January 31

Dear Time,

You seem to be flying by so quickly.

Have you ever met the word linger?

Just yesterday it was Christmas.

What is up with that?

Since we found out this past week that Superman is dealing with high cholesterol, I have been looking for bread recipes that will be healthier for him, but taste like actual bread and not a slice of cardboard.

The first place I always look for bread recipes is King Arthur Flour.  If ever I was to move to Vermont, I’d work there.    They have the best bread recipes I have ever tasted.  Bread, cookies, baked goods.

Yep.   I’m there!

So, over the www dot  river and through the Internet woods to King Arthur’s house I went, and  found all kinds of recipes.

All kinds of ones that I wanted to try but none of them had exactly what Superman  needed except one.

Honey Wheat Rolls.

Knowing that any roll recipe can be made into bread, I plopped all the ingredients into my bread machine and let it work its magic.

I like plopping.

When it beeped, I plopped it into my greased pan, let it rise, baked it for 15 minutes @ 350º, tented it because it was already a gorgeous color, and baked it for another 15-20 minutes.

Et voila.   Honey Wheat bread.

I love this bread, but more importantly, Superman loves this bread.

Whoo Hooo for King Arthur.


Honey Wheat Rolls

* 1 packet “highly active” active dry yeast, or 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast, or 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
* 1 cup lukewarm water
* 1/4 cup orange juice
* 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
* 3 tablespoons honey
* 1 ½ cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
* 1 ½ cups King Arthur Traditional Whole Wheat Flour or King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
* 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
* 2/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes
* 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk

If you’re using active dry or “highly active” yeast, dissolve it with a pinch of sugar in 2 tablespoons of the lukewarm water. Let the yeast and water sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, until the mixture has bubbled and expanded. If you’re using instant yeast, you can skip this step.

Combine the dissolved yeast with the remainder of the water and the rest of the ingredients. Mix and knead everything together—by hand, mixer or bread machine set on the dough cycle—till you’ve made a smooth dough.  If you’re kneading in a stand mixer, it should take about 5 to 7 minutes at second speed. In a bread machine (or by hand), it should form a smooth ball. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise, at room temperature, till it’s quite puffy but not necessarily doubled in bulk, about 90 minutes to 2 hours. Rising may take longer, especially if you’ve kneaded by hand. Give it enough time to become quite puffy. While the dough is rising, lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan, or two 9″ round cake pans.  Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Divide it into 16 pieces. Shape each piece into a rough ball by pulling the dough into a very small knot at the bottom (think of a balloon with its opening knotted), then rolling it under the palm of your hand into a smooth ball.  Place the rolls in the 9″ x 13″ pan, or put eight rolls in each of the round cake pans, spacing them evenly; they won’t touch one another.  Cover the pans with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the rolls to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. They’ll become very puffy, and will reach out and touch one another. While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.  Bake the rolls for 15 minutes, and tent them loosely with aluminum foil. Continue to bake until they’re mahogany-brown on top, but lighter colored on the sides, an additional 10 to 13 minutes.  Remove the rolls from the oven, and after 2 or 3 minutes, carefully transfer them to a rack. They’ll be hot and delicate, so be careful. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

January 29

So, we have been having some weather here in Pothole, Ohio.

Icy weather.

I went outside twice yesterday.

Once to grab these shots, and the second time to push Superman out of his parking spot.

In other news, Chocolatechic is thinking about joining Twitter.

Do you think she should?

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January 28

For the last 6 months or so, Superman has been dealing with some pretty awful headaches.

The real ones, not me.

After about 3 months of it, I sweetly encouraged him to go see the Doc.

After about a month of sweetness, moving into polite suggestions, moving into plain out and out demanding he see the doc, I just made an appointment, and forced him to go.

Apparently all men hate going to the doctor, including Superman.

Doc prescribed him some meds.

Didn’t work.

A month later, he went back for a ‘lets see how that medicine worked for you, now fork over your checkbook’ visit.

Doc prescribed something else.

Didn’t work.

A month later, he went back for a ‘lets see how that medicine worked for you, your checkbook is empty, now hand over a kidney’ visit.

Only this time, I was fed up with the poor man being in pain,  tired of being sweet and polite, I went straight to demanding.

I said, “Tell Doc to do blood work.”

So, Superman being the sweetheart that he is, politely asked for blood work.

I was afraid that he had diabetes.

Nope.

He has high cholesterol.

My fried chicken, meat and potatoes lovin’ Superman has met his Kryptonite.

I will fight this Kryptonite tooth and nail for him.

I will fight it with steamed fish, boneless skinless chicken breast, and fresh veggies.

blech!

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January 27

I have always always thought that I was a wimp when it came to eating spicy foods.

I eat mild salsa, and green chilies are about as high a heat as I can stand.

Other foods like curry, ginger, clove and chai are just to strong for me.

Chefboy was reading something interesting to me from his college text book the other day.

It says, “some people detect a greater degree of taste in foods than others.   Called “supertasters” these people may have more taste buds than average.   In additon to detecting strongly bitter flavors where many people do not (for example in coffee, broccoli, grapefruit juice, artifical sweeteners).  Similarly, supertasters find the spicy heat generated by capsaicin to be more pronounced, sometimes unbearably so, than does the average person.”

That’s me.

Told you I was a princess!

So I am not a wimp, I’m just sensitive.

My delicate sensitivities caused me to lesson the amount of ginger and clove in the Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread  recipe that Sherry of Sherry Trifle picked for today’s TWD.

I  didn’t think that all that ginger mixed with my beloved chocolate would taste good, but Internet, I was oh. so. wrong.

This cake bread is fabulous.    I  thickened the icing a bit more than called for.   If I’m gonna have icing, I’m gonna have icing not a glaze, and I didn’t use coffee in the icing either.   I’m not a coffee person, so  I used heavy cream instead.

Sherry has the recipe on her blog.   Go check it out, and make some for yourself.

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January 26

My dad comes from a long line of frugal farmers.

Daddy has always had a garden of some sort, and planting  is just part of my DNA.

So when the seed catalogs begin to arrive, and they already have… yippee!!!, I begin to be very excited.

I sit and peruse them till the pages are worn.

I make list after list, refining it as I go, making sure that I have just the right plants for the upcoming year.

I revel in the smell of spring when the sun begins to warm the earth, and I can always be found sitting outside just breathing in the delicious smell of wet warm dirt.

I don’t know much about the long line of my mother’s people, but I suspect that they were some sort of royalty.

I like my jewelry, and I only wear the real thing.

I like to be waited on. hand. and. foot.

I’d much prefer others to cook for me.

Imported chocolate is the best.

I don’t like to get dirty, I wear pink all the time, and I do not like to sweat.

I am a princess!

These things totally conflict with the extremely frugal farmer in me.

So, sometime around the first of May, you will find me outside trying to plant things, without touching the dirt, because ewwwwwww  dirt is dirty, and I don’t want it under my fingernails.

Along with a cook, and a maid, I think I need to hire a gardener.

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January 25

While I have been waiting for Global Warming to make an appearance, I finished the boys sock, and started the second one.

I also began a new project.   A pair of hot pink  socks for myself.

Helllooooooo Global Warming!   The socks…they are wool, because it is still cold!

Please do something about this.

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