Pumpkin is one of the healthiest veggies around! It’s low in calories but chock full of fiber and vitamins. This quick and easy recipe allows you to serve up veggies as a delicious (and healthy) dessert! Your secret is safe with me. Continue reading
This week, the cherry tomatoes in my garden are sweet and delicious. While they make a flavorful addition to a variety of sauces, cherry tomatoes are so darn cute that it’s fun to cook with them in ways that show off their shape! This recipe combines garden fresh cherry tomatoes with cheddar cheese in a delightful cornbread muffin recipe guaranteed to make you smile. Let’s get started! Continue reading
Here at Crowded Earth Kitchen, we don’t toss around the Signature Dish moniker lightly. If we label a recipe as a Signature Dish, you can rest assured that the recipe is a guaranteed, crowd pleasing success. Savory Stuffed Pumpkin fits the bill! Continue reading
Simple Bread is a Crowded Earth Kitchen favorite. We first shared this recipe a few years ago, and it has been wildly popular! As the name implies, baking this bread is simple. It is also economical, costing far, far less to prepare than any nutritionally equivalent bread available at your local market. Simple Bread freezes well, as does the dough itself. Over the next few days, we will use Simple Bread dough as the foundation for several healthy, low cost meals. Let’s go play with flour!
Ingredients (makes 2 standard sized loaves, approximately 9×5 inches each)
2 cups lukewarm (not boiling) water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
1/4 cup dry milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup canola oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups white flour
Step 1) Combine sugar and lukewarm water in a large mixing bowl. Stir in yeast, and allow to sit for a minute or two until the surface of the water appears a bit creamy.
Step 3) Knead dough for a few minutes until a smooth ball forms. Add a bit more flour as needed, to prevent sticking. Transfer dough to a large bowl which has been greased with canola oil.
Step 4) Cover bowl with a damp cloth and allow dough to rise until it doubles in size. This will take about an hour in a warm location, such as an oven that has been warmed to 100 degrees and then turned off.
Step 6) If you are making freezer dough, stop here! Simply wrap your dough in plastic wrap and freeze. When you wish to bake fresh Simple Bread, thaw your dough in greased, floured pans, and let rise until double (this will take several hours from frozen). Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Step 7) If you are baking bread right now, place your loaves of dough in greased, floured pans, and let rise for one hour or until dough is slightly higher than the pans.
Cornbread doesn’t have to be boring, and it sure doesn’t need to be bland. This super simple recipe merges traditional cornbread with a bottle of beer and savory steak seasoning. The result is absolutely delicious!
Ingredients (Makes 1 bread loaf or 1 casserole dish)
2 cups white flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon steak seasoning (such as Penzeys Mitchell Street Steak Seasoning)
12 ounces of your favorite beer
Step 1) Grease a bread pan or casserole dish; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2) Mix all dry ingredients with a fork. Stir in beer and transfer batter to greased pan.
Step 3) Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until top is golden brown.