Category Archives: Food Projects

Cornbread!

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From Hilah Johnson’s book Learn to Cook.

Adjustments made:
Substitute two table spoons of dark brown sugar for honey
Homemade buttermilk
Weird separated pan
Cook time changes to 9-10 minutes because of the pan

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Melted butter in bottoms

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Resting

It didn’t all fit.
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So I added more sugar for Other J and made some tiny muffins

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No Sugar week 4

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Some things I’ve learned over the last three weeks of staying away from added sugars.
1) I don’t eat alot of added sugar really. It mostly comes in the form of sauces like bbq or teriyaki.
2) people will sneak sweet tea into all sorts of things even if you ask for un sweet. This has been my biggest source of slip ups during the last month.
3) Some things are better without the added ransom sugar or other ingredients. Peanut butter and jam have been our biggest surprises.
4) some things are nearly impossible to find. Cereal and bread  have been the biggest challenge for me. I actually gave up on bread and found the lowest sugar content possible or made my own.
5) We will probably stick to a low sugar diet after this week is over. It has certainly made us more conscience of the random added sugar to things that don’t need it. Like soup or peanutbutter. But then we’ll have room for the occasional cookie or pie with dinner.

One more sugar free week. But Monday next week I’m certainly going to have a chocolate dipper peanutbutter cookie that I’ve been stashing away.

Bread Bowls

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This was obviously a good thing to start at 7 pm…hopefully we will eat by 9.

SUCCESS!

Bread Bowl – Serving size 2 (6-8 in parenthesis)
1 1/8 teaspoons Active Yeast (4 1/12 teaspoons)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Warm Water 110 F (2 1/2 cup)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar (2 tablespoons)
1/2 teaspoon salt (2 teaspoons)
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil (2 tablespoons)
1 3/4 cups flour (7 cup)

 

Directions
1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

2. Add salt, oil, additional spices if using and 4 cups flour to the yeast mixture; beat well. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well with an electric mixer at medium speed after each addition…I used my KA and it was a snap!

3. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.

4. Punch dough down, and divide into 8 equal portions. Shape each portion into a 4 inch round loaf. Place loaves on lightly greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about 35 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In a small bowl, beat together egg white and 1 tablespoon water; lightly brush the loaves with half of this egg wash.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Brush with remaining egg mixture, and bake 10 to 15 more minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.

7. To make bowls: Cut a 1/2 inch thick slice from top of each loaf; scoop out centers, leaving 3/4-inch-thick shells. Fill bread bowls with hot soup and serve immediately.

Day 05 and Day 06

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Since I missed a couple days I’m going to work extra hard to catch up today.

DAY 05 – Something you that gives you balance. – Ok so I will not talk about my husband for this one. I would say hiking , but even though I love it – it angers and frustrates me sometimes.  I try not to need one specific thing to balance me out. It can be any number of things but I think it is always some small change. Dying my hair, painting my nails, getting a hair cut, doing something drastic but not so drastic or permanent. Something to shock me out of a rut or that I enjoy long enough for my mood to change. Something that gets me out of the headspace where there is no hope. It does not have to be calming or give me any sense of pleasure at the time, but it has to be different from what is going on around me. If shit is chaotic then it needs to be calming like a walk or a bubble bath or a good book. If life is boring or monotonous it need needs to be adventurous. As much as a love a good set of rules or a box to think in and around I cherish the times where I get to be more out of the ordinary or force myself to stretch a little farther. And I cherish people in my life that will force it every once in a while or encourage it if there is something brewing inside.

DAY 06 – something that excites you or brings you joy. – Food and the reasons to make a big meal or other people. I am discovering more and more how much I like cooking and exploring food. I like trying new recipes and I like feeding other people. I don’t get to do it often because it is usually just the two of us, but occasionally I will make deserts for work potlucks. If on the rare occasion we have people over I’d rather cook for them then order out. The science behind cooking and baking is amazing and then when you’re done with an experiment you get to eat it. How cool is that? Of course some things will not turn out well, and hopefully you remember what might have gone wrong for next time. I like to take pictures of the cooking process, but I get so wrapped up and lost in the whole thing that I’ll forget half way through and hopefully remember to take a picture of the finished product. Some of my favorite foods? Pickled green beans and seafood. I will fight you for a jar of pickled beans and though simple I’m super excited to have gotten my grandma’s recipe for Christmas. This is by far the one I am looking forward to making the most this coming year. If I had a green thumb I’d grown my own beans, but I seem to kill anything I touch. I’m probably not patient enough for that part of the process. But I will be eying the farmers market in June.

Thanksgiving Play by Play

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Today (and most other days) I am thankful for my family, my husband, my friends, the turkey brineing in the kitchen, a job I don’t hate, and a life full of love and abundance.

Bread – Homemade Sub Rolls + 1/2 Tbsp of rosemary
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Turkey – 4-6lb turkey breast est. 2 hours cooking in oven bag. Seasonings brineing, butter, salt/pepper rubbed, stuffed/rubbed with oranges & cloves

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Stuffing- Just a simple traditional (in my house at least) stuffing recipe. This year I’m adding carrots to mine.
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Mashed Potatoes – These are pretty straight forward – mashed potatoes, little butter little half and half.

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And done 🙂
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