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Pitching a Loaf: My Podcast is Live! Day 38

Yes, you read that correctly. Today, I dug into a whole loaf of Alvarado St. Bakery sprouted multi-grain bread, sat back, and listened to our Pitching a Loaf podcast. It’s taken us 6 weeks to produce and launch this new product of ours, and I was joyfully lavishing in the rewards of my team’s hard work. The best part of this podcast journey? Is getting the bakers I interviewed to share their passionate stories with me.

Today, on Episode 6 (coming soon!), I interviewed Arif, a wholesale baker from Canada, who has had issues with their artisan bread bursting on its sides. He complained that this issue has been causing a high waste issue for the past 2 years, and he used the recommended tools that I suggested on the podcast to solve his problems.

We managed to get him to reduce his waste by 12%, increased outputs and reduce energy consumption in the oven. Don’t believe in thermal profiling of your product? Listen to episode 6 and hear Arif’s testimonial.

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Slices of hearty Alvarado St. Bakery Multi-grain bread with roasted vegetables on ricotta and with almond and cashew nut butter. Also, thanks to the American Society of Baking for this wonderful loaf of acknowledgment for my involvement as a session chair at this year’s Baking Tech.

Now, back to eating 14 slices of sprouted multi-grain bread. Honestly, this bread made me so full today, I could hardly finish all 14 slices. But I did it. I ate all 5 slices at once at dinner with chicken noodle soup (without the noodle – which got the disapproving nod from my mom)! And I will live to tell this story.

Here’s what I ate on Day 38 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Alvarado St. Bakery Sprouted Multigrain 14 slices (34g) 1260
Apricot Sugar-Free Jam 2 Tbsp 40
Roasted Vegetables 30g 60
Ricotta Cheese 1/4 C 100
Almond Cashew Nut Butter 1 Tbsp 190
Smoked Ham 4 Slices 60
Chicken soup 2C 200
Coconut water 2 C 100
Cauliflower 1C 100
Calcium Supp
Bike -150
Total 1960


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A Grand Bread-Eating Day: Day 16

I scored big today! I went to Grand Central Baking Company® and received three large artisan sourdough loaves. I told Margot Leonard, their Sales Manager, that my husband is a big fan of theirs. He won’t buy anything other than Grand Central loaves. She was thrilled to hear that and asked if I’d bring any home to him. I couldn’t guarantee that. You see, for those of you who are not from the Northwest, Grand Central Baking Company® is known for its high-quality artisan bread.

Campagnolo bread from Grand Central Baking Company.

Campagnolo bread from Grand Central Baking Company.

I brought the loaves to NedSpace, and that was the end of that. Everyone loved Grand Central’s bread, everyone ate it. None left for the #1 fan, my husband. The thing about artisan bread is that it is best eaten on the day it is baked. I think that resonates in everyone’s mind, like the bell to Pavlov’s dogs. When someone see the word Grand Central, it’s like an instant message that comes into their minds that instructs them to immediately devour the fresh loaves.

Even Jimmy Stanley from NedSpace, a self-proclaimed anti-gluten paleo fan, devoured a few fresh slices of Campagnolo. It reminded him of the days when he used to live in Italy, and he proclaimed that these were the best Campagnolo outside of Italy. We live streamed this Breaking Bread experience on Facebook, so please check it out on our BAKERpedia Facebook page.

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I’ve not been to Italy, but I do know how to judge a loaf by its taste. The three breads I received today were Campagnolo – a hearty and mild sweet (from a touch of honey), rugged country-style loaf combining coarse wheat and rye flour and a mix of eight whole grains; Multigrain whole wheat – a hearty loaf in the style of German breads, with a great mouthful of chunky grains in every bite; and Peasant Levain Boule – a gorgeous loaf with a dark crust and distinctive tang.

The multi-grain whole wheat loaf.

The multi-grain whole wheat loaf.

I loved the Peasant Levain Boule the best because it had an incredible chewy crust with a very moist and resilient crumb. Best of all, it was made from stone-ground whole wheat flour and rye meal.  Bread fans, have I made you hungry yet?

The sourdough technique that Grand Central Baking Company® uses is close to a 17 hour ferment. That means that all their breads will have a distinct light sour taste and a resilient chew to it. The slices from these breads were very dense, so I didn’t need to eat too many slices.

Each slice was about 56 grams, compared to the regular 43g/slice. This made a huge difference with the amount of slices I had to consume. Therefore, I easily finished all the slices by 3 p.m. today. Thank you Grand Central Baking Company®, for giving me a grand bread eating day!

Onions on cream cheese; fresh strawberries on apricot preserves both served on a Peasant boule slice from Grand Central Baking Company.

Onions on cream cheese; fresh strawberries on apricot preserves both served on a Peasant boule slice.

Here’s what I ate on Day 16 of EB90:

Food Portion Calories
Grand Central Campagnolo 4 slices (56g) 560
Grand Central Peasant Loaf 2 slices (56 g) 280
Grand Central Multigrain Whole Wheat 3 slices (56g) 480
Strawberries 1/2 C 20
Apricot Sugar-Free Jam 2 Tbsp 40
 Lemon Curd 2 Tbsp 120
Whipped Cream Cheese Spread 1 Tbsp 30
Almond butter Vanilla + Espresso 1 Tbsp 95
Peach spread 1 Tbsp 50
Mango 1 200
Butter (Salted) 1 Tbsp 100
BBQ Pork Ribs 4oz 420
Sauteed Spinach 1 C 48
30 min bike ride -380
Calcium Supp
Total 2063