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New Year’s Traditions to Treasure

Traditions are a part of our culture and serve as an anchor for celebrations from generation to generation. During the holidays we treasure the traditions we’ve established with friends,  family and in our community. One of the most time honored of those is how we ring in the New Year. From champagne toasts and midnight kisses to game nights and countdowns in city squares, celebrating a new year has a common thread for all of us.

Why Champagne?

One of the most enduring New Year’s tradition involves a special beverage. A New Year’s Party isn’t complete without a champagne toast at midnight, but why?

It all began when Champagne was first produced roughly 15-hundred years ago. At the time it was a flat wine product fermented in the champagne region of France and was shipped in barrels and drunk right away.¹

Eventually champagne was left to sit a few months longer, allowing it to ferment and produce the bubbles it is now known for. French vintners began shipping it in bottles, rather than barrels, to maintain the effervescence and soon European nobles and wealthy merchants alike were demanding a bit of the “bubbly” for special occasions.

Wine has long been a part of New Year’s eve celebrations – first in religious rituals ,then in secular ceremonies. Champagne’s reputation as a wine “fit for the gods” and as the ultimate celebratory beverage has been reinforced by today’s marketing and has led to the traditional midnight champagne toast.

Food and Champagne

Wondering what to serve with champagne for your party? It is best with pastas in cream sauce and is known as a regular partner to oysters and  lobster. But champagne can pair quite well with simple foods such as these:

Fried mushrooms

Mac-n cheese

Corn dogs with Dijon mustard

Vegetarian chili

Fish tacos

Looking to create something special for your New year’s eve menu? Try some of these recipes

 

The Kiss

It is said that a kiss at the stroke of midnight will mean a year full of love. It is common for couples to participate in this long-standing tradition, but often families and friends hug and kiss each other on the cheek as a way to ensure that the year ahead will continue to be marked with friendship and familial love too.

Here’s a List of some great New year’s kissing scenes on film!

The “drop”

The most notable New Year’s Eve drop takes place each year in Times Square in New York. The 10-second countdown as the glittering ball slides down the pole serves as a visual marker for the moment when one year ends and another begins. It is also cause for a gathering that attracts thousands of people from all over.

In many other cities drops occur as a local event. In 1989, Atlanta began the “peach drop” at Underground Atlanta. In the past, the drop has attracted more than 100-thousand revelers. This year, however,  it may not be announced until closer to the date whether or not there will be a drop. Last year there was also a last-minute notification of the event.²

The day after

A New Year’s Day brunch is a tradition that has many sleepy people gathering to feast on such classics as black-eyed peas, collards, and cornbread. The notion that black-eyed peas bring good luck for the new year actually began 1,500 years ago and was a Jewish custom. It spread to the southern United States in the 18th century and has become a regular feature on the first day of the year.³

Tradition holds that also serving greens, such as collards, represents wealth in the new year and that cornbread represents gold. Whatever you eat, it’s fun to celebrate the New Year with some long-standing traditions.

Try something new

Not a fan of black-eyed peas or collards – order some of our delicious breakfast items and start your own tradition!

 

sources:

¹https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2012-12-31/why-do-we-drink-champagne-on-new-year-s-eve

²http://www.newyearsevelive.net/cities/atlanta-georgia.html

³http://americanfood.about.com/od/resourcesadditionalinfo/a/New-Years-Day-Tradition-Black-Eyed-Peas.htm

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Big, Small, Easy or Gourmet – Holiday Entertaining Your Way

Entertaining this time of year takes on an entirely different meaning as we are all focused on enjoying the holidays.  Personally, I love to decorate and I spend countless hours bringing up boxes, assembling villages, decorating trees and arranging my favorite collections of snow globes, figurines and snowmen.  If you’re like me and have gone to extremes to decorate for the holiday season, why not entertain so your friends and community neighbors can enjoy your decorating efforts?

Holiday entertaining can be as complex or easy as you decide to make it.  I can tell you I have done it both ways, and each party format has its own merits.  Obviously, it depends on what type of gathering you’d like to have.  Do you want to have an intimate dinner setting with a few close friends, or do you want to entertain your extended family, community neighbors and friends near and far?  Here are a few party ideas to help you enjoy your holiday entertaining big or small!

