Archive for November, 2009

Thanksgiving Wrap Up

Well, Liveblogging Thanksgiving did not quite work. Still, I am in absolute shock that Thanksgiving went off as well as it did. The worst disaster was that the pecan pie did not set. Otherwise, it had rave reviews from my friends, one of which said it was the best meal she had ever had. Everyone enjoyed the food. The biggest complaint was that there was too much, and they could not even sample it all.

My family has 16 or more people at most big holiday meals, so I guess I will have to learn how to make smaller portions! Some of the recipes are coming soon :)

The two crock pot dishes were great. I could set them in the crock pots to heat, and not have to worry about them. For someone with a small kitchen, that was really nice. I wish I had more room in the freezer for more preparation time, instead of just that week.

The pizza fondue was a good hit, and I will make it again. I will do more exploring with rolls, since these were really good out of the oven, they went hard and stale pretty quickly. My Thanksgiving gift to myself was the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking, so I will have some whole wheat options to try this time. Along with Healthy Bread in Five, I think I will endeavor to have all of my baked goods next year incorporate some form of whole grain. (My partner complained that he has given up hope to have a store bought loaf of bread at my house. Too bad!)

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Live Blogging Thanksgiving!

3:23:55 PM: I am going to attempt to Live Blog my first Thanksgiving cooking! :) Wish me luck!

3:26:44 PM: Live Blogging Thanksgiving!

3:27:34 PM: I am going to attempt to Live Blog my first Thanksgiving cooking! :) Wish me luck!

3:34:24 PM: I have my coffee, and the pecan pie is in the oven. About to start on the breads for the dressing :)

3:46:59 PM: Eek! Forgot about the cornbread for the stuffing. In the oven that goes!

3:54:35 PM: Mom just called to see if the turkey was out of the oven yet. Nope, doing dinner! :) ETE: 4pm. We shall see.

3:54:46 PM: ETE: Estimated Time to Eat :)

4:14:24 PM: Aaah! Everything is done out of the oven at the same time!

11:47:23 PM: Thanksgiving was a hit! The worst “disaster” is that my pecan pie did not set. Otherwise, excellent!

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Bread Braid!

I have joined a Baking Group! We will get started in January with the big things, but here is our first entry, with my Pumpkin Pie Brioche listed! :)

Bread Braid @

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Pumpkin Brioche

Pumpkin Brioche Cinnamon Monkey Bread

Pumpkin Brioche Cinnamon Monkey Bread

I am part of the new Baking group for Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

Our first recipe was a secret recipe, given to just the baking group! It is also listed in the book, as Pumpkin Brioche, made with partial white whole wheat flour.

I swear I read Recipes. I dumped everything in the bowl (since this book uses Vital Wheat Gluten, you have to mix the dry ingredients first so it does not lump up. Then put in the wet ingredients.

I, for whatever reason, did not see the water in the recipe! I mixed it up, and it was really really dry. I thought I had done something wrong, but looking at the recipe I still did not see any water. The dough did not rise.

Then, I found the water in the recipe! And it rose beautifully. I doubled the spices in the recipe since a few people said that they did not come through in the dough.

To make the monkey bread, I used small pieces of the pumpkin brioche, rolled them in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and put into a large bundt pan. I was in a rush, so they only rose for about 45 minutes. The last time I attempted monkey bread (with the Brioche recipe from the first book), I let it rise overnight in the fridge, and it rose quite a bit higher.

The muffins I used a slightly larger piece, and baked them in muffin pans. they turned out well, they would be good at Thanksgiving with butter :)

Of course, what would this blog be (at least the idea of this blog) without a fail. I burned the mini loaves. And they were baked in silicone!

Attempted Mini Monkey Breads

Attempted Mini Monkey Breads

There will be another secret recipe posted in December, then the actual baking group start in January! I am so excited :)

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken


So, if I follow a recipe, it fails. When I make it up? Success!

Make Italian Dressing, or something resembling it. I used Marsala Wine, Olive Oil, and some Vinegar, and Italian Seasoning spices. (I got the latter from the bulk bins at Whole Foods in Austin, but I am sure a packet would work.)

My slow cooker is a Rival 5.5-qt. Crock Pot, and the recipe was fine for it.

Place four chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. My chicken breasts were frozen. This is an issue for some people, because frozen chicken breasts may spend more time in the “danger zone,” and it is not recommended to do this with frozen meats. Use at your own risk.

Top with Italian Dressing. Add a 14.5oz can of tomatoes (mine were Italian style with spices already in the can.)

I cooked on high for 5 hours, then shredded the chicken to let it cook in the juices while I cooked rice.


If I had to write a recipe?

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

One packet Italian Dressing mix
1/2 to 3/4 cup Marsala Wine (or whatever wine you like to cook with.)
1/4th cup olive oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
4 chicken breasts
1 14.5oz can tomatoes
Rice (optional)

Mix Italian Dressing mix with Wine and vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the Olive Oil while whisking.

Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Pour dressing over the breasts, and top with can of tomatoes.

High for 4 hours (5-6 if chicken breasts are frozen). I am sure you can do low for 8-10 or so, but I have not tried it yet.

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