Heidi Hansen, No Knead Bread

Heidi Hansen is Saint Heidi as far as I’m concerned. 

About 2 years ago, Laina (my co-worker in a previous life) told me about a revolutionary way of making bread.  Everyone loved it, it came out perfect every time.  Now…I make good bread…and have occasionally made great bread — the kind you gobble down as soon as it arrives steamy from the oven with loads of butter…mmmm — (I’m salivating just thinking about it — but, back to the story).  Even though I was pretty sure about my bread skills but thought…what the heck, I can always learn something new.  Laina says that her friend Heidi makes the bread, it’s so easy to make — and involves a dutch oven.  I’m intrigued… and a 12-24 hour first rise and absolutely no kneading.  What?! — Ok — I’m in.

To listen to an interview with St. Heidi, click here — then, go buy a 5 qt cast iron dutch oven if you don’t already have one and start baking!  Seriously beautiful delicious bread (use Shakefork Farm rye and barley flour for 2-3 cups of total flour) that is great warm and as sandwich bread for the rest of the week (really!)

Loleta Bakery

News: Sorry to say the news is that the Loleta Bakery is closed — I will really miss this place!  I hope all the best for Peter and Jeanne, don’t know why they closed but it certainly wasn’t for lack of great food. 

The Loleta Bakery is located on Main St. in the little village of Loleta and is owned by Peter and Jeanne Van Der Zee.  An interview will be posted at a later date.  The pastries, breads and lunches are fantastic, a must see when in the Eel River area.  Everyone in the bakery is warm and welcoming — I recommend a trip to the Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge and stopping at Loleta Bakery for a chocolate croissant…or parmesan pesto croissant — I’ve also stopped for lunch before going to the Ferndale Rep for a play — A few photos to tease you until you have a chance to stop by for warm buttery pastries!  To listen to the interview click here.

Peter and Jeanne Van der Zee, Owners of Loleta Bakery

Willis McCartney is pouring out some freshly ground wheat flour

Rosie Venza is cooking up lunch — looks like Lasagna today!

Season Pineda chops up some rich chocolate for a ganache…

Coming soon…sourdough bread as a regular feature! This is the starter…

Kristen LaFever wraps a loaf of honey wheat bread…

Slow Food Humboldt – Michael Escheveste

To listen to the interview with Michael Escheveste:

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/
08_FFT_Michael_Echeveste_08.mp3

This show aired on the KHSU Homepage on July 24, 2009

Slow Food Movement

Michael Escheveste is leading the Slow Food Movement in Humboldt County.  In the first meeting 60 people from the community attended and are now working to develop strategies for Good, Clean and Fair food choices in Humboldt county.  To listen to the interview with Michael Escheveste:

http://foodforthought.yoursavinggrace.net/audio/
08_FFT_Michael_Echeveste_08.mp3