Enjoying the BIG Holiday Party

Entertaining large groups can be challenging but also fun and rewarding. If you’re considering inviting a large group to your home during the holidays, do as much as you can in advance so you end up enjoying your party time as much as your guests do.

Look for finger food recipes (Pinterest is a great resource) that can be prepared in advance and if you’re serving hot items, consider a warming tray so you don’t have to spend your time reheating.  Sliced meats can be a great party item as they don’t have to be hot.  They can be served with flavored mayo (check out our recent blog post flavored mayos A-Z for some great ideas) and an assortment of breads.

Keep your bar area away from the food and mingling area to keep traffic flowing, and place small bowls with snacks spread throughout the area for guests to munch on. If you are serving alcohol, consider a festive punch to keep costs down.  Bottles of wine can add up quickly, and a nice, sparkling punch will go a long way with thirsty guests.

Impress your guests with a gourmet steakhouse quality meal.

This dish may sound a bit intimidating, and is not for the faint of heart (or those who can’t whisk up a Bearnaise) but I assure you, you’ll have one of the best meals of your life if you give this recipe a try.  If you know how to rock your double boiler and your goal is to serve a steakhouse quality meal to an intimate group of guests, this recipe will not disappoint.  Emeril’s Lobster-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Bearnaise Sauce…need I say more?  Okay, I will…imagine a whole tenderloin, butterflied, and stuffed with steamed lobster, a pancetta-vegetable mixture and finished with Bearnaise sauce.  WOW, right?

This dish is just delicious and can be found in its entirety on foodnetwork.com as it’s a bit long to share in this post.  There’s not much else you will need to accompany this extraordinarily rich dish, except possibly some steamed asparagus or potato side, as long as you keep it simple.  Serve along with a nice Cabernet and enjoy your efforts in the kitchen!

Easy does it, with a little help from Atlanta Bread.

No matter what type party you’re having, every hostess needs a little help now and then!  Our catering menu can save you when you’re in a pinch.  We have wonderful appetizer and snack trays that are perfect for holiday entertaining.  Our Veggie Fresco Selection Tray comes with fresh, healthy vegetables and your choice of sauces.  It’s the perfect complement to your party spread.

Need a bit more help?  Head on over to our catering menu to see the variety of items we have to add to your table.  Choose from desserts, soups and salads, sandwich platters, fruit trays, or our Crisps N’ Cheese Tray to complete your party.  Spend more time enjoying your guests…these are your holidays too!  Happy Entertaining!

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3 Unique Holiday Harvest Traditions

Each fall Americans look forward to Thanksgiving – a day of bountiful eating, family gatherings, and even football. Often this day winds down with a nap on the couch and leftovers being put away for a chance to re-live the great feast. For many, the leftover turkey is best put to use in a sandwich and the sweet potato casserole makes for a great late-night snack. This has become the tradition. But it all had a different beginning.

The History of Harvest

We celebrate Thanksgiving to commemorate the feast that pilgrims shared with some Wampanoag Indians after the first harvest in 1621. The festivities lasted 3 days and the fresh food eaten then was more likely venison, not turkey, and sweet potatoes were unknown to the settlers at that time.¹  The food has evolved and the holiday has since become a day of thanks for all that we have, including our family, community, and local food.

Going Global

In some countries, harvest celebrations are a bit different. Honoring the harvest of local food and sharing with the community happens in some interesting ways as ancient traditions are enacted. Let us take you on a tour around the world and get a glimpse of some global holiday harvest traditions.

Incwala – Swaziland

In Swaziland, Incwala lasts for many days leading up to the cutting of the sacred shrub, known as Iusekwane. .² The Incwala is also referred to as the first -fruits ceremony and includes communal harvesting of fields, weddings, and rituals of song and dance only performed for this festival. The celebration is meant for “renewing and strengthening the kingship and the nation.” ³

Dozynki – Poland

This Slavic harvest festival coincides with the end of the harvest season and was originally associated with an ancient pagan cult of agriculture. ¹* Still celebrated in Poland today, it marks the tradition of rewarding farm laborers for their work in the fields of the larger landowners and comes at the end of the harvest season.

