Bits + Nibbles

March 17, 2011

Today’s breads have been so tasty!


I learned to make challah – quadruple braid! [Note the green earring!] I’m getting so much more familiar with working with dough. It’s really, really fun! I LOVE the way soft dough feels in my hands.


Green cookies!


Ruben roll bread – stuffed with all the ruben toppings! I didn’t get to taste it because it FLEW out the door!



It’s very festive here today!


I started out the day with some coffee. My shoulders have been killing me lately. I think it’s time for a caffeine intervention. Actually, I think my cutting back these last few weeks are to blame. Caffeine withdrawal always manifests itself in my shoulders. I woke up with a horrible ache this morning and took two Advil (!), which helped.


I had a taste of scone when I got here as well


And a few dough nibbles

Then I had official breakfast around 9AM (I can’t believe it took me that long to get hungry! Who am I!? Those nibbles last a while)


And a [mealy] apple and PB&J on High Five!


And a taste of the Cinnamon Swirl fresh, steaming, hot outta the oven.


We’re working through lunchtime, then taking a break and coming back to the bakery to close and then go over all the bookkeeping over pizza this evening.

Have a green day!

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1 Tessa @ Amazing Asset March 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I want one of those giant green cookies! :)

First comment?!


2 KathEats March 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

First comment!!!


3 Christina March 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

Whoo, I just love bread and I am getting so hungry lokking at those pictures:)!


4 Melissa @ HerGreenLife March 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

That reuben roll bread looks interesting. We’ll be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with our signature vegetarian reuben sandwiches tonight. Yum :)


5 Johanna B March 17, 2011 at 10:40 am

The reuben roll looks awesome. I’ve never seen such a thing and I’d love to try it. I’m assuming it’s a one day of the year bread?


6 Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses March 17, 2011 at 10:40 am

Quadruple braid? Awesome! I make challah at home (triple braid) and it’s our favorite!!! So stinking good.


7 Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

That Reuben roll looks amazing! I need to make it to the Great Harvest near my work. Have a great St. Patty’s Day!


8 Ashley March 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

challah = the BEST bread everrrrrrrrr :)


9 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

I don’t even like ruebens but that rueben bread looks incredible!


10 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

All that bread is making me SOOOO hungry! Especially that Ruben one…. I bet it tasted phenomenal. Have a great St Patty’s Day Kath! :)


11 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

You’re getting to be a pro at the kitchen! Love all the green – looks like so much fun. Happy St. Patrick’s Day Kath!


12 Katie @ PEACEBEME March 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

Happy St Patty’s Day! :)


13 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

Oh my goodness–those breads look so, so delicious!


14 Katie March 17, 2011 at 10:46 am

Happy St. Patricks Day!! Love the green earring touch!

Wow the rueben filled bread looks good, even though I dont like that kind of stuff, it looks amazing!


15 Mary March 17, 2011 at 10:46 am

YUM. I would like a whole loaf of cinnamon swirl and a green cookie please.


16 Heather (heathers dish) March 17, 2011 at 10:46 am

I’m super impressed with the quadruple braid! Three strands is almost too much for me sometimes :)


17 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 17, 2011 at 10:47 am

Bites of fresh bread sound like quite a delicious breakfast. Kind of makes me want to own a bakery too, just to have them! Happy St. Patty’s day!!


18 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

Wow that bread looks amazing!! I will have a great day of greenness and family and skiiiiinnnggg :) Enjoy the bakery today!


19 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

I’m not a huuuuuge bread fan, but challah is amazing!


20 Jess (Sweet Potato) March 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

Ruben roll bread?! omg, my husband would LOVE that!


21 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

I’m getting a carb coma just looking at your photos! Get me some bread stat! Have a great day, Kath. Learn soak it all in :)


22 hippierunner March 17, 2011 at 10:50 am

Haha, love the green earring!


23 Tina March 17, 2011 at 10:51 am

I wish I knew how to make challah bread! It goes SO FAST in this house, and we have to hide it because the dogs go CRAZY over it! They get more excited over bread than regular treats!


24 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 17, 2011 at 10:51 am

All that bread looks amazing!!


25 Amanda (Eating Up) March 17, 2011 at 10:52 am

I need to check out my GH near me!


26 Lesley Lifting Life March 17, 2011 at 10:56 am

All that bread making looks like so much fun!! :)


27 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 17, 2011 at 10:56 am

YUM I love bread. Carbs are my friend.

I plan to ingest green beer later…but that’s about it 😉


28 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

Ugh, I hate mealy apples. The bread looks amazing though! Have a great day Kath!


