A Tisket A Tasket

February 10, 2011

A hand-delivered basket!

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We had such fun taking our baskets of bread around to some local businesses. This is something we hope to do forever. Great Harvest is big on generosity, and we like to see people get excited over bread!

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Everyone seemed thrilled to hear about the bakery, and we got our photo taken for one of the cool newspapers!

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After all that bread talk, though, we were quite hungry when we got home at 1:30 and ready to dig into some bread ourselves!

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I made a cheese + jam sandwich – Organic Valley Sharp Cheddar and Great Harvest jam

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Plus a big green salad with leftover sweet potato, broc and shrooms, my usual dressing and some Cheddar Garlic Croutons!

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With homemade beer bubbles

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I’ve been getting a bunch done on the computer. Not sure if I’m going to the gym or not today – might just blow it off for productivity’s sake!

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1 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Sounds like y’all are already become a big part of the community– so cool! The GH people at our farmer’s market in Indiana were always the MOST friendly– I loved visiting their booth!

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2 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Sometimes when you’re on a productive roll you have to keep it going.

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3 Anne @ butter and bear February 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm

So cool that you took bread to all of the local businesses! What a great way to get the word out about your new bakery.

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4 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm

That’s a great idea for spreading word-of-mouth! I know I wouldn’t say no to a basket of bread on my doorstep…

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5 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Love it – I would be thrilled to see you guys walk into my work with a big basket of GH bread!!

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6 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I love jam and cheese sandwiches! and sweet potatoes on a salad? What a great idea!

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7 Christine February 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I love when I get on a productive roll. Sometimes though it helps that you have something coming up to really supercharge that feeling — like “I must get it all done before X o’clock because I have to XYZ”

You make me want a cheese & jam sandwich RIGHT NOW!

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8 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I just recently got back into eating cheese and jam sandwiches. So good!

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9 Samantha February 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Have you seen Mark Bittman’s latest column in the New York Times? (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/is-eat-real-food-unthinkable/?src=me&ref=homepage)

He concludes by promoting a new acronym: ERF (Eat Real Food)!

Thought you’d appreciate that :)

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10 Heather (heathers dish) February 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I would love a cheese sandwich just like that one…it looks amazing!

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11 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

That looks yummy!! I’ve never tried a cheese and jam sandwich but they seem to be more popular than I thought!

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12 Kiran February 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Jam and cheese sandwich?? I must try it sometime!!! :D

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13 Katie February 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I think your walking around delivering amazing bread baskets was a good workout today ; )

I wish I was one of the lucky peeps getting one!

I am so excited for you and Matt! Your business is going to be SUPER successful and especially because you and matt are such sweet and down to earth people and that is a big bonus!

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14 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I’ve never had jam and cheese together before, but it sounds tasty! Kind of sweet and salty?

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15 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan February 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm

What a fun, productive day! Would you like to tisket, tasket, deliver me a basket all the way out in California? :-D

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16 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Your salads always look so fresh and delicious :)

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17 Dorry February 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm

You and Matt are the perfect people to embody Great Harvest’s generosity and sense of community. How exciting to put these things into motion. I’m sure it’s all feeling very real.

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18 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey February 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I love that Matt made seltzer in the keg! So cool.
I rec’d a SodaStream for Christmas and love, love, love it. I get such a kick out of making my own seltzer every day, it’s a little crazy! ;)
I’m addicted!

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19 Christine @ Merf In Progress February 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I love bread. Can you bring some by my office? My office is just me and I am up in nova, but I really want some bread.

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20 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

What a great way to get out there and see the community! I am sure it was a lot of fun meeting people too!

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21 Megan February 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

So fun! ANd I STILL want your great harvest shirt!!

I wrote a post about baby food and choosing organic today.
I’ll be interested when you get to that phase of life and hearing your thoughts on it!

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22 Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I love that they are so giving to the community! That definitely fits in with Charlottesville.

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23 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I love how that salad looks next to your placemat (that isn’t paper too, is it?) :)

I also love that GH is generous! I wish one opened near where I work — I’d love free bread!

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24 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Jelly and cheese? Never thought of that combo but it sounds amazing!

I love the baskets! I great way to let people know you are coming! :D

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25 Katie @ Pop Culture Cuisine February 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Although we don’t have a Great Harvest close to us, I still have a very fond memories from high school when every year at Christmas time they would deliver a lovely gift basket to my father at Christmas time, because he is a Pastor. Our family always enjoyed the lovely breads and treats and it is still such a fond memory, so nice to see it is something that is universal. :)

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26 Kara February 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Man, that sandwich looks good! Your photography skills seem to be constantly improving!

Can Great Harvest come to southern MD? Please? :)

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27 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Where in Southern MD? There’s one in Columbia where we’ll actually be doing some training!

