Bonjour! I have returned from a wonderful vacation in Quebec Canada! It is always so beautiful there at this time of year and the Quebecois go all out to make sure everything is decked out for their Thanksgiving on the first Monday in October. My first stop was Burlington, Vermont where I flew into on a bright sunny day and then drove on to White River Junction, where I stayed overnight so that I might visit King Arthur Flour Bakery, Store and Cafe in Norwich, Vermont, before heading into Canada. I am a big fan of King Arthur products and was not disappointed with their new facilities for a baking school, cafe and shopping. King Arthur’s Bakery Cafe was packed on Sunday afternoon!
I wish my blog post could have one of those scratch and smell labels on it! Can you smell the pumpkin spice scones, cheddar and herb biscuits, and caramel apple cinnamon buns? I liked it when I received my receipt for my food and it showed all the ingredients of the sandwich and soup and who had made it. We were seated in a large room where the guests could leisurely eat and relax, while some drank coffee and read the newspaper or worked at their computers. Next, I spent a long while looking over all the aisles of cooking goodies in the shopping area. I could spend hours, and usually do, in any kind of cookware or kitchen shop.
It was interesting to see the displays of the items I order online along with new items just released in time for the upcoming holidays. Heaven! A new product I had not seen before and proved to very popular at King Arthur’s and later in Sutton and Quebec Canada as well, were the Sunflower lids in the US and the Lily Pads in Canada.
They are silicone lids that seal tight on all smooth rims, stainless steel, glass, plastic and melamine. They stay air tight to prevent spills in the refrigerator (no more looking for the right lid or stretching the plastic wrap) to preserve your food. Use in to the microwave (no paper towel to cover that food) and oven to seal for reheating or baking. Saves on plastic wrap, can be reused forever and they come in all sizes! They are good up to 428 degrees, or -40 degrees, oven, microwave and dishwasher safe! I bought two sunflowers at King Arthur, two different sizes of Lily Pads in my favorite shop in Sutton and three more in my favorite cooking shop in Quebec City. The Bakery and Store is located in a valley and as evening came upon us the clouds drifted down to create a Halloween atmosphere as we headed back to White River Junction for the evening.
Follow the road as we head into Canada! The scenery is gorgeous!
For more information on the best baking products in the world see:
King Arthur Flour and the Bakers Catalog, or http://www.kingarthurflour.com for products, recipes, videos and more!
or visit their Baker’s Store at 135 Route 5, South Norwich, Vermont, 05055