homemade tortillas

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There is something about making homemade tortillas. Something that goes beyond the food aspect of it. Maybe ….it’s because right now in our homeschool  I’m teaching a period of history that is before the discovery of baking powder, yeast or other leavening. Most cooking was done by the meal, and over an open fire.  Maybe…. it’s because there is something about adding water to flour and somehow, a bread like product is produced once you roll it and heat it on a cast iron skillet. Maybe…. it’s because it takes me back to ancient times, where life was more simple […]

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school buns or school bread

  To kick off our official first day of “school”, (yes, I waited until after Labor day) I made something special. School Buns. (Or School Bread) According to Wikipedia: Skolebolle (English: School Bun) is the Norwegian name for a type of sweet roll that consists of regular dough of yeast, custard and icing with grated coconut. It was usually put in school lunches as a dessert or sold at bake sales, hence the name. In the western parts of Norway where the Norwegian baking traditions stems from it is called “Skolebolle” (School Bun), in the eastern and northern parts of […]

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homemade pretzel buns

My husband thought I was a bit crazy making these once he saw all the steps involved.  He had no clue what goes into pretzel making I suppose… You see, pretzels have that chewy, slightly  briny exterior for a reason. They take a swim before they bake. And, that extra step makes all the difference and yes, it’s well worth it to make your own. Pretzel buns are expensive, and It’s just plain  fun to save money. That was my logic when the hubby raised an eyebrow as I heated up the big stockpot. Then, when they came out of […]

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perfection takes time- rum raisin cinnamon rolls

sponsored post* There are some things that you can’t rush. The best things come with time; for instance: maturity, wisdom and patience, fine wine, diamonds and your  grandmother’s spicy tomato sauce that simmers all day, or bread that has been kneaded by hand and risen and baked in a low oven, permeating the air with it’s comforting aroma of vanilla and cinnamon. Bread that has bean studded with rum soaked raisins, and drizzled with a cinnamon vanilla glaze. This bread takes time, but it’s well worth it. Because perfection takes time. Set aside a rainy day for this. Cozy up […]

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baked sour cream doughnuts

   There are times I get cravings for moist, cake like doughnuts smothered in a slightly crisp glaze, there are other times I get cravings for grilled cheese made with (gasp!) white bread and lots of salted butter in the pan, with creamy American cheese oozing at every bite. Junk food at it’s finest. Then, there are times I get a non food craving- a craving to declutter all the excess stuff in my life, of course this usually happens after I watch an episode of “Hoarders” … not that any of my stuff is anywhere near some of those, […]

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the best homemade pizza crust recipe..ever

Most of you know that every Friday I make pizza. Tuesdays are usually tacos, and the rest of the week is a gamble. My culinary creativeness is definitely in hibernation right now. But, despite the lack of creativity in having pizza for dinner, there is still a recipe to be had, and some pictures to go along with it. (I know, it’s been a while and I’m not even going to start with some random excuse at how busy/tired/writers block  consumed me)  I was gone living life, loving Christmas, writing things other than recipes and taking photos of things other […]

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sweet cream biscuits

The other day, I woke up to one of those moods. You know the ones: the ones where you’re not quite sure how you feel, you’re not sure if you’re worried, disappointed, scared, or just plain unhappy… but you do know you’re in a mood. And, the worst part is that you don’t even know why you’re in the mood in the first place. Sometimes, you can trace it back to an event: words spoken, spilled milk, or less money left in the bank after the bills. Other times, you just don’t know why…and you try to “figure it out”. […]

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Grandmother’s biscuits

There is a tradition on Sundays at our house, it started one day when I was looking for inspiration in my vast collection of cookbooks. I came across two that I have overlooked for quite some time. One is called “The Black Family Reunion Cookbook” and the other, “Healthy Soul Food”. I started making a few dishes inspired by the books every Sunday and now the recipes have been incorporated into my collection. I am going to share with you a new soul food staple each week most likely on Mondays… today it’s my southern Grandmother’s biscuit recipe. *it took […]

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