Bread: A Love Story

As a chef, people often ask what my favorite thing to make is in which I always reply “bread.”  Then comes the intrigue, like that was not what they were expecting me to say.  I usually babble on about the tactile process of bread and something about how shaping dough and molding it in my hands is comforting.  Folks nod in agreement, mostly confused but then the conversation often takes a turn to a topic more mutually relatable for all, that is except for when I met a man that we shall call “Dan.”  Dan was right there with me in talks of bread, discussing technique, ingredients, fermentation, etc…  Finally, someone cared about bread!

And lets just pause for a moment and talk about Dan.  The great thing about Dan is that he started dating a good friend of mine.  Lets call her “Julie.”  Julie is the best but we all know the ills a new man can bring to girl-friend time.  Depending on the situation you can be really excited for said friend’s new happiness or disappointed that they are moving on without you, dating a loser, or just gone to the way of someone you no longer see enough.  Well, sizing up the situation I could tell Dan was a keeper!  He was into bread, goes surfing, gardens, builds stuff, bakes pies?! I know… dreamy right?  But here is the best part.  At one point I asked Dan about  how he came to be passionate about bread baking and that’s when the real precious unfolded.  He said he use to suffer from insomnia, often awaking in the middle of the night and unsure of how to pass those hours so he took to baking bread. Lots of bread.  Years of bread.  Until… he met Julie!

He couldn’t sleep though the night until he met Julie!!!  Is that not freakin’ precious?!  The story was just so sweet and tender that if I too didn’t love both Julie and bread I think I might have vomited right there on him.

Fast forward a few years and the whole Dan and Julie thing led to marriage and no doubt to a bun in the oven.  For me and bread, well yes, we obviously have a storybook ending.  Just ask me about my Baby Bjorn bundle with the softest, sweetest Brioche peaking out.  So to anyone out there whom ever wonders where their passion may lead, take comfort in knowing that love finds love and life can come with a perfect cherry on top!

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Holiday Fun for Everyone!

Come get your holiday DIY fix in Hyannis, MA on Saturday, April 19th from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at KAM Appliances where bread baking and egg dying is going to make your Pinterest page jealous.  I mean bread, yeah…  You should know by now that it will be fun, amazing and delicious, but egg dying you say?  That is a yes!  While your breads rise and bake you and the kids can make Easter eggs with all-natural vegetable dyes putting the days of those PAAS dye pellets behind you.  Come experiment and enjoy the fun!

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This class is free and open to the public with donations happily being accepted.  The address is:

KAM Appliances

201 Yarmouth Road

Hyannis, MA 02601

Did I mention the kickin’ kitchen/glamour oven?!!!  It’s not every day you get to cook loaves in a hearth oven.  No seriously.  You should see this thing!

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Wood Deed

photo (12)Bread gets most of the attention around here however tomorrow is all about the wood!  At 5:30 pm  tomorrow night in Yarmouth one of these spoons will be auctioned off at  the Cape Cod “Through Our Eyes”  art expo that will be taking place at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.  The address is:

307 Old Main Street

South Yarmouth, MA 02664

Come out and support a good cause.  The event is sponsored by AmeriCorps Cape Cod and 100% of the proceeds will go towards a variety of community service projects that directly benefit the environment and ecology within the towns of Barnstable County.  See you there!

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Another Class for Grain & Grain

flyer photoSeeing flyers like this all around town makes me smile.  I am loving the interest and the good news is I have a new class starting in Bourne at Upper Cape Tech on February 24th.  It is another 4 week session and you can register and get all the details right here.  Do it, do it, do it!

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Upcoming Class: Grain & Grain- a tactile exploration of flour and wood

Listen up Cape Cod!  Starting January 23rd, 2014 I will be running a 4 week class on Thursday nights at Cape Cod Tech in Harwich, MA, bringing  the glory of baking artisan breads and wooden spoon carving to those of you who sign-up. The class is limited to 8 people so get on your DIY resolutions and make this happen!  Wait what?  You are going gluten-free?  Ugh, how do I say this?   Umm… yeah, gluten-free is so 2013…   Get with the times people and learn skills of self-sufficiency!  

The cost is $160 and includes all materials and you will take home a new artisan bread each week and at the end of the course you will have also carved your own wooden spoon.   I know, I know.   It’s like Home Ec. for grown-ups!  Kick your year off right and take a class in awesome!

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PS- Anna, Liz?  I know GF is the real deal for you guys but if you just weren’t so freaking cool all the time maybe GF wouldn’t be so trendy and bakers could make a living!  Sheash….

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Upcoming Class: The Basics of Bread Baking 9/14/13

Bread FlyerIn partnership with Knoll Farm I will be running a basic bread baking class next Saturday but space is limited so sign-up early!  It’s going to be a fun afternoon with light hors d’ oeuvres, lots of  hands-on practice and your own loaf to take home.

Date: 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Time:

10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Location:

Knoll Farm (700 Bragg Hill Road, Fayston, VT 05673)

Click here to view the original PDF.

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September 7, 2013 · 6:49 pm

Land, ho! And Culinary Decadence

cherry crispFor the first time in years I am cooking for people on land.  I got a summer job at a retreat center called the Center For Whole Communities that has a great partnership with Knoll Farm and many others in the area as they strive to bring people together, connect them to the land and nurture them with food.  Everything from meat and dairy to grains and oils are locally sourced from within 100 miles.  Beautiful produce is in abundance, a rare treat after spending so much time at sea, and once again I am surrounded by incredible people.  It’s impossible to capture the magic of this place or articulate the enigmatic grip it seems to hold on all of us who have landed here.  Myself, interns and the faculty alike continue to find ourselves in awe of our surroundings and so grateful for such bounty.  Just this weekend we were able to harvest ripe cherries from a tree just 50 feet off the back porch, all the while Icelandic sheep grazed away in the near distance creating a backdrop of almost mythical proportions.  Seriously!  Oh, you know, your standard herd of sheep with the lone vigilant lama protecting the flock.  Just the usual…  Ugh, are you even aware that a shepherd is an actual job?  I mean, I guess I have had an occasional thought about a cowboy or wrangler here and there but really, when was the last time you gave any thought to the concept of being a shepherd?  Maybe I considered making a shepherd’s pie but even that seems a stretch.

Anyway cherries were still the showstopper and this precious crisp was just one of many  creations from the weekend along with cherry flavored refreshers, cherry-chocolate brownies, cherry-sherry vinegar and cherry-vanilla syrup.  Cherries have had their 15 minutes of fame and still we have more cherries.  Such is life…

 Life’s a bowl of cherries?!

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July 14, 2013 · 7:22 pm