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Buttermilk Cornbread

Now that fall is officially upon us, the comfort food season for me has begun. I love that now the heartier dishes are coming out. The best part is the breads. Whether garlic bread to accompany your favorite pasta dish or scones for the perfect brunch omelette, bread is really a necessary addition for fall. And nothing speaks fall and comfort in the South quite like cornbread.

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I’m responsible for these every Thanksgiving and there are never any leftovers. Perfectly crumbly without being dry or overly sweet, this cornbread recipe is a favorite. I prefer sweeter cornbread, than ones with jalapenos in it, which seems to be a favorite for many. To me, it’s like putting nuts in brownies: no, no and no. While these go wonderfully with a big bowl of soup or chili, I was content just eating by itself for a perfect late-afternoon snack. Butter optional – but preferred.

Buttermilk Cornbread
barely adapted from Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease 8 inch square pan.
  2. Melt butter in microwave in large bowl. To melted butter, stir in sugar.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together baking soda and buttermilk. Set aside.
  4. To melted butter, quickly beat in eggs until fully incorporated. Then, add and mix in buttermilk mixture until smooth.
  5. Blend in cornmeal, flour, and salt until fully blended and no lumps remain.
  6. Pour into greased pan.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
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Rosemary Bread

I’m a bread fan.  Are you?  You know, the fresh-baked, crusty outside that requires a serrated knife to crack into the soft and pillowy insides.  The type that’s perfectly soft but holds up to a hefty spread of pure unadulterated butter.

When I was selected to create a menu for the Foodbuzz 24×24, I knew I wanted to incorporate rosemary from the herb garden.  To complement my garden inspired menu, I wanted to create a rustic loaf using rosemary with some other herbs.  Making breads like these always leave me wondering I don’t bake basics like bread more often.  Have you baked bread before?  That’s a problem I’m more than happy to correct.

And, did I mention it goes perfectly with butter?

Side note – this bread tastes a lot like the bread you get at Macaroni Grill.  

Rosemary Bread
adapted from Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 and 1/2 cup bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing and serving
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 tsp thyme, minced
  • 1/2 tsp basil, minced
  • 1/4 freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Proof the yeast in a large bowl.  Proofing:   Add the yeast and sugar in a large bowl.  Stir in water and mix.  Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the flour, salt, and olive oil.  Mix until it comes together.  You can use a mixer with a dough hook, but I just used my hands.  Get it to come together, then turn out onto a floured surface and knead for at least 10 minutes.  You want the dough to be smooth and elastic.
  3. Once smooth, place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover, place in your oven with the light on and let it sit for an hour.
  4. Remove from the oven, punch down and knead again.  Let it rise again in the oiled bowl.  This time you don’t have to put back in the oven.  I take this time to preheat the oven to 375.  Once the dough has sat for another hour, bake for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.  Bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve warm.

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My First 100th Bay 2 Breakers!

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that Binks signed us up for the annual Bay 2 Breakers 12K.  This year was especially special because it was the 100-year anniversary.  Pretty crazy huh?

The only other race I’ve participated in was a 5K.  I walked/ran it.  We had every intention of walking this as we had not properly trained to walk/run or run it.  We also had every intention of sticking together, because with a sold-out 50K participant race, you will quite easily lose one another in this massive event.

Now, the 12K amounts to about 7.5 miles.  I wasn’t worried about that.  Binks and I walk about 8 miles per day on a vacation just touring a city.  We’re insane like that.  But, San Fran is not just any other city.  If you have climbed any of its streets, you know what I mean.  I was winded after one.

So, when I heard/read that the B2B has a 11.5 grade incline known as the dreaded Hayes Hill, I was worried.  Real worried.  I can walk but after my experience with San Fran hills, I was shaking.

Despite my worrying, we started.

It was a beautiful day too.  I enjoyed the weather.  I enjoyed the scenery.

I enjoyed the costumes.

I enjoyed the lack of costumes.

Mind you, I was warned/aware of the nudity.  But, I never got used to it.  All I could think about was chaffing, sweating and odor.  No one said my thoughts had to make sense.  It kept me entertained.

Which is exactly what I needed to conquer the Hayes Hill Beast.

This picture does not do it justice.  After you walk for 2.5 miles, there are 5 blocks of hills.  One right after the other.  So, me, being me, climbed one hill right after another.  And, before I knew it, it was done!  I can tell you that it was a proud moment for me.  🙂

Finally – the finish line.  And quite well for my standards.  I don’t run and have never walked a 12K.  I didn’t practice all that much for this 12K (meaning the days before, I walked about 2-3 miles a day with my dog).  I maintained a 3 mph pace and was done in less than 3 hours.  I was quite pleased.

Although this finish line is a bit of a farce for me as a walker because you do have to walk about another 2 miles to get to the vendors and collect the medal.  So….I paced and timed and measured myself.  All in all – that day, I walked 9.9 miles.

It was a glorious day.

Afterwards, I went back to my hotel, showered, packed up and headed out for the road trip.

But, not without food.  We stopped for sandwiches just after getting out of San Francisco.  We found a local place in Pacifica called Colombo’s Delicatessen.

Binks had the Sicilian, which consisted of italian sausage and ricotta cheese.

The peppers made this sandwich.  Yes, that is my bite of HIS sandwich.  I believe in sharing.

I had the chicken Parmesan sandwich.  I usually don’t order this but it was their special for the day and I had to try.

Can I say saucy-licious?!

The best part was the bread.  This family owned and operated shop bakes their own delicious soft bread.  It made all the difference.

Although, I didn’t know it was going to be so huge so we saved the other half for later.

