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Bagels Recipe

Heather says: Bagel purists avert your eyes. I believe I’ll refer to this recipe as Quick and Dirty Bagels.” They get the job done, are much better than frozen, and do not require a whole lot of work, but I would never put them up against a genuine NY bagel. This recipe was originally designed…

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Biscuit Recipe, No Knead

Heather says: These are the simplest, pillow-soft, no-knead biscuits you’ll ever make. I’ve been wanting to try out coconut oil as a substitute for vegetable shortening in my biscuit recipe, but I haven’t been in a biscuit making mood for months. Last night I celebrated meeting a deadline by making country-fried steak and there was…

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Bread Machine Tips

Dear Home Ec 101, So I’ve finally garnered the courage to break out the 10 year old, given as a wedding gift, but never used Bread Machine. I’ve used it twice to make whole wheat bread. I’m not doing a good job at this. I’ve learned that the ingredients MUST be room temp (not straight…

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Bread Making and the Stand Mixer

Heather says: Using a stand mixer can be a great way to knead dough a little faster and without as much physical effort. Personally, I enjoy a chance to work off a little steam. (I have three kids under five, I’m human, there is steam.) When using a stand mixer like a kitchen-aid begin timing…

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Bread Making Tutorial: Basic White Bread

Heather says: At long last, the first in the series of simple bread tutorials. We are beginning with a plain white bread recipe. This version is extremely simple. It is free of most allergens (wheat being the obvious exception) so it is useful for those avoiding eggs and dairy. Nutritionally, well, let’s just say that…

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Bread Making: Introduction

Heather says: Over the coming weeks I will be posting a series of tutorials on bread making. If you are a novice baker, I invite you to attempt the tutorials in order. While I admire those who would like to begin by tackling 12 grain with sprouted wheat, may I suggest you practice on the…

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Bread Making: Introduction to Basic Flours

Heather says: The first few bread recipes will be made with flours that should be carried by your local grocery store. All Purpose Flour – is also known as plain flour.  It can be found in bleached and unbleached varieties.  Unbleached flour has more of the wheat’s protein intact and is typically better for bread…

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Bread Making: Meet the Yeast

Heather says: Yeast are tiny one celled fungi. There are both benevolent and obnoxious strains. One can find yeast commercially for brewing, as a nutritional supplement, and for baking. In bread making, yeast digests sugars and creates carbon dioxide. The structure of the dough traps the gas, giving yeast bread its loft and softness. Too…

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Bread Making: Rising To the Occasion

Heather says: Leavened breads are those lifted by tiny bubbles.  Most of the bread we eat today is leavened, with a few exceptions for items such as tortillas or other flat breads.   The lift is provided by chemical, mechanical,  or biological reactions.  Chemical reactions provide the lift for quick breads, which are your typical…

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Italian Bread

Easy Italian Bread

Michele says: A little over ten years ago today, I enrolled in home economics as a school elective.  To say I was excited would be an understatement, and I showed up for my first day of class eager to learn anything and everything I could about sewing, cooking, cleaning, and—most important to me—baking.  The pace…

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Flatbread Recipe

Heather says: I had pretty much written off Fearless Friday for this week. Since I’m out of town, without a real pantry, that’s about all the cooking adventure I was willing to handle while working under the pressure of a big deadline. Then last night, I saw a tweet from Candice of Ragamuffin Design. She…

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Hearty White Sandwich Bread

Michele says: I’ll never forget the first time my childhood friend showed me how to make one of her favorite treats.    The recipe was simple: one piece of white bread, squished and squeezed into a compact ball.  It was kind of like a bread bonbon, and the thought of it horrified me immensely.  You see,…

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Hoagie Roll Tutorial

Heather says: After getting the hang of basic white bread, these rolls should be a cinch. There are no fancy ingredients, but you will need a rolling pin. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup warm water + extra for sprinkling 2 1/2 tsp yeast 2 1/2 TBSP olive oil 3 1/2 cups flour (for best results use…

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Challah

Homemade Challah

Heather says: see the end for a note   Michele says: Now that September is nigh, relief from the insanity of summer is in sight.  Kids go back to school, vacations cease, and life gets back to normal until the seemingly just around the corner winter holiday season.  Assuming you’re not Jewish, that is.  And…

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Many thanks to Candice of Ragamuffin Designs for letting me use her picture of this recipe.

