The Quintessential Vanilla Cake

Vanilla Cake yield: 2, 8” cakes  All purpose flour 340g (2 ½ cups) Baking powder 9.5g (2 teaspoons) Baking soda 2.5g (1 ½ teaspoons) Salt 2.5g (1 ½ teaspoons) Sugar 416  (2 cups plus 1 Tablespoon) Buttermilk 270g (1 ¼ cups) Oil 30g (2 Tablespoons) Vanilla extract 12g (1 Tablespoon) Eggs 178g (4 each) Yolks […]

Making Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are a quintessential New England winter cookie. The blend of spices in a fresh cookie is the perfect accompaniment to a mug of hot chocolate. If you get a gingerbread cookie mix kit from us, the dry ingredients are already supplied. The directions are on the card included with the mix, but we […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies are a welcome addition to any occasion, or just because. The Ellie’s chocolate chip cookie is our signature take on the traditional recipe. The oats add a nice texture, and, of course, these are filled with chocolate – YUM! Comment below to let us know how this works for you.  

Blackbird Farm – Field Trip

Chances are if you see a pig walking the streets of Smithfield, Rhode Island, it belongs to Ann Marie Bouthillette. “They like to go out for a stroll occasionally,” Ann Marie jokes. The truth is, these American Heritage Berkshire pigs are very inquisitive, and while they might enjoy a night on the town, they have […]

Blackbird Farm

Ann Marie Bouthillette began working with animals when she was three years old. Her childhood included showing livestock, active participation in the Future Farmers of America, and learning as much as she could about working on a farm. It is only natural that she now runs Blackbird Farm in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Ann Marie, with her family, […]

Southside Community Land Trust – Plant Sale

We love fresh, local produce. It is good for the local environment, the local economy, and the taste buds. When it comes to local food, Southside Community Land Trust is a pioneer in Rhode Island. SCLT began organizing and cultivating urban community gardens 30 years ago, and their 50 acre Urban Edge Farm in Cranston, […]

Cinco de Mayo

This Saturday, we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo in downtown Providence. We will be out with Millie, the Macaron Ice Cream cart, and there will be an abundance of food trucks, face painting, and music. This should prove to be a fun day, with a little something for everyone. Contrary to popular belief, however, Cinco […]

Honey and Banana Bread Pudding

    yield: one 9″x13″ baking dish 1 loaf, cubed Honey glazed beer bread (from Ellie’s Bakery) 1 stick (4 oz) butter 1/2 cup honey 3 bananas, mashed 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 t. salt 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped 2 cups cream 6 egg yolks 1. Cube the honey glazed beer bread into 1″ cubes and place […]

Eat, Drink, RI!

This is a big weekend for food and drink here in little ole Providence. The Eat, Drink RI Festival is this weekend, starting with a feast this evening featuring some of the best chefs from around the state. Friday night is the festival Truck Stop, with many of Rhode Island’s fantastic food trucks. This part […]

Chef Melissa Denmark Shines as a Rising Star

    April 15, 2014 marks a special day for us here at Gracie’s and Ellie’s. Our friend and pastry chef, Melissa Denmark, will be honored as a Rising Star in the Coastal New England culinary scene. She is one of 32 people to receive this award from the online culinary magazine, Star Chefs. Who […]

A Day in the Life of a French Macaron

Tomorrow is National Macaron Day, and we could not be more excited. The French Macaron is a sweet cookie made with whipped egg whites, confectioners sugar, granulated sugar, almond flour and food coloring. This Parisian treat may be filled with chocolate ganache, sweet buttercream or jams. As many of you may know, macarons are a […]

Welcome, Vivian!

For those of you who know us or follow us on Facebook, you know we have a bit of a, shall we say, obsession, for naming objects. Theodore, the wooden rooster, is perhaps our most well-known example of anthropomorphism, however, this thread runs deep. I think you will find, in most restaurant settings, staff members […]

Meet the Ellie’s Team: Allie

Who are you, and what is your job at Ellie’s? I am a Barista in the Front of the House, and I work as a baker and macaroner in the back of the house. How long have you worked here? Since June 2013 What do you like most about working here? I like being able […]

Ellie’s Spicy Gingerbread

As I watched the snow falling today, I thought of the joys of hot tea and subtly spiced treats. Good foods can bring warmth to our spirits when it is cold outside. Here is a recipe for spiced gingerbread from our pastry chef Melissa Denmark. This recipe will bring wonderful aromas to your home, and […]

Meet The Team: Theodore

Who are you, and how long have you been working at Ellie’s? My name is Theodore. I have been working since the day we opened, January 2, 2013. What is your favorite thing about being here? I get to stand outside all day, and watch the active city. I love watching all the people who […]

The History of Bread

There is something about the aroma of baking bread that is warm, cozy, and inviting. One of my favorite times of day is when I walk into Ellie’s early in the morning, and smell the bread rising or already in the oven. With our hands and four simple ingredients (flour, water, salt, and yeast) we […]

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