just a quickie here sweethearts, cutting to the chase –
yo yo yo my sweet sweet sweetie pies
let’s get the big news outta the way so we can catch up…
yup, Mondays have been so much fun that we’re gonna start slanging pizza on Fridays too. same deal as Mondays: 6-9pm, one type of pizza per night, $3/slice or $24/whole pie (8 slices), along with salads, chocolate chip cookies, yadda yadda yadda. so come on out for the fun – the first Friday is February 6, and then you can get your pizza every Monday and/or Friday that your little heart desires.
also a couple more fun things we got coming up –
Saturday Jan 31
we’re going to be hosting a couple of very talented ladies all the way from New York – Erin & Agatha, bakers and cookbook authors, will be celebrating the release of their new cookbook, Ovenly, by hanging out at The Mill all morning on Saturday 1/31 with copies of the book for sale. we’ll also be running a very special one day only collaborative toast special that may or may not include a chocolate date spread w crumbled spelt cookies on top, which Erin + Agatha make just for us… come + eat some and buy their book.
Friday Feb 13 – Maria Schoettler will unveil her art at The Mill. and yes, there will be pizza too. very stoked to be surrounded by her gorgeous work, it looks like this –
and this –
hope to catch ya around for some of these fun things.
but let’s get down to business, you and me – i’ve missed you. where the heck have you been? probably you were busy chopping down your christmas tree or lighting your menorah or meditating on bodhi day or feasting for kwanzaa…? whatever your holiday of choice, i hope it was fulfilling and rejuvenating and that your 2015 is off to a tremendous start.
mine indeed is, as i spent a couple of weeks back east in Vermont w dear family + friends doing stuff like this –
and daydreaming about stuff like this –
and looking at stuff like this –
I snapped that last pic from the top of Elmore Mountain. a funny little tangent – i drove my mom and step dad to the airport one morning at 4:30am. as i was driving home i all of the sudden was struck with a powerful idea – i’m going to hike to the top of Elmore Mountain and watch the sunrise!!! i pulled into a gas station and got a big cup of coffee and started amping myself up. i drove for 20 minutes then stopped at another gas station and picked up a liter of water and, what’s that sitting next to the register just begging to be brought to the top of the mountain and eaten while the sun rises? that’s right, a frikkin cadbury cream egg. yes, i’ll take one of those too please. so i keep going, get to the base of the mountain, strap on my head lamp and chug the water and put my mountain top cream egg in my pocket and start off tromping. man o man this is going to be great!! but another 30 seconds and i stop – what the heck am i doing? its zero degrees and pitch black and i am all alone and i actually don’t think i’m as tough as i think i am… i went home and went to bed, woke up and had french toast then hiked the mountain later in the day with my papa.
speaking of Elmore Mountain, i spent some great time hanging with my buddies Blair, Andrew & Kate at Elmore Mountain Bread, and just had so much fun.
they actually built their very own stone mill this past year, and they’ve inspired me to build our very own mill!! at least, that’s the current dream. watch out though, dreams really do come true…
love to you my dear.
alright dudes, before i get into our quest for the newest member of the JBB family, a few things of note –
haven’t gotten that special something for that special someone for this special time of year? been putting off buying yourself that sweet, sweet coffee mug that you’ve been wanting to find for months? feeling jealous of my totally rad indigo tie dye shirts??? have no fear, this coming Thursday 12/18 we’re having a lovely evening at The Mill in which all of your dreams will come true. members of the JBB + 4B family will be showing off their skills and making the products of said skills available for purchase to people like you and me. so come check out what we do when we’re not baking your bread or making your macchiato. we’re very good at stuff, ya know? like, for god’s sake, look at what Ryan Lee, also known as Function & Whimsy, makes in his spare time –
and that’s just the tip of the christmas tree, if you know what i mean…
yup, it’s that time of year as well – we need another baker to join our ranks!! is it you? it may be, if you meet the criteria below. you may be the newest JBB crew member if –
position begins in 2 weeks, December 28, so please e-mail me a resume and explain why you’re the perfect fit ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org
i’ve been beside myself with glee to be hearing from so many people about how much joy they’re getting from my book. i even made a few lists for folks’ favorite cookbooks of the entire year!! that just about made me cry with joy, check it out:
don’t be shy, go ahead and buy it for that buddy of yours who’s always wanted to bake bread. maybe it’ll change their life. just look what happened to me.
