During the early days of the COVID quarantine, people were at home frantically trying to fill their time with new hobbies. One of the hobbies that quickly emerged was bread-baking. How-to’s on making your own sourdough starter was at the top of many home bakers’ search lists.
But what about sourdough’s flavorful cousin, cinnamon raisin bread? Today is the day to add this recipe to your repertoire: it’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day.
A little bit of flour, yeast, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and raisins, and voila- a yummy sweet treat!
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!
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!
Baking bread from scratch sounds like a daunting task for most. Even today, on National Homemade Bread Day, the most seasoned bakers will probably admit they’d prefer not to delve into the fickle and complicated world of bread-making.
Too many questions can arise:
Am I using the right flour?
Can I knead with a mixer, or should I do it by hand?
Proof it once or twice?
Did I bake it long enough?
Or perhaps: What on earth is this person even talking about??
Who are we kidding, just save yourself a whole day in the kitchen and take the easy route- go to that aromatic bakery down the street and pick up a warm, fresh loaf that the professionals made. Sourdough, ciabatta, or brioche? Yum. Yum. Yum.
Don’t forget to slice it up for everyone with your American-made bread slicer.
A typical assumption is that the women of the family are always in the kitchen preparing the family’s meals. But WHAT IF… the MEN made the meal this time? Today is National Men Make Dinner Day, which is the perfect day for the men in our lives to practice their culinary skills.
No guys, you’re not allowed to cheat and make instant ramen, or, even sadder, just a bowl of cereal. Your family wants a little more effort than that.
So here is a little help for cooking your best meal with American-made cutlery, whether it’s a meal for one or for 20:
PLAN your menu (Pick your main dish, then choose a side and dessert that complement it)
SHOP for ingredients- choose fresh, quality ingredients. If you can’t find what you need, then maybe alter your menu
Mise en place, or “everything in its place”. This means set-up, organize, and chop your ingredients. The American-made cutlery that you’ll need: