Tagged: ‘cornmeal’

The Baker: Hominy Tortillas

Any serious cook or baker eventually tackles making homemade tortillas. I was lucky as one of the staff in my bakery was from Mexico and was happy to show me how to make them. But even she had problems when the dough wasn’t just right.

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Country Gourmet’s Whole Wheat Pancakes

Country Gourmet is one of my local hometown restaurants and place to get really great homemade-like food. I was one of their first customers when they opened over 25 years ago. Some of the original staff is still there, which is always a good sign for a restaurant. So I was thrilled to see this recipe for whole wheat pancakes run in the newspaper, from all the way down in southern California. Good pancakes have a state wide following.

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Frozen Bread Dough Focaccia

baked focaccia with fresh rosemary and coarse sea salt

Sometimes you want fresh bread, but don’t have time to make it from scratch.  So this the opportunity to use commercially made Ready-Dough packaged by Bridgeford, easily found in the supermarket freezer…

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Gringo Chili for a Crowd with Sour Cream Cornmeal Muffins

Sounds amazing, but the thick heat and meat stew called chili con carne, or chile with meat, is as American as apple pie. It is a traditional homespun dish displaying the qualities of creativity and originality of its cooks born and bred in the borderland desert of the U.S. and northern Mexico.

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The Thanksgiving Roll Basket

It is the very fresh, golden brown, tender dinner roll that dominates a fully provisioned traditional Thanksgiving table. My favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving is the only holiday devoted entirely to enjoying food. It is a time to share a meal with family and guests, as well as showcasing some of your culinary specialties.

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Creamy White Chicken Chili with Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Really this was dubbed the “The Best White Chili Ever” by my sister Meg, who loves anything and everything creamy. This is a mild chili and utilizes leftover cooked chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Its almost a no brainer, out of the cupboard meal.

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Waffles Take Center Stage

I think we are in a waffle renaissance. Not pancakes. Waffles. The food of the kids on the weekend. Waffle are just everywhere and they are begging to be reinvented anew.

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The Culinary Traveler: Moroccan Bread with Sesame and Aniseed and Morrocan Mint Tea

There are an entire world of rustic ethnic breads that are easily reproduced in your modern home kitchen. These are breads that were once only available regionally, tasted by the adventurous traveler. But no more. The invisible family boundries are down and the light is rushing in. What is old is now new. What was hidden by geography and religion, is now open to interpretation. Bakers are pushing the envelope. They want to master the techniques.

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Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

Everyone who bakes should have a buttermilk biscuit in their repertoire. Its a favorite bread basket treat. People just love homemade biscuits. And, of course, you have some favorite biscuit cutters in your kitchen drawer or old empty amaretti cookie tin, just waiting to be used. It turns out biscuit cutters is one of my favorite simple gifts to bakers.

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