The last of the harvest, usually wheat and rye, is formed into a dome-shaped wreath and presented to the head of the manor. Participants wear traditional costumes as a processional heads to the landowner’s estate. There is an offering of bread to the host, who then shares a vodka toast with the eldest male peasant. A feast follows where peasant-style food is served. ²*

Crop Over – Barbados

The island nation celebrates the end of sugar cane season with what can be considered one of the longest harvest events around. As much as two months time can be spent on feasting, eating, and Calypso music competitions. ³* The tradition dates back to the 1780’s and today it’s a party atmosphere complete with a parade and the ceremonial delivering of the last sugar canes to the king and queen of the festival. ¹ª

Honor the harvest

Across the globe people take time to observe the significance of the harvest and to celebrate the bounty.

While we decorate with gourds and bales of hay and eat ourselves to the point of being overstuffed, remember, it is a celebration of harvesting that provides us some of the best local food around. It is also a commemoration of the hard work the pilgrims endured and the friendship they shared with the indigenous people.

The Leftovers

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and if you don’t have any leftover turkey you can always visit Atlanta Bread for our delicious Turkey Cranberry Sandwich!

Sources:

¹ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/11/26/why-we-celebrate-thanksgiving-every-year-it-isnt-what-you-think/

² http://www.thekingdomofswaziland.com/pages/news/index.asp?NewsID=146

³https://www.britannica.com/place/Swaziland/Cultural-life#ref480823

¹*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do%C5%BCynki

²* http://www.polishtoledo.com/dozynki01.htm

³* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crop_Over

¹ª http://www.barbados.org/cropover.htm#.WAD6dGxSMaI

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Hip Holiday Breads – Not Your Grandma’s Fruitcake

You’ve probably heard the jokes and lore of the fruitcake:  fruitcake tossing competitions, fruitcakes as doorstops and the legendary story of one single fruitcake being passed around year after year. Grandma’s fruitcake doesn’t necessarily have the best reputation, nor does it delight the palate of foodies these days, but today’s inspired holiday breads sure do!  So what’s the difference, other than new flavors?

A bit about fruitcakes

Fruitcake has been around since well before your Grandma’s time…in fact, according to What’s Cooking America, fruitcakes date back to ancient Roman times.  Ancient hunters and crusaders were reported to carry fruitcake with them in order to survive their long missions away from home.1 Fruitcake became very popular in the mid to late 1800s as a must-have item at Victorian tea parties.  Traditionally, fruitcakes combined harvested fruits and nuts into a loaf form.  Today, you can tempt almost any palate with the concept of warm, fruity and savory holiday breads made in much the same way, but with today’s trending and tempting ingredients.

If you said you were dropping by a neighbor’s house to deliver a fruitcake, you’d likely find them hiding behind their door, but you’ll get a much warmer reception if you ring the bell bearing a gift of delicious holiday bread, with modern flavors like Cranberry Orange, Pumpkin Spice or Mocha Chocolate Chip.

Historical holiday breads across the globe

Holiday breads have a history too.  For thousands of years, many cultures have had their own interpretation of breads and cakes served to celebrate holiday seasons.  Breads like Italian Panforte or Panettone, Romanian Cozonac, Norwegian Julekake, and German Stollen are just a few of the traditional holiday breads you can find filled with spices, fruits and nuts. Today, holiday breads come in delicious new flavors with healthy, fresh ingredients and so many of them are just impossible to resist.

Here’s a great compilation of holiday bread recipes fromfood.com if you’re in the baking spirit.  It’ll be difficult to decide which to try first, Christmas Stollen, Sour Cream Apple Cardamom, Almond Cranberry Bread, or Spiced Anjou Pear Bread just to start…a difficult choice indeed!

Holiday breads – baked fresh for you

Obviously not everyone has time to gather fresh healthy ingredients for baking, but who wouldn’t want to enjoy these fresh baked breads.  If you’re scrambling around for last minute gift ideas and don’t have time to bake your own delicious, breads with healthy, fresh ingredients, why not bring home the holidays from Atlanta Bread.

We have a wonderful variety of fresh baked holiday breads to treat yourself to, or delight your friends and family.  Our Pumpkin Spice Bread is simply delicious and on trend with everyone’s favorite fall ingredient, and our Cranberry Orange Bread is sure to zest up your day with fresh healthy ingredients!  If you’re looking for something a bit more decadent, why not try our Mocha Chocolate Chip Bread.

