Simple Sourdough Cheddar Bagels

I’m baaaack!

Actually, I should say that Matt’s back. He’s the one who concocted, baked and photographed these tasty treats. All I have to do is share his work—and enjoy these yummy, easy-on-the-budget homemade bagels!

Once the outside temperature drops each fall and we can actually appreciate the extra heat in the kitchen, the [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Sun-Dried Tomato Bread

This is one of those recipes that took ages to perfect. Each experiment yielded beautiful bread that was delicate, aromatic and savory-sweet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the tops to rise to perfection and stay there.

With almost every attempt, the loaf would climb toward the top of the machine and then sink slightly—or drastically—near [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Rapido! Speedy Italian Bread

As you may have noticed, we don’t bake with garlic or onions. (I know. I know. We’re weird. But trust me, in our case it’s for the best.) I created this fresh, aromatic cheese bread while experimenting with substitutes for the onion called for in the original recipe. Now we’re hooked on the Italian [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cheddar Spinach Rolls

Yet another way to entice children—and adults—to eat their spinach… with some whole grains to boot!

Cheddar Spinach Rolls

Makes 12 rolls

1 cup tightly packed fresh spinach leaves, rinsed 1 cup water

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups bread flour 2/3 cup whole wheat flour 2 [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Asiago Tomato Bagels

If you want a flavor combination like this one, homemade bagels are definitely worth the effort. Our cheese-stuffed Tender Tomato Rolls have been such a hit that Matt decided to try a similar pairing in bagels. Not surprisingly, they’re excellent. (Tomatoes and cheese have complemented each other for ages. Why stop now?)

In addition [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Simple Cheddar Oat Rolls

For such an impressive final product, these are amazingly easy with a bread machine. Just toss in a few ingredients, run the dough cycle, divide, stuff and bake. Voila! You end up with fantastic whole grain rolls that are perfect with breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Well-suited for guests, potlucks and special events, these delicious treats [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Mac and Cheese Bake #37

I don’t really know how many different mac ’n cheese recipes I’ve tried, but there have been quite a few. Part of the challenge for me is keeping track of the good ones. Because of my ongoing obsession with cookbooks, our shelves are regularly stocked with the latest editions from our library. The resulting frequent [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Creamy Whole Grain Chicken Enchiladas

This is one of my rare cooking entries. Though they go in the oven for a while, these enchiladas certainly wouldn’t be characterized as a baked good.

I obtained the original recipe for these from the food services division of a large university. The enchiladas served in their dining halls were exceptional. As usual, my [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]


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