Seasonal Sundays (Week 4) Quick Breads

Seven out-of-the-ordinary quick breads, both savory and sweet, ones to supplement an otherwise skimpy or frugal supper, ones to snack on over the weekend. I hope you'll find one or two destined as "keepers" in your own recipe repertoire.

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

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It's a journey, for sure, clearing out the freezer, the pantry, the fridge, using up and making do, forgoing perfection for frugality.

The one thing that consistently helps when dinner isn't up to usual standards?

Just-baked bread. A loaf awaiting a knife on the counter.

Yes, yeast breads work especially well but who, even those of us who work from home, have time for that every couple of days?

Enter that ranging category of breads called "quick breads" – not because they're quick to make, although usually, they are – but to remind us that their leavening, the substances that make them rise up light and pleasing is not yeast but baking powder and/or baking soda.

So here are some quick breads that are a little out of the ordinary.

Some lean sweet, more dessert-ish than dinner-ish.

Others lean savory, definitely a slice for the plate. And let us not forget that my personal last-minute favorites, corn bread and biscuits are also quick breads, as are everyone's favorite breakfast muffins and pancakes.

Have a carb-y week ... tee hee.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: Winter skies are amazing! Not just the long-lasting sunset brilliance but the clour formations when the winds are high and fast, as they've been these past weeks.

In Praise Of ...

  • ... CBS Sunday Morning, a "church" of America, kind of, since launched way back in 1979. Stream the most recent episode right on CBS, no app required. My favorite part comes at the very end, calming nature video, two full minutes of quiet calm. It's usually featured in a stand-alone clip below the full video.
  • ... a "rain shower" thanks to a simple new shower head that installed with just a twist or two on existing hardware, perhaps the best $30 household upgrade made during the pandemic.
  • ... a friend who calls out of the blue, no agenda except to catch up a little after too long, not exactly the eight-minute phone call (NYT, no paywall) the NYT's Happiness Project says has "secret power" but welcomed and appreciated, for sure.

Democracy Matters

The country needs calm, thoughtful and assertive voices amid the chaos inflicted by a minority hellbent on taking/retaining generational power by strangling democratic principles and equal rights. None of us have to personally change the world. We just have to do our part. Pick one thing for the top of your To Do List this week.

TO DO: Stand up against Misinformation & Disinformation.

Let's remember the difference, using a mnemonic device, aka a memory jogger. [More Info? Try Memory Aids]

  • MISinformation = MISLEADING info, misguided or ill-informed but without ill will.
  • DISinformation = DASTARDLY lies spread with intention, even knowing the info is false.

SEASONAL INSPIRATION: Seven Quick Breads, Savory & Sweet

Quick Brown Bread, an old-fashioned molasses bread ♥ No Egg. No Added Fat. No Yeast.

Shhh Banana Bread ♥, healthy low-fat banana bread, just 1 tablespoon oil and whole wheat flour. Weight Watchers Friendly!

Zucchini Bread with Pumpkin, a season-crossing quick bread ♥, part zucchini bread, part pumpkin bread, part spice cake. After a healthy makeover, Half the Calories. Great for Make-Ahead & Food Gifts.

Savory Cornmeal Muffins ♥, spiked with chili powder, a little jalapeno and red pepper, very decidedly savory. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Excellent with Chili, Mexican & Cajun Food.

Artichoke Asiago Cheese Bread ♥ Savory quick bread made with artichoke hearts, olives and cubes of asiago cheese.

Mom's Perfect Biscuits, the family recipe, perfected by three generations of biscuit makers and one persistent food blogger. The secret ingredient? One egg.

Sunshine Orange Muffins ♥, barely sweet, sweetened mostly with a whole orange and one of my favorite pantry ingredients for a flavor boost, frozen orange juice concentrate.

What's Brand-Spanking New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Bites ♥ A surprisingly popular vegetable appetizer at parties and potlucks.

Just Updated!

Italian Lemon Chicken ♥ Cook like an Italian grandmother, tender, garlicky chicken breasts.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio ♥ Simple Italian spaghetti with garlic and olive oil.

Quick 'n' Easy Raw Salad ♥, my own healthy habit that I hope will inspire yours, too.

Crockpot Chili with Spicy Sausage ♥, just cook ground beef and spicy sausage, then dump it all into a slow cooker or Dutch oven for slow cooking in the oven or on the stove. Meaty and man-friendly!

Something to Read

How is Louise Penny on her 18th book and I'm only now really into her work?!

First off, she's Canadian and second off, she's almost exactly my age and third off, while her books are set in Quebec, she lived in Thunder Bay and most importantly Winnipeg which is "home" on my mom's side.

But now I've read Book #1 and Book #18 and fully expect that #2 through #17 will get read during the next year or two. These are "mysteries" but are full of arcane historical and contemporary information and observations. Book #18 is dark, even frightening, enough that I found I couldn't listen during the night to fall back asleep.

It all started with the new Amazon Prime series called Three Pines which I also recommend. It veers from Penny's books in significant ways but is an enjoyable serial watch.

Don't Be a Stranger ...

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail (my current address is in the FAQs), dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, get the dog to yip, toss me a note wrapped in a rubberband, write a message in the sky, scratch a note in the sand, listen to a seashell, tuck a question into a plastic Easter egg, whatever.

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