Monday, December 16, 2013

Remember me? I'm Baaaaaaaack! Just in time to ship you a jinuine SWEETBOX for your Holiday Pleasure. ;-)

EDIT 12/18/13
Aww.... you missed the deadline for xmas shipping! But stay tuned for other holiday shipping offers (like jinTruffles for Valentine's Day!). I've deleted the paypal ordering link, but feel free to read the post and drool over what you missed...

The hand filled Peanut Butter Jewel Cookies.

I know I know, um, exactly how long has it been since I posted here? Shame shame shame on jinny!!! I've been hella busy, that's for sure. I'll let you know what I've been up to soon enough, if you're still reading? Anybody out there? Helllloooooooo.......

Right now I am scratch-baking like mad for my holiday shipping orders, and that's where this post comes in! There's still time to be jincluded in the awesomeness that are my Vegetarian and mostly Organic Holiday Cookie Assortments! But that's not all folks! There's also my jinfamous Fruitcake and Cinnamon Spiced Pecans. You have until Tuesday (December 17th) to place your order for shipping by Wednesday (December 18th) and remember, I ship anywhere in the US (as always, Insured Priority Mail via USPS with Tracking).

The super fast and easy Paypal ordering button is below, but if you want a larger size box, or a different combo, do not hesitate for a second to email me, jpasquill.pastrychef(at)gmail(dot)com, and I'll try to make magick happen! ;-) Also note that shipping/handling fees are already included! It's SO EASY all you have to do is CLICKCLICKCKLICK!!! ;-)

The "Assortment" below is described as:
a 1 pound box of butter cookies with a minimum of 8 different flavours included, chosen by me, totaling approximately 75 bite-sized cookies. 

The current rotating butter cookie flavours include- Cappuccino Flats, Swedish Chocolate Almond, Peanut Butter Jewels, Peppermint Sugar, Fudgies, Cinnamon Crescents, Hazelnut Jewels, Russian Tea Balls, Raspberry Jewels, Citrus Swirls, Gingerbread People, Sugar Shape Cut-Outs and Key Lime Poppyseed.

The Cinnamon Spiced Pecans are:
Large Fresh Georgia Pecan Halves enrobed in a sweet Vietnamese Cinnamon Coating and slow roasted for hours.

The Fruitcake is:
A 1 pound loaf soaked with an organic orange juice and whiskey combo that'll have your taste buds screaming for more! You won't find any bitter citron or fake dyed fruits here, this cake is chock full of diced dried Papaya, dried Pineapple, fresh Dates and Walnuts. It's also not been sitting around for years... my fruitcakes never do because people actually enjoy eating them. ;-)

If you buy from me you're supporting a local artisan producing hand-made creations in small batches, so you can feel all warm and fuzzy about what you're buying. Go ahead, order for yourself, or ship to a loved one, or both! :-D

[paypal link here]

A peek at the inside of The Fruitcake!

Again, feel free to contact me with any questions- jpasquill.pastrychef(at)gmail(dot)com or leave a comment on this post and I'll respond!
The Swedish Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I'm not Dead, I'm merely Having Fun

A jin catching up on her reading.
Wow... has it really been this long since my last post??? I don't even have a plausible excuse, for I've been busy sitting on the beach, dining out, exploring coffee shops, sitting on the beach, dining out, reading novels, sitting on the beach, dining out, planting my own herbs, sitting on the beach, dining out & having surprise jincounters with not-so-creepy crawlies. (Did you know that jin's kinda sorta like bugs? I find them jinteresting you know. ;-)

This is my new friend, we hang together on the veranda.

First off, I must say, by closing my pastry shoppe of 17 years & moving to a warm sunny climate I quite certainly made the very best decision of my jintire life!

We put my dearly departed Brioche on the dash,
filled the xB to the brim
and headed south jinto our new life.

A lovely view of the bay.
We stop & sit here briefly
on our way to
"The most fabulous place on Earth!"
No silly...
not Disney
but it does start with a "D"

Lucky to have toured the original Dali museum before it closed
to make way for the brand new one opening next month!