You’re sure to be the favorite friend, neighbor, co-worker or dinner guest when you deliver the gift of delicious, fresh baked holiday breads from Atlanta Bread.  Come by and enjoy a quick lunch with a fresh, healthy twist and take some of our delicious fresh baked holiday breads with you, or visit www.atlantabread.com to order ahead.

1 https://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Cakes/Fruitcake.htm

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The Ultimate Guide to Flavored Mayo: From Aioli to Zest

Flavored Mayo…drop mic and exit stage! There’s not much more you need to say…flavored mayonnaise is all the rage and why not? What better way is there to liven up your sandwiches, spice up your veggie platter or zest up your favorite meats or seafood with new flavors? Flavored mayonnaise has gained popularity as of late and you can find flavored mayo recipes online to delight almost any palate.

Truly, the sky’s the limit with flavored mayonnaise…all you need is a spice drawer and a jar of your favorite mayonnaise and you can create just about any savory, sweet, or spicy accompaniment you can imagine. It’s not difficult to make your own aioli or mayonnaise (yes, there is a difference) so here are some easy recipes for both AND our A-Z list of flavored mayonnaise ideas to spark your interest.

Homemade mayonnaise with fresh ingredients is easy to make and is a good choice for those looking to avoid preservatives found in store bought mayonnaise. Here’s a great recipe from allrecipes.com1

Ingredients:

½ teaspoon dry mustard powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 eggs*

2 tablespoons white vinegar

2 cups vegetable oil

In the container of a food processor or blender, combine the mustard powder, salt, eggs and vinegar.- Set the food processor on medium speed and gradually drizzle in the oil while it runs. Transfer to a container with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. *Consider using pasteurized eggs

Homemade Aioli is a bit different from mayo, in that it has 2 key ingredients:  olive oil and garlic. Here is a popular aioli recipe from epicurious.com.2

Ingredients:

2 garlic cloves

1 large egg yolk*

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mince and mash garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt using a large heavy knife. Whisk together yolk, lemon juice, and mustard in a bowl. Combine oils and add, a few drops at a time, to yolk mixture, whisking constantly, until all oil is incorporated and mixture is emulsified. (If mixture separates, stop adding oil and continue whisking until mixture comes together, then resume adding oil.)  Whisk in garlic paste and season with salt and pepper. If aïoli is too thick, whisk in 1 or 2 drops of water. Chill, covered, until ready to use. *Consider using pasteurized eggs

So now that you know how to make your own mayonnaise or aioli from fresh ingredients, you can decide whether to DIY or simply dress up your store bought mayo with our comprehensive A-Z guide to flavored mayonnaise!

A-Z Guide to Flavored Mayonnaise

  •      Aioli (OK, so maybe it’s not a mayonnaise, but it’s a favorite, so…)
  •      Avocado Mayonnaise
  •      Ancho Mayonnaise
  •      Bacon Mayonnaise
  •      Basil Mayonnaise
  •      Blue Cheese Mayonnaise
  •      Black Pepper Lemon Mayonnaise
  •      Cajun Garlic Mayonnaise
  •      Chive Mayonnaise
  •      Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise
  •      Cran-Orange Mayonnaise
  •      Chipotle Mayonnaise
  •      Curry Mayonnaise
  •      Dill Mayonnaise
  •      Edamame Mayonnaise
  •      Fennel Mayonnaise
  •      Fire-Roasted Pepper Mayonnaise
  •      Garlic lemon Mayonnaise
  •      Ginger Sesame Mayonnaise
  •      Green Peppercorn Mayonnaise
  •      Herb Mayonnaise (using Herbs de Provence, Dill, Basil, Rosemary or your favorite blend)
  •      Honey Mustard Mayonnaise
  •      Horseradish Mayonnaise
  •      Italian Tomato Mayonnaise
  •      Jalapeno Mayonnaise
  •      Kale Garlic Mayonnaise
  •      Lemon Caper Mayonnaise
  •      Mango Chutney Mayonnaise
  •      Maple Brown Sugar Mayonnaise
  •      Miso-Agave Mayonnaise
  •      Mustard-Mayonnaise
  •      Nacho-Chipotle Mayonnaise
  •      Old Bay (Seafood Spice) Mayonnaise
  •      Onion-Garlic Mayonnaise
  •      Orange Zest Mayonnaise
  •      Oyster Mayonnaise
  •      Parsley Mayonnaise
  •      Pecan Mayonnaise
  •      Pesto Mayonnaise
  •      Pomegranate Mayonnaise
  •      Pumpkin Chipotle Mayonnaise
  •      Quince Garlic Mayonnaise
  •      Raspberry Mayonnaise
  •      Red Wine Mayonnaise
  •      Roasted Red Pepper
  •      Sesame Mayonnaise
  •      Sriracha Mayonnaise
  •      Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise
  •      Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise
  •      Teriyaki Mayonnaise
  •      Thyme Shallot Mayonnaise
  •      Tarragon Mustard Mayonnaise
  •      Urchin Mayonnaise (Yep…it’s a real thing)
  •      Vegetable Medley Mayonnaise (with roasted onion, bell pepper, garlic and tomato)
  •      Wasabi Mayonnaise
  •      XO sauce Mayonnaise (XO is a spicy seafood sauce used in Chinese food recipes)
  •      Yellow Saffron Mayonnaise
  •      Zesty Lemon Mayonnaise

