The hubby and I have recently started a new tradition in our house: order-in-Friday. Order-in-Friday is spectacular. Not only do I have food prepared for me, and not only is the food splurge-worthy, but I don’t even have to leave the house.
I love to bake (I'm sure you know that by now!) but as I've mentioned before, I am more of a savory/salty vs. sweet kind of gal. I would take baguette with butter over a brownie anyday. So lately I've been trying more savory baking items such as crackers and these savory cupcakes. If you Google savory cupcakes you're likely to get a something like a vanilla cupcake with a piece of bacon on top.
Pão de queijo are super easy to make at home. I had my first pão de queijo at a Brazilian restaurant in Atlanta over five years ago, and I still dream about it. It was crispy outside but amazingly soft and chewy inside, and its cheese flavor was so ephemeral and haunting that I had to eat several more just to fix it in my mind. Well, I'm in trouble now because I just discovered that these little cheese puffs?
We’re in limbo between Christmas and New Year’s, and to me this is the perfect time to talk about homemade bagels. Many of us have a blessed extra day or two off of work, and may find ourselves with an extra moment to spend in the kitchen. New Year’s resolutions and diets are looming so if there was ever a time to enjoy an amazing homemade carb bomb, it would be now.
We are carb lovers at our house, so when I saw the Braided Spaghetti Bread recipe in the Rhodes Home Baked Family Favorites with frozen dough cookbook I knew we would love it. This is a really simple recipe; it just takes a little planning for thawing the dough. It will take 2-3 hours for the bread loaf to thaw to room temperature or 1-2 hours for the rolls to thaw to room temperature. You will need:
I’ve never been a light eater. Meaning.. The term moderation doesn’t do well with me. And sure, I am good at taking a bite here and there of delicious sinful foods…but if I have a plate full in front of me.. I finish the entire plate. And even get seconds.
I frequently lament that I need another freezer. We have your standard apartment fridge-and-freezer combo, but our freezer is, shall I say, stuffed . Filled to the brim.
I've come across numerous copy cat recipes for King's Hawaiian Bread. Some had the additions of potato flakes and flaked coconut. While these versions sound interesting and delicious, I settled for the recipe that was the simplest and which I had all the ingredients in my pantry. The original recipe is written below, however I did substitute half of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour.
Continuing with the Sunday dinner recipes ... These little golden balls are basically a good excuse to eat fried corn bread. They are a great side/bread to have on the table when serving seafood and/or barbecue.
This weekend we went to the Piedmont Park Green Market. This market is a little smaller than some of the others, but has some quality vendors and is in a fun location. I bought some awesome produce (shown below) and smelled the handmade soaps while Higgins (shown at top) also participated in two of his favorite activities: pulling us down to say hi to other dogs and begging the treat lady for more snacks. It’s a good thing he’s cute. After our market visit, we strolled through the green grass of the park enjoying the summer sunshine and listening to the sweet whistling songs of the bluebirds building their nests. practically ran to the car because it is August in Atlanta and about a million degrees outside.
What? Yep, that's right, 7up biscuits. Some places on the internets call these Popeye's Biscuits - I guess they taste like the biscuits from the chicken place. All I know is that these were the best biscuits that I've ever made - hands down! They were light and fluffy. They only have three ingredients - quick and easy!
Literally as soon as I took the Bloomin’ Onion Bread out of the oven my mind started racing of all the different possibilities and ways I could make this style of bread. I’m always thinking of entertaining so the concept of a bread that everyone can just pull off and eat is interactive and perfect for company. My first thought was a pizza infused bread because that’s always a crowd favorite and that’s how this baby was born. So this weekend take a warm piece of sourdough bread glazed with Parmesan and garlic butter, oozing with melted cheese and pepperoni, and dip it in warm pizza sauce! Yum! Ingredients