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Bruna’s Cheese Bread Moves From Food Truck to Cottage Bakery

“It’s a bread meant to be eaten fresh out of the oven,” says Bruna Piauí Graf, founder of Bruna’s Cheese Bread. “It can be good later, but I don’t suggest that.” Brazilian pão de queijo — or cheese bread — are savory puff pastries made with gluten-free tapioca flour and cheese. They’re served everywhere in Brazil, and now, thanks to Graf, here in Denver as well.

Graf says she started Bruna’s Cheese Bread because she couldn’t find good pão de queijo in Denver. In 2019, she used the bread as inspiration for a food truck serving Brazilian sandwiches. But when this year’s pandemic ended plans for owning the food truck, Graf turned to selling the pre-made dough as it’s often found in Brazil: frozen and ready to be baked in the oven.

Pão de queijo originated in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The key ingredient, tapioca flour, comes from the yuca plant found there. Yuca, different from yucca, is a starchy tuber long used by Brazilian indigenous peoples to make bread. The process of extracting the flour involves peeling and grating the tuber, soaking it and letting it dry. When colonizers brought enslaved African people to the area, they learned to use the leftover tapioca starch to make their own bread, subsidizing the meager food they were given.

Years later, in the 19th century, Minas Gerais became known for producing a hard, salty Minas cheese. The cheese, plus milk and eggs, were added to the pão de queijo recipe, and it soon became a national delicacy.

Graf started making cheese bread here in Denver in 2019.

Graf started making cheese bread here in Denver in 2019.

Courtesy of Bruna’s Cheese Bread

Graf remembers eating pão de queijo while growing up in Barau, Brazil. “I would always go with my friends and family as a teenager to this [cafe], and

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30 Best Fall Dinner Ideas From Short Rib Chili to Sausage Lasagna to Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

As the temperatures begin to drop, a warm, homemade meal may be just what you need. Cozy up in your kitchen and make your family one of these loving recipes this fall. From a simple bowl of chicken noodle soup to a slow-cooker pork shoulder with brown sugar and balsamic glaze, you’re guaranteed to find a dish right for the occasion.

Making the most of the fall harvest, we’ve included a series of recipes featuring the freshest produce you can currently find at the market like: butternut squash, apples, and pumpkin. Don’t forget to make enough to save leftovers for the next day’s lunch—you won’t regret it.

Whether you’re looking to whip something up in under 30 minutes or are able to dedicate a couple of hours to make a ridiculously tender pork shoulder, you’re sure to find something you’ll like among these fall dinner ideas we’ve gathered up for you.

1. Simplest Chicken Noodle Soup

Sometimes all you need is a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup for the soul. This one only features two main ingredients—chicken and extra-wide egg noodles—that are perfectly seasoned using shmaltz (the rendered chicken fat from the homemade stock). Best of all, you can save this golden fat in a jar and refrigerate for up to five days or freeze for months for later use.

2. Souped-Up Tomato Soup

Sure to please both the kids and adults in your family, this easy, creamy tomato soup pairs perfectly with a toasty grilled cheese sandwich. This extra-tasty take on a classic tomato soup adds fire-roasted tomatoes, peppers, and caramelized onions for an enhanced depth of flavors.

3. Green Chile & Chicken Posole Soup

Typically eaten during special occasions like New Year’s Eve, this delicious Mexican soup calls for a celebration whenever it’s made. When making this

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