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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 »


Mom’s Famous Cinnamon Rolls

I’ve been making these cinnamon rolls for more than ten years and have become a bit famous for them with my family, friends and overnight house guests. They are simply wonderful and the epitome of comfort food. What makes these rolls so outstanding is the dough. It all begins with Hodgson Mill Best For Bread Flour. This high protein, high gluten flour allows the dough to become soft, supple and easily manageable. It’s a baker’s delight to work with– not too sticky, not too firm, rolls just right and slices like a dream. As the rolls bake, they turn into tender spirals of sweet, sticky cinnamon heaven. Hot from the oven, a delicious cream cheese frosting is spread on top. Cold January mornings never tasted so good.  Read More »


Last-minute Pear Almond Whole Wheat Brownies

Rich and fudgy, fancy without being fussy, these brownies are a snap to make. Using the classic Hodgson Mill Brownie Mix with Whole Wheat Flour & Milled Flax Seed and adding cinnamony chunks of pear and crunchy slivered almonds creates a chocolaty fruity last-minute gift. The pears lighten up the finished product and add a mildly sweet and festive flavor, too. Read More »


Gingerbread Apple Upside-Down Cake

This wonderful cake begins with a box of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Gingerbread Mix. Not only does the mix give this dessert a more nutritious beginning, it makes things so much easier and faster. The perfect amount of whole-wheat flour, spices, molasses and brown sugar are already measured and need only be mixed with a few other ingredients to get things underway. Peel a few apples, make a little caramel and you will be in dessert heaven before you know it. Gingerbread apple upside-down cake here we come! Read More »


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 »


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 »


White Whole Wheat Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

As the holidays get closer, it seems like my oven is on 24/7. My daughters and I spend a lot of time baking all kinds of good things for ourselves or to share with our family and friends. Walk in the front door and you’re bound to smell something amazing coming from the kitchen. One of our favorite things to make is cookies. We love them in all different shapes and sizes, soft or crispy, chewy or crunchy. Cookies are a good thing. Sometimes though, it feels like we’re on butter and sugar overload, so I like to make these cinnamon sugar cookies using Hodgson Mill White Whole Wheat flour to bring a little bit of whole grain nutrition into the mix. Good for you cookies are a great thing. Read More »


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