Friday, September 17, 2010

Meet Brooklyn-based Morris Kitchen, makers of small-batch Ginger Syrup

MORRIS KITCHEN Ginger Syrup Makers, Tyler and Kari Morris
We've got a best seller on our grocery shelves, with for good reason. From the moment we introduced Morris Kitchen's Ginger Syrup to the Brooklyn Farmacy, customers responded. Morris Kitchen is Kari and Tyler Morris, a Brooklyn-based brother/sister duo and their Ginger Syrup is made in small batches with freshly juiced ginger, bottled in an apothecary style amber glass jar with a letterpress-printed label, and then stamped with the bottling date. Tyler and Kari fill each bottle by hand.
     Lovely to behold, and even better to taste, this Ginger Syrup can be used in a variety of seasonal cocktails, paired with sparkling water, over fruit and berries, as a topping for desserts, or incorporated into cooking recipes. (see below for a ginger cookie recipe)

Meet them!
Morris Kitchen will be in our store on Sunday, September 19th from 3-5.
Stop in, sample the syrup and meet these innovative syrup makers.


A little Back Story (we love a good story)
Morris Kitchen’s mission is to connect New Yorkers with local, and seasonal food. They believe that the best food is often unadulterated, fresh and organic. Tyler has been cooking in restaurants for thirteen years,and is passionate about seasonal ingredients and sustainable farming. Previously a Sous Chef for Tom Colicchio's Craftbar Tyler now serves as Sous Chef at April Bloomfield's Breslin Bar & Dining Room.
     Kari worked front of the house at Foreign Cinema restaurant in San Francisco for three years while studying painting at California College of the Arts. This is where her food crush blossomed into a full time love affair. From the table setting to the guest list, Kari has an eye for the details of bringing a meal together. Having graduated with a degree in Fine Art, Kari also organizes Art Fairs and enjoys teaching kids about local produce and healthy eating habits. She continues to successfully engage people of all ages with food and art by introducing them to new ways of cooking.
     Beyond the syrup products, Morris Kitchen is a brother-sister run monthly supper club. They source their ingredients from the Greenmarket and from our friends at Rooftop Farms. The goal of Morris Kitchen is to provide quality products that are made with genuine care, by hand.
     In the works is another syrup: boiled apple cider syrup. Perfect for a fall cocktail or over ice cream. they are currently focusing on a farm and apple orchard that they work with in Upstate New York. Drawing attention to the importance of supporting local farms will be the main focus.

Thanks for making such a wonderful product, Kari and Tyler. We are honored to have you on our shelves.

Fresh: Made weekly, by hand in small batches.
Friendly: Beautifully crafted syrups in bottles that are appealing and user-friendly. There are many  ways to use this syrup, yet drizzled over ice-cream is delicious enough!
Local. They've hand delivered every order we've placed. So we get to chat. And that's nice.

Here's an easy recipe using Morris Kitchen's Ginger Syrup . Enjoy!
Ginger Shortbread Cookies
 / makes 30 1 in. cookies

Ingredients
    
•    3/4 c. confectioners sugar

•    1 c. butter (2 sticks)

•    1 c. Morris Kitchen Ginger syrup

•    2 1/2 c. AP flour

•    1/2 tsp. salt

•    2 Tbl. ginger powder

Method
    
1.    Preheat oven to 350°F

2.    Cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

3.    Add ginger syrup slowly on low speed.

4.    Once ginger syrup is incorporated, add all dry ingredients.

5.    Mix until fully incorporated.

6.    Dough should be pliable and only a bit sticky.

7.    Roll dough between two sheets of parchment or wax paper to 1/4” – 1/8”

8.    Chill in fridge until the dough is stiff

9.    Bake 8-12 minutes or until edges are just golden

10.    Sprinkle with sugar while warm or wait until cookies are cool and decorate

— Maggie Kindschuh
, recipe

PLEASE NOTE: On Sunday, September 19th, 10% of Brooklyn Farmacy's proceeds will be donated to offManhattan's Feed your Soul charity event towards the Food Banks for NYC (http://offmanhattan.com/feedyoursoul/). So along with sampling the syrup, we've just given you another great reason to visit us at the Farm!

Images courtesy Hither & Thither