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Mar 9, 2011

by kittykatherine

Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit job training program and kitchen incubator, is fighting the good fight by providing low-income women with necessary skills for successful careers in the food biz. And business is growing.

Hot Bread Kitchen recently moved into its own space and hired a full-time Chief Bread Officer, a cute title for a big job. The CBO, with a team of volunteers, teaches their paid workforce how to bake quality bread on a large scale and oversees the production of Hot Bread Kitchen’s multi-ethnic bread line. Inspired by their bakers’ backgrounds, HBK sells crispy lavash, delicious tortillas, nutty granola and more. At the moment there are 18 bakers (21 have gone through the program) and the goal is to have 80 by the year’s end. Each receives English and management classes.


Photo courtesy of Hot Bread Kitchen

Jessamyn Waldman and staff conduct a corn grinding tutorial.

The idea for Hot Bread Kitchen came to Jessamyn Waldman, the founder and CEO, years back. While in her public policy job, she worked at Daniel’s Bakery for two years and acquired the baking know-how she’d need to launch HBK. When HBK finally did launch, New York embraced both her vision and her product.

Hot Bread Kitchen was kind enough to share a recipe for chilaquiles. It’s best with tortillas you either make yourself or buy from HBK.


Photo courtesy of Hot Bread Kitchen

Hot Bread Kitchen’s Chilaquiles Verdes
While chilaquiles are traditionally eaten for breakfast, at Hot Bread Kitchen we love them for lunch or light supper. This version uses salsa verde, but try the same technique with your favorite salsa.

12 tortillas cut into 8 triangles and left out to dry
½ lb tomatillos, paper removed and washed
3 poblano chiles, roasted, skinned and seeded
3 tbsp cilantro and/or epazote, chopped
½ cup onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup vegetable broth

1. Heat oil on medium high heat. Fry tortilla pieces until golden, but remove before they brown.

2. Place tomatillos in a pot and cover with cold water. Boil for 10-15 minutes until soft. Drain.

3. Combine tomatillos, poblanos, herbs, onion and salt in a blender. Mix until a liquid forms.

4. Heat oil in a large saucepan and add the tomatillo liquid. Heat for 5 minutes, then add broth and return to a boil. Stir to prevent sticking.

5. Stir in tortilla pieces and cook over medium heat.  Keep stirring for 5-8 minutes until tortillas are soft. Liquid should be absorbed.

Top with a selection of your favorites: queso fresco, crema (Mexican sour cream), chopped onion, avocado slices, radish, fried or boiled egg, or shredded chicken or beef.

Solid Oak  Tortilla Press
Solid Oak Tortilla Press
Colorful Lidded Basket- Ranch Cabin
Colorful Lidded Basket- Ranch Cabin
Vintage Cast Iron Tortilla Press -- 6 1/2 Inch
Vintage Cast Iron Tortilla Press -- 6 1/2 Inch


  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 5 years ago

    What a fabulous concept! And your bread looks amazing - congrats!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 5 years ago


  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 5 years ago

    You had me at BREAD! I love the vision of Hot Bread Kitchen! Wonderful idea!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 5 years ago

    Loved the article!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 5 years ago

    Lovely story! mmm :)

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 5 years ago

    Fabulous and yummy concept!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful project! The recipe is great and the bread looks yummy!

  • ruthiebell

    ruthiebell said 5 years ago

    mmm..sounds awesome and a great cause!

  • 79Mindy

    79Mindy said 5 years ago

    wonderful and inspiring

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin said 5 years ago

    I love bread. What a wonderful idea. Great to see what you can do when you put your heart and mind together.

  • emmarts

    emmarts said 5 years ago


  • AliceCouture

    AliceCouture said 5 years ago

    Yummy ^_^ I'm really hungry!!!!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 5 years ago

    Yum!!! I havent had breakfast and this would be such a great "right before lunch" yummy!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 5 years ago

    keep the great recipes coming!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    I am fall in love all breads :) hot one id ideal for me ;) Thanks ! Usually all weekend i am cooking handmade bread at home and with cheese is super :)

  • FunksByRaloo

    FunksByRaloo said 5 years ago

    oh my, I'm feeling hungry ;))

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 5 years ago

    That gives me a warm fuzzy feeling AND a craving for some good bread! There's nothing better than baking with my son. Warm bread makes people feel loved and happy.

  • SacredSymbolStudios

    SacredSymbolStudios said 5 years ago

    Awesome to hear a story about a venture that helps so many people. Hot Bread Kitchen Rocks!

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 5 years ago

    what an incredible story, and how great that these women are being empowered with knowledge and experience. thank you for sharing the recipe, and god speed to the program.

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 5 years ago

    Mouthwatering as usual Kitty!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Yummy! =)

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 5 years ago

    Always a great read, & inspiration to cook! Thank you!

