Category Archives: Home Cooking

Gingerbread

A few weeks ago we constructed a gingerbread house. This particular house is our main christmas decoration and I like it! Ok, back to the real point of this post…a delicious, moist, and decadent gingerbread. The delicate cake like bread may become another holiday tradition. The “bread” was easy to make, the oven warmed the house, and a soft gingerbread scent created a cozy feeling. Without further ado here is the recipe!

Gingerbread

Ingredients:

1 3/4 c flour

1/2 c whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp ginger

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp salt

1 c hot water

1/4 c dark molasses

1/4 c maple syrup

1/2 c honey

1/2 c butter, melted and cooled

1/2 c sugar

1 large egg

Method:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9×9 glass pan.

Mix together all dry ingredients (except sugar) together in a bowl, set aside. Next, mix hot water, molassses, syrup, and honey together (I used a 2 cup glass measuring cup), set aside.

In a stand mixer combine butter and sugar, then add egg and mix well. Next add half dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Follow with half of the liquid and mix well. Then repeat.

Pour the runny batter into your pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Enjoy!


Beer Bread

Potlucks are always full of rich, sweet, and gluttonous dishes. I decided that I didn’t want to bring anything in a crock pot or dessert like. Luckily, I knew one of my co-workers was bringing chili. Hmm, what goes with chili, bread!

This bread turns out to be thick, hearty, and easy to make! There’s no waiting for yeast, just mixing and baking. So easy and quick that I made this bread twice on Sunday. Of course, I needed to make a batch and taste it before bringing it to the pot luck. By the way we ate 1/2 a loaf in one day.

Everyone at the pot luck liked the bread too. My favorite part of making the bread was being able to use home-brew, and spent grains from a recent brew. The only thing I would change, is to make this bread more often.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup spent grain
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 12 oz dark beer (I used Moo Stout)

Steps 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9” x 5″ loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, grain, baking powder, and salt.

Pour in honey, oil and beer, beating until a stiff batter is formed.

Bake in preheated oven for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Enjoy!


Grilled Salmon

The weather in Minnesota has been unseasonably warm lately. I think it was this same day last year when snow first fell. Right now I am out by the grill and comfortable in just shorts and a t-shirt. To go along with my pretending that it is still summer I had my man grill while I sat near by sipping on a beer. Since, it gets dark at 6:35pm we had to use a flashlight to take our meal off the grill. Overall it was a delightful evening and our dinner was amazing! The marinade gave the salmon a hint of sweet and sour while keeping the interior moist. After dinner Dan said “why haven’t we been eating more fish like this!” I was flattered and a bit sad that grilling season is probably over.

Grilled Salmon

Marinade

  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1-1/2 lb. salmon fillets

Approximately 2 hours before grilling mix all ingredients together and place in a bag to marinate. Then grill for about 6 minutes each side. Enjoy!