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Basic White Bread

I have tried a few different bread recipes and this is the best by far…I used multi-grain bread flour instead of white and I substituted brown sugar for honey…. it is delicious. The texture and taste are wonderful. (Bake at 350F).


I’ve been looking for a recipe for sandwich-able bread and I believe this is it!

The original recipe, from MediaTinker, is below:

Basic White Bread
makes 1 loaf

2 cups bread flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp instant (quick) yeast
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp oil or melted butter
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup milk (heated very warm)

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients and stir to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for ten minutes. Allow dough to rise in a cloth covered, oiled bowl for an hour or until doubled. Punch the dough down and shape into a loaf. Allow to rise in oven (with the light on or with a pan of warm water) for about an hour. Bake at 180C for 40 minutes.

Easy Brownies made with Cocoa

OMG!!!! Let me say it again….. OMG!!!!

These are awesome brownies … seriously yummy. …these remind me of my mom’s brownies and I could eat these just about every day!

You can see my tofu and nut version here, which were also SOOOO Yummy!!!!

The original recipe and instructions are shown below:

Yield: 12-15 servings


3/4 cup butter (170 g)
1+1.2 cup sugar (320 g)
2 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (100 g)
1/2 cup cocoa powder (70 g)
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt (optional)
3 oz (100 g) chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C).
  2. Line a 13 x 9 in (33 x 23 cm) cake tin with grease proof or other non-stick paper and grease the tin. Melt the butter.
  3. Beat eggs with sugar, and add vanilla, flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt (optional) and melted butter.
  4. Add chopped nuts.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  6. Cool the cake. Dust with powdered sugar or glace with your favorite chocolate frosting.

Zesty Grilled Chops

I am generally unable to cook a good pork chop….until now! These were really yummy and this marinade recipe is a keeper!

I used 1 tbsp chili powder instead of the called for chili sauce. I also marinated the chops (pork loin rib end) for 3 hours before grilling.

The original recipe is below:

3/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 tbsp. chili sauce
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
6 rib or loin pork chops (about 1 1/2-inch thick)

Combine the first five ingredients. Place chops in a glass baking dish and pour marinade over. Cover and refrigerate 3-6 hours or overnight. To cook, remove chops from marinade and grill or broil 4 inches from the heat to desired doneness. Brush occasionally with the marinade.Makes 6 servings.

This was really good. I will definitely make this again!

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tonight I made some cookies, which were pretty good….they were a bit too sweet but I think I can manage to eat them without too much trouble! These reminded me of a sugar cookie, except chocolaty.

The original recipe from Cocoa Web is below:


1 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
½ cup all-purpose flour (- perhaps a little more)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 oz (170 g) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 deg F (190 deg C).
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream butter with sugar, add the egg and mix for one minute.
  3. Add vanilla, baking soda, flour and cocoa and mix well.
  4. Add chocolate chips.
  5. Place the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Drop by rounded large tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake the chocolate chip cookies for 8 to 12 minutes. Always try first with 1-2 cookies to check whether the dough is OK. You might need to add a little more flour.
  8. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes, then move the cookies to a wire rack.

The best result is obtained if you use chocolate chips made especially for baking. You may also cut chocolate bars into small chips, but these will melt during baking (as on the photo above). NOTE: I added pecans and about 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the original recipe. The cinnamon was a nice touch. Next time I think I’ll use a little less sugar.

Sweet Potato Puffs

I was a little skeptical about this recipe since I’ve only ever had sweet potatoes baked or in a sweet casserole form, but this was surprisingly refreshing! I really enjoyed it and think I would even eat it as a light dessert.

I made a few minor adjustments to this recipe (left out the orange peel) and therefore it has 5 or less ingredients and tastes just as good without it as it would with….. Also, I didn’t make it into the little balls, I just put it into a casserole dish and topped with the nuts…AND I used 2 cans of chopped and n0n-sweetened sweet potatoes which really cut down on prep time.

The original recipe is below:


  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, cooked — mashed
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg — beaten
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel (I left this out)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


In a bowl, combine mashed sweet potatoes with orange juice, egg, peel, and nutmeg. Mix well. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon potato mixture onto baking sheet in 8 mounds. Sprinkle the mounds with the chopped pecans. Bake in a 375 degree F. oven for about 30 minutes, or until hot in the center. Serves 8.

Recipe Analysis from

Calories (kcal) 135.6 Folate (μg) 19.8
Fat (g) 4.6 Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.2
Protein (g) 2.7 Vitamin B12 (μg) 0.1
Carbohydrate (g) 21.7 Calcium (mg) 19.1
Sugar (g) 0.7 Iron (mg) 0.6
Fibre (g) 3.3 Sodium (mg) 16.1
Vitamin A (μg) 16.8 Potassium (mg) 533.7
Vitamin C (mg) 12.3
Vitamin D (μg) 0.1
Vitamin E (mg) 0.5
Thiamin (mg) 0.1
Riboflavin (mg) 0.1
Niacin (ne) 1

Cottage Cheese Muffins

Today I thought I’d make some muffins for my husband to take to work for his breakfast this week. I had some cottage cheese that I needed to use, so I went online and found a recipe for cottage cheese muffins that didn’t sound completely terrible.

The original recipe comes from The Cottage Cheese Page from the Women’s Weight Training website. If you love cottage cheese or want to learn how to add this low-fat food into your diet, give that page a look for what appear to be some easy recipes.

The original recipe is below:

Add ingredients to blender in this order – blend after each ingredient. Bake at 375 for approx 25 minutes. Makes 6 muffins.

1 egg
1 c cottage cheese
2 T fat free half and half
1 t vanilla
1 t cinnamon
3 packets splenda
1 t baking powder
1 banana
1 c oatmeal

Here are my modifications below:

Since I didn’t have any Splenda packets, I just used flavored butter pecan coffee creamer in place of the half-n-half and sugar (2 tbsp). I figured that the creamer is plenty sweet and so left the sugar out all-together…

Next, I just doubled every other ingredient and added 1 tbsp oil since I didn’t have any Pam to spray my muffin tin. Then I blended it all with my hand blender and poured the batter in muffin tins and baked as directed (or until cake tester/toothpick pulled out clean). Doubling the original recipe resulted in 12 large muffins.

These muffins had a wonderful aroma as they baked and they looked scrumptious…..

Okay, so now the verdict — Flavor: 3 out of 5; Difficulty: 1 out of 5

  1. I baked these muffins at 375 as directed but it took 30 min until they looked done
  2. The flavor is a little bland, despite all the cinnamon and vanilla, but overall it’s not bad. I might suggest adding chopped or shredded apple pieces next time to add more flavor and texture
  3. These muffins were super moist…so much so that I practically had to use a spoon to scoop them out of the tin….this might have been because I added the oil to my version or because they should have been baked at a lower temp for about 10 min longer

I will probably make these muffins again but make the suggested modifications above, such as adding shredded apple and possibly raisins, no oil except Pam to oil pan, and bake at lower heat for longer.

Cottage Cheese Muffins 2008

I doubt my husband will enjoy these muffins much, so I’ll probably eat them at my daily coffee break since I’m not all that picky!

UPDATE:  I was wrong! My husband ate almost every single muffin! He loved them.