Proof that I stuck my sticker on Dali's pole. ;-)

Come, tour the beach with me...

A walkway leading to bliss...

I have 'beach birki's' now...

jinToes like the sand...

Back to the sunny warm parking lot in winter.

I can't remember the last time I was so happy. I mean, I squeal peeps. Squeal. Constantly. It's crazy & JDC laughs at me all the time. It goes a 'lil something like this:
  1. I find a Restaurant that has a Chef who creates a dining experience so perfect that I send him my compliments on having an "exceptional palette"
  2. I *squeal*
  3. JDC says, "jin, you live in a real city now! Of course there's a place like this!"

  1. I find an herbal store that carries any homeopathic remedy I'd ever possibly need and all at reasonable prices
  2. I *squeal*
  3. JDC says, "jin, you live in a real city now! Of course there's a place like this!"

  1. I find a Pastry Shoppe that makes authentic French Croissants from scratch every (!) single (!) day (!)
  2. I *squeal*
  3. JDC says, "jin, you live in a real city now! Of course there's a place like this!"

  1. I visit an outdoor market that doesn't close for the winter. It has dozens of scratch-made pasta's, organic artisan popsicles, fresh herbs by the hundreds, hemp clothes, vegetarian doggie products and much much much more...
  2. I *squeal*
  3. JDC says, "jin, you live in a real city now! Of course there's a place like this!"

the skies are almost always blue, beautiful
and the sunsets, they take your breath away
astounding bridges take surrealist turns
seems to be a place I always want to stay

the deja vu machine guns my entire being, daily
no question this picturesque land was my destiny
what's coming up ahead still remains to be seen
certainly seem to have passed fate's crash testin' me

A beautiful sunset outside our door
with a glimpse of the Full Moon.

I realize I never posted pics of the jinfamous final wedding cakes that were created in my now defunct Patisserie. I shall remedy that posthaste. It seems I've saved some of the best 'til last, if I may say so myself. ;-)

Hand-painting details on one of my final cakes:

I created a 3D Koi piece out of Royal Icing:

Et Voila!

This was the Groomscake.
It was totally Vegan & Gluten Free
for the guests with dietary restrictions.
I was told it was the best they've ever tasted.
The design echoed that of a hand carved light
inside the Frank Lloyd Wright house
where the wedding reception was held.

In closing, I'll say that I do not jintend to desert this blog. But, posts may have to be put on hold while I go get one of the best Veggie Burgers I've ever tasted. Because, after all, I live in a city now... and of course there's a place like that here! ;-)

Good Night!

A sketch of a certain jin by JDC.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Last Call...

All the SWEETBOX recipients from last week were beyond pleased (I need to work on a testimonial page!) and I'm back today with your very last chance at one. Here's the final call for SWEETBOX orders! This batch will go out on Wednesday (August 4th).

I will hand pick a delightful artisan-crafted assortment just for you! At this late date, I'm afraid I can't accommodate special requests/flavours, but I promise you'll simply adore the unique variety! (Some of the items that were jincluded in last weeks assortments: Apple Crumble Squares, Lemon Dream Squares, Triple Chocolate Biscotti, Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Organic Fresh Banana Puree Mini Loaves and much much more!)

Each package will contain approx. 24 pieces of organic vegetarian pastry & the price of $55.00 (shipping to the US only) includes USPS Priority Shipping, a tracking number & reusable cool packs. Click below to order!

So sorry... the ordering window has expired!

If you have any questions feel free to email me!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Opportunities, Farewells & Sweetboxes, Oh MY!

Since I left you for so long without a post I suppose I must offer you an explanation! I have a very good one, although some of you won't be happy about it. It's great news though! Well, for me...

I have been busy tying up loose ends; after 17 years in business I am closing the doors to my pastry shoppe & heading down to the Sunshine State.

I very much feel the need to grow & Manitowoc can no longer serve that purpose for me. I feel that Uniquely Yours Pastry Shoppe could always survive here but will never thrive here. The time has come for me to be in a busier environment, a larger city, a place where I can truly acuminate my skills.

