Double Baked

December 21, 2011

I think we all had a little too much fun during today’s back-to-back bake :mrgreen:

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Babka Bake!

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We baked, kneaded and bagged a whole extra day’s worth of breads to keep an edge on our supply this busy week.

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Always looking for a reason to be on the blog, these guys modeled my afternoon snack of Siggi’s topped with a scuffin piece and biscotti crumbles!

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Other snacks included bits and pieces of e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. and I’m feeling kind of sickly-stuffed right now! Tomorrow I’m hoping to lean more on the fruit side of the eating spectrum.

We fed those who worked late with homemade pizza

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Spinach Feta dough topped with pesto, peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Incredible. [And much bigger than it appears in this photo!]

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And a big salad that Karen brought!

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Sleep overwhelms me and it’s not even 9pm!

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1 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal December 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I love that you eat salads for lunch and dinner. Love all the baking at the shop today :)

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2 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! December 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

YUM! Everything looks so delicious!

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3 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Looks great! Work looks fun!

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4 Kateness December 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Karen looks fantastic!

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5 Elle December 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm

OMG Karen looks fabulous!

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6 Ellie@Fit for the Soul December 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Whooooaaaa those are the biggest batches of dough I’ve ever seen!! And Karen is lookin’ great and strong :)

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7 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio December 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

What a fun day! Those loaves and the pizza look great!

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8 katie @KatieDid December 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Sound like a fun night, your employees always seem like a lot of fun to work with!

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9 Dynamics December 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Karen looks amazing and soooooo young. Do people thing she is your sister?

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10 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

That pizza looks wonderful!

And the babka bake…I had no idea that’s how it’s made. Wow, that’s a lot of chocolate. I’d be very happy to pitch in. With the baking or the eating!

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11 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money December 21, 2011 at 9:23 pm

The professional loafer shirt is pretty fab!

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12 gina December 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Don’t worry Kath: I far out-eat you on a daily basis. Wish I worked at your bakery!

Chocolate…oh god…I eat this stuff daily. Currently eating piles of “a pot of gold” milk chocolate turtles on a routine, ridiculous basis! Didn’t know that’s how you made that babka stuff.

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13 Brie @ Brie Fit December 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

That pizza looks seriously yummy, and Karen is looking fab these days!

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14 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Sounds like a fun bake festival with tasty rewards! I’m glad business is going so well!

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15 Sana December 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Hahaha, I love how the bakery staff wants to be on the blog :)

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16 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Karen looks great! I wouldn’t mind getting pizza at work :)

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17 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass December 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm

You are so good to your employees! I wish my boss made me Pizza! ;)

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18 Liz December 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Please tell Karen she looks great! Looks like a fabulous time :)

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19 Ellen December 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Just another amazing day at the office….thanks for the pizza! best boss ever!

p.s. thank you for letting my hair make an appearance on the blog. much appreciated.

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20 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm

That looks like the best day ever!!! I would loooove to bake all that bread!!!

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21 Betty December 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm

That Karen – she is the best ! I hope she’s feeling as well as she is looking – keep the spirits up all – and yummy on that bread

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22 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I can’t get over the size of that babka! (twss)

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23 Alex December 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I have the best Bosses EVER! Yes ellen and I are blog hoppers. I take every chance to be on here! I loved today and the food was great!
Baking Bread to Spread Christmas Cheer!
Merry Early Christmas!
Alex

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24 Jen December 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm

you guys look good! :)

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25 Lorin December 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I remember when I came in this summer and you seemed really cheerful. Love the enthusiasm! So jealous you get to work there. Have a great Christmas too :)

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26 Alex December 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I’m always Cheerful! It is because I love my job, I love the bread, and I love making everyone smile!

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27 Elisabeth December 22, 2011 at 12:55 am

How awesome to love going to work everyday (wish I loved my job that much!) ;)

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28 Roxanne December 22, 2011 at 3:03 am

I think any job with good food and good people is the best place to be!

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29 KathEats December 22, 2011 at 7:04 am

Haha you cheeseball! See you soon!

