What better way to start off your day with freshly home baked baguettes? I came across this Basic French Baguette recipe from the HOMEMADE vegan pantry cookbook. The technique of developing the no-knead method originated from Jim Lahey.  Lahey discovered that all you have to do was simply mix the dough, then set it aside for many hours to let the gluten develop itself.

The original ingredients were adapted from a restaurant I frequently visited in the Bay Area.  I would often purchase the garlic spread by the pint so I can enjoy it at home.   For many years now I have learned to perfect the recipe in order to differentiate from the original…thus making it my own.

Here’s a classic sandwich for a distinctive palette…a great combination of sweet and savory, yet light sandwich served on a grilled French Baguette.  A perfect paring alongside a bright, crispy green salad!

I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore A Country Cook’s Kitchen cookbook!  The author has done a tremendous job putting together timeless, rustic recipes from making artisanal breads, farm-house-style cheeses, preserving vegetables, curing meats, churning your own butter and soft cheese, baking cakes, pastries and biscuits…not too mention the page-turning arrays of heirloom, artisanal and organic food photography.  I am not a sponsor of this cookbook, nor any of the others I might have mentioned or will mention in the future–to make that clear, but my rule of thumb is, if I find something worth sharing…word of mouth is truly the key to do so.  Pay it forward, right?

Onward, one of the culinary skills I am trying to hone into is bread making, thus, whenever I post something on Instagram with regards to making bread, I immediately title it Bread-Making 101 because I am at the novice stage of baking.  You can only imagine the excitement I feel after peaking through the lit oven door and watching the development of the dough as it swells and rise before my eyes!  It was beyond exhilarating…