29 Maria March 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

Looks really yummy :-)


30 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 17, 2011 at 11:04 am

Wow, I rarely miss bread (gluten-intolerant gal here) but I bet I would miss it more if there was a Great Harvest right near me. I discovered your blog and learned about Great Harvest just when I was doing gluten reintroductions for my elimination diet, and I remember looking up Great Harvest – there’s one in Alexandria, so not far from WDC, but now right so close as to tempt me all the time LOL :)


31 Amy March 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

Forgive me for asking a blunt question, but do you guys wear hair nets when baking?


32 KathEats March 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

We wear hats – which is what the health department requires.


33 Amy March 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Interesting how regulations differ from place to place!

Pretty sure in Canada, or at least in Ontario, you have to wear a hair net to even serve food!


34 KathEats March 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

It’s probably just a hat but lots of people do wear nets


35 Natalia - a side of simple March 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

Mmm all those baked goods look amazing! What a fun time/day to work in a bakery. So festive!


36 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

I couldn’t control myself around all that bread! Just bits and nibbles? Not for me! I’d be devouring whole loaves by myself! :)


37 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

That rueben roll looks amazing! Sorry you didn’t get a chance to try it. Wow!

I love how festive the GH employees are — I bet you are having a blast!


38 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) March 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

I love the way that dough feels in my hands too! So when you open the bakery, are you actually going to be making some of the dough yourself?


39 KathEats March 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Probably not that much. I’m more on the customer side, but I’m sure I’ll jump on the kneading table from time to time


40 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 17, 2011 at 11:17 am

Start the day with bread, end with pizza. My kind of day!!!!


41 Joanna B. March 17, 2011 at 11:19 am

Once again, that bread looks so delicious! My dad used to help run a Polish Bakery here in Chicago, these pics remind me of when he used to bring all kinds of goodies home.

Looking at your photos I am so excited for you, it’s so amazing to be fulfilling on your goal.


42 Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

Happy St. Patricks day! .. Im celebrating with a green monster .. I totally want a green cookie!


43 Morgan @ moments of mmm March 17, 2011 at 11:22 am

I finally went to Great Harvest yesterday! It was like being in bread heaven…ha :) I sampled a few breads, but decided to go with Dakota… I love breads that have lots of little tidbits in them.

Looks like you’re having a fun St. Patty’s day already!


44 lynn @ the actor's diet March 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

it’s st. patty’s day?!? i’m so out of it!!! have a great one!


45 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

Oh my gosh, that reuben roll bread looks fantastic!!!! I also am showing my (non)Irish pride through my earrings! lol Believe it or not, I have no green clothing.


46 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) March 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

Looks like a blast! Happy St patricks day!


47 Cindy March 17, 2011 at 11:28 am

Those giant cookies are the coolest! It looks like you’re having fun!


48 Anne @ Baking Me March 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

Ruben roll bread looks so so good, oh I love Great Harvest! I really hope they have that bread at the GH here! If they don’t I just might have to try and make some.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day :)


49 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

That cinnamon bread in the last picture looks soooo good. Hot bread right out of the oven is the best thing EVER. :)
It’s so cool that you are learning how to make all types of breads! Enjoy the rest of your day, and the pizza you get to have this evening 😉


50 mary (what's cookin' with mary) March 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

“Ruben roll bread – stuffed with all the ruben toppings!” – sounds like heaven in roll form!


51 Katherine March 17, 2011 at 11:39 am

That all looks SO delicious! I’m seriously considering a long weekend trip to C’ville soon but want to wait until you guys open :)

By the way it’s ibuprofen, but it tickles me how many people say IB profen and the like.


52 Amy March 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thank you! I cringe when I see IB profin. :)


53 KathEats March 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I used to write ibuproten and feel like I got corrected!? I never know. I pronounced it “IB profin”


54 Katherine March 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Noooo, correct your corrector! It’s definitely ibuprofen and it’s pronounced eye-byoo-pro-fen. In any event, I hope your shoulders are feeling better :)


55 Melissa March 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

Fresh cinnamon swirl!!! I used to eat that by the loaf!


56 dana March 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I plan to stop into the bakery this weekend…you made me want to buy lots & lots of bread!

It’s still funny to me and so small world that I know the bakery owner’s family.


57 Amanda March 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

That Reuben Roll looks amazing! I must find the recipe. Reading about all of your bread adventures makes me want to whip out my new bread stone and get bakin’! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!


58 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) March 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I love working with dough–knead it, punching it down–it is just so much fun!

Mealy apples are always a let-down though!


