The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are beginning to drop, and the thirst for pumpkin spice lattes, and the hunt for sweaters is becoming more and more real as Fall fast approaches.
Thinking about autumn can bring about some pleasant thoughts. And while it is common to think about cozy scarves and delicious pies, the symbolic meanings of autumn are more profound than you may think.
This year, the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere takes place on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. This is the day when nighttime and daytime are of equal length. (It also happens to be the birthday of our webmaster.) It is closely followed by the weekend, giving us the perfect chance to take part in autumnal equinox celebrations.
Fall may very well be the best time for self-reflection, awareness, and mindfulness. To see what we mean, here are the seven symbolic meanings of the autumn equinox:
As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, "The only constant is change." Autumn reminds us that our bodies, minds, and surroundings are always developing. It focuses on the impermanence of life, emphasizing how vital it is to embrace the present. By doing so, we can savor what we have before it is gone.
In the same vein as protection, comfort is strongly symbolized by fall. This season is prime time for seeking comfort in the midst of dropping temperatures. Creating a serene and snug space is one of the best perks of autumn, after all. It also gives you a chance to learn about what makes you feel warm and safe.
Thanks to the changing nature of life, each and every day presents us with new mysteries. The crisp fall air and changing leaves personify these unknowns. And once we accept those unknowns, we have more capacity to live life to the fullest. After all, it's quite comforting to realize that we are all in the same boat.
4. Letting Go
As temperatures drop to the tune of leaves falling, autumn illustrates the beauty of letting go. This season demonstrates death in an alluring, fascinating way. However, it doesn't have to be considered morbid or morose. Instead, we can apply the concept of death to our inner egos and patterns of greed and pride. The idea of letting go also stresses the temporary nature of everything around us.
Day and night are the same length during the autumnal equinox. As a result, ancient cultures have always associated this day with the concept of balance. The sun also enters Libra, which is symbolized by a pair of balanced scales. Autumn grants us a chance to harmonize with the Earth and tap into the balance within us.
As summer morphs into autumn, we exercise self-protection by wearing layers and thicker fabrics. We also tend to focus on our health by boosting our immunity through habits and nutrition. Ultimately, autumn doubles as practice for heightened awareness of your self and surroundings.
Autumn represents the preservation of life and its basic necessities. During this time, animals prepare for the winter by storing food and creating cozy hibernation spaces. Farmers work on their fall harvest by collecting a reserve of crops. We also tend to retreat indoors and focus on cultivating a safe and comforting home.
The Birth of a Nation!
Mexican Independence Day: September 16th.
Contrary to popular belief, Mexican Independence Day does not fall on May 5th. While Mexico won a battle that day, it did not win its independence. That wouldn’t happen until September 16th, 1810, which is the nation’s actual birthday. But unlike the U.S., which celebrates Independence Day exclusively on July 4th, Mexico takes two days to celebrate. Viva Mexico!
The celebration starts on the night of September 15th, when the current president gives “El Grito de Dolores” at 11 p.m. And of course, the day of the 16th is a festive one, filled with parades, food and parties.
In honor of Mexican Independence Day, Chef Don Ramsey (our webmaster) has crafted a recipe for his favorite Mexican sandwich:
The Ultimate Mexican Sandwich
Tortas are the ultimate Mexican sandwich; they're fast, nutritious and delicious! The bread for tortas is extremely important! You can't go wrong with our crusty sourdough medium boules or bâtards for this special sandwich.
Ingredients: Pork Carnitas (Mexican slow-cooked pulled pork), refried beans (slathered on the roll to prevent it from getting too soggy), on a Rêver Artisan Bakery™ French sourdough demi baguette or medium boule, drowned in a spicy chili de árbol red sauce. A Mexican "French Dip" sandwich!
AN EXCLUSIVE RECIPE WRITTEN JUST FOR OUR CUSTOMERS
This recipe is my attempt to replicate the original Torta Ahogadas (the original recipe is a secret), and duplicate the tastes that I remember from a one year trip to Guadalajara about 18 years ago. I had an authentic Torta Ahogada, and loved itI There are many variations that reflects an urban area of 6 million people that have grown too big for just one version of this emblematic sandwich. I encourage you to try it, and if you like it, go ahead and offer it up to your friends and family on Mexico’s Independence Day (September 16th).
September the 28th is German Sandwich Day! Germans like to open German Sandwich Day with Butterbrot — that German cultural open faced titan sandwich. Starting the celebration that way feels ceremonial.
But they do sometimes like to make it a little more hefty. Here again, they start with the bread. Then they pick their favorite fillers: meats, cheeses, vegetables, sauerkraut, pickles, more cheese, potatoes, more meat, mustard, more pickles. They stack that thing up like Dagwood Bumstead and make a Butterbrot for the true gourmand. Guten Appetit!
Döner und Blitzen?
The most popular sandwich in Germany is not even German, it's Turkish! Regardless of the fame of the butterbrot, it seems that Germans can’t get enough of the Döner Kebab.
The Döner is a Turkish creation of meat, often lamb, but not necessarily so, that is seasoned, stacked in a cone shape, and cooked slowly on a vertical rotisserie. As the outer layers of the meat cooks, it's shaved off and served in a pita or other flatbread with vegetables and sauce. Döner is the "mother," as it were, of the Arabic shawarma, Mexican al pastor, and the popular Greek gyros.
Although the sliced meat can be served on a platter with rice and cooked vegetables, it's most popular as a sandwich eaten as fast street food. You might find tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, red onion, or pickles inside the sandwich, and the sauce might be a Greek yogurt-based tzatziki or a Middle Eastern tahini.