  • CovetedVintage

    CovetedVintage said 5 years ago

    What an amazing and admirable program. I applaud HBK for its forward-thinking efforts, I'm confident these social vested interests will continue to earn them loyal support and hopefully more program of this type are developed. A heartfelt thank you for highlighting these amazing people. And I LOVE LOVE chilaquiles. Have a great day :)

  • saralim

    saralim said 5 years ago

    endearing. great story!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 5 years ago

    yum! i wanna chow down on some tomatillos with cilantro :)

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 5 years ago

    Did somebody say YUM! This is a great project.

  • Joyousworld

    Joyousworld said 5 years ago

    Sounds like a wonderful thing Very positive!...I'm going to try that receipe thanks:)

  • MonikaDesign

    MonikaDesign said 5 years ago

    That's great article about helping to people and of course about good bread!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 5 years ago

    What a great story and thanks for taking the time to post it. I wish all these women the best of luck in their endeavours. Gary

  • ajbcreations

    ajbcreations said 5 years ago

    Great article, I swear I can almost smell the bread baking! :)

  • Secondchancecreation

    Secondchancecreation said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story!

  • robinseggbleunest

    robinseggbleunest said 5 years ago

    Great story. The sharing of bread is so important on every level.

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 5 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    What a great story. The making and sharing of bread is the basis of our communities.

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful story. Keep up the good work.

  • aynart

    aynart said 5 years ago

    i LOVE fresh bread! local bakeries and baking at home is under appreciated by most!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 5 years ago

    Oh....thanks for the recipe. Everything looks so good.

  • pinkpurr

    pinkpurr said 5 years ago

    I'm a fanatic bread baker myself. Never thought I would be due to the fear of having a "bread basket" (ya know) but one day on the way back from my son's swimming lesson, to our amazement a neighbor had left a brand new bread machine on the curb for the taking! We decided to rescue this baby from the landfill, shook out an earwig or two (he he) and looked up the instructions on line! The rest is history! Since then, we just throw in the ingredients and let the convect oven do the baking... never seizes to amaze me the results from just mixing flour, water, salt and yeast. It's so basic and my young son gets to see the magic and enjoy! Great article and wishing all these ladies the best of luck!

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane said 5 years ago

    Yummy...everything looks amazing...great concept!

  • missfruitfly

    missfruitfly said 5 years ago

    Chilaquiles! Love them!

  • tiedyejedi

    tiedyejedi said 5 years ago

    Wonderful cause, and now my mouth is watering. I'm absolutely going to have to try that recipe.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    your buns are hot

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 5 years ago

    I love bread! Great post!

  • nightlight

    nightlight said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful idea and helping women is so great! So positive. Keep up the great life changing program. darcell

  • AWishForYou

    AWishForYou said 5 years ago

    Wonderful concept - turning out bakers is better than turning out bread. Fantastic.

  • inediblejewelry

    inediblejewelry said 5 years ago

    Great idea, and a great recipe to boot!

  • NateWhittaker

    NateWhittaker said 5 years ago

    ooo yummy. I might have to make this recipe. Thanks!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 5 years ago

    What a great idea. Homemade is always the best way to go.

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 5 years ago

    Yummy--I'm heading to the kitchen! Thank you for sharing!

  • beatyboutique

    beatyboutique said 5 years ago

    Yum, Chilaquiles!

  • Paper2Roses

    Paper2Roses said 5 years ago

    Yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 5 years ago

    Such a great program!

  • Jungle

    Jungle said 5 years ago

    I should totally eat breakfast before getting on etsy. Soooooo hungry!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 5 years ago

    Dangerous to read at dinner time! Great article.

  • rockfern

    rockfern said 5 years ago

    Now I know what I am having for dinner! Awesome article :)

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan said 5 years ago

    Oh, Yum! And a great enterprise to help people!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 5 years ago


  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 5 years ago


  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 5 years ago

    Wow- delicious... feeling so peckish now! What a fantastic cause, so empowering for these women. Love it.

  • SailThouForth

    SailThouForth said 5 years ago

    What an amazing program! Oh, how I love bread! The chilaquiles recipe sounds delectable. I will definitely have to try it!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 5 years ago

    who knew you could order pretzel bread on etsy?! +luv the recipe share!

  • theeclecticeel

    theeclecticeel said 5 years ago

    wunderbar!! <3

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    Reminds me of a former bakery coop in a college town years ago but with a farther reach. Beautiful.

  • LakotaLuck

    LakotaLuck said 5 years ago

    Terrific article!

  • Simag

    Simag said 5 years ago

    LOVED the article!

  • 1herosmom

    1herosmom said 5 years ago

    Loved the story....continued success!

  • trixiebernard

    trixiebernard said 5 years ago

    Yum, delicious article!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 5 years ago

    Great article!!!!!!

  • armcandyforyou

    armcandyforyou said 5 years ago

    oh my mouth is already watering seeing all the yummies:)

  • ploverdesign

    ploverdesign said 5 years ago

    Awesome project! Very inspiring, keep up the good work! =)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    A wonderful program and who doesn't love bread baking.

  • BellabellaIsabella

    BellabellaIsabella said 5 years ago

    Wow!! Such a wonderful program improving the lives of women & inevitably the future of their families. Now that's awesome!