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28 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I wish I had a Great Harvest near me! The bread looks fantastic.

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29 Kelly February 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I know I would be super excited to have someone (especially you!) with free Great Harvest bread on my door step. :)

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30 Laura February 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

When I saw the title of this post I most definately sang it to myself! haha Glad your new adventure is going well!

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31 Lauren at KeepItSweet February 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I am totally craving a sandwich with cheese and jam now!

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32 Kara February 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Opening your Great Harvest store must be so exciting. I have to admit I’m a bit jealous. They just opened one in my area and I LOVE it. Their products are amazing and like their practices and what they stand for. I feel good investing in that type of business :)

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33 stacey-healthylife February 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm

The gift of bread would the best gift to receive. Nice idea.

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34 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food February 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I love cheese & jelly sandwiches. My mom used to make them for us all the time when we were kids.

BTW, the baskets look spectacular :)

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35 Janelle February 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

The fact that your hubby can stand outside in a t-shirt makes me so jealous right now. It’s FREEZING in Chicago!

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36 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Oh, it was FREEZING!! We just left our coats in the car so our logos would show up!

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37 Mama Pea February 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Now craving bread and dirty keg water. :)

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38 Nicole February 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

You two are too cute! I wish you great success with you business.

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39 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Feel free to send one of those baskets my way :)

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40 Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm

It’s great you’re giving back to the community! And what awesome bread to be given, too!! None of that day-old supermarkey stuff they give away.

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41 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

What fun! I’m curious to know how you decided which businesses to give to? Did you already have a list made? That seems like so much fun, and giving kind of makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Hope it did the same for you!
I’m sure your business will be an awesome success :D

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42 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm

We’re choosing businesses that would find our business interesting at first (like newspapers) but we’ll expand to all kinds of businesses in the future

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43 Amy February 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

(and of course KERF readers who happen to work downtown! :) )

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44 Ali February 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Did you see the latest Bittman article (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/is-eat-real-food-unthinkable/?src=me&ref=general)? It concludes with:

“Let’s try ERF: Eat Real Food”

Ha!

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45 Meryl @ scribbled musings February 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Looks like such fun. It feels great to be a part of the community. I miss working the summer farmer’s markets. Can’t wait for spring!

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46 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Generosity is a beautiful thing! And so is salad and sunshine:)

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47 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) February 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

That is so wonderful that you guys could donate that bread! I bet they loved it!

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48 Christin@purplebirdblog February 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I ditched going to yoga last night in favor of a 20 minute yogadownload session so I could keep being productive yesterday!

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49 Allison @ Happy Tales February 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Such a great idea to spread the word about your bakery. I’d loooove to have a GHB basket show up on my doorstep…mmm!

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50 Emma February 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

jam and cheese is such a great combo. I discovered it once when I was in middle school and couldn’t decide if i wanted jam or cream cheese on my bagel and decided to do BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. lol

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51 Simply Life February 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm

oh that would definitely be a welcomed surprise to me!

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52 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I love that GH is very generous and supports local communities. I think it’s great that you’re going to continue to take goodies to your fellow business owners – what a great PR idea!

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53 Mikey B February 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Was Fun having you and Matt at the Radio Station today! I hope you liked my home away from home! Bread was delish

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54 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

It was fun to see a familiar face!!!

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55 Christine February 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Your husband is rockin’ the apron. You guys are cute.

Is Great Harvest in the same line as, say, Panera Bread (it seems that GH is more focused on bread though)?

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56 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not at all similar! They don’t make any bread on site. Ours goes from wheatberries to flour to bread all made with real food from scratch in a day. Much more similar to a mom and pop bread bakery.

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57 Christine February 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Okay, sorry! I guess I was thinking more Panera than opposed to like Subway.

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58 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Haha – no worries!

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59 Kate February 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

I’m pretty sure Panera makes their bread on-site. I’ve seen them doing it, plus I saw this on their web site:
“Panera Bread freshly bakes more bread each day than any bakery-cafe concept in the country. Every day, at every location, trained bakers craft and bake each loaf from scratch, using the best ingredients to ensure the highest quality breads.”

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60 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I’m pretty sure the BAKE it on site, but I don’t think they MAKE it on site.

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61 Debbie~ February 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

This is true!! They bake it..not make it:)

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62 Katherine: Unemployed February 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm

so cute! just as long as you don’t do the singing-grams!

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63 Mom February 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Actually, they can sing. That might be a fun idea!

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64 Whole Food for the Whole Family February 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm

The food looks delicious!

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65 Lauren February 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm

This is a GREAT business tactic. Not only are you actually meeting other businesses but you are allowing them to sample some of the products beforehand. This is SURE to generate business.

