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Easy Everyday Bread for the Stand Mixer

Our house bread recipe, My Easy Everyday Bread Recipe , now adapted for the stand mixer. It's made with a good measure of whole wheat flour and studded with oatmeal, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, whatever you've got. The crust is soft and easy to cut through while the bread itself has that even crumb that makes it work so well for sandwiches, toast and you know, a heel at a time ... still warm from the oven, with a smidgen of butter. Ready to bake bread now? I thought so. Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Weight Watchers Friendly. Great for Meal Prep, Keeps for Days & Freezes Well.

Is a Stand Mixer Better for Kneading Bread Dough?

Which is better, kneading bread dough by hand or kneading it with a stand mixer? Here you'll see the pros and cons for each method, the reasons why a stand mixer does a better job but also why kneading bread by hand remains the better option. The obvious conclusion? It depends. Here you'll also learn how to mix and knead dough using a stand mixer with a dough hook and even how to convert your own favorite hand-kneaded yeast bread to mixing and kneading with your mixer. C'mon, bread bakers, let's get floured up! A Practical Look at Kneading Bread Dough with a Stand Mixer.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 14)

Where were you on the Leap Year, February 29th, a month ago today? It seems like an age or twenty ago, doesn't it? Or maybe, like Leap Year, just four years ago.

Slow-Cooked Greens with Smoked Turkey

How to Cook a Mess o' Greens with a Smoked Turkey Leg Greens so good, you'll want to eat the pot! At least that's what the nice lady in the doctor's office claimed, when she walked me through how to cook greens like she's been cooking them for sixty years and before that her mama and before that her grandmama. Her daughter and I were both taking mad notes ... Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Slow Cooked on the Stovetop or in the Oven. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein. Great for Meal Prep.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 13)

Hello from the normal-not-normal world of sheltering in place ... thinking about service and sacrifice.

Easy Egg Recipes

Raise your hand if you join me in loving eggs not just for breakfast but also for dinner! Here I'm sharing some of my favorite ways to cook eggs. Some are the basic ways to cook eggs – you know, the specific techniques for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs and Perfect Poached Eggs . But I think you might just love not only our favorite way to scramble eggs ( Mexican ) but also the way I learned to cook eggs from my dad ( Gashouse Eggs , the old-time comfort food with so many names) and my sister's famous "Egg McMoms" ( Homemade Egg McMuffins ). And sooooo many more ways to cook eggs! So hey! Move over Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday. Pancake Night and "Egg Night" are coming on strong! For Sure, The Incredible Edible Egg. "Put an Egg On Top". Real Food, Fresh, Fast & Flexible. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein. Vegetarian.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 12) Mid March

Virtual Elbow Bumps, People ...

Chicken Stew with Chickpeas & Kale

Two things I love about coming back home at night: The lights already on as if to say, “Hey, welcome home! How was your day?” and supper all a-simmer, filling the kitchen with spicy warmth. This chicken stew? It’s great to come home to, just chicken, chickpeas and vegetables, a hearty, satisfying mix of color, texture and flavor. To match? Here you'll find two ways to cook this easy one-pot chicken dinner, one on the stove and the other in your slow cooker. Both are so good! A total win, people! Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb (Just Skip the Chickpeas). Naturally Gluten Free. High Protein. Great for Meal Prep.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 11) Mid March

Here on the cusp of winter and spring, a collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Refrigerator Pickled Beets

Calling all beet lovers! I'm thrilled to share this long-time recipe for easy pickled beets. Great news, they don't need canning but keep for weeks and weeks in the refrigerator. I start with canned beets from the grocery store but you can also use fresh beets, just roast them first. These beets are super-simple to make whether a small batch or a large batch. We mostly eat them one or two at a time with impromptu supper salads but much to my surprise, beet pickles are really popular at parties! No Canning Required. Great for Meal Prep. Vegan. Low Calorie. Low Sugar. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 10) Early March

A quick read and a collection of late-winter recipes and ideas ... plus the elephant in the room, the novel coronavirus and what we're doing to prepare.