April 1, 2011
I’ve spent the past few days thinking about how to start off this post. Should I apologize for being MIA for the past month? Should I try to rationalize my absence with some half-decent excuse? Should I promise it will never, ever, ever happen again? I’m not quite sure. So how about this:
Let’s break out the butter and sugar and pretend like this never happened.
Let’s get back on track and bake some bread now, shall we?
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October 10, 2010
Remember yesterday how we talked about bread machines and friends and white bread? Well today we’re not just talking – we’re baking.
Hope you’re hungry for some fresh bread!
This recipe comes from The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger – a book full of bread and bread-type recipes. Yeast doughs, quick breads, biscuits, cakes – you name it, it’s probably in there. Unfortunately, I have yet to try many of those recipes.
It’s funny. I’ve had this book for 5 years, at least. Back then I had the good intention to start baking fresh bread on a fairly regular basis, so I went on a bread book shopping spree.
. . . And then my good intention died abruptly, and I was left with a pile of specialty cookbooks in the basement. Collecting dust.
I”m very happy to have recently dusted off the cover of this book. I love its variety, its thorough nature, and its overall format. Very user friendly, indeed!
Before I share the recipe, I thought I’d give you a quick run-down of the process in picture form. Sounds like a plan.
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October 9, 2010
Our pantry is filled with many things – canned goods, various oils and vinegars, dried herbs and spices, cereals, pastas. The list could go on and on. Likewise, our kitchen contains tons and tons of tools – knives, cutting boards, pots and pans . . . the usual. Though we currently have a lot of cooking-related items, I can safely say that we used to have more. Way more.
Don’t worry, I didn’t take inventory and obsessively keep it up-to-date for the past few years. That’d be excessive. But when some monster of a contraptions disappears . . . oh, say a bread machine, for example, you notice. It’s nearly impossible not to.
Back in the day (that’s my way of referencing the wonderful era known as the 90s), my mother was the proud owner of, you guessed it, a bread machine! My goodness, this thing was HUGE (especially from my perspective at the time – that of a rather short 6 year old). I remember noting its presence, sitting awkwardly amongst dainty jars and cans, every time I walked into the pantry. And 96.3% of the time (yes, I did crunch numbers to provide you with that accurate percentage) it remained there . . . awkwardly. Terribly awkwardly.
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