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 »
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 »
I don’t know if I succeeded with my Spaghetti Western idea, but I’m happy with where the experiment took me. After a couple of tries, I’ve got a dish with healthy whole wheat pasta, plenty of lean protein from a local farmer, fresh local tomatoes, and loads of super-healthy fresh herbs, so I’m pretty much happy on all fronts—taste, health, and food-consciousness. Read More »
I think this one is the perfect level of sweetness for morning – tart, baked plums nestle into the soft fragrant cake; almost like a bread pudding. The Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and Multi Grain Cereal give it a pleasant granola-like texture, but without the crunch, if that makes sense. Every bite is just interesting. Read More »
Not only are these toppings completely delicious, but the crust is, too. Hodgson Mill Rye Flour as well as some Hodgson Mill Corn Meal is mixed into the dough to add extra flavor and crunch. Don’t worry if you’re not a big rye flour fan; it does a good job of highlighting the smoky flavor you get from cooking on the grill and isn’t noticeable otherwise.
Cooking pizza on the grill is not hard. Impressive – Yes. Hard – No. The key to success is to have everything prepared before you start grilling. As luck would have it, all of these ingredients can be fixed as early as the day before – even the crust – which I promise is not hard to make, either. Read More »
This dish is easy and delicious – the perfect combination when it comes to dinner. Do yourself a favor and buy the EZ Peel shrimp (the kind that’s been cleaned and only need the shells slipped off) to make this meal even easier. Do yourself another favor and buy a box of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti. The whole wheat pasta compliments all of the other flavors going on in the dish without overpowering them. Chances are, you’ll be able to sneak in some healthy whole wheat without it being noticed which makes adding whole grains to your diet a piece of cake – or a bowl of pasta – in this case Read More »
I got ambitious in the early-summer heat wave and made these lightly crusty, half-whole-wheat buns studded with chunks of dill pickle and onion, and covered with sesame seeds. I think you’ll find they have a knack for enveloping a burger (and all its trimmings) with tender loving care, and they’ll make you want to eat every last bite—even if there’s more bun than burger. Now THAT’S saying something. Read More »
I do enjoy a BLT on a hot day. Crisp, salty, tender, fresh, hot and cold all at once . . . it’s a surprisingly complex combo, when you think about it. So here I present its classy relation–a BLT-inspired pasta salad where tender, springy Hodgson Mill Veggie Rotini Spirals set the stage for sweet bursts of caramelized cherry tomato, savory crispy prosciutto, and spicy arugula leaves, just barely wilted. Chunks of avocado (which in my house, we call ‘nature’s mayonnaise’) give the salad a creamy richness. Read More »
This salad starts with wholesome al dente Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Spaghetti or Hodgson Mill Gluten-Free Spaghetti combined with crunchy slivers of chopped cabbage and carrots, crisp chunks of snow pea pods, green onions, fresh cilantro, and sesame seeds. Toss it all up with a fresh, clean dressing made with toasty sesame oil, soy sauce, and tangy vinegar. Yum. Read More »
This soup is beautiful. I don’t think there is another word for it. Clean, fresh, refreshing . . . those come close. I think it’s the combination of the aromatic, zingy ginger and the gentle but persistent heat of the chili flakes and green onions butting up against the fresh veggies and cilantro, the substantial Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Egg Noodles, and lots of good-quality vegetable broth. The slices of sirloin steak on top are an enticing contrast, more of a tasty garnish than the main event. I think if you took any one piece of the equation away, it might all fall apart.
I know it might seem a little odd to use egg noodles in this soup; maybe you were expecting rice noodles, like a vietnamese pho. But I think white rice noodles are just filler. The combination of whole wheat and a touch of egg add just the right amount of body to the soup, which doesn’t otherwise have a lot of fat. I love biting into the soft noodles along with a slightly crisp carrot or slice of squash. These noodles are just as good in this slightly exotic dish as they are in a comforting chicken noodle soup. Read More »