Tomato bread soup

Tomato Bread Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

With all of the bread baking I did last week, I wanted to find interesting ways to use some of it. Both loaves were too tough for me to eat as regular sandwiches (but the 100% Whole Wheat Sourdough Hearth Bread made wonderful tartine-style sandwiches grilled in the skillet with pesto and sharp white cheddar on top). I ran across this Tomato Bread Soup recipe, and since it’s gotten chilly here over the last few days, it’s perfect timing for some warm soup that’s somehow both hearty and light at the same time. I’ve made tomato bread soup before but…

Breakfast quinoa

Breakfast Quinoa

Recently I watched the Creative Ways with Whole Grains course on Craftsy.com. This course really inspired me to branch out with how I cook with whole grains. There are so many good-looking recipes included in the course materials (one at the top of my list is Farro Risotto with Mushrooms). I had most of the ingredients needed for this Breakfast Quinoa. Instead of coconut milk, which I didn’t have, I used whole milk. It’s probably also delicious with the coconut milk. I mixed some raisins into my breakfast quinoa and topped it with sliced banana, the toasted coconut, and a bit of cream. It…

Grilled fish taco on corn tortilla

Grilled Fish Tacos

Recipe This recipe for Grilled Fish Tacos from Eating Well, modified it a bit to fit my tastes. I like to make my corn tortillas from scratch, using instant masa flour. After many batches of corn tortillas that break while eating, I’ve found great success with these instructions for fresh corn tortillas from Frieda Loves Bread. Process notes cut recipe in half, and stretched out the filling to fill 8 tacos used 3 teaspoons homemade chili powder in place of fish rub spices + salt and pepper used regular sour cream and mayonnaise instead of low fat versions used Mahi Mahi…

Ginger spice apple cake

6-inch ginger spice apple cake

When I read Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe, the recipe for Apple Snacking Spice Cake jumped out at me as a must-make. I made an apple cake once before that was delicious, but didn’t include the ginger and cloves. I cut the recipe in half in order to use my smaller 6-inch cake pan, which I bought so we wouldn’t have so much cake sitting around the house. It came together really well at this size. It’s not too rich or sweet, and is a really pleasant little cake, somewhat similar to an unfrosted carrot cake. It would also be…

Oat flour pumpkin bars

Oat flour pumpkin bars

While searching for a relatively healthy snack bar or cookie for camping, I found this recipe for Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars that looked promising. I made it with some modifications: made 1/2 recipe used a whole can of pumpkin left out the applesauce increased coconut oil added raisins reduced chocolate chips to a few sprinkled on the top I’m really happy with the results. The bars aren’t very sweet, and they’re quite hearty, so they should make good travel snacks. I don’t think the chocolate chips add much to them, so next time I’d skip them and just use…