Assembly Line

August 26, 2011

Body Pumped.



Ate bread.

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Matt galloped toward me with a taste of the brand-spankin’-new Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

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It’s basically our potato-based Virginia roll dough rolled up like a cinnamon bun bread. It was FABULOUS!!!

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We have a new savory swirl too – Pesto Parmesan!

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Potato Hamburger Buns (potato makes bread SO soft – it’s like conditioner!)

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And Virginia Rolls

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Thanks to all the samples, lunch was an assembly line

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I had an open-faced tofu sandwich on High Five

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Some samples

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And a kiwi that it was so old it was fermented and I rejected it Sad smile 

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I’m scared for all of you East Coasters. I lived through several hurricanes being from North Carolina and they are not fun. Very scary. Wind is so dangerous. Please be safe!

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Man oh man I missed the swirl bread!! I might be back for a visit sooner than I anticipated :)


2 Katie O. August 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Hey Kath…it’s Katie O. from SD who got to enjoy some fro yo with you and the gals when you were down here. Love the new look of the blog! Very colorful and professional


3 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Thanks Katie!


4 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) August 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I am now heading toward my kitchen for a poor substitute of the GH bread I now crave. Sad day, I wish I lived closer to one in SoCal!

I hate when fruit gets away from you like that… at least with bananas you can freeze them for smoothies.


5 Whitney August 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Any advice for making it through the hurricane? I am in Williamsburg. I think we should be okay, but just in case we have water, food, flashlights, etc. I’m just worried about trees and flooding. Eeek! I would pack up and head that way, but the traffic is already unreal.


6 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Stock up on the things you mentioned. Be prepared to hunker down with a book. I’d sleep in the center of your house – get a sleeping bag and don’t be near windows. Trees will fall!


7 amy August 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I guess you guys aren’t really going to get any of the storms. I hope DC doesn’t get much =/

I’m hoping to visit CVille sometime this fall for a little weekend getaway, hopefully we’ll get a chance to swing by the bakery and try some of those amazing looking treats!


8 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife August 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm

MMM that swirl bread looks AMAZING, cinnamon swirl is one of my favorite breads to make! We were actually considering evacuating towards cville, they keep adding evacuation cities to the list so it might still happen! Nature can be scary.


9 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Every time I read your posts I want bread!! Specifically cinnamon swirl bread :)


10 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) August 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I LOVE potato bread! I would be so happy if I could wake up to a slice of that cinnamon swirl bread and a super strong coffee. Maybe a few years down the line you can open another Great Harvest in Fredericksburg? 😉

You be safe too! It’s hard to tell how Irene will affect us inland Virginians at this point…


11 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Speaking as a Charlottesvillian – you arent too far! Come on over to Cville for some GH! And Warrenton isn’t too far either = you’re sandiwched!


12 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life August 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

As soon as I head home from work today it is operation lock-down and make sure we are safe from that hurrican coming right at us in Boston!!! Better safe than sorry!

….and that cinnamon bread looks Ah-Mazing!


13 Cait's Plate August 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I’m scared for us too! I’ve never in my life had to deal with a hurricane! I have no idea what to expect!

I wish I had a Matt to come galloping towards me with freshly baked cinnamon bread!! It looks incredible and now all I want (and am craving) are breads that I don’t have access to (yet! we are currently having the ‘let’s plan our Cville trip’ conversation!)!


14 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I was just about to get up and make a smoothie for lunch but now I want BREAD! You be safe too, if it comes that far inland. I have a feeling we will be without power for a bit…


15 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey August 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Mmm… I love the Cinnamon Swirl bread… my GH (a.k.a. – Matt’s old one) makes it in whole wheat, too!
I love that yours are toaster loaves. The Swirl breads here are all ovals that are super, super flat. Delicious, but not as practical as toaster loaves.

I keep going back and forth about the hurricane situation. Charlotte should be fine, but then again, they thought so with Hugo back in ’89, and look what happened. Maybe I should buy some jugs of water on the way home tonight?



16 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories August 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Mmm I love Cinnamon Swirl bread!! Perfect for a pb&j. :)


17 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Those breads looks amazing! So is Matt able to “create” breads or does Great Harvest have an inventory of breads y’all can make?


18 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

They are GH recipes, but he can create whatever he wants


19 lynn @ the actor's diet August 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

ah the return of the furry kiwi!


