Loaf of fresh baked multigrain bread with grain ears

The Gift of Freshly Baked Bread

If you were ever fortunate enough to have someone bake fresh bread in your home, think back to the aroma and how it drifted across the kitchen. You would tear off a piece from the loaf with it’s crusty outside and warm, soft inside then taste the delicious ingredients on your tongue. Oh, the happiness it brought

If you didn’t experience this as a kid, or if those days are long since passed, It’s possible to discover (or rediscover) that healthy and joyous experience of freshly baked bread. You could learn how to make it yourself, or you could frequent establishments that bake theirs fresh daily.

The resistance

Bread, you say? Aren’t we supposed to avoid it? All the latest diet trends advise against it, right?

No! Healthy carbs are essential to your body and are the prefered source of energy. Properly baked bread made with fresh ingredients can certainly be a healthy choice.

The roots of bread go back to Ancient Egypt around 300 BC* and it is still one of the most widely consumed foods in the world.  When you think of it’s simplicity and versatility it’s easy to understand why. Whether it’s the base of a sandwich or the vehicle for sopping up soups and gravies, bread is a wonder. You simply have to choose the right kind of breads if you want to eat healthy.

Getting fresh

The right kind of breads are made fresh with real-food ingredients. Freshly baked natural bread doesn’t sit on the store shelf or in your pantry for weeks so they don’t likely contain all the additives, chemicals and other unnecessary ingredients as the store-bought variety.

A fresh loaf will be eaten quickly, and who doesn’t love the flavor and texture of warm, fresh bread? It’s a way of getting  back to the basics and partaking in something that our ancient ancestors consumed regularly.

Not so fresh

Unlike the original version developed thousands of years ago, modern day bread has developed a reputation as not being so healthy. Let’s look at why store-bought bread isn’t optimal.

Unrecognizable ingredients

Store-bought bread is convenient, but that convenience comes at a price. To make the product “shelf stable” and last a long time, the germ is removed from the wheat. The germ is the vitamin and mineral-rich part of the wheat kernel. When it’s taken out, the nutrition and flavor are also removed.**

What takes the place of all the good stuff? Things like cellulose fiber, emulsifiers (an additive used to stabilize food), chemical dough conditioners, and hard-to-pronounce ingredients are added. I don’t think the ancient Egyptians included any of those in their daily bread.

The experience

So come break healthy bread with us (we bake it fresh daily) or learn to bake your own fresh loaves for when you can’t visit us. You will be doing something good for your body and your soul. After all – bread is known as the “staff of life”.

Ever wonder where that phrase came from? Read here:

Doing Good

We like to serve our freshly baked bread each day but whatever is leftover doesn’t go to waste. The bread is donated to organizations that can provide it to people in need.

Come enjoy a sandwich on our freshly baked bread  or try the clean, all- natural cranberry- walnut bread to start your morning off right! If you’re in a hurry, order something to-go online! Visit


Cavemen do it. You should too

Recipe for a Perfect Potluck

Enjoying gatherings surrounding great food and friends from the community is always fun, but can be stressful for the host or hostess.  I love to entertain, in fact I do it so often that I’m always told, “I just don’t know how you do it.”  The fact of the matter is, these days, you don’t have to “do it all” or have the perfect menu in order to have a delightful evening enjoying friends and good food.  If you read our recent blog post on last minute summer entertaining, you get the idea.

The dinner parties with perfectly arranged, lavish spreads, pub-style cocktails, and flaming desserts are a fantastic, but sometimes, we simply don’t have time for that. Dinner parties today can be enjoyed equally by the guests and the hosts if everyone agrees to carry just a portion of the weight.  Here’s your recipe for a delightful dinner with healthy food, fresh ingredients and just a little help from your friends…potluck style!

Main Course: Chicken Parmesan Pomodoro

Nothing says summer like Pomodoro sauce!  Of course Pomodoro sauce is best when made from garden-fresh tomatoes, like in this recipe, but if you don’t have time for this prep work, look for canned, whole, San Marzanotomatoes instead.  For this recipe, you’ll need a few basic ingredients:  tomatoes, garlic cloves, extra virgin olive oil, basil, salt and pepper…that’s it!  Here’s the fresh, healthy recipe for Pomodoro sauce from Chef Angelo Elia of Casa D’Angelo restaurants.

With your Pomodoro sauce made, you can begin assembling your main course.  For this healthier version of chicken parmesan, you’ll find we eliminate the breading for a lighter, fresh approach.  You’ll need: boneless, skinless chicken breasts, salt and pepper, extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and the Pomodoro sauce above.

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and prepare your casserole dish by a covering the bottom of the dish with a layer of your Pomodoro sauce.  Brown the chicken breasts in a skillet with olive oil and transfer them to your casserole dish once they are brown on both sides. Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan and bake at 350 degrees until chicken is cooked through, approximately 30 minutes.

Guest Contributions

Now that you’ve got the main course taken care of, it’s time for your guests to provide the rest!  Some great healthy food choices to accompany this meal include: zucchini pasta, caprese salad with fresh ingredients like tomatoes and basil, fresh garden veggies or a garden-fresh salad.  Add a request for some bread and a fresh fruit tart or cobbler, and you’ve got yourself a memorable meal!  If you fear your menu is missing something, try our catering menu, which includes some great appetizers like our Crisps’N’Cheese Tray or Veggie Fresco Tray, and fabulous salads like our Caesar Salad with homemade Asiago Croutons.

This weekend, why not try hosting your community friends or family potluck style?  You’ll find you have a lot more time to spend enjoying your guests, the food and conversation…after all, isn’t that the point?