Friday, October 29, 2010

A Field Trip to Vermont

Whenever I think of field trips I always think of Magic School Bus. Such a classic for my generation. Today I'd like to take you to Vermont to a very fascinating place I just discovered....

So get ready to "take chances, make mistakes and get messy!"

Ok, here we are at the King Arthur Baker's Store and Cafe in Norwhich, Vermont, home to America's oldest flour company (1790). To give you a time line and a bit of history, George Washington had just been elected to his first term in office. Let's take a look inside...

They offer a full retail shop and cafe filled with cooking merchandise, hard to find ingredients and everything to help the baker from clothes to cook books. Here's what caught my eye..

Ahhh...the way to my heart is with yeast.

Oh hello. Here they offer baking classes to improve your kitchen skills. I would just love that. For some reason, baking in a wide open area with plenty of gadgets and baking tools sounds so much more appealing then my small cramped kitchen and counter top I always don't flour enough and end up scrapping dough off for days after wards. Moving on..

They have a blog Baking Banter that I quickly scoured through, mouth watering at the warm breads and treats they were baking up.. (beware, do NOT proceed on an empty stomach!)

Triple Chocolate Cookie (mix)

Whole grain no-knead bread (recipe)

Carol's Caramel Corn (story and recipe)

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (I kid not)

Butterscotch Chocolate Brownies (recipe)

The blog is delightful to read, packed with stories, delicious recipes and step-by-step photos. Now, don't mistake me, I caught onto their game pretty quickly. Why not have their test kitchen log their experiments onto a blog thus enticing unsuspecting potential customers with their eye candy and tried and true recipes? Then subtly provide links to their flour, grains, pans and bake ware so that we too can have perfectly raised gluten-free bread and scones to our heart's content? Oh yeah..::jots down:: must order bread pans...Clearly I did not fall into the trap.

Anyway, what I like about their site is that they also offer many multi-grain breads to bake, tips and secret ingredients to make better breads, rolls etc.. So I'll leave you with my favorite:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones

Recipe and Step by Step Instructions here

Have a great weekend and a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


  1. this is my kind of place! I have heard of it but I would sure like to visit. :D

  2. Mmmmm.... amazing how the bread can be more tempting than the desserts.

  3. this is the best field trip i've been on in a long time...we should try to make some of this over christmas break! :)


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