Sunday, January 25, 2009

Whole Wheat Bread

3/4 cup warm water
2 tsp yeast

6 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups warm water
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup orange juice

Combine yeast and 3/4 cup warm water, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes to proof the yeast.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Knead dough until smooth and elastic, then place in a greased bowl and let it rise (somewhere warm) until doubled.  Divide into two bread pans and let rise for about 45 minutes, then bake at 350˚ for 1 hour.  Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Adapted from Angel A's recipe

Friday, January 23, 2009

Spinach and Feta Braid

1/4 - 1/2 recipe of Challah dough, risen once
1 lb fresh spinach
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
8 oz feta cheese
pine nuts (optional)

1 egg, beaten
poppy seeds (optional)

Saute spinach in olive oil until wilted, then drain well.  On a greased baking sheet, roll Challah dough into a 8" x 18" rectangle about 1/8 inch thick.  Layer feta down the center, then top with spinach and pine nuts (optional).  Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut strips down each side, about 1/2 inch wide.  Starting at one end, crisscross the strips at slight angles so that it looks like a braid.  Tuck the ends under.  Place in a warm spot and let it rise for 40 minutes.  Brush with egg, and sprinkle with poppy seeds (optional).  Bake at 350˚ for about 30 minutes, until nicely browned.

Honey-Garlic Chicken

6 chicken breasts
garlic powder
salt and pepper

1 egg yolk
2 TBSP honey
4 TBSP melted butter

Rub garlic powder, salt and pepper into both sides of each chicken breast.  Mix together egg yolk, honey, and butter and brush onto the tops.  Place on racks on a rimmed baking sheet.  Bake at 350˚ for 30 minutes, then turn breasts over and brush with remaining egg mixture.  Bake at 400˚ for 10 more minutes, or until done.

Simple, No-Knead Bread

2 1/4 tsp yeast
2 TBSP honey
1 tsp salt
2 cups warm water

2 cups flour
2 cups whole wheat flour

Combine yeast, honey, salt, and water and let it sit for 10 minutes to proof.  Add flours and mix well.  Let rise in a greased bowl for 1 1/2 hours.  Shape into two loaves on a baking sheet (optional:  sprinkle with wheat germ) and cook at 375˚ for 30 minutes.

Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

2 TBSP honey
1 tsp salt
1 tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp mustard
1/3 cup lime or lemon juice
1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Blend together in a blender, adding oil last.  

(I store it in the fridge -- it separates, but blends back together easily if you shake it regularly.)

Adapted from Amy K's recipe

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


1/2 cup warm water
drizzle of honey
2 TBSP yeast

1 cup warm water
1/2 cup honey
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt
5+ cups flour (may take up to 9 cups)

Combine 1/2 cup warm water, drizzle of honey, and yeast in a large bowl.  When the yeast is foamy, add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed.  Add flour until the dough is smooth, and knead for about 10 minutes.  Place dough in a greased bowl, oil the top of the dough and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.  

Punch down.  To make the braids, divide the dough into eight equal parts and roll each piece into a rope about 14 inches long and an inch thick.  Lay four ropes side by side and pinch the tops together.  Braid tightly, starting on the left, by taking the left rope over two ropes and under one.  Continue the pattern until the braid is complete and fold the ends under.  Repeat for the second loaf.  Place braids on greased baking sheets and cover.  Let rise in a warm place for 25-30 minutes.  

Brush the tops of the dough with a beaten egg (or two), and bake at 350˚ for 30-40 minutes, until done.  Cool, covered, on wire racks.

Adapted from  For better braiding instructions and pictures, click here.

Spaghetti Sauce

This recipe makes 4 quarts of spaghetti sauce.

2 quarts tomato juice
2 quarts tomato paste
3 tsp garlic, minced
3 TBSP Italian Seasoning
1 TBSP + 1 1/2 tsp salt
3 TBSP sugar

Mix together in a large pot, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour or spelt flour
2 1/2 cups buttermilk (or yogurt or kefir)

3 eggs
1/8 cup honey
2 tsp baking powder (sifted)
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup coconut oil (or softened butter)
1/4 tsp sea salt

Combine flour and buttermilk in a glass mixing bowl and cover with a towel.  Allow to sit out at room temperature for 8-12 hours.

When ready to cook, add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.  Pour about 1/4 cup batter on a pre-heated skillet over medium heat, and cook pancakes until puffed, bubbly and dry around edges, then turn and cook until golden brown.


16 oz. whole wheat lasagna noodles
2 TBSP butter
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups (or 2 6 oz. cans) tomato paste
5 cups crushed tomatoes
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
16 oz. cottage cheese
1 lb. Swiss cheese, sliced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions.  While lasagna is cooking, melt butter in large skillet and add onion and garlic.  Cook gently for 5 minutes, then add sausage.  Stir frequently until sausage is cooked through.  Stir in tomato paste, tomatoes, and spices.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.  Grease a large baking dish and using about 1/3 of each, layer meat sauce, noodles, cottage cheese, Swiss cheese and Parmesan.  Repeat 2 more times, topping with the last of the Parmesan.  Bake at 350˚ for about 35-40 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and cheese is lightly browned.

Adapted from Melissa B's Italian Lasagna recipe

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuna Noodle Casserole

1 TBSP butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup milk
1/2 recipe Cream of Mushroom Soup (or one can)
3 cups cooked pasta (rotini)
1 1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
12 oz. can albacore tuna
1/3 cup bread crumbs (optional)
2 TBSP Parmesan cheese

Saute onion in butter for 3 minutes. Add milk and soup, cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Combine all ingredients except crumbs and cheese; sprinkle on top. Bake at 450˚ for 15 minutes or until bubbly.

Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine

Monday, January 12, 2009

Turkey Tetrazzini

2/3 cup skim milk
1/2 recipe Cream of Mushroom soup (or one can)
1 16 oz. jar Alfredo sauce
3 1/2 - 4 cups chopped cooked turkey, or chicken
12 - 16 oz. thin spaghetti
1 pkg frozen petite peas, thawed
1 8 oz. pkg sliced fresh mushrooms
1 1/2 cups shredded baby Swiss cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 tsp. paprika

Cook spaghetti noodles.  Whisk together soup and milk, then whisk in Alfredo sauce.  Stir in chopped meat, cooked spaghetti noodles, peas, mushrooms, Swiss cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.  Pour into a lightly greased 10x15 baking dish.  Sprinkle remaining Parmesan and paprika over the top.  Bake, covered, at 375˚ for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake 15 more minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Emily Lu's recipe