Black History Month: A Conversation with Dawn Moore of Boda-Bee and the Mighty Oats

How did you start baking? 

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I started baking when I was a child; I would help my grandmother make Christmas cookies. The smell of fresh baked cookies was the best thing ever!  I must admit I was better at eating the dough than waiting for the cookies to bake though.  When I was a teenager I began baking more on my own, and coming up with my own recipes. 

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What role did baking play in your upbringing? 

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Baking was an expression of love in our household. Whenever there was a celebration, a special occasion, or even if we were feeling a bit down, baking something sweet was a way to show our love. 

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What was your biggest baking faux pas? 

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My first attempt at making biscuits was a disaster! They came out flat, hard, and barely edible. This was way before the internet, I didn’t follow my mother’s recipe, and I forgot to use cold butter. Yeah, those were some sad biscuits. 

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What is your favorite item to bake? 

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I still love baking granola snacks, but two years ago I made my first strawberry tart, and it’s now one of my favorite things to bake.

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If you were a pastry what you be and why? 

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I absolutely love choux cream puffs! Although it can look unassuming and simple on the outside, the perfect choux cream puff is light, not too sweet, and tastes heavenly. I like things that exceed expectations—I’m always rooting for the underdog.

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What would you say your business specializes in? 

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We specialize in small batch gourmet granola, granola bars, granola chocolate bark, and other specialty oat snacks.

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What is the best way for customers to place orders?

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Customers can order online at bodabeemightyoats.com. Special orders can also be made by contacting us directly through the website.

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Is there any information you want customers to know about your business?  

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We pride ourselves on creating bold flavors using simple ingredients. Baked fresh every week, our granola is made with a lot of love and care.

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