Crazy Dough for Everything

My mother got this recipe for Crazy Dough from her friend over 20 years ago. At the time it was called “Universal Dough”, but now it is often referred to as “Crazy Dough”. This friend was so thrilled with the recipe because it was very simple to make and you could use it for almost anything you wanted....more

Beef Pot Pie

Made at home, in only two hours total. One hour there's no active work as the dough is just setting in the fridge. You can speed that up a bit by putting it in the freezer, for a few minutes. My suggestion is to make the dough ahead at least an hour, but I imagine you could make it ahead a few days and just freeze it until you're ready. I use Smitten Kitchen's flaky pie crust made with BUTTER!!...more

5 Surprising Reasons I Don’t Bake Bread in My Bread Machine

Can you tell which loaf was baked in a bread machine? Images: Courtesy of Salad in a Jar I‘ve said it before, but in case you are a new or disillusioned bread machine owner who has not found my blog yet, please keep reading. I almost never bake bread in my bread machine. Make no mistake! I love my bread machines (yes, I have several), but I use them for mixing and kneading only. ...more
I don't know that I've ever had bread machine bread that I enjoyed. However, we do regularly ...more

A pizza and beer party


Why you don't need to worry about over mixing dough

 Until this past week in pastry class, I fretted over the mixing of biscuits and pie dough.  You’ve heard the mantra from notable bakers and recipe writers: “Cut the butter into the flour only to pea size lumps, no smaller! Once you add the liquid, don’t over mix the dough, it will be tough!” All this did was make me nervous in the process, and most of the time my efforts ended in patchwork dough that proved dry and crumbly. Sound familiar?...more

Honey Wheat Bagels with Caraway and Poppy

Our Saturday morning bagel tradition lives on with our homemade version. The key to depth of flavor in this recipe is the long, slow overnight fermentation....more

Thanks @jreinman. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do :-)more

Peach Brioches

Fresh baked brioches with peach and cinnamon flavor interior, and crunchy sweet exterior. Perfect to start your day with along a cup of milk or coffee.

Put That Bread Machine to Work

Did you or someone in your family get a bread machine for Christmas? Bread machines can be a great tool for whipping up fresh, homemade bread and beyond in your kitchen this winter. Here are some ideas for ways to put that new tool to work. ...more
If I'm in a hurry I'll let my bread machine do all the work (which just so happens to be the ...more

Artichoke Pizza

I love pizza….as do most people I know.  I love that greasy stuff covered in pepperoni and covered in lava hot cheese.  It gets old though sometimes, you know?  Sometimes I want something different and that’s great because pizza is something that is great for experimentation.  There are so many different combinations of toppings that you could have a pizza night once a week and still have a lot of variety in your family menu. ...more