Month: January 2017

Organic Bread Is Good. Organic Bread Is Very Good

All the preservatives and different additives in our food today are becoming more and more known to the public at large. The word “Organic” has become an everyday buzz-word, and more people are turning to the obvious health benefits of organic produce and baked goods.

What is organic certification? There are many definitions, and some people simply use the word to describe something that isn’t organic at all. Their excuses will be that everything is organic, even dirt and arsenic and hemlock, it’s all organic. However, we know to avoid such ploys.

When it comes to organic bread, a company that has been baking bread long before commercial preservatives and additives even existed is, of course, the choice of choices, and is a no brainer. They know how to do it, and they’ve always known how to do it. The traditional baker in America has tremendous history under its belt, and baking quality bread is an art form. The artisan baker knows how to procure the finest ingredients and has the knowledge and experience to craft the finest bread possible. Not convinced of the complexity of bread making? This article may just heighten your appreciation of the craft and think twice before you say – “I’m just running out to get a loaf of bread dear.”

Of course, the varieties are many when it comes to bread, and the traditional family owned and run bakery has a full range of magnificent organic baked goods available. Since the century old family owned business is the best kind of business, quality and customer service are second to none. These are people who live for baking and have grown with their customers in a great way. Great bakery products are always and have always been available. Consistency in quality is the mark of a master and is what keeps customers coming back for more. The ethereal aroma of baking bread never hurts either. There’s nothing quite like it.

Don’t let the word “organic” frighten you away from making healthy choices. It is an ever-increasing trend for good reason. More and more evidence is coming to light showing the great benefits of choosing organic. Though, those who knead dough already know which way to go when it comes to health. It’s their business and they care about their customers and fellow Americans. Many government rules and regulations apply, but the professionals care more about you than the government does, and they go above and beyond simplistic regulations, raising the bar and striving to set the standard. It’s a best practice for any business, but we all know that baking is a unique business. The people who choose to dedicate their lives to baking are a breed apart. One only goes into such a profession if it’s in one’s heart and soul, and we can all taste the difference.

Tread your body right, not to mention your taste buds. Bread is life; eat it.

Save Money and Be Your Own Barista

My wallet has definitely taken a hit this holiday season. So sadly, I’ve had to cut back on my $8 dollar a day coffee addiction. I know many can probably relate to my dilemma. If you are in fact like me, then I know that it’s not really that easy to just go cold turkey on a yummy cup of joe. My solution? I’m just going to make the coffee at home.

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I know the idea of making your own specialty coffee at home is no great stride for bettering mankind, however, it is a great solution. It’s more affordable and you never have to leave the comfort of your home. Whether you prefer coffee hot or iced, there are endless flavors and combinations to be made. All that is needed is a little creativity.

After a bit of perusing on the internet, I came across a recipe for one of my favorite coffee shop drinks.

Caramel Macchiato

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of milk
  • Vanilla syrup (whichever brand you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh expresso
  • Caramel sauce
  • Vanilla Whipped cream

Vanilla Whipped Cream 

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • Vanilla extract (try not to use imitation vanilla)

Directions
1. For whipped cream, you’ll need a mixing bowl and whisk. Place bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill. Next, take your bowl and add the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk the mixture until stiff peaks begin to form. Once done, place bowl in freezer until needed. 2.To make the coffee an espresso machine is preferred but you can always use a regular coffee maker. Next, warm the milk on the stove. *Quick Tip: If you aren’t using an espresso machine, then just make your coffee double the strength. I’m horrible at making coffee correctly, so I’ve invested in Kcup brewer. They’re a super easy way to make a great cup of joe. I’ve even recently spotted some Starbucks k cup pod products in my local grocery store. The creations that could be made with them are probably endless.* 3. Once the coffee has been prepared and your milk has been warmed, combine coffee, milk and about 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup into a blender. Blend ingredients until frothy or a little foamy on top. 4. Pour ingredients from the blender into your mug of choice. Add a bit of your vanilla whipped cream, then drizzle the caramel sauce on top.

*To make this an “iced” coffee drink, simply add ice when blending

Voila, your very own Caramel Macchiato dupe. The vanilla whipped cream is a bit of a deviation from the versions I’ve gotten before so it is definitely optional. Hopefully, making your own coffee shop drinks wont’t seem as daunting of a task.…