Monday, January 16, 2017

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread that is light and airy

Whole wheat bread tends to be heavy because whole wheat flour does not have as much gluten to form a light structure like in white bread.  This recipe has steps similar to those used when working with sour dough to give the yeast plenty of time to rise and build a lighter structure.  Be sure to plan lots of time to make this bread, though.

A light and Airy Whole Wheat Bread

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Don't toss the floss

Here is an excellent article about the need to floss. I have to admit that I am not very good at flossing. I find it painful and annoying. After reading this article from GEHA, I am going home to floss at lunch. I think I just found my New Years Resolution! I am going to make a conscious effort to floss daily. I would like to keep my teeth for many years to come.

Don't toss the floss: The benefits of daily cleaning between teeth | GEHA

Friday, January 13, 2017

Red Velvet Cupcakes with a secret ingredient

A few weeks ago, they had beets on sale and I had seen a fried beet recipe that I thought I might try.  My family balked at the idea, so I just boiled them up and ate them myself.  My daughter's birthday is coming up and she loves Red Velvet cake.  I found this recipe and am planning on making them for her birthday.  We are all trying to eat healthier after the holidays, so we can eat this and feel a little less guilty.  I will let you know how they turn out!

Unbeatable Red Velvet Cupcakes

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cooking With Sourdough

After having many requests for a workshop on sourdough bread, I decided to schedule a workshop and began researching.  During the Holidays I started several starters.  During this workshop you will learn about my trials and errors.  It had been almost 40 years since I remember seeing sourdough.  My mother had a starter for a short time.  I remember making biscuits and feeding it, but not what the texture should be.

My first attempts at Sourdough were not successful.  I created two different starters that I thought were ready, but the baked product was not good.  I tried a different recipe and thought that it was too thin. After more research, my 4th attempt was a whole wheat starter.  This produced a tasty bread.  I also started a potato starter which made delicious pancakes.

This week I started another starter and in a few days I will try to another bread recipe.  I am thinking about a french bread.  I have learned this past month, come taste my successes at our Cooking With Sourdough workshop.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Seven Steps to Magnetich New Year's Resolutions

Last September I offered a series of classes for people with diabetes on Eating Mindfully.  I found Michelle May's book very insightful and signed up to receive her blog posts.  After a busy Holiday season, I am at work today and cleaning up a few things and preparing some posts before the craziness of the new year hits.  While cleaning out e-mails I found this tip sheet on preparing for a New Year.  Those of you who participated in the Fall series will especially enjoy this.

As you are looking at goals for 2017, you may want to add my class on Eating Mindfully on your list.  I will be offering it each Monday in March.


Easy Spinach and Artichoke Dip for New Years

This tasty dip is perfect for holiday gatherings or that next football party.  Superbowl is just a month away.  Serve with small slices of bread or crackers.  It even has a healthy twist with two nutrient packed vegetables.  If you can't find Neufchatel cheese, substitute low-fat cream cheese.




Tuesday, December 20, 2016