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Paying Homage to America’s Favorite Sandwich

Grilled cheese. Even at first mention, you can already imagine the gooey crunch of this melt-in-your-mouth sandwich. It’s an American classic and deserves a celebration. So today, we recognize the popular sandwich on its special day, National Grilled Cheese Day!

 

A unique aspect about grilled cheese is its ability to satisfy children and adults alike. Its popularity with vast audiences has had chefs around the globe reinventing the classic and making it their own. Before it became a classic staple on menus across the country, it’s history tells us the story of how it came to be. Here are a few tidbits of information about America’s favorite sandwich.

 

  1. It’s the best thing since sliced bread! Grilled cheese sandwiches became the norm in American households shortly after the invention of sliced bread, because it was an easy and inexpensive meal for the whole family in the 1920s. The difference between our understanding of the sandwich then and now, though, is these sandwiches were open faced – a piece of bread toasted and topped with shredded American cheese.
  2. What’s in a name? The term “grilled cheese” appeared for the first time in print in the 1960s. Before that, it was called a number of different things, before it settled on its signature nomenclature.
  3. Make it your own! The grilled cheese may be a staple, but people are always finding new ways to make this meal fancy, fresh and deliciously original. Try your hand at adding in some new flavors like bacon, tomato or avocado. Or, keep it classic.

 

Pop by your neighborhood Atlanta Bread today to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with friends and family. Or, if you are on the go, grab a grilled cheese from us – it’s a perfect on-the-go meal! You can order ahead online or through our app.

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Shrimp Provide Balance Between Health Benefits and Flavor

Finding a meal that is simple, includes an abundance of health benefits and offers delicious flavors can be a challenge. With shrimp, individuals can receive this combination and much more. This protein option is packed full of flavor and plenty of health benefits. Don’t believe us? Check out the top four benefits of shrimp and why you should include them in your diet on a regular basis below (courtesy of Health.com).

 

1. Shrimp packs a punch…of protein. Three ounces of shrimp has 20 grams of protein with very little fat or carbs to boot. When you finish a good workout at the gym and need to find a way to feed those worn-out muscles, try something different and add shrimp to a leafy green or spinach salad.

2. Fighting shrimp are a real thing. Shrimp boosts your intake of zinc and selenium, activating enzymes that improve immune health, increase muscle metabolism health and build enzymes to fight cancer. Such a small addition can help improve overall health, and help ward off that cold you fear is coming on.

3. I Heart Shrimp! The omega-3 content in shrimp is important in cardiovascular and nervous system health. In addition to omega-3, shrimp are rich in omega-6, a great pair that is seen to decrease the risk of chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

4. The more the merrier. With only 7 calories per shrimp, more doesn’t mean your caloric intake will shoot through the roof. So you can enjoy more of these tasty treats without the guilt.

 

This month, your local Atlanta Bread menu features two new, bold shrimp dishes, giving you a taste of the coast from your local bakery café. Take a trip beachside this Spring with our new Shrimp Po’ Boy, explore the vibrant city of New Orleans with the bold flavors of our Creole Shrimp Caesar OR put a twist on one of our classic salads with shrimp as an add-ons.

Stop in to your local Atlanta Bread this month and try our new fresh, healthy shrimp offers. To find a location near you, visit: https://atlantabread.com/locations/. These dishes are here for a limited time only, so hurry in! Don’t have time to wait in line? Grab and go when you order ahead online or through our app.

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Make a St. Patrick’s Day Tradition of Your Own

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What was once a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration started in 1631 when the Church established a Feast Day honoring St. Patrick. He had been Patron Saint of Ireland who had died around the fifth century—12 centuries before the modern version of the holiday was first observed. But very little is known about who he was.

Legend says St. Patrick was born Maewyn Succat. He changed his name to Patricius (or Patrick), which derives from the Latin term for “father figure,” after he became a priest. His supposed luck is the root of all the themed merchandise for modern St. Patrick’s Day.

As the years have passed many of the St. Patrick’s Day customs and its recipes have evolved.

Food is a big part of this day of celebration. Although corned beef and cabbage are often thought to be the main dish, there are many others, including soda bread, the Irish fry, fried Irish lamb belly and slow-poached organic chicken with tarragon, apple tart, colcannon [mashed potatoes and kale], roasted carrots and herbed Irish cheddar croquette. Explore some of these recipe’s here.


St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Celebrations

Parades and wearing green have always been a traditional part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but the events vary based on the city:

Boston – St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Boston bring over 600,000 visitors to the city, which has a large Irish-American community. Boston has one of the largest parades, which many veterans take part in, and events are held in the large number of Irish pubs in the city. The Irish Cultural Centre holds a celebration, and many events feature Irish food, such as corned beef.

