Pan Fried Spinach

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I made this delicious (and easy!) recipe from The Pioneer Woman many times this spring.  Basically all you do is add 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet, add TONS of freshly minced garlic, heap the skillet with fresh spinach (and I mean HEAP … it really cooks down!), and cook for less than a minute.  I should be just starting to wilt, but a tiny bit crispy.  Add a little salt and YUM!  Got a healthy does of iron many times from this little gem!

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Bread Baking

I have been trying to teach myself how to bake bread for a few years now.  I’m sorry to say that even after TWO YEARS, I am not very good at it.

The only fool-proof bread recipe I have found is this one for Farmhouse White Bread from Farmgirl Fare.

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See?  Beautiful, right?  But … it’s white bread.  And we just don’t do white bread.

So, I am still trying and trying to learn how to make good wheat bread.  The best recipe I have found so far is this one for Honey Oatmeal Bread from Tasty Kitchen.  It really is delicious, but …

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… why, oh why won’t it rise???  Like I said, still delicious though.

I guess practice makes perfect.  Try, try, again!

 

Delicious Caprese Pizza

We absolutely LIVED off this pizza last summer!  SO delicious … and with my recipe, SO easy!

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I buy the pre-made, whole wheat pizza crust at the store … the kind that come two in a package.  Brush olive oil over the crust and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.  Top with LOTS of local heirloom tomatoes, fresh, torn basil leaves, fresh mozzarella (I used a combination of fresh and packaged mozz. here, as I didn’t have quite enough of the fresh), and seasonings (garlic, salt, pepper, etc.)

Bake until cheese is melted.

Experiment with this using different heirloom tomatoes for TOTALLY different tastes.  I used Amana Orange here, which I just canNOT get enough of.  It was also delicious with Mortgage Lifters and Cherokee Purples.