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Southwestern Chicken-and-Corn Chowder

Tonight was one of those What-Should-I-Make? nights, when I didn’t plan ahead and I was too tired to really cook. Enter: leftovers and bits of veggies left in the crisper, plus a few cans from the pantry. It’s pretty forgiving as well, since you can skip the extra veggies if […]

How to Use the Dough Hook Extender for the Bosch Universal Plus

For years, cooks used the Bosch Universal mixer with the original dough hook, with much success. Even after the Universal Plus was released, the same dough hook has worked well for thousands of bakers—but for some who were concerned about small-batch kneading, Bosch came out with a dough hook extender. […]

Sandwich Bread – step by step video of the bread making process

This is just a quickie video tutorial of the bread-making process for making sandwich bread using my Bosch Universal Plus mixer. ( Need a mixer? Want a mixer? I can set you up!) This particular batch is made of two thirds whole grain flour, but you can use whatever higher-gluten […]

Sourdough English Muffins

Sourdough English Muffins

I’ve gotten on a sourdough English muffins kick. Do you ever do that? Make the same thing for while? Maybe it’s just me….I guess in the stress of the quarantine/pandemic/life in general, I find the whole process therapeutic and satisfying. So, friends and neighbors have gotten the overflow from this […]

Mom’s Brownies

We’re all in quarantine-baking mode out our way. My niece made some AMAZING cupcakes (she really should be a pro baker) and we couldn’t have any (social distancing, and five-hour drive LOL), so we had to at least bake some brownies over here. Some of us like nuts, and some […]

Kids at Home? Everyday Activities to Reinforce Math Skills

With the recent school closings, many parents are scrambling for some at-home activities to continue kids’ school learning. It’s okay to let your kids simply read, or learn about something they want to learn about, or work on a hobby. But if you’d feel more comfortable focusing on some core […]

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Potato Salad (Pressure Cooker Style)

For my birthday, my sweet husband is cooking burgers on the grill — and he even made me a snack cake for dessert! So as a quick side dish, I was able to put together and finish a one-pot pressure cooker potato salad in a total of about 15 minutes. […]

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Sourdough Video Tutorial

(Part 3) In a few earlier posts, I walked you through my sourdough journey, from nurturing my starter to baking my first successful loaves (and a few pancakes and bread flops in between!). There are LOTS of photos in that last post, but here are some videos for those who […]

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The Sourdough Journey – The Saga Continues

(Part 2) Some of you jumped on the bread-wagon with me about a week or so ago when my friend Robin (hi, Robin!) and I began our sourdough starters, guided by Heather at  The Kneady Homesteader. (Quick re-cap: We hadn’t gotten to the bake-bread-with-it stage yet, but we had a […]

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The Sourdough Experiment – Week One

(Part 1) Many years ago (thirty, but who’s counting?), my neighbor on Fort Lee gave me some of her mother-in-law’s sourdough starter. This was a new experience for me–I had baked bread for years, but sourdough was a novelty to me. Oh my goodness, that starter and her recipe for Soft […]