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The Secret History of French Bread

Ah, bread: could there be a more boring item on your grocery list? Today we think of bread as the thing we stuff our faces with out of boredom as we wait for the real food to arrive. Or as a sort of edible plate for tastier ingredients like meats, veggies and cheese (our favorite of course). The truth is, bread used to play a crucial role in our diets.

For much of human history across most of the world, bread was the single most important item on almost every person’s menu. It was eaten by every class of society, and its price and availability has brought down dictators and democracies alike. Having it could mean peace and prosperity. Not having it meant calamity and ruin.

In France during the late 18th century, it was the ever-rising cost of bread that became a crucial cause of the French Revolution. Like much of French society at the time, the bread itself was socially stratified. The wealthy and nobility got first choice of the finest, most expensive loaves, while the peasants had to make due with stale, sometimes moldy bread packed with cheap starches. Sure it would fill you up, but it wouldn’t be much fun to eat.

fresh loaf of French baguette bread

Then came the Revolution, and with it: the baguette. With enlightenment ideals in full swing, France’s new revolutionary government decreed that there would no longer be bread for the rich and poor, there would just be bread for all the people. Prices would be fixed, and unscrupulous bakers would get a stern talking to from Madame Guillotine.

This delicious, if bizarrely elongated bread is of course a staple of French cuisine, but at the time of its invention it was certainly peculiar. Some stories of the early types of baguettes recounted peasant women carrying loaves of bread taller than the women themselves, stacked precariously under arms like huge sticks. Like any good food origin story, no one quite knows where exactly the baguette was invented, or why, but there are some interesting ideas.

One theory is that during the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon wanted a bread his soldiers would carry with them on the march during campaign season, so the army wouldn’t have to wait on bakers to cook it constantly. Supposedly the common soldier’s pants had a pocket long enough to slide the whole loaf down the side of the leg. One hopes the army got the chance to change pants regularly. The other theory is simply that the baguette was not nearly as labor intensive as older styles of French bread, and could be cooked in a quarter of the time.

Whatever the true story of its invention, one thing it clear: French bread is amazing. The crisp yet soft dough, buttery flakey goodness, and a perfect edible plate for your sandwich. But it’s also the bread of the people. For hundreds of years families and friends worldwide have sat around a table and torn through a loaf of French bread with carnivorous gusto.

Here at Local Deli we make our bread fresh daily, using locally sourced ingredients. We want you to feel like a part of our family when you bite into your favorite sandwich. And maybe, just maybe, you won’t be so bored at the grocery store when shopping for your next loaf. So come in, take a load off and break bread with us.


What Is The Deal With Ezekiel Bread?

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock for the last few years but the first I’d heard of Ezekiel bread was seeing it on the Local Deli Menu. “What is this bread and what makes it so biblical?” I couldn’t help but ask myself. So after a bit of research, I can share some of the most important things about this quality bread, and why you should consider having it for your next Local Deli Sandwich!

What’s In A Name?

Ezekiel-Bread-PictureAs you probably guessed, the most indicative thing about Ezekiel bread is the name. It does, in fact, stem from a bible verse. “Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…” Ezekiel 4:9. I like to imagine the creators of this bread read that bible passage and just had the thought “I wonder how this bread would taste.” Turns out it tastes pretty good! The key part of this list of ingredients is that this is actually all that’s in Ezekiel bread. Many loaves you’ll find on today’s shelves contain a ton of sugar. Sure it may be worded as “high fructose corn syrup” or “honey” but we all know what it actually is. This lack of extra nonsense makes this bread actually really healthy to eat. How healthy? You’d be surprised

The Benefits Of Sprouted Seeds

No, you’re not going to suddenly find leaves in your PB&J. “Sprouting” is the process by which seeds begin the germination Sprouted Seedsprocess to turn into plants. Normally seeds are very withdrawn and hard because they are designed to not sprout until the conditions are adequate for actually growing. The biochemical process known as sprouting begins when the seeds are exposed to adequate amounts of water and a high enough temperature. When seeds sprout like this, they contain more vitamin C and up to 50% more protein! The levels of gluten also drop, which is useful for a variety of reasons. Even if you aren’t gluten intolerant or have celiac’s, the protein can be difficult to digest.

Ezekiel Bread As A Whole

There is more to this bread than just the fact that the seeds are sprouted, however. It’s healthy for you in other ways. The soybeans and lentils present in the loaf add quite a bit of protein and fiber. This bread is actually so fibrous, you’ll likely eat less throughout the day because of how full you feel. I could see Ezekiel bread as an essential part of any healthy weight loss plan.

