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  • Grain Gathering 2016

    8/7/2016 The Grain Gathering is held at the Washington State University-Mount Vernon Research Station. Many of the sessions were under tents amidst picturesque fruit orchards and a short walk to the test wheat fields. A truly lovely, bucolic setting and the July weather was perfect. Attendees had class options options to choose from. The first …

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  • British Bread Adventures Pt 4

    My fascination with Poilâne bread began over 10 years ago with a publication in Smithsonian magazine on the venerable bakery. …Denyce and I visited their Elizabeth Street London location on our recent travels around the UK. I realize it’s sacrilege to speak disparagingly about Poilâne bread, but I’m still not getting what the fuss is about.

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  • British Bread Adventures Pt 3

    Part 3 From Bath we visited Glastonbury on our way to the Cotswolds for a few days. On the way there we happened upon Bread & Beyond and of course couldn’t just pass it by. We managed to actually not purchase more bread that we couldn’t possibly consume but had a nice chat with the …

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  • British Bread Adventures Pt 2

    Part 2 Hearing of our bread interests, our waiter one evening suggested breakfast at Sally Lunn’s. Sally Lunn baked for the local abbey in Bath from her home which is now the oldest residence in town. The old kitchen in the basement is now a wonderful mini museum.               …

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  • British Bread Adventures Pt 1

    Part 1 Denyce and I celebrated 20 years of nuptial bliss with a trip to England. As with many of our travels, this one morphed into something of a bread themed adventure. Amazing how that happens. The whole of the U.K. has enjoyed an amazing bread renaissance over the past several years. I think due …

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  • Breadtopia Visits the Asheville Bread Festival

    North Carolina should change its nickname from the “Tar Heel” state to the “Artisan” state. And Asheville, NC might rightfully lay claim to the Artisan Bread Capital of the World. Nowhere else will you find such a assemblage of talented bakers and quality hand crafted breads. Once a year, most of these bread artists gather …

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  • Breadtopia Visits The School of Artisan Food

    Eric & Denyce’s Excellent Breadventure Life got particularly good for us a few months ago when we paid a visit to The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire England. Nestled in Sherwood Forest (yes, that one) we found a bit of artisan food heaven. It was pure joy and a privilege to spend time with Emmanuel …

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  • Longfellow’s Wayside Grist Mill

    On the way to visit our new idyllic grandchild in New Hampshire, we visited this idyllic grain mill in Sudbury, MA, near Boston. Rich, the miller and historical custodian, answered our questions and gave us a quick tour. We left with a couple small bags of flour, whole wheat and “white” flour. Their white flour …

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  • Take a World Bread Tour

      Gourmet.com produces fabulous videos. This one will take you on a romantic and sumptuous bread vacation to further your appreciation for the fundamental role bread plays in so many cultures.

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  • Bread and Jam Charity Fund Raiser

    I have to share this “letter” I received from Elaine Cooper of Toronto, Canada. What a great idea and a lot of fun… Hi Eric: Last weekend my friend Mitch Rotman and I held a “Bread and Jam” afternoon soiree/salon. Mitch has been making a variety of jams and jellies for many years and we …

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