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October 2014 A Note from Marcy


Montreal Bagels, hot and fresh from a wood oven or your own home oven. Just use my secret recipe from A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking

Dear Bakers and Friends,

Free Montreal Bagel recipe from Marcy Goldman and the New York Times!

I don’t generally send out extra missives but this New York Times Food Magazine mention of my famous Montreal Bagel Recipe is worth crowing about. My Montreal bagel feature was originally featured in the New  York Times way back in 1987 and clearly, it still is in a holding pattern. (You’ll notice my last name was different too!).

Now that the weather’s colder, it’s a great time to make Montreal Bagels. I’m also sharing a preview of November’s recipes with an amazing Lentil Soup. I may bake sweet indulgences but my daily food style is flavorfully healthy. This Lentil Soup is designed to be especially high-fiber and hi-protein. It’s packed with spice and heat and one bowl satisfies you body and soul.

Please also note that I won't be accepting anymore subscriptions to BB (for recipe archives) until sometime in 2015, due to pending website redesign and the new book launch. So, all's ashore who's going ashore....

Enjoy – and see you in November with a new issue of BB.

Free Soup!
Red Lentil Arugula Spice Soup

Free Bagels
Montreal Bagels

Marcy Goldman
Author, Master Baker
est. 1997




It's the Great Pumpkin Issue of, starting with FREE Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Caramel Sticky Buns, plus Pumpkin Pie Latte and more, like incredible Pendelton Pie. When you're a baker, October is all treat, no tricks - just sublime food. Enjoy!

(p.s. Last call for the $19.99 BB Recipe Archive Special)

Dear Friends and Fellow Bakers,

Welcome to the Great Pumpkin month and all the great pumpkin baking that goes with it!

I don’t know why it is but I totally adore pumpkins, both as part of my house décor and in so much of my baking. As for the former, each year, around mid-September through to the end of October, I start assembling or collecting both real pumpkins and whatever interesting crafty pumpkins I can find at Home Sense, Pier 1 or Etsy. There's also white pumpkins lately and in some parts, a special Pink Pumpkin over at that benefits a special Breast Cancer research.  I just really enjoy creating pumpkin-esque environments and surprising friends who drop by. In addition, I strategically place pumpkin candles (along with vanilla, cinnamon, and incredible Pumpkin Peach from all through my home. Pumpkin Pie Spice Tea is always on the boil or sometimes a nice Pumpkin Pie Latte.  To me, fall is so darned good; October is one of my favorite months in so many ways. It’s rife with hospitality and a sense of cozying up which makes it perfect for baking.

I don’t know about you but September disappears in the holidays as well as back-to-school, back-to-life scheduling. The balmy weather around here also makes me feel it’s still summer but there’s the autumn schedule one has to tend to. As warm as it may be, there are still leaves to rake and house-y things to deal with as the seasons change, no matter how warm the temperatures. Plus like many of you, I want to harvest and bake it all!
Seasonally, my appetite also changes and I appreciate homey, simple baking as well as tons of soups and lots of spice, both sweet and savory. On a random but nice food note, I’ve just discovered, as a thyroid person (those who have it get it) that one of the foods I should avoid is kale! And here it is, October lst, National Kale Day!  From now on, I’ll be using spinach whenever recipes call for kale. (Does anyone remember that once kale was used just to decorate salad bars? Who knew it was edible? Ok – I jest. I like kale fair enough but it’s nice to know I can now avoid it if I choose to).

Some notes  -

$1.99 for my E-Books! Limited Time

When Bakers Cook, A Passion for Baking Bargain Time!
$1.99 on Kindle Countdown starting October 2! (that's tomorrow!)

When Bakers Cook (link put in your browser)

A Passion for Baking (link/put in your browser)

Love and Ordinary Things (my poetry book) (link)

I have three (!) Kindle Countdowns starting tomorrow, October 2nd through October 4th) for When Bakers Cook, A Passion for Baking and and my poetry book, Love and Ordinary Things (which at $.99 is a steal of a deal). For a limited time you can get When Bakers Cook or A Passion for Baking on Kindle for $1.99 (it goes up a little each day until the end of the promotion). Don't forget - if you have another device, there's a free Kindle App for it (such as Kindle for Ipad).

Just remember, the first day of a Kindle Countdown is the best deal for any book. After the first day, the price goes incrementally each day. $19.99 Subscription Special

And as I am working creating the new BB website, this is the last time this year and perhaps for awhile, that I can offer the BB $19.99 special which gives you full access the site’s recipes (over 2500 recipes).  To have the BB special, just email $19.99 to via (You can also add on to your current subscription). I also would like to advise you that the recipe Pay-by-Recipe option is being discontinued as I create the new website of

Please enjoy an (almost) all-pumpkin recipe collection this month as well as the beautiful Banana Chocolate Chip Scones and too-good-to-save-it for Thanksgiving, Pendelton Pie. For those celebrating Thanksgiving, as well as looking for break-the-fast recipes, there’s a ton of more, great recipes in my BB Recipe Archives.

Warm wishes for Yom Kippur, Halloween, and Canadian Thanksgiving and as always, happy baking.

Marcy Goldman
Master Baker, Author
Est. 1997

To see the all the October recipes of the month, go to

October 2014 Recipe Collection
Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes
Home Blend Pumpkin Pie Spice FREE
Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Caramel Sticky Buns FREE
Sarah Rouah's Doah Spice
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Bread
Country Style Buttermilk Bread Free
Pumpkin 'n Brown Sugar Scones Pumpkin Scones
Pumpkin Pie Latte FREE  
Pumpkin Pie Spice Yeasted Donuts
Pumpkin Spice Cake Donuts

Plus Some Non-Pumpkin Treats!
Caramel Apple Cake
Pendelton Pie
Banana Chocolate Chip Scones




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