No sooner have the witch’s hats and ghoulish hands been stored away in their plastic graves than the winter holidays are upon us. It’s easy to be cynical in these times of over-commercialization but it takes a special kind of detachment not to be moved by the warmth and joy of this season. Friends and family, food and drink, pine-scented fires and fir boughs drooping with berries and ornaments all lend spice to this season that, arguably, is the most special of the American holidays.
As October rolls into November we start to think and talk turkey. As in years past we do have sign- up sheets for organic turkeys, Non-GMO turkeys, and specialty items like duck, geese, and Cornish game hens. The ordering of “birds” takes place at the long table in the Deli. We recommend that you sign up or call in as early as possible to assure that you will get the type of bird that you want. The produce department will be in full swing, rounding out your Thanksgiving-time table with yams, potatoes, winter squash, pumpkins and chestnuts. We will have lots of apples and pears for pies, sauces, and crisps. Pomegranates and persimmons are in and the first Satsuma Mandarins should be in this week. And, you will be able to order pies and various bread and rolls for those of you without the baking inclination.
The Christmas season will follow too closely, as always, on the heels of Thanksgiving, giving up little breathing room between the two holidays. Our gift department is ready “big time” to help you along with your shopping pleasure. Make sure you take a tour through this department in the next few weeks to ascertain all the eclectic items we have at very reasonable prices. We will also have turkeys, hams, and prime rib (by special order only) for your Holiday/ Christmas meals.
Avocados are in short supply for a couple of weeks while farmers in Mexico settle their strike. The crop has been limited, at best, this summer making the strike a set-back for consumers.
Early rains have cleared the air of dust and brought on the onset of Autumn. Creeks are running and the smell in the air is like heaven. If it wasn’t for the sordid election time, these weeks would seem nearly perfect. The harvests are in; a sense of relief is in the air. We have to try to remember how blessed we are to live in a town like Willits, where citizens mostly get along and can come together to solve problems and help those in need. Almost all of us have roofs over our heads, decent food and water, a running automobile, and friends and family. We have a bed to sleep in and our roads are not full of land mines or our cities patrolled by thugs. We all have much to be thankful for and we need to try to remember to acknowledge gratitude whenever possible. And since we have so much, this is a great time of year to lend a hand either financially or bodily to those in need. May you all have the happiest of holidays and enter the New Year with a determination to be a better citizen of this world.
THE FALL COLORS OF WINE AND STEW
By Debbie Mac
As the leaves change to warmer colors of orange and gold so does the seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fall, the harvest season, is not just for grapes, but also pumpkins, carrots, artichokes, sunflowers, and mushrooms. As the season changes, so does our palate for wine and food. As the weather gets cool and rainy our menu changes from light salads and fresh fruit to heartier stews, soups, roasts, and family favorites like lasagna. There is something wonderful and cozy about enjoying a nice warm stew on a cool rainy night. Of course the meal needs to have a nice wine to compliment it and there are many options to choose from.
Full bodied whites, and light to medium bodied reds, are the perfect complement to cooler weather and fall harvest foods. As for reds, Sangiovese, Greneche, and Pinot Noir will pair nice with the Autumn menu. They add some spice without overpowering the food. Try them with roasted chicken and vegetables, or with a slow cooked stew or soup. Similarly, with whites, Viognier, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, or Reisling will be a great addition to a seafood, chicken, or turkey dinner.
My daughter gave me her stew recipe which I have tried and it was wonderful. What she likes most about this recipe is the fact that it is easy, tasty, and slow cooked in a crock pot, so at the end of the day when you come, home dinner is ready. She said that good meat is the key and prefers Roundman’s or John Ford Ranch beef. We have both here at Mariposa and they are both local. The prep for this stew is to cut everything up and throw it in the crock pot. My kind of cooking!!
1 yellow onion
4 cloves of garlic
4 stalks of celery
4 big carrots
1 lb. stew meat seasoned with salt and pepper
1 bay leaf
Put in crock pot on high for 6 hrs or low for 10 hrs.
As we work our way from autumn to winter and cooler weather and the holidays, I hope you enjoy wonderful food, wine, friends, and family. We are truly blessed to live where we do, and to have a wonderful abundance of fresh food and locally produced goods. I hope everyone enjoys these last few months of 2016.