lastly, just gotta share how stoked i am about a new bread we’re making –
California Heirloom is our newest loaf, and it’s made with 100% California grown organic wheat. specifically, it’s made with an heirloom variety called Sonora, and it’s grown by one totally badass farmer named Sally Fox, out in the Capay Valley just a couple hours outside San Francisco. i drove out to visit Sally a few weeks ago and loaded up 500 lbs in the back of my truck, and here in the bakery we’ve been having a blast figuring out how to turn it into the most delicious bread we can. we’re only making a handful of loaves each day here, but if you’re lucky enough to see it on the shelf, i suggest you grab it and give it a try. i think Sally would be proud.
peace out sweethearts, hope to catch ya Thursday. or if you know what’s good for you i’ll see you Monday night, for some of this –
ok, first things first – i just turned 32 and i am loooooving it –
can you believe those shorts? my lady knows me so well.
but that’s not the point of this – no no no. so – FIRST THINGS FIRST – this week is Thanksgiving, and i am thankful for so many things, i can’t even begin to tell you. my wife, my mom + dad, my brother, my amazing team of bakers at The Mill, stuff like this:
but come on, this is booooooring, you wanna know about BREAD. well, here’s the deal my dudes:
Thanksgiving – every year (*see below*) i take great joy in baking up the bread on Thanksgiving morning, and this year is no exception. so check it out – we are OPEN on Thanksgiving at 8AM and will have a bunch of bread coming out of the oven, so don’t you go worryin’ your pretty little heart when you wake up Thursday morning and say, “OH CRAP I FORGOT TO GET THE BREAD.” just come + get it. just come and get it by 3PM, cuz that’s when we close so we can go home and party because…
Friday – The Mill is OPEN, but JBB is not baking any bread. but oh yes, we will have coffee + toast and lots of pretty people mulling about, so don’t be shy, go for a Black Friday jog and finish it off w some whole wheat toast covered in pumpkin butter.
*the see below part*
4 years ago i baked up 60 loaves of bread in my dinky little home oven on Shotwell St, and a bunch of people i didn’t even know came and bought it all. i had no frikkin idea what the next 4 years would hold, but good god almighty, i am so so so thankful for it all. SO THANK YOU, each and everyone of you who’ve played a part in the crazy adventure.
speaking of which, i was fortunate enough to make a trip out to my bread hero Dave Miller this past weekend, and get a load of this – 100% stone ground whole grain kamut, like non i’ve ever seen –
he has a way, goodness gracious he has a way.
oh, one more very exciting thing – on my way to Dave’s i swung by to visit Sally Fox and pick up a bunch of her Sonora, and two days later i milled it up and mixed it up and baked it up –
it’s reeeeeeeal good, and after this Thanksgiving craziness has passed we’re going to start making it for you too. so stay tuned honey bees.
ok ok ok, see ya on Thanksgiving, or if i don’t have an amazing time and open up your heart nice and wide and do a back flip for me.
yo buddies, long time no see, where the heck have you been???
anyway, let’s cut to the chase, i don’t have time for dilly dallying here…
if’n ya wanna have dinner w me (not fully formally w me, i mean, i’ll be there, but we won’t be, ya know, sitting down and staring into each other’s eyes and playing footsies under the table), then come on out for this special evening next Monday –
what oh what is going on, you ponder? the talented folks at Jardiniere are having a special one night only menu in which they use our bread in every single dish!! what are these dishes, you so eagerly ask? i got your back, you curious little cat you –
but if i don’t see you there, i better hear that you were scarfing pizzas at our Monday Night Pizza party, which shall be still be raging on, as it is every Monday, from here to eternity.
