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Baking Eric's Favorite Rye

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Floydm

Baking Eric's Favorite Rye

I'm still processing the sad news that long-time community member Eric Hanner has passed away and have been trying to think of fitting ways we could honor him.  Three ideas have come to mind:

  1. Baking Eric's Favorite Rye.  Eric shared many recipes and much baking wisdom, but Eric's Favorite Rye is probably the best known and carries his name.
  2. Saying a toast, a prayer, or a word of thanks to Eric.  I don't think I need to say anything more than just "taking a moment to pay tribute to him and give your blessing to his family according to whatever tradition you are a part of."  
  3. Giving a gift in Eric's honor.  Eric was always tremendously supportive when I would encourage the TFL community to perform charitable activities (see his comments here and here) and would, I believe, be honored to know that we were continuing to perform such actions in his name.

I know Eric cared about domestic poverty and hunger, so supporting an organization like Feeding America or the Salvation Army would be fitting (he was also supportive of the work we did at Mercy Corps to reduce hunger abroad).  Eric also struggled with diabetes, so a gift to an organization like the American Diabetes Association or Diabetes Action would seem a fitting tribute. 

Like many Americans this week is busy for me with work and holiday travel, but I intend to find the time for all three of these over the long weekend. If you can too, please join me.  

-Floyd

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flourgirl51

Thank you Floyd. I too will be honoring and remembering Eric.

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Mini Oven

Susan titled and dedicated the post to Eric's Favorite Rye 5 years ago, it speaks for itself.  

I am too torn for words.  Eric always did a good job of paraphrasing me and I've had to learn to explain myself better.   I will always miss my dear bread buddy, the most generous person I know with a heart and compassion that knows no boundaries.  

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ananda

I will be baking my version of Eric's Favourite Rye on Friday and hope to showcase it in our village on Saturday morning.   I will do so in honour of a great man and will cherish that time when I can reflect on his friendship.   Thanks for posting this idea, Floyd.   I hope others will join in too.

Best wishes

Andy

ps. My finished loaf, below.

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Heidela123

I baked this today, and am proud to say I will contribute to Mercy Corp

Thank you
Eric's Favorite Bread

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RobynNZ

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Floydm

Thank you, Eric, for your kindness and your friendship.  You will be missed.

-Floyd 

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Franko

Looks great Floyd, nice crumb!

Franko

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ananda

Nice bake Floyd!

Best wishes

Andy