|Beautiful breads from Rustic Pie Company in our very own Duvall - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
The story about the yoga mat bread from Subway and basically every mass-produced bread out there was still poppin'-fresh in my head when I was in need of a good loaf of bread. If you're unfamiliar with yoga mat bread, just Google "azodicarbonamide" and you'll hear all about this additive that's in most commercial breads. It's probably no worse than any other preservative that we've been eating for years, it was just off-putting to hear that it's the same chemical used in making yoga mats. And no, it's not some chemical interpretation of inner-peace or zen. Apparently it makes bread spongey. Which I thought was the whole purpose of gluten in flour, but what the hell do I know? Dammit, Jim, I'm a blogger, not a chemist!
We were planning on making Reuben sandwiches, which made me giddy, since buying a whole loaf of bread is such a rare treat for us. I wanted to get the bread as fresh as possible, with the added benefit of saying no yoga mats were harmed in the making of this loaf. We're lucky to have an absolutely wonderful little bakery right in Duvall, on Main Street - Rustic Pie Company. Yes, they're so small, they don't even have a full website, just a Facebook page, but you don't experience a bakery virtually, just head on over and check out the goods for yourself, they're open four days a week. The "pie" in the name comes from making pizzas, but they do breakfast pastries like cinnamon buns and muffins, as well as their specialty, hand-formed bread loaves. Sure, not everyone has a little bakery in town, but I'd be willing to guess there's an independent bakery somewhere close to where you live. And it's not just about eating local -- whether you buy from a bakery or make it from scratch, you can't deny how good a fresh-baked piece of bread is.
|Rustic Pie Company goods - great local stuff, including coffee from Anchorhead! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Reuben sandwiches (open faced) made from the ground-up - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Local bread and homemade fancy pimento cheese - all the good stuff - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Bread and pimento cheese - a grand meal, to be sure! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Nothing wasted - savory pimento cheese bread pudding - Photo by Wasabi Prime|