MY BIG FAT AMERICAN ELECTION
By Kevin Copperfield
By the time you read this, the people of the United States of America will likely have elected a new president, or for some of you, a new commander in chief. In the beginning we were offered a few debates among hopeful candidates only to once again funnel down to the two choices chosen by corporate interests to represent USA, Inc. – “Billary” or “the Donald”. Like most of you gentle readers, I felt like I was presented with yet another “Sophie’s choice” -- the lesser of two evils. Excuse me, but how can it be that We The People are presented with yet another couple of bought and paid for candidates who will not engage each other in the real issues that matter to us most. You know, small incidentals like universal health care, food safety, climate change, decaying infrastructure, unending war, racism, off-shore corporate tax shelters shriveling our tax base, political gridlock, the environment, education, etc.
Well, gentles, I decided to do something different this election. Something I have never done. Something so radical that some of my closest friends could not help but look at me with wonderment and dismay as I unfolded my diabolical scheme to them. Something so hideous mothers held their children close and ran away to avoid meeting my fiendish gaze. What was this outrageous act of a madman?
I am going to vote my conscience. That’s it. In the words of my detractors, I am going to “waste my vote”.
At first, I didn’t think I could do it. However, the more I thought about what the “point one percent” was trying to shove down my throat, the firmer my resolve became. I remembered all the elections I voted in that came down to “holding my nose” and voting for the lesser of two evils. I felt compromised. Angry. Disappointed. Well screw that. Where has it gotten us? Well, look around. What do you think? Is Hillary Clinton going to get things done? Is Donald Trump able to navigate being “the most powerful man on earth”?
This year I am not holding my nose. I am doing something I feel is positive and beneficial for me. I want to say on November 9 that I slept well on the night of the election. It won’t matter who wins. When I awaken, the good vibes I have generated from empowering myself, however temporary and changing, will be felt by others and in turn they can “pay it forward”. This is my gift to myself and others this holiday season. I really am looking forward to savoring what it feels like to vote/write-in the candidate whom I feel best represents the wants and needs for myself, my family and my fellow citizens of the United States of America--indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
DIY Natural Body Care
Homemade gifts are fun to make, and to receive. They are thoughtful, less expensive, and generally made with non-toxic, natural ingredients.
Since so many body care products are made using similar ingredients, and the job can be messy, I recommend planning on doing numerous projects at the same time. If your gonna commit, go big or go home!
A simple product to start with would be lip balms. Lip balms are made by melting beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil together. Then adding a few drops of essential oil, such as vanilla, lemon, or peppermint and “Voila!” you’re done! You could also add a few drops of vitamin E oil. Vitamin E is pretty standard in almost all DIY body care, as it not only is healing, but also acts as a preservative. A dash of raw honey can serve as a preservative as well, and a humectant, which means it attracts and holds on to water, and can be a great addition. One twist would be to add some natural pigments to make the lip balms tinted, or you could just change the essential oils, and make a sensuous smelling solid perfume!
Body oils are super easy and a great way to moisturize your skin during the winter. Use body oils on damp skin after bathing, allow for drying time and soon your whole body will be soft as a baby’s bottom! All you need is an oil base, such as almond, grapeseed, fractionized coconut, or apricot kernel. I like to then blend in some other specialty oils, ones that have a more therapeutic effect, such as avocado, calendula, rosehip seed, or jojoba oils. These oils are a little bit more expensive, but Mariposa carries them in in our bulk department in gallons, which brings the cost down and allows you to purchase only as much as you need. Rosehip seed oil is light and easy to absorb, great for eczema and psoriasis, has tissue regenerating properties, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Avocado oil is enormously rich in vitamin E.
