Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks

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I don’t make a habit of going to the Olive Garden.  I’ve been there twice in the last 7 years, both times before some sort of endurance event when we were in an unfamiliar city and just wanted a known (however mediocre) quantity.  And there are probably about 5 different [...]

Naan with Nigella Seeds

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Here we are in day 2 of real life. For ten days, Mike and I were both off work, which meant running whenever I felt like it, drinking my favorite beer of the moment and browsing cookbooks until late at night… going out for ice cream with friends… and [...]

Hamburger Buns

For those keeping track, my due date was two days ago. Still no baby in sight, but we did manage to have a really productive weekend (even if it wasn’t exactly productive in the way I was hoping it would be!) Obviously the best weekends involve pancakes. I made [...]

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

Weekends seem like they’re the perfect time for baking bread, but for me they actually aren’t. I started this bread on Saturday afternoon. Instead of letting it rise for an hour and a half like I was supposed to, I put it in the fridge so we could go [...]

Cinnamon-Raisin Bagels

I’d been meaning to make bagels for years, and then last weekend, spontaneously, it just happened Saturday afternoon. I don’t know why I was so intimidated, because honestly it’s not that hard, it’s just kind of time consuming. Not really active, hands-on time, but wait-around-while-they-sit-in-the-fridge-overnight time, which can be [...]

Sweet Potato Rolls

It has been so great being able to bake while on vacation, especially since I have such willing taste-testers (thanks Mom and Dad!). Since sweet potatoes are absolutely everywhere here, it seemed like the perfect time and place to try incorporating them into dinner rolls, which I’ve been meaning [...]

Manaqish (Bread with Zaatar)

OK we’re taking steps in the right direction here…away from desserts and back towards (moderately) healthier things. These aren’t perfect, but with half whole wheat flour, they’re much better than Wonder Bread, and I really can’t resist anything with zaatar. If you normally serve pita with Middle Eastern food, [...]

Buckwheat Molasses Bread

Buckwheat and molasses: two things I love together (in the form of molasses on buckwheat pancakes) but never considered baking with until Mike this recipe for it and tried it out. Yep, I’m not the only baker in the house these days! We’ve made several loaves of this since [...]

Hot Cross Buns

I have probably only had hot cross buns once or twice in my life, and I don’t remember thinking they were all that great. For a large portion of my childhood, no baked good was worth eating unless it had chocolate or frosting, so the idea of a bun [...]

Soft Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

There are few things I love more with my dinner than a soft roll. (Sticky rice is one of those few things…but that’s for another post). I also really love baking with whole wheat flour, but that and softness don’t usually go together. Normally I don’t mind that healthy [...]

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