It May Sound Corny, But…

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

If you’re a popcorn eater, here’s a quick, cheap and easy way to enjoy your treat. I hate buying the boxes of microwave popcorn at the store. Super-expensive and full of questionable ingredients, and it smells kind of strange, too. But they make just the right amount, and it’s ready so fast. Not like pulling out the hot air popper or shaking it on the stove top, which is kind of a pain and makes me look for other things to eat instead.

Well, solution found!

  • Place 2 to 2 1/2 Tablespoons of popcorn in a brown paper lunch bag.
  • Fold the top closed and pop it in your microwave using the “popcorn” setting.
  • When done popping, add your own toppings and voila!

Microwave popcorn for a fraction of the cost – YUM!

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Kitchen Capers: The Case of the Too-Sour Chicken

Chicken Piccata

I bought a jar of capers. I have never done such a thing before, and it was almost like some kooky rite of passage. Or a delusion of grandeur. Either way, I decided that I needed some, so off to the store we went. (For those of you that don’t know, capers are small flower buds from the Capparis spinosa bush that are pickled and used in Italian and Mediterranean dishes.) It took awhile to locate the little buggers in their little glass jar but we got ’em! Now what to do with ’em?

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To Wheat, Or Not To Wheat (That Is The Question)

Wheat Bread

So after a year of making white bread from scratch, I decided to go a little crazy.  For the first time in my life, I bought a bag of wheat flour (sound the trumpets!) I wanted to try making wheat bread because the process would be exactly the same, but it would be even better for my family’s health. Plus I always loved  Roman Meal bread when I was a kid.

I used the same recipe as for my white bread but swapped out half the bread flour for wheat flour.  Boy, what a difference! My white bread turns out great, and makes THE best toast ever.  But it is always too crumbly for sandwiches. This wheat bread is just as tender, but holds together so much better, and my whole family has voted for wheat over white as the new standard in our house.

My modified and dairy-free recipe is below, please give it a try and let me know what you think. If you want to stick with the white bread instead, just use all bread flour or general purpose flour.

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