As you enjoy your warm, flaky, buttery croissant with your coffee this morning, are you aware of how long this delicious pastry has been around? The kipferl, or crescent-shaped bread, originated in 13th century Austria, and then spread to France. By the mid-1800s, the French developed their own version of this tasty bread, and dubbed it the croissant.
Making croissants from scratch requires dedication, patience, and high-quality ingredients. The process of making the dough is called “lamination,” which consists of making a yeast-leavened dough and layering it with butter. The dough is then rolled and folded many times in order to create alternating layers of dough and butter. Once the croissant dough is rolled into its crescent shape and placed in the oven, all the layers of butter release steam as they melt into the dough, creating the lovely airy center and crunchy exterior that we all know and love.
Today on National Croissant Day, treat your employees and customers to a platter of croissants from your local bakery. Don’t forget to grab your American-made Cutlery bread knife to cut them up for sharing!
For those of you out there who need a cheat day after a long month of dieting, today is the day! Today is National Chocolate Cake Day, a day of decadent indulgence. But what if you still want to make it healthy? Here are some good options:
Increase the protein & fiber: substitute regular flour for almond flour
Decrease the sugar: cut the sugar in the recipe by half, or use a sugar substitute
Top it with fresh fruit
Don’t forget to grab your American-Made Cutlery cake or pie server and enjoy your cheat day with your employees and customers, without feeling guilty- you deserve it!
We’re almost done with the first month of 2021- have you given your best customers and employees a Happy New Year gift? These ingenious engraved tools have so many tricks up their (imaginary) sleeves, you’ll be amazed:
A dinner party wouldn’t be complete without a few appetizers laying around for your guests to nibble on. Your easiest bet is to put together a diverse, yummy cheese board that will not only satisfy everyone’s taste buds, but will also give you more time to socialize with your friends, instead of keeping you in the kitchen.
Stumped about what to include on your cheese board? Here are some quick tips:
Have a variety of soft & hard cheeses
Include goat’s, sheep’s, and cow’s milk cheeses
Lay out a few American-made Cutlery cheese knives that you can use with any variety of cheese. No one will wonder “which cheese knife do I use for which cheese?”
Arrange slices of a yummy baguette on the side
Add a few more accoutrements such as fresh or dried fruits, quince paste, nuts, cured meats, olives, etc.
It’s no surprise that when I told my kids that this week is National Pizza Week, they jumped up and down with joy! One of my family’s go-to meals is definitely pizza: everyone likes it, it’s easy to customize, and it’s fast to make (or order!).
It’s fruit trivia time! Which fruit originated in China 4,000 years ago and is a relative of the peach? Your first guess might be the nectarine, right? It is, in fact, the petite and beloved apricot- a fruit rich in vitamins A & C. It made its way slowly westward from China, through the Mediterranean, and finally over to North America, where it mainly settled in California. California produces 95% of our country’s apricots. Yum!
Many diet and food trends come and go, but it seems like the Keto diet is sticking around for a bit longer. If you haven’t heard of it, here are the basics: your diet roughly consists of 70% fat, 20% protein, and 10% carbs. As a result, your body will start burning your fat as energy (instead of the normal carb energy source), resulting in weight loss.
Increases energy to your brain
To help chop up all of the extra protein you’ll be eating, you’ll need any of these trusty Buck Knives: