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Thursday, November 11

Sourdough...A True Primer!!

Have any of you ever tasted fresh, warm from the oven, sourdough bread?  It has a singular flavor and texture.  If you haven't ever had this delicacy, I HIGHLY recommend you try some.  Oh...you don't have a bakery nearby?  Well, guess what...I'm going to walk you through making ALL of it, including the starter, the very thing that makes most people fear baking sourdough bread.

First off, let me explain (for those who don't already know) what a starter is.  Typically, when you use a bread recipe for home baking, it requires you to use active dry yeast to make it rise.  A starter takes the yeast's place.  Most recipes (there are exceptions) for regular bread CAN use a starter for the rise.  Normally, you simply exchange 1 cup of starter for each packet (about 1 tablespoon) of active dry yeast.

Wednesday, November 10

I'm On A Mission...

The other day, I received an interesting request...I was asked for a recipe for a food I've never tried (actually, I'd never even heard of it before!!).  The request was for a Mission-Style Burrito...a VERY distinct type of burrito that was developed in the Mission district of San Francisco in the 1960's, and pretty much can't be found anyhere else.  Hey...I LOVE a challenge!!

While the specific origins of this particular delicacy are still argued, one thing becomes clear from my research on this...it's considered a MUST TRY!!  The flavors give this burrito a very distinct taste. I have spent 2 days scouring the internet, and (keeping my fingers crossed) today you reap the 3 winning results...Wild Rice and Bean Burritos, Chili Cheese Rice Burritos, Beef Chipotle Burritos, and even a recipe for Pico de Gallo Salsa!! 

Tuesday, November 9

Brownie Time

One of the many requests I received the other day was for a really good homemade brownie recipe.  I love brownies...they are just yummy!!  So today, I thought I'd offer up 2 versions...a simple but delicious Brownie and a Marble Cheesecake Brownie version.  I'm also going to add on a recipe for a REALLY good Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting that works extremely well on almost any brownie (not to mention other sweets...haha).

Brownies come in many forms...cake-like, fudgy...even "blond".  While I admit that "blondies" are similar to brownies, they are technically a different type of dessert, which is why I'm not including a recipe for those today.  Certainly...if someone out there would like a recipe for them, I'll be happy to find one, but for this session, I thought concentrating on our gooey chocolate friends would be best. 

Monday, November 8

Drink Up!!

Well, I asked for suggestions...and you ALL came through with flying colors!!  Coming in the next few days, we'll run the gamut from Burritos to Brownies.  A little of everything, for everyone!!

First, however, it was pointed out to me that I was sadly lacking on one aspect of the holiday/party season...drinks!!  After all, when you throw a party or a big meal, don't drinks ALWAYS play a strong part in that?  Time to correct this, so today, I'm going to offer you some pleasant libations, both "dry" and "wet", to accompany your entertaining!! 

Sunday, November 7

Total Writer's Block

I suppose I could give an excuse as to why I haven't written in my blog for the last few days, but I got nothing.  It's just writer's block, folks...perhaps you can help me?

I need suggestions, or requests, to write about.  Is there a favorite dish, or something you've tried in a restaurant, or even something you heard about in a magazine you'd like to learn more about?  Do you have a family special, but need a new way to perk it up a bit?  Let me know, please.  I really want to keep this blog interesting to the ones who read it, and this would help GREATLY!!

Post a comment or email me...let me know what you want to hear!!!