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Friday, October 29, 2010

Homemade Brown Sugar

Printable Recipe

1 c. white granulated sugar
2 T. molasses

Mix together with a fork.  A food processor would work well, but I don't have one of those.  I actually just tossed it all in my mixer with a whisk attachment. 

Holly's Note:
Several recipes I saw said to use 1 Tablespoon of molasses for light brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons of molasses for dark.  I used 2 Tablespoons of molasses and about 1 1/2 cups white sugar to get a beautiful golden brown sugar.

I don't know that this would be cheaper than brown sugar, especially if it is on sale, but it was certainly a convenient recipe to have on hand the day I needed brown sugar and couldn't get to the store.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Chocolates...Review

New Ghirardelli LUXE MILK chocolates deliver the ultimate milk chocolate experience with rich and creamy Ghirardelli milk chocolate using simply delicious, all natural ingredients. As with all of our premium chocolate products, we hand select the world’s finest cocoa beans to create our proprietary bean blend and roast them to perfection. Then we slow-blend in the purest ingredients such as real cocoa butter and natural vanilla, to achieve our distinctively intense chocolate. 

New LUXE MILK chocolates are currently available at your local grocery story, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, Borders and other specialty stores.

Thanks to Foodbuzz and Ghirardelli, I was able to review the new LUXE MILK chocolates from Ghirardelli.  Holy fantastic chocolate Batman!

I love Ghirardelli chocolate anyway, but these Luxe Milk chocolates are fantastic.  Smooth and creamy.  I tried the Milk, Almond and Hazelnut versions and I loved them all.  I think the Hazelnut is my favorite, but Milk Chocolate is a close second.  I love that you can buy the bags of squares because one square is a terrific chocolate fix.

The nice thing about these is that you can get them at your regular store.  I've found them at Wal-Mart, which means I don't have to make a special trip out to Cost Plus.  (Which isn't always a bad thing, it's just a bit of a drive!)

Find yourself some Ghirardelli today!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Printable Recipe Here
Makes about 24 breadsticks

1 1/2 c. warm water
1 T. sugar
1 T. yeast
1/2 t. salt
3 - 4 1/2 c. flour

In a large bowl (I used my mixer), combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for about 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly.

Add salt and stir. Add 1 1/2 c. flour and mix well. Gradually add more flour (usually between 3-4 cups, I used about 4 1/2) until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and it barely sticks to your finger.

Grease a bowl with shortening and place dough in the bowl. Cover and allow to rise for ~45 minutes or until doubled in bulk. I couldn't let it go that long.

Remove from bowl and place on a lightly-floured surface. Roll into a rectangle and cut into strips with a pizza cutter.

You can then roll each piece of dough into a twist or just leave it as a stick, which is what I did. Place on a greased baking sheet.

Cover and let the dough to rise for about another 30 minutes. When there's about 15 minutes to go, preheat your oven to 425. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with the garlic seasoning of your choice or Parmesan Cheese and garlic salt. 

Holly's Note:
I made Stuffed Meat Shells the other night and wanted a bread roll recipe that was easy, inexpensive and didn't make oodles of rolls.  I adapted this recipe from Our Best Bites, which is an awesome cooking blog. It's one of my favorites.

It sounds like it takes a long time, but it really didn't. I started them about 4:00 (I hadn't planned to do bread ahead of time) and wanted dinner on the table by 6. It was perfect. I think they'd be very forgiving if you couldn't let them rise the whole time. I actually got almost 24 breadsticks.

I sprinkled some with cinnamon and sugar which my son absolutely loved. I sprinkled some with my Carrabba's Blend and they were good, but we actually preferred them plain.