August First at Home: Roasted Vegetable Muffaletta

Whether you’re a football fan or not, one thing is sure about Super Bowl Sunday. It’s for snacks. If it’s not the teams, but the wings and pizza bites that you’re rooting for, we’ve got a few more players to add to your starting snack line up. Like Jodi’s Roasted Vegetable Muffaletta. This gigantic sandwich can feed a crowd. It’s stacked with vegetables and fitted onto an entire loaf of […]

Breaducation: Vermont Maple Biscuits

Ever peek into a bakery’s window to catch a glimpse of bread in the making? Curious as to how the Country French on the shelf gets so golden? The baguette, so crunchy? The Olive Bread, so … so … fluffy? Forget peeking. How about a front row seat? We created “Breaducation” to open the blinds and show you how our bakery makes our most popular breads. And now, we’ve decided […]

Breaducation: Honey Whole Wheat

Ever peeked into a bakery’s window to catch a glimpse of bread in the making? Curious as to how the Country French on the shelf gets so golden? The baguette, so crunchy? The Olive Bread, so … so … fluffy? Forget peeking. How about a front row seat? We created “Breaducation” to open the blinds and show you how our bakery makes our most popular breads. And now, we’ve decided […]

This Easy Quince Tarte Tatin Will Impress Everyone You Know

Fueled by pie and motivated by the hope of warmer weather and big trees, we pushed westward. We headed toward the stunning Apache-Hargreaves National Forest in central Arizona. Neither of us were familiar with the area, so I asked other road trippers in a boondocking Facebook group where we should set up. More than a few folks said that Forest Road 9350 was the place to go for spectacular off-the-grid […]

New Year’s Day Mushrooms and Sauerkraut, For Good Luck

New Year’s Day in Berks County, Pennsylvania means one thing. Folks in home kitchens, fire halls, and other community centers are simmering pork and sauerkraut. It’s the traditional good luck meal to ring in the new year. My grandmother made this dish every year. We gathered around our large kitchen table that my grandfather crafted by hand to enjoy each other’s company and renew our hope for better, easier times. […]

A Taste of French Pastries in New Mexico

August First on the Road is a new series where we’ll follow Jodi and Phil on their adventures beyond the bakery. Grab a snack and buckle up! We hadn’t planned on spending two nights in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but the brakes on the old Grand Marshal (our vintage RV) started to squeak as we navigated the mountain pass in Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. It was time to play it […]

Phil and Jodi Make Frybread

August First on the Road is a new series where we’ll follow Jodi and Phil on their adventures beyond the bakery. Grab a snack and buckle up! “We’ll have no service for the next day!” “I made a quince tarte tatin that was AMAZING!” “About to go on a bakery tour!” These are common updates we receive from Phil and Jodi as they make their way from Vermont to California. […]

How To Make Better Stuffing

There are approximately two bajillion stuffing recipes on Google. So, how do you know which recipe you can rely on for a Thanksgiving gathering? We’ve found that stuffing is not so much about picking the perfect recipe, but picking the right bread. This simple switch guarantees a dish so gorgeous and aromatic that it will be your turkey’s greatest rival for the table’s coveted centerpiece spot. At August First, not […]

A Visit to Mazurek’s Bakery with Phil and Jodi

August First on the Road is a new series where we’ll follow Jodi and Phil on their adventures beyond the bakery and RV trips far from the restaurant. Grab a snack and buckle up! * We packed up the camper early in the morning so we could make it to Buffalo in time to catch the bakers at Mazurek’s Bakery. Nestled on a quiet street in the First Ward neighborhood, this […]

How To Keep Bread Fresh, According to a Professional Baker

When it comes to keeping bread fresh, you don’t have to. I asked Phil for tips on how to store bread properly to optimize its use, thinking (naively, admittedly) that fresh bread is the only way anyone would want to ingest it. I expected Phil to instruct me to buy a linen bag. To tell me to keep loaves in brown bags and keep those tightly sealed. To store them […]

These 3-Ingredient Sun Bars Are Incredibly Easy To Make

August First at Home is a series where we’ll share original recipes that make the most of our fresh – or, sometimes day old – bread and pastries. In this post, Phil shares his homemade Sun Bars recipe with us.   “Please don’t say I invented it. It’s really just a recipe that arose out of the situation.” The situation was this. It was the fall of 1974. Phil Merrick, […]

This Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe Is Easier Than Pie

August First at Home is a series where we’ll share original recipes that make the most of our fresh – or, sometimes day old – bread and pastries.    With the fall of the first leaf everything seems to become the pumpkin spice version of itself. Lattes. Candles. Even SPAM gets the spiced treatment. Our pastry case is no exception. While it doesn’t entirely transform into a pumpkin spice patch, […]

Mushroom Foraging in Vermont with August First Bakery

“If you don’t see any mushrooms, just stop, stand still, and look.” I remembered this advice from an experienced forager as I brushed off the frustration of an empty-handed foray into a patch of woods in Hinesburg with Phil last week. I took a pause, softened my gaze, and looked around the forest floor. Almost immediately a log, lush with fresh pear-shaped puffballs, appeared before my eyes. I bent down […]

An Insider’s Guide to Burlington, Vermont For Under $10

Burlington, Vermont is not exactly a metropolis, but it is a bustling city. The streets buzz with bikes as soon as the sun peeks over the mountains. The espresso machines across town fire up well before that. There are even a few honks here and there. Vermont’s biggest city spoils its residents with mountainous views, coffee shops, lip-licking local food and treasure troves of vintage stores. It’s been noted as […]

August First on the Road: Coffee in Vietnam

August First on the Road is a new series where we’ll follow Jodi and Phil on their adventures beyond the bakery and RV trips far from the restaurant. Grab a snack and buckle up!   Jodi’s last dispatch from Vietnam arrives in my inbox early Wednesday morning. “Coffee!” the subject line appropriately exclaims. The e-mail is not a personal reminder from Jodi to me to fuel up for the day, but […]

August First on the Road: Breakfast in Vietnam

August First on the Road is a new series where we’ll follow Jodi and Phil on their adventures beyond the bakery and RV trips far from the restaurant. Grab a snack and buckle up! “Have you seen Jodi’s breakfast?” Phil, with an egg sandwich in hand, asks me in the August First kitchen. “I just saw what looks like fish rice pudding,” I say, enveloped in the familiar scent of sizzling […]

August First on the Road: Jodi in Vietnam

August First on the Road is a new series where we’ll follow Jodi and Phil on their adventures beyond the bakery and RV trips far from the restaurant. Grab a snack and buckle up! “I’m currently sitting in a tiny cafe in an alley,” Jodi writes us. “I’m eating my first fish bánh mi, which is absolutely delicious. The fish is stewed, and  slightly sweet. I’ll send more details and […]

No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales

VPR – Customers chat, read the paper and order sandwiches and espresso drinks at the counter of August First Bakery & Cafe in Burlington, Vt., but there’s something different here. Where there used to be the familiar glow of laptop screens and the clicking of keyboards, now the devices are banned.

Burlington bakery peddles by pedal

Burlington Free press – “Fresh bread for sale! Fresh bread from August First Bakery! All organic baked goods brought to you by bicycle!”

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