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Roasted Strawberry Whole Wheat Muffins

Fresh strawberries are flooding the supermarkets and I couldn’t be happier. Finally, after waiting through an eternal winter, warm weather has arrived and with it red, ripe strawberries. I realize most grocery stores carry strawberries year ‘round, but it’s not until late spring that the inside of the berry is as red as the outside – something only longer daylight hours and bright sunshine can produce. In celebration of this first fruit of summer, I decided to try out a new muffin recipe: Roasted Strawberry Whole Wheat Muffins. These muffins are lightly sweet, have a delicate, almost cake-like crumb and do a great job of showcasing roasted strawberries. I’ve roasted pears, apples and bananas in the past, but this was my first time roasting strawberries and I’m happy to report that they’re wonderful. Instead of roasting them at a high heat, in this recipe they’re slow roasted at a low temperature thus creating sweet, sticky, jammy berries that are lick-your-fingers good. Read More »


Fresh Tomato Mozzarella Basil Tart

Fresh mozzarella cheese laden with robust, red tomatoes and fresh basil is one of my favorite summer food combinations. I grow pots of basil, fill my vegetable garden full of tomato plants and keep fresh mozzarella on hand to have things like caprese salad and pizza margherita whenever the mood strikes – which is quite often. This Fresh Tomato Mozzarella Basil Tart is another great way to enjoy these flavors in a whole wheat crust that includes fresh basil and garlic mixed directly into the dough. Yum! Read More »


Apple Butterscotch Blondies

Take what you love most about blondies – their simplicity and moist, delicious goodness – and make them a little healthier. Add more whole grains, chunks of baked apple and super-healthy flaxseed to keep them moist, plus some butterscotch chips for sweetness. Read More »


"Big Game" Calzones

When I think of Sunday’s big football game, I think of food. Not the game, the players or even the half-time show. For me, it’s all about the food. Last year I made Whole Wheat Pizza Bites that went over like gangbusters the day of the big game. So, this year I decided to do something along the same lines, but this time I turned the whole wheat pizza dough into mini calzones filled with ground beef, onions, mushrooms and cheese. These tasty hand pies can be dipped into warm pizza sauce or marinara or eaten plain – although I think it may be an unwritten rule that all foods related to watching the big game must be dipped.  Read More »


Raspberry Cream Bars

Hooray! It’s Easter time! That means spring is just around the corner and we can look forward to shedding our winter coats for good. In light of this celebration, I came up with a bright, flavorful dessert made with fresh raspberries and a buttery whole wheat crust that’s perfect to share with family and friends on Easter. Let’s hear it for spring! Read More »


Vanilla-Pear Yeast Bread with Cinnamon-Honey Butter

Begin by pulling together some bread making basics: Hodgson Mill Active Dry Yeast, Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and Hodgson Mill Naturally White Flour. If you’re still trying to adjust to having whole wheat in your bread, this is a great recipe with which to begin expanding your palate. It includes a full cup of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour, but also has plenty of white flour to even out the texture. If you’re accustomed to whole wheat breads, by all means, replace a cup of the white flour with more whole wheat.  Read More »


Chocolate Studded Oatmeal Bars

When it comes to home baking, quality ingredients make all the difference. Take these Chocolate Studded Oatmeal Bars, for example. They’re made with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and Scharffen Berger Semisweet Chocolate Chunks. Sure they would be good with run-of-the-mill flour and chocolate chips, but my philosophy has always been that if you’re going to take the time to make something from scratch, you want it to turn out great. Therefore, start with great ingredients. Because these bars include Hodgson Mill whole wheat flour (the entire bran and germ are stone ground, preserving all of the grain’s natural nutrients and great taste) and 62% cacao chocolate chunks; they’re immediately transformed into something so much better than your average cookie. Read More »


Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

‘Tis the season for all things peppermint: candy, ice cream, hot chocolate – and cookies, of course! These Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies are based off of one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. I made them a little healthier by adding Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour to the recipe. Getting some whole grains into the cookie jar while also creating a great tasting cookie is always a good idea in my book. This recipe takes everything that’s wonderful about chocolate chip cookies and bumps it up a holiday notch by including Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints® and crushed candy canes. I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint – not to mention chocolate chip cookies in general – and this recipe doesn’t disappoint. These cookies are also great to make with kids since there are several steps that are perfect for little helpers – just be sure you have plenty of chocolate chips and candy to spare. Read More »


Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

The dough starts off in the usual way with lots of butter, sugar and cinnamon (these are cinnamon rolls after all) and then incorporates some extra ingredients like lemon zest, nutmeg, buttermilk and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour. Then sliced apples are slowly caramelized in more butter, sugar and cinnamon and are wrapped into the dough with even more cinnamon and sugar. Mouth watering yet? To take these rolls over the top, they’re frosted with a creamy, salted-caramel glaze that will make you weak in the knees after one taste. Altogether, these cinnamon rolls are reminiscent of caramel apples in a warm, gooey cinnamon roll form.  Read More »


Whole Wheat Rosemary Rolls

These Whole Wheat Rosemary Rolls are made with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour, Hodgson Mill Naturally White Flour and Hodgson Mill Fast Rise Yeast, so you know right off the bat that these rolls are going to be good. Throw in some honey, fresh rosemary and the secret ingredient – instant mashed potato flakes for a softer texture- and you’re in business. These rolls are easy, flavorful and can be done ahead of time – perfect for Thanksgiving. Read More »


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