I’m briefly back on this coast with just enough time to make bread and bagels for you fine people. I spent last week in LA, mostly doing work, but also getting to eat copious amounts of delicious food and absorb some sunshine. If you want LA food recommendations, I never hesitate to share :)
I’m excited to be back in the kitchen though and not only baking but planning some big upcoming fun (see below). This will also be your last weekend for a couple weeks to get bagels, so I highly recommend stocking up.
Also Important Note: Kingston Bread Lab will be closed another weekend. Unfortunately, due to work travel, I’ll be out of town and so there will be no bread the weekend of Nov 10.
You can pre-order bagels (and bread) online They’re also a bit cheaper if you order them ahead of time and it guarantees you some bagels. Pickups start at 9:30 AM on Saturday.
ROUGH DRAFT BIRTHDAY PARTY Saturday, Nov 17th.
My favorite place on earth, neighbors, and also my home away from home are celebrating their first year in business. Saturday, Nov 17th Rough Draft will be brimming with good vibes, food, and music. I’ll be doing regular bread that weekend, but no bagels because instead of bagels I’ll be putting together a dream spread of a concept I’ve been mulling over for a while - Jewish Deli BBQ. Starting at noon, we’ll be serving hot plates of Pastrami, Smoked Turkey, Salami and all sorts of veggie sides. I couldn’t be more excited. Save the date, more info coming soon.
This Week’s Loaf: Caraway Rye + Oland + Upstate Levain + Kingston Country
On top of our regular rotation, we’ll also be doing baguettes again this weekend (which should be out around 10AM).
I’ve been developing what I hope will become a new favorite - my take on a NY Deli-Rye bread - but my way - Sourdough, with a good dose of high extraction whole wheat, covered in caraway seeds. I expect this to be the ultimate Ruben bread.
Oland is a grain of Scandinavian origin that is now being grown and milled in Maine by Maine Grains. We mix it into a hearty boule that is becoming one of our favorite loaves.
Upstate Levain is our classic loaf with 50% local whole wheat (some of it fresh milled). Great for sandwiches.
Kingston Country is our take on a pain de campaigne, a French sourdough loaf, with mostly organic white flour and a touch of fresh-milled local whole wheat. Great for dipping in olive oil or your favorite schmear.
Now Playing: Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - The Serpent’s Mouth
This was my L.A. album last week. I was in a Caribbean restaurant and was happy listening to this steel drum cover of Dr. Dre’s Xplosive. It just seemed so … appropriate. I found the album and its an awesome collection of funky steel drum covers of a lot of hip-hop and other popular music (best runner up = Jan Hammer’s Crocket’s Theme).