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Easy Homemade Polenta: A How-To

Polenta to the rescue! It’s simple to make, as long as you have some time to pay attention, but once you’ve got a batch, it makes a perfect base for many dishes and sauces — including my farmer’s market largesse. It’s also a tasty alternative to pasta, so I like to use it to shake up my routine. I especially love the contrast of the bright, smooth, melt-in-your-mouth polenta, a sprinkling of rich, nutty parmesan cheese and a twist of black pepper against fresh crisp vegetables and tangy tomato sauce. I’m also amazed that it’s only three ingredients — stone-ground Hodgson Mill Corn Meal, water, and salt — I thought there must be something more to it. I was wrong. Deliciously wrong. Read More »


Banana-Nut Whole Wheat Cookies with Maple Icing

I found this recipe for Banana-Nut Whole Wheat Cookies with Maple Icing a while back but I never seemed to have brown bananas around when I had time to bake. Well, low and behold, the fruit basket offered up some over-ripe bananas the other day. It just so happened that it was nap time and my schedule was free, so out came the mixing bowl and I was ready to go. I opted to make these cookies, versus banana bread or Banana Pecan Cake with Warm Chocolate Sauce – traditional brown banana outlets in my family, because this recipe intrigued me in several ways. First, the banana is mixed with the butter, chilled and then cut into the flour – like a crumb topping or pie crust. Second, it uses 100% Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour in the dough – no white flour at all. And third, it calls for a maple icing on top – not a flavor I had combined with bananas before. I love it when a recipe gets me thinking and gives me new ideas to try. Read More »


Lime Yogurt Breakfast Cake with Margarita Glaze

Crunching through the salty-sweet glaze into the moist crumbliness of this yogurt cake fragrant with vanilla and lime is a great start to any day, believe me. A healthy helping of both Greek yogurt and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour ensures that you don’t get hungry too long before lunch, either. Read More »


Rustic Rosemary Whole Wheat Garlic Bread

Sometimes you just need to bake. Despite the hot weather, the need to knead just won’t go away. Besides, when you have a pasta dish like Summer Harvest Pasta with Mascarpone Meatballs in the works, a great bread companion just makes sense. This is where Rustic Rosemary Whole Wheat Garlic Bread comes into the picture. It’s filled with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour, Hodgson Mill Naturally White Flour, Hodgson Mill Active Dry Yeast, fresh rosemary and minced garlic – and it makes two loaves which helps justify heating up the house when it’s hot out.  Read More »


Summer Harvest Pasta with Mascarpone Meatballs

We’re settling into September, but that doesn’t mean garden fresh produce should be hard to find. Late summer is all about zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant – all of which are in this flavorful Summer Harvest Pasta with Mascarpone Meatballs. The array of fresh vegetables in this recipe is the first thing that caught my attention. I loved the idea of incorporating all of them into a delicious sauce to serve over Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta. The second thing that piqued my interest – and got my mouth watering – was the thought of making mascarpone meatballs. If you’re not familiar with mascarpone, it’s an Italian style cream cheese- not quite as tangy as American cream cheese – more velvety smooth and heavier on the cream side. It’s a bit of a gourmet ingredient and this was the first time I had seen it incorporated into something like a meatball. Being the foodie that I am, I was excited to find out what these meatballs would taste like – especially with such a delicious sauce to back them up. Off to the kitchen I went. Read More »


Crock Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

This recipe was just too easy to pass up – not to mention all of the health benefits I would be serving up by using Hodgson Mill Steel Cut Oats. Fifteen grams of protein alone from the oats and more from the milk and walnuts added on top – this was going to be a delicious, healthy way to start our day. Read More »


Back-to -School Cookies

I love the idea of my kids having a homemade cookie treat after school, but I really love the idea of my kids eating a cookie that’s made with healthy ingredients. So, as we started collecting what we needed, I reached for my bag of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour. These cookies are packed with lots of good things, so I knew that mixing in some whole wheat flour would go unnoticed – if I were making them alone. Hmmm… my kids were helping me make these cookies. How would the addition of whole wheat go over? Even though my children know that whole wheat is good for them, sometimes they balk when I add it to certain beloved foods – cookies being one of them. So, with my back up argument about how whole wheat is healthy on the tip of my tongue, I set it out as an ingredient, gave a measurement to my oldest girl, watched her mix it into the dough and… that was it. No one groaned or moaned even a little. Much to my delight, I believe that whole wheat is finding its place in my house – even in cookies. All three of my girls watched the Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat get mixed into the dough and no one blinked an eye. It just goes to show, that including healthy foods in our daily lives makes an impression on children, and instead of being something to complain about, it becomes normal. Very cool. Read More »


End of Summer Zucchini Cilantro with Whole Wheat Angel Hair Pasta

This is one of the quickest recipes I’ve ever made. Just seven ingredients, half of which can be found at the farm stand (zucchini, cilantro, shallots, and cherry tomatoes), and it will be on the table in under 30 minutes, with only 10 minutes of stove time. Read More »


Grilled Peach Pizza on Honey Whole Wheat Crust

Does grilling pizza scare you a little? Have some fear of the crust sliding through the cracks of the grill and going up in flames? I promise, cross my heart, that grilling pizza is easy. Making your own crust is easy, too – trust me. Grab a bag of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and Hodgson Mill Best for Bread Flour and come along with me. Read More »


Cherry-Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake

As much as I love to eat fresh fruit, baking with it is near to my heart – and stomach. Crisps, cobblers, pies, muffins, scones – the list could go on, but this time I decided on cake. I wanted something that would showcase the cherries and add to their sweetness. This Cherry-Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake is the perfect answer. The cherries are sautéed with brown sugar, butter and a little bit of balsamic vinegar and then a lovely, light cornmeal batter made with Hodgson Mill Yellow Cornmeal is layered on top and baked until it turns into a golden brown cake. Then the whole thing is turned upside-down and the oooh’s and ahhh’s begin. The cherries glisten on top of the cake like rubies and beg to be picked off and eaten. The deep yellow from the stone ground cornmeal peeks out around the edges of the cake and promises to deliver a tasty bite along with the cherries on top. Read More »


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