Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Artisan Bread...

ARTISAN |ˈärtizən|noun
        a worker in a skilled trade, esp. one that involves making things by hand.
    Now you know and I know a loaf of bread could never become a skilled worker or a craftsperson.
    Bread made by an artisan or someone who is skilled is very possible; it would then be called artisanal. Artisan or artisanal, either way it means a WONDERFUL fresh loaf of bread.

Basically, an artisanal bread is a bread made by a craftsperson using largely traditional techniques.

If you make a loaf of sandwich bread, shaping it by
hand, putting it into a bread pan, and baking in your home, it is an artisanal bread. Taking flour, water, yeast and salt with mixing, shaping, and "crafting" will deliver the bread you desire... filling  the air with wonderful scents and anticipation of an "ultimate" comfort food.

Fresh, hot bread from your own oven doesn't have to take hours or cost and arm or a leg. For less than $1 make more than bread - make some memories.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Make your Chocolate More Than Just Hot

Rainy days are just begging for a cozy cup of hot chocolate to hold as you stare at the drops falling on your windowpanes. But with all the showers forecasted for this year, you might want to try these twists to prevent the winter favorite from becoming a boring ritual. 

While marshmallows and whipped cream are the usual suspects to hang out on the top of your mug, but here are a few other exciting suggestions.

1. Stir in a drop of gooey caramel. 
2. Try a scoop of ice cream, as it melts, it will make it creamy and thick
3. Spice up your mug with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla extract
4. Drop strips of orange rinds for a fresh citrusy kick.
5. Use a candy cane to stir your drink; the refreshing minty taste is even better when you have a cold.
6. To add a bit of luxury, shave some dark or white chocolate pieces.
7. A spoon of peanut butter has the ability to make anything that much better.
8. No marshmallows? Try a scoop of marshmallow creme - devinely delish!