Lastly, you probably want to scent your body oil. Scenting your oils is a matter of personal preference. There is, however, an art to blending oils. For example, to find three oils that complement each other, you would look to achieve top, middle, and base notes. “Notes”, or scent characteristics in essential oils, are based on how quickly it evaporates. Top “notes” have the smallest molecules and evaporate the quickest, and base notes evaporate the slowest leaving a scent that can last on your skin for days. There is also the matter of aroma categories; floral, woodsy, herbaceous, spicy, citrus, or earthy. You can find reference lists on which oils fit into which categories to assist you with the blending. Each oil has it's own therapeutic properties as well. Adding some orange essential oil to your skin care has shown to increase the production of collagen and increase blood flow. Rose oil has excellent emollient properties, and is an anti-microbial. Dabbing it on a blemish 3 times a day can make the unsightly spot disappear! There are a few precautions when using essential oils. Most should be used diluted, some are not safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and some should be not used if a person is on a blood thinner, because they also have blood thinning affects. And one more tip: when blending, use a drop at a time,since essential oils are very potent. This will allow you to achieve that custom scent for the lucky gift recipient!
Now that you’ve got these ingredients spread about your kitchen, you might as well make an herbal salve. Salves are so versatile, and can be custom-made for numerous purposes with extraordinary therapeutic effects. A “gardener's” hand salve is a treat for those cracked, rough hands, and is a loving gift for your favorite farmer.
1 ½ cup of a base oil (almond etc.)
1 ½ cup of beeswax
3 Tbsp dried calendula flowers
1 tsp dried comfrey leaf
3 Tbsp cocoa butter or shea butter
Pour your oil in a jar with the dry plant material
Using a double boiler method simmer for at least 3 to 4 hrs.
Strain through cheesecloth into another jar, and add cocoa butter and beeswax, and return to the hot water
Gently heat until beeswax is melted, add a few drops of lavender essential oil and pour into jars to cool!
There are literally hundreds of products you can make yourself!
Deodorants, sunblock, after sun care, foot balms, mouthwash, toothpaste, hair care, healing and pain relieving salves, foot lotion, bath salts, bath bags, vapor rubs, sugar body scrubs and washes, facial care, makeup, makeup remover, shaving soap, after shave, room sprays, baby powder, diaper cream, even baby wipes!
Finally, Mariposa carries a variety of containers, of all shapes and sizes to bottle your concoctions. And, if you plan ahead and can special order what you will need, we offer a discounted price. We also carry a few books with DIY body care recipes to give you the knowledge to create your own apothecary, with safe and effective ingredients! Have fun!
Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin & Happy Armpits
Making your own deodorant allows you to avoid many very harmful chemicals most likely contained in commercial products. Some of these chemical ingredients are:
Aluminum; a metal linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Parabens; a synthetic preservative linked to disrupting hormonal imbalance, birth defects and organ toxicity.
Propylene glycol; petroleum based material, that has been shown to cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and heart in large quantities.
Phthalates; a class of chemicals associated with birth defects.
Do you really want this stuff in your body? I don’t think so! Here is an alternative recipe given to us by a customer who swears it is the best deodorant they have ever tried!
DIY Deodorant Recipe
• Warm 5 tablespoons coconut oil to a liquid state (A mason jar works well, in a double boiler, over medium heat)
• 1 Tbsp baking soda
• 6 Tbsp arrowroot powder
• 2 Tbsp bentonite clay
If you want to get a little fancy, you can add some essential oils for scent, which also adds a bit of extra anti-bacterial property to it, twenty to thirty drops will do.
Store the mix in a glass jar with a lid, or reuse an old deodorant container. But beware, the coconut oil will liquefy in heat, and so it may spill in the summer if you’re not careful. Allow a few minutes of drying time after applying to avoid contact with your clothing, and enjoy chemical free, stink free day!
I would like to bring up to your attention the second of the two mushrooms we have here in the bulk section that deserve to be acknowledged for their qualities and properties.
A while back an old friend of the market presented us with some beautiful wild and sustainably harvested red reishi and chaga mushrooms from the Appalachian region of southern Canada. He himself harvested and dried them at low temperatures and sliced them, readying them to do some goodness for those looking for some good quality medicinal mushrooms.
Using his own words, these mushrooms are “wild gathered respectfully and sustainably in the lush forest of the Northern Appalachian Mountains of Quebec Canada”.
What we know as "Chaga" is actually the dense black mass of mycelia (roughly 10" to 15" in size) that appears on the outside of birch trees infected with the non-toxic parasitic fungus Inonotus Obliquus. The hard & cracked black exterior, which looks like burnt charcoal, is called the sclerotium (plural sclerotia). The interior is softer and has a rusty yellow-brown color that can be seen when it's removed from the birch tree and broken into chunks.
