Wow – Time Flies + Date Square Recipe

It’s hard to believe it’s been an entire year since my last blog post. Last year I was running around trying to get everything prepped and ready for opening weekend at the Farmers Market and here I am doing the exact same thing! I had plans and ambitions to update my site and blog throughout the summer and year, but as it often does time got away from me. Life and family happen and before you know it, an entire year has passed without an update. This year I vow to try harder.

Well it’s almost market time once again. I was on a much-needed holiday a few weeks back visiting my son out west, but I am back in the swing of things. My kitchen is prepped and ready and has been cooking up a storm. For the market, I prepare all my frozen meals and such in advance but for the baked goods I make them fresh. I am able to prep some stuff in advance which is what I have been focused on doing – that and my catering jobs. But right now my focus is opening day! The hours are the same – we open Saturday May 20TH from 9:00am-2:00pm. We have a bunch of new vendors and in addition to our regulars from previous years. It will be a great market season and I am excited to share my creations with everyone who is able to come check us out! Be sure to check out the Farmers Market page [http://www.kinmountfarmersmarket.ca] and Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/KinmountFarmersMarket] for more information!

Anyways, before I sign off for now (hopefully just for a week or so until my next post and not a year!) I leave you with a recipe for my date squares. I get a lot of compliments on these and wanted to share.

 Linda J’s Date Squares [Large Batch]

Starting Instructions

Grease a 9”x13” Pan

Pre-heat oven to 350

Filling

1 lb of chopped pitted dates

2 cups hot water

1 cup of sugar

2 teaspoons of vanilla

 

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook until boiling.

Reduce heat and simmer – stirring with a fork until thick

Remove from burner and let cool

 

Base & Top

1 ½ cups of butter

2 cups brown sugar

2 teaspoons of baking soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons of hot water

2 ½ cups of pastry flour

1 teaspoon salt

 

In a large bowl combine all base ingredients and mix them like pastry until crumbly

Take 2/3 of pastry and pat into the bottom of the pan to form a crust-like bottom

Once formed pour the cooled filling overtop

Take the remaining pastry and crumble it on top of the pan and press down lightly

Bake for 30 minutes

Notes: It’s best to do the filling first and then while its cooling work on the pastry.

If you try these out let me know how they turn out!

Busy Prepping and Preparing for Opening Day

With opening day fast approaching I’ve been busy prepping for the market. After a long winter I am excited to catch up with my previous customers and to meet some new ones. This week in addition to prepping and cooking I was taking some photos to show off some of my baked goods and meals – which can be found on my Instagram page. Someone recently asked me what my favorite thing to make is and the answer is my perogies. Since they are all handmade and involve lots of rolling and kneading they can be tedious. But the end result makes all the hard work worth it as they are always well received and enjoyed. I sell them fresh at the market for those wanting a mid-day snack or frozen to take home and enjoy with the family. That’s all someone who enjoys cooking wants – to see others enjoy their hard work!

 

Introduction

As this is my first blog post, I saw it fitting to introduce myself – I am Linda Mehak owner of Linda J’s Market. Through my market, I sell an array of fresh, healthy and delicious items. These products are available by special order out of my home in the Durham Region and at my booth at the Kinmount Farmer’s Market. I believe that food brings joy, and I love to make people happy through my cooking. I use fresh ingredients and am always adding new menu items.

I plan to share some of my recipes and cooking tips on this blog, so stay tuned!

With April quickly coming to a close, I have been busy with preparations for the opening day of the Kinmount Famer’s Market. Mark your calender’s for Saturday May 21st which kicks of the Market season. My booth will be set up every Saturday from 9:00am-2:00pm and will be selling fresh baked homemade goodies, frozen prepared meals, soups and made-to-order pizza and perogies.

I hope to see you there!