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Herbed Focaccia

by TT March 31st, 2014| Breads, Recipes, Tapas Monday
focacciaThere are a few go-to menus for our Tapas Monday dinners.  If it is a busy evening, the menu is charcuterie and fruit.  If I have a couple hours free before dinner, I often go with a Greek menu that includes homemade pita bread.  Another menu that makes regular appearances consists of Italian dishes.  What dishes fill the menu depend on my schedule.  If I have time early in the day, there might be meatballs.  If there is time in the evening, there could be focaccia.

Last week I had a few hours at home pre-dinner.  With chilly weather lingering,
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Homemade Pizza Dough

by TT March 24th, 2014| Breads, Recipes
pizza doughI have been making homemade pizza with my kids since they were old enough to eat it.  However, I didn't start making my own dough until sometime in the last decade.  That being said, I am surprised that I haven't shared my pizza dough recipe.  Not only is it ridiculously easy to make, it also is tender, which allows it to be rolled to the desired thinness without effort.

So, after writing for Think Tasty for seven years, what made me think of sharing this recipe now?  There are a couple reasons.  First, March is bread month, so I was
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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

by TT March 17th, 2014| Breads, Recipes
cinnamon swirl breadMost of my family enjoys cinnamon in our breakfast treats.  Cinnamon rolls, cinnamon marbled quick bread, these are recipes I have shared previously.  Although today's recipe is the newest to Think Tasty, it actually is a recipe that I have used for the longest time.  It really is quite simple to make, if you enjoy making yeast breads.  Served slightly warm with some butter, it is an absolute delight.

This recipe makes one loaf of bread.  If this recipe is served as breakfast on a morning when multiple people are home, you may need to double it.  On a recent
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Freshly Baked White Bread

by TT March 10th, 2014| Breads, Recipes
white breadI have been baking for as long as I can remember.  I started as a young child, acting as the assistant to my mom when she made cookies or other baked goods.  When I hit my teen years, I began baking on my own.  I stuck with simpler baked goods: cookies, brownies, quick breads.  When I became a mom and left my first career to stay home with my children, I decided to give yeast breads a try. Although it takes a little trial and error initially, I was hooked.

Baking yeast breads is a favorite pastime of mine, when
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From Scratch Monkey Bread

by TT December 2nd, 2013| Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
monkey breadI remember the first time that I tried monkey bread.  I asked for the recipe and was told that I probably didn't want to know.  Being a person who enjoys baking, I asked again and was told, "A couple cans of biscuits, a whole stick of butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a lot of sugar."  That didn't stop me from making the recipe at home; a little indulgence doesn't hurt every once in a while.

I haven't made monkey bread in close to a decade.  I get more frequent requests for bagels, cinnamon rolls, and scones.  Nearing the end
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Pumpkin Scones

by TT November 18th, 2013| Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
pumpkin_sconeI've been baking scones for at least a decade.  Over this time I have experimented with different ingredients.  I've made chocolate chip, cinnamon chip, blueberry white chocolate, maple oatmeal, even savory ham and cheese scones.  However, I never have thought to incorporate one of my favorite ingredients, pumpkin.  I don't know why this is, seeing that once summer ends we are inundated with ads for pumpkin everything.

Whatever the reason, last Sunday I finally made the decision to combine my favorite breakfast treat with one of my favorite ingredients.  I do like texture in my scones, so I knew
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Incredibly Cheesy Bread

by TT October 21st, 2013| Appetizers, Breads, Recipes
incredibly_cheesy_breadFor Sunday football watching this week, we decided on meatballs as one of the snacks.  I had thought that the meatballs would be the feature of this column, as I added pepperoni to the mixture.  Unfortunately the pepperoni was lost, and they tasted pretty much like basic beef-based meatballs.  Thankfully I decided to try making some herb-infused bread filled and covered with cheese.

This cheesy bread was the highlight of our menu.  The meatballs were fine.  The roasted zucchini that was part of the menu was tasty also.  However, the bread stole the show.  Between the gooey-ness of the cheese,
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Maple Oatmeal Scones

by TT March 4th, 2013| Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
maple_oatmeal_sconeScones are one of the most often requested breakfast treats in our house.  On a weekend morning, they are both a treat and a simple item to make.  As opposed to cinnamon rolls or bagels, which require kneading and rising, scones are made simply with a little mixing and baking.  For this minimal effort, we receive a delicious baked good.

Typically when I make scones I make two varieties:  chocolate chip for the kids and blueberry/white chocolate for my husband and me.  However, the other weekend I decided to try something new.  With just two of the kids and myself
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Apple Cheddar Muffins

by TT February 25th, 2013| Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
apple_cheddar_muffinSnowed inside for about 24 hours during the blizzard, we enjoyed a homemade breakfast of sweet and savory breads.  Last week I shared the recipe for Cinnamon Marbled Quick Bread.  This week I have the recipe for the Apple Cheddar Muffins.

This recipe was a creation of what was on hand.  I hadn't bought specific baking items, as I hadn't been certain we'd have power once the storm arrived.  So, after a little bit of investigating in the pantry and refrigerator, I decided that the combination of sweet apple and sharp cheddar cheese would make a muffin that would
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Cinnamon Marbled Quick Bread

by TT February 18th, 2013| Breads, Recipes
cinnamon_marble_quick_breadAs I mentioned last Monday, we were delivered two feet of snow that weekend, courtesy of the blizzard.  Pre-storm I had made sure that we had plenty of food options that didn't require cooking.  However, we were fortunate and never lost power during the storm.  So, with a snowy, windy Saturday morning on my hands, what was there to do besides bake?

We had three teens at our house, one of whom is an almost 17 year old boy with an enormous appetite.  To try and please all palates and quench hunger, I decided to make a few different
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Coffee Cake Muffins

by TT Jr. June 27th, 2012| Breads, Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
My family members, or at least my step-dad, are avid soccer watchers.  His favorite team at this point is England, and they happened to be playing Sunday against Italy.  So, in honor of the game, we had a small get together with munchies and friends.  I volunteered to make something, I was hoping desperately I could land the baking spot.  And with my luck, I did!  I now had to rack my brain for a baked good I had not already made, or at least a variation of something I already had.  Frantically, my brain went through the usual
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Cheddar Chive Cornbread

by TT Jr. June 13th, 2012| Breads, Recipes
Last week we had breakfast for dinner, which is one of my favorite things to have.  We decided upon eggs so I opted to make cornbread with it.  Now I love cornbread; it is a very classic, understated, yummy item.  But plain cornbread can get, well, plain, not to mention boring.  I started debating how I could dress it up in a somewhat classier and more delicious, not to mention different, way.  I decided to use my two favorite ingredients for savory items.  Cheddar cheese and chives, which I also put in my scrambled eggs.  I find regular scrambled
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