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Baked Spaghetti Casserole, Soft Bread Machine Breadsticks, and an Announcement

Are you trying to put together a menu for Mother's Day, a graduation party, or Memorial Day? Here are a couple of ideas. Try this recipe for Baked Spaghetti with Cream Cheese with French Fried Onion Rings on top (the secret ingredient that makes this spaghetti memorable). You can make it ahead...
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27 days ago • 1 min read

A Cheap and Easy Sourdough Starter with Yogurt Whey

Making sourdough bread or yogurt feels like a science experiment with God. When I set up a welcoming environment, God makes it happen. Making sourdough or yogurt turns into a kitchen miracle when using the marvelous bacteria He created. In my latest post, I show you how to make a sourdough...
about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Should I sift the flour when making bread?

I grew up always sifting flour before measuring when baking anything. Is it necessary when baking bread? Disclaimer: This discussion applies only to bread, not pastries, cakes, or cookies) Two reasons you don't have to sift flour when making bread: According to Bon Appetit: "Modern techniques...
about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Do You Know the Difference Between Bread Flour and All-Purpose Flour?

Can I substitute all-purpose flour for bread flour?" It's one of the most common questions people ask when making bread--especially beginners with a new bread machine. Best Japanese Milk Bread Dinner Rolls made with Tangzhong and a Bread Machine (New! whole wheat variation)​ Here are the...
about 2 months ago • 1 min read

What is the hardest part of cooking a holiday meal for you?

Coming up with a menu for a holiday meal is the hardest part for me. I long for somebody to just tell me what they want. Even better is when they beg for their favorite recipe from my repertoire. But when I ask my husband and extended family what they want for Easter dinner, I usually get...
2 months ago • 2 min read

Are you looking for a tasty tradition to celebrate Good Friday?

Have you tried making Hot Cross Buns with your bread maker (or stand mixer)? These sweet rolls are a Good Friday tradition often observed in Britain and other Commonwealth nations. However, I only realized how many Americans enjoy them once I got several requests from readers for a bread machine...
3 months ago • 1 min read

Which starter is best? (and a recipe for a high-protein PB yogurt snack)

Which starter is best for making yogurt--store-bought yogurt or a traditional freeze-dried starter? These are the two most common types of starter used by homemade yogurt makers. I like to compare them to colorful hydrangeas with the humongous blooms--both the kind you buy in full bloom at the...
3 months ago • 2 min read

Will my bread be better if I increase the yeast?

Have you ever wondered if adding more yeast would improve the texture of your bread? Unfortunately, more yeast may help your bread rise faster (which is not good) but will not make your bread lighter in texture. Question #1: What does it hurt if my bread rises faster? 1. The faster yeast dough...
3 months ago • 1 min read

Leftover Bread Crumbs Find Happiness with Yogurt in this Easy Dessert

Bread and yogurt makers have a similar problem. Sometimes we make more than we can eat or give away. This is my latest solution. The inspiration for this dessert comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Helen Corbitt's Cookbook. Ms. Corbitt called this Cake Crumb Pudding. However, I use bread...
3 months ago • 1 min read

Food You'll Be Excited to Share on Superbowl Sunday or Valentine's Day

Did you know it's a rule that you can't make anything too healthy on Superbowl Sunday? So, in the spirit of fun, here are some shareable candidates. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Jalapeno Bites These appetizers bake up perfectly in an air-fryer--much more manageable than firing up the grill. See the...
4 months ago • 1 min read
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