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Back-to -School Cookies

I love the idea of my kids having a homemade cookie treat after school, but I really love the idea of my kids eating a cookie that’s made with healthy ingredients. So, as we started collecting what we needed, I reached for my bag of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour. These cookies are packed with lots of good things, so I knew that mixing in some whole wheat flour would go unnoticed – if I were making them alone. Hmmm… my kids were helping me make these cookies. How would the addition of whole wheat go over? Even though my children know that whole wheat is good for them, sometimes they balk when I add it to certain beloved foods – cookies being one of them. So, with my back up argument about how whole wheat is healthy on the tip of my tongue, I set it out as an ingredient, gave a measurement to my oldest girl, watched her mix it into the dough and… that was it. No one groaned or moaned even a little. Much to my delight, I believe that whole wheat is finding its place in my house – even in cookies. All three of my girls watched the Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat get mixed into the dough and no one blinked an eye. It just goes to show, that including healthy foods in our daily lives makes an impression on children, and instead of being something to complain about, it becomes normal. Very cool. Read More »


Wholesome Whole Wheat Summer Peach Cobbler

Fruit desserts are hard to beat in the summer. There’s something about having beautiful, ripe fruit mixed and baked with a few extra ingredients that turns it into something really special. Not only is this cobbler delicious, it’s easy to put together and incorporates some Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.  Read More »


Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Part of the reason I like to grow zucchini is to make this muffin recipe. The combination of Hodgson Mill Naturally White Flour, Hodgson Mill White Whole Wheat, shredded zucchini, mini chocolate chips and toasted walnuts makes for a perfect breakfast or snack muffin. They are light, not overly sweet, yet satisfying and I love the tiny bursts of chocolate in each bite. My kids, who are not always squash fans, even think they taste great. Now I get to start their day off, and mine, with healthy whole grains AND green vegetables. Not something that happens normally – trust me. Read More »


Lemon Crumb Bars

I mixed half Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and half Hodgson Mill Naturally White All Purpose Flour for the crust/crumble part, so not only are these treats delicious, they’re better for you than your typical lemon bar. Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour is easy to substitute in any recipe. It’s pretty much a one-to-one ratio, whole wheat to white flour, so feel free to experiment making your favorite recipes healthier. Read More »


Grilled Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Sausage and Cheese

Not only are these toppings completely delicious, but the crust is, too. Hodgson Mill Rye Flour as well as some Hodgson Mill Corn Meal is mixed into the dough to add extra flavor and crunch. Don’t worry if you’re not a big rye flour fan; it does a good job of highlighting the smoky flavor you get from cooking on the grill and isn’t noticeable otherwise. Cooking pizza on the grill is not hard. Impressive – Yes. Hard – No. The key to success is to have everything prepared before you start grilling. As luck would have it, all of these ingredients can be fixed as early as the day before – even the crust – which I promise is not hard to make, either. Read More »


Whole Wheat Trail Mix Cookies

All of our favorite things like M&M’s, peanut butter chips, salty roasted almonds and sweet golden raisins get mixed together in a delicious cookie dough made with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour, Hodgson Mill All Purpose Naturally White Flour and old-fashioned rolled oats. Read More »


Whole Wheat Monkey Bread

Monkey bread – I’m not sure where the name comes from, but it sure is tasty! I’ve known about Monkey bread for a long time – mostly from friends who make it with a can of biscuit dough, but being a “from scratch” type of girl, I never made it. Once you’re from scratch – it’s hard to go back. I also knew there had to be a way to make the gooey, cinnamon roll-like bread, healthier – in comes Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour to the rescue! I made the dough for this bread with a full cup of whole wheat flour as well as some Hodgson Mill All Natural All Purpose Flour to round things out. Don’t worry – butter and sugar are still a part of this monkey bread. My kids have even asked when we’re making it again, so the homemade, whole grain version passed the little people test in my house. That’s reason enough to give this recipe a try. Who needs a can of biscuits? Not us – let’s get baking!  Read More »


Hot Cross Buns Cream Cheese Braid

We have a winner for the Hodgson Mill “Have A Grain Holiday” baking contest! Barbara at Barbarabakes.com wowed us with a beautiful and delicious Citrus Cranberry Cream Cheese Danish Braid that earned her first place in our food blogger contest. That’s the link to her winning entry along with detailed directions on how she made it all come together.Now that another holiday is upon us, and the seasons are a-changing, I wanted to pay homage to Barbara’s recipe, but tweak it just a little bit for springtime. I wanted to bring my favorite flavors from hot cross buns into the picture—warm spices against fresh citrus zest and golden raisins. I also toned down the sweetness just a tiny bit to reflect a hot cross bun (I left off the citrus sugar, since the finished product is sweet enough for me). I love her recipe, and I also wanted to try out a few other seasonal ideas; I think they’re both pretty terrific. Read More »


Simple Maple Blueberry Loaf Cake with Maple Glaze

As soon as I saw this recipe I knew it would be perfect for Easter Sunday brunch. It combines two great flavors, blueberries and maple (think pancakes) with a healthy serving of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and Hodgson Mill All Natural All Purpose Flour along with some other easy to come-by ingredients all together in a lovely loaf cake. This recipe is also simple to make. I had everything mixed and the cake in the oven in about 10 minutes – perfect for a hectic Easter morning with egg hunts and excited children bouncing around. Read More »


My Irish Granny’s Whole Grain Wheaten Bread

Despite being named Erin, I don’t actually have an Irish granny. But if I did, I would hope she would bake bread like this–slightly sweet and nutty with toasted Hodgson Mill Steel Cut Oats, with a crisp browned crust hiding a tender buttery biscuit crumb. (For any word nerds out there, ‘Wheaten’ is an old English word that means just what it says, and it’s the name of this type of loaf.) To me, this fun clover-shaped loaf is whole grain baking at its best—taste, texture, and looks (a triple threat!). And since it’s a soda bread, made with buttermilk and baking soda instead of yeast, it’s ready in just about an hour. It’s perfect for breakfast, toasted, with butter and jam, but it easily holds up next to a savory soup or stew. The smell of this, fresh from the oven, drew everyone in my house straight to the kitchen. . . I just love when that happens. Read More »


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