Called the “King of the Medicinal Mushrooms”, Chaga’s health properties include:
-Adaptogenic (increases resistance to stress), nervine
(calms/nourishes the nerves; relieves tension) and anti-stress (promotes peace of mind)
-Immune modulation (balances immune system) and tonic (nourishes/strengthens immune system)
-High antioxidant content
-Anti-cancer (induces apoptosis-the spontaneous breakdown of cancer cells), anti-tumor and anti-mutagenic
-Liver purification and detoxification
-Blood sugar balancer
-Anti-viral (flu, herpes, HIV, hepatitis), anti-parasitic (removes certain types of parasitic worms), and anti-bacterial
-Intestinal protection (good against colitis, gastritis, digestive inflammation)
-Analgesic (removes pain) and anodyne (soothes pain)
-Can help repair damages DNA
-Promotes balanced hormones
-Anti-platelet aggregative effects (disperses clumped red blood cells)
-Anti-lipid peroxidative (protects fats from oxidation or loss of electrons) and lowers harmful LDL (cholesterol)
Here are a few ideas on how to use it:
-Add 1 Tblsp of nuggets or powder to 1 cup of water and simmer on low 5 to 20min. (longer for a stronger brew). Tip: you can actually decoct/brew the nuggets until the dark pigment no longer extracts into the water.
-Chaga taste amazing on its own. It has a very rich, malty coffee vanilla flavor with no distinct mushroom flavor. If it’s too strong strait up or you want to spice it up, try adding the infusion as a base to chai, hot chocolates, smoothies, soups, lattes, or cappuccinos.
Store in cool, dry, and dark space.
They can be found in the bulk herb section of the Market and make sure you get the Appalachian variety.
TO FEED YOUR BABY
BY MARY ANNE
Rodale’s Organic Life magazine has an interesting article this month on feeding your baby. Some of the recommendations were surprising to me, but they are backed up by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and by the magazine’s own research. In some ways these ideas make a lot of sense because the medical world has recently discovered that letting your children put dirt in their mouths, and not using anti-bacterial hand wipes significantly reduces allergies and asthma in children. So here are the new recommendations. If you are unsure, you can always ask your pediatrician.
• Bring on the allergens. Introducing such things as peanuts to infants who have a high risk of developing allergies has been shown to be safe and effective 81% fewer children have developed this allergy because they were introduced to this food at any early age. They suggest a small dab of peanut butter to start. Infants can be started on peanuts between 4 and 6 months of age. They recommend introducing all major food allergens before one year of age. These include dairy, egg, wheat, and seafood and nuts. Never give a child under 1 year of age honey, as it can cause botulism in infants.
• Use the flavor window. Babies between 4 and 7 months are much more receptive to new flavors than they’ll ever be again. Try a variety of flavors including mildly spice and bitter foods such as kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and beets. They may make a face but that does not necessarily mean that they don’t like the food. The end goal is not so much nutrition as it is introducing flavors for a long term palate. Little bits of unusual foods are fine.
• Lean on meats. By 6 months of age, your baby’s brain is developing rapidly and needs more than breast milk to supply the necessary nutrients. Your baby needs foods that are high in B12, B6, A and D and choline. Good choices are egg yolks, red meat (especially liver) and fish. It is important that these food choices be organically grown, wild-caught, or pasture-raised to reduce the presence of hormones or antibiotics in the diet.
• Season with small amounts of sea salt. Sea salt, or Himilayan salt, contains trace minerals, which help your baby’s immature kidneys to process salt.
• Organic matters. Organophosphates are highly toxic pesticides that are used on most commercial crops. These pesticides can hamper the neurological development in babies and children, even at low levels of exposure. If you cannot afford organic food, try at least to avoid the Dirty Dozen, foods that contain high levels of pesticides, among them are strawberries, nectarines, and apples. To see the entire list of the Dirty Dozen please go to www.ewg.org.
THE RITUAL OF GIFT GIVING
by Dena Shuster
With organic food sales soaring worldwide, sustainable farming, good health, and conscious living have progressed beyond being trendy; it is now at the forefront of many people’s minds everywhere.