For the curious cats in the bunch, Uniquely Yours shall RIP. I’ve no desire to sell the business to an outside party who can’t comprehend the passion it took on a daily basis to keep this baby going.

When I do start up again, which is inevitable for a passionate foodie such as myself, it will be a new endeavour, totally unassociated with the “Uniquely Yours” that my Mom & I created so long ago in this small town.

Due to the (quite obvious!) devastation of my customers, I have already checked into the available options near our destination, of which there are many. I have already begun taking orders for shipping my holiday delights & will start sending them throughout the month of December. I will be putting the finishing touches on ordering options, prices, etc. & will have a list available in October. If you are jinterested just drop me a line & I'll be sure to email (or snailmail!) you a copy as soon as it's completed.

Fear not! This blog will not go the way of the brick & mortar. It may morph jinto something slightly different though...

Ahhh... but I've saved the best news for last! The best for you, that is. ;-) I am accepting one final call for SWEETBOX orders. They will go out this Wednesday (July 28th) & next Wednesday (August 4th).

I will hand pick a delightful artisan-crafted assortment just for you! At this late date, I'm afraid I can't accommodate special requests/flavours, but I promise you'll simply adore the unique variety!

Each package will contain approx. 24 pieces of pastry & the price of $55.00 (shipping to the US) includes USPS Priority Shipping, a tracking number & reusable cool packs. Click below to order!

So sorry... the ordering window has expired!

Ciao for now my blogfans... ;-)

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Most Delightful & Unexpected Gift

Have I mentioned recently how absolutely wonderful my customers are?
I haven't?
Well, jindeed I must.
I have some of the best, kindest, most thoughtful customers on the freakin' planet!

Very recently one of my favourite couples came in carrying a delicate small box along with a photocopy of something I couldn't quite make out. Jintrigued, I ran out of the kitchen to greet them.

"We have something for you Jennifer!"

They opened the box to reveal what I knew at a glance had to come from Europe. What astounded me was that it had not been merely shipped here... he had brought it back with him directly from Austria.

He had stayed at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna & came back with their world renown tortes- of which I was one of the lucky lucky lucky recipients.

Of course, me being me, I had to dissect it & savour every single morsel. Oh it was Divine & truly one of the most thoughtful things I've ever received!

That was just too cool.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Jinsensitive Mish-Mash

every once in a while
i spy something with style
that makes me laugh
fodder & chaff
now my memory's full up
so refill your cup
sit back and click play
and enjoy your day

Bridezilla Attacks!
Really? Really??? Oh cam on!

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Sandra Lee!
Her face, frame by frame, as she tries to disguise her horrid concoction!

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The Food Lift!
Need I say anything here peeps?!!?

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The Elegant Guide to American Cuisine!
I LOVE this woman! (...and secretly wish I'd have thought of this first! Drat!)

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Japanese Performance Art!
by Toastie
Her character "Baguette Bardot"
(an homage to Brigitte Bardot)

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Paula Deen's Cocktail Hour!
That's pretty much all I have to say about her.

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Guy Fieri!
I adore that he uses spit. Watch & learn!!!

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This last one is verbally NSFW so click on it when you get home for a great laugh at the very bubbly Rachel Ray teaching all the ladies how to, shall we say... make dessert a special occasion. ;-)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Sunshine State of Jin

I am back!
With a brand new post of epic proportion
along with a scandalous admission:
I am in Love
I am in Lust!
My Souls Passion has Arisen.
Oh and you'll never ever guess the source.
You really won't!

Some say it was
the sun
the fun
the heat
St. Pete
a tan
my man

but really what did it was the Ravioli.
Oh Dear Goddess it was the Ravioli!

But wait, I'm getting well ahead of myjinself! First I must jintroduce you to my love:
Everyone, please give a warm warm greeting to



Ah yessss... weeks were spent in warm sunny Florida after my holiday rush. It was more divine than I ever could have jinmagined! Truly glorious. I shall attempt to recreate some of it to share with you; so grab something for noshing & your spirit of choice because I guarantee you'll be drooling with delight momentarily.

