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Whole-Wheat Soda Bread

Traditional Irish soda bread recipe, updated with whole-wheat flour. Sure, you can buy bread in plastic bags from the grocery, in logs from the freezer section, even in paper sacks from the bakery.But the best bread comes straight out of your own oven, hot and ready to dunk into soup or lather with butter and honey.Soda bread is what’s called ‘quick bread’. For sure, it’s quick to make. But in the kitchen, ‘quick’ means that the leavening action (what makes the bread rise) comes from something other than yeast, usually baking powder or baking soda, in this bread, both. So some night soon, impress your family – and yourself! – with a crusty, delicious loaf of bread hot from your own oven. They’ll beg for more! ALANNA's TIPS Always, always always! stir flour to aerate it before measuring. Otherwise, you’ll use up to 25% more flour than is intended and your bread, your muffins, all your baked goods will be heavy and tough. Not good! Whole-wheat pastry flour is different than whole…

Salmon Chowder

A creamy but low-fat chowder made with chunks of fresh salmon in a creamy broth with carrot, potato and fresh fennel. This is a soul-satisfying soup, here on the cusp of winter-to-spring. Surprisingly low in calories and Weight Watchers Friendly! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~


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Salmon Chowder was one of 2006's "Best Recipes"!Best Recipes of 2006 Is There a "Faux Food" You'd Like Food Scientists to Invent?You won’t find many faux foods in Kitchen Parade. But once in awhile, along comes a product worth touting.For months, I ignored the raves about fat-free half ‘n’ half. Like low-fat butter, it sounded too good to be true, tempting with promise but certain to disappoint. Once tried, however, it was instantly a refrigerator staple, especially for creamy essence in soups like this week’s SALMON CHOWDER.But truth be told, some times this product disappoints. Its calorie count is up there with whole milk’s even if the fat grams match up with skim’s. B…

Banana Floats

The Reader Recipe: An old-fashioned dessert, part Orange Julius, part root beer float. Kitchen Parade loves! loves! loves! recipes from readers!!!This recipe comes from a reader in South Dakota: “This is an old recipe I grew up with. It is light and served in a sherbet glass. At my home, we always had it after a big meal with roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, potatoes, gravy and lots of vegetables. In those days, we didn’t worry about fat!”Thank you, Marilyn! Banana Floats are a perfect treat for this will-it-be-cold-or-warm-today? time as late winter slopes into early spring.The days are noticeably longer, leafy daffodil tendrils burst lightward, knobby hyacinth bulbs nudge aside the dirt. Even if snow falls again, spring will soon don its flowery bonnet. But speaking of fat, is your coffee shop abuzz with questions about the new study that says a low-fat diet doesn’t prevent breast cancer? and the one that suggests chocolate lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of death?Research f…