Overall, I was very pleased to learn all of these things about Ezekiel bread. Not only do I plan on picking it up for any sandwiches or avocado toast I’d like to make at home, but it’s right here on the Local Deli Menu! I can only imagine how good some of these sandwiches are going to taste on it. I’ll keep you posted.

The Perfect Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich

Peanut Butter

Many individuals dismiss the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a relic of childhood. I can see their side of it, we all definitely ate a bunch as a kid. The average American child consumes 1,500 PB&J sandwiches by the time they graduate high school. Some of us never stopped, though. I’m 25 and still eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich almost every single day. I’d say 4 or 5 a week. Peanut butter is a fantastic source of protein and the simplicity with which you can make one of these bad boys is unrivaled. Peanut Butter

There are a couple of disputes within the community, though. The battle lines are often drawn when it comes to Creamy(or smooth) peanut butter vs Crunchy(or chunky). Creamy peanut butter is definitely the more popular of the two. 60% of Americans apparently prefer the smoother softer version; citing its easier spreadability on bread and lickability off spoons.

…And Jelly

The jelly is the other important half of the iconic sandwich. Who even knows the difference between a jam, a jelly, and a preserve? They’re all made of the same stuff, the only difference is the makeup of the fruit when mixed with the sugar. Jam is made with fruit juice, jelly with fruit pulp, and a preserve with basically whole fruit. It comes down to how thin/spreadable you like your J part of the PB&J.

The bread cannot be ignored if we’re to have this discussion in full. It often is, though. I, myself, have not done too much experimentation in this arena. Simple wheat bread had done the trick for me for decades. Some prefer it white or prefer it toasted. At the Local Deli, the Adult PB&J comes on sourdough and it’s honestly delicious. Sourdough is personally never something I’d have thought of for a PB&J option but now I don’t know why I’d try it on anything else. If you’re not in the mood for the old childhood classic, we’ve got plenty of options. Come give one a shot!

Robbin the Reuben

While reading about sandwiches in my free time (we all do that, right?) I came across some interesting information. Apparently, the origin of the Reuben sandwich was under hot debate for a bit, and still may be.

I personally love food, even more, when it’s got a nice history behind it. The rhetoric I’ve heard for years describes the tasty sandwich as a Jewish creation from the streets of New York. Apparently, there exists another claim to the throne.

In This Corner…

This story starts with Arnold Reuben; founder and owner of Reuben’s Restaurant and Delicatessen in The Big Apple. In 1914 one of Charlie Chaplain’s leading ladies strolled into his restaurant asking for a large, custom sandwich. Annette Seelos was so hungry she could “eat a brick.” He made her ham, turkey, swiss, coleslaw, and lots of Reuben’s special Russian dressing on rye.

Elements of a Reuben, sure, but not the real deal. I could see this as a progenitor, and his shop was named “Reuben’s” after all.  Recently, another side came out of Omaha, Nebraska.Reuben

Elizabeth Weil wrote in the New York Times a few years ago telling the story of her grandfather Charles Schimmel. A talented cook for one of his father’s hotels, the clientele trusted him to make up delicious food on the spot pretty often. On one particular poker night in the Blackstone Hotel, Reuben Kulakofsky called upon Schimmel to make snacks for the table. Schimmel delivered corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and rye to everyone’s delight.

Now, this one sounds like a lot more of a Reuben Sandwich. The other pretty great piece of evidence for the Omaha claim is a copy of the menu from the Plush Horse, a restaurant in the Blackstone. It’s got the sandwich itself on there, whereas there aren’t any menus to back up the New York Claim

Until things get a little bit more official than word of mouth, and we can dig up some specific menus from certain years, it looks like the Omaha claim holds a bit more weight. Who knew the Reuben came from Nebraska? Fortunately, you don’t need a plane ticket to enjoy a quality sandwich, just stop by your Local Deli today!

Local Ideal Nutrition

Staying Healthy Through Local Ideal Nutrition

Enjoying a well-rounded, nutritionally sound diet may sound daunting, but it really is simple, once you know how to choose foods that provide the most efficient and healthy fuel for your body. The tips and advice in this article can empower you to create your own healthy eating plan that meets your nutritional needs. Local Deli offers Local Ideal Nutrition that has options available for the whole family.

