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Asian Chili Beef Noodle Soup

This soup is beautiful. I don’t think there is another word for it. Clean, fresh, refreshing . . . those come close. I think it’s the combination of the aromatic, zingy ginger and the gentle but persistent heat of the chili flakes and green onions butting up against the fresh veggies and cilantro, the substantial Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Egg Noodles, and lots of good-quality vegetable broth. The slices of sirloin steak on top are an enticing contrast, more of a tasty garnish than the main event. I think if you took any one piece of the equation away, it might all fall apart. I know it might seem a little odd to use egg noodles in this soup; maybe you were expecting rice noodles, like a vietnamese pho. But I think white rice noodles are just filler. The combination of whole wheat and a touch of egg add just the right amount of body to the soup, which doesn’t otherwise have a lot of fat. I love biting into the soft noodles along with a slightly crisp carrot or slice of squash. These noodles are just as good in this slightly exotic dish as they are in a comforting chicken noodle soup. 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 »


Gluten-free Piña Colada Upside Down Cake

I’d really like to call this “Piña Colada Pineapple Upside Down Cake”, but I feel like it already has such a long, unwieldy name . . . how else can I describe the moist, springy cake softly scented with coconut, with the tangy-sweet fruit on top and the rich dark molasses-y syrup soaking into it? Then for accuracy’s sake I’d also have to add in “gluten-free” and “dairy-free” and “Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Piña Colada Pineapple Upside Down Cake” . . . that’s a mouthful. And I think the cake speaks for itself in that regard. It’s always fun to add a new flavor to my gluten-free repertoire – and it’s all built on Hodgson Mill’s Gluten-Free Cake Mix, which I love. No matter what I do to it, it has a nice, light, springy texture, and it’s just sweet enough. It’s such a good base for so many variations! I’m plotting many, many more… 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 »


Multigrain Sweet Potato Date Muffins

These muffins combine the earthy sweetness of roasted sweet potatoes, the light caramel chewiness of dates, and the hearty goodness of oats, wheat bran, flaxseed, soy, wheat germ and cracked whole wheat in Hodgson Mill Multigrain Cereal. No simpering breakfast cupcakes here; these have a firm, springy texture that makes you take your time and savor each bite, and just enough sweetness to go great with a cup of coffee. I love the body and texture Multigrain Cereal brings to baked goods—if you like these, you might also want to try my Multigrain Pumpkin Pancakes. Read More »


Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Mini-Cupcakes

I have loved the Hodgson Mill Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix since the first time I tried it. It’s convenient to just buy one box for one cake, it’s really reliable, and it’s always delicious—soft and tender and sweet, and it might even fool people if you don’t disclose its gluten-free roots. But I’ve also wanted to expand my gluten-free repertoire. Right now, that means carrot cake, since it’s one of my favorites. I like how simple it is to get a couple jars of pureed carrots from the baby food aisle because it makes the final product so smooth and creamy (and because it spares my knuckles from grating carrots . . . sheesh). I think you’re going to love the final product just like I do. 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 »


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 »


Old-Fashioned Velvet Sponge Cupcakes with Lemon Mascarpone Frosting

This is not exactly the post I had in mind for Valentine’s Day – honestly, I’m pretty much a chocolate-caramel-peanut butter-deep dark flavor kind of girl anytime, and especially on Box-of-Chocolates Day (As I believe it should be named). No, I had big dreams for something with dark baking chocolate, maybe some red wine, or some molasses and spice, something dark and rich and red like cherries or pomegranates . . . but after several tests, several sinkfuls of dishes, and several test versions of a baking disaster now referred to as “Stupid Cake” . . . I just thank my lucky stars that this recipe fell into my lap at the last moment. Just in time for V-day. Read More »


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