59 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Yum! I keep salivating just watching you work in that b akery!!


60 Hope March 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I LOVE the challah from GH! It seriously is my favorite bread from GH! Perfection! Everything looks just so tasty! Love the green cookies!


61 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Those look incredible. I’m hungry for bread now.


62 kaila @ healthy helper! March 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm

AHH this makes me want to work in a bakery! So many wonderful smells, foods, and people around!


63 Kay (skinnybound) March 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm

You are in Bread Heaven. Imagine — this will be your everyday life, with a Kath twist, very soon!


64 Sara March 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm

hey kath,
random question: since i saw you making challah, i was wondering whether any of the great harvest bakeries were kosher? (the bakery would have to be under rabbinical supervision)…

i’m guessing not, since the next photo was ruben bread —

anyhow, it would be a big commitment for a bakery to undertake, but really wonderful for customers if the GH was in an area where this would be profitable (ie. have a kosher-seeking clientele)…


65 KathEats March 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

It’s not a kosher bakery – I think that would be really hard to do with all the diverse breads


66 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

all of that looks absolutely amazing!!!!


67 Melissa March 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm

At first I was going to ask where your festive greenery is, but upon second look I found it sparingly in your earrings. The breads look as tasty as always! I WANT SOME!! :)


68 Laughter-Loving Stacy March 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Ohhhhh I love bread so much. All of this looks SO GOOD.


69 Elizabeth @ RunWithSneakers March 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

You are killing me with all those beautiful bread photos! My keyboard can’t take the drool anymore.


70 Erica March 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Your shirt is adorable! And how yummy does everything look! I want a green cookie :)


71 Sahira March 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Gosh, I just love bread.

I am sure I could fine this on my own but.. are there any Great Harvest in Pennsylvania? I’ve never heard of it before.. only from you! :)


72 sarah (sarah learns) March 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm

oh my gosh! i would be the BEST fiance in the world tonight if i could find that reuben roll bread! my fiance would be in heaven!


73 Ashley March 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Super jealous of your earrings and that sandwich! I should also note your awesome braiding skills on the challah. Looks like a fun day.


74 Hilary March 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Mmmmm….total carb overload….looks delicious and like so much fun!


75 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad March 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Cinnamon swirl…I <3 thee.


76 Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Love the green cookies. I tried making green cookies today with pistachio mix..but they had more of a green tint rather than an actual green color. Still good, though!


77 erica March 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

your post makes me want to hunt down a great harvest store asap!!!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!


78 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

All of these photos are gorgeous! It makes me want to go and get some bakes goods. Luckily here in New Zealand, there are lots of great bakeries! But I bet it’s nothing compared to your stuff….YUM!


79 Richelle March 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Mmmm, all that bread looks so good. I love bread!


80 Valerie @ Cupcakes & the City March 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I love Challah! It makes the best French toast because it’s so airy and doughy and just soaks up all the batter!


81 staceyhealthylife March 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Everything looks delicious. Those cookies looker even bigger then the normal big cookies.


82 Annie@stronghealthyfit March 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Holy YUM.


83 ASK March 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Wow, that bread looks so amazing! If only we could taste it through the screen… :(


84 Hannah March 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Green pizza. Super fun times indeed!


85 Kelly March 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

That bread looks AWESOME. Now I’m craving a nice, big carby sandwich


86 Maria March 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Happy St. Patty’s Day!!! I am ever so jealous of that delicious looking sandwich!


87 Kim March 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

My husband saw your reuben roll up and wants to know if you will have that at your store when he comes to visit next month?


88 KathEats March 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Hey Kim,
We probably won’t be open in April – so sorry! We’re shooting for May. Also, the Reuben roll is a St. Patty’s Day special, so we won’t have it until next March. Hope your husband will come by for some of our others – or at least just to say hi!


89 Katie R March 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm

The earring is super cute – but be careful wearing an earring while prepping food. If it fell off, it could be an unpleasant challenge to find it (hopefully not in the beautiful Reuben loaf!). I love reading about your GH adventures. Thanks for sharing!


90 Sarah March 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Reuben roll bread?! Sign me up.


91 Christin S March 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

Yummy! We used to have a Great Harvest where I live and I loved getting a loaf of the Garlic Cheese bread after school, and my friends and I would just munch on it while doing homework…good times!


92 Stefani Lauer March 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Hey Kath,
It was nice getting to work with you and Matt, especially on St. Patricks day . I have a feeling that you both have the good , positive energy to run your store. We wish you much luck and many Happy Challah Days to come.


93 KathEats March 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Thanks Stefani!


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