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30 Kate December 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Sounds like a great day! Happy to see Karen back on the blog! She looked FANTABULOUS! :)

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31 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Your pizza looks scrumptious! The cheese…the spinach feta dough…those pictures…I just want to reach through my monitor and savour a piece! Just two more days until I indulge in Friday Night Pizza Night at our house!

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32 Leah December 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Looks like fun, but I have to ask… are hairnets never worn around the kitchen, or are they just be offed for camera photo opt purposes?

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33 Alex December 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm

As in Most kitchens a hat is worn by most or the hair is to be pulled back. If one forgets to bring a hat or hair band we keep a hat of shame for them! We are very health conscious at the bakery!

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34 Greg December 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I was wondering the same thing about hairnets. What is Great Harvest’s policy?

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35 Jen December 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

This was my first thought too. The girl with the red shirt has a lot of hair hovering over that dough. Not at all trying to be negative but it’s just one of my “things”.

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36 Alex December 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm

We cover our heads during production and if working the front counter a hat must be on or our hair pulled back. We do however occasionally take our hats off for photo opportunities, but they go right back on when we go back to work! We are health conscious and ensure that we follow standards of our health department.

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37 Nancy December 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I thought the same thing about the girl in the red shirt!!!! That’s a lot of hair flowing around, even in a ponytail. I don’t need a hairnet, hats and hair pulled up are fine, but when you have very long hair like she does it might be better to put it all up.

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38 Nancy December 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Forgot to add that Karen does look wonderful. Very glad to see her doing so well!

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39 Alex December 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Agreed! Thanks for the input!

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40 Roxanne December 22, 2011 at 3:04 am

We want to see the hats in the next photo!

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41 Patricia December 22, 2011 at 6:48 am

All I could think of when I saw those photos of the girl in the red shirt was “there’s going to be hair in that babka.” I’m sorry, but even for these “goofing around shots” she is leaning over that table with no hat, no hairnet, and her ponytail looks loose & swinging. I’m really kind of shocked that hairnets are not mandatory for anyone who is involved in food production in the GH kitchen.

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42 KathEats December 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

Y’all are right – it was a poor decision. But Alex is right – Ellen has thought she looks bald (which maybe was a good thing) in blog photos from the counter because of her tight ponytails and that’s why she swung it around. She actually wasn’t even working on the babka at the time and just posed, but she shouldn’t have even been next to it without her hat.

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43 Jillian December 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Funny- stuff like that never occurs to me (I understand rules and everything, but I also don’t freak out if I find a piece of hair in my food- I’ve found much, much worse) – the only thought I had when I saw her pictures was PRETTY HAIR!! ;)

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44 Alyssa December 23, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Haha! That’s what I thought too- gorgeous girl and I wish my hair was that long and pretty!

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45 Nicole December 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Sad that I missed out on all the fun!! Good luck with this week, guys :]

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46 KathEats December 22, 2011 at 7:03 am

It’s pretty festive but we miss you!

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47 Lee December 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Babka always reminds me of Seinfeld!

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48 MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan December 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I want to move to C’ville, just so I can work with you and your awesome employees. Oh, and to be friends with Karen. She is amazing.

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49 Kristi @ Hiding in Honduras December 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Yum!!!! Homemade pizza from the bosses, que awesome!

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50 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Ok, maybe I’m a little naive but I had no idea what a babka was until I Googled it just now! From what I read, it sounds delicious and yours looks enormous!! Sounds like a fun afternoon!

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51 Katie December 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Karen looks fabulous!

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52 Tami @Nutmeg Notebook December 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Looks like a lot of hard work with plenty of fun tossed in! Of course the food looks amazing!

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53 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm

That looks freaking delicious! Oh how I wish that was on my menu!

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54 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to be back in retail one day. :)

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55 Jenny December 22, 2011 at 12:26 am

Ahhhhh so jealous I’m missing all of the fun! I’ve obviously been having bakery withdrawal since the second I left Cville… miss you guys!!

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56 KathEats December 22, 2011 at 6:58 am

We miss you too!

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57 Khushboo December 22, 2011 at 12:37 am

It makes me so happy to see Karen looking so well :)!

