Reiska (Whole Grain Flat Bread)

Reiska is the Finnish version of Irish soda bread. It’s a whole grain quick bread made with either barley or rye flour, oatmeal, and buttermilk and it relies on baking soda and baking powder rather than yeast to help it rise. It’s baked on a large sheet pan resulting in a flatbread rather than a…

Easy, NO-Knead 100% Whole Wheat Bread

I’m on a mission to learn how to make 100% whole grain bread. My favorite breakfast is Ezekial toast with almond butter and a low sugar jam but I’d like to learn how to make my own whole grain bread. The thing is, making 100% whole grain bread is not as easy as making refined…

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

One of my baking goals is to master homemade whole grain bread. This was a goal of mine even before the bread baking obsession that came along with the stay at home order of the pandemic. Now that flour and yeast is available again, I thought I would start baking. Finding freshly baked bread, made…

Mushroom Bourguignon

Bourguignon refers to a stew that is made with beef, braised in red wine. I came across this recipe from Melissa Clark at the nytimes.com and thought it was an interesting way to make a hearty stew without meat. Since the traditional dish gets its intense, savory flavor from beef, we’ll be using some vegetable…

Apple Walnut Bread

My baking definitely picks up in the fall. Pumpkin, apples, warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are my favorite flavors for baking muffins and bread. This apple walnut bread is not overly sweet so it’s perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea. If you want this to be…

Sweet Potato, Peanut and Chicken Stew

Stews are the ultimate one-pot meal. They are hearty, packed with flavor and can serve an army of hungry friends and family. My husband grew sweet potatoes in his garden this summer and he is harvesting them right now (mid-October). This is the perfect recipe to showcase these “freshly pull from the ground” tubers. It…

Pumpkin Spice Mini-Muffins

With the explosion of pumpkin recipes on social media, you know fall has arrived. These mini pumpkin muffins are so easy to make, full of flavor and packed with beta carotene and fiber. If you made the apple spice muffins from my previous post, you can use the oat bran you just purchased because these…

Apple and Spice Oat Bran Muffins

I’ve been posting a lot of oat-based recipes recently. Maybe it’s because my husband purchased an institutional-size box of oatmeal from Costco mid-pandemic. However, this recipe is featuring oat bran, oatmeal’s forgotten cousin.  Oat bran was popular in the 1990’s for its cholesterol-lowering benefits but for some reason, it fell off the oat radar. It’s…

Drying Fresh Herbs in the Microwave

I am so lucky to have a bounty of garden-fresh herbs to cook with all summer long.  But when winter sets in, I’m back to buying overpriced, uninspired herbs from the supermarket. No longer! Thanks to another great tip from Cooks Illustrated, you can dry herbs in the microwave. Yes, the microwave! In about 2-3…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal…YUM!

Whenever you combine chocolate and peanut butter, you’ve got a win! Make it healthy and it’s a win, win! Oatmeal is the perfect backdrop for any flavor combination and rich cocoa powder paired with natural peanut butter is no exception.  This breakfast power bowl is packed with fiber-rich oatmeal, heart-healthy flavonoids from cocoa powder, plant…

Peanut Butter and Berry Overnight Oats

Overnight oats make for a quick, on the go breakfast or hearty between-meal snack. They are balanced with just the right amount of macronutrients; plant protein, healthy fats and whole-grain carbs for extra fiber. It’s so simple. Just mix old-fashioned oats (not steel cut) with yogurt and milk. Stir in some chia seeds then swirl…

Chana Masala

Chana Masala is a vegetarian dish made with chickpeas simmered in a flavorful spiced tomato sauce. It’s an easy weeknight dinner because it’s fast and it’s made with pantry staples such as canned chickpeas, canned tomatoes, and lots of spices. I served this over a mixture of steamed cauliflower and rice but whole wheat Naan…