So, how can we be mindful of our foods, gift choices, and our consumption during this time of year? According to Stanford University, Americans generate an average of 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to New Years than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million extra tons per week. Considering we already have more trash then we know what to do with, this extra 25 % is completely preventable with a little more of a conscious effort. Here are a few “Earth Friendly” choices for consumption & “Green” gift Ideas!
Live Christmas trees, though expensive, can be used for several years in a pot and then planted outside, reducing the waste of purchasing a tree from a lot which has to be burned or dumped.
Another idea is to recycle your gift wrap, bows, tissue paper & boxes. These all add up to a lot of unnecessary trash around the holidays. Try to reuse these items from last year, but if it’s a little too late for last year’s leftover wrappings set your intentions to be more mindful this year. Some of the most adorable gifts I have received and that I have remembered were the ones with creative touches and repurposed items. One idea is a paper bag wrapped gift with fresh greens attached and a recycled ribbon. If you are wrapping for kids the comic section of the newspaper looks amazing and fun. Bags that are looking a little used can be refreshed with a cut-out from a Christmas card and a little imagination.
If you are cooking for a large group of family and friends, try to buy organic locally grown vegetables and hormone free meat, eggs and dairy. By doing so, you are supporting sustainable farming practices.
As for GIFTS…Mariposa Market tries our very best to provide our customers with the products and resources to make better choices in reducing our carbon footprint. So here are a few holiday gift giving ideas for the season.
We have a great variety of reusable beautiful baskets and shopping bags in a range of choices from locally made bags to” fold and fit in your purse bags”. We also have, new this year, our jute Mariposa Market bags with our beautiful mural by Marta Alonso printed on the front. Fill it up with some locally grown groceries and a bottle of one of our Mendocino County wines and you have a great thoughtful reusable gift.
Another great gift is a reusable beverage container; we have a variety of water bottles, some with tea or fruit infusers, some that alkalize your water, others that can keep your coffee piping hot or your drink ice cold! YES!!! All BPA & BPS- free, these are safe and will not alter the purity of your beverage or the earth.
Candles! Candles! Candles!! We have scented & unscented, beeswax & birthday, table- top tapers, and ones to stimulate your motivation. You choose! These are ALL clean burning, recyclable and make any holiday light up!
Nan and I have also carefully selected a variety of stylish recycled, repurposed, fair trade woolens from a variety of venders such as Gypsy & LoLo and Andes Gifts, just to name a few. These make wonderful gifts, provide style and warmth, and can be passed down for years!
We also have a wide variety of counter-worthy jars and containers that are recyclable & reusable. These storage jars make wonderful long-lasting gifts. You can fill them up, leave them empty, or stuff a dish towel and a Mariposa Gift Card inside. Add a bow and you have a classy present. Mariposa encourages its shoppers to bring them back and fill them up, reducing the use of paper, plastic, and packaged items.
These are just a few gift ideas for the holidays, keeping in mind our Earth and our consumption. There is always” THIS” holiday season to be more conscious of your choices and we at Mariposa Market are here to remind and help you to do so. Just remember…a better life is created by better choices; what is yours?
POT FOR PETS
BY MARY ANNE
Recently Jude Tillman from the Dragonfly Dispensary in Fort Bragg came to Mariposa Market to give a talk on the medicinal properties of cannabis. This very knowledgeable woman shared a plethora of information about the benefits of the compounds which make up the marijuana flowers. The most interesting for me was the cannabinoid called CBD which is a has no mind-altering properties but is super effective against a variety of ailments which so far the medical community has only been able to address with NSAIDS, chemotherapy, sedatives, anti-depressants, and sleep aids which may become addictive. She told us that the CBD tincture is especially indicated for inflammatory disease of any kind, and many autoimmune conditions as well. The dispensary has been using CBD oils or tinctures for cancers, Lyme disease, Crohn’s disease, sleep disorders and arthritis with very good results. I mentioned to her that I had been giving the CBD tincture we sell at Mariposa to my dog who had recently had a grand mal seizure. She remarked that there was an increasing interest in the veterinary community and that many of her customers used CBD’s for their pets.