In celebration of German Sandwich Day, Chef Don Ramsey (our webmaster) has crafted a recipe for the most popular sandwich in Germany:
The Ultimate German Sandwich!
DON'S DöNER KEBAB
Since most home chefs don't have giant rotisseries, my recipe shares two different ways you can get similar results in your home kitchen. It also includes recipes for two of the best sauces to serve with this sandwich: Greek tzatziki and Middle Eastern tahini.
Ingredients: Thin strips of slow roasted kabobs or lamb meatloaf, with a salad of lettuces, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, thinly sliced pickle, drizzled with the sauce of your choice, and loaded onto a Rêver Artisan Bakery™ parbaked pizza crust and folded over. A sandwich doesn't get much better than that!
In Celebration of the month of September, we have searched the web to find exceptional sandwich recipes to get our customers excited about Fall!
All of the following recipes can be made with our Rêver Artisan Bakery™ French breads and sandwich loaves.
Fall Sandwich Recipes
Mouthwatering sandwiches crafted to get you excited about the Fall!
Sandwiches: Magnificent and humble all at once. Just because it’s famous for its lunch act doesn’t mean it won’t translate seamlessly into an evening meal. With a focus on fall ingredients and hearty fare, there’s a sandwich here for everyone, whether you’re an aficionado of meaty sliders, need to quell a fierce Italian sub craving or are ready to head into the open-faced world with an open face sandwich. Step away from the ham and cheese, and try our favorite sandwiches crafted to get you excited about Fall.
MUENSTER, CABBAGE, MUSTARD, AND APPLE
NOTHING SAYS FALL LIKE APPLES!
Choose a firm, tart apple, such as Granny Smith or Jonathan, to use for the filling in these sandwiches. These varieties will hold their shape when cooked and won’t break down and create a mushy filling.
ROASTED BEET WITH CHIVE RICOTTA
NOTHING SAYS FALL LIKE BEETS!
When first assembled, these sandwiches are magenta and white. Overnight, they set up nicely and the creamy ricotta gets a pink hue from the beets. Chives are delicate and enhance the ricotta, but green onions would make a tasty, slightly more robust substitution.
OPEN-FACE BEEF SANWICHES
NOTHING SAYS FALL LIKE ARUGULA
A little heat from the Jalapeño, some sweetness from the honey, and the distinct peppery spark of arugula -- it's hard to believe that such a cleverly combined gourmet sandwich starts with a few humble slices of leftover pot roast.
PUMPKIN SMASH TOAST WITH GOAT CHEESE
NOTHING SAYS FALL LIKE PUMPKINS!
Swap the avocado on your toast for mashed pumpkin and add some goat cheese, dried cherries and toasted pecans for a colorful, seasonal, sweet and savory lunch, vibrant first course or anytime snack.
"LITTLE OWL" GRAVY MEATBALL SLIDERS
NOTHING SAYS FALL LIKE SLIDERS!
Joey Campanaro's gravy meatball sliders are one of NYC’s most enduring dishes. It includes a Sunday gravy that dresses the sliders, which Joey says smells like Sunday morning at his house. Order our small boules, and you can skip making the bread yourself.
COMFORTING AND CLASSIC ITALIAN SUB
NOTHING SAYS FALL LIKE COMFORT FOOD
Charleston chef Craig Deihl is one of our many charcuterie heroes. Replicate this ultra-satisfying sandwich in your own kitchen and take home the title of Sandwich Master. The AMS sub sauce simply cannot be best!
FIG AND CRISPY CHICKEN SKIN NUM PANG
NOTHING SAYS FALL LIKE FIGS!
Move over, bánh mì — there’s a new Asian sandwich in town! Spicy soy–glazed juicy, ripe figs and salty, crackly fried chicken skin. Just the skin, not the chicken: A substitute for bacon! Total sandwich nirvana!
GRILLED TURKEY, CRANBERRY & BRIE
NOTHING SAYS FALL LIKE CRANBERRIES!
Make this sandwich with thick slices of roasted turkey breast, sweet and tart cranberry jam, fresh spinach, and rich and creamy brie between two beautiful slices of your favorite Rêver Artisan Bakery™ Sandwich bread. The great thing is that you can make it yourself any time of year.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH, AND PICKLED BEETS
NOTHING SAYS FALL LIKE SQUASH
This meatless veggie sandwich is loaded with sweet roasted butternut squash steaks, crisp baby sprouts, briny pickled beets, creamy avocado, and a tangy cilantro and chive homemade yogurt spread!
Our September, 2018 Specials
For the entire month of September, you can enjoy our Rêver Artisan Bakery™ French sourdough demi- baguettes and bâtards for $1 off! Perfect for making Mexican Torta Ahogados, for Mexican Independence day, using our exclusive recipe.
For the entire month of September, you can enjoy our Rêver Artisan Bakery™ 4 of our par-baked French bread pizza crust for $1 off! Perfect for making the ultimate German sandwich for German Sandwich Day: Don's Döner Kebab!
To order our Rêver Artisan Bakery™ French sourdough demi- baguettes, medium boules, and 4 par-baked French bread pizza crusts at $1 off, please use the form below.
Another September 2018 Special
Treat your relatives or friends to some baked-to-order goodness. A Gift Certificate is a great way for them to sample our products risk free.
$10 Gift Certificate for $8!
$25 Gift Certificate for $20!
During the Month of July we will be discounting our Gift Certificates to give new customers a chance to sample our products. (This special is valid for new customers only, and as always, comes with risk free guarantee!) To take advantage of this special, just use the form below.