Dark Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Dark Brown Sugar Banana Bread

My family loves bananas.  The unfortunate thing with bananas, is that no matter how fast we eat them, we always end up with a couple overripe ones.  Luckily, we love banana bread.  So much so, that we make it about once a week.  We have a go to recipe, but it did not have the … Read moreDark Brown Sugar Banana Bread

Bread And Circus Inspires Naked Juice (Sponsored)

Naked Juice Green Machine

Libby and Brady Birky, devoted countless hours to soup kitchens before quitting their day jobs to open Same Cafe, the first non-profit restaurant in Denver. Their menu consists of fresh organic ingredients from local farms and is prepped by a volunteer kitchen. The mission is making healthy food available for all. Patrons give what they … Read moreBread And Circus Inspires Naked Juice (Sponsored)

Not so Epic Fail – Cheese Strip Danish

Cheese Strip Danish

Dana and I love Entenmann’s Cheese Strip Danish.  So I decided to try to recreate it.  Well I was partially there, but it was a fail.  I failed to let the danish proof so the final product was a little dense. Further, I am pretty sure that the instant yeast that I purchased did not activate. … Read moreNot so Epic Fail – Cheese Strip Danish

Glazed Pumpkin Loaf

Glazed Pumpkin Loaf

During this time of year I always like to make a few pumpkin inspired dishes.  This one is quite possibly my favorite.  It is delicious and the glaze adds a nice sweetness that keeps you coming back for more. Glazed Pumpkin Loaf Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour two loaf pans and set aside. … Read moreGlazed Pumpkin Loaf

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Bread

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Bread

Ever since I was a kid, the holidays meant it was time for hors d’ouerves / appetizers.  Since everyone is coming and going, my Mom would always have a table full of them.  For this reason, I am always on the lookout for new and interesting ideas.  I stumbled upon a single picture that excited my taste buds.  It was a picture of a round of sourdough bread that was sliced to resemble a porcupine and then covered with bacon and cheese.  To my surprise, the bread was also drenched in ranch flavored butter.  So I made it for Dana and it was a hit.  I can see why it is nicknamed “Crack Bread”.

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Homemade Stove Top Stuffing

Homemade Stove Top Stuffing

I love stove top stuffing.  There is something about the easy directions and great flavor that keeps me going back for more.  I love it! However, when you have a food blog, everyone wants you to make everything from scratch.  Who knew that it was a faux pas to serve boxed stuffing to your friends and family when you write about food. Well, you don’t need to tell me again.  I make my stuffing from scratch from now on.  Even though I base my flavors on boxed stuffing, haha.

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Banana Bread

Banana Bread

I purchased a bunch of bananas last week. That was before I realized how long I was going to be gone for Memphis. I ended up being in Memphis for 5+ days. So when I came back, I had a bunch of extremely ripe bananas. So I decided to make some banana bread. I love banana bread. I really enjoy it with fresh butter spread on it. Maybe it is me, but Dana was not having it. She said I was crazy for adding butter. I made her take a bite and I am proud to say that she is a convert. Am I weird for liking butter on banana bread?  Let me know what you guys think.  Before judging, make sure to try it out first.
Banana Bread

Banana Bread fresh out of the oven topped with a light spread of butter.

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Panzanella Skewers with Sherry Vinaigrette

Panzanella Skewers

I am always looking for a new way to spice up a salad.  So when I came across this recipe, I knew I had a winner.  Grilled tomatoes and bread served over a nice green salad.  The smokiness of grilled tomatoes and bread add a unique flavor to this salad.

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Whole Wheat No-Knead Bread

Earlier this week I made a loaf of No-Knead Bread.  It was awesome.  The crust was crunchy and delicious.  So I decided to try a different type of bread.  Whole Wheat.  Granted it is not that different but the whole wheat flour made the bread react differently.  Granted the loaf looks delicious, it needed a few more hours of rising time.

Whole Wheat No-Knead Bread

Once again the loaf came out amazing looking.  The crust was dark and crunchy.

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No Knead Bread

My friend Nick over at Macheesmo is always raving about No Knead Bread.  So I decided to look it up.  It is a simple recipe with just four ingredients.  Flour, salt, water and yeast.  No Knead Bread was devised by Jim Lahey of the Sullivan Street Bakery in NYC. He devised a method that takes little effort and produces a superior product.  I have been unable to partake as it requires a Cast Iron Dutch Oven to make perfectly.  Luckily my Mother and Father love me and bought me an enameled cast iron pan for Christmas.  So I decided to make a loaf of No Knead Bread.

The rustic loaf
The rustic loaf

The bread came out crusty and delicious.  I still can’t believe the flavor.

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English Muffin Bread

Earlier this week Nick over at Macheesmo made english muffins.  This reminded me of the english muffin bread that my mom buys from the local Amish Community.  The bread is light and airy and toasts beautifully.  I wanted to recreate that bread.  Here is my shot at it.

Perfect with homemade strawberry jam
Perfect with homemade strawberry jam

Unlike most bread dough’s you do not knead this one.  It is a wetter batter than most bread doughs.  Since it is a wet dough make sure to immediately wash all utensils and bowls that had the dough in it.  If you don’t it will be really hard to clean as the wet dough dries into cement.

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