Here’s the story behind these adorable little morsels! I had dinner with my friends from PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society) last night. The conversation always turns to animals, and we all share our stories in one way or another. At dessert time, my friend Alexis presented a tray of adorable edible mice. They were actually quite simple in design: a chocolate-covered cherry (with stem) for the body and tail, a Hershey’s Hugs Kiss for the face, sliced almonds for the ears, and icing for the eyes and nose. Serve them over a triangle of cheese… genius! Or should I say “Micey” Nice!
This past summer I visited dear friends of mine, Dorie and Ray, in the Albany, N.Y. area. As soon as I entered their house, I encountered the fragrant aroma of fresh-baked bread. Moments later, Dorie presented an array of absolutely delicious stuffed breads that she had sliced into appetizer portions. I had to know the source, and luckily Dorie gladly shared her secret. The fresh-baked breads had just been delivered by Billy Jabour, a friend of Dorie’s daughter.
Billy Jabour is founder and owner of The Whole Loaf in Troy, N.Y. Experienced bread baker and creator of signature stuffed-bread loaves, Billy started his business about 5 years ago. The loaves were a Jabour family tradition as far back as Billy can remember. Initially, Billy started with a menu of 10 loaves, and today The Whole Loaf’s menu boasts more than 30 mouth-watering choices including savory and sweet combinations perfect for anytime of day.
The Breakfast in Bread loaf is an inspiration—bacon, breakfast sausage, ham, maple syrup, mozzarella and Swiss cheeses make up this awesome creation. We think it would be perfect for brunch…just add a colorful fruit medley, juice and coffee!
We couldn’t resist photographing some of Billy’s other flavors, too. You can only imagine how good it smelled in the studio!
The Beefcake (lower right: bacon, ground beef, onions, Cheddar and Pepper Jack cheeses); The Big Red (upper right: chicken parmesan, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses); The Hamtastic (left: ham and Swiss cheese rolled in rye dough).
View the full menu by visiting wholeloaf.com. You may order through the website, or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org