Showing posts from November, 2013

Whole Wheat Sourdough English Muffins

I can't say I eat English muffins often, but when I do it is usually just so I have an excuse to eat lots of melted butter.  Yes, I have tried to eat them with jam and jelly, but the natural holes made in the interior of English muffins just seem to scream out, "Fill me with butter!"  OK, enough of my obsession with butter,... is what you will need to make this wonderful butter accompaniment:
1 cup recently fed sourdough starter2 Tablespoons honey2 cups milk5 to 6 cups whole wheat flour 1/8 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt(You will notice below, I made a double batch when taking pictures.)

12 to 24 hours before you want to make your batch of English muffins, mix the starter, honey, milk, and flour.  Cover with a towel, and put in a warm place.

Then, 12 to 24 hours later, remove the cover, add the baking soda and salt to the stiff dough.  Then knead for 5 minutes.

Roll out on a floured surface until the dough is 1/2 inch thick.

Cut circles using a biscuit cutter or r…

Mexican Cheese Ball Trio

Here is a very impressive looking cheese display that takes very little time to prepare.  So, with holiday parties right around the corner, this is one recipe to keep in mind if you want to feature some of your homemade cheese...or just make something delicious with some simple and healthy ingredients.

Here is the list of ingredients you will need:
1/2 cup grated cheddar2 cups Fromage Blanc or Cream Cheese1 Tablespoon dried cilantro1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder1 Tablespoon chili powder (more if you like it hot)1 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon cumin2 Tablespoons paprika 2 to 3 Tablespoons dried cilantro (extra from what is listed above)
In a small bowl or cup, combine all the spices, minus the 2 Tablespoons of paprika and extra cilantro.

In a food processor, put both cheeses and the spice mix.

Pulse until all the contents of the food processor are mixed thoroughly.

Refrigerate the mixture for an hour (this makes it easier to shape, but can be omitted if you are in a hu…

Fried Cheese Curds

Living in Minnesota, it is hard not to know what fried cheese curds are.  I was first introduced to this treat at the MN State Fair when a teen and it was love at first bite.  My husband and kids love this treat too, and so with lots of curds being made around here this summer, I set out to perfect a recipe made with my own curds and whole wheat flour.

Here is the resultant recipe of my experimenting:
1 cup whole wheat flour1 teaspoon SUCANAT1/2 teaspoon Real Salt or sea salt1 teaspoon baking powder1 egg1 Tablespoon grape seed oil1 cup milk3 cups cheese curds, large to medium chunksoil for frying, I use grape seed oil or coconut oil
In a bowl, mix first 7 ingredients until thoroughly blended.

Heat oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, making sure to maintain that temperature through the whole cooking process (use of a candy thermometer is very helpful in doing this step).

Dry the cheese curds with a towel.  Then drip 4 to 5 curds at a time in the batter, making sure to coat them on all sides.  T…

A Focus That Brings Forth Contentment

Have you ever felt you are looking in all the wrong places to find that which is lost? I guess we all have been in that predicament at one time or another. Whether it is lost car keys needed for a trip out or a misplaced document needed for referencing...these things when lost, but which need finding, concentrate our time in lots of wrong places before we actually find the object we are looking for.

These past few weeks I have felt the same way...that I was looking in all the wrong places for what I was seeking. In my prayer and devotional times, I have been asking God to give me contentment, but then with each new day my life has been twisted and turned, in and out of places that have not led to what I am seeking.

Looking for answers on how to find contentment in the world leads us all, at one time or another, into a lot of wrong places. It is our human nature to seek a settled and happy place where the world just seems to fit together in a nice neat package. But then there is…