Now that you can see the endless varieties of flavored mayonnaise out there, why not try to whip up your own batch of flavored mayonnaise to enhance next week’s sandwiches, party meat platters or crudité. Flavored mayo recipes are easily found online and can be as easy as adding herbs to store bought mayo.

We’re all about flavored mayo at Atlanta Bread, so if you’re looking for a seasonal favorite to try, give our Turkey Cranberry Sandwich made with fresh ingredients and cran-orange mayo a try. It’ll give you reason to celebrate the season with all-natural turkey, pickled red onions, lettuce, tomato and cran-orange mayo on cranberry walnut bread! DELISH!

For more great seasonal favorites and to order ahead, check out our online menu or simply download our app.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/159507/whole-egg-mayonnaise/

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/aioli-107026

 

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5 Ways to Treat Yourself to Pumpkin

I fondly recall carving pumpkins for Halloween as a kid. The trickiest part was cleaning out the “guts” but designing and creating the traditional Jack-O-Lantern and then eating the roasted seeds was a real treat. Back then I never knew about eating pumpkin in anything other than the traditional holiday pie. But now you can enjoy the flavor of pumpkin in a variety of food and drinks – it’s healthy, and it’s everywhere!

It’s not a commonly used ingredient so you may be unsure about what to do with pumpkin. While the jolly, round gourd provides a subtle yet distinct flavor to shakes, lattes, breads, and even healthy dinners you may want some suggestions about how to make it a part of this seasons fare. Let us be your tour guide and share our 5 favorite ways to enjoy the flavor of pumpkin this season. Many of these recipes came to us from Real Simple, and that’s the way we like it!

Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Okay, I know it sounds strange, but this really is a great combo of new flavors. It may not be your traditional grilled cheese but it will become a healthy family favorite.

½ cup pure pumpkin puree

16 slices pumpernickel or white bread

Check 2 ounces Gruyere, grated (about ½ cup)

Check 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter

Directions:

Spread the pumpkin puree on half of the bread, dividing evenly. Top with the cheese and the remaining bread to form sandwiches.

Melt ½ tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat.

Cook the sandwiches, in batches and turning once (adding an additional ½ tablespoon of butter to the skillet for each batch), until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, 4 to 6 minutes.

Use 3-inch pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters to cut the sandwiches into shapes.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Not much of a baker but still love to enjoy a sweet treat? These easy to make, 3-ingredient cake-y cookies are perfection. Recipe from a friend:

 

1 box of spiced cake mix

1 15 oz can pumpkin puree

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Combine cake mix and pumpkin and mix until blended. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop by spoonful on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18

Pumpkin w/ White Beans and Bacon

Looking for a healthy lunch or a dinner side item? Try this tasty dish. It’s light and packed with nutrients but still gives you a full-on pumpkin experience!

Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds

If you’re carving a pumpkin and want to roast the seeds, don’t just pop them in the oven. I know that’s the traditional way, but as your tour guide, I suggest that you first cook them on a baking sheet at 300 degrees for an hour (until dry) then toss them with 2 tablespoons of melted, unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼teaspoon ground cinnamon. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10- 15 minutes and you’ll have a sweet, salty, and crunchy snack!

 

Pumpkin Martini

If you’re looking for a liquid version of a pumpkin treat then consider this adult beverage. It’s sweet and rich and could be served for cocktail hour or even after dinner because it’s like a dessert in a glass.

