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Dill Pickle Bread

I bought dill pickles at Aldi yesterday so I could make Two Sleever’s Big Mac salad all summer. Then I saw this recipe for Dill Pickle Bread. I knew I had to make it because it was one of the weirdest sounding recipes I have ever found.

I am going to be totally honest, this recipe isn’t going to appeal to everyone. In fact, you’re either going to love it completely or absolutely hate it, there really isn’t any in between. I, personally, love the super sour, super sharp taste of this bread. If you aren’t a fan of sour tastes, I would skip this recipe.

Dill Pickle Bread

Adapted From Delish

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup canola oil

1 large egg

1 1/2 tsp sugar

3/4 cup plus 2 TBS flour

1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp pickle juice

1/4 cup chopped dill pickle

1/4 cup shredded cheddar

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 5 inch loaf pan with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine sour cream, canola oil, egg and pickle juice.

In another medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the greased tin.

Bake 40 – 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove bread from tin. Cool completely before slicing.

Hoisin Sloppy Joes

Saurday I woke up covered in an itchy, angry looking rash all over my chest and belly. I’ll spare you the details because this is a food blog. Lets just say work was really tough this weekend. I have never itched so bad in my life!When I went to the clinic Monday morning, I discovered I didn’t have a rash, I have hives and hives are most commonly associated with food allergies. I also learned that you don’t have to be born with a food allergy. You can develop allergies at any point in your life, but they are more common as you get older. I will be 50 in December.

My doctor suggested I do a standard elimination diet to figure out what caused the hives. I asked if a Whole 30 would work instead. I know thats a program I can stick to and I wanted to do another round anyway. My doctor is looking into it.So thats how my week started. Now I wait to hear from my doctor and try not to scratch. How’s your week going

Hoisin Sloppy Joes

Adapted From Sweet And Savory1/2 lb ground beef1/4 cup onion2 cloves garlic, mincedl2 TBS water2 TBS hoisin sauce1 TBS ketchup3/4 tsp chili sauce1/4 tsp saltIn a frying pan, combine the ground beef, onions and garlic. Cook until the me.t is no longer pink and the onions are tender.Adf the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer 5 minutes or unti the sauce thickens. Serve on a bun, over noodles or on a salad.

English Muffin Muffins

I am finally settling into new at home routines that complement my new at work routines. I am really excited about that. I have a sleep disorder and disrupting my routines can make it very difficult to sleep. Its not just going to bed and getting up at the same time everyday. I need a routine that lets me find time to cook everyday because if I eat garbage, I sleep like garbage. That means having a routine that allows me to get to the grocery store on a regular basis plus finding time to do things I enjoy doing like binge watching Outlander, trips to the library and writting for this blog. And after 10 weeks of complete and utter chaos, I am fially getting there. HURRAY!!!

English Muffi Muffins

Adapted From Breakfast with Beatrice Cookbook

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp rapid rising yeast

1 1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup very warm milk

Grease 6 regular sized muffin cups with nonstick spray. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add the milk and beat with a wooden spoon until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes.

Spoon the mixture, equally, into the muffin cups. Let the dough rest, uncovered for 30 minutes or until the dough fills the muffin cups.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 20 minute or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for one minute; then remove from the muffin tin and transfer to a wire rack to cool or a basket to serve warm.

Instant Pot For Two By Shon Brooks — A Review

One of the reasons I started adapting recipes for one or two is because I couldn’t find a cookbook for one or two that I actually liked. Most cookbooks for one or two suffer from the recipes either being so simple they are insulting or being full of so many expensive ingredients they are beyond the budgets of most cooks. So when I ordered this cookbook I wasn’t expecting much. I hoped I would be surprised. Unfortunately, I was surprised but not in a good way.

First, let me say, I really wanted to like this cookbook. On first look, the recipes were every thing I want in a cookbook.

1. There is a great variety of recipes.

2. The recipes used ingredients I could find at any grocery store.

3. The recipes weren’t so simple as to be insulting but not so complicated it would take all day to cook them.

When I started cooking from the cookbook I began to find many subtle problems.

1. The ingredient lists weren’t specific. The first recipe I tried was for steel cut oats. The cooking time said to cook them for 3 minutes. I have made 20 pounds or more of steel cut oats in the pressure cooker over the years so I know they take 12 -15 minutes under pressure to cook. I looked through some timing charts and saw quick cooking steel cut oats take 3 minutes to cook but nowhere in the ingredient list or directions did it say anything about quick cooking steel cut oats. This type of thing happened in many other recipes through out the book.

2. None of the recipes in the book state what kind of release to use. Since the type of release used can effect the outcome of the dish that is a major problem.

3. There are obvious typos throughout the book that should have been taken care of with careful editing before the book was ever printed.

These are just a few of the problems with this cookbook that make it unreliable for the average cook. This cookbook was a great concept but poorly executed. If you are looking for an good Instant Pot for Two cookbook this isn’t for you.