And, then we were off down the coast with nothing but blue skies.

What’s the craziest/longest/most challenging race you have completed?  Why was it so crazy/challenging for you?  How did you feel after?  How did you prep (physically and mentally for the race)?

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Less is More

Obviously, I love bread.  I bake it and have eaten more than my fair share.  But, nothing – and I mean nothing, makes bread so satisfying as using it for a sandwich.  Did I mention I’m a fan of sandwiches?

My favorite sandwich breads are sourdough, rye, potato (being one of my absolute favorites), and wheat.  When the Atkins fad came, I saw a proliferation of wraps to replace breads.  I tried to jump on the wrap wagon, but I missed the bus.  Something about it doesn’t cut it for me.  I missed the soft and pillowy texture of bread.  Moreover, wraps necessarily are not more healthy than bread.  (Check your labels!)

Then, I noticed these little suckers popping up everywhere:

Seemingly harmless. Surprisingly DELICIOUS.  Surprisingly because I was expecting to hate it.  Delicious because it really is soft and filling (5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein).

It went perfectly with my PB&J breakfast.

It even withstood the hard-to-spread PB that Binks likes to use.

Lunch was a Boca burger, light on the sides (unlike here) – just spinach, cheese, mustard and some dollops of hot sauce – I’ve been in a mood.

This bread really proves that you do not need a thick piece of bread to make your sandwich satisfying.  Nor do you need a thin wrap to make the sandwich any more healthy.

*Just like the milk, my reviews are my own.  Nature’s Own has no idea who I am.  I’m just happy with the product and wanted to share!

Are you a sandwich fan?  What’s your favorite sandwich?  Are you a bread fiend?  Have you tried sandwich thins?  Do you like it?

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Let’s Get Some Freaking French Toast!

I haven’t drank in a while.  So, when my friend turned 29 and requested that we go chill at a bar, I should have known that a margarita, half a shot (I share), and two beer would not treat me well. When I woke up the next morning, my eye lids were stuck together.  Dehydrated anyone?!

All I had on the brain was breakfast, and I was thinking pancakes.  Binks on the other hand was craving bacon like a mad man.  He looked through and through the fridge to see if we had any – despite my hoarse-self telling him we didn’t.  Refusing to let sleeping pigs lie, he headed for the grocery store.  One thing I can say about this man – he is a go-getter.

While the car sped away from the garage and after I got in a good eye-roll in at his antics, I went to the kitchen to see what I could create.

What else could there possibly be when you have milk, eggs, stale homemade bread?

My bread.

My breakfast station.  Notice in the upper left quadrant the crazy bacon man Binks.

Old and crusty becomes moist and fluffy.  Yes, I know what I just said.

Open wide!  Yes, I continue to know what I’m saying.

And just maybe the jar filled with heaven made an appearance.

Prior to this experience (and it was a glorious one), I had not eaten French toast for more than a year.  I never order it at restaurants because it always disappoints.  But, not this day.  This day, I grabbed a fork and savored each and every beautiful bite.

French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 small pinch of salt
  • 4 slices of thick stale bread

Directions:

  1. Add flour to a large but flat bowl.  You want to use this same bowl to soak up the bread.
  2. Whisk in one egg to the flour.
  3. Whisk in milk and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add cinnamon, sugar, and salt and stir.**
  5. Heat pan over medium heat.
  6. While the pan his heating, place bread slices in the mixture until soaked on each side.  (I typically soak each side for 30 seconds).
  7. Place soaked bread slices onto the pan and cook until golden brown on either side.

**Keep stirring the mixture in between soaking the slices so that the cinnamon doesn’t just float to the top, but rather stays incorporated into the mixture.

So really – grab a fork and start your eating journey up and down this beautiful piece of bread.  And, no, I will not stop talking. 🙂

Do you like French toast?  Would you drive to the store just to pick up some bacon?  Have you checked out Lindsay’s French Toast?  Have you seen The 40 Year Old Virgin? What do you like to eat when you’re hung over?

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No Knead Bread Is A Friend Indeed

So, since the invention of my Kitchen List, I have been on a mission to cook, cook, and cook.

First on my to-do list: Bittman.  😉

His no-knead bread really rocked the socks off much of the culinary world for many reasons.  First, because the art & science of bread-making is brought down to my level – the idea of making a beautiful artisan bread is now an easy reality!  Second, the bread is just damn good.  Binks and I have been eating this bread and butter for the past few days.  No judgment!

The process is easy.

Most of the time was spent allowing my new bread baby to bundle up and rest!

Your time and patience yields one of the best breads you will ever make!

My heart skipped a beat when I pulled this beauty out of the oven.  Yours would too!

The crust was perfectly crisp with a soft and chewy interior – just like you would find at any bakery.

Great with butter.

Great the next morning!

Great with the good stuff:

Enjoy your heart out!

Are you a bread fan? Do you bake bread? Have you tried the no-knead bread?

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Oh Mama!

Bread is my weakness.  Kill me.

Garlic is my lover.  Let’s make out.

Butter is my friend.  Hug me.

The kitchen is my temple.  Let’s pray.

Oh.

Good.

God.

 

Garlic Bread
Adapted from here

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp parsley leaves, minced

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to  350 F.
  • Mash the minced garlic and salt together.
  • Add butter and mesh.
  • Add olive oil, salt and parsley, and incorporate.
  • Lay bread down.
  • Leaving room on the bottom of the bread, cut 1 inch pieces.
  • In the cut spaces, spread with butter mixture.
  • Wrap in foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Unwrap and bake for 5 minutes.

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