 

1 tablespoon sugar

¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

3 tablespoons vodka

2 tablespoons half and half

1 tablespoon canned pure pumpkin puree

1 tablespoon maple syrup

¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Combine the sugar and ⅛ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice on a small plate. Dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in water, then dip in the sugar to coat.

In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, half and half, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass.

Pumpkin Bread

Warm, delicious pumpkin bread is great for breakfast, dessert, or as a sandwich – just spread a little cream cheese in between 2 slices! You could bake it, or pick some up at Atlanta Bread and bring home the holidays!

Pumpkin isn’t a fall fad, it’s a real, healthy food that adds a unique and delicate flavor to various food and drinks – so enjoy it all season. You can also stop by your local Atlanta Bread location and try our new Pumpkin Spiced Chai Latte, it’s the perfect partner for your pumpkin bread.

Sources:

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/delicious-pumpkin-recipes

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Living the Chai Life

If you are a coffee or tea lover you may be faced with a long list of choices each day for how to enjoy your favorite morning brew. There are a dizzying number of new flavors and preparations for these warm, and what are for some, necessary, beverages.

Whether you’re a good old-fashioned “I’ll take it black”, the “I like mine with just a touch of sugar and milk”, or the type with an order that runs for 6 sentences kind of person, haven’t you been at least a bit intrigued by the chai craze?

What is Chai?

Chai, which rhymes with “hi”, originated in India and means “tea” (so you won’t want to say chai tea unless you want to say tea tea). The term “masala chai” means “spiced tea” and is an even more precise reference. Masala chai has been a staple of Indian culture for centuries.

Chai can be made many ways, but the traditional ingredients are black tea with heavy milk, sweetener, and a blend of spices often including cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and peppercorns.²

Sweetener is used to help bring out the spices but doesn’t have to be sugar. Honey, agave, maple syrup or even stevia could be used.

The Spread of Chai

Reportedly, masala chai goes back more than 5-thousand years to when a ruler in what is now India had it developed for medicinal purposes.¹

Served in shops, restaurants, and homes across India for a long time, chai first become known in North America in the 1990’s but didn’t reach wide popularity until recent years⁴

The new-found popularity of this spiced tea has generated a market for convenience forms of masala chai. Pre-packaged mixes and concentrates can be found in specialty stores. These handy short-cuts may not be the traditional way of preparing it, but it is a good thing if it gets more people drinking chai. Why? Because masala chai is good for you.

Benefits of Chai

While some of these ingredients may be new flavors for you, the blend is unique and can really help you get your day started off well, or help you wind down after a stressful time. Chai can also be good for your physical health.

The ingredients in chai provide anti-inflammatory benefits and they are rich in antioxidants. When consumed after a meal (as is traditional) chai can also provide digestive support³

Try chai

Want to attempt to make your own – check out these Chai recipes – or do yourself a favor and come visit Atlanta Bread for our twist on this ancient beverage. Our tasty new pumpkin-spiced chai latte is now available! It will warm you up and add some spice to your day!

¹https://www.teatulia.com/tea-varieties/what-is-chai.htm

²http://www.chai-tea.org/whatisit.html

³http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-chai-tea-9942.html

http://worldteanews.com/news/global-evolution-chai

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Fall in Love With Butternut Squash

Fall brings the changing leaves, cooler temperatures, football, and autumn vegetables that signal a shift in what we’ll be enjoying over the next several months. One of the best ways to enjoy the new season is to sample new flavors, experience new adventures, or start a new relationship. Fall in love with someone or something.

Take a risk

You can do this by visiting local festivals, traveling to places you’ve never been, or to go where some people fear to go – squash.

O.K., don’t bail on me just yet. I’m not talking about the slimy yellow squash that your mom overcooked when you were a kid. I’m referring to the delicately sweet taste and hearty texture of the Butternut Squash.

The bio

I have to say it’s got a very nice shape, and when you cut it open, the deep golden-orange color says “fall is here”. But where does Butternut Squash come from and how do you prepare it? Let’s delve into a few fun facts about this healthy item and get you inspired to go gourd!

It’s technically a fruit that grows on a vine but is cooked and served as a vegetable. While the lineage of the most common type, the Waltham Butternut, originated  in Massachusetts (there is some question as to who actually developed it¹)  it’s true ancestry is all-American and goes way back.

