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August 7, 2016

This is a great recipe to have on hand if you need to use up tomatoes and cucumbers (especially if you have a vegetable garden). 

An added bonus is it also calls for basil.  For whatever reason, my basil plants are growing like they are on steroids this season!  This salad has a wonderful fresh taste to it that I just love!  The feta cheese gives this elegant dish a Mediterranean flair.  For the best flavor, it is best served right after it is made, but it can be made an hour or two before serving if you are pressed for time.  

When you make the vinaigrette, you may question the little amount of olive oil and lemon juice, but it is truly the perfect amount for this salad.  A little goes a long way in this case!  In this recipe, I prefer to use kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.  I tend to use these two ingredients in many of my recipes as I like the taste compared to regular salt and pepper.  You don't need to add tons of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper...

August 4, 2016

I got this recipe from the king Arthur Flour Website.   This bread is so good that I wanted to share it with you.  I double the recipe to make two loaves; one to keep and one to share!  This bread freezes well too.  When the  bread has completely cooled, I slice it up and double bag (with bread bags that I buy at the grocery store) the bread.  When I need some bread I just pull out the slices I want and either thaw (in another bag) on the counter or microwave the slices for 15 seconds. 

This sourdough bread is a nice 9 by 5 inch loaf that my family will eat up in less than a week.  I would describe this bread as a light tasting hearty bread.  Some whole wheat breads are very 'whole grain' tasting, while this bread has a more mild delicate flavor.  It compliments any sandwich you make, and it is great for toast.  On its own the bread is surprisingly soft and moist.  When you spread some butter and a drizzle of honey on a warm thick slice of th...

August 2, 2016

I've always wanted to try my hand in making sourdough bread.  I have made many yeast breads through out the years but until now, never sourdough.  Now, I absolutely love creating a loaf of good sourdough bread!  When I began to research the process, I decided to buy my 'starter' through King Arthur Flour (click to go to site).

King Arthur Flour is a wonderful resource for all your bread baking needs (no, I am not receiving ANY benefits from them - this is my opinion of a product I bought).  When I received my starter in the mail, I had to take a picture of the label.

On the bottom of the container in small print it tells me that this starter is part of a starter that was started in the late 1700's!  So when I make my bread with this starter, I am basically eating a part of something from the 1700's!  How awesome is that?  King Arthur Flour also sent a tips and recipes booklet (free) with the starter.  The first page tells you what you need to do to get started with your st...

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