Simple Kneads™ is a Burlington, North Carolina-based company that makes gluten-free artisan bread that is unlike any gluten-free bread you’ve tasted. The loaves are rounder, denser, and have more substance than other gluten-free breads because Simple Kneads™ uses a variety of flours (millet, sorghum, buckwheat, teff, and quinoa) along with whole food ingredients (flax meal, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, raisin juice concentrate, sunflower seeds, expeller pressed sunflower seed oil, brown sesame seeds, salt, and cultured dextrose) to make the artisan loaves. Read more
Everyone in New York and beyond has an opinion about bagels so I’m just going to put my two cents out there. Tompkins Square Bagels makes the best bagels, period. A great bagel has to be big and round, golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside – and that’s what Thompkins Square Bagels are.
With two locations (the original location at 165 Avenue A by Tompkins Square Park and 184 2nd Avenue between 11th and 12th Street) in the East Village, Tompkins Square Bagels is a neighborhood bagel shop but also a destination spot for many New Yorkers who know a good bagel when they taste one. Read more
An english muffin’s most defining characteristics are its nooks and crannies but the ingredients to make this breakfast favorite are even more important because most of these round fork-split yeast-leavened breads are made with enriched white flour, sugar, oil, dairy products, and scary sounding ingredients (mono and diglycerides) which from a nutrition standpoint is not optimal. Read more
Pumpkin Butter Bread is a rich, moist bread with hints of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, mace and clove that give the bread depth and flavor. The recipe calls for using two types of pumpkin – pure, unadulterated organic pumpkin (with no additives) and Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter (made of pumpkin, sugar, lemon juice, pecans and spices) but you can substitute additional pumpkin for the pumpkin butter. Despite its name, there are no butter, eggs, or dairy ingredients in Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter meaning this quick bread is plant-based (vegan). Read more
Rarely am I impressed with bread served in a restaurant so when a friend who hails from New York City insisted I try the Sunflower Seed Whole Grain Bread at Sant (St.) Ambroeus, my expectations were low. For me, the most excellent of breads must have aroma – that yeasty smell that is indisputably comforting, a crunch on the outside, a soft, chewy texture on the inside and most important of all: flavor. There are many loaves of bread that look good but very few that look and taste incredible. Just like men, right? Just kidding. Read more
Blueberries are not often paired with bread unless the fruit is in the form of jam but the combination of whole grain and bread flour blended with ground flaxseed, walnuts, cashews, coconut flour, pecans, dates, vanilla bean, and freeze-dried blueberries makes a wonderful loaf of bread that isn’t just for breakfast. With no added sweeteners, Whole Grain Blueberry Flax Bread is a nutrient dense no-knead loaf that is wildly different and wildly delicious owing to a 1.75 ounce packet of instant hot cereal (Wildway Blueberry Flax Instant Hot Cereal) that gives the bread a subtle blueberry but robust grain flavor and moist texture. Read more
We light the oven so that everyone may bake bread in it. ~Jose Marti
Most of us don’t have to light our ovens anymore but we certainly can put them to good use so why not make a delicious loaf of bread with whole grains and seeds? Making homemade bread (sans a bread machine) can be an intimidating and daunting, messy task especially for inexperienced bakers. It’s one thing to spend precious time and energy to make a homemade loaf and quite another to have the bread turn out flavorful and delicious. But, what if you could make a scrumptious loaf of bread by simply combining a few ingredients, waiting for the dough to develop, and then baking it? Read more
Sometimes the most delicious products are found in the most unlikely places.
Iowa City is known for a lot of things – a huge university (University of Iowa – home of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop), local breweries, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Airliner Bar (where Ashton Kutcher was discovered by a modeling scout), and the New Pioneer Food Co-op (think of a small-scale Whole Foods Market but better) which is where I found California Suncakes: 4-ounce oatcakes that come in 6 varieties: Read more
Pumpkin is often associated with the Autumn leaves and Thanksgiving but there is no reason we shouldn’t enjoy this tasty and nutritious fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit and part of the squash family) all year-round. Shelf-stable puree pumpkin is available in cans and boxes in most supermarkets so keep a few in the pantry to make these moist, delicious, dairy and gluten-free muffins any time of the year. Read more