She’s the bread boss, meet Christie Bork!

Here’s the latest in our series of  ‘Meet the Bakers’:  Introducing Head Baker, Christie Bork.

Behind every great team lies a great leader. Christie is just that. A calm and confident role model, Christie brings out the best in our bread bakers with her quiet charm and skill. Since coming to Lovejoy over a year ago, she’s introduced many fabulous items into our LJB repertoire. One of the most notable is our Red Bliss Potato Bread, full of roasted garlic and seasoned with fragrant rosemary. She also created our current Bread Of The Month, the Prima Morso. Airy and light, this delightful breakfast ciabatta is full of chocolate chunks, notes of orange and is covered in a generous dusting of crystal sugar. We deem this the “foodies” donut.

Christie’s made her home in the kitchen since she was a small child — happily helping her mom, who let all Christie’s siblings play a role.  Sometimes it was churning homemade butter… rolling goat milk cream and salt back and forth in a mason jar!  On other occasions Christie and the gang would pick blackberries and then watch them magically appear atop fresh crepes. She didn’t know it at the time, but these experiences shaped her baking passion and lifestyle.
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Meet Christie!

Q: If you could bring one ingredient to a deserted island, what would you bring?
A: Flour! You can make natural yeast with just flour, water and bacteria from the air. You could get water from a stream and the salt could come from the ocean. Those are the things you need for basic bread. (Bread on an island, yah, we could get down with that, tuna fish sandwich anyone?)…

Q: What has baking taught you about life?
A: Baking has taught me patience. You can’t rush good bread. If you do it fails, so you have to be patient.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the baking lifestyle?
A: My favorite thing is making something in the middle of the night that people are going to be eating the next morning or that next night with dinner. I like making things for people (and we’re soooo happy that you do Christie!)

Q: What is your favorite thing to bake?
A: Bread! Any kind! When I first started baking school I wanted to make cakes and decorate them, which I still like but the fact that bread does not always react the same way when you are making it keeps me interested. So many factors go into making bread and I like trying to figure them out.

Thank you Christie! We are thrilled that you’re the bread boss at Lovejoy Bakers.
Have a great week.

Dinner To Go

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Lovejoy Bakers is now happily offering Dinners To Go! We are packaging hearty meals from our kitchen in large containers to take home and heat up for dinner. The selections will vary by day, but you can expect hearty items such as: Gumbo with Andouille Sausage, Chicken and Shrimp, Lamb and Black Bean Chili with Saffron Basmatti and Lime Yogurt, Hungarian Beef Goulash with house made Herbed Dumplings and Sour Cream, and finally Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons, Green Olives and Couscous. Each of these costs $18 and includes a ficelle. It’s a full meal for 3-4 people, depending on your appetites.

Call the bakery at 503-208-3113 to find out what the daily selection is, and let us help you have an easy and delicious evening!

Back to the Basics

2014 has floated in rather quietly, don’t you think? While the rest of country has braced against extreme cold and snow, we have been graced with standard NW fare… Some sprinkles and clouds and the random peeks of sun have filled this new year. It makes us feel grateful that the small things others may take for granted give us such comfort. A sourdough or french baguette, slathered in melting butter… sipping hot coffee and watching the world go by. Join us as we ease into 2014, filled with moments focused on being present and embracing the effortless pleasures of a beautiful life here in Portland. Happy New Year!

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Place Your Christmas Eve Pickup Pre-Orders By Friday At Midnight!

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Holiday Panettone – perfect as is, with a little butter or even as French Toast! Yum!

Get those orders in now! Click Here. If you’d like to place a holiday pre-order for pick-up on Christmas Eve place your order by Friday, Dec 20th at Midnight! Reading this too late? Don’t worry, we’ll have extra pies, tarts, breads, cookie boxes, etc… at the bakery that day, but get there early, we close on Christmas Eve at 3pm. Have a marvelous holiday season!

Holiday Pre-Order

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The holidays are here! Let us help you make EVERYTHING easier! Treat your friends and family by bringing them an extra special sweet. We make it easy with on-line ordering.
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Click on the link above to place your order for one of our delicious holiday desserts. Not only do we have Lovejoy staples like our lovely Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie, we also have oodles of season specific goodness. We are featuring our luxurious Buche de Noel, fruity Panettone, lush Chocolate Cinnamon Babka and adorable Christmas Cookie Gift Boxes.

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Holiday Cookie Gift Box

Need a quick and easy hostess/host gift? Why not pick up a handful of our house made miniature bread ornaments! Perfect for all the foodies in your life, only $5 each!. Please note, we require 72 hours notice prior to pickup for pre-orders.

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Mini Epi, Baguette and Croissant Holiday Ornaments

Have a BEAUTIFUL Holiday Season-
P.S. We’ll also be selling our individual Christmas Cookies in store. They are the PERFECT treat for YOURSELF after a long day of shopping (or a lazy day by the fire).

Thanksgiving Pre-Order!

It’s that time again!
PRE-ORDER THANKSGIVING GOODIES, CLICK HERE
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For Wednesday November 27th pick-up, all orders must be placed by NOON on Sunday, the 24th. For Thanksgiving Day pick-up, all orders must be placed by NOON on Monday, the 25th. Please note, we will CLOSE at 3pm on Thanksgiving Day.

We hope your holidays are off to an AMAZING start. We are so GRATEFUL for all of our wonderful customers.
–Love, the Lovejoy Bakers and Staff.

You say potato, I say YUM!

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We’re rendered a bit speechless. All we can say is this potato bread, made with red bliss potatoes, roasted garlic and seasoned with a heaping portion of rosemary, is hair-raisingly transcendental. The office “taste-testers” have simply gobbled each and every morsel up as quickly as the boules leave the oven. Slather on a little butter and you’ll be oohh and ahhing all the way to the treadmill… but we promise, it’s worth it. Boules are only $5 and available starting TODAY!

Pumpkin this and that at Lovejoy

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Throw on a cozy sweater and stroll over to Lovejoy to pamper yourself with some of our favorite fall treats. Feeling decadent? Try a slice of our Salted Caramel-covered Pumpkin Roll. Inside is a fluffy pumpkin sponge cake swirled around a heavenly cream cheese filling. Outside is a dusting of candied pumpkin seeds and pecans, wedged into a generous drizzle of Salted Caramel sauce. If one slice isn’t enough, you can buy the whole roll too!

And if you want to catch some rays before the big bright ball disappears for the winter, sit outside with a cup of our Autumn-spiced Latte. Spiked with notes of cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, we also kick it up with caramel and pumpkin spice syrup. Every sip will wrap you up in the warm fuzzies.

Beginning October 25th our Halloween cookies will be ready to haunt your cookie jar (if they make it that far before you’re “gobblin'” it up: ha, see what we just did there?). Stop by to stock up on the 25th!

We’ll see you soon.

She Said Yes!

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Congrats to Grazi and Seth who got engaged on Saturday at the bakery! Seth ordered a cake inscribed “will you marry me” and we displayed it in the pastry case, anxiously awaiting their arrival. When she looked in the case he got down on one knee. It was so incredibly sweet and left our entire staff verklempt. We’re happy to report she said yes! Wishing them both many years of love and happiness. Cheers.
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