Week of September 27,2016

Rob Salvino

Perhaps you noticed the Gene Wilder quote at the bottom of last week’s handout. He has always been one of my favorite actors. Shortly after his death a few weeks ago we watched the 1971 classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. While I wouldn’t say it was the best movie he was in—that goes to Blazing SaddlesWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory may have been his best role. This movie is all Gene Wilder. His delivery is so quirky and perfectly timed that he overshadows everyone else from his grand entrance through to the end. The other actors, the set, even the story take a back seat to him.

Actually I’ve always found the story unappetizing—pardon the pun. It has always struck me as too heavy on the moralizing. Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory turns out to be more like Dante’s Inferno with one kid after another succumbing to his or her vices as they venture deeper into the sugary fantasy world. It makes for an entertaining movie, but it certainly isn’t a model food business.

We prefer to make food that isn’t fraught with moral traps at Cereal Box Bakery. We do our best to make food that is not only tasty, but is also healthy for you and is produced responsibly. If that means no geese that lay golden eggs, well then, so be it.



Emmer & Rye Sourdough sandwich loaf (organic Espresso Red wheat, organic ryeorganic , emmer farro)

We’re taking a break from the boules this week. This week’s loaf features rye flakes, cracked emmer farro, and Espresso Red wheat grown especially for Fairhaven Flour Mill and custom-milled for us. This bread makes nice sandwich slices, French toast, plain old toast, or grilled cheese. It also featured prominently in last week’s bread pudding. This bread keeps well. If you think it will take you more than a few days to consume then stick it in the fridge or freezer.


Italian Plum Coffee Cake (Sonora wheat, Collins Family Orchard organic Italian plums)

Just when I thought we were through with stone fruits like peaches and plums, along comes a late season Italian plum from Collins Family Orchard.


Baguette (organic Montana white wheat, organic einkorn wheat, organic rye)

A few weeks ago we sent you our first ‘trial’ baguettes. I thought they were good, but we’ve made some adjustments since then and we are much happier with the results. This bread won’t last. It’s best consumed today.