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58 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy December 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

Ah, Karen seems so classy and elegant. She always seems to have a way about her. :)

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59 Sandy December 22, 2011 at 2:36 am

You all make work look like so much fun, maybe I should apply to all of the area bakeries!

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60 Roxanne December 22, 2011 at 3:07 am

Not all the bakeries are like this one, the one in my neighborhood is like a sweatshop so “careful what you wish for”.

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61 KathEats December 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

Where do you live Roxanne?

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62 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth December 22, 2011 at 5:25 am

That pizza looks amazing. I wish I could have a slice of that with some fresh salad for lunch today!

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63 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 22, 2011 at 6:26 am

The atmosphere of your bakery looks so fun and inviting! The pizza and salad looks great too. I have been craving pizza lately but am supposed to limit dairy (cheese) due to some digestive issues. I have been trying to experiment with some non cheese homemade options but if you have any winners let me know!

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64 C December 22, 2011 at 6:41 am

Kath, I love your t-shirt. Karen looks GREAT! Have a Happy Holiday!!!

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65 Debbi December 22, 2011 at 7:08 am

Hah! Sleep overwhelms me EVERY night when it’s not even 9 p.m. Oh, to be young and have energy again. =)

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66 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 22, 2011 at 7:26 am

That pizza looks just delicious! One of the things I’m going to do in 2012 is make my own pizza. This is incentive…thanks!

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67 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 22, 2011 at 7:33 am

You guys look like you have so much fun working! It makes me want to move there and work for you! ;)

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68 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

All of that food looks great! I really love that pizza!!! :)

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69 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

Homemade pizza looks great!

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70 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 22, 2011 at 8:14 am

Looks like a super fun evening! And can I just say? Karen looks beautiful! I hope she is doing well. :)

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71 Cathy December 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

These are the kinds of posts that make me think I want to work in a bakery! Looks like TONS of FUN!!! Have a relaxing holiday!

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72 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 22, 2011 at 9:08 am

that homemade pizza looks so good! And it looks so fun to work in a bakery!

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73 Angel7 December 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

Are all days at the bakery that much fun! :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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74 Alissa December 22, 2011 at 10:30 am

It all looks amazing!! I have been meaning to stop by the bakery in my town and thanks to your post I am going today! It looks like it is a ton of fun. Hope you enjoy your holidays!

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75 Ulya December 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

I haven’t had a pizza in ages, and this one looks delicious with salad. I think I have to make homemade pizza very soon, although I don’t think I will be satisfied with just one piece! Thanks for sharing.

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76 Annie December 22, 2011 at 11:33 am

That pizza looks to DIE for!!!!

If you could, perhaps you can post the recipe for that?

*will be dreaming of that pizza tonight

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77 Cait's Plate December 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Karen’s looking FAB!!!

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78 donna December 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Looks like a fun crew, but I thought it was must me (before I read any of the comments), that was getting grossed out by all the hair over the dough! I bought a Savannah bar at a GH at a NC bakery last week and could’ve sworn that it had a hair in it. I would think the bakers would have to wear gloves too. No? Sorry if that’s a stupid question. I have never baked bread before, so I don’t have a clue.

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79 Hillary December 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm

The babka and pizza of my dreams. Adopt me, please?

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80 Stefanie December 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Such a fun place to work. :)

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81 Allison December 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

A back-to-back bake sounds so draining, but looks so fun!

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82 Alyssa December 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I agree with Donna, I was shocked to see people with their bare hands all over food that is about to be served to customers! Even if it was for the photo, the damage was done. I must say I don’t think I would go to a Great Harvest after seeing this.

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83 KathEats December 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Hands are always washed… Many times. That is totally fine with our health department. Bakers can’t really wear gloves and get the right feel kneading dough. Bread is also cooked! Our sandwich staff washes and wear gloves and hats.

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84 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 23, 2011 at 2:22 am

Yum! So great to pack some greens into your pizza dough!

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85 Susan Mc December 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

Karen looks amazingly strong and happy, that warms me’ heart! AND her hair looks GREAT!! :-)

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