Pizza Crust Recipe

Heather says:       I was not content with the pizza crust I originally posted, it was good, but not something I felt others would rave about.  Consequently I have been experimenting with variations for the past few months.  While searching for a simple crust I had some criteria in mind: the ingredients must…

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Popovers

Popovers in a Muffin Tin

Michele says: Have you ever had a popover?  If you haven’t, you’re missing out on one of my all-time favorite sides for a Sunday roast.  Crispy and crunchy outside with an airy inside, popovers are the perfect utensil for transporting gravy from plate to mouth.  Like Yorkshire puddings without the pan drippings, popovers are simple…

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Sausage Pinwheel with Sausage Gravy

Sausage Pinwheels with Sausage Gravy Recipe

Skip the narrative and go right to the pinwheel recipe or to the sausage gravy recipe. Heather says: When I posted a picture of last week’s proofing cinnamon rolls, someone asked if they were sweet or savory.  She asked this because her mother made a similar looking treat with sausage and cheese instead of the…

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White Bread, Basic

Heather says:  At long last, the first in the series of simple bread tutorials. We are beginning with a plain white bread recipe. This version is extremely simple. It is free of most allergens (wheat being the obvious exception) so it is useful for those avoiding eggs and dairy. Nutritionally, well, let’s just say that…

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Quick Breads

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

Heather says: Muffin recipes are a great introduction to baking. They aren’t fussy and a flat muffin is still a delicious muffin. Don’t get smug and try to pass these off as health food; they aren’t. They are however delicious and semi-portable. What is semi-portable? Great in a lunch bag, not so great while driving….

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Basic Scone Recipe

Michele says: During my freshman year of college, I was required to live in a dorm.  It was the most miserable experience of my life, not because I had a terrible roommate, but because I couldn’t cook or bake without having to use the communal kitchen (which meant I had to share with whomever walked…

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Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Heather says: This is a great basic muffin recipe. Swap out the blueberries for whatever fruit you’d like. Reduce the amount of milk for exceptionally wet ingredients such as mashed bananas. Simple Blueberry Muffins Yields 9 muffins 1 1/2 cups all-purpose or plain flour 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1.5 teaspoons baking powder…

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Cornbread, Plain Recipe

Dear Home Ec 101, Do you have a good cornbread recipe or tips on baking cornbread? I generally use a corn meal mix and it always comes out too dry and “crummy”. I like for the outside to be crisp but for the inside to be soft and to stay together instead of falling apart…

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Donut Muffins Recipe

Dear Home Ec 101, I lost my head and signed up to bake something for my mothers’ group. I’m a mess in the kitchen and need something easy. We meet in the morning, if that helps. Help! ~Harried Hostess Heather says: If you can make a cake from a box mix, you can handle these…

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Flatbread Recipe

Heather says: I had pretty much written off Fearless Friday for this week. Since I’m out of town, without a real pantry, that’s about all the cooking adventure I was willing to handle while working under the pressure of a big deadline. Then last night, I saw a tweet from Candice of Ragamuffin Design. She…

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My Auntie’s sticky buns!

Ivy says: There is nothing in this world that tastes more like “home” than monkey bread. My Auntie used to make it- though she called it “sticky buns”- and she never told anyone her recipe. We’d ask and she’d change the subject. We’d try to at least get an idea of how she made them…

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Pancakes 101: The Basic Buttermilk Pancake

Heather says: Nothing says weekend indulgence like a pancake and nothing tastes better than a pancake served up by someone else. But what happens when you’ve moved out and a weekly trip to IHOP just isn’t in the budget? You learn how to do it yourself. This recipe is simple and a great starting point…

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Toaster Pastries: Fearless Friday #24

Heather says: Does anyone ever notice how Thursday just seems to sneak up on a person? I mind my own business, but it seems to happen every seven days or so. This week I managed to squeeze in a quick Fearless Friday. I decided to try out making a homemade version of PopTarts™. Guess what?…

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Gluten Free Zucchini Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread, Regular and Gluten-Free

Heather says: It may be zucchini season where you live -assuming you’re in North America– if not, it soon will be. While we love zucchini in lots of ways, the CSA is outpacing our ability to eat this awesome vegetable. Ray, who is unfortunately allergic to wheat, mentioned how his grandmother used to make zucchini…

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