Local Ideal NutritionCarbs are not the enemy. Your body needs carbs to survive and by cutting them out, you can cause your organs damage or even cause them to fail. That said, there are good and bad carbohydrates. The good ones tend to be complex carbs like whole-grain and other fiber-rich foods. The Local Deli Hayden offers many different options of bread for their sandwiches as well as gluten-free choices too.

Try to eat a white meat in your diet every day. Most protein comes from animal fat and this kind provides the least amount versus red meat. You can find tasty white meat in our turkey, chicken and even tuna. Add these to items such as our sandwiches, salads, wraps, and bagels; the possibilities are endless.

Even artificial sweeteners can raise your blood sugar and insulin levels in much the same way as sugar. Although they may be lower in calories, they are not necessarily any more healthy. Instead, change on how much you depend on sweet things. Start by cutting your sugars in half and work your way to not needing them at all.

Local Ideal NutritionTo help maintain a healthy lifestyle, try to increase your consumption of vegetables. Baby carrots are a quick snack and a great source of both vitamin A and C. Fresh vegetables are best, but frozen veggies hold their nutritional values better than canned. Salads are a quick and tasty way to get healthy greens but don’t go overboard on the dressing.

It is crucial that your diet contains a sufficient amount of selenium. Selenium is one antioxidant that can keep your skin looking younger by improving tissue elasticity. It can help deal with free radicals and even protect from the effects of the sun. Some foods for you to consider are tuna, brown rice, and wheat germ.

If you are very concerned about not getting the proper amount of nutrients, supplement your diet with a quality multivitamin. There are great options at your local health store. By choosing the right multivitamin, you stand a better chance of getting all the nutrients that are needed.

Proper nutrition is truly essential, no matter your age, lifestyle or level of activity. Armed with these tips for making nutritious dietary choices, you are well on your way to maintaining a balanced diet that provides you with the energy that you need to face the day.

Stop by your Local Deli Hayden today for a delicious & nutritious meal for the whole family. If you have any questions about our menu check it out here. Or if you’re located in Rathdrum we also have a location there as well. Their website can be found here.

holiday blues

After the Holiday Blues.

holiday bluesUsually, the day after Christmas is the start of the Holiday Blues.

To much turkey?


House a mess from all the kids and presents?


A Little hung over from the new scotch from Uncle Jim?

You get the idea.

We all tend to get caught up in the glamour around Christmas and the New Year. It just seems to suck us in (thanks in part for the marketing companies totally take over of any holidays. Seriously, its a conspiracy). After all the presents are opened and the food is eaten, the house is empty again as we peacefully go to sleep. Waking up the next morning, our families are gone, and its back to the old grind.


holiday bluesHow did Christmas turn into a slightly depressing after party? We at the local deli are all about completing the celebration! The holidays are a happy time full of friends, family, and food! Just because December 25th is over, doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Here are a few tips to avoid the holiday blues this season!

  1. Send out Christmas cards. This increasingly archaic way to express heartfelt thanks to our friends is unfortunately dying out in the Smartphone age. Its too easy to text these days! Take an afternoon, brew up a fresh pot of coffee, and write some thank you notes! There are still tons of cards to choose from (check your local crafty shop), making sure your personal style will really shine through! Everybody loves receiving Christmas cards, and your friends aren’t any different!
  2. Prepare for New Year’s. Just because one party is over doesn’t mean we should ignore the next! 2017 is fit to be an awesome year! We can all make some short lived resolutions, try out some cool new recipes, and get ready to par-tay! Your friends (also avoiding the holiday blues) will be excited to come for a visit, and it will be great fun. Trust us, we know how to party 🙂
  3. Call the people that couldn’t come for Christmas. The aunt who got stuck at home this year? Give her a quick call. Even though you missed the big day, family and friends really appreciate the warm wishes especially this time of year!

We could keep going on, but mostly we just want you to avoid being sad this season! And if your feeling a bit down and out, make sure and stop in for a always hot cup of soup. We struggle with the blues too. Merry Christmas and happy new year, from The Local Deli Family!

Cold: Avoid it like a Pro!

ColdCold. It happens and when your a North Idahoan (or Idahed, we’ve heard it both ways) it is immensely difficult to avoid! There is the spattering of fun winter activists. You know the lot, skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, sledding, snowman building (a contact sport in the Deli fam) and the like. While flying down a hill at a million miles an hour, or deciding on the perfect carrot for a snowman’s nose IS fun, it loses some charm when a blistering wind accidentally blows your face off.

We hate cold.

