Trick or treat! The Best Halloween Cookies of 2017

Halloween treats

Monster Treats

Trick or treat! The Best Halloween Cookies of 2017

Though we enjoy all holidays, there is something extra special about Halloween. Creative costumes, tasty treats, spooky stories… There’s so much fun to be had!

As you can imagine, it’s the tasty treats that intrigue us most.

Every year around the second week of October, our bakery starts to overflow with a magical myriad of delicious Halloween cookies and cakes. 

We enjoy the challenge of stretching our creative culinary legs and dreaming up menus that are both super scary and dangerously delicious. This year, we even added a few new additions!

Our favorite? Monster Treats! Featuring our extra marshmallowy rice krispy treats, a thick layer of rich dark chocolate, and super cute edible googly eyes. 

Last year, we gave you all a few tips to stay healthy for Halloween, but this year the treats were just too good – we had to share! Check out a few of our favorite sweet treat snapshots below!

Halloween cookie

Witches Fingers Shortbread

pumpkin halloween cookie

Great Pumpkin Shortbread

Halloween cake

Rich chocolate cake with cinnamon frosting and a scary spiderweb design

mummy Halloween cookies

Friendly Mummy Shortbread

fall cookies

Autumn Leaves Shortbread

 

bat cookies Halloween

Batwing Shortbread

Community Spotlight: The King’s Garden

Our business revolves around one simple idea:

Be good to our clients, kind to the earth, and fair to our employees.

We try to implement this concept throughout all levels of the business, but it becomes of the utmost importance when considering our ingredients. We feel strongly that our responsibilities extend far beyond creating meals with the best flavors and highest quality.

We are not only a producer of food, but a consumer of raw ingredients. We purchase thousands of dollars worth of raw ingredients each week, and those decisions affect, not just our clients, but the larger food service economy as a whole.

With this thought in mind, we make extensive efforts to not only buy local whenever possible, but to ensure that each one of our producers uses farming and production methods that are in line with our commitment to sustainability.

The King’s Garden is one such producer, and today we would like to shine the community spotlight on their beautiful produce, farmed organically and sustainably. 

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Located in the small town of Carlton in North Central Washington, The King’s Garden is largely a one-woman show, with occasional help from WOOFers and other volunteers (Psst: They are currently looking to fill more volunteer positions for the upcoming months).

The produce available through The King’s Garden is absolutely stunning and comes in a fantastic variety: heirloom melons, squash, sweet and hot peppers, beans, beets, peas, greens, potatoes, carrots of every color, onions, cabbage, cucumbers, corn, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, tomatillos…

And that’s just the vegetables! They also produce ground cherries, apples, strawberries, asparagus, raspberries, as well as several types of herbs.

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The list goes on an on, but the bottom line is that we absolutely love working with The King’s Garden and are so happy to be on their list of weekly summer stops. 

For more information about volunteering, be sure to check out their website. Or if you want to get a taste for yourself, stop by one of our locations on a Thursday (we buy from them on Wednesday) to get a taste of the many dishes we make with these stunning natural gifts. 

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Cater4Cans: Gathering cans and giving back

Cater4Cans: Gathering goods and giving back

When we received the invitation to join Cater4Cans, a massive community food drive with 16 Puget Sound catering companies, we thought only one thing: YES!

Seattle’s struggle with hunger and homelessness is an issue that rests heavy on our collective hearts. As a business, On Safari Foods makes donations to charitable organizations around Seattle, and we also make regular food donations to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission in Pioneer Square. This being said..

We are always searching for ways in which we can contribute more. 

The fact that this food drive brings together a large community in order to support the larger whole, makes it even more worthwhile.

Cater4Cans began last year as the brain child of David Haggerty, owner of DSquared, another local catering company. Last year, DSquared embarked on this venture alone, and were still able to gather over 500 cans and assorted dry goods. This year, banded together as a catering community, we hope to blow that number out of the water!

We will be reaching out to all our employees, as well as our neighbors in SoDo to ask for contributions to this deeply worthwhile cause. 

How can you help?

Stop by any of our three locations and drop off whatever you can. There will be well-marked boxes, ready for donations, at each location. All canned foods, dry goods, or other non-perishable items are more than welcome!

