Posted at 2:07 pm , on February 2, 2018
One of my favorite memories of my Mom was the time she made donuts. She only made them once or twice but the memory stood out for me as she would cut the little rings of dough and drop them in hot oil to fry. They would come out of the fryer just for a minute and then she would dunk them in icing. At that point they were up for grabs! As fast as she could make them, we would eat them. I remember her donuts as one of the best things I ever ate. They are made from ingredients that were commonly used in the 50’s and 60’s which is why I call them vintage. The recipe includes Pet Milk and Crisco which were staples in our kitchen when I was growing up. I doubt you would see them listed in a current recipe today. Half were made with glaze and the other half with cinnamon sugar. The best part is eating them as soon as they are dipped in the glaze or cinnamon sugar. They taste so light and airy and for that moment they are the best thing ever!
Posted at 9:06 am , on December 19, 2017
This is Josh’s recipe for Crusty Artisan Bread. He’s always been the bread maker in this family and makes the most beautiful loaves of bread. He would tell you it doesn’t always come out perfect but I have yet to taste any bread that he has made that didn’t taste absolutely delicious! Since I can’t count of Josh for making the bread this year for the holidays (he is off on an adventure in Australia), I decided to give his recipe a try. He left me his big bread bowl and his oval dutch oven so I am using them for good luck. Josh told me not to over knead the dough, just incorporate the ingredients and let them sit out to proof for up to 24 hours. That was hard for me, I have made the artisan bread that you refrigerate but never let it sit out at room temp for that long. After agonizing over the process, I decided to trust his technique and it turned out great. I’ve made 3 loaves so far and they have all turned out as good as any you would find at a bakery. This one is the last loaf I made and it was incredibly light and airy with the perfect artisan crust. Practice does make perfect!
Posted at 2:51 pm , on October 3, 2017
The one bread that never fails me is brioche. It’s the perfect bread to make bread pudding or french toast because the dough is made with butter and eggs with a hint of honey for sweetness. I always make a double batch, it must be OCD that I can’t make just one loaf. So on this baking day half of the dough was made into a cinnamon streusel loaf and the other half was saved for the best brioche rolls ever. The dough needs to chill in the refrigerator at least overnight so you can make it up ahead and store in the fridge for up to a week or 10 days. For me it’s a much easier process and works with my timetable. So if you want two loaves of Cinnamon Streusel Brioch then double the sugar/cinnamon mix and streusel. Or if you want some brioche rolls, I’ll leave that up to you.
Posted at 10:44 am , on September 22, 2017
Tortillas are a staple in our home, we eat them with practically everything. They are used as an edible bowl disguised as tacos, a spoon for sopping up chile, an edible wrap when we are craving a sandwich and my personal favorite, toasted on a comal and then slathered with butter and drizzled with honey. Homemade tortillas taste so good when made fresh but honestly they will last awhile and warm up nicely in the microwave or toasted on a comal or cast iron griddle. My only problem in making them was keeping up as I prepared the individual rolls into balls and then rolling them out before toasting. Good thing I had a helper handy. Joe came in and saved the day, running the individual balls of dough through the tortilla press and then passing them off to me to roll out a bit thinner so that they would toast up soft and fluffy. In no time we had a stack of tortillas ready to be devoured!
Posted at 8:43 am , on March 17, 2016
If you want an easy bread to make for a crowd, Irish soda bread is hard to beat. Since it uses soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast it takes less time to make. A slice of this hearty bread tastes so good alongside a bowl of your favorite soup or stew. I enjoy that first slice fresh out of the oven, warm and crusty. Even toasted with butter and honey is a treat. While looking around other blogs I stumbled across some inspiring ideas. My favorite was a grilled cheese sandwich from justataste.com. It looked amazing and although I didn’t make Kelly’s grilled cheese, I did toast a few slices and topped them with a spinach pesto, fresh mozzarella, tomato slices and bacon bits for a tasty bruschetta.
Posted at 8:59 am , on March 11, 2014
A few years ago California Pizza Kitchen had a steak pizza on the menu that had seasoned steak and green chile. It was my favorite pizza with a thinner crust, spicy tomato sauce with freshly roasted chiles and seared steak. No longer available, I decided to make my own version. The perfect sauce would have been Rotel tomato sauce, but turns out it’s been discontinued too, can’t find it anywhere. Oh Rotel . . . how could you, I loved that sauce and used it for many of my recipes, what to do now? I had to find an alternative which I did after a trip to the Mexican market. In the end it all came together with a new thinner crust that had a light crunch in every bite and tasty pieces of seared steak and roasted chiles. It’s definitely a keeper and staying on my menu! Continue reading
Posted at 9:07 am , on January 10, 2014
What an Arctic blast we’ve had this week! With the drastic cold temps outside I feel fortunate to be inside keeping warm. The ironic thing is that both Josh and Cameron are off on their own adventures this week and my hyperactive Mom senses have kicked in, worrying about them in this wicked weather. Hopefully by the time I have posted this they will both be back home and my worries will have been for naught. With only Joe and I home this week, I’ve been using up what’s left in the fridge and pantry. I had a few bananas getting overly ripe and needed to be used pronto so I made a loaf of banana bread. A slice of banana bread is so good toasted for breakfast and as it turns out it makes a great french toast. It’s a sweet treat for breakfast or in our case a quick dinner.
Posted at 9:02 am , on November 15, 2013
The pumpkin puree is coming out of the freezer. I’m fixing a big batch of brioche dough with my homemade puree and pumpkin spices to make pumpkin cinnamon rolls which are all the craze this season. My family loves cinnamon rolls so these pumpkin and spice rolls really appealed to me. It makes for an easier process when you make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate. The dough will keep up to a week in the fridge until you’re ready to put the rolls together. The dough needs to rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes allowing the dough to relax enough to shape and roll out. A mixture of sugar and spice gives the rolls a wonderful filling. The aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon filled the kitchen with holiday cheer. I put half aside in the freezer for the upcoming holidays!
Posted at 9:37 am , on October 11, 2013
I have a pasta maker sitting in the pantry but I haven’t pulled it out and made any pasta in awhile. Pasta is relatively easy to make, it’s just a combination of flour, eggs and salt with a little olive oil and extra flour as you roll it through the pasta roller. But like pie dough it takes a little practice. Until now I’ve only tried ravioli once and without a ravioli tray I had a hard time of it. So I decided that next time I tackled ravioli I was going to get myself a ravioli tray and roller. I have to say I am so glad that I did, it made the job so much easier. The cheese filling went a lot further than I anticipated and I was able to put up several dozen ravioli in the freezer. Now we can pull out just the amount we want for a quick meal. When frozen they hold together better when placed in boiling water and cook in as little as 6 – 7 minutes. And if you like toasted ravioli just thaw them first and they can be pan fried a couple minutes on each side.
Posted at 8:26 am , on May 21, 2013
I’ve found that you can make pizza with almost anything. Whereas pizza might have been considered Italian in the past, it’s now anything you can imagine. Some of our favorites are Greek pizza, Verde pizza, Flatbread pizza, Barbecued Chicken pizza and Breakfast pizza. If you’ve ever eaten at California Pizza Kitchen you know they sometimes add a scoop of coleslaw or black bean and corn salsa in the middle to enhance the flavor. I find it appealing and another layer to add to the flavor of the pizza. So when I had leftover Chipotle pulled pork and sauce, it was logical to make pizza and add a scoop of coleslaw to go on top. Josh ate it morning, noon and night until it was all gone!