I have been in school for two weeks. This schedule of mine is so nice, but I have had much less time for playing in the kitchen. I forgot what it was like to be busy, but I do love it. I even have a three hour craft class. Don’t be jealous, you could have majored in art education if you wanted to.
I made this super-duper-easy-peasy banana bread the other morning for a friend who just had a baby. Might have kept some for myself too. Delish.
lots of waiting in lines and making phone calls and filling out forms.
lots of sewing and apartment sprucing and eating homemade mac+cheese & stew.
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Bread has become one of my favorite things to make because of the long periods of rest it needs. It feels like an all day event: “I’m going to make bread today!” Pizza crust is a little bit different and doesn’t need to rest as long, but it still has that feeling of extravagance. (I made the America’s Test Kitchen pizza dough. Bread flour makes all the difference!).
I made the sauce with a 28oz can of whole tomatoes (crushed in the blender) with minced fresh garlic, dried basil and oregano, and salt.
On top, I put lots of mozzarella, brie, parmesan, fresh tomatoes, fresh chopped garlic, red pepper flakes, and more basil and oregano. I baked it at 500 degrees on a preheated upside down baking pan. It was so crispy, chewy, and cheesy. I am in love with food.
Side note: My family is a group of pizza lovin’ fools. I don’t think I’ve been to visit them in Asheville yet without getting pizza at some point. We had a favorite little pizza place back in eastern NC where the owner knew us by name and asked us where we had been if we didn’t show up for a week. My mom used to make homemade pizza for dinner too. Thank goodness Jeff loves it as much as I do.
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For some reason, lately I have been really into oats. I was never a fan of oatmeal growing up and I don’t think I’ve ever even tried store bought granola. Cookies were about the only form of oats I thought about making. But why would I not make something that is so simple, healthy, and delicious?
I loosely followed Alton Brown’s granola recipe, but what I love about granola is how you can really add just about whatever you think will taste good in it. I didn’t add any fruit because the granola will last longer without it and I wanted to just be able to top it with whatever fresh fruit I have around.
The recipe (my first attempt at homemade granola):
In a large bowl, combine 3 cups old fashioned oats, 1 cup chopped cashews, 1 cup chopped almonds (or you can buy them slivered) and ¼ cup light brown sugar.
In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup canola oil, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and ¾ teaspoon kosher salt.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mixed it well. Then spread it out on a baking sheet (I did it in two batches since I had quite a bit) and drizzle honey all over it (because, well, you only live once). Bake at 250 for about an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
This morning I had some with milk and fresh blueberries. I kept adding more and more blueberries because they were amazing in it. I think I have a new favorite breakfast.
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Remedies for a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week
Make oatmeal on the stove and add all of your favorite things (or what you have on hand, which may include vanilla, pecans, brown sugar, steamed milk, and nutella. Drink coffee from your new favorite thrifted mug. Keep a pretty flower on your window sill and enjoy with breakfast.
Bake fresh bread around midnight. Because you can take out any frustrations while kneading, and your kitchen will smell like heaven. The results will make you deliriously happy and satisfied. Try not to consume an entire loaf in one day (but if you do, it’ll be alright, there’s another!)
Get outside and enjoy the sunshine with iced coffee. If you happen to have salted caramel in your kitchen, just mix a teaspoon of it into fresh coffee with sugar, add milk, and pour over ice.