Learning how to make bread

Every week I find myself buying bread and/or rolls and not really using them all. Things mold, end up getting thrown out, or tossed into the freezer and lost. It seems kind of a waste. I thought maybe a better solution might be to try to make some bread for the family every other week …

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Chocolate Cream Pie

Thanksgiving week was a big cooking and experimentation week for me. The last night my parents were in town I decided to make chocolate cream pie for dessert. I’d seen a recipe from Smitten Kitchen that I thought looked good. The only issue was it had a pastry crust and I’m terrible at making pie …

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Chocolate Squash Brownies

I was off from work the entire week of Thanksgiving. As a result, I decided to do a bunch of baking and make different treats. I have a bunch of butternut squash from my CSA box that needs to be used. So I thought perhaps chocolate squash brownies might be a good option. After all …

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Sweet potato rolls

This year was not my turn to cook Thanksgiving dinner. So I agreed to bring rolls and an appetizer to the gathering. Initially I was thinking about making yeast rolls because I really like them and have had some success making them in the past. However, I realized that I had a lot of sweet …

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I’ve been doing some type of baking almost every weekend this fall. Many times I’ve made cookies. My son really enjoys making cookies because he is able to help by adding the ingredients, turning on the mixer, and dropping cookies on the pans. I thought a little about making no-bake cookies this weekend so my …

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Almond Butter Cookies

Growing up peanut butter cookies were one of my favorite cookies my grandmother would make. My brother and grandfather liked them too. So it was pretty common for them to be the cookie found in jars on the top shelf in my gram’s kitchen next to the fridge. Besides cookies, I’m not the biggest fan …

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Homemade granola bars

I’ve been trying to use up different things in my pantry that I bought when I was feeling kind of adventurous in my food choices. Many of these things are alternative grains like farro, black rice, and quinoa. I like granola bars a lot and thought it would be cool to use some of these …

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Cornbread

Cornbread is something that I had growing up but cornbread in New England and cornbread in the South are really not the same thing at all. Part of that is that southern cornbread is often prepared incredibly simply with lard and buttermilk and cooked, if possible, in a cast iron pan. Note the fact there …

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