Posts Tagged ‘white’

Pumpkin Cookies

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

These soft, scrumptious pumpkin cookies are always a hit, even with people who don’t normally like pumpkin flavored foods.  So many people have told me, “I don’t like pumpkin, but I love these cookies.”

The white chocolate chips act as icing distributed throughout the cookies, adding an elegant decadence.  I’m normally not a huge white chocolate fan, but I must admit, it is essential in these cookies – a great match with the pumpkin.  For me, the key is to use good-quality white chocolate.

I usually bake these cookies starting at the beginning of October and through the holidays.
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Rice Ahead

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
Brown Jasmine Rice

Brown Jasmine Rice

Here is an excellent way to have brown (or white) rice cooked at a moments notice for fast, easy dinners.  Cook dried rice ahead of time (such as on a weekend), cool it, then freeze it.  I originally thought about doing this a few years ago, when I saw pre-cooked, frozen rice at Trader Joe’s.  Of course it costs more to purchase pre-cooked frozen rice, than uncooked rice.  If Trader Joe’s can pre-cook and freeze rice, why can’t I? So, I cooked up a batch, let it cool, and froze it in a thin layer in a plastic zip top freezer bag.  To reheat it I just break off what I need and pop it in the microwave for a couple minutes.  Trader Joe’s does have an excellent uncooked Brown Jasmine Rice, which is much more cost effective than pre-cooked rice.

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No Knead White Loaf Bread

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

No Knead White Loaf Bread

I first decided to tackle bread making when my husband pointed out that we both like rye bread, but I never buy it.  I explained that rye bread is $4 a loaf at the grocery and it probably only costs about $0.60 to make.  I experimented with many types of recipes from rye, whole wheat, white, part white part whole wheat and I baked many loaves of very dense, heavy loaves.

I thought I was kneading the dough enough, or didn’t use the right brand of yeast, or I punched too much air out before the second rise, since the second rise never seemed to be as great as the first.

For any of you who have experienced this hassle, don’t give up.  There is an easy way to make homemade bread and anyone can do it.  You don’t need a bread maker or any special tools.

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