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post #21 of 29
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Haha we have been to Gilroy but haven't attempted the garlic icecream.  We went up to Hollister back in September and picked apples, that was a lot of fun and I was able to can enough for apple pie for Thanksgiving and enough apple butter to give away for Christmas.

post #22 of 29

Yum!  I found living in that area, though it's expensive place can actually be pretty cheap when it comes to entertainment.  Lots of places to go.  I loved just driving down 1 or hanging out in Carmel.  It's my favorite place of all times.  DH and I met there in class. 

 

Well have lots of fun there it's a place you'll never forget!

post #23 of 29

I gave away my breadmaker when I learned the No-Knead bread method.  It takes very little effort and I could use better and fewer ingredients with WAY better results.

post #24 of 29

Now you have to share. 

 

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Originally Posted by yitlan View Post

I gave away my breadmaker when I learned the No-Knead bread method.  It takes very little effort and I could use better and fewer ingredients with WAY better results.



 

post #25 of 29

I don't know if this is the method the PP was referring to, but I've used it with good results!

 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/2007-12-01/Easy-No-Knead-Dutch-Oven-Crusty-Bread.aspx

post #26 of 29

that's basically it. Except I make it even easier on myself. I use a big spoon so my hands never get dirty. I only use flour, sourdough starter, salt and water.  I don't sprinkle or worry about it being pretty.  I'm pretty sure there are some threads here mdc on it, as well.  Also check out breadtopia.com for recipes, video and more.  Seriously. I gave away my machine. It was that easy. when I started, I was still having babies, as well.

post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 

I'll have to try that out!

post #28 of 29

I totally recommend the no-knead bread too!  You can do it with part or all whole wheat, and the fact that you're soaking the grains overnight before you bake means that you're removing the phytates for better mineral absorption.  5 cups whole wheat to 8 cups white flour is my compromise recipe for nicer pizza crusts and fluffier bread, but I've also had really nice results with 10 cups whole wheat and 3 cups white.  I also like to put 1/2 cup of ground flax seeds and sesame seeds in too  - just add them to the regular recipe don't substitute for flour or add more water.  I always try to bake a pizza crust too when I bake a loaf of bread and freeze the crust for a quick meal sometime down the road.

post #29 of 29

I love:

 

Frittatas

Hummus

Brown Rice and Kale

Mixed greens with and Italian-style chickpea - black bean spice mash on top

Frozen veggie pureed soup- choose  peas- broccoli asparagus etc puree with chicken stock and spices then top with a tbsp of plain yogurt and a little splash of olive oil and sprinkle of an appropriate spice.

My Dh likes meat- I was a veg for 15 years and now eat some meat- usually I make him a bit of meat and do not eat any because I don't really like it.

 

With the farmers market you can get any kind of veggie- add some barley, bulgier wheat, brown rice or cous cous- and a oil/vinegar/spice dressing and make anything taste fancy. 

 

I like to go to whole foods and look at what they sell pre- made a lot of it is cost conscious- so I get ideas and buy bulk.

 

Lots of great ideas here!!!  Thanks

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