/person, and meal includes salad, potato, vegetable, bread, and dessert.  Come hungry…and ready to enjoy a fun evening!

Chicken Kiev

BBQ Ribs

Pan Fried Walleye

Pork Tenderloin

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Fruit Breads at EllieGail’s

We are well known for our yeast breads but did you know we also make fruit breads?  A small loaf of delicious homemade fruit bread is a great fall treat.  Every Friday in November there will be a variety of flavors available.  You can also order a loaf any time you get a craving.  Here are some of the flavors-to give you an idea of what we can do.

*Banana

*Date Bread

*Pumpkin

*Cranberry Almond

*Butterscotch Banana

*Cherry Nut

*Chocolate Chip Banana

*Blueberry Lemon

*Orange Cranberry

*Pumpkin Pecan

 

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Need Help with Thanksgiving Meals?

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and while we are closed on Thanksgiving Day, we do many preparations to be picked up the day before Thanksgiving to help make your day easy and delicious.
*Need the Whole Turkey Meal?
We prepare roasted turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, homemade bread, and made from scratch pie, package it so it is ready to warm up, and it is ready for pickup all day on Wednesday, November 26.  You must preorder the number of meals you would like, and we can make you just one meal, or enough to feed a whole crowd.  We have been making turkey dinners since we opened, and would love to help you as well.  The cost is $12.50/person.  Call 267-4480 to place your order today!
*Need help with Pie or Dessert?
We make our pies from scratch – including the crust.  If you order a pie from EllieGail’s we will ask for a pickup time, so that we can make your pie as close to pickup as possible -for optimum freshness.  While we do make a few “extra” pies to sell, it is best to preorder your pie or dessert.
Want another dessert idea?  Many customers order decorated cookies for the kids, a variety of bars to set out in the afternoon, a decorated cake for the table, or a cheesecake for something a little different. Call or email for more information.
For a list of pie flavors visit our website at elliegails.com
Want homemade Bread or Buns for your Harvest Table?
*Made fresh the day before Thanksgiving – you can’t beat our homemade breads and buns.  Order yours today, including: wheat, white, squash, garden herb, or onion.  Many bread flavors also available.
Other Foods?
We make salads, side dishes, appetizers, and so much more.  If you need a little help with you holiday meals, just call us to place you order today!
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Saturday Night Dinners in November and December

It has been a number of months since we have had a Saturday night meal at EllieGail’s, but now we have THREE planned for the upcoming weeks.  There are two planned for November, and you must pick one entrée option when making your reservation.  There is one special meal in December, and you may read more information below.

Saturdays, November 16 and November 23: $14/each

Reservations REQUIRED

meals include salad, bread, potato, vegetable, dessert

 Pick from these Delicious Options:

“Ask the Mayor” Chicken-After catering the wedding reception for our local mayor, this became an area favorite!  A generous chicken breast, lightly pan seared with sautéed mushrooms, garlic, and onions, baked in the oven, and finished with a savory garlic wine sauce.  It is delicious, and if you don’t believe me, ask the mayor.

EllieGail’s Famous Pan Fried Walleye-we offer it for nearly every Saturday night special, because it is so popular.

Smoked Beef Brisket-this is a wonderful and tender cut of beef that has a smoked melt-in-your-mouth flavor.  Great for the beef lover!

Garlic Shrimp-we will sauté large shrimp with garlic and butter for a tasty meal choice.  Without the heavy breading added in most restaurants, the wonderful flavor of the shrimp is the star of this meal.

You Won’t Believe it’s Vegetarian Lasagna-this is by far the most delicious lasagna I have ever made, and I love meat!  This lasagna doesn’t have any meat, but it does have mushrooms, onions, eggplant, garlic, three kinds of cheese, a magnificent white sauce and amazing marinara.  Give it a try, you may be surprised!

 Saturday, December 7-A Holiday Meal Celebration

Reservations Required: $21.00/each

 We want you to ring in the Christmas season with us, please join us for a wonderful holiday celebration.  The schoolhouse will be decorated for an old fashioned Christmas with Evergreens, Fruits, Christmas Lights, and Candles. Abbie and Ellie will play holiday music on their violins, and each table will be served the following courses:

 *Light appetizers with Sparkling Cider

 *Soup or Salad

 *Christmas Dinner -a variety of traditional meats & side dishes for the Christmas Season.

*A Holiday Dessert that is sure to please.

*We are still working on all the details of this evening, but you will not be disappointed.  Please make your reservations today, as space is limited.

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Pie Time

One of the nicest things about Fall, in the food world, is Pie!  EllieGail’s still makes all our crusts from scratch in small batches.  Fall is also great because of the fresh fruit and spices available to use in the pies.  I still love Apple Pie – traditional -flaky – delicious!  We are using locally grown Haralson Apples right now.

Don’t forget about Pecan, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and many other less traditional, but delicious pie varieties.  See our pie section on the website for more choices.  Order your Thanksgiving Pies by November 9 to receive $1.00 off each pie ordered!