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Gluten Free Apple Butter Pancakes

First I tried making pancakes with my first half gallon of the season’s apple cider. The apple taste was just too subtle for me. I wanted all the goodness of sweet, delicious, spicy, baked apples, plus all the awesomeness of pancakes. Instead of apple cider, I picked up a jar of apple butter from a local orchard –hmm, apple fortified with apples? Yes. This delivers for me. 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 »


Plum Orange Anise Breakfast Cake with Multigrain Cereal

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 »


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 »


Savory Squash and Sausage Penne Casserole

Butternut squash is often too sweet and dessert-like for me to like it in main dishes; but here; we’re getting serious with some big, bad flavors like crushed red pepper, some garlic for heat, and deep dark red chard. These flavors take this dish from quick & easy to quick, easy, and awesome. One note to the doubters: the combo of pasta and squash was new to me at first, but I’m game for pretty much any food experiment. And now I really like the combination. Cut the squash into smaller cubes if you’re unsure about it. (And finding pre-peeled and cubed squash in the fresh or frozen section is a GREAT timesaver.) Read More »


Baked Apple Peanut Butter Steel Cut Oats

Sweet baked apples with cinnamon and maple syrup, a hint of rich, salty peanut butter, and tender nutty-tasting Hodgson Mill Steel Cut Oats suspended in just enough creamy custard—this might be the most perfect breakfast known to man. Best of all, it makes about 6-8 servings, and leftovers heat up marvelously in the microwave, or wrapped in foil and heated gently in the oven. I could see myself making this recipe for a breakfast buffet, since it’s much easier to serve than regular oatmeal, and more forgiving if it’s cooled a bit. 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 »


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