 

New York – New York City is the host of the oldest civilian parade, which boasts over 200,000 participants. It is led by New York’s 69th infantry regiment. Second to New York City is Pearl River, another city in New York state, which has the second largest parade in the state with crowds of over 100,000 people.

 

Scranton – This Pennsylvania city’s parade is one of the oldest and largest. Since 1862, this parade has been one of the most popular, with current celebrations attracting crowds of around 150,000.

 

Chicago – The Irish community makes up a large part of Chicago’s celebration. Chicago dyes the Chicago River green and holds the South Side Parade, which has had to be scaled back in recent years due to the celebration growing too large for the Irish groups that hold the parade.

 

New Orleans– This coastal city was the largest point of immigration for the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are typically held at the community or neighborhood level.

 

Ireland – This celebration is more religious in nature, as it is considered a religious feast day. While it was made an official holiday in 1903, the first Saint Patrick’s Festival was held in 1996. During recent years, the event has become more cultural and consists of weeklong celebrations in the streets.

 

Whether you are going to one of these famous celebrations or throwing a party of your own, Atlanta Bread catering is the perfect way to top off this famed holiday. We’ve suggested a few of our favorite dishes that may bring you luck below:

Creole Shrimp Caesar— crisp romaine lettuce, topped with shaved parmesan, fresh-baked croutons, seasoned shrimp and house-made Caesar dressing. (Limited Time Offer)

 

Italian Sausage, Kale & Parmesan Soup— sautéed kale, crumbled sausage and shaved parmesan, whisked together with a touch of cream and served with fresh-baked baguette. (Limited Time Offer)

 

Chicken Waldorf— chicken dried cranberries, fresh apples, walnuts & mayo on cranberry walnut bread.

 

Hot Pastrami Panini— pastrami, swiss cheese & spicy mustard on rye bread.

 

1. http://time.com/4261456/st-patrick-day-2016-history-real-saint/
2. http://dish.allrecipes.com/irish-recipes-for-st-patricks-day/
3. http://southbostonparade.org/
4. https://www.nycstpatricksparade.org/
5. http://stpatparade.com/
6. https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/parade7.html
7. http://www.stpatricksdayneworleans.com/icp.html
8. http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/

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Good Things Come in Pairs: Menu Pairings from Atlanta Bread You’re Sure To Love

As the saying goes, the best things come in pairs. At Atlanta Bread, we agree. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve explored our menu to find our favorite everyday healthy food pairings you’ll fall in love with this season. Keep reading to join us in this journey of fresh flavors from your favorite local restaurant.

 

Cranberry Walnut Bread + Your Kitchen Table (And Our Delicious Coffee) – In the mood for something sweet? Our Cranberry walnut bread can satisfy your sweet tooth (and make a pretty nice centerpiece if we do say so ourselves). An ideal accompaniment to our gourmet fresh-roasted coffee, Atlanta Bread’s Cranberry Walnut Bread is available by the loaf so you can enjoy the same great Atlanta Bread sandwich flavors from the comfort of your home.

 

Chicken Salad Sandwich + Greek Salad –  An outstanding stand-alone dish, the Atlanta Bread Greek Salad features fresh romaine, sprinkled with feta, pepperoncini, kalamata olives, red onion and tomatoes, topped with Greek dressing. For a little oomph, pair this salad with our Chicken Salad Sandwich served on sourdough and we promise lunch won’t leave you disappointed.

 

Signature Coffee + Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich – While you couldn’t go wrong pairing anything with our deep roast, signature coffee, we love this duo. The Egg and Cheese Sandwich is a delicious way to start your morning. Add turkey sausage, ham, sausage or bacon for a tasty twist!

 

Signature ABC Sandwich + Tomato Basil Soup – The Signature ABC Sandwich is a crowd favorite. Let your taste buds explore this blast of flavor featuring roast beef, turkey, ham, piled high with provolone, pepperoncini, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayo & spicy mustard served on a fresh-baked French baguette. When paired with our delicious tomato basil soup, the flavors of this signature sandwich come to life.

 

As an added bonus, check out some of the other pairs we are looking forward to seeing in 2017.

 

Game of Thrones and Stranger Things + Our TV/Computer Screens – Rumor has it two of our favorites are retuning for new seasons this year. Will Sansa team up with Littlefinger and betray Jon Snow? Is Eleven alive, and if so, how? So many cliff hangers need to be resolved ASAP.

 

Spider-Man and Wolverine + The Big Screen – These two epic Superheros are returning to the big screen and are poised to be box office hits. We’ll be watching!

 

Atlanta Braves + Suntrust Park – Set to debut in April 2017, Suntrust Park will become the new home of the Atlanta Braves. What’s in store this season for the Braves? We’re not sure but we’ll #ChopOn all season long!

