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An Artisan French Bread Fusion

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…

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Sweet French Loaf!

Hmm, where do I begin?  Beautiful Breads & Fabulous Fillings (The Best Sandwiches in America) by Margaux Sky. I don’t quite remember when and where I found this book but I love it!  An older recipe book written in 2006 and I purchased it about two years ago when we first began our cooking and baking frenzy at home.  There are a couple of bread recipes in this book I really like and one in particular that my older son has made in the past.

I, on the other hand, have only tried ‘baking’ a few months ago, when we moved into our new home.  Yesterday, I took out this cookbook that has remained untouched in the pantry for about the same duration as when we moved in!  Upon the revisit, I immediately opened it to the same bread recipe I have been wanting to bake for myself…Sweet French Loaf.

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Sparky (youngest of three), anxiously waiting for biscuits...

For the LOVE of Dogs…Doggie Biscuits

All week long I have promised our 13-years young yellow lab Daisy that I would make her, along with her two four-legged siblings, some doggie biscuits.  Tonight were all three doggies lucky night!

This recipe was inspired/adapted from a young lady with a knack for baking.  Her website www.kissmeecupcake.com has many wonderful baking insights.  Simply described from her own words, “From my heart or from my oven- I am simply here to share my baking journey.
Read more of Valerie’s stories online and hope you give this easy-to-make recipe a try…your four-legged friends will love you for it!

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Simply Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

I recently had a request from my younger son for some good ‘ole chocolate chip cookies. His favourite, he says. I can recall many months ago when I didn’t know a thing about baking, or didn’t really bother learning because my oldest son always did the baking. I called him the midnight baker because many a times, after dinner, or watching his favourite game(s) on TV, he would go to the pantry in the garage then come back in with flour and sugar. The remaining ingredients would always be a nice surprise for us to figure out…especially by smell. We all knew in the house that it was going to be something awfully good! The most requested of the cookies he made were chocolate chip cookies…So here’s an ode to some of the best late-night snacks we’ve ever had.

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Rum Banana Bread Pudding with Sauce

This recipe came as an inspiration from a fellow food blogger, Instagram follower and foremost an avid foodie, like myself!  Anna (aka Bambi) of Adobo Down Under posted a photo of her delicious “Really Moist Banana Bread/Cake” recipe on Instagram one day, and I thought to myself…I’ve got bananas sitting on our kitchen counter doing nothing!  So out of her recipe came an idea for banana bread pudding–which, coincidently, I have never tackled ‘bread pudding‘.  So, also with a little tip from hubby, and an ode to Bambi’s inspiration…off for some baking I went 😉

(By the way…check out Bambi’s recipe for Really Moist Banana Bread/Cake on her blog site!)

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Quick and Easy Pistachio Meringue Cookies…

Here’s another great recipe adapted from the art of real food Seasonal Recipes for Every Week of the Year.  I really love meringues as you may have read from my past posts and/or those of you who are following @thecookingapprentice on Instagram!  It’s been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl.  Here’s an easy recipe you will love if you also enjoy pistachios–which is also big in our household!