Bloomin’ Onion Bread

my version pre-bake We've all gone through cooking ruts. Some probably last longer than others but, they still suck the life out of you. Wracking your brain trying to figure out what to make for your family can become quite stressful.  Sometimes, all you need is that one dish that wows, versus generating an entire 3-course meal. I was having a stressful moment the other day in the kitchen but, I nipped it in the bud... I had seen an amazing video on how to make Bloomin' Onion Bread  (not to be confused with Outback Steakhouses' … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Bread

full disclosure: I know this pic isn't appetizing but, every burgeoning cook should know, don't judge a dish by its appearance! I just got back from the most wonderful life-changing family vacation to Turkey.  We traveled to a couple different cities to were able to fully experience and appreciate the different cultures each one has to offer.  And, while I had never really been a big fan of Turkish food, we relished in the most succulent chicken and lamb shish kabobs I've ever tasted.  Of course the rice and dried fruits and Turkish delight … [Read more...]

Amish White Bread

For the first time in what seems like forever, we had a Sunday afternoon free; a calm afternoon void of frenetic kid shuttles to birthday parties, sporting events, play dates.  We cleaned out closets and read our books, we spent some quality time by ourselves in our own space in our own rooms, and I had the wonderful opportunity to bake some bread with my son. I hadn’t planned on baking. In fact, I was happy at the prospect that the kitchen was “closed” for the day.  But, how can you turn down your 8-year old son who comes up to you and asks … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

It’s the Secret Recipe Club reveal day today.  I was assigned the blog Lynsey Lou’s, written by twenty-something Lynsey who’s recently married and uses her blog to explore and share recipes for her husband.  Her blog represents a wide variety of foods from simple cakes and meat dishes to other recipes  categorized as “ for daring bakers.” While many of Lynsey's recipes are tempting, I decided to take a crack at her  Cinnamon Raisin Bread.  Actually, for me, it was a huge challenge to attempt to make bread (that has to rise twice) in my own … [Read more...]