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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Shoring up the gaps...

SOOOOOOoooo...  It's been quite some time since the introdction of Corned Beef.  Thanksgiving is, well, upon us, and here we are remembering that we have a blog.  I guess we could have worse problems, becuase that means we are too busy to do it.

That being said, I'm afraid we have to keep this brief.

We are running a FUN contest for a new, Fancy-Schmancy, ceramic, Dishwasher-safe, 16 oz. Refill Mug with Nifty Silicone Lid.  It comes with a free refill of Indigo Roaster Coffee.  Here's how it goes:

You will need a mobile phone with a camera and the Instagram® App for that device.

The contest will end when the first participant fulfills all the requirements or the contest term expires on December 15th, 2011 at Midnight or sooner if a winner is selected by fulfilling all requirements:

1)  Post Five (5) original photos of our official Underground Bakery oval bumper stickers on ALL DIFFERENT VEHICLES to your Instagram® Feed with the hashtags #undergroundbakery and #mugcontest (How? It's described here) by the closing date.  *BONUS: if all the vehicles are all Red, White, and/or Blue, (in any combination) you'll also get your choice of a muffin, cookie, or slice of crostata, pending availablilty.*

2)  Notify the Underground Bakery in writing via email to when you have completed the requirements.  In your email, please include:  

  1. your instagram user name (or "nick")
  2. your full name
  3. your mailing address
  4. your birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy)
Your information will be kept private.  We do not share your information with anyone.  Missing information constitutes an incomplete submission and will render said submission invalid.

The contest is open to all residents of the U.S. over the age of 18 who use Instagram®.  Employees of the Underground Bakery, their friends and families are NOT eligible to enter.  The contest will close on December 15th, 2011 at Midnight or sooner if a winner is selected by fulfilling all requirements.  One (1) winner will be announced via the Underground Bakery in Dennis Village Facebook Page on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BE SAFE WHEN DRIVING.  Participants are discouraged from taking pictures while behind the wheel.  Please take photographs safely from the roadside or while parked.

Any questions?  Send us an email with #mugcontest in the subject line!

Good Luck, and GET SNAPPING!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Six Days until Corned Beef (not counting today.)

I am a long way from Corky and Lenny's.   It is the last place I have had a decent corned beef sandwich on good caraway (or 'Jewish') rye bread.  There are loads of arguements over the Proper Pickles (Dill vs. Half-Sour vs. Garlic) and Mustards, (Spicy Brown vs. Dijon vs. Yellow)  but there are few arguements about Corned Beef.  Everyone seems to agree that corned beef should be somewhat salty, have the slight seasoning of celery, spices, and mustard seed, and be tender enough to be eaten in clean bites without having to tear away at one's sandwich.

Corned Beef is said to have originated in Europe in the 16th century or so.  One of the earliest references is from Richard Burton (not to be confused with the 20th century same-name actor) later on in 1621.  There is also great and ongoing arguement that it is or isn't from the British Isles, (made by the cornish?) Germany with 'Salt Corns,' (from the Old German "kurnam" for "kernel") or France.  It seems that the german is more likely than any other, which makes sense when you consider that it goes so well with Sauerkraut.

You will be relieved and excited to know the truth.  Corned Beef starts from a Big Bucket in our Walk-in cooler where it is Brined (soaked in salted water with spices) for seven days.  It is then drained, rinsed, and simmered for several hours in a fresh batch of brine until it is tender and well-flavored.  Then, for our purposes, it will be served on bread with condiments and / or sauerkraut and cheese.

If you like it with Swiss Cheese, we can acommodate.  If you like a Rueben, we can acommodate.  Maybe you'll choose another kind of mustard.  Maybe it's Ballpark Mustard.  I can't remember if Corky and Lenny's serves Bertmans' Ballpark Mustard  or not.

In any event, I have high hopes for a quality Corned Beef Sandwich Next Tuesday.  It'll be delicious with a big cup of spiced hot cider.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

With apologies to any and all who have happened upon our blog or even gotten here on purpose, I will, repeat WILL start blogging for the weekend.  With any luck, I will be able to keep up with it regularly, giving everyone the chance to see what's new at the Bakery.

For those of you social medial devotees, I will be linking to those pages as well.  Hope to see you back here soon.