Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's Not Too Late..........

To bring in your gifts for the Hickman House Giving Tree. If you didn't shop for a gift you can bring a check or a gift card. Remember, these are women and children who have fled an abusive situation and are starting over. They often show up at the shelter with just what they are wearing. Your thoughtful and generous gifts make a huge difference for these families. Please bring your gifts to CAPERS by Monday, December 22nd. A huge THANK YOU to all who have donated this year and in the past. Your support has been huge in making the Hickman House program a success for so many families in our community.

soup beautiful soup

Margaret was one of the first chefs at CAPERS back in the early '90s. Her tenure was cut short when her husband, the scientist, was transfered back East. Her legend lives on in the fabulous recipes she created. She was an artist by training and had great food sensibility............her creations such as: the Aunt Pat, Margaret's Favorite, vegetarian black bean buriitos, tomato carrot rosemary soup, lemon tea bread and many others were favorites of our customers too. This seasonally appropriate soup was one of the many Margaret developed for the CAPERS cafe. I found it as I was going through some things and made it up this week. With the temperature in the 20's and the wind whipping about it seemed a perfect thing to make to warm up.

Butternut Squash Soup
2 c carrots
1c onions
1 c celery
1/2# peeled butternut squash
coarse chop all of the above
5 c chicken stock
3 apple peels
3 T butter

Melt butter, add carrots, onions, celery. Salt, pepper & thyme to taste. Cover and saute on low heat until translucent. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add butternut squash and apple peel. Simmer until squash is tender. Remove apple peel. Puree in batches in the food processor. Return puree to soup pot and finish with stock. Add curry powder or half and half to taste [optional]. Garnish with creme fraiche and chopped chives. Note: I'd consider sauteeing a variety of sliced mushrooms with onion, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, a pinch of red pepper flakes, some white wine and a finish of good balsamic vinegar. Stir this into the soup at the end and then garnish]. This mushroom saute was taught to me by former staff member Julie Brown. She was a baker and cook in the CAPERS kitchen for a couple of years back in the day. I've used this combination on crostini with lemon chevre, alongside a nice piece of pork or beef, and stirred into eggs.

As we continue adding to the blog we will be sharing the various recipes that were so popular in the CAPERS cafe for 23 years. We are working on testing them, cutting the serving sizes down and developing the instructions for execution from a mere list of ingredients.

Friday, December 12, 2008


Susan Goodwin will be here this Sunday, December 14th for her Annual Holiday Trunkshow. This is a perfect opportunity to see her current work and choose a holiday gift for someone special........ Hope to see you then.......12-4

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


The hot item of the season is the Haute Goat recycled cashmere scarf. Made here in Seattle, our new friend Heidi is saving those cashmere sweaters from the landfill one sweater at a time. And then she is repurposing them and viola.......a fabulously soft and warm scarf......and oh so hip. We coerced our good friend, Susan Goodwin, local jeweler extraordianire, to pose for a photo. She's modeling the narrow scarf which retails for $36. There's a wider version too, that's selling for $39. Each scarf is a fabulous combo of color and texture....... and some neutrals too. Don't miss these great finds when you're in the store. They are the perfect gift for guys and gals of all ages. And recycled too.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

New This Week

Great new stuff is coming in daily, so when you're making your list, and checking it twice........stop by CAPERS for some great gifts, holiday cheer and a shopping adventure. In short, don't get malled. The above are photos of new items that arrived in the store in the last week.......the Woof & Poof's are a customer favorite......each one has its own personality and wears a button from the year it was made. A great collector's item.

We've added a lot of silver and white to our decor this season. Don't miss the tealight logs of borosilicate glass. They come in small and large lengths and are beautiful down the center of a table, on a coffee table or hall table. Hammered silver candlesticks and mercury glass votives add a luminous touch to holiday decor.

Friday, November 28, 2008

CAPERS Holiday Calendar

We have some fun events planned for the month of December and hope your holiday plans include a stop by the shop for some holiday cheer, fabulous gifts and an event or two........

We're creating a blizzard and need some help! Drop by the CAPERS kids department and decorate a snowflake to hang on our tree and one to take home too. We're hoping our "blizzard" will create real snow for the holidays so stop by when you're in the junction and give us a hand.

Brought back by popular demand, we're hosting an old fashioned cookie exchange to get in the hoiday spirit. Just like the exchanges of yesteryear, the CAPERS cookie exchange is a great way to gather great recipes, meet your neighbors and have a fun evening. To join in is easy: bake two dozen cookies to exchange along with copies of your recipe, and RSVP to or 932-0371.

GINGERGIRLS AND CIDER Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7
Drop by while you're in the neighborhood this weekend for some holiday cheer. We'll be serving up hot apple cider and gingergirls for kids to decorate. This is the kickoff weekend to the holidays in the junction so don't miss the treelighting on Saturday evening at 5 p.m., the draft mule rides on Sunday, and events in various merchants stores all weekend. Go to for details of the weekend's events.

ARTWALK, BOOKSIGNING, JUNCTION STROLL Thursday, December 11th 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
The monthly artwalk expands with extended shopping hours and special events in many stores. We are celebrating the release of "Good Ciao", a great new cookbook celebrating the cuisines of the Northwest and Tuscany. The book is co-authored by West Seattlite Kathryn Hilger Kingen, who will join us for booksiging and entertain a discussion about her collaboration. For more information regarding artwalk events go to:

SUSAN GOODWIN JEWELRY TRUNKSHOW Sunday, December 14th 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
This is an annual customer favorite. Susan is a local artist who is internationally reknown for her jewelry designs. This is the perfect time to choose holiday treats for yourself and friends. Bring your friends and enjoy a fun shopping afternoon. For more information:

POTLUCK PARIS TRUNKSHOW Saturday, December 20th 12-7
A return of a holiday classic.......Potluck Paris Jewelry is designed by two Parisians. It's hip, easy to wear and a great holiday gift. Don't miss this fun afternoon of jewelry viewing and buying.

DASHER DASHES IN Sunday, December 21
Bring in the kids........Dasher, the shopping reindeer, will be making appearances in the store from 12-3........he's a kid favorite and a great photo opportunity. Bring your camera!

Watch your email for your Special Invitation for the 3rd Annual Holiday Secret SALE. This is a great time to pick up some last minute goods at a great price. Be sure to email: wth your email address if you'd like to receive an invitation to this fun event.

'tis the season

A great tradition to create, or continue, is giving to families in need. We invite you to join us this year in coming together to support those in need in our neighborhood. CAPERS is proud to present their 19th Annual Giving Tree to benefit Hickman House, a local transitional housing residence, supporting women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Hickman House supports many families throughout the year and looks to the Giving Tree as a great resource It's easy to participate and create that tradition: Drop by the tree, collect a star[s] and return your gift to the tree before December 20th. The holiday tree collects hundreds of gifts for the families and is an easy way for families to help those in need. If you have questions regading the giving tree please contact