We know. We hear you. “Where are the new recipes?!”, you say.
We’ve been holding out on you and for that we’re sorry. But we promise that will be changing very soon. A sincere thanks for your patience as we get ourselves sorted out this month.
You see, it’s been pretty hectic at our house. Harrison is finishing up school and getting ready for graduation in a few weeks (hooray!). And we’re getting ready to move to Stowe, Vermont for the summer where we’ll be helping out on a nearby organic produce and flower farm (double hooray). And we’re also making plans for another new adventure that takes us back south in the fall (details to come!).
We’re also apparently trying to create a new world record for number of round-trip visits to North Carolina in the span of 30 days (one more to go!). We’re on the road again and again and again…
On this latest visit my brother and I met up in NC and headed to Chapel Hill to check in on our dad and step-mom who just opened the doors to their new bakery and café!
It’s amazing what your parents will get into after their kids fly the coop.
In late March they purchased the existing Great Harvest Bread shop in Chapel Hill from its former owners who were ready to transition on. They closed up shop for a few weeks, remodeled the store, put their own touches on the space and now they are off and running with my dad at the helm as the new managing baker (aka the sponge and dough man). And let me tell you friends. The man can bake!
And bake he does, starting bright and early Mondays through Saturdays at 4:30am. He mills his own flour on-site and bakes up fresh breads, warm cookies and scrumptious fruit-filled scones and muffins daily.
We arrived on blueberry scone day. Lucky us. YUUUM!
Family or not, you better believe we took advantage of all of those freshly baked samples. Our personal favorite? Their cinnamon swirl bread which my brother sliced up thick to whip up some ooey gooey delicious Mother’s Day French Toast. Oh and the warm rosemary garlic bread with a smear of melted butter – hello savory flavor.
If you live in the Chapel Hill area or find yourself traveling through, we would love it if you stopped in and said hello (walk in all VIP-like and ask for Cathy and Jeff). It’s a big new adventure for them and we know how much they will appreciate your support. Please tell them we sent you and don’t forget to let us know what you taste-tested!
Great Harvest Bread Company
229 South Elliott Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7:00am – 6:00pm
Until we celebrate new beginnings again,
We wish we could stay…but baby it’s cold outside….
So we’re packing up the presents and driving away…
North Carolina… here. we. come!
Happy Holidays everyone!
Last Sunday Harrison traded his chef coat for a fancy tie and headed to Cambridge, Mass for a sponsored wine pairing at T.W. Food and an inspiring lecture by Ferran Adria at Harvard. NECI offered a handful of tickets to students for the event and he was lucky enough to snag one.
While in town he stopped by Formaggio Kitchen and sent me this taunting pic…
He’s a wise one though. He knew he better not return home to sleepy MontP empty handed, so home he came with some fine souvenirs and an energized tone in his voice.
Today we’re pulling together a few of those Formaggio leftovers including Coomersdale by Bonnieview Farm (aged sheep’s milk), Queso Azul de Valdeon (Spanish blue cheese) and house-made chorizo and we’re pairing them with fresh Elmore Mountain Bread and arugula for some melt in your mouth breakfast sandwiches.
And this is just our warm up. Off we go to Bohemian Bakery for a sweet second course.
Happy Sunday .
Until we play with meat and cheese again,
A + H
So I headed out-of-town for a little Carolina adventure (known as work… OK with a splash of beach) this week leaving H-dog alone with the gremlins for close to two weeks. If you ask him, he’ll tell you I’m leaving him for a month and half.
I feel bad leaving for so long but then again, I think he will kind of like his break from running my weekday cafeteria. His school schedule just so happens to have him home occasionally around lunchtime (thanks to that twenty spot I gave his school administer… kidding).
If he’s in school you might find me marching myself downtown to pick up one of these delights….
But when he’s home, watch out. You need a forklift to roll me back to the computer.
Here’s a sampling of the goodness I’ll be missing while down south…
Working from home never tasted so ‘smack yo momma good’ good.
Until we eat again,
A + H
When we stumbled upon the Capital City Farmers Market earlier this month, we were like kids in a candy shop. Voted one of the Best 12 Farmer’s Markets by The Daily Green, this eclectic gem of a Farmers Market has been bringing local consumers and local producers together for over 30 years.
Music, samples, people watching, samples, incredible local farmers, samples. Let’s just say we’re big fans and Saturday mornings at the farmers market have become an extra special treat. What do we love? Walking in and brainstorming how to make a meal out of it all. Chatting with the vendors always inspires something new. Plus, there’s nothing better than supporting local food producers. The food’s tastier, more nutritious and *gasp*, fresh! Yes, we’re good food groupies and we just can’t hide it.
Here are our finds from our first week (brussel sprouts, grass fed tenderloin and Hartwell cheese… plus, locally cured Damn Fine bacon from our corner sto’: Uncommon Market.)
Special shout out to: Ploughgate Creamery in Albany, Vermont. Your Hartwell cheese is a dream. Cheese lovers: think Brie on steriods. Hypothetically speaking of course…
And here’s the meal we made out of it all:
It’s our weekly splurge on the new budget. An extra special dinner date made with love, all for under 40 bucks. As we like to say “Now that’s what’s up!” Be inspired, let loose – find a local farmers market near you.
Until we explore again,
A & H