Surprisingly, the New York Times came published an article in the Sunday paper called "Pets on Pot". This two page article chronicled the growing number of pet situations which are being addressed with CBD's. THC, which is the psycho-active cannabinoid found in marijuana is contra-indicated for animals, because it is toxic to them. But, the CBD’s have been used for a variety of conditions including cancer, seizures, arthritis, allergies, anxiety, and a variety of other conditions. The interesting part is that when the pet owners went to a medical marijuana clinic they had to lie and say the condition was theirs so that they could get a prescription for their pets. I have continued to give my dog the CBD tincture twice a day and she has had no more seizures and her arthritis seems improved. We are on the brink of a new era in medicine. Encourage your veterinarian to find out more about CBD’s. There are no side effects.
From our Customer Suggestion Box
Please carry Three Trees Org Almond Milk: Their website looks good. Unfortunately we cannot get this through our current distributors.
Raw Cream Butter and Grass Fed Yogurt: We do have raw butter, located in the freezer next to the pie crusts. As for the yogurt, we have carried it in the past and it just didn’t sell very well.
Mr. Barkey’s Veg Dog Treats in bulk: We will consider bringing in one type of bulk dog biscuit. Mr. Barky’s were a slow seller, but maybe Cloud 9 has bulk biscuits available.
Please offer a tempeh option for a deli sandwich: There are a few varieties of this product in the freezer section. You can always purchase a package and take to the deli, who would be happy to make a sandwich for you. Unfortunately the tempeh is not popular enough to keep it thawed out in the deli.
Dutch Crunch bread for deli sandwiches: We have a large selection of bread in the deli and the torpedo rolls (which are Dutch Crunch) are much smaller than any of our other roll options. We do put fresh torpedo sandwiches out every day and if you wish to purchase one, we would be happy to add any extra condiments or veggies for the cost of the add-on.
Potato Salad has too much egg: Please try some of our other brands, like the J.D. Hookers Potato salads. Most of them to not contain eggs and are quite delicious!
Tapioca Pudding in the deli: This product was not selling well so we stopped carrying it. We will bring a few in again and see how it does this time around. ☺
Bagels (from the deli) are not toasted enough: We have brought this to the attention of the deli staff and instructed them to toast the bagels more before serving them.
Big Gold Star Gratitude for the delicious reasonably priced deli food! Thank you very much for your wonderful praise. We always appreciate positive feedback. Be sure to keep check for new and exciting products from our deli in the very near future!
Omega 3 Cream Vegan Ice Cream: We have not found this through any of our distributors, but we’ll keep trying!
Alvarado St. Bakery Seriously Sprouted Fajita size tortillas – much better than the other sprouted ones you carry: We will check these out!
Up Mountain Switchel, in bulk if possible: Up Mountain is in the process of changing containers and there is no info on when it will be available or in what sizes.
Bring back Clausthaler NA Beer: You may have missed it, but we do carry Clausthaler N/A Beer.
Rebbl reishi chocolate golden milk: We did look in to this, however our distributor has discontinued this product.
Amy's Chocolate Cake, please carry it again: We discontinued this product because it was a very slow seller.
Redwood Hill Farm Plain Yogurt, small: We will trade this for the vanilla. ☺
Paleo Coconut Wrap: We have a vegan coconut wrap that is Paleo. Look in our International aisle next to the seaweed.
2 Tbsp melted unsalted butter, plus more for skillet
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2-1/4 oz (1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch kosher salt
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1 Tbsp ginger liqueur (such as Domaine de Canton) or Cognac, optional
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz (2 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries
2 Tbsp finely chopped candied ginger
1 oz (1/4 cup) sliced almonds
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Vanilla ice cream, for serving, optional
• Heat oven to 375° F. Butter a 12" cast-iron skillet and set on a foil- or parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet
• In a blender, combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour, eggs, baking powder, salt, milk, butter, liqueur, and vanilla. Blend until smooth and set aside
• Toss cranberries with remaining sugar and place in skillet. Bake until cranberries have started to bubble, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven, scatter candied ginger over the top, and pour on the batter. Sprinkle with almonds and return to oven. Bake until set, slightly puffed, and brown around edges, 30-35 minutes.
• Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately, with ice cream, if desired.
Note: To make individual clafoutis, use six 8 oz oven-safe dishes.
*Borrowed from: "Rodale's Organic Life" magazine, November 2016*