No real way around it. Being in a lakeside (Hayden almost counts) city, we always want to be on the water. Sitting peacefully in a tube drinking some ice cold suds…it doesn’t get better! Slowly boating around the lake with the breeze in your hair? Sign us up! Summer is so warm, cozy, and delicious you can almost taste the heat.

MMMM. -Sigh-

ColdI had to go make a cup of hot chocolate. Looking outside made me cold. At The Local Deli, we strive to help you battle through the winter months with our deluxe HEATED (hot, melty, warm, inviting, toasted) sandwiches. If you haven’t been by in a while, we’ve added our Community Favorites menu that has some great hot sandwiches! We also offer several delicious soups (typically different every day) that are great for sandwich dippage, or internal heat level increases. They are also super tasty! We also make sure to crank the heat a bit to keep our customers from freezing to death. No one likes to be cold, even in a sweet deli. If you are feeling a bit depressed about the cold (and lets be real we all are) make sure and stop in for some warm food. We even promise to cheer you up with a happy smile from our staff. They all understand the hazards of life outside, and will try to brighten your day just a little bit.

Don’t freeze, eat more Local Deli. Pce

~The Local Deli Team


Local Deli Catering: The Skinny Version

Local Deli CateringObviously, we love sandwiches and Local Deli Catering. Freshly baked bread with still crackling bacon, fresh veggies and some ranch dressing? Yes please. The sandwich (its been around for a while now) feels quintessentially American. The customizability, mouth-to-size ratio, and overall deliciousness all help define the sandwich as real homemade food. Yes, were a bit crazy about our food.

Just a little.

We get asked about Local Deli Catering all the time. What do we offer, how quickly can we deliver, can we color coordinate with the Bridesmaids dresses, etc. The fact is we LOVE catering. Like head over heels “yes please” kind of love! Most of the time when you contact a caterer, they need a huge time notice, and really stress all the details of how/where to put their food. They need heat elements, electrical wires, and -fill in the blank- stuff. In a nutshell, the catering element of your event creates additional stress as you now have to manage what they are supposed to be doing behind the scenes!

It sucks.

Local Deli Cateringwith Local Deli catering, we really strive to make the event about what is important! Our food will arrive, immensely tasty, (just ask our Facebook fans) and ready to go. No need to worry about electrical wires or heat, it will be ready to go! If you have your own special glass plate you NEED to use, no worries! We will happily get your tasty sandwiches on there! Rather not worry about the materials? We have you covered again! We strive to make catering EASY.

All of us at The Local Deli love to party (par-tay between friends. More music, food and drinking then your average “party.” Come to a First Friday if your interested in learning how to par-tay). Events planning should be about the fun connecting with friends! At your next event, give The Local Deli a shot at your catering. Shelley and Emily love picking food choices and matching doilies to protein types (PRO TIP: everything goes great with bacon). Next time you have a family get together, party to plan, or wedding food to get without breaking the bank, let The Local Deli Catering team help you out! With our help, you might even have time to enjoy your event as a visible hostess!

Talk soon, and Par-tay on!

~The Local Deli Team

welcome to our blog

Welcome to our Blog!

Welcome to our Blog!

welcome to our blog

Welcome to our blog! Like our grand opening, we are excited to start communicating our company mission through our blog. We will also include give aways, helpful advice, catering information, and local events info! In this first post, we want to give you a little local deli lore! Several years ago our owner Shelly was the manager/franchisee of Caruso’s Deli in Hayden. Rather then change the menu to include pizza, she decided to focus on her delicious deli sandwiches. Years later (AKA the present) we offer a whole plethora of delicious soups, sides, and sandwiches, all with The Local Deli personal touches!

Moving forward, we are super excited to be opening our next restaurant in Rathdrum! It is a direct growth from the amazing support we have had from our Hayden customers!

So what is The Local Deli About? I mean, obviously we love tasty food, however what is our real mission? The Local Deli loves our employees. Creating jobs (especially in our current economy) is a real part of Shelly’s vision for The Local Deli locations. Helping out local families with stable reliable work brings us great pride, and we love seeing locals succeed! We are also about our community! The Local Deli supports tons of local organizations and fund raisers by providing great catering options for events and get togethers! Shelly deeply believes in giving back, and it shows in our commitment to the community!

We plan to start regular blogging so make sure and check back! Who knows, we might do a few killer give aways! If you have a question for us, or would like the Deli’s thoughts on current events, don’t feel afraid to email us! We don’t bite and love to hear from our great customers! Thanks for listening and we look forward to your feedback in the near future! Talk again soon!

~The Local Deli Team