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Comfort Food on a Cold Winter Day

| 2/3/2010 12:23:31 PM

A photo of Lori Dunn with pet squirrelsLarge snowflakes are falling heavily, quickly turning the world outside to a sparkling, clean winter wonderland. It is the kind of day that one simply needs to grab a good book and snuggle into a warm throw blanket to be content. These kind of days call for hearty comfort food!

A great start is homemade wheat bread with buttered crust! YUM! I make my breads using my bread machine. It makes life easier. I use the dough setting to mix all the ingredients, and then I remove the dough from the bread machine, punch it down, and form my loaf in whatever shape I feel like. I then put it on my baking stone and let it rise in a warm place, and bake. There is nothing in the world like the smell of home made bread baking! I try to use as many of the whole grain flours as possible in my cooking and baking, so I sometimes do some experimenting with ingredients. Here is the whole wheat recipe I used. This is for a 2 pound loaf.

Homemade wheat bread with a buttered crust

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup cottage cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups white flour
2 teaspoon active dry yeast

This is stiffer and firmer dough because it uses more whole wheat flour than regular flour. I baked mine at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, but you might need to adjust that a bit for your own oven. It could probably be baked at a higher temp for a darker crust. When it’s done, I like to rub the crust with butter while it is still warm. You will hardly be able to wait for it to cool enough to cut!

Homemade potato soup

12/13/2011 1:37:08 PM

Hello there I was reading your blog and find it very enjoyable... I saw a blog in ther from Ashton about your mom's tomato sauce ..any chance of getting that recipe to all of us??:)

2/16/2010 1:31:22 PM

Nebraska Dave, I'm happy to hear you are finally going to have a blog of your own here at GRIT! I can't wait to read it, and what great things you'll have to tell us all about! This trips sounds like a great adventure! I hope you have a fun and productive time, and stay safe!

Nebraska Dave
2/16/2010 10:35:53 AM

Lori, yes, I know it’s over due that I should request a blog here on the Grit website. I’ve been coat-tailing the blogs here long enough. Thank you for encouraging me to get with and apply for one. I applied for a blog and if accepted it will be out soon. I will be leaving in just a couple hours on an eleven day trip to Nicaragua so I won’t be able to respond to comments if it appears on the website before returning. A friend of mine bought a van to give to a mission church with an attached school there in Nicaragua. We will be driving the van through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and into Nicaragua. It’s about a 2500 mile trip from where I live. It should be quite an interesting trip for sure. I hope it’s not as exciting as shooing off a bear from a tree stand. Keep those recipes coming. I did find some Smart Balance peanut butter and right next to Smart Balance was Smucker’s Natural peanut butter which by reading the labels was almost better than the Smart Balance. When I get back home, I am definitely going to make the peanut-oatmeal balls in you blog entry. The simple recipes are usually the best. Thanks so much for sharing all the good eating in your life.

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