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Squishy Bread, It’s NOT a Good Thing!

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baking      I was so sure this baker I went to see yesterday was going to be the one to bake all our breads for the deli. What a disappointment that turned out to be!

Read my post over at my other blog to learn what a disaster is was: http://thedelidiva.wordpress.com

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Some Bread to Soak Up That Butter in My Veins

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bakerOh goodie! I’m at the place in opening our deli where we have to go visit our local wholesale bakers and try their breads, bagels, pastries, etc. Yes, it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it, and that lucky someone is me!

We have two wholesale bakers within 10 miles of our deli so we’re pretty fortunate. I’ve tried some par-baked breads from my wholesale suppliers, and they were good, but the extra work of thawing and then finishing the baking process is a bit too time consuming so we will go with one of the local wholesalers for our breads.

If there are any others out there who are in the deli business, I would love to hear your stories, both good and bad, about the business. As if opening a deli and writing a cookbook isn’t enough, I am also writing a book about our experiences opening this deli and how we are doing it on less than 1/10th of the budget people usually spend opening a business like this! Yes, I can SMELL a bargain a mile away!

If you are out there and reading this, chime in and let’s get some discussions going!

Foodies Unite!

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Hello All!

I have started this blog in hopes that many of us foodies get together to share recipes, hints, tips, tricks and secrets about the wonderful world of food and the joys of cooking!

I am a chef, food and travel writer, cookbook author and a soon-to-be restaurant owner (we are still trying to get it open). I know…you must be thinking where can I find the time to blog? I guess as a writer, its as much a part of me as cooking is. If I don’t write and cook everyday, I don’t feel complete.

I look forward to meeting many of you who share similar interests. And by the way…if you haven’t seen Julie & Julia yet…you MUST!!