20 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Oh wow, the loaves are so light and fluffy!! Gorgeous!!The cinnamon swirl is what I dream of! :)


21 Katie of Cabbage Ranch August 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm

That tofu looks amazing! And “fermented” is totally the right word for a bad kiwi. They get to be little bombs of funk.


22 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

That pesto parmesan is right up my ally. Why can’t we have a fantastic looking bakery like yours here in Cali? Panera just doesn’t compare. Yummy!


23 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan August 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Pesto in bread? Be still my heart!


24 Hillary August 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I feel like I should be taking this hurricane a lot more seriously than I am!


25 Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble August 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Pesto Parmesan bread looks awesome!! That’s definitely my flavor combo over sweet stuff.


26 [email protected] August 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I know Great Harvest is a franchise company (right?), so do you guys decide on different breads (and products) you want to bake/sell? Or do you have to bake/sell according to what corporate wants?


27 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

We can make 100% of decisions !


28 Baking N Books August 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

That’s awesome. Rare for companies so you are involved with a good one.

“Like conditioner for the bread” 😉


29 Jennifer August 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Those breads look amazing!! Your bakery is HUGE compared to the closest one to me. The one near me has no tables and just a small walk up counter. They don’t have half of the selection you do, either. Wish I were closer. :)

We moved up to PA from FL in 2005 so hurricanes are a common thing for us, too. We’re not too concerned. :) Hope everyone is safe, though.


30 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites August 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I am a property manager here in Boston and we are taking MAJOR precautions.. sending out letters, setting up pumps and sandbags for the basement apartments. Scary stuff! Originally 1.5 FEET of water was predicted… now it is just 5-6 inches… but still this storm has the potential to be very destructive. :( My boyfriend thinks I’m CRAZY for wanting to take precautionary measures… but you can’t never be too cautious when it comes to storms like this!

Ahhhh fermented fruit is so gross… unless we’re talking wine of course 😉 I once got a fermented Capri-Sun when I was little! Didn’t drink it of course but I think that can be considered my first of alcohol? haha

As always your bakery photos never cease to delight the eye! 😀


31 Angel7 August 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I am sure that I would love the Pesto Parmesan bread.

Potato buns sound sooo good!


32 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I’m in the NC mountains but have friends on the coast. Scary! Everyone seems to be ok so far, through FB updates, though.


33 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm

That’s too bad about the kiwi! I hate when I’m ready to eat a fresh piece of fruit and then when I bite into it I get that fermented taste! And I hope everyone is safe too on the east coast, although I must be honest: I’m from Kansas City so when I went to school in SC for undergrad I always hoped I’d get to live through a hurricane! Sadly we only had 2 tropical depressions… Such a weird thing to wish for.


34 Ashley August 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Potato bread IS awesome!!!! Pesto parm sounds freaking fantastic..and I really want that herby tofu!


35 Johanna B August 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I’m from New Orleans so I know from whence I speak. Kath is right. Wind is dangerous but so is water. Be careful of the storm surge. Never drive through flowing water. Turn around – don’t drown.


36 Alyse August 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Matt looks tired.

I got excited for a moment and thought your slab of tofu was cheese. mmmm. We can see where my head is.


37 Kate @ NaturaStride August 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

The cinnamon bread looks so good! We’ll be safe here on the east coast – stocking up on some board games, DVDs, and wine :)


38 Jenny August 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

My mouth is watering right now, especially since I have been aching to go to Great Harvest all week! We have one in our city and I really want the cinnamon bread!


39 PR_Cal August 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I. am. drooling.

Please tell Great Harvest to come to Alberta, Canada. :)


40 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Hurricanes sound soo scary- I hope everyone is staying safe!


41 Erica August 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I pumped this am too! First time post pregnancy! I cant wait to teach again! Id be all over the parm/pesto!! We are getting the outskirts of the hurricane now! Keeping my fingers crossed that it doesnt slam obx too bad


42 Katie August 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I wish I had your job, those breads look absolutely delicious! We have been enjoying a loaf of Dakota and a loaf of pretzel bread this week. I actually picked up an application because I’d love to work while the kids are at school. My hours are limited but I would love to work at GH! I love to bake so I might as well make some money doing it. You are lucky to be doing something you are so passionate about.


