The Baked Issue
"Happiness is baking cookies. Happiness is giving them away. And serving them, and eating them, talking about them, reading and writing about them, thinking about them, and sharing them."
– Maida Heatter
A study conducted in France several years ago found that the smell of freshly baked bread doesn’t just make you hungry, it makes you kinder — the aroma of baked goods made people more inclined to help others. King Arthur Flour has a campaign underway that associates baked goods with doing good — if you pledge to share a homemade baked good with a loved one or someone in your community, King Arthur Flour will make a donation to sponsor a meal and fight domestic hunger through Feeding America.
The act of baking is often viewed as a sign of love, kindness and compassion, especially during the holiday season. With that in mind, we have filled the pages of our Baked Issue with a variety of ways to keep your oven busy between Thanksgiving and the new year. Need some inspiration to create a perfect cookie tray? We’ve got you covered. Cooking your first holiday meal on your own? Check out the guide with helpful kitchen tips and a timeline to assemble a recipe for a successful celebration. Learn why baking for a good cause is a key ingredient of the business model at some area enterprises. Wondering about the increase in gluten-free products? While most of us can easily gobble up those wheat-based treats, read how those who are gluten-intolerant adapt their diets and still enjoy celebrations. Finally, peek into the kitchens of area chefs as they talk about the traditions behind their favorite holiday dishes.
This season is also an opportunity to give thanks to all those who engage in Northeast Florida’s vibrant food community — the farmers, the food and drink makers and you, our dear readers. May all your gatherings be filled with local bounty (and lots of baked goodness).
STORIES & RECIPES FROM THE BAKED ISSUE