This Week’s Bakery Bulletin

Friday, November 07, 2008

Issue #4

Thanks so much for signing up for our weekly Rise & Shine Bakery Bulletin. Every week I’ll let you know about the bread flavors we’ll be baking, and remind you to order. Below, you’ll find a list of breads available for order this week, and a series of recipes at the end of the newsletter for a yummy cauliflower soup!

Ordering through the website will be easy and fun! The first time you order bread, you’ll click on the “register now” link, pick a username and password, and enter your information (name, email, and phone numbers). After you register, you can just click on the link back to our website, and you’ll be all logged in and ready to go!  If you check the box that says “auto-login on future visits,” the site will automatically recognize you next time you visit. If the site doesn’t automatically log you in, just sign in with your username and password.

**please, Please, PLEASE, when you register, enter your email carefully—that’s how you’ll get your order confirmation messages and reminder notices! You’ll only receive these emails if you have typed in your email correctly. If you typed in your address correctly, but you don’t receive an order confirmation email in a few minutes after you order your bread, our message may be caught in your spam filter…  Check your spam filter for our message, and be sure to add .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to your address book or list of trusted email sources.

In case you can’t make the website work, you can always email me at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call me at 677-3712.

the new bread ordering deadline (extended to MIDNIGHT Sunday)

You’ll need to order your bread by MIDNIGHT on Sunday, so we have time to plan our bake, feed our sourdough, and pre-ferment the dough!  When you order the bread, you can choose to “pay when you pick up your bread,” or you can pay via PayPal. By all means, use PayPal if you prefer—but I’m even happier to get your checks or cash when you come pick up your bread.

bread pickup locations
Pick-up locations for Wednesday, November 12
1.  Side Street Espresso, 412 G Street, downtown: 8-11am
2.  Tap Root Café, 1330 Huffman Road, across from Carrs: 3-6pm

If you need to call me during a pick-up time, you can reach me on my cell phone at 748.3712.

unrelated to bread, but all about local food and VEGETABLES:
the new Alaskan CSA produce boxes (A year-round, Community-Supported Agriculture program featuring local Alaskan produce!)
My farmer friend Arthur and I have just started a new business: Glacier Valley Farm CSA. Would you like to pick up a box of beautiful and economical local vegetables when you need produce? Subscribers to our CSA program aren’t limited to our short farmers’ market season to get Alaskan produce; we’re loading boxes year-round! During the winter, local produce includes cabbages, carrots, potatoes, onions, beets, and turnips. To add variety to these nourishing and savory staples, we add all sorts of vegetables and fruits from certified organic farms Outside. Each box also contains a newsletter loaded with delicious, healthy recipes tailored to the week’s vegetables. [$30/box]

You can sign up for a box once a week, twice a month, or more sporadically—you choose the dates! You pre-pay for your box, then pick it up at one of several locations in Anchorage, Eagle River, or the Valley. Please visit our new Glacier Valley Farm CSA website for more information, or call Arthur at 907.354.5833.

Alison’s blog

If you’d like more savory and healthful recipes, you can find lots more of them on my blog about cooking and eating local food: Alison’s Lunch. You can even sign up for my blog posts (about local food, cooking, and recipes) to be delivered to your email! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have trouble signing up, and I can help you.

And you can visit my the South Anchorage Farmers’ Market website for even more yummy and nutritious recipes!

featured bread this week

recipe of the week


cauliflower soup with coriander

So I froze a whole bunch of cauliflower from the farmers’ market this fall, and now I’m having fun finding ways to use it! I invented this creamy soup, which doesn’t even have dairy in it! It’s sort of a stealthy kind of a soup—who would think it could be SO good and creamy and luscious? But it is! And great flavor, too, thanks to the onions, roasted garlic, and white wine. 

