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Artisan bread craving...what are your favorites?

Tida | Jul 23, 200203:08 PM

I had a nice productive trip to the Justin Hermann farmers market today. Enjoyed some gorgeous weather, bumped into Celery, bought up practically all the Black Prince tomatoes I could find (I love their smoky bacon flavors!), and learned about another artisinal bread. I picked up a loaf each of roasted onion asiago and gorgonzola walnut from Bennett Valley Bread. Now that I'm home I've practically eaten half the loaf of onion asiago in the past 10 minutes. And this is a big loaf!

I love the sweetness and abundance of the onions, the saltiness and savoriness of the cheese, the soft but chewy texture of the bread, and a little bit of the crunchiness provided by the cornmeal on the bottom. Dinner tonight will be some ripe Mission figs plucked Sunday off a friend's abundant tree, a crisp green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and this unbelievable gorgonzola walnut bread. Hea-ven.

I'm going to Preston vineyards sometime this week for even more artisinal bread and for peaches in Dry Creek as a result of an earlier tip on this board. What other artisinal breads do people out there like? The volcano bread from Downtown Bakery in Healdsburg is also one of my favorites. Hmmm...I may have to stop there too.

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