"the Cupcake Spot"

One "Elvis" to go.
Banana Cake, Peanut Butter Frosting, Chocolate Glaze.

I picked that one in particular because a handsome gent was bringing them out of the back so I assumed they'd be the freshest. At $2.75 a piece I thought they'd be on par with my own. Alas it was not. Don't get me wrong, it tasted of quality & was very good... just not nearly as delicious as I had hoped. I wouldn't go out of my way to get another, however, if someone offered me one I'd likely accept. ;-)

"Schakolad Chocolate Factory"

What got me: they had a station for their chocolatier up front so you could watch the chocolate creation- unfortunately their current chocolatier was on vacation for the holidays. Even so, the display was well kept & the chocolates looked very well made. No bloom to be seen anywhere! As I debated how many pieces to purchase I tasted the soy cappuccino they made for me- quite exceptional & I decided the chocolates would likely be the same caliber for in a jin's mind great coffee = great chocolate yes?!

My confidence wavered when I asked how the marzipan was prepared- "we buy it & cover it with chocolate" no add-ins so, likely, no flavour & quite possibly an unpleasant texture. I skipped them. I had the pound box nearly full when I happened upon the peanut butter cups. I asked what type of peanut butter they used. She explained "It's Jif & they aren't filled it's mixed in with the chocolate." I had my second pang of regret & suddenly wished I hadn't chosen the 1 pound box size.

Ah well... they certainly weren't wasted but they weren't nearly as good as I had hoped (yet to my surprise the peanut butter cups were delightful). It goes without mentioning though, everyone here knows what a picky picky jin I am, and it takes a true culinary genius to make my taste-buds purrrrrr...

I hear you
You're pondering the likelihood
of my rating by perjinfection system
Is it Possible?
Can my buds be Teased & Pleased to a Full Blast Oralgasm?
Yes they can!
Read on dear Blogfans!!!
Read ON!

Wandering the streets culminated in my first jincredible Florida food experience. Unfortunately, I never did grab a card or a menu & strangely enough, can't even recall the name of the restaurant I am about to praise! It was located in a nearby city centre that we just happened to pass by as my stomach was screaming for nourishment. They served a fantastic housemade Sangria & a wicked good Cajun veggie burger, one of the most creative combination of flavours I've ever tasted. I've no photos either, how disappointing for all of you! No worries, I shall make it one of my life tasks to locate it once again & dine there. ;-)

"Cafe Ponte"

We headed there for lunch after I spied it on Zagat - I noted mushroom bisque, pad thai & a dessert menu which made me salivate. I was certain to enjoy a good meal! Unfortunately, the waitress informed me that the Bisque was not a vegetarian base and, due to my own reading error, neither was the Pad Thai. OH Drat!

As an aside, for those of you that aren't Vegetarian or haven't dined with one, there are 4 types of restaurants:
1.) Restaurants we simply stay away from. (Seafood, grill your own steak, fast food, etc.)
2.) Restaurants made just for us. (Veggie coffee shops, et al.)
3.) Restaurants that will go out of their way to try & accommodate us. (Even by having certain items marked as Veg Friendly on their menu.)
4.) Restaurants that could very easily accommodate us yet treat us as if we never should have walked through the door in the first place. (Certain items seem to be Veg Friendly yet upon jinquiring about stock and/or sauces you are glared at with the animosity of a Deliverance-esque Hillbilly.)

At this point I was not yet sure if Cafe Ponte was a #3 or a #4. Occasionally the difference between the two is simply the waitstaff for they can make or break a meal; top-notch communication between the dining room & the kitchen is essential, just ask Gordon Ramsey (aka: He whom I Crush hard upon *blush*). Thankfully, our waitress rocked & I received a fantabulously perfect Pad Thai done all Vegetarian like, just for moi! Oh and did I mention it was perfect? Really really really perfect. Oralgasmic even! Yay!

There's more!

Flourless Chocolate Cake
w/ Burnt Caramel Ice Cream

in a single word

Late one sunny & brisk morning (Yes, it does get brisk in FL. Although with WI ice in my veins I laughed at the silly chilly bundled up peeps!) we decided to hit an Organic Cafe I read about. Alas, upon arrival, we found it was closed on Mondays. Jinny needed herself a Soy Cappuccino stat so we strolled through the quaint busy city streets until we found an alternate Organic half indoor half outdoor cafe.

