I subscribe to Cooking Light and I like a good percentage of their recipes. It just seems to me that so many "diet" recipes lack flavor. They may ask you to use cheese that doesn't melt in order to save fat and calories. So many of the low cal recipes have been lacking in flavor and texture.
I had just assumed that's the way I have to live if I want to be able to wear cute clothes and lose the Jabba the Hutt body. Seriously, I had more rolls than a bakery. And I have lost a lot of weight. I'm certainly not where I want to be but on my way.
I want to eat good food and still have the body of a domestic goddess. I don't want to be limited in the kitchen. I really enjoy cooking. I've been hooked since I got married and realized that a way to a man's heart really is through his stomach. Well, at least that's the way it is with my man. I've never seen Chuck more happy or content than after he's had some scrumptious eats. All is right with the world and suddenly I'm the most perfect woman that's ever walked this earth. I like that kind of adoration. :)
Test formula: good food + moderation + exercise + more exercise = decent body and happy tummy
Making all of these homemade dinners does have a slight downside: "packaged" foods and most restaurant food now seems lacking. For instance, I bought the dreaded Hamburger Helper because I got it for $.80 on sale and some ground round for $1.50. Unheard of prices! I needed a quick dinner one night and cooked up my processed dinner and served it up. Charlie says, "Wait. This doesn't look homemade." LOL Hey, it was cheap and filled a void.
One of my favorite things to bake is bread. The smell that fills the house is heavenly. I see bread as almost a work of art. Think about it. You start out with some basic ingredients that on their own would taste terrible. But you do a little mixing and shaping and suddenly you have a beautiful loaf of fluffy wonderfulness.
See what I mean?
This is one loaf of two that the following recipe makes. Totally worth the effort.
And in case you are wondering what's on my windowsill, they are fossils and a trilobite and petrified wood. I love fossils and run out of places to put them. Oh, and there is a dodo bird carving that my mother gave me years ago. Being an extinct bird it gets an honorary spot with the fossils.
OK, back to the bread. Look at the texture. The most perfect grilled cheese....imagine it.
Beats the hell out of sandwich bread from the store.
This is easy to make. And you get two loaves. Give it a try.
2 packages of yeast
3 Tbs sugar
1/4 cup shortening (oh come on, a little won't hurt ya)
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 cup milk, warmed
6 cups flour, divided
Directions for this bread are unusual but correct. Dissolve yeast by mixing with sugar. Mix softened shortening, butter with water, salt, milk, yeast mixture and 4 cups of flour. Beat thoroughly. (I used my stand mixer with the paddle for this) Add remaining flour. Mix. Turn out on floured surface. Knead for 6-8 minutes. (I used the dough hook on my stand mixer) Place in greased bow; let rise until doubled in warm place. (I heated my oven for 10 minutes on 200 degrees then turned off. Makes a great place to let bread rise. Beware: this dough gets HUGE and needs a pretty big bowl) Punch down; let rise until double again. Shape into two loaves. Place in two 5x9 inch loaf pans. Let rise to top of pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done. Brush top with butter.
Makes 2 loaves of bread.
And after baking bread and having dinner we all went to the neighborhood park to play and watch a gorgeous sunset. It's hard to beat a day like that. As a final note, I'd like to apologize to my friends who I haven't visited in a while. I haven't forgotten you. I just need to arrange my time better so I have some blog reading time. Hope you are all doing well and thanks for stopping by to visit me.