We had company for dinner the other night and I ran out of time to fix dessert. People expect dessert when they come to my house. I take it as a compliment, but sometimes it can be a stretch to squeeze it into my meal plan with all of the things going on in my family, not to mention the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays. So I came up with these delicious Chocolate Gingerbread Bars that start with a box of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Gingerbread Mix. Read More »
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? (Good . . . me neither!) There’s always so much to bake . . . and so little oven space to bake it all! Nevertheless, I always get big-time inspired reading about all the crazy dish ideas from chefs and in cooking magazines (additions, of course, to the already overcrowded table of food people expect to see on this holiday.)
This year I wanted to make something special, but not too fussy. Comfort food that tastes good with turkey–that’s always the goal. Because making up variations and tweaking recipes or mixes is one of my favorite things about baking, I decided to play around with add-ins for Hodgson Mill Cornbread and Muffin mix. Read More »
Several years ago, I volunteered to make the Thanksgiving pies for my husband’s large, extended-family gathering. All of the greats and grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and second cousins come from far and wide to spend Thanksgiving together. It’s a day filled with lots of laughter, good food and that ‘you’re a part of a great family’ feeling. The food is very important and hasn’t changed much since I married into the clan 16 years ago. Cherry pie has always been on the dessert table as well as pumpkin. Read More »
My bread machine conked out a while ago. I’ll probably get another eventually, for the convenience of it, but in the meantime I’ve found I really enjoy making the time to make bread. Now don’t run away from me yet. Even extremely busy people can make bread from scratch if they think ahead. Read More »
Apple picking in the fall is one of our favorite family traditions. The first weekend that the apples are ripe and ready, we head out to the orchard. The fun begins with an old-fashioned, tractor-pulled wagon ride. Then it’s time to pick. The kids hunt high and low for the perfect apples. My husband takes turns hoisting the kids up on his shoulders to reach for the apples that are way up in the tree. Those are always the best. Once we have picked as many apples as we can carry, and then some, we head back home. As we’re driving, we can almost taste all of the wonderful apple recipes we’ll want to make when we get home. Read More »
As the holidays get closer, it seems like my oven is on 24/7. My daughters and I spend a lot of time baking all kinds of good things for ourselves or to share with our family and friends. Walk in the front door and you’re bound to smell something amazing coming from the kitchen. One of our favorite things to make is cookies. We love them in all different shapes and sizes, soft or crispy, chewy or crunchy. Cookies are a good thing. Sometimes though, it feels like we’re on butter and sugar overload, so I like to make these cinnamon sugar cookies using Hodgson Mill White Whole Wheat flour to bring a little bit of whole grain nutrition into the mix. Good for you cookies are a great thing. Read More »
’ve always thought graham crackers were something you got out of a box. Period. Not that I thought they would be so difficult that they were beyond my skill level, or that they required some kind of strange ingredients, but I really just never thought about it. Let’s face it, they’re pretty readily available already made. And to be honest, I’ve always thought that they were more of a vehicle–a handy, edible way to get toasty, sticky marshmallows from a campfire fork to my mouth with a minimum of mess. Mmmm. S’mores. Read More »
Maybe some of you have noticed our new slogan at Hodgson Mill–Have a Grain Day!–or you’ve seen our new online ads around the net. (If you haven’t seen them, keep browsing your favorite sites like AllRecipes.com, SouthernLiving.com, CoastalLiving.com and many, many more. And if you find one, be sure to click for a chance at a special offer.) Anyway, I thought our new message might warrant a brief introduction. Read More »
Cookies. Cookies. Cookies. We can never have enough cookies. Once the jar is empty there is more baking to be done. Chocolate chip cookies are a big favorite around my house. If I make them when the girls are home, help is never in short supply. Chairs are dragged to the counter and hands are washed before I even get things set up. Sneaking stray chips is a specialty that all three have perfected. Not sure who they learned that from. Makes baking things with chocolate chips very popular. Read More »
I’m delighted to be here. My name is Erin; I love food (making, and eating). I like making things. And I like sharing both.
My parents, Bob and Cathy, own Hodgson Mill, and when the chance came up to work with them, to photograph and write about the products I’ve been using pretty much since I learned to bake, I jumped. I already bake all kinds of Hodgson Mill for myself and my friends. Why not for new friends, too?
I always try to eat healthy. It makes me feel better. But I also adore food, and I love trying new tastes, old tastes, anything sweet. . . . Read More »