Oct 31, 2016

Wok Wednesdays | The Breath of a Wok

Beginning in September, after completing Stir Frying to the Sky's Edge, the Wok Wednesdays group has begun wokking our way through Grace Young's earlier book, The Breath of a Wok: Unlocking the Spirit of Chinese Wok Cooking Through Recipes and Lore. This is an intimate book, with so many stories about the chefs who contributed the recipes, as well as over 50 pages on buying and seasoning a wok. This is not just a cook book. It is a work of love and a cultural treasure.

Here's what I've made so far.....

Jean Yueh's Beef with Onions and Peppers

The photo above is of Jean Yueh's Beef with Onions and Peppers. According to the author, "this is a simple Shanghai-style family dish...." It's a simple dish, naturally sweet from the onions and peppers. We loved it.

Candied Ginger and Oatmeal Muffins | #MuffinMonday

These Candied Ginger and Oatmeal Muffins combine the goodness of oatmeal, whole wheat flour, and candied ginger. 


Candied Ginger and Oatmeal Muffins combine the goodness of oatmeal, whole wheat flour, and candied ginger.

The candied ginger adds just the right amount of spiciness to these muffins. Along with the rolled oats, I used a combination of white whole wheat flour and "regular" whole wheat flour.

Oct 23, 2016

Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza

This Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza is both sweet and savory. The no knead dough is so easy to make as well. 


This Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza is both sweet and savory. The no knead dough is so easy to make as well.

This Asian Pear and Smoked Sausage Flatbread Pizza also includes red onions tossed in fresh thyme and olive oil, all baked on a bed of Fontina cheese.

Oct 20, 2016

Spicy Angel Hair Pasta with Halibut and Tomatoes | #FishFridayFoodies

This Spicy Angel Hair Pasta with Halibut and Tomatoes is such a satisfying Mediterranean style dish. 


This Spicy Angel Hair Pasta with Halibut and Tomatoes is such a satisfying Mediterranean style dish.

This dish of spicy angel hair pasta with halibut and tomatoes includes the most amazing halibut from Alaska.

Oct 18, 2016

Caramel Apple Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

These Caramel Apple Cookies are soft and moist, and are so reminiscent of  the flavors of fall. 


These Caramel Apple Cookies are soft and moist, and are so reminiscent of  the flavors of fall.

As a nutritional bonus, these caramel apple cookies are made with whole wheat flour. I also used demerara sugar, which adds a wonderful caramel flavor... perfect with the apples.

Oct 16, 2016

Asiago Cheese Bagels

These Asiago Cheese Bagels are both stuffed and topped with melted cheese. Bread and melted cheese.... doesn't that sound magical?


These Copycat Panera Bread Asiago Cheese Bagels are both stuffed and topped with melted cheese. Bread and melted cheese.... doesn't that sound magical?

These bagels are a copycat of Panera Bread's most popular bagel. I had no idea these asiago cheese bagels existed, but when the "asiago cheese bagel incident" happened at work, I knew I had to figure out how to make these.

Oct 13, 2016

Potato Bread | Potato Pain de Mie

This potato bread is so perfect for toast or gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. 


This potato bread is so perfect for toast or gooey grilled cheese sandwiches

I baked this potato bread in a pain de mie pan, also know as a Pullman pan, which results in a long loaf with four corners, but you can also make it in a regular 10" by 5" two pound loaf pan, or two 8 1/2" by 4 1/2"one pound loaf pans.

Oct 10, 2016

Mini Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel

These Mini Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel are so ridiculously delicious and creamy. 


These Mini Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel are so ridiculously delicious and creamy.

I'm not sure what it its about this cheesecake recipe, but the combination of ingredients is pretty amazing.

Oct 8, 2016

Spelt Pita Bread

This spelt pita bread, made with a mixture of whole grain spelt and all purpose spelt, is so much fun to bake. 


This spelt pita bread, made with a mixture of whole grain spelt and all purpose spelt, is so much fun to bake.


Baking pita bread requires a super hot oven equipped with a baking stone, and a very short baking time. If you are like me, and love staring through the window of your oven as your bread bakes, you will enjoy making this bread.

Oct 4, 2016

Bread Box Round Up for October 2016

Welcome to the Bread Box Round Up for October 2016, a collection of wonderful loaves, rolls, and flatbreads. 
October Bread Round Up
Each month, I am posting a round up of homemade and artisan breads from around the blogosphere.

Want to add your bread to the Bread Box? I'd love to share your homemade bread. Check out the instructions at the end of this post. Send me your breads, flatbreads, pizzas, buns... anything with yeast or sourdough.

Oct 2, 2016

Greek Salad

This Greek Salad is really simple, but exceptionally tasty. 


This Greek Salad is really simple, but exceptionally tasty.

Greek salad has such a fresh flavor. It is typically tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives drizzled with an olive oil based dressing. It can also include red onions and green bell peppers. Unlike what you might find at a Greek fast food restaurant around here, there is no lettuce heavily drenched in creamy "Greek" dressing.