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Cranberry-Walnut Braid

Looking for great-tasting holiday bread that will wow your family and friends and make them think you’re a rock star in the kitchen? Present this beautiful braided loaf at your next meal and be prepared for stardom. Here’s the best part – it’s easy! Start with a yeast dough flavored with orange, add in plump cranberries and toasted walnuts, braid and bake. It’s as simple as that – promise. This bread is slightly sweet, making it a tasty breakfast treat or a delicious accompaniment to soups or stews. The holidays are a time to “go big” and offer the best we can to the ones we love. This cranberry-walnut braid fits the bill. Turn on some holiday music and let’s bake! Read More »


Chai Muesli and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Half spice cookie, half oatmeal cookie … half chocolate chip cookie. (Hmm… My math is a little fuzzy.) I just love the flavor combination here! The cookie love starts when you bite into the nice, browned edges, then through a soft and chunky strata of oats, sunflower seeds, apple bits and the occasional raisin (all from Hodgson Mill Apples & More Muesli), and every once in a while, a chocolate chip surprise. Then, just when you think you’ve tasted all this cookie has to offer, the chai spices come up from behind. You can feel—as much as taste—the warm, golden flavor the chai provides, rounding out all of the flavors. Like fine wine. But a cookie. Read More »


Slice and Bake Cherry Jammers

These fun slice and bake cherry jammers are festive and delicious. A perfect treat for the holidays! I love the corn meal crunchy/chewiness and cherry jam together– it’s like a bite of cherry pie. Awesome!  Read More »


Gluten-Free Cinnamon Orange Walnut Cookies

We had some comments asking if Holly’s Cinnamon Sugar Cookies recipe could be made into gluten-free cookies. Everybody here at Hodgson Mill immediately volunteered suggestions about the best way to do it, and I think we settled on a pretty simple, tasty solution. Read More »


Oatmeal Turtle Jumbles

It is a good thing I can type with my mouth full, because I can’t stop eating these oatmeal turtle jumbles. They have a buttery, brown sugar-oatmeal-whole wheat bottom, a gooey chocolate layer mixed with pecans in the middle and then more buttery, brown sugar goodness mixed with caramels on top. Need I say more? You must try these. They are calling your name. And they’re a delicious addition to your holiday cookie tray, or an easy gift for a friend or neighbor. Plus, I’m sure Santa wouldn’t mind seeing these on the plate you leave out for him on Christmas Eve. Read More »


Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

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 »


Caramelized Onion and Rosemary Cornbread Muffins

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 »


The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie

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 »


Bread Making On A Schedule

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 Walnut Country Bread

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 »


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