Do you like to bake bread? Wait. Silly me, let me rephrase that. Do you wish you had the time and energy to measure, mix, knead, wait two hours for it to rise, punch, fold, proof, punch again, and then bake bread? I think I tried making yeast bread once and I was so exhausted by the end that I didn’t even have the energy to eat it. And then it was stale. I really admire people who can do it, but it’s WAY too much work for me.
Thank heavens for beer batter bread, because there is something so wonderful about hot, fresh bread with a bowl of soup or chili or chowder. I discovered beer bread a while ago, and I think it’s nothing short of a miracle, because the beer does all the work for you. Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix until blended, put it in a loaf pan and bake. I’m not kidding. Continue Reading..
I received free samples from Cumberland Packing Corp., maker of Monk Fruit In The Raw. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Cumberland Packing Corp. and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
I’m not a good baker. I can do cookies, or quick breads, and I’ve made homemade cinnamon rolls once or twice, but I’m not much of a cake baker. Unless it’s one of those serve it in a pan type cakes, they usually look kind of lopsided, and the frosting is all messy, or the layers are uneven. Baking has lots of chemistry involved, and there’s usually not much room for error, so you have to be really exact with the measuring and leveling off and everything. I’m more of a taste and tweak as I go sort, which is why I love cooking more than baking. Continue Reading..
I’m pretty good at tweaking recipes to make them lower in salt, sugar or fat, and I my holiday meals are no exception. So it’s not that we ate lots of unhealthy food all weekend, but we did eat lots more food in general. What’s Thanksgiving weekend without lots of leftovers, right? Well, we just polished off the last of the turkey and stuffing last night, and I have never been so happy to see Meatless Monday. I need some clean eating! Continue Reading..
How was your Thanksgiving? Hope it was happy, and full of warm family memories, and just enough food. Chances are you’re still finishing off the left overs, but just in case you aren’t, or you’re just sick of cooking and need a break from turkey, I thought I’d share one of my newest favorite soup recipes. I pinned this from Food & Wine earlier in the fall, and it was an immediate hit with everyone in the family. Continue Reading..
What is it about Thanksgiving and pies? Sure, pies are great for any holiday, but I can’t think any other day has to have pie on the menu, except for Thanksgiving. Pumpkin, apple, pecan, pear, you name it – chances are your Thanksgiving dessert table will feature at least one pie. Continue Reading..
Are you a work-ahead type, or a procrastinator? I’m definitely a work-ahead type. I know some (family members) who might call me OCD. Or Type A. Or just plain annoying and crazy. But I hate saving things till the last minute. I don’t care how you do it, but I always need to be ahead of the game.
Hello dear reader!
Just a quick note today. I posted this link on my Facebook page the other day, but just in case you didn’t see it, iTunes has the Williams-Somona Thanksgiving cookbook available for a free download this week . It’s a great modern classic if you don’t have it, or if need a good last minute recipe or menu ideas. It’s also full of great tips in it for anyone who is new to cooking Thanksgiving Dinner (which can be very scary!) and lots of mouthwatering photos. I try to post helpful tips, recipes and giveaways from other bloggers and foodie and nutrition sites I follow, to my Facebook page, so it you’re interested, please Like it!
Tis the season for gift giving, and if you’re like me (or the other members of the Recipe ReDux), you’re already racking your brain for cute, clever, and tasty ideas to give a hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is oh so appropriate – Adding Merriment to Mixes. We were challenged to share the recipe for how we package up a little shelf-stable love from our kitchens. Continue Reading..