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some baking, some comfort food

Posted Dec 03 2008 12:16am
Today's high temperature in Syracuse was 68 degrees- yay!! Most of our snow is gone, gone, gone. Oh, just one thing- tomorrow, we'll be back in the 30's and 40's and we are even going to get some more snow. On the bright side, that means there is still plenty of time for baking and comfort foods to fight off the chill...

Susan V's carrot spice muffins. These muffins were so delicious, I couldn't believe how truly healthy they are- and they were so easy to bake! Make these if you want a satisfying new breakfast or snack option. They tasted so much like carrot cake that I wanted to slather on some sort of cream cheese frosting, but then that would have defeated the whole point, no?

Whole-wheat bread. I saw this recipe, originally from theFrugal Portland Living blog, onCrystal's blog, and I was intrigued. Yes, this was posted back in October- you can see how long it takes me to get around to trying recipes sometimes! (I still haven't gotten around to makingno-knead breadyet!) I used white whole wheat flour and the bread turned out really well- although mine had a strange pumpkin orange color to it that I didn't see in Crystal's pictures. No worries- the bread itself was tasty and soft and great toasted with some margarine.

Here is the bread being served with some beans and greens, courtesy of Daiku. This meal was not just comfort-food, it was *really* homemade- the beans were made from scratch, as was the bread! Now if we'd only grown the chard ourselves...

Speaking of comfort foods, I adapted Kathy F'srecipe for winter vegetable stew with mustard and chive dumplings- I left out some ingredients I was missing because this recipe looked so good I wanted to try it as soon as I read about it- no time to go shopping for ingredients. I loved the dumplings!

With comfort food like this around, I can handle another week or two of cold weather, I think...
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