Grammy Kaufman – clues to understanding Lloyd

The below article was originally posted on the BREAD & CIE BLOG:   Into the Hearth Of Darkness  (For those who don’t know, our very own uncle, Charles Kaufman, Writer and director of classics including WHEN NATURE CALLS, MOTHERS DAY and of brother of Lloyd Kaufman.

Uncle Charles, as we call him, is the founder of  San Diego famed bakery Bread & Cie, which is hands down the best bread, period. He has since become the Donald Trump of the Baking Industry, growing quite an empire – he’s got alot of Dough!    We follow his blog, and today we learned a lesson about our family Kaufman history…   If you too would like to learn about Grammy Kaufman, check out the below story which originally ran on the Bread & Cie blog.

The story behind Bread & Cie’s challah

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Bread and Cie challah

Bread & Cie’s six-braid challah

Even though we’re all about rustic European breads here at Bread & Cie, it’s kind of funny that one of our most popular items is challah.

Challah is a soft, sweet braided bread traditionally used for Jewish Sabbath dinners. As a Jewish person who has consumed plenty of challah over the years, I can wholeheartedly say that, yes, ours is the best. (I’m only sorry that it’s not Kosher because I can’t share it with my religious friends.)

Millie Kaufman

Grammy Kaufman

Recently, Charles mentioned that the challah recipe was his grandmother’s. I was about to  get all sentimental about it, but he stopped me. Apparently Millie Kaufman wasn’t really all that grandmotherly. She cursed. She ate raw food. She lived in Manhattan. She was no warm, fuzzy sitcom kind of grandma.

But those things sounded pretty awesome to me, so I asked Charles to tell us more about the woman responsible for the San Diego’s best challah.

1. Millie Kaufman, food pioneer

Back in the 1950s, before people worried about eating vegan and growing their own vegetables, Grammy Kaufman was buying organic and baking bread from scratch. She also followed the teachings of Scott Nearing, who (Wikipedia says) was a political activist and advocate of simple living. Millie went to Nearing retreats in Vermont, where they’d spend four hours working in the field, four hours doing something intellectual and four hours engaged in something spiritual. I think I may try to adopt this lifestyle one day.

2. Millie Kaufman, socialist

Charles was about five-years-old when he’d go to Grammy Kaufman’s apartment in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Apparently, Charles’ father was supposed to be visiting with her once a week, but instead he’d drop off his three kids and he’d go off and do his own thing in the city from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Millie had newspapers everywhere and would go on rants about politicians like Richard Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Kaufman siblings knew more about Karl Marx before they got out of elementary school than most people know about the socialist philosopher in their lifetime.

3.  Millie Kaufman, baker

In her neighborhood, which, at the time was an extension of Harlem, Millie was known as the “old lady in tennis sneakers.” She was loud and cantankerous and everyone on 103rd Street recognized her. But what temporarily calmed Millie down was feeding her grandkids. She was worried about pesticides and only served them organic meals. And along with baking fresh challah, she’s also responsible for Bread & Cie’s Seedy Multigrain.

4. Charles Kaufman, traditionalist 

Grammy Kaufman passed away when Charles was 8-years-old, but she left behind  her recipes. And once Charles got into the bread business, he experimented with the challah. Instead of making it with three braids, for instance, he made it with six. He added  poppy and sesame seeds. But everything else he kept exactly the same and that’s the challah (and brioche) that we’ve all come to love.

I asked Charles what he his grandmother might say if she knew he was selling her bread all over town.

“She’d take a taste and ask how much I was charging. And after I’d tell her she’d say ,’What, do you want to be the richest man in the cemetery?”

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Freaky Friday: Ghost Rider 2 and Fathers Day Premier

Thank god I had just bought a new pair of leather leggings, because what else do you wear to a GHOST RIDER 2: Spirit of Vengeance Party?

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Photo credit: Fangoria.com 

We had been instructed by our role model and GHOST RIDER 2 director Mark Neveldine to wear our Sunday best – Black, Leather, and or something Ghost Rider theme to the big bash FANGORIA mag was hosting at TIMES SCARE.

I thought dad and us kids should ride in on a motorcycle, with our head on fire, but then again, Nicholas Cage was going to be there, and we didn’t want to upstage the big star.  This was his moment in the spot light, Dad’s was up next, just a few hours later, when we would head to…

The New York Premier of FATHERS DAY at the Sunshine Landmark Theater.    From GR2 we all headed down to Houston st. for some more father-daughter bonding over the midnight showing of FATHERS DAY.

Dad and Mark introduced FATHERS DAY, written and directed by Astron-6  a talented Canadian group making bloody miracles on a super low budget.  There was a pretty sweet cameo by Dad, playing… you gussed it, GOD.  A typical Troma film, it’s a warm and light romantic comedy about fathers, a nice little bonding moving any child should see with his or her father.

No, that’s not how it went at all… A deranged killer and rapist is on the loose and has a taste for “Daddy meat.” One man will do any it takes to send the bastard to hell! At no more than two and a half minutes into the film, a man get his PENIS bitten off.

“The latest Troma flick “Father’s Day” is one of the schlock studio’s intentionally bad movies that succeeds a little too well.” 

-Kyle Smith at The New York Post,

Check out his review titled “Your dad will hate it too” here, from The New York Post