 

Mercedes Benz Stadium + Atlanta Falcons – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta’s new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment stadium (and of course home to our beloved Atlanta Falcons) will open its doors in August, 2017. #RiseUp

 

New Atlanta Bread Menu Items + Your Dinner Table – Be on the look out for new menu items from your favorite restaurant! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with new menu items, promotional offers and more!

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Atlanta Bread Blog Post 10 Reasons Chili and Football are the Perfect Pair

Chili has been a staple meal for the winter season for as long as we can remember. Cold winter nights are often made cozy with Chili and cornbread next to the fire and of course, a captivating football game. In honor of the Big Game, we’re taking you back to the beginning.

 

Also, known as Chili Con Carne, Chili is served best with a side of controversy. Its history has been long debated in parallel to debates about the ultimate recipe. If you asked New York author H. Allen Smith the core ingredients of chili, he’d tell you “fiery envy, scalding jealousy, scorching contempt and sizzling scorn.”

 

At Atlanta Bread, our recipe veers off this path a bit.

 

The Origin

There are just about as many stories about how Chili came to be as there are recipes for it.

 

Some enthusiasts will tell you the beautiful story of Sister Mary of Agreda, a Spanish nun in the early 1600s who never left her convent had out-of-body experiences in which her spirit was transported across the Atlantic to preach Christianity to the Indians. Legend holds that after one of the return trips, her spirit wrote down the first recipe for chili con carne: chili peppers, venison (deer meat), onions and tomatoes. Whatever tale you land on, it’s no secret that the American fame of chili con carne began to spread and the dish soon became a major staple of American culture.

 

Checkout the original recipe for Chili Con Carne, according to Betty Crocker.

 

A Steadfast Tradition

The Chili Cook Off has become a time-honored tradition in American culture. In 1967 the International Chili Society held its first World Championship Chili Cook Off in Terlingua, Texas and have continued the fun-spirited competition every year ever since. 3

 

Dive into the flavors of the 2016 Winning Recipe.

 

No Beans About it

Beyond the origin stories, there is also a heated debate regarding whether true chili recipes feature beans. In Texas, meat-and-chile-only chili (also known as a bowl of red) is a way of life. According to locals, to violate it should be punishable by law. Cincinnatians like to include beans in their recipe along with cheese, spaghetti, raw onions and…the kitchen sink.

 

There has been such a debate that in 2016, the International Chili Society’s World Chili Cook-Off included an additional division for — you guessed it — chili with beans.

 

Pass the Chili

Sans beans or not, every family has a chili recipe that stands the test of time, floating from generation to generation with a loving tale to go with it.

 

The Big Game

Over the years, chili and the Big Game have become an inseparable pair and no party spread is complete without it. Here are our 10 reasons why Chili is a must this Sunday:

 

  1. A Hardy Meal – Packed full of flavor and various ingredients, chili is always a hardy meal – beans or no beans. With various renditions including ground beef, pork and even rice, your chili can feed the masses.
  2. It’s Easy to Make, Perfect for Crockpot Cooking – if your chili isn’t coming together in a crockpot over several hours, is it really chili?
  3. Warms the Soul – Not all warm ups require stretching. You’re not a true football fan if you’re not tailgating at every game – no matter the weather. Chili is a hardy meal that can bring warmth to a chilly day (pun intended).
  4. Good for Dipping – Any game day side will do – chips, crackers, cornbread, you name it!
  5. Game Day Part 2 – Slap on your gear and get ready for a good one! Game Day celebrations are bound to end up in a head-to head-chili cook off. Pick your teams, ladies and gentleman – and we don’t mean #PatsNation or those #DirtyBirds.
  6. Goes Well with Beer And Cheese – Both a necessity while watching football – or for life really.
  7. They Belong Together – Pigskin and chili, both similar in color, both a Sunday favorite.
  8. Leftovers Make a Comeback – Cheese, crackers, beans, rice, lasagna, spaghetti, etc. You can put the kitchen sink in chili and it’s still guaranteed to be a hit – ask those Cincinnatians.
  9. They Both Feature All-Star Kickers – This isn’t fantasy football, but for a strong chili bowl, we encourage you to draft your best “kicker” to spice things up and bring a little heat to the game.
  10. The Red Hot Chili Peppers – As in the band who enjoys football championships and chili. It’s only right that the two are eternally paired. Who could forget that 2014 performance?


 

 

References

1 http://www.chilicookoff.com/history/history_started.asp

2 http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/01/19/a-brief-history-of-chili-con-carne/

3 http://www.chilicookoff.com/History/History_of_ICS.asp

4 https://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Chili/ChiliHistory.htm

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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