Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

“All people dream, but not equally.

Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind,

Wake in the morning to find that it was vanity.

But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people,

For they dream their dreams with open eyes,

And make them come true.”
D.H. Lawrence, “Dreams”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Boston, You're My Home

This past week has been tumultuous at best. We're still trying to wrap our head around what happened and why. In the meantime, I have never been more proud to be from Boston, and that is saying a lot.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Gluten-Free French Bread

Do you have a bucket list? I don't have a traditional list, but I do have a cooking bucket list. On this list is baking bread. Originally I intended to make gluten-full bread but being gluten-free has slightly reduced this desire. This has been nagging at my for a while, so I decided to give it a shot. Jules gluten-free flour once again made this attempt possible.

The recipe itself wasn't too difficult and the ingredients were simple. There were a few weird things to do to the bread before and while it was baking

One of the very few times I've been able to use my dough hook!

Sprinkle corn meal on the pan to keep it from sticking. I put it on my silpat to be double-y sure.

While it was cooking. It turned out wacky because I over scored it. It was a little hard because I over baked it, but that was easily solved by slathering it in butter!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Pioneer Woman's Perfect Potato Soup *Gluten-Free*

I have been on a total bacon kick lately. Not an eating bacon kick, but a cooking with bacon kick. I was recently looking through the Pioneer Woman Cooks site for great recipes and this particular for Perfect Potato Soup struck a chord. Not only was it great for the freezing cold weekend but it incorporated my recent taste for bacon as a supporting flavor.

I bought some really great local thick-sliced, dry-rubbed, antibiotic-free bacon at Whole Foods that I was psyched about. When I got home I started rendering it in my favorite dutch oven. I would suggest 6-8 pieces of bacon because you will want plenty for your soup!

You then remove the crispy bacon bits and add all of your well-diced veggies.

Next comes your gluten-free chickens stock. Let the ingredients cook together.

Now comes the point when you have to puree about half the soup to get the desired smooth but not baby food consistency. I used my blender because the opening is larger than my food processor but either would work. Looking back I wish I had pureed a little less and left more large pieces but that is a personal choice.

Once you have your desired consistency you stir in the milk/cream/half and half.

Take the bacon bits you cooked previously and dice them up well. Sprinkle in those bacon bits, they really make the soup!

Recipe can be found here: The Pioneer Woman's Perfect Potato Soup.