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Boston Brown Bread

Posted Oct 09 2009 10:02pm
Good Evening!

I hope everyone had a great Friday.  I am so excited for the weekend!  We don't have a whole lot planned except for a trip to Book People on Sunday, October 11th where Chef John Besh will be doing a book signing gig for his new cookbook My New Orleans: The Cookbook.  It is a gorgeous cookbook and we held off purchasing it  because  we knew he was coming to town and I would love to meet him and have him sign my book.   So that is the fun part of the weekend other than that I am going to teach yoga in the morning and then see what the weather is up to.  It was rocking and rolling last night with lots of wind, rain and thunderstorms.  Both kids ended up sneaking into bed with us due to the storm. A bit of a tight squeeze. So if it is rainy I am going to take the kids to see the movie Fame and if it is nice I am going to take the kids swimming/golfing.

So our excitement for out trip to Boston is mounting and to continue gearing up for it I was asked to make some Boston Brown Bread.  Evidently, my husband loved Boston Brown Bread growing up so I made a loaf this afternoon.  I did not steam it in the cans because I did not have any but will try that next time.  Boston Brown Bread is a very rich raisin studded bread.   My hubby loved it!  Speaking of which, he is going to be making Boston Baked Beans this weekend.  I know we are being silly but it just gives us an excuse to make things that we don't normally eat.

Boston Brown Bread  

1 cup rye flour
 1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup molasses
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2/3 cup  sultana raisins

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in molasses and buttermilk. Stir in raisins or currants. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

My day started out with a quicky bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat flavor with banana and vanilla soymilk.  I love this new flavor of Heart to Heart. It tastes very Fall- like (if that makes any sense).  The weather is actually quite cool today in the 60's and I am really enjoying this fall weather.  Granted it was 90 degrees yesterday and who knows what it will be tomorrow but regardless I am in the fall mood.  Time to pull out the sweaters.

1 cup Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal in Warm Cinnamon Oat
1 small banana, sliced
1/2 cup of Silk Heart Health Vanilla Soymilk

For lunch I had to pull out those wonderful Hand Made Style Corn and Wheat Tortillas and whip up some Egg White, Bean and Cheese Tacos.  This was a fantastic lunch.  I was going to try and just have one taco but I knew I was going to want another one of those delicious tortillas so went for it and had two tacos. 

Egg White, Bean and Cheese Tacos

2 La Tortilla Factory Hand Made Style Corn and Wheat Tortillas
2 egg whites
1/4 cup of fat-free refried beans
1/4 cup of 2% Mexican Cheese Blend
2 tbsp of salsa
1 tbsp of mashed avocado

My workout today consisted of running in the parking garage, doing stairs, lunges and squats and then I came up and did an upper body weight circuit and abs.

I was bummed because I went to H.E.B. today to see if the Fage Yogurt truck was there giving out samples but no go.  I still got to indulge in my favorite dairy pick though and made a Greek Blackberry Crunch Bowl.

Greek Blackberry Crunch Bowl

3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
8 blackberries
1 tsp Bon Maman Blackberry Jam
Sprinkling of Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat Cereal

Simply Delightful.

I needed to fill up my veggie quotient for the day so made a killer Apple Pepita Slaw Salad.  Crisp apples are so amazing in salads and this was a particularly good salad tonight.

  Apple Pepita Slaw Salad

2 cups  Spring Mix Lettuce
1/2 Honeycrisp Apple, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 cup of broccoli slaw
1/2 cup of cucumbers, diced
1/4 cup of red onion, diced
1 tbsp Goat Cheese Feta
1 tbsp Pepitas

Dressed with:

1 tbsp of dijon mustard
1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
Splash of Olive Oil

I am off to watch the rest of Grey's Anatomy, did not get to see the whole thing last night so a little veg time is in order.  Have a good night.

P.S.- You know I will be indulging in a little something naughty later.... maybe some Pumpkin Ice Cream...

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