oh yeah, and one more thing – we aren’t baking any bread on Friday, Nov 28, nor Thursday, Dec 25, nor Thursday, January 1. cuz bakers need to rest, too.
if’n ya wanna learn how to bake some bread, you can go ahead and sign up here for my next class – Wednesday, October 29 from 7:30-9:30pm. it’ll be at The Mill.
the last one filled up quick, so don’t ya go dilly-dallying.
i got an overwhelming response to my last post about baking classes, and it ended up selling out in a couple of hours, and so now hear this – more are on the way!! how to sign up? enter your e-mail here and i will keep you up to speed –
*please note – signing up above does NOT sign you up for a class, it just adds you to the class e-mail list, and you can sign up once i send you an e-mail with details, links to ticket site, etc.
next class is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 29 7:30-9:30, and there’s a few more on the calendar as well, so please gimme your e-mail and you can sign up if ya like.
enough about that – man oh man, i just did something that i’ve never done before!! it wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t nearly as hard as i’d thought it was gonna be. i sweat nearly the whole time, but luckily i was practically naked. and it probably would have been a lot worse if i didn’t have this guy with me the whole time –
that’s Ira Glass, host of This American Life, and man oh man, he is just so good at what he does, and i have taken to listening to his show religiously when i go on longer runs. (and how about that new podcast, Serial?? so good right?!!? i mean, what the heck, Adnan does not sound like he could have done that… and how about that streaker!!)
but anyway – i ran an unofficial half-marathon! or, as i’ve taken to calling it in the last few hours to nobody but my proud self, “a halfsy.” so i ran my first halfsy. feels so good to have done it, and it’s got me pumped on doing more. i started running a couple of months before my wedding because, let’s face it, running a bakery had turned me into a fat kid. or, as i liked to say to all the bakers, “the fattest kid in the bakery.” the real turning point was when, during my bachelor party, while wearing body paint and a headdress and chasing after a bear, i realized that i was not going to catch the bear, because i had, as stated earlier, turned into the fattest kid in the bakery. and i said to myself, “if i was not at my bachelor party, but rather just out in the woods, and it was time to chase after a bear, i should be able to catch it.” so i stopped eating so many chocolate chip cookies and started running a few times a week. last time i checked i’d lost a whopping 25 frikkin pounds since that pathetic bear-chasing performance. (for the record, i did catch the bear, though he definitely slowed down for me, and after that i ate his heart. but that’s another story altogether, now isn’t it?)
but speaking of chocolate chip cookies – tonight marks The Return of The Chocolate Chip Cookie at The Mill. yup, we’ve been hearing consistently from you that you’re mighty pissed that we don’t have that special little treat anymore, so we decided to bring it back, on Monday nights only, as a nice little after-pizza snack. so if you’re angry with us about the cookies, then please come by tonight, or any other Monday night for that matter, and stuff your face with warm chocolate chip cookies and a cold glass of milk.
this past weekend was as glorious as can be – i spent Saturday evening baking pizza in a wood fired oven –
it was part of a wonderful evening at a farm in west Marin aptly titled, “Nature Babes,” in which some talented ladies showed off their art + music gifts to an attentive and appreciative little gathering of folks. after the fun was had on the farm me and some good buddies engaged in something i hadn’t done since i was a child. i also had no idea how intense things would get –
good god!!! playing a good game of JENGA is one of the most exhilarating and anxiety-provoking experiences i’ve had in a long time. and that photo doesn’t even capture where we went – soon after this two brave women pulled BOTH the left and right block out of the BOTTOM LEVEL. i was completely awed by their finesse. we had a dedicated group of about 7, and man oh man, we really gave it our all. it was a fitting end to the drama when another party-goer who wasn’t engaged in the insanity accidentally whacked her booty into my buddy Rye Guy while he was delicately nudging a block out, thereby making the teetering tower topple to the ground.
ok, i need to go eat some pizza and cookies, maybe i’ll see ya there?