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Nothing Bundt Cakes-Double Chocolate and Red Velvet

Red Velvet and Double Chocolate mini bundt cakes send a special message of love for Valentine’s Day.  I experimented with beets to turn the batter into red velvet with mixed results. Fresh beets give the batter a beautiful red color but turns a brown color when baked. A real red for […]

 

100% Spelt Sourdough Bread

Ancient grains like spelt, leavened with wild yeasts found in sourdough cultures, produce bread that fits on a low FODMAP diet.  Those suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or gastrointestinal  (GI) problems after eating processed foods or gluten may actually be reacting to fructans.  Wheat (along with onions) is thought to […]

 

Panettone

  Andria and Ashley found one of the perks of living in Italy included a short walk to the bakery for fresh bread. The bread loaves in Fabriano were baked without salt which took a little getting use to.  Panettone, on the other hand, was love at first bite.  A wonderful, orange zest-flavored sweet bread […]

 

Secret for Crusty, Flavorful Bread – Fermentation

Every bakery has fresh bread but there is only one place in the whole world that can produce  crusty, warm bread that you can sink your teeth into  just minutes out of the oven. That one special place is your own kitchen. Artisan  breads are often seen as so amazing and elusive  that […]

 

Antipasto Platter Features a Tower of Brie

How many engineers does it take to plan, design and execute antipasto platters for Andria’s wedding. In this case, it was 6 engineers, 2 doctors of physical therapy and 1 with a MS in social work to plan and design a tower of brie cheese surrounded with just the perfect tiny bites. […]

 

Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi

Sometimes a meal is special because of an event and other times it is special for the food itself. There was one specific meal that I will always remember because of the event and it just happened that the food was really special too. Coulter would be deployed with the […]

 

Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

I have been putting off making homemade mozzarella cheese because it seemed complicated, but once I got my ingredients together, it was done in less than a half hour.  This is one of my bucket-list foods to make, and I was so excited with the results. My inspiration for this […]

 

Blueberry Cinnamon Roll Bread

It is blueberry season in Florida, but we just visited Ashley and family in the Midwest where the snow is  melting off.  It reminds me of the first green wheat sprouting up from the black, rich Iowa soil, sometimes even peeking out from a snow covered field. I can still […]