Hasselback Butternut Squash with Fresh Thyme

Do you have your Thanksgiving menu set?  You may want to make room for just one more side dish.  Namely, this Hasselback Butternut Squash.  Its buttery, herby, and just the right amount of sweet.  Dare I say, it could even replace your aunt’s yams… Also, if there is ever a Thanksgiving foods beauty pageant, this would be a serious contender.  If it weren’t so darn delicious, I would feel bad about ruining “the pretty.”  But thankfully, it is; so I don’t. I’m sure this shocks exactly no one, but I am a big ole fan of lots of veggie side dishes on holidays full of food gluttony.   Heavy mashed…

Gingerbread Cake with Rye Flour

Have you baked with Rye flour yet?  I posted a pumpkin almond butter cookie recipe earlier this week that also uses rye flour.  And be prepared for a number of upcoming rye flour recipes!  If you like dense, gooey texture in baked goods, then we will get along just fine.  And also, you will love baking with rye flour! Ok, prepare yourselves for some super nerdy baking science. Let me just get my lab coat and thick rimmed glasses.  I want to look official while dropping some serious rye flour knowledge.  Ready? Rye flour contains less gluten than wheat flours and the gluten that it contains is less elastic.  When…

Pumpkin and Almond Butter Cookies

You guys!!  Have you tried baking with Rye flour yet?  I am hooked!  Not only does rye flour retain more nutrients than wheat flour, but it contains a less elastic gluten which results in a more compact and dense finished product.  So basically if you want a light and fluffy cake, rye flour is not your friend.  But, if you want a dense gooey pumpkin almond butter cookie, it is your new best friend. I have been craving pumpkin cookies…But I knew that the typical cake-like variety wasn’t going to cut it.  I knew I wanted a dense, gooey, not too sweet cookie.  I recently made a sheet cake with…

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Politics and food blogging are two things that probably should NOT go together.  For my personal preference and sanity, I intend to keep it that way.  But this election folks…. Regardless of which side of the aisle you found yourself…It has brought out the ugly in people!  Even the most mild mannered people in my life have shocked me with their opinions, fears, and conclusions.  Yes, the political tides may be changing, but my level headed friends can’t go a-changing with them! So, if you have concerns are worries or even just want unity pray for our country!  We won’t all ever agree, but riots damaging property are counter productive.…

5-Minute No-Knead Bread

Fall and winter are when we turn to soups, chills, and bowls of all kinds of filling delicious warmth.  And come on ya’ll, what goes better with a big ol’ bowl o’ soup than fresh bread?!    The correct answer here is “nothing.” I have been known to throw together some cornbread with chili or stop at the store for a baguette on the way home… But, plan ahead enough to bake my own bread?  Um… no. For a long time, I thought there were only two categories of homemade bread.  The kind that takes FOREVER, requires extensive kneading, rising, and kneading again and then never quite cooks right in normal,…
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