One Hour Sandwich Bread

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Can you think of any scent more bewitching than that of fresh bread baking in the oven?  It is nearly impossible to concentrate when I smell it. While the bread bakes my brain rummages through its box of all my favorite ways to eat a loaf hot from the oven; Should it be blueberry jam?…

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Garlic Butter Crusty Bubble Bread

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I have an enduring love affair with bread.  It’s not just the pure pleasure of pulling off a steaming heel of bread, slathering cold sweet cream butter over the top, sinking your teeth into the crumb and shattering the crust; although those are reasons enough to be devoted.  Making bread; the process of measuring, mixing,…

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Asiago Herb and Garlic Bread

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Time is up on the giveaway.  I will now retreat with my calculator and devise a highly scientific method of picking the winner. (Actually, the winner will be chosen at random.  I thought I should probably mention that!)  I will announce the winner later today, so please come back to see who the lucky winner…

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Crispy Seared Mushroom and Asiago Puffs

These + steamy stew= match made in heaven.

We’ve been spring cleaning like crazy around here lately.  It’s so invigorating to be able to open the windows after having them firmly shut since November.  And even though I hate doing laundry, there is something incredibly peaceful about hanging the first couple loads of clothes and sheets and towels on the line.  Everything is…

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Spicy Chicken and Cheese Calzone

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Déjà Food Pronunciation: \ˌdā-ˌzhä-ˈfüd\ Function: noun Etymology: Yo Momma. (Actually, my step-momma… but I wanted to say that) 1. Leftovers.  But with a French name, therefore, more sophisticated. Among the catalog of wonderful things my step-mother, Valerie, introduced me to when she and my father married are many now-standards for me: SOB Smoothies (‘Strawberry’, ‘Orange’, and…

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Chocolate Chip Drop Scones (A.K.A. Breakfast Cookies)

Are they Breakfast Cookies?

I am about to let you in on a secret.  I routinely lie to my fourth born child.  But I confine it to food and hope that since it’s with the end design of nourishing him that eventually I’ll be forgiven.  He has such strict (and arbitrary) rules about what he will and won’t eat.  He won’t…

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20 Minute Beignets

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I make no secret of the fact that I’m a fan of the book ‘Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day’.  Using their Master Recipe, I have experimented and made some of our new family favorites; Bread!  Fully Loaded and English Muffins, among others.  I’m the first to admit that I tend to get stuck in…

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Blueberry Love Muffins

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Dang.  It is cold.  At least it is cold here in my own little corner of Amish country.  When I woke this morning my outdoor thermometer was shivering.  I used what little brain power I have available prior to quaffing a pot of Irish Breakfast Tea to decide that firing up the oven to bake…

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Homemade Seed Crackers

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Sooooo… Did I mention that we had more than 30 people in our home to celebrate Ty’s birthday? (A.K.A. New Year’s Eve.  Such a helpful and cooperative baby… He was our little tax deduction.)  And did I mention that with the notable exceptions of the rocking hummus my sister made and the fudge from my friend…

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Last Minute Quick Breads: Foodie Gifts 18# and #19

They don’t call them quick breads for nothin’!  Here are a couple of recipes I’ve used to great acclaim over the years, and my source for these is my mother–a great baker in her own right.  These two breads in particular have been appreciated as Christmas gifts by my own family, and I just shipped…

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