Have you, like many others, tried your hand at baking during these WFH days? Maybe you’ve played it safe and just grabbed a boxed cake or muffin mix from the pantry. But are you thinking perhaps to step it up a notch? Today’s the day- it’s Sourdough Bread Day!
Breadmaking can be a daunting task for many- but lately yeast has become hard to come by (along with toilet paper and bottled water!). The next best thing you can do if you can’t find yeast at the store is to make your own sourdough starter from scratch.
Wild yeast naturally lives in flour, so it is actually quite easy to get it to grow into a sourdough starter.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
DAY 1: Combine flour & room temperature water in a glass jar on the counter, cover with towel
DAY 2: Feed the starter with equal parts flour and water, mix
DAY 3: The starter will become bubbly and active. Feed again, mix
DAY 4: Feed with flour & water again, mix
DAY 5: Starter should be frothy and billowy & smell sour- it’s ready to use!
Now you have your own homemade yeast to make your own yummy loaf of sourdough! Once you’re ready for the official taste-test, make sure to grab your American-made Cutlery bread knife to make it super easy to slice up the yumminess!
Serve it with a bowl of soup on a rainy day, or make towering sandwich, you can’t go wrong!
As we all sit down this week for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, let’s give a special thanks and shout-out to our nation’s farmers. This week is National Ag Week, a time where the Agriculture Council of America encourages giving the farming community well-deserved recognition for their hard work.
How can you and your company help recognize America’s agriculture community this week?
It’s the middle of winter, but doesn’t a fresh cherry pie sound delicious? Even though most of us don’t have access to fresh cherries this time of year, you can still buy a frozen bag or a can of cherries to make a yummy cherry pie, since today is (you guessed it) National Cherry Pie Day!
Or if you want to go the easy route, don’t worry! Head on over to your local bakery, they’re sure to have some fresh cherry pies that you can bring to your office break room to share this afternoon. Don’t forget to lay your American-Made Cutlery pie server next to those delicious pies to make it easier to cut and share!
Are you in charge of planning your next company breakfast meeting? Is everyone tired of the same boring ol’ bagel & cream cheese spread? Take it up a notch by turning it into a bagel & lox platter. After all, today is National Bagel & Lox Day!
Here’s all you will need:
Assortment of fresh bagels
Variety of cream cheese flavors
Lox- thinly sliced cold salmon cured in salt (not to be confused with smoked salmon)
Yummy toppings: capers, cucumbers, dill, tomatoes, & red onions
An American-made bread knife with your company logo to slice up your fresh bagels
By adding high-protein lox to your simple bagel & cream cheese, you will be able to breeze through the rest of your morning without any hunger pangs!
Are you a die-hard ice cream fan? Or will you, on occasion, settle for frozen yogurt? Since the 1970’s, people have been eating fro-yo, the close cousin of ice cream. While ice cream is made up of a mixture of milk and cream, frozen yogurt is made of (you guessed it) yogurt, milk, and cream. The addition of yogurt to the recipe makes it a lower fat, lower calorie alternative to ice cream, with perhaps a little less guilt as well.
What flavor will you choose today, on National Frozen Yogurt Day? Cookie dough, strawberry, pistachio, chocolate or vanilla? Maybe add a few toppings and make your own delicious fro-yo sundae. Are you drooling yet? But the only way you’ll be able to scoop it into your bowl is with a reliable American-made ice cream scoop.
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 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 cake or pie server and enjoy your cheat day with your employees and customers, without feeling guilty- you deserve it!
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 of these American-made 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.
Pizza used to be pretty basic, but not these days. It can be quite a versatile dish. From gluten-free crusts, to cauliflower crusts and plant-based meats and cheeses, the possibilities are endless for people who follow even the strictest of diets. So this week, during National Pizza Week, it’s time to celebrate this wonderful pie.
But what if you don’t want to make it all from scratch? What if your local pizza joint just doesn’t make it exactly like you want? Then turn to your freezer and pull out your favorite ready-made pizza and glam it up with extra toppings- fresh tomatoes, olive oil, extra cheese, whatever you can find!
Artisan toppings can turn that boring frozen pizza into something way more delicious and enjoyable than just a plain ol’ slice of cheese pizza.
After you patiently wait for it to bake, grab your American-made pizza cutter and you’ll easily be able to feed all of your family and friends. That is, if there’s any leftover once you’re done with it!
How often are you able to corral your entire family together for dinner? Just one or two days a week? Everyday? It’s not a competition- do whatever is reasonable for your family to handle. Today is National Sunday Supper Day, a day that revolves around the idea to help bring families together around the dinner table. In decades past, it was a common tradition for families to gather in the kitchen, help prepare a large Sunday dinner, and then sit down to enjoy it together. Nowadays with work schedules, homework, after-school activities, and the like, it can be hard to get everyone together, no matter the size of your family. It starts with just one day a week, and can quickly become a weekly or daily tradition.
Here are some easy tips to help bring #SundaySupper back:
Plan the menu with your family- you’ll have something everyone will look forward to
Keep it simple- choose no-fuss recipes
Prep your meal with American Made Cutlery– it’ll speed things up so you spend more time bonding, and less time cooking
And don’t stress about it! Do what works for your family. Just cook, sit, eat, and communicate, and it will quickly set a positive vibe throughout your household.