Baking Bread: Simple, Easy and Natural

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Baking bread is so easy, I don’t know why more people don’t try it.  This recipe is the basic Foccacia Recipe from a previous posting, it’s just formed into loaves instead of on a cookie sheet. 3/4 cup warm water 2 tablespoons yeast 2 cups milk 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon salt 7-8 cups of all purpose flour. Preheat oven to 400F. Start by adding filling your food mixer (equipped with a bread hook) with the warm water. Add the yeast.  Watch the action to make sure the yeast is active. Heat the milk in the microwave to ensure it’s warm, as well. Add the sugar, vegetable oil and salt to the warm milk and mix well. Add to the yeast and water mixture. Put the mixing hook on your mixer and add about 4...

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Remembering Cabbage Rolls

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Those cabbage rolls that held a traditional place at every special meal are back!  The flavor and texture is the same tried and true recipe…with a bit of a “twist.”  I used extra lean ground beef and ground my own pork tenderloin for a huge fat reduction that you cannot taste!   Sauce 1 tablespoon butter 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped 1 (28 ounce) can of stewed tomatoes (I use the ones infused with garlic and olive oil) 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the onions.  Cook stirring for about 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and stir another minute.  Add the tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar and salt.  Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Set aside. Cabbage Rolls 1 cup yellow...

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My NetCafe Focaccia Bread

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This bread was baked daily at the NetCafe for years!  Even new employees (somewhat daunted by the task of baking  bread) became pros at making pans and pans of this Focaccia every morning with me.  This bread was a large part of the line-ups during lunch!  It was the start of every home-made sandwich filled with freshly roasted meat at lunch and every breakfast in the morning.  It is natural and easy.    Simply put. 3/4 cup warm water 2 tablespoons yeast 2 cups milk 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon salt 7-8 cups of all purpose flour. Preheat oven to 375F. Start by adding filling your food mixer (equipped with a bread hook) with the warm water. Add the yeast.  Watch the action to make sure the yeast is active. Heat the milk in the...

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Brunch Duty: Bacon and Tomato Sandwich

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This is the result of yet another Brunch Project.  We decided the Ultimate Bacon and Tomato Sandwich would HAVE to on Home-made, toasted bread.  We were right!  Here are some great tips on making bacon at home that is not smelly, does not splash grease all over your kitchen, as comes out as perfectly uniform, crisp and flat pieces of “Heaven!”   Cut four slices of bread from your freshly baked loaf (recipe in an earlier post here) Find the best tomato you can…preferable home-grown in a garden (or from your local Farmer’s Market) Follow the directions for perfect bacon (following) Use real mayonnaise! Perfect Bacon Preheat oven to 400F. Line one of one of 2 cookie sheets with tin foil (for easy clean up!) On top of the tin foil, add a sheet of parchment paper (this prevents...

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The Ultimate Breakfast: Memories of the NetCafe

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The NetCafe Focaccia bread really made  this one!    The fresh bread was cut in half, toasted and made into the most delicious breakfast in the mornings.  Many a worker from the welding shop close by lined up in the morning to take one of these back to work with them.  Sometimes, if they looked a little under the weather, we would add an extra egg for free!  Many years later, we were approached by an old customer  who enjoyed many Breakfast sandwiches.  He handed us a $20.00 bill and said he owed us for a sandwich he forgot to pay for (we would run tabs for regulars we got to know)  Of course we would not accept it…but he insisted.  It just goes to show…good people, good food and good intentions all belong together.   1 slice of...

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