If I Have One Weakness, It’s This

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Hot and crusty-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside bread – the kind you can take a hunk off the end and go at it with gusto.

As a kid visiting my grandparents on Lake Erie, my grandfather would walk to a bakery on the corner and return with two long giant loaves of fresh-out-of-the oven Italian bread, the real kind with seeds on it. You could smell the goodness a block away.

Bread for my grandparents was a staple. I don’t remember they put butter on it, rather my Grandpa used it for dunking, most usually in the spaghetti sauce. My  grandmother used it to sop up the olive oil at the bottom of the salad bowl. My aunt coveted the bread as toast with her morning coffee.

I don’t discriminate. I like it all of those ways. But finding good Italian bread around here is next to impossible, which is surprising since Mount Kisco has (had?) a large Italian population. There are French bakeries with croissants but it’s not quite the same. Maybe there’s a business for me. Angelina’s Italian Bread Van – park it in town and sell the hot loaves from there. Of course, I’d need to actually bake the loaves myself and that might require hiring the Keebler elves and staying up all night baking. Oh, and getting a food car license. Hmmm, I’m talking myself out of it already.

I’ve tried like crazy to get on the whole-wheat-twelve-grain bread bandwagon that is supposed to be good for you but I just feel like Ewell Gibbons and didn’t he die because he ate so many nuts and grains? I think so.

I can’t afford the calories and carbs of bread as a staple but I do admit to craving it now and then. I blame my Italian genes.

6 thoughts on “If I Have One Weakness, It’s This

  1. Fancy Pants: Le Pain Q’ has pretty good baguette
    And
    Have you been to Kneaded Bread in Port Chester?
    Provolone Bread is an aromatic mouthful of pleasure.
    I’m forced to carry it home in the trunk, or else…..

    1. You could drop me in Kneaded Bread and I’d not be seen until they had to carry me out in a gluten coma. I love olive bread and no one makes it like Maison Kayser in the city – both green and black olives in it. Kneaded Bread comes in second, although they only use black kalamata olives. Green olives in bread are better.

      Only hassle for KB is trying to park. I come in like most Greenwich people do, under the train bridge, with KB on the opposite side of the street.The other problem is that good bread only lasts a couple of days before it’s like a hockey puck. Therefore, I’m glad I don’t live within walking distance of KB. Darn, now you are making me want to go on a road trip!

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