First cultivated about 8-thousand years ago it was present in what is now the Americas before humans roamed the earth². But our species has been attracted to this smooth-and-curvy-on-the-outside, firm-and-tasty-on-the-inside delicacy for some time.

Oh, and it’s healthy for you too.

The recommendation

The Butternut Squash is low in calories and loaded with vitamins A and C and other anti-oxidants (which help prevent cell damage caused by free-radicals³) They contain no cholesterol or saturated fats but are a good source of fiber⁴. Definitely a fresh and healthy choice.

Butternut Squash is not only healthy and beautiful, it’s got a great personality too – it’s a bit nutty and mildly sweet.

Make a date

So why not go on a new adventure  this fall with new flavors. Don’t be shy – make something happen with Butternut Squash and see where the relationship goes. It can be baked, fried, steamed or pureed – it’s versatile that way. Here are some great recipes to try from Real Simple

And if you don’t feel like cooking – come in for a bowl of our brand new Butternut Squash Soup at Atlanta Bread and fall in love with the gourd!

Sources:

¹https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butternut_squash

²https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucurbita

³http://greatist.com/health/what-are-antioxidants

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/butternut-squash.html

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Fun Facts About What’s Growing In The South Right Now

Who doesn’t love freshly harvested, seasonal foods, right from their local farmer this time of year?  Here in the South, we are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies available to us year round, but fall is a special time of year in the south. Health-conscious individuals should be on the lookout for fresh, healthy, seasonal ingredients that are harvested during this bountiful season.  As much as it may not feel like fall outside, fall is right around the corner, as is harvest time for our local farmers.  Check out what’s growing in Georgia this time of year.

Fresh veggies and greens for fall.

There are so many fresh, healthy veggies to get excited about this time of year.  Arugula, beets, lettuce, kale, cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, beets, carrots, cabbage, squash, radishes, turnips, and eggplant are all in season in the south right now. With all these great ingredients being harvested right now, it’s the perfect time to create healthy salads full of your seasonal favorites. Take a trip to your local farmer’s market or farm co-op and check out the bounty of healthy, delicious foods Mother Nature is providing us with right now.

Healthy nut harvest time is almost here.

The fall months of October and November are also harvest season for Georgia’s pecan growers.  Georgia is the nation’s leading pecan producing state.1  We all know and love pecans for special treats like pecan pie, or pecan candies like pralines or chocolate clusters, but did you know that pecans are packed with essential vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, B vitamins, potassium and phosphorus?  They are a great source of protein and fiber and studies have shown they can lower cholesterol.1  So, no matter if they’re roasted, toasted, glazed or candied, add a little flavor and fun to your salad with pecans, and enjoy the health benefits they provide at the same time.

What’s in your salad?

It’s easy to choose from the bounty of fresh veggies in season right now, but the ingredients you choose for your salads may make a difference in the health benefits you receive.  In case you haven’t heard much about Arugula (in season right now) it’s quite the healthy green…in fact, it is one of the top ten most nutrient-dense foods, according to livestrong.com, in fact it’s 30% more nutrient dense than cabbage, and almost 50% more so than cauliflower.2 Arugula packs a healthy punch with its many vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A, C, K, along with calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, folate, beta-carotene and lutein.2 So, as you shop your farmer’s market this time of year, make sure your salads are full of fresh, healthy, seasonal greens like nutrient-dense arugula that will really contribute to the health benefits of your salads.

Be sure to take advantage of all the healthy, seasonal ingredients available to us right now.  If you’re in a rush and don’t have the time to visit your local farmer’s market or co-op, don’t worry, you can find the freshest seasonal offerings at your local Atlanta Bread!  Our Southern Harvest Salad represents the best Mother Nature has to offer with just a touch of southern charm.  Treat yourself to healthy seasonal mixed greens and and the health benefits of fresh arugula and diced beets, served with creamy goat cheese and candied pecans drizzled with our house balsamic dressing.  A delicious blend of healthy, farm-fresh ingredients and a little southern charm!  To stay up to date on all the great seasonal happenings at Atlanta Bread, simply download our app!

1  http://www.agr.georgia.gov/georgia-grown-pecans-.aspx

2  http://www.livestrong.com/article/5381-need-health-benefits-arugula/