Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Adventures in Bread

"Good bread is the great need in poor homes, and oftentimes the best appreciated luxury in the homes of the very rich."
A Book for A Cook', The Pillsbury Co. (1905)

Petit Pain Poilane...a whole wheat sourdough bread


Vienna Bread New York Deli Rye
Baking bread reduces one's grocery bill considerably! Maria Monetessori suggested as a breakfast food for small children nothing more than a piece of bread with milk...and indeed in the morning few things make for such a heart-filling contented sunrise feast than a wedge of any bread slathered with butter or jam.
For mid-day repasts there are the parade of sandwiches...grilled cheeses, especially the mozerella sandwich saute'd in olive oil and dipped in marinara....and for deserts we cannot omit the mention of drizzled honey and Nutella.
[Breadmaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells... there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread." M.F.K. Fisher (The Art of Eating)


  1. Those loaves are gorgeous! I can smell the kitchen through the computer screen....

  2. Hi Shane + Chiara! This is your cousin Kirsten, and I am sitting here with Grandma Lil, she just showed me your blog, so cool! And now I am a 'follower' ;)

    We are frozen over here in Seattle, 12 degrees last night! Hoping your bread keeps you warm in MN! xoxo