Here we are again, that time of the year when summer and fall co-exist. Where my fading suntan meets cooler air and falling leaves. Living 3000 miles away from my hometown, it's always a little tough when the seasons change. It inevitably reminds me the holidays are coming and that I'm far from family in the Bay Area.
Hopefully I'll visit them for Thanksgiving or maybe around Christmas, but it all depends on what New York has up her sleeve. Because this never-sleeping city is where my roots are firmly planted now. The energy here suits me; I don't want to live anywhere else. And that ain't bad.
It's also not that bad because the Pumpkin Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie is about to come back into my world. It's a bakery recipe very close to my heart. Just seeing "their faces" here in the bakery makes me feel like family is here too. As a little kid, I have such fond memories of my Aunt Christine making her famous Pumpkin Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Forget the turkey and the stuffing, forget the Christmas ham and the apple pie. I just want a plate of those cookies! I treasure every one of those family gatherings. They were the inspiration for the pumpkin cookie I now offer my customers. That warm cozy feeling, in a handy snack. And like so many of our customers, I gobble them up from the beginning of October til the end of their seasonal run.
My Aunt Christine is a fantastic cook, baker and a truly generous spirit. She's been the matriarch of our very diverse Lincoln brood. Which is something else I've always admired about her. Her strength, no doubt, has guided tough decisions I've made in my business and in my personal life. Her style and her eye for creativity and crafting are like none other. And I draw on her talents to this day. I cannot wait! to see her and the rest of my family. I'm one who thrives on a generous mix of kodak moments and New York minutes. Priceless in total.
So yes, I've long-stated my bakery's recipes are heart-healthy. Now you know just how deep that goes.