My Soy Cappuccino was perfection & hit the spot but the menu didn't trip my trigger. I ordered one plate of Organic Yam Fries just to tide us over. They would have been absolutely wonderful had they not nuked them. Ugh. I'd rather wait 15 minutes for oven baked fries but then again, I am a rarity. Ah well... away we went in search of another food experience... which, when you're in a city, might only be a few steps away... and it was!


I ordered the Caprese Panini & upgraded from their standard fries to the Black Truffle & Sea Salted variety which were jincredibly excellent as was the thick & hearty ketchup. The Panini however was a bit of a disappointment since the tomatoes were slightly under-ripe & the pesto a bit bland; then again I may just be ultra spoiled with my locally grown organic heirloom tomatoes. I would certainly give it another go merely for the house-made mozzarella... jins *heart* house-made mozzarella!

My Beau had what he described as, "The best Lasagna I've ever tasted in my life!" I think we'll be going back again. ;-) I didn't even get to peruse their dessert menu for our car was parked 10 minutes away when the realization hit that the meter must have already expired.

Off we flew
drove some more
destination unknown
desire to explore.

What's this place?
Let's take a look...
just a look...
I don't really want any...

Oh! My! Goddess!
Look at all the lovely Gelato... it's so beautiful... but, but, but... I'm lactose jintolerant! I'll be sorry later on if I have any... but... OH!OH!OH! They have water based selections so I can have some!!!

Um... too bad that I desire the non-water based selections like Coconut & Violet & Pistachio...

I caved
as did my gent
(and you would too!)

The Coconut & the Pistachio were beyond bliss... the Violet... Oh joy of joys the Violet... it made me squirm with jinDelight and a tiny moan escaped my lips and it was worth every lactose-laden lick and I shall have it again one day! Ahhhhhh....... *sigh*

And jin said:
"I do judge a dessert by its cover."
And there it was:
"Café de Paris"

and I knew from a glance it was jinuine & divine
so ordered I did & sat down to dine

A lovely yet distressing chat was had with the owner, Xavier De Marchi. In his suave thick French accent he explained how they were trying to deport he & his wife after they had lived & worked very hard for 7 years in his beautiful Boulangerie. Evidently they were told even though they made plenty of money, it still wasn't enough to renew their work visas. How awful! Especially since I had tasted their creations & knew after one bite that they had it goin' on. Damn those who try to crush hard working talented artisans!!! I felt very sad so I did what I thought was right- I took a whole bunch of pastries to go! For sharing I mean... and to help them as best as I could. ;-)

French & American Scratch Croissants.

The Napoleons were To-Die-For! In fact... I went back again & got a few more. I also got some other things. No worries, I didn't forget to pick up more Croissants. The BEST Croissants I have ever tasted. I may have purchased a few several *ahem* many more.

Almond Pastry Cream filled Croissant!

More Croissants! MMMmmm....
I blissed out on Croissants for daaaaaaays!

Of course, there were a few days set aside for silly touristy frolicking. A montage:

Quaint Small Town

Glorious Sunrise

Breathtaking Scenery

Pelicans at your Feet

Anonymous Celebrity Sighting ;-)

John's Pass

Authentic Cuban Coffee


More Shenanigans ;-)

Cute Thai Restaurant

Waiting for Spring Rolls

Ice Cream Parlour

Hand Painted Wall Mural

Awesome & Huge New/Used Bookstore

Examining a Coffee Roaster
Waiting on our "London Fog's"

"Tuscano Grille"

This was to be our belated New Year's Eve dinner as we didn't get a chance to go out on the night of. I had very high expectations (as per jinormal *giggle*) and hoped they could be met. The starters were fantastic! I was so busy mmm-ing that I didn't even get photos. A basket of tomato flavoured bread with herbed olive oil went fast as did the most phenomenal Butternut Squash Ravioli with Hazelnut/Sage/Brown Butter Sauce that I've ever tasted!

