August puts the “wrap” on summer and the soft-opening of fall. Is that why someone deemed it National Sandwich Month? People are still planning summer Family Fun at the same time they’re back-to-school shopping! In honor of both summer and fall, the sandwiches could be the ice cream variety or the lunch-box specials kids can look forward to in school.
For one of the most popular meal delivery systems in America, let’s take a minute for sandwich history. “The bread-enclosed convenience food known as the “sandwich” is attributed to John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), a British statesman and notorious profligate and gambler, who is said to be the inventor of this type of food so that he would not have to leave his gaming table to take supper.”
The best sandwiches begin with great bread. There are sandwich breads for everyone’s taste, including Gluten-Free Paleo! There’s the basics– Whole Wheat and White Buns and gourmet Asiago Herb Hoagies or choose from the winning bakers at nationalfestivalofbreads.com.
Peaches are the perfect fruit to celebrate for a month. It seems like there’s a new peach variety coming into our local market every couple weeks. Peaches are the longest running fruit of summer, taking us from June to Labor Day! Check out these remarkable peach recipes from HBA’s members:
By the 2nd week of August, peaches give the nod to Apple Week. Try recipes to enjoy for breakfast like the Apple Cinnamon Rolls or wrap a slice of Spiced Apple Bundt Cake to make the trek back-to-school a little sweeter for your kids.
Bake for Service Learning: Host a Home Room Parent Party,
complete with Baking Crafts and Activities to build relationships AND benefit the classroom.
- Bake Vanilla or Chocolate cupcakes and frost with plain icing.
- Create designer Rainbow Sugars for signature cupcake décor.
- Get stepping. Showcase and sell the cupcakes via a Cake Walk.
- Ask the teacher what she’s needing for the classroom and contribute cake walk funds.
July 2017 Summer is no time to stop baking! It’s the perfect month to celebrate Culinary Arts Month and polish baking creativity and skills by preparing for local, county and state fair competitions.
Gain the competitive edge.
1. Start with tested recipes from HBA Test Kitchens.
2. Meet HBA members who sponsor fair baking awards. www.chsugar.com; www.dominosugar.com; www.kswheat.com; www.okwheat.org
3. Sculpt specialty rolls, braids and centerpiece entries
Need help? Talk to a baker–
call OR log on
Need some Grilling Month goals? Add grilled pizza or flatbread to your skill set!
Ice Cream Month could scoop a new recipe every day. Kids and grandparents will love Chocolate Pudding Popsicles for starters!
July Belongs to Blueberries Month bakers will love Blueberry Banana Bread and Blueberry Bread Pudding. Add a blueberry search at www.landolakes.com and you’ll find too many options to count. I’ll start with a blueberry flan! Kids can Book and Bake with Blueberries for Sal!
Let Picnic Month begin with something new! Pack Focaccia Picnic Sandwiches or an ethnic hand-held meat pies, Russian Piroshkis or Bierocks.
Try a new method and dry griddle bake Soft Wrap Bread. Boiling water is mixed with the flour, “cooking” the starch and resulting in a soft, pliable product to cradle what comes off the grill.
Check out the latest summer Food Safety Guidelines.
Bake for Service Learning: Early starts on cooking and baking skills matter! With summer learning a priority, baking is “STEAM” education. Bake with friends, sibs, and when you baby-sit to teach children baking basics.
Find starter resources (English and Spanish)
Ten Tips for Baking Success with Kids
Age-appropriate Thrill of Skill
Food Skill Check List
Portable Kitchen videos/recipes
If you’d like to learn more about baking events and celebrations this quarter (July, August, September) download this handy calendar pdf
Summer is my favorite time of the year. It is warm and sunny, and people are busy spending time with one another at picnics, weddings, family reunions, sporting events, and vacations. Here’s a fun grab-bag of summer tips and tricks to keep things running smoothly.
- Summer is the perfect time to get caught reading recipes and build your food literacy muscles! For great new baking “tools” and “tips” check out this fantastic website!
Don’t forget to check out the Home Baking Association for more inspiration.
Sharon Davis, Home Baking Association