To sweeten the deal, we will be running a raffle for one $50 visa gift card! To enter, donate 15 cans or more, leave us with your name and email address (so we can notify you if you win), and sit back knowing you made a tangible contribution to the well-being of your Seattle community.

We hope to see you all soon!

Location addresses:

On Safari Foods
3317 3rd Ave S.
Seattle WA 98134

On Safari Espresso Bar
1501 1st Ave S., Seattle, WA

On Safari Foods at Cafe Artemis
201 Elliott Ave W. Seattle, WA
(Inside the Omeros Building)

Simple Mexican Street Corn Recipe (Elotes)

Mexican Street Corn Recipes (Elotes)

Overall Time: 20 minutes

Active Prep Time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

6 corns of the cobb with the husk on

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup mayonnaise

3/4 cup Mexican crema or sour cream

1 tsp ancho chile powder 

2 small gloves of garlic, or one large one

3/4 crumbled Cotija cheese

1/2 cilantro leaves

1-2 limes cuts into wedges

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Chateau St. Michelle Summer Concert Series

It’s the time of year again… Time for the sun-soaked, fun-filled, wine-fueled Chateau St. Michelle summer concert series in Woodinville, Washington. 

This is our third year participating in the series as an onsite vendor, and we couldn’t be more excited for this summer’s all-star line-up. 

Chateau St. Michelle summer concert series

Photo courtesy of Chateau St. Michelle

With heavy hitters like John Legend, Santana, Blondie, Diana Krall, and the Goo Goo Dolls, this year promises to be even more spectacular than the last.

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Baked Caramel French Toast Recipe | Perfect for Sunday brunch

Photo courtesy of Unsplash

Baked Overnight Caramel French Toast

Overall Time: 9 hours approx.

Active Prep Time: 1 hour approx.

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Ingredients

Topping:
1 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup whipping (heavy) cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
(Fresh fruit of your choice for a little something extra!)

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Cafe Artemis breakfast menu gets a fresh overhaul

Looking for a fresh perspective on breakfast? Check out our new AM menu at On Safari Foods at Cafe Artemis – the newest addition the On Safari Foods family!
 
Located in Lower Queen Anne, we offer busy professionals and area residents a variety of options that can be enjoyed in-house or on-the-go.
 
For hot entrees, the grill is open from 7:30-10:30 (with lunch starting at 11).
 
However, if you’re in the mood for something lighter: espresso drinks, smoothies, and a variety of house-made pastries, quiches, and other quick treats are available from 7:00am-3:00pm every week day.
 
Check out the new breakfast items below, or for our full menus click here.
 

OMG THIS OATMEAL

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Hot Cross Buns Recipe | Perfect for Easter Sunday

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Marked with a symbolic puff pastry cross, Hot Cross Buns are a special treat and frequent fixture at many Easter Sunday meals. Though they are quite tasty plain, they are especially delicious when split and then served with a liberal layer of butter and fresh marmalade.

Yield: 24 buns

Time: Approximately 3 hours

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Cafe Artemis Grand Re-Opening Open House

Owner Teresa Carew (left) standing with artist Melissa Evans (right)

As some of you might already know, Cafe Artemis, the newest member of the On Safari Family is now open for operation – serving hungry professionals in Lower Queen Anne breakfast, lunch, and espresso every week day from 7:00am-3:00pm.

What you might not know is that Cafe Artemis will also be showcasing the artwork and photography of Seattle creatives on a quarterly rotating basis. This means that every four months, patrons of Cafe Artemis will get the chance to ponder the artistic vision of a new local talent. 

In addition, we will also be hosting a complimentary open house every quarter to celebrate the arrival of each new artist. So be sure to keep up to date via our Facebook for Open House dates and times. 

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Arcade Lights: After Hours Foodie Paradise at Pike Place Market

Hosted after hours in the world-famous Pike Place Market, this fabulous event is a food lovers paradise, and provides a truly unique glimpse into one of Seattle’s historic treasures.

It’s also one of our all-time favorite annual events!

Featuring gourmet goods from over 70 local artisan vendors, spanning the entire gamut from sweet to savory, cider to beer, and wine to craft liquor – Arcade Lights truly does have something for everyone.

Photo credit: Rosemary Dai Ross

Even better than getting to sample all the amazing food and drink, is the fact that the proceeds from this event go towards supporting the Market’s social endeavors – such as the Pike Market Senior Center and the Pike Market Food Bank.

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