  • PeaceMealDesign

    PeaceMealDesign said 5 years ago

    I met the lead baker in San Francisco when she was visiting Mission Pie and was so impressed by this project! AMAZING! Congrats, congrats.

  • exclusivelyhannah

    exclusivelyhannah said 5 years ago

    wished i lived in NY! would totally love to try their yummy baked goods! :D

  • hagitzehavi

    hagitzehavi said 5 years ago


  • PixelGallery

    PixelGallery said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great recipe.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 5 years ago


  • bmused

    bmused said 5 years ago

    Yummm! Truly inspiring! I'm definitely going to have to try out that recipe!

  • poedra

    poedra said 5 years ago

    delish post!

  • jcwnorfolk

    jcwnorfolk said 5 years ago

    So yummy and interesting! Love homemade bread and I am always baking! What a rewarding way to live. I used to teach preschoolers how to make pizza with my homemade dough and it was always their fave!

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 5 years ago

    This was great! More Eatsy posts please :)

  • BreakinGlass

    BreakinGlass said 5 years ago

    Great story... now I'm hungry!!

  • paulahiga

    paulahiga said 5 years ago

    I am craving for this!!!!

  • VintageLoot

    VintageLoot said 5 years ago

    Delicious looking. No gluten for me :-(

  • SoaperieMaindeNature

    SoaperieMaindeNature said 5 years ago

    What a great idea you had to help the community and ensure a great must be very satisfying.

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 5 years ago

    Wow! Inspiring story! Made me hungry though!

  • vakvar

    vakvar said 5 years ago

    STARVING! I love this story! It's brilliant! Thanks for the post.

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill said 5 years ago


  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 5 years ago

    What an impressive organization! Bread has had such a healing, nourishing role in human society since ancient times. Learning to make homemade bread is on my soon-list!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 5 years ago

    This is making me hungry! : ) Great Group!

  • faithnhope10

    faithnhope10 said 5 years ago

    Everything looks soooo yummy!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    I spent 11 happy years getting up at stupid o'clock in the morning to work at a bakery. Trouble is, although I can make bread of various kinds, I can only do it 56lbs of flour at a time... which isn't a lot of help in an average kitchen! You never get immune to the smell of fresh bread though...

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 5 years ago


  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 5 years ago

    Genius Idea! Innovation Award! Congrats :) Stay Inspired Lovelies, Mary Serantoni SERANTONI Designs

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 5 years ago

    Very cool! I have always wondered how do you mail the bread without it going mouldy?

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 5 years ago

    Sounds amazing and for a great cause =)

  • SeasonsGleanings

    SeasonsGleanings said 5 years ago

    Hearing about this inspiring and empowering model makes my heart glad, and renews my hope for the world. Makes me wish I was on the east coast!

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 5 years ago

    Late in finding this, but many thanks for sharing, Kitty! I always make my own bread. Tortillas I'll have to try.

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 5 years ago

    Have you ever had a fresh tortilla? Sweet zombie jesus they are truely amazing!

  • ColorMeVane

    ColorMeVane said 5 years ago

    I fell in love instantly with "crispy lavash, delicious tortillas", even though I have never tasted them. And! It's an amazing non-for-profit. Dreams do come true <3

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago


  • BritmericaLane

    BritmericaLane said 5 years ago

    I can almost smell the bread cooking. I love the smell of fresh bread. When I was a little girl my mother would send me to the bakery to get a loaf of bread. (It was a lot safer back then). Usually, the bread had just came out of the oven and was lovely and warm. As it wasn't sliced or in plastic bags the way they come now, by the time I had walked home with it, there was a hole in the end of the loaf. Just could not resist - lovely.

  • BellesBeader

    BellesBeader said 5 years ago

    Mmmmm....a Chief Bread Officer? Sounds like a good job to me, I can almost smell that lovely loaf!

  • BellesBeader

    BellesBeader said 5 years ago

    Mmmmm....a Chief Bread Officer? Sounds like a good job to me, I can almost smell that lovely loaf!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    Yum Yum and more Yum.

  • karensartworld

    karensartworld said 5 years ago

    Great story about a non-profit providing opportunities for women to acquire hands-on skills. I'm wondering if Hot Bread Kitchen and Jessamyn are familiar with the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation Kitchen Incubator located in the South Bronx - its website says it rents out kitchen space for startups.

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 5 years ago

    Eatsy has the best features!! Thank you, I always look forward to the eatsy features, yeah!!

  • jiang888

    jiang888 said 5 years ago

    At the moment there are 18 bakers (21 have gone through the program) and the goal is to have 80 by the year’s end. Each receives English and management classes. Microsoft InfoPath 2010

  • Simag

    Simag said 5 years ago

    Wonderful & very inspiring!!!!

  • GiftCreation

    GiftCreation said 5 years ago

    Tasty and Delicious!:)

  • paulinalopezn

    paulinalopezn from Lovelystylishthings said 4 years ago

    Great story.

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