Hello everyone and hello summer! Okay while it isn’t technically summer yet, the weather would indicate otherwise. It has been glorious outside. This time of year always reminds me of making strawberry jam with my mom. The smell of the jam wafting through the house. She would even let me lick the spoon when everything was done. Serious I could have licked the mixing bowl clean. Homemade jam is amazing! Just thinking about it really triggers a craving for strawberries. So I decided to delve into my recipe stash, and I came up with a recipe for strawberry bread.
This sweet bread is a delightful dessert or a perfect mid-afternoon snack. Using frozen strawberries and a longer baking time, you get bursts of strawberry flavor. The sweet cinnamon throughout the rest of the bread is the perfect pairing to this yummy loaf. This is definitely a dessert everyone will everyone and it’s wonderful to have on hand for hungry kids.
Happy April everyone! I wish I could say it was spring, but here in Minnesota it still looks like winter. Rain showers have turned to snow and ice. I am quite fed up with this weather. But it is an excuse to make something hearty and delicious. Because you definitely need something comforting in a spring blizzard. As there was a general craving for pizza at my house, I made a delicious recipe for pizza rustica.
Not only is it absolutely delicious; it looks fantastic too. This pizza loaf is filled with delightful meats and fresh mozzarella with just the right amount of sauce. Whether you make it into the loaf or go for a traditional pizza pie, this recipe is sure to be a family favorite.
Happy Thursday everyone! I had to recheck my calendar but it’s true: Thanksgiving is in one week. It seems like November just started. Soon it will be Christmas. Can you believe it? But lets not forget Thanksgiving. This year my family and I will be heading over grandma’s. I’m expecting anywhere from twenty to thirty relatives at Thanksgiving this year. Yeah, it’s a big group when the relatives get together. The dish I’ll be bringing this year is a cheesy artichoke dip.
It’s so hearty and yummy that it makes a perfect appetizer for the chilling holiday season. Making it in a sourdough loaf not only adds flavor, but also is a great serving dish. You can also make the center into croutons for plenty of bread for dipping. This cheesy, rich, gooey dip is fantastic for any party especially Thanksgiving.
Good morning everyone! Just under a week till Valentine’s Day! I know lots of you already have your dinner reservation. And if you haven’t, I hope you have a plan B. Otherwise I highly recommend planning a lovely night in, which is what my family and I do every year. It’s less of a headache for everyone. This year I wanted to bake a special treat for everyone. Not everyone loves chocolate as much as I do, but we all love cinnamon rolls and cinnamon roll inspired treats. To keep with the Valentine’s Day theme, I created these delicious cinnamon twist pastry hearts.
These pastry hearts might look complicated, but with pre-made pastry sheets these tasty treats are easy to whip up. The rich cinnamon and brown sugar swirled throughout is so delicious. If you take it a step further and create the pink cream cheese frosting it’s like eating the middle of a cinnamon roll, which is the best part. 😀
Hello everyone! How was your halloween? It was very drippy and wet here in Minnesota, but at least it wasn’t snowing. It’s actually warmer than it should be here, but I’m not complaining. With Halloween gone, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. So I’ve started planning my Thanksgiving Day feast and festivities. The plans are going well so far, but I wasn’t sure what kind of bread we should have. I could just buy some rolls from the store, but I decided to check my great grandmother’s recipe box for good bread recipes. Thankfully, I found a great recipe for homemade white bread.
This from scratch recipe is delicious, and you can leave it in the fridge overnight to rise. So you can make the dough the day before and then bake the bread on Thanksgiving day. There’s nothing like fresh baked bread especially if it is homemade. This recipe has quite a few steps, but it is not difficult to make. The results are so deliciously worth it.
It’s June and to me that means summer has really begun. If it has not already started, it will very soon be summer vacation for kids. This means outdoor barbecues, trips to the beach, and camping, each I’m really looking forward to this year.
With Father’s Day just a few weeks away, barbecues are getting fired up and I wondered what would be perfect with steaks and sweet corn. Checking my vintage recipe drawer, I found a recipe for flaky buttermilk biscuits. I whipped up a batch, and I know they will be very popular at any barbecue. the 3 flavored butters I whipped up as well go perfectly with these delicious biscuits.
These are really easy to make. The recipe makes about 2 dozen biscuits so you will have enough for backyard parties. They also keep well in a resealable container. Make up a batch and watch them disappear during supper.
I’ve been doing some research on weird and wacky holidays. There seems to be something to celebrate everyday of the year. Did you know that it was National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on the 12th? It is National Soft Pretzel Month and BLT Sandwich Month? Tomorrow is actually National That Sucks Day which is appropriate for the impending Tax Day. 😀
Grilled Cheese Day makes a lot of sense; not only because grilled cheese is delicious and easy to make, but it is also inexpensive for all those people who may not be getting refunds this year.
With grilled cheese, soft pretzels, and BLTs all being celebrated this month, I decided to create a new twist on the classic BLT and the grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the grilled brie and bacon sandwich with sun dried tomato spread and alfalfa sprouts (instead of lettuce).
And it turned out deliciously! The salty bun and bacon with the melty and mild brie is a lovely contrast. The fresh sprouts add a bit of crunch and the sun dried tomato spread adds another yummy layer of flavor.
As I was planning my Thanksgiving feast, I was thinking of my family and all the traditional food we have. The turkey, pies, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce (out of the can, ridges and all), and of course stuffing or dressing.
If it is cooked inside a turkey: it is considered stuffing. If it is cooked separately outside a turkey: it is considered dressing. Whatever you call it, it is delicious!
You will always find my plate loaded with stuffing…or dressing,
So I decided to look through my old box of family recipes for a version of this savory side dish.
I found my great grandmother’s recipe for Corn Bread Stuffing.
It has a slightly sweet taste along with the savory, which is a welcome surprise from all those very savory dishes at Thanksgiving.
From our family to yours here is my great grandmother’s recipe for Corn Bread Stuffing.