Shokupan with Tangzhong

The magic of light, delicious homemade sandwich bread is the Tangzhong method; a type of roux made with either milk and flour (milk bread) or water and flour for a simple sandwich loaf called Shokupan in Japanese. If you’ve not yet tried it, read further and give it a try… don’t get discouraged by the…

Cranberry-Peach Cream Scones

In today’s episode of Cleaning Out the Pantry, I reached for a bag of unsweetened, dried cranberries and some delicious dried white peaches from Trader Joe’s, courtesy of Mik❣️ For an explosion of flavor, I soaked the dried cranberries and peaches in one cup of warmed apple cider with a tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider…

Cinnamon Roll Biscuits 

Yes, biscuits! If you’re looking for a good, flakey, layered with butter, cinnamon and raisins biscuit lightly kissed with creamy, silk-like glaze – look no further!  Crazy menopausal cravings are worse than the pregnancy ones for me- sweet one minute salty, the next… moist (sorry Tyler) one bite, then crunchy the next… wonderful woes of…

green is the new orange…

Hey, if a tv show can do it (Orange is the New Black – a Netflix Original series), so can I!  This, however, is not another episode of Piper Kerman’s memoir-turned-tv-show, but a tribute to an island. Okinawa, that is. I visited the local fruit market yesterday, and walked away with way too much for…

Truffle Brownies

    These incredible delights are so rich, you only need to serve a 1 x 1 inch square… dressed up with some whipped bourbon cream with vanilla bean and strawberries, you’ve got a lovely dessert. v 1 1/4 c butter 3/4 c Dutch cocoa 6 oz good quality dark chocolate, chopped 2 T water…

Going to the Birds… and the Hippo, and the Rhinoceros

Animal Crackers     Shirley Temple ~ you will be missed!   Animal Crackers by Christopher Morley. “Animal crackers and cocoa to drink, That is the finest of suppers I think; When I’m grown up and can have what I please I think I shall always insist upon these. What do YOU choose when you’re…

King’s Hawaiian Bread Pudding

My son and I have been making the 2-hours round trip journey to Boise at least 3 times a week for the last 6 weeks… I’d like to blame (?) it all on his training for the Air Force’s PAST, but that would be a half-truth… the highlight of these trips (other than his successful…

Match-A-Flavor Donuts

Match-a-flavor Donuts 1 1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp *Matcha Green Tea powder (optional) 2/3 cup oil (I used melted coconut oil, but veg or canola oil will work, too) 1/2 cup buttermilk (I made my own by combining milk with…

no-knead bread

I have easily made over 500 loaves of bread, and this one has magical powers! Truly! As soon as my son cut into the just cooled loaf, I knew it was going to be amazing; but one look at those marvelous holes*, I was transported! Back to Italy, when long, lazy lunches on the terrazzo…

cinnamon, crunchy leaves and ceramics

This morning I woke at 3:40, not quite used to the time change or the transition from Eastern Time to Mountain ~ a double whammy if you ask me! But, I am not complaining ~ just saying’ is all… So much is going on ~ Tony is getting ready to leave again, I have now…

Protein in little packages

Just before Tony left for his deployment last time (back when it seemed we were only eating grilled tacos with nopalitos or just wilted spinach with garlic and tomato), we made a healthy life-style change with P90x2. The program whipped our behinds for the first 3 weeks, but then we noticed it was also whipping…