Thursday, December 5, 2013

Soaked Whole Wheat Bread Updated

I keep learning so my recipes keep being revised.  This is how I'm making my soaked bread these days.

2 1/2 c. hot water
1 T. salt
1-2 T. coconut oi (or you can use 3/8 c. of olive oil)
1/8 c. honey
2 T. lemon juice

Friday, November 15, 2013

Name Them Different

Cookies are my favorite baked good.  I doubt that's a surprise if you've looked at the recipe categories.  They are just easy, it's a dessert in serving size and they are an easy conversion for me.  But, one thing I've learned over the years of converting recipes and altering ingredients.  Sometimes it doesn't come out tasting exactly like the original, but that doesn't mean it isn't good.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hotdogs and the ICK Factor

Hot dogs have never been my favorite thing to eat, but my family really likes them.  I can take a half a hot dog smothered in sauerkraut, dill pickles, mustard and ketchup, but they've never been a food of choice. I've always known they were gross. I remember people saying 'If you saw how they make hot dogs, you'd never eat another one."  I just ignored them and gagged the hotdogs down when I fed them to our family.  Sometimes those things come back to bite you and this might be that kind of time.

Tortilla Soup

One of my sweet friends brought this soup to us many years ago when our youngest was born (he's 11) and I fell in love with it.  I've tried many recipes through the years and this Tortilla Soup recipe is my favorite.

Choosing Fruits

Fruit is best in season and the bonus is they are also less expensive in season.  My friend Andrea asked me to add a note to the blog about what's in season when.  This list is based on my personal experience living in Northern Utah. It may vary where you live. I am also not addressing the organic issue much here, just availability.

Coconuts:  I don't know if they have a season but I can get the freshest, least expensive coconuts in the January to June months.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Honey No Bakes

Our children love no bakes and til now I've not attempted to better the recipe because, frankly, I don't like no bakes and neither does my husband.  Today is a baking day and I asked our son if he had any requests and his eyes lit up as he said dreamily, "No bakes."  Ugh!  So I set about looking for, combining and trying out no bake cookie recipes.  Here is the result.  Enjoy!

Whole Grain Pastry, Cookie, Muffin Flour

When I am converting a cookie, muffin or pie recipe to whole grain I have found this combination to yield fabulous results. I've tried soft white wheat alone but it's just better with the oat flour.
Finely grind in equal parts: Oat groats and soft white wheat.
Replace white flour with this mix. We call it cookie flour at our house.
How much to grind?
1 cup of wheat will yield approximately 1 1/2 c. flour.