Apple Yogurt Raisin Bread

Apple Yogurt Raisin Bread
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I used to make bread every week for my roommate who didn’t think a meal was complete without bread. I haven’t been making bread lately, but I have been making pizza dough and Calzone. Now that I have a working Kitchen Aid Classic stand mixer, I can make as much bread as I like.

I don’t usually do things that are complicated, and when I started making this bread, I thought it would be complicated, but, in truth, it wasn’t. If this is your first time making bread, you might be intimidated by this, but trust me, it’s going to be okay.

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Silk Tie and Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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Wow! Was I tired when I finished the last egg last night. It seems I have been doing nothing but decorating eggs since Thursday afternoon. But, that’s okay, I really enjoy doing it. I love looking at the completed tablescape and seeing all the decorated eggs. But, maybe the best part of this was that it cost me virtually nothing. I was able to re-purpose two ancient under shirts, one badly stained white school shirt, a host of silk ties, left over accumulated “bling”, and onion skins that had collected in my dry goods drawer.

When Spane was a little, little guy, the counter of the corner store had lovely Easter eggs on it. I had never seen eggs like that, and when I asked the owner how they were made, she said, in halting English that the eggs were dyed with onion skin. I was hooked, and finally took pictures of my creations in 2010.
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Hearty Clam Chowder for a Stormy Winter Night

Hearty Clam Chowder
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I have always loved clam chowder, that is good clam chowder. The stuff that comes in the can, even the expensive stuff that comes in a can, just cannot compare to soup you make yourself. Homemade soup is just richer and tastier.

On Fridays, I usually spend time with my good friend and we talk about the current political climate. Well, the weather climate was so bad that we decided not to meet. I was out already in it, and I mean, it was cold, and very windy. The wind was so strong, I actually had to take cover under an awning and I thought it was going to bowl me over. I think this is one of the worst winter storms Los Angeles has had, at least in my many years here. When I got home, I was cold and wet and wanted something warm that would stick to my bones. Although I had originally planned on Lentil Soup with Cilantro, it just didn’t seem like it was a rib sticking as I wanted, and I decided on Hearty Clam Chowder instead.

I am going to make another cold weather dish, Boston Baked Beans, with the rest of the salt pork that I used in the Hearty Clam Chowder. Looks like I am prepared for this rainy winter in Southern California.

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Saffron Chicken and Rice Bake

Saffron Chicken and Rice Bake
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My good friend, Sammia, came to visit me from Germany. She and I have been friends for a long time, but have not seen each other in years. She has two kids, one who is practicing basketball for the German Olympics. Her other son, who is also my friend, lives in Northern California. Sammia and I always have a good time together, and that was why I wanted to make something special for her.

This Saffron Chicken and Rice Bake is very simple to make, yet flavorful. Just saute the vegetables and the chicken, put it over rice and saffron and mushroom soup, then just put it in the oven to finish cooking. How simple is that? You can make it, and go enjoy yourself with your family or guests. Asparagus is a good accompaniment, with a nice white wine, perhaps Chardonnay.

Don’t be afraid of saffron. Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the “saffron crocus”. You can usually buy saffron at gourmet stores, or Mediterranean stores, or Amazon has a good selection.

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