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Rustic Sour Dough Loaf

Rustic Loaf (Bucket Dough Method)

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Your husband calls to tell you that he’s on his way home from work. Oh, and that his good friend Joe’s wife is out of town, so he invited Joe over for dinner. That’s okay, right?

Wrong! Because you forgot to plan a side dish for dinner (again), and all you have planned to eat is a main course of meat (again).  Since meat’s expensive, you bought the smallest package of meat you could find, and you’re already afraid that the kids might resort to cannibalism in order to make sure their stomachs get full. So no, Joe can’t come over for dinner, thank you very much. Have fun retracting your invitation.

On second thought… Continue reading Rustic Loaf (Bucket Dough Method)

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Sticky Buns That Taste Just Like Grandma’s (Bucket Dough Method)

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One of my favorite childhood memories is when my family would vacation at my Grandparents’ house for several weeks each summer.  Among other fun activities, I eagerly anticipated my Grandmother’s homemade sticky buns.

My Grandmother was old-school, waking up at 4am to make and knead the dough (by hand, no less!), yet still allowing enough time for the yeast to rise.  She timed it perfectly so that the sticky buns were ready to eat by the time my brother and I woke for breakfast.

Years have passed, and I have often craved that sticky bun tradition.   Continue reading Sticky Buns That Taste Just Like Grandma’s (Bucket Dough Method)

Flexible Italian Chicken Dip

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Flexible Italian Chicken Dip

Yes, it looks like a colorless crockpot full of mush, but trust me…it’s delicious, versatile, and makes a great leftover! Perhaps even more importantly, my husband likes it!

I love slow cooker meals because they’re flexible. I can throw dinner together early in the day or the night before, then spend the rest of the afternoon interacting with my kids…or wasting time on the computer…just being honest here :)

The only “hard” part about this recipe is remembering to soak the lentils and brown rice the night before, because it requires me to think about dinner a full 24-hours before I’m actually going to eat it. It’s worth it to plan ahead, though, because it helps to make the rice and beans more digestible so that my family will be able to absorb more of the nutrients when we’re eating.

Plus, when I soak the rice and beans directly in the crockpot, then the rest of the prep goes that much faster. At lunchtime the next day, almost all of the soaking water has been absorbed, so I simply start throwing the remaining ingredients into the crockpot.

Flexible Italian Chicken Dip is also completely flexible because of what you put into it. Don’t have spinach? Skip it. Want to add bell peppers, broccoli, or extra carrots? Rock on. Throw in whatever veggies you have on hand. My basic template is to use a few handfuls of baby spinach, 1-2 grated carrots, most of a chopped onion, and a can of undrained diced tomatoes. But feel free to experiment and add any lonely refrigerator veggies that you just want to get rid of. Continue reading Flexible Italian Chicken Dip