French Bread

Loaf of freshly baked French bread

When a wonderful reader (also known as my awesome cousin:) emailed me asking for a good homemade French bread recipe, I knew Peter Reinhart was where I had to turn.  I have made dozens of breads from his books and they rarely fail me.  This bread is so good that my husband and I ate an entire loaf one night … Read More

Whole Wheat Challah

Loaf of Whole Wheat Challah

Snowy cold weather and super short days are perfect reasons to jump headfirst back into baking bread on a regular basis. When the weather is nice and the sun is up until 9 p.m. it is often hard for me to hang around home long enough to get some bread baked. But now, at 5 p.m., when it is dark … Read More

Soft Italian Bread and Walnut Pesto

soft Italian bread with walnut pesto

Oh my good grief, this pesto is good.  I made it for the first time last year and this year I planted six basil plants to ensure that I would have enough basil to make this stuff by the bucketful.  It is great on pasta and really good slathered on some soft homemade bread.  Rumor has it that pesto can … Read More

Homemade Naan

Plate stacked with warm homemade naan

For a time, I lived in the lovely but rainy city of Seattle. There, I worked at a humane society where, probably needless to say, most of my co-workers were at the least vegetarian, and many vegan. Occasionally after work, we would all go out to dinner. One night, we went for Indian food, my very first time. This meat … Read More

100 Percent Whole Wheat Bread

For Christmas, my sister-in-law got me Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Bread’s.  Until now I have been too busy to even sit down and read it, let alone make anything out of it.  I have been interested in getting into whole grain breads for a little while now, several people, both friends and family have to switch over to whole wheat … Read More

Sourdough Bread

I know, I know, no one has ever heard of Big Rock Sourdough. It certainly won’t be sweeping the nation like San Francisco Sourdough, but it was a tasty creation in my kitchen this weekend. The crust was crusty, the inside was nice and chewy. The crumb was tight. The sour flavor was a bit light if you are … Read More