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What do these colored tabs really mean?

Have you ever wondered what the color tabs on loaves of bread mean? Some are yellow, red or even blue. I remember asking my Home Economics teacher in Junior High School what those tabs really meant. That one question turned into a homework assignment for me. I didn’t mind because it was about food and research so I was all for it. Now fast forward about 15 plus years (Yeah I know I just dated myself…lol), I wondered if the same information that I found out years ago was still valid. So I began my research again to see what I could find out.

Those colored tabs really do mean something. Each colored tab represents a different day of the week; the day the bread was baked. The date that is stamped on the tab is the date the bread needs to be sold by. Sometimes they won’t always be tabs but the twists with the dates stamped on the bag itself, the colors still remain the same. The colors are listed below. So next time you are in the bread aisle or at your local bakery take a look at the colored tab or twist to see how fresh your bread is.

Monday – Blue

Tuesday – Green

Thursday – Red

Friday – White

Saturday – Yellow

Note: This is a universal adopted procedure, however some companies may change it up a bit. But for the most part all companies still with this standard procedure.

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Huffington Post: Bagels and Cream Cheese Article

12 Bagel And Cream Cheese Flavors That Shouldn’t Exist – http://huff.to/1fMxlmw

Above you will find the article from the Huffington Post about bagels and cream cheese. After reading this article and laughing about it, I realized that I have eaten almost all of these item, yeah I know kind of crazy. I can totally relate to the authors voice in regards to the items listed because I didn’t know some of them even existed.

Protein Cream Cheese. Where was I when this was announced? I can’t seem to figure this one out, but I’m sure that the amount of carbohydrates in the bagel have canceled out the protein in the cream cheese.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese. Niece know in the fall I am one of those who will be at my favorite coffee shop buying my pumpkin latte. I’ll eat eat pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice butter and sometimes pumpkin pie. But, I think I will pass on the cream cheese, just not sure the flavor can be captured correctly.

Blueberry Bagel and Chocolate Chip Bagel.  Guilt, guilty, guilty. I have ordered both of these from the bakery more than a few times. I enjoy both of them. There is nothing healthy about eating chocolate for breakfast but I do it with no shame. That blueberry bagel toasted with some butter is heavenly for me.

Honey Walnut Cream Cheese and Strawberry Cream Cheese. Again: Guilty, guilty, guilty. These two are staples in my refrigerator (don’t judge me lol) But I love them. Both of these tastes great on that chocolate chip bagel.

After reading this are my foodie points going down the drain due to my crazy guilty pleasures? Be sure to let me know what you think.


Easter Brunch Idea: Cheesy Bacon & Egg Casserole

Easter is on its way and dinner isn’t the only meal we have to plan. Sometimes people choose to have brunch either on Saturday or on Easter Sunday. Having brunch gives you the opportunity to have a variety of light dishes without the intense cooking process. This casserole dish can be served by itself or with a fresh fruit salad. We tried it out on some friends and family and they loved it.

Cheesy Bacon Egg Brunch Casserole

 

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/2 loaf (8oz) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (5 cups)
  • 1 cup (8oz) shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Mustard, Ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Nutmeg, Ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Ground

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp.Reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble and set aside. Add onion to drippings in skillet; cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened.
  2. Spread 1/2 of the bread cubes in 13×9-inch baking dish. Layer with 1/2 each of the onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. Spread evenly with cottage cheese. Top with remaining bread cubes, onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Beat eggs in medium bowl until foamy. Add milk, mustard, nutmeg and pepper; beat until well blended. Pour evenly over top. Press bread cubes lightly into egg mixture until completely covered. Let stand 10 minutes.
  4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set and top is golden brown.

 

Thank you so much to McCormick for providing us with these seasonings and recipes. Be sure to check out their site for more recipes and ideas not just for holiday cooking but for everyday use.

 


Taste Test Tuesday: Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Bread with Pecan Pumpkin Butter

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We’re so glad you decided to stop by and visit with us today. We took a trip to William-Sonoma to see what they had in store for the holidays. We were having a craving for pumpkins. While in the store we found Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Bread with a Pecan Pumpkin Butter.

Williams-Sonoma Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread Mix

You can get them separately for $11.95 each or together as a set for $21.00. All you add is two eggs, a melted stick of butter and water to the mix, stir, then bake. Our kitchen smelled amazing during the hour it was in the oven. Imagine trying to take bread out the oven with two other adults and a toddler staring at you wanting to savor the spiced pumpkin goodness.

Once we got it out the oven and let it cool for a minute, everyone dug in. You can taste the crunchy pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg and just a hint of ginger. Add on some of the Pecan Pumpkin butter and it was heavenly. A smooth texture with a little crunch of the pecans, we tried it on biscuits, toast, bagels, french toast (pumpkin bread) and even added on sugar cookies.

This was definitely a snack that we enjoyed . The bread and butter each come with additional recipes of items you can try with them. If you do not have a William-Sonoma store in your area you can order these items and more from their website. Just click the button on the sidebar of our blog.

As always we thank you for stopping by the kitchen today. If you have a product or something you would like us to try on Taste Test Tuesday please feel free to contact us. We love to eat!!


Taste Test Tuesday: Pepperidge Farm Strawberry Banana Swirl Bread

Good day everyone, happy Tuesday. We hope you are enjoying your week so far. School has started back for some kids so for the next few weeks we will feature some products that we think you and your kids will love. Today in the kitchen we are tasting some bread from Pepperidge Farm.

Strawberry Banana Swirl Bread

Pepperidge Farm has had swirl bread for years. They are known for their Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread. Well they decided to change things up a bit and create a Strawberry Banana Swirl Bread. This loaf of bread is very good. It’s enjoyable any way you decide to use it. Each slice shows the swirls of bananas and strawberries, and you can taste them. This is a great addition to our household and helps with putting a spin on toast for breakfast. Remember, it’s bread so it isn’t just there to be toasted and then add butter. Be creative and check out what we did with our Pepperidge Farm Strawberry Banana Bread.

Ways to Incorporate Bread Into Your Meals

  • Toast and spread on Nutella
  • Make a parfait with yogurt, strawberries and bananas
  • Dip in egg wash to make french toast, or use butter instead of eggs
  • Toast and spread on cream cheese
  • Cut a circle in the middle and fry an egg (french toast and eggs)
  • Use it to make bread pudding
  • Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich 
  • Spread on Peanut Butter, and add slices of strawberries, bananas, or apples                                                                                              

So how will you add this sweet bread into your home? Remember, this bread freezes well. Since it’s a limited edition it won’t be around for long.

Thanks for joining us today in the kitchen, we appreciate it.