Hodgson Mill Recipe Blog


Apple Pie Crumb Bars

Soccer season has started and we’ve had to surrender our schedules to keep up with practices and games for two of our girls. Now we love soccer – my husband is even a coach – and we support our girls and their teams 100 percent, but it is harder to find time to bake on the weekends now. That doesn’t stop us from wanting dessert though – namely apple pie. This recipe for Apple Pie Crumb Bars is quicker to put together than traditional apple pie and it includes Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, so it’s a healthier way to get our dessert fix, too. Read More »

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 »

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 »

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

To make good use of these grilled vegetables, I’ve come up with a pasta salad that now ranks as one of our new summertime favorite sides. Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Spirals are the basis of this pasta salad and do a great job of catching the vinaigrette in all of their twists and turns. I also like how the whole wheat flavor brings a hearty taste to this grilled vegetable pasta salad. Read More »

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This salad always gets rave reviews and the recipe is often requested. People just can’t believe something so simple could taste so delicious, but the proof is in this pasta salad. This recipe makes a lot, so get out your biggest bowl to do your tossing in — otherwise you’ll end up with bits and pieces of salad all over the place. Also, even if you’re on the fence about whole-wheat pasta, give Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta a chance in this recipe. The noodles do a superior job holding up to the vegetables and add a nice flavor dimension that doesn’t scream “whole wheat.” Plus you will be getting all of the health benefits of whole wheat. I promise you won’t miss the white-flour pasta. Read More »

Gourmet Savory Hot Cereal with Bacon, Spinach, and Parmesan

This is my new go-to meal when I get home after a long day, tired and hungry. Five ingredients. Ten minutes. Rich, crispy strips of bacon with silky spinach quickly sautéed in olive oil, over a creamy, nutty ‘risotto’ of Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal, sprinkled over with grated parmesan, a pinch of sea salt, and a grind of black pepper. It’s is an incredibly speedy way to a meal that’s delicious and satisfying without being too heavy. The beauty of oats is that a little salt one way or a little sugar the other is the tipping point for dinner vs. breakfast/dessert. Remember when we talked about how convenient it is to make a big pot of steel cut oats for the week, and using different toppings to keep your meals exciting? It got me to thinking about other, more savory ways you can dress up a hot cereal, and this is the first dinner-worthy combo I’ve found that’s good enough to tell the world about . (Using bacon feels a bit like cheating–what isn’t delicious with bacon? But it’s just so tasty with the oats.) And if you aren’t a fan of sweets for breakfast, it makes a fantastic start to the day, too. Read More »

Holly’s Summertime Garden Pasta Salad

One of my girls requested grilled pineapple and chicken kabobs, so the main dish was taken care of, but I needed something to round out the meal. The winter in St. Louis was so mild this year that most all of my herbs managed to stay alive in the pots on my deck. They’ve been greening up and leafing out all over the place for weeks and I have been itching to have a reason to use them. This sweet bell pepper, lemon, herb, feta and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta salad was the perfect answer. It’s quick, full of flavor, made good use of my fresh herbs and went perfectly with the grilled chicken we were having. I love it when things work out this way! 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 »

Apricot-Hoisin Pork Chops with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti

Need a tasty dinner recipe that’s kid-approved, quick to fix and won’t leave your kitchen a mess? Of course you do! We all need a reliable recipe to pull out when an evening gets busy and everyone is hungry. Apricot-hoisin pork chops with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti is sure to please the pickiest eaters as well as the adults, and can be on the table in about 20 minutes. Also, by using Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti, you get the added benefit of 100% whole wheat, which has more protein than traditional white pasta or other whole-grain blends. This is especially good for children who tend to eat more noodles than anything else on their plates. Read More »

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Waffles with Blueberry-Maple Sauce

They are super tasty on their own with a little butter and maple syrup, but even better served with some blueberry maple sauce (see recipe below). I love that these waffles are filled with whole grains like oatmeal and Hodgson Mill White Whole Wheat Flour. Not only are my kids thrilled to have a delicious hot breakfast, but I can start their day off with good nutrition to boot. Let’s hear it for us Moms! Read More »

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