Daring Bakers: Easter Breads

The April Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den . She challenged us to Spring into our kitchens and make Easter breads reflecting cultures around the world. We actually don’t do a whole lot for Easter–in fact, this year we did absolutely nothing as family members had other engagements and we’d just spent the previous day banging around our new house with no running water… More on that tomorrow! But way back when I’ve been known to make fun and flavorful baked goods at Easter time because why not? I’ve even made the somewhat traditional hot cross buns, though
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Food Recall: Mini Butter Croissants

In a nutshell: It’s interesting what Whole Foods Market considers as “southwest.” I can see Texas but Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana? Also a truly French croissant has butter as the first ingredient not wheat flour. from the press release distributed by the FDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 18, 2014 – Whole Foods Market Southwest Region is recalling mini butter croissants because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled mini butter croissants were sold with a
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Chef Ryan Clark leads Slow Food Southern AZ

from the press release Tucson Ariz—Chef Ryan Clark, owner of Agustin Kitchen was recently named Chairman of the Board of Slow Food Southern Arizona.  Chef Clark follows local restaurateur Don Luria (of Terra Cotta fame), who led the group for the past two years.  “Working with Don has helped me grow a lot as a person.  He is a real inspiration and has a positive relationship with almost every person in Tucson.  I am excited to step up and continue Slow Food’s local promise.” A passionate supporter of local farmers and purveyors, Clark joined the group because its mission resonated
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Food Recall: Sprouts Farmers Market Organic Black Peppercorns

In a nutshell: These organic black peppercorns may be contaminated with salmonella. The recall is in 9 states. From the press release distributed by the FDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 4, 2014 – Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (the “Company”) is recalling Organic Black Peppercorns sold under the Sprouts brand name from all stores. This product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In
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