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66 Ellie@fitforthesoul February 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I’m very glad you guys are getting all these things done! How fun and exciting~congrats once again :)

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67 caitlin February 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Okay I just discovered we have a great harvest here, I wonder if it is the same thing? Is there a great harvest in woodbury, mn?

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68 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Yeah, it should be the same parent company – but each store is very different because it’s modeled like a co-op.

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69 Nicole, RD February 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Who wouldn’t love hand-delivered, amazing bread?! Lucky ducks!!! :)

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70 Jennifer February 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm

How did you cook your sweet potatoes? They look absolutely delicious; I’ve always wanted to try them!

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71 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

They were roasted at 425* for 30 minutes the other night. Tossed in a little olive oil beforehand and roasted on a cooling wrack on top of a sheet pan for additional circulation

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72 jenny eats nutella from a spoon February 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

cheddar garlic croutons sound like something i’d be very into…

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73 Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 10, 2011 at 8:37 pm

O what a lovely day it seems like you guys had delivering all that bread! I would be so happy too if someone delivered me a loaf of that yummy stuff too. I would do a happy dance :)
I often feel like my blogging and “computer work” takes over my gym time too. I haven’t found a good balance quite yet.
I am so excited since my box of PB that I ordered from SPREAD arrived today! 7 different flavors :)

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74 Amy February 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Thanks again for the bread and cookies, Kath! Everyone really loved it – I heard choruses of “Mmmm!” all afternoon! I got to take home some whole wheat honey bread and I think I’ll make a jam and cheese sandwich on it. :)

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75 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Yay – so glad to hear it!! We’re filling up on Honey WW too!!

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76 Baking 'n' Books February 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm

How refreshing to see someone who embraces one of the best carbohydrates – bread!

How do you find sitting in the afternoon or for most of the day? I have to do this as well and I stiffen up terribly and feel incredibly “lazy” – but I have to work! (or similar if I wish to write more). I’m also prone to excessive snackage during this time….eeks!

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77 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Sitting isn’t my favorite, but I try to get up and stretch every now and then.

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78 Kaitlin February 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

You guys look adorable! So fun :)

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79 Hannah February 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

You’re the fairy breadmother!

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80 olivewineandfood February 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm

yum! that cheese and jam sandwich looks phenomenal.

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81 Caitlin @the permanent life February 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I am INSANELY jealous that you could eat your lunch outside!!! Yummy bread… yes please =)

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82 Sarah February 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Matt’s GH hat is back!

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83 jenna February 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

wish ya could send some of that bread my way ;)

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84 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Yuuum to that salad! Tell Matt he looks pretty cool in that hat!!!

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85 Kate February 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Eggs w/green anything, yum. A simple staple dinner in my world is a big spinach salad with veggies, a fried egg and hummus dressing (hummus mixed w/ balsamic). yum. I am a total random reader but found your blog and check back often!

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86 Samantha February 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I really want that tee shirt you are wearing. Will you sell those to us?….please!

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87 KathEats February 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Yes :)

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88 Nancy-The Wife of a Dairyman February 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Nothing wrong with blowing off the gym once in a while….especially for a good cause:)

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89 Namaste Gurl February 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I wish I lived in your community is ALL I have to say! :) Happy day!

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90 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm

It’s so business-smart to introduce yourself into the community like that! Your bakery is going to be a hit!! :D

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91 Florentina February 11, 2011 at 5:10 am

I was wondering why you put your bread in plastic bags? Do all GH bakeries do that? I live in Europe and here a baker worth his grain woud NEVER do that since it ruins the crust and the bread within the hour. Here bread would only be kept in paper bags, and not packaged at all until sold. Once the crust is cut we keep the bread standing cut side down on a cutting board.

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92 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 7:48 am

We do not bag the bread in plastic until it is completely cool, so there is no deterioration of quality. Unlike most European breads, our breads are not hard-crusted like a baguette, so without air protection they would dry out very fast and become stale. Packaged in the bags properly, they last 7-10 days and stay super moist.

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93 Fancy February 11, 2011 at 7:13 am

I know you have mentioned many times before….but….could you post the recipe for your “usual” salad? I’m always looking for new ones. Thanks Kath :)

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94 Fancy February 11, 2011 at 7:14 am

dressing! I meant to say “usual salad dressing”! Oops :) Have a great day, Kath!

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95 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 7:49 am

Just a drizzle of honey or balsamic, a drizzle of olive oil and salt.

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96 KathEats February 11, 2011 at 7:49 am

No mixing involved!

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97 Ciely February 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

Matt is a Cutie!
A clean cut hipster
Good for You!
Best of luck with your bread venture!

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98 Erica February 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

You and Matt are so inspiring! It’s very encouraging to see two young people reaching their dreams. I’m a young business owner too, and as I pursue new projects I find it supportive to see others reach their goals.

So excited for you!!

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