lattice chicken pot pie
Mexican street corn pasta
chicken Ghiveci
creamy chicken tortilla soup, jalapeno jack popovers
butter basted ribeyes, twice baked potatoes, broccoli
brisket tacos, pinto beans
pork souvlaki, naan

Thursday, January 28, 2010


I am hosting a dinner party tomorrow night to celebrate my "retirement" from being a civil engineer. I am going to have the privelege of being a stay at home mom to my precious daughter and I couldn't be more thrilled. Two weeks ago, after finally realizing that homemade breadmaking was beyond my skillset, I decided to get a bread machine. I found one for $50 on that had reasonable reviews, so I went for it. It arrived two days later (thanks to Amazon Prime) and it has been working hard in our home ever since. Much to C chagrin, apparently, he hates the smell of fresh baked bread. Yes, he is insane. I needed a baguette for the goat cheese marinara dip and artichoke parmesan dip, so why not make it with the bread machine?
French Bread
printable recipe

3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water

Place ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturers directions. Start machine on dough setting. When dough cycle is complete, remove dough with floured hands and cut in half on floured surface. Take each half of dough and roll to make a loaf about 12 inches long in the shape of French bread. Place on greased baking sheet and cover with a towel. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 450°. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown, turning pan around once halfway during baking. Remove baked loaves to wire racks to cool.
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Unknown said...

I am intrigued by bread makers. I think I need to get one.
also, I am thoroughly convinced that your husband is, indeed, insane. lol I love reading about all of his weird food things.

Nicole said...

I do think your husband is insane. Who doesn't love the smell of freshly baked bread?

Congrats on your retirement! I'm sure you'll have a great time home with your daughter.

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