photo from Annie’s Eats
Wanted to share two recipes I’ve tried recently and loved. Do you get in a rut in the kitchen? I do. Almost every week. I feel like last fall I totally lost my kitchen mojo. I was feeling very uninspired after the end of the summer tomatoes and the last basil leaf dropped.
I realized that the inspiration wasn’t just going to drop down on me in a flash of lightning with angels singing a heavenly chorus. I just needed to dust off the apron and get to it. My first adventure was overcoming my fear of baking with yeast. I’ve heard from a few seasoned yeast bakers that pizza dough was a good place to start. So, I went to one of my all time fave food blogs, Annie’s Eats. I love how Annie really shoots it straight with her instructions and opinions. She happened to have this wonderful pizza dough tutorial. And what do you know, if you just follow the directions, you end up with some slammin’ pizza dough. So slammin’ that we had it for dinner Tuesday (Annie’s Chicken Ranch Pizza), Friday (Calzones- Italian sausage, fresh spinach and kalamata olives) and Sunday (Leftover Calzone Toppings) that week. (then I was out of yeast- probably a good thing since pizza dough is so carb-o-licious!) I used a thermometer to check the temp on the warm water. It was warmer than the hottest water in my tap (I had to microwave it about 15 seconds) but not so hot that I couldn’t stick my finger in it and leave it there. And I did use bread flour. What was I so afraid of?
My next culinary adventure was inspired by another awesome food blogger, Joy the Baker. I love her writing and her pictures. Her recipes are always a little off the beaten path. When I saw this Whole Wheat Molasses Bread, I immediately wanted to make it. Looked interesting. And healthy, kinda sorta (?)- and I had almost all the ingredients in my pantry. Except that the whole wheat flour I had in the tip-top-way-back of my pantry had expired two years ago. So my darling husband trotted off to the store to gather the necessities and we threw this together. And we just so happened to have a jar of Nutella to slather on top. It was awesome. The kids loved it. We finished the whole loaf in a day. It was great toasted with a little butter and honey for breakfast.
Click the links above for the recipes. Hope you like them as much as we did! What do you have cookin’ these days? What cooking fears did you have that you’ve conquered?
Man shall not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. ~Matthew 4:4