Tag Archives: bread

Cocoa Sourdough Bagels

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Ahhh, chocolate.

I used to be one of those people who couldn’t understand people who don’t like chocolate. I say “used to be” because, in the last three months, I have become one of those people.

That’s right. I currently do not like chocolate. I can tolerate dark chocolate here and there, but I especially hate milk chocolate and all other forms of sweet chocolate.

I guess this is one of the many things I can “blame” on pregnancy and hormones. I’m hoping it’s a temporary thing, but for now, I’m one of those “chocolate haters.”

So, by now, you’re wondering why I’m writing about hating chocolate while sharing a new chocolate recipe. You see, that’s the funny thing. Even though I can’t stand to eat chocolate, I’ve been thinking about a chocolate sourdough bread for a while. Strange, right?Continue Reading

How I Cook: Croissant, Egg, and Cheese Casserole with Kale

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Time changes a lot of things… Including tastes.

I remember a dish that my mom used to make when I was a kid… She called it “Oven Cheese Fondue.” I remember her being excited when she made it, but I wasn’t a fan. That’s putting it mildly.

I have no idea where the recipe came from (and I haven’t consulted my mother prior to writing this), but, if my memory serves me well, it was a casserole of eggs, milk, cheese, and bread. I’m sure there were other seasonings and flavors in there, but I wasn’t paying much attention to that at the time. I was more concerned with eating a casserole that contained soggy bread (which, in my mother’s defense, was probably not soggy… I was particularly picky about textures as a kid). And, the parts that weren’t soggy? Well, they were too crunchy. Obviously.Continue Reading

Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread

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Do you know what it’s like to be hungry? Really hungry?

I’m not talking about when you get home from work and raid the pantry because you’re “starving” and can’t wait for dinner.

Nope. I’m talking about real hunger. I’m talking about going to bed at night without having anything to eat. I’m talking about not knowing where your next meal is coming from or how you are going to provide food to feed your children.

I’m fortunate that I am not in that situation. I’ve never truly been in that situation. But, it is something that tugs at my heart strings… It tugs hard, and it always has. Since having my daughter, though, I find myself thinking about it more and more.

What if I didn’t have food for her? What if she had to go to bed hungry at night?

Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths in children under 5 years old – 3.1 million children every year.

It breaks my heart to think about it… And, it breaks my heart that there are mothers and fathers out there who are living with that reality every day. They are people just like me who have just been dealt a slightly different hand in life.Continue Reading

On Gluten-Free Eating… An Important Distinction (and Miniature Chocolate Banana Loaves)

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Let’s talk about gluten-free eating today, shall we?

It seems that gluten-free is the latest craze and it’s everywhere. There are no shortage of gluten-free foods at the grocery store these days. Some of them are great, but many of them are merely junk food lacking gluten. There are plenty of books and diets that promote a gluten-free lifestyle for health… Many of them are based in actual scientific fact. Sadly, some aren’t.

With all of the gluten-free hype, I’m guessing you know a few people (even dozens, perhaps) who have “gone gluten-free” recently. Unfortunately, I’m guessing that there’s at least one of them that can’t even tell you what gluten is or why they stopped eating it. Herein lies the problem.

If you’re a regular reader, you may know that I recently cut back on gluten.  (I cut back on processed foods, sugar, and dairy, as well… But, that seems to draw much less attention.) In the process, I’ve gotten a lot of questions and plenty of blank stares. There are also a handful of people who think it’s just a joke. (A few late night TV hosts have also tried to make a joke out of it lately.)Continue Reading

Soft Sourdough Rolls

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

When you think of sourdough bread, you most likely think of a crusty, chewy loaf with a distinct sour flavor. It’s perfect for slathering with butter or dipping in a bowl of soup. You can even slice it up and make a sandwich out of it or use it for panini.

All of that is fine and good. I like crusty sourdough bread as much as the next person. But, sometimes I don’t want crusty and chewy. In fact, I find that I tend to reserve crusty and chewy for the cooler months of the year. When summer rolls around, I start to want a softer, lighter bread.

Light and soft rolls are especially nice for grilling season… I find that hamburgers and hot dogs are best with a nice soft roll. After all, there’s a reason the store bought ones are generally soft.

So, when I started working on a new sourdough recipe for Red Star Yeast a few weeks ago, my goal was to find the best of both worlds… I wanted light and soft rolls for the summer that had a bit of a sourdough taste. I’m happy to tell you that these rolls fit the bill.Continue Reading