43 Amanda Veneman August 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Hi Kath! Just found your blog yesterday and I wish I had found it sooner! I start my internship this coming Monday (eek!!), but have been out of school for 3 years. I have a silly question: Do you eat the peel of your kiwi? I know you can, but I’ve never had it. What is the flavor like? I’ll have to try it if you recommend it.


44 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I eat the skin!! It’s quite good :)


45 Alana August 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Congratulations on your new house! I hope you guys have many years of happiness there!


46 Khushboo August 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Mmm that bread looks so good!…I bet they would be an excellent
base for quick pizzas!


47 Angela August 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I love V-rolls- I stock my freezer during holidays with them! I was never a fan of cinnamon swirl because of how dense the dough was. This sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G with v-roll dough!


48 Cait @ beyond bananas August 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Loving all the new breads!

I am nervous about Irene. Last time a hurricane hit CT was when my mom was prego with me so this is all new to me. Tryig to be as prepared as possible and attempting to stay calm


49 Lynda @ healthy hoboken girl August 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I’m ready for you Irene…finally found a high garage for my car! They’re filling up fast here. Wish I had some cinnamon swirl bread to enjoy thru the storm! Looks soft & delicious!


50 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

yes, be careful!

That cinnamon swirl looks amazing!!!


51 Meaghan O'Connor (My Spoonful of Inspiration) August 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Your assembly line lunch looks great! The cinnamon bread has my mouth watering- and pesto in bread? That’s got to be something different!


52 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm

new Cinnamon Swirl Bread looks fab!

As does the tofu. I dig the flecks ‘n specks in it :)

When I lived in NC and SC I weathered many hurricanes as well. Scary stuff and I am hoping everyone is going to be safe!

Have a fabulous weekend, Kath. :)


53 sarah (the SHU box) August 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm

ooh, now i really want a cinnamon bun. or swirl bread!!!


54 [email protected] August 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Ha! I expected the Potato butter rolls to say Potato Buttah!


55 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Swirl bread is looking tempting!!! :) I want some!!! —A fermented kiwi, eek!


56 KatieG. @ Just Roll With It August 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm

The cinnamon swirl bread looks delicious…I am obsessed with anything cinnamon and anything bread, so it’s right up my alley! The tofu looks great too, what is it cooked with?


57 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

It’s herby already and we bake it in olive oil, salt and pepper


58 Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas August 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I am so scared of this hurricane as well! I bought the 5 gallons of water! My mom asked me if we should buy canned tuna – which we haven’t bought in years – because it is non perishable! Oh when mother nature gets mad she gets verrryyy mad!


59 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Whenever I try to eat open-faced sandwiches I usually end up folding them in half anyway. I like two sides of bready goodness. :)

I heard the hurricane is weakening!


60 Christine (The Raw Project) August 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Just yum on the cinnamon swirl bread, wow!


61 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Pesto parmesan sounds delicious! It would make a delicious sandwich with the heirloom tomatoes from the farm where I work. Too bad I live hundreds of miles away! 😛


62 Nicole August 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Kath…can I ask you a dumb question that you may have already answered? How in the world can you guys bake so much fresh bread and make all that other stuff every day??? Seriously…how long does it take?

I’ve always wanted to own a bakery but never will 1) because I love my day job, and 2) because I have no idea how I’d bake that stuff EVERY DAY!

Help me understand! 😉


63 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Our employees get there at 3:30am!! The doughs are mixed and then kneaded, proofed and baked from 7-11am. Everything is done by 11 and we cross our fingers hard that people come to buy it from 11-6pm!! Luckily the breads are delicious and they have been!


64 Nicole August 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Oof…3:30 AM is the middle of the damn night! 😉 That’s great though…worth all of the effort, I’m sure. Thanks for answering! :)


65 Hannah August 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm

The cinnamon bread is just so pretty, folded in on itself!


66 Janna from Montana September 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Catching up on KERF posts again… You’d think I dropped off the face of the planet but alas, just another crazy summer in MT.
For all your customers and GH lovers I want to personally recommend purchasing the cinnamon swirl bread and making French toast out of it.
To. Die. For.
When I worked at GH in college the Saturday Cinna Swirl French Toast party was the highlight of our week!
Ps: Congrats on your house. So happy for you and Matt to have your own home! Pictures soon!


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