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Holly’s Summertime Garden Pasta Salad

One of my girls requested grilled pineapple and chicken kabobs, so the main dish was taken care of, but I needed something to round out the meal. The winter in St. Louis was so mild this year that most all of my herbs managed to stay alive in the pots on my deck. They’ve been greening up and leafing out all over the place for weeks and I have been itching to have a reason to use them. This sweet bell pepper, lemon, herb, feta and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta salad was the perfect answer. It’s quick, full of flavor, made good use of my fresh herbs and went perfectly with the grilled chicken we were having. I love it when things work out this way! 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 »


English Muffin Bread with Quick Homemade Strawberry Preserves

If you are a fan of the circular English muffins that come from the grocery store, you will love this bread even more. It has all of the same English muffin taste wrapped up into simple, good-for-you, whole wheat yeast bread. One of the best parts about this bread is that it only needs to rise once, so it takes half the time to make than a traditional yeast bread recipe. It also makes two loaves – a total bonus in my book. You can choose to eat one loaf right away and freeze the other for another time, or like in my house, the day after the first loaf is devoured.  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 »


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 »


Tangy Sour Cream & Onion Biscuits

My favorite potato chip flavor has always been sour cream & onion. I don’t eat them very often, but if there’s an open bag, they’re hard to resist. They’re tangy, and creamy, and crunchy . . . . These biscuits, however, are as perfect a stand-in for the decadent chips as I could dream up. I like that they remind me of junk food, even though the first ingredient in the base, Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Insta-Bake, is Whole Wheat Flour. (So they’re a bit better for you than potato chips.) Read More »


Apricot-Hoisin Pork Chops with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti

Need a tasty dinner recipe that’s kid-approved, quick to fix and won’t leave your kitchen a mess? Of course you do! We all need a reliable recipe to pull out when an evening gets busy and everyone is hungry. Apricot-hoisin pork chops with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti is sure to please the pickiest eaters as well as the adults, and can be on the table in about 20 minutes. Also, by using Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti, you get the added benefit of 100% whole wheat, which has more protein than traditional white pasta or other whole-grain blends. This is especially good for children who tend to eat more noodles than anything else on their plates. Read More »


Pomegranate-Spiced Couscous

This pomegranate-spiced couscous recipe is wonderful. It’s filled with tart pomegranate seeds, sweet golden raisins, warm spices, a sprinkling of cilantro and nutritious Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Couscous. It’s bright, flavorful, good for you, and can be ready in five minutes. It pretty much checks off all the things I look for in a great recipe. I love to eat it for a light lunch or serve it as a side dish to go along with roasted chicken or pork tenderloin. Read More »


Brown Sugar Cinnamon Waffles with Blueberry-Maple Sauce

They are super tasty on their own with a little butter and maple syrup, but even better served with some blueberry maple sauce (see recipe below). I love that these waffles are filled with whole grains like oatmeal and Hodgson Mill White Whole Wheat Flour. Not only are my kids thrilled to have a delicious hot breakfast, but I can start their day off with good nutrition to boot. Let’s hear it for us Moms! Read More »


Blueberry Swirl Hodgson Mill Multi-Grain Hot Cereal with Milled Flaxseed & Soy

Hodgson Mill Multi Grain Hot Cereal with Milled Flaxseed & Soy is even better when I turn it into Blueberry Swirl Multi Grain Hot Cereal with Milled Flaxseed & Soy. I think it takes longer to say the name than it takes to actually make. It’s so easy. It’s not even really a recipe-more like a nudge in the blueberry direction. But that’s what’s so perfect about this breakfast: easy, healthy, fast and delicious. Read More »


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