The Margherita Pizza with house-made Mozzarella was wonderful as well. In fact, the food was so good that I could practically overlook the shoddy service. Were it not for a very very very attentive busboy (May I be blunt?) I'd have been pissed. He took care of us well beyond his job description. (Was it merely his work ethic or the jinfamous cleavage that eve? We may never know. ;-)

Ohhhhhhhhh......... sweet sweet dessert.
Limoncello Panna Cotta
w/fresh berries and raspberry sorbetto
Total & Complete Perfection.
Yes, I did say that.
Scale of 1-10 it was an 11 bay-bee!
Oralgasmic for sure!

Would you believe I saved the best for last?! Yes, yes I did. The place that melted my heart of stone. The artisan crafted food that sealed the deal. Shall we? Please, enjoy a few moments inside jin's head:

"Mazzaro's Italian Deli"

While at the aforementioned Schakolad I asked for recommendations on pastry shoppes in the area. She couldn't come up with any in particular, but said I should definitely check out Mazzaro's for their great bakery & house-made ravioli. I was sold & asked her to repeat the addy to my man's fam. Upon hearing the name Mom & Sis grinned with delight & chimed in unison "We LUV Mazzaro's!"

We hit it on New Year's Eve day so the place was jammed. For real. I've never had so many strangers rub up against me in so short a time-span. (I heard that! I know what you're thinking! Don't say it pervs!) That threw me off my game for starters... then came the sensory overload. A wine room. A cheese room. A man making fresh mozzarella balls right before my baby blues. Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oils as far as the eye could see. Fresh Gelato. Italian Beer. Then came the call from JDCmom over by the fresh pasta counter/deli,"Jin! They'll be calling my number soon- what would you like?" I squeezed between the double line of peeps blocking the counter to try & glimpse what lay beyond the thick cool glass... oh my goddess... there were various Lasagnas, numerous tubs of Olives, Eggplant dishes, Pasta dishes and and and... I kept searching... wading through the bodies... looking... until I got to the very end of the counter... and there it was- the quite obviously scratch made Cheese Filled Raviolis I had heard about & oh dear they looked divine- big pillowy Ravioli lightly coated with a chunky fresh tomato marinara sauce! Oh Oh Ohhh Yesssss!

I left the Ravioli procurement to JDCmom as I turned to glance toward the Bakery counter where there was a mob of peeps 5 feet deep. JDC saw my frown & said, "Don't worry if you can't get near it today, we'll come back again." I replied with extreme determination, "No. Watch for me... I'm going in!"

As I dove in the sea of bodies I expected pushing, shoving & hair pulling, but what happened was more shocking than I ever could have jinmagined: The Sea Parted. I got close enough to see the bakery case & I knew I would be waiting until I walked away with full boxes. I gasped audibly. A lovely woman in front of me pulled a ticket, handed it to me & said, "Here dear take this, you were first." I thanked her & asked if she had tasted their pastry before. She, along with two other women in line, proceeded to rave about each of their faves. Everyone was so friendly! It was like being in my own shoppe when the customers chatter on with each other whilst waiting for their turn. To me this was another sign that the desserts would be wonderful- happy pleasant customers. Yay!

Within minutes my number was called & I promptly filled 2 boxes with a variety of single-serve desserts and of course, several scratch Cannoli. I emerged from the crowd & grinned with utter delight as I proffered my purchases to JDC. He said he couldn't believe that I got in & out of the crowd so fast with pastries! I told him it was like a Pretty Girl Discount kinda thing. ;-)

The Cannoli was quite easily the best I've ever tasted.


Berry Pyramid

Chocolate Mousse

Passionfruit & Napoleon


...and the Ravioli that sealed the deal.
Words can't describe its perfection. The filling, the sauce, the pasta dough, the mini house-made Herbed Mozzarella Balls on skewers and the olives... Calamata Olives like I've never tasted before! I sat, alone, savouring every single morsel of Ravioli until the entire pound was a mere memory on my taste buds. Ahhh... but what a pleasant memory it is.