This recipe is easy, but it’s REALLY easy if you already have a couple of the key ingredients. I had vegetable stock and white bean cooking liquid in my freezer already, so I used a combination of them to make the soup. If you use store-bought stock, make sure you use one you really like the taste of, because the cauliflower is pretty mild—so you’ll want to use stock that won’t overpower it.  But I just want to take a minute and encourage you to try making your own vegetable stock—it’s so easy to do, it’s quick and very cheap and much more delicious than the store-bought kind! I’ll put a super-easy recipe at the end of this recipe, so you can do it if you feel inspired. I always do a HUGE pot of vegetable stock at a time, and freeze lots for future soups.

I happened to have an extra bulb of roasted garlic in my refrigerator, so I squeezed out the cloves, mashed it up and stirred it in, just for fun—and I think it’s very successful—but I wouldn’t have roasted it up just for this recipe. You may already have a pint jar of the “roasted” garlic left over from making the garlic-infused olive oil in your refrigerator… use some of that if you do!  (I’ll put that recipe at the end, too.) Or just leave it out—the soup will still taste great.

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
sea salt or kosher salt
¼ cup white wine
2 medium heads cauliflower, stems discarded and florets cut into bite-sized pieces
8 cups vegetable stock (see recipe below, or low-sodium if store-bought)
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper (you can grind the whole seeds with the coriander)
1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds, lightly toasted in a skillet, then ground in a coffee grinder, OR, 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander
1 head of roasted garlic, or the equivalent in olive-oil poached garlic (optional, but see recipe below), mashed
2 teaspoons minced fresh chives , or minced parsley

1. Heat oil in large Dutch oven or heavy soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and ½ teaspoon of salt and sauté until golden, about 5 minutes. Add white wine and stir-cook until the wine evaporates, about 30 seconds.
2. Add the cauliflower, stock, salt, pepper, coriander, and roasted garlic to saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer; cover and cook until cauliflower is tender, about 12 minutes.
3. Let the soup cool for a while, then ladle the cauliflower mixture into blender in batches. Don’t overfill the blender as you do this. Then blend until very smooth. Return soup to soup pot and cook over low heat until warmed through. If soup is too thick, stir in a bit of water or stock to thin consistency. Adjust seasonings. (Soup can be refrigerated for 3 days and reheated just before serving.)
4. Ladle soup into individual bowls. Garnish with minced chives and serve immediately.

basic vegetable stock

I always make a big batch of this very easy stock, and then freeze the extra. You can make a half batch if you like, but why would you want to? Don’t be tempted to boil it longer than 30 minutes—it can turn bitter, and it doesn’t need any longer than that, anyway.

2 large onions
6 large carrots
6 celery ribs
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
16 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
16 parsley branches
1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 12 sprigs of fresh thyme)
4 bay leaves
sea salt or kosher salt

1. Scrub the vegetables and chop them roughly into 1-inch chunks. Heat the oil in a large soup pot and add the vegetables and herbs and 1 teaspoon salt and cook over high heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. The more color they get, the richer the flavor of the stock.
2. Add 2 more teaspoons salt and 4 quarts of cold water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain.

garlic-infused olive oil

several heads of garlic, cloves peeled
olive oil (you don’t need extra-virgin olive oil for this—the garlic imparts so much flavor that you can use regular olive oil)

1. Put all the whole peeled garlic cloves in a heavy pot. Cover the garlic cloves completely with olive oil.
2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Give the garlic a stir, and then turn the heat down to the absolute lowest possible heat, cover the pot, and simmer just at a bare bubble. Stir the garlic occasionally and continue to cook until the garlic cloves are completely soft and tender, and you can easily squish them against the side of the pot with a wooden spoon. This will probably take an hour or more, but check after 45 minutes.
3. Uncover the pot and let cool. Strain the garlic from the oil. This garlic can be used in any recipe that calls for roasted garlic. If you make a soup or a stew that needs a little extra pizzaz, just scoop out a few cloves, mash them with a fork, and add them to your dish to really pump up the flavor. You can freeze the garlic indefinitely (Keep it in pint-sized canning jars in the freezer), and just take it out when you need it.

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