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Hot Cross Buns Cream Cheese Braid

We have a winner for the Hodgson Mill “Have A Grain Holiday” baking contest! Barbara at Barbarabakes.com wowed us with a beautiful and delicious Citrus Cranberry Cream Cheese Danish Braid that earned her first place in our food blogger contest. That’s the link to her winning entry along with detailed directions on how she made it all come together.Now that another holiday is upon us, and the seasons are a-changing, I wanted to pay homage to Barbara’s recipe, but tweak it just a little bit for springtime. I wanted to bring my favorite flavors from hot cross buns into the picture—warm spices against fresh citrus zest and golden raisins. I also toned down the sweetness just a tiny bit to reflect a hot cross bun (I left off the citrus sugar, since the finished product is sweet enough for me). I love her recipe, and I also wanted to try out a few other seasonal ideas; I think they’re both pretty terrific. Read More »


Simple Maple Blueberry Loaf Cake with Maple Glaze

As soon as I saw this recipe I knew it would be perfect for Easter Sunday brunch. It combines two great flavors, blueberries and maple (think pancakes) with a healthy serving of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and Hodgson Mill All Natural All Purpose Flour along with some other easy to come-by ingredients all together in a lovely loaf cake. This recipe is also simple to make. I had everything mixed and the cake in the oven in about 10 minutes – perfect for a hectic Easter morning with egg hunts and excited children bouncing around. Read More »


Multigrain Sweet Potato Date Muffins

These muffins combine the earthy sweetness of roasted sweet potatoes, the light caramel chewiness of dates, and the hearty goodness of oats, wheat bran, flaxseed, soy, wheat germ and cracked whole wheat in Hodgson Mill Multigrain Cereal. No simpering breakfast cupcakes here; these have a firm, springy texture that makes you take your time and savor each bite, and just enough sweetness to go great with a cup of coffee. I love the body and texture Multigrain Cereal brings to baked goods—if you like these, you might also want to try my Multigrain Pumpkin Pancakes. Read More »


Hodgson Mill Easy Crunchy Cinnamon Wheat Germ Granola

Back in December I shared my favorite Hodgson Mill winter breakfast, Blueberry Swirl Multi-Grain Hot Cereal with Milled Flaxseed and Soy, that I eat when the weather is cold and I need a hot, healthy start to my day. Well, now that the sun is warming things up and the windows are open, it’s time to switch over to my favorite summer breakfast- a creamy bowl of yogurt topped with a drizzle of honey, a handful of raspberries or strawberries and a generous scoop of the best granola ever- Hodgson Mill Crunchy Cinnamon Wheat Germ Granola. Read More »


English Muffin Bread with Quick Homemade Strawberry Preserves

If you are a fan of the circular English muffins that come from the grocery store, you will love this bread even more. It has all of the same English muffin taste wrapped up into simple, good-for-you, whole wheat yeast bread. One of the best parts about this bread is that it only needs to rise once, so it takes half the time to make than a traditional yeast bread recipe. It also makes two loaves – a total bonus in my book. You can choose to eat one loaf right away and freeze the other for another time, or like in my house, the day after the first loaf is devoured.  Read More »


Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Mini-Cupcakes

I have loved the Hodgson Mill Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix since the first time I tried it. It’s convenient to just buy one box for one cake, it’s really reliable, and it’s always delicious—soft and tender and sweet, and it might even fool people if you don’t disclose its gluten-free roots. But I’ve also wanted to expand my gluten-free repertoire. Right now, that means carrot cake, since it’s one of my favorites. I like how simple it is to get a couple jars of pureed carrots from the baby food aisle because it makes the final product so smooth and creamy (and because it spares my knuckles from grating carrots . . . sheesh). I think you’re going to love the final product just like I do. Read More »


My Irish Granny’s Whole Grain Wheaten Bread

Despite being named Erin, I don’t actually have an Irish granny. But if I did, I would hope she would bake bread like this–slightly sweet and nutty with toasted Hodgson Mill Steel Cut Oats, with a crisp browned crust hiding a tender buttery biscuit crumb. (For any word nerds out there, ‘Wheaten’ is an old English word that means just what it says, and it’s the name of this type of loaf.) To me, this fun clover-shaped loaf is whole grain baking at its best—taste, texture, and looks (a triple threat!). And since it’s a soda bread, made with buttermilk and baking soda instead of yeast, it’s ready in just about an hour. It’s perfect for breakfast, toasted, with butter and jam, but it easily holds up next to a savory soup or stew. The smell of this, fresh from the oven, drew everyone in my house straight to the kitchen. . . I just love when that happens. Read More »


Whole Wheat Penne with Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon

Spring is around the corner and flowers are starting to bloom. But before we all get out our barbeque grills and abandon our ovens, I urge you to roast some butternut squash and put together this pasta dish. It’s easy, delicious and full of good nutrition – from the many benefits squash contributes to all of the healthful goodness whole grains bring to the table in the Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Penne. Besides, it has bacon in it. Read More »


Apples & More Muesli Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast. Sounds like a good idea to me; especially if they have oatmeal in them because then it’s practically like eating cereal, right? Well, you’re in luck! These cookies do have cereal in them – Hodgson Mill Apples & More Muesli which is made up of delicious ingredients like sweet apple chunks, raisins, oats, sunflower seeds and flax seed just to mention a few. If that didn’t whet your appetite, these cookies also have whole wheat, quinoa, honey, dried cranberries and slivered almonds. When all is said and done, these breakfast cookies are so loaded with healthy ingredients they can’t help but be good for you. Read More »


Stovetop Butternut Squash Tagine over Lemony-Herb Whole Wheat Couscous

Let me tell you, this light, spicy and warming Moroccan vegetable stew is worth the investment in all the interesting and tasty spices it uses. Tender chunks of butternut squash, potato, sweet pear, and chickpea swim in a creamy tomato-yogurt sauce with rich, fragrant spices. I love how it’s complemented by the light, fluffy pearls of whole grain Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Couscous. They’re a perfect match. This meal is the perfect balance of sweet and savory, and it’s utterly satisfying, as well as low-fat and packed with veggies. It’s perfect whether you’re into “Meatless Mondays” or are currently observing Lenten Fridays. Read More »


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