Tag Archives: whole wheat

Whole Wheat Apple Fritters

21 Jul

whole wheat apple fritters

Back from Seattle!  What a yummy city.  Lucky for me, calories don’t count when you’re on vacation.  That’s true right?  God, I hope so.

The flights gave me a good 5 hours of reading time.  So I buzzed right though Ratio by Michael Ruhlman.  Apparently, he’s a fancy pants food guy, who like, knows everybody who is anybody in the world of food.  Since I’m not in a bad high school movie from the 80s, that’s not really all that important to me but I do like food science and the why’s and how’s of what makes good food happen so this book piqued my interest.  The idea is that a chef (or home cook in my case) armed with these standardized ratios will be freed from recipe slavery.  I have to say that, having read it, I do feel oddly liberated.  Not that I have it all committed to memory quite yet, but having an understanding of what proportions of flour to liquid to fat to baking powder to etc., etc.  goes into making certain types of foods that we create on a regular basis has given me instant confidence.  My balls are feeling brassier already.   The book really helps take the mystery out of the standard preparations for things like bread, cookies, pasta, batters, stock, sausages, and some basic sauces.  He does a great job of making cooking and recipe creation accessible to the masses.  Of course, there’s a learning curve and you have to be willing to relinquish long held fears like measuring by weight as opposed to volume.  This required that I purchase a scale, which I did.  I even measured stuff on it and it was easy.  Continue reading

Whole Wheat Angel Food Cake

15 Jul

whole wheat angel food cake

I’m off to Seattle tomorrow.  Yay!  A real city with real food.  Anyway, I can’t think of anything to write right now and I have to pack.  So sue me! Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaffins

23 Apr

chocolate chip banana bread

Ok, so you know when you’re cruising around Sam’s Club during the holidays and you have baking on the brain and the idea of buying a 25 lb. bag of chocolate chips seems brilliant?  And you know when April rolls around and you still have 24 of the 25 lbs. of chocolate chips sitting in your cupboard threatening to start developing that weird white crud on them?  Yes? No?  Perhaps, it’s just me.

My first attempt at using up the chocolate chips was a recipe for whole wheat chocolate chip cookies.  I tortured the whole family with the delicious smell of freshly baked cookies only to find out that chocolate chip cookies are only yummy if no attempts are made to stop them from being really, really ridiculously bad for  you.  My husband relentlessly bitched and complained about how awful they were.  I choked a couple down just to prove him wrong but later in a show of mock self pity I finally admitted to the crimes I committed against nature by using whole wheat flour in a chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Seriously, it was gross.

But then, I came across a whole wheat chocolate chip muffin recipe on the King Arthur Flour website.   I had a squishy banana hanging around so I decided to add it to the mix and do a loaf instead of muffins.  It turned out tasty as all get out.    That guy I live with didn’t even see fit to lecture me on the fact that baked goods just taste better when you use white flour.  Continue reading

Cracker Ass, Cracker

12 Mar

olive oil crackers

I’ve always wanted to say that.  White people are sorely lacking in flair when it comes to their insults so I’ve always felt a bit deprived in that department.  This seemed like the perfect, somewhat socially acceptable way for me to finally make my dreams come true.    Now I can go about my business of being a slanderously challenged white girl.

On that note, crackers.  I had a super cheap (that’s how I roll) triangle of brie sitting in the the refrigerator and a hunger pang in my tummy but no bread, crackers or other fine carbohydrate to slather it on.  I did, however, remember a recipe for crackers that I had seen on 101cookbooks.com a while back. Continue reading