A Cozy Restaurant in Vermont

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Bakery Lane Soup Bowl was a small restaurant in Middlebury, Vermont many years ago.  I have loved this book since I bought it in 1976, but I’m not sure what years the restaurant was open.  When I googled it, I found many comments from people who remember the restaurant with great fondness.  Most said how they loved that it was a cozy place specializing in soups and breads that all tasted like they were from a grandmother’s kitchen.  I can highly recommend the fresh tomato bisque.  It’s one of my favorite soups to make when I have my summer garden tomatoes.

The book contains only about one hundred recipes, but as you turn each page, all you want to do is go into the kitchen and start cooking.  One of the reviewers mentioned that he still makes the dark wheat bread, which I don’t know why I haven’t made yet – it sounds heavenly!  It uses almost all coffee as the liquid, and includes cornmeal, honey, and stone-ground whole wheat flour.  I love breads that you can really sink your teeth into, and this one sounds like a winner.  There is also “Mary Murphy’s Swedish Rye Bread” with anise and fennel seeds, grated orange rind, and molasses – and it makes 3 loaves!

At the beginning of the dessert chapter, the authors claim their desserts are worth the calories.  Believe them!  From the reviews I read online, the fresh apple cake with caramel icing was mentioned as a favorite, as was the French chocolate cake.  I have made several of the cookies, which were wonderful.  I was happy to read that their recipe for pie crust is made with part lard, which makes the best pie crust.  I recently read in one of the food magazines that lard is making a comeback in modern kitchens.  Apparently, it’s now available from many organic farms and is supposed to be very desirable to serious cooks.

You can find this book online for various prices, so check it out.  Who can resist good homemade food?  I think you will love this charming book.  How can you resist a cookbook cover with hanging garlic, a large-looking ceramic bowl, and a little kitty in the corner?!  To get you started, the following recipe is actually the back cover of the book.  Let me know if you make it!

 

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19 Responses to A Cozy Restaurant in Vermont

  1. MsZin January 19, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Sounds like a perfect cookbook to peruse on a cold, wintery day. I’m going to have to try that apple cake. Any dessert that includes apples has to be delicious.

    You’re right about the organic lard. There’s a farm near where I live that sells it through mail order.

    http://www.fiedlerfamilyfarms.com

  2. Debbie Vanni January 19, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Let us know how the apple cake comes out! It’s sounds yummy.

  3. George Frazier October 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I opened Beafles Ice cream Parlor in 1977 in Baltimore’s Fells Pt. Bakery lane cook book was responsible for it’s carrot cake and french onion soup with vermouth. After a lifetime of cooking it has remained a treasure in my kitchen.
    Thank you Marge & Joan for giving up those sundays

  4. Debbie October 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Thank you for writing, George, and making me go back to read my own blog. I still love the cookbook and now it’s even more special after hearing your story. It also reminds me to bake that apple cake again!

  5. lisa August 10, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    i just rediscovered this cookbook in my collection. I made the corn chowder last night. my mom came back from Vermont on her way back home to florida and brought me some Vermont corn, which is so much better than our north Carolina corn …maybe it’s the soil ? it was delicious ! I’m anxious to shop for the next recipe. I grew up in Vermont and spent most of my life there. I miss all those little out of the way cozy lunch restaurants that had THE best food. Another one of my favorites is the ‘moosewood’ cookbook, from a restaurant in new York. which new York times said was one of the best of all time. definitely worth buying.
    thanks for your blog : )

    • Debbie August 10, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Thanks so much for writing, Lisa! This must have been a favorite place because I have heard from many people over the years who either had been to the restaurant or used the cookbook. I have always loved the recipes. Now I will have to go back and check out the corn chowder!

  6. Don October 29, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    My Bakery Lane cookbook many dog-eared pages and spotted pages from so much use. I bought the cookbook at the restaurant when we lived in Vermont.

    I strongly urge anyone who has the cookbook to make “Virginia’s Broccoli Soup” page 46. It’s curry flavored, but not overpoweringly so. I made some tonight now that cooler weather is upon us. Many people would go to the restaurant just for that soup.

    • Debbie October 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

      Thank you, Don! I am going to go look up that soup. It’s going to be cold here this week!

      • Nancy amos September 25, 2015 at 5:01 am #

        That Apple cake is a standby in our house – unfortunately very ” morish”!!
        Any receipe tried has been a success and now the ” go to” when needing a special dish!
        Loved the restaurant when visited in Burlington Vt. Years ago!

  7. Beth October 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    You are fortunate to have this out-of-print treasure! Would you be kind enough to consider sharing it’s recipe for Anadama Bread? Thank you so much, and also for the lovely-sounding apple cake recipe.

    • Debbie October 30, 2015 at 7:59 am #

      Hi Beth! I am emailing you the recipe!

  8. Zoe Loring January 8, 2017 at 6:42 am #

    I would also love the Anadama Bread recipe. Would you email it to me, as well.

    Thank you very much!!!

    • Debbie January 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

      Hi Zoe – Check your email. I just sent it!

  9. Phyllis November 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    I NEED the recipe for corn chowder. I have the cookbook, in fact I have two of them, but am in New Zealand. Hopefully someone will see this today.

    • Debbie November 15, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

      Hi Phyllis- I wish I could send you the corn chowder recipe but I no longer have the cookbook. It was lost in the flood that destroyed almost all my cookbooks. Hopefully someone might read this who has it and will send it to you. I plan on finding the cookbook again as it was one of my favorites that I miss having.

  10. Pattie February 3, 2018 at 10:00 am #

    Greetings. I made the Vermont Cheddar Cheese soup yesterday. A favorite of mine. I bought my cookbook in October 1982 in Vermont. I can send Phyllis a photo of the Corn Chowder recipe thru you but don’t know how to get email address. I could not copy photo in here. I stumbled in here wondering if the restaurant was still there after all these years. Cheers!

    • Debbie February 5, 2018 at 9:52 am #

      Hi Pattie- I agree about the cheese soup and all the soups in this wonderful cookbook. Maybe someone who lives in Vermont can tell us if it is still open. I have found one reference from 2011 that it was still there but not the same owners. Thank you for sending me the photo and recipe through messenger the other day. I’ll be sure and pass it along to Phyllis who wrote here and asked for the recipe.

  11. Nancy May 1, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    This sounds delicious. I also keep hearing that this cookbook has The Best anadama bread recipe. I don’t know if there is anyway I can get that recipe. Thanks for your great blog.

    • Debbie May 4, 2018 at 12:39 am #

      Thank you so much, Nancy! As soon as I find the book, I will send you the Anadama Bread recipe. I remember it well!

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