Sour cream is really very easy to make. We use an Instant Pot Ultra, Horizon cream and a real sour cream starter culture from Cultures for Health. This creates incredible sour cream, and also saves money. By making it ourselves, we know exactly what is in it, since it’s just high quality cream cultured with a real sour cream starter culture. Even better, this is an eco-friendly swap because Horizon is taking action on climate change to be carbon positive in just 3 years, and an Instant Pot is a great way to use less energy and eat better.

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We are celebrating the return of the Olympics with sunflowers by using sunflower seeds in our baking. This is the recipe for our sunflower seed baguette. Sunflowers from the Miyagi area of Japan are featured at the Olympics. The organizers said that after the earthquake and tsunami, the parents planted sunflowers on a hillside in Miyagi in memory of their children who died, and every year now the hill becomes covered with sunflowers.

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Finnish cookies


These Finnish cookies are made with browned butter, toasted pecans and maple syrup, and then rolled in powdered sugar. There are a number of similar cookies, such as Snowballs, Mexican wedding cookies, and Russian Tea cakes. Tony’s mother is half Finnish and she remembers her Finnish Grandmother making them when she was a child, so she has always called them Finnish cookies. They are a family tradition, and we make them every year at celebrations. Over the years we have made a few changes to her Grandmother’s version, though. This version is made with pecans and maple syrup, ingredients that are native to America, so maybe we should probably call them American cookies at this point, but we are not going to mess with tradition that much.

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