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365 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BEING MARRIED!

#201: Dancing to Al Green in the Kitchen November 14, 2011

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Red Velvet Cake Cooling in Pan

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The words of Al Green‘s Let’s Stay Together come to mind. 

I’m so in love with you

whatever you want to do

is alright with me

You make me feel so brand new

I want to spend my life with you

Let’s stay together
Loving you whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad

It’s Saturday morning.  Chili is cooking in the crockpot.  A cake is cooling on the server in the dining room.  The sun is pouring into the kitchen and I’m dancing with my husband.  It just doesn’t get any better than that.

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#185: Wake up – the biscuits are ready! October 21, 2011

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I tend to be a pushy broad at times.  I’m also a bit impatient.  So about a year ago when I first baked Alton Brown’s Southern Biscuits, I was in a bit of an urgent tizzy to serve them to my husband.  Fortunately for him, he likes biscuits.  Unfortunately for him, it was 8 a.m. and he was sound asleep.  I like getting up early and there’s nothing better than baking early in the morning when I am fresh and full of energy. 

I’ve had a sad history with biscuit baking.  The first biscuits I made for my husband were heavy, flat rocks.  Skipping stones anyone?  He had even walked up to the grocery store to get me buttermilk for the recipe.  I think I mixed them too much.  Heavy-handedness is clearly not a plus with biscuits.  Whatever the reason, they were barely edible.  My next batch of biscuits were better, but still not great.  I had seen Alton Brown’s recipe in Southern Living magazine and online and was dying to try it.  My first clue that these were going to work was that they rose so tall.  I tried one and was delighted!  I had successfully baked a decent biscuit!  Thank you Alton Brown! 

Next up, my husband needed to try them.  I couldn’t possibly wait until he woke up.  They would be cold.  Maybe they would even fall or shrink.  Psycho chick that I am, I decided that I was going to have to wake him up.  So like Little Red Riding Hood (a 6 foot tall Little Red Riding Hood, let’s call her Big Red), I filled up a basket with a cloth napkin, three biscuits, some butter and jam, and hopped up the stairs to the bedroom.

Poor husband was there sleeping, so calm and so peaceful.  In a sweet, sing-song voice I whispered “Walter, wake up!  I made you biscuits!”  He looked up at me like I was absolutely crazy and said “I know you didn’t just wake me up to try your biscuits.”  I said, “Yes, I did.”  What can I say? I am sort of crazy.  I’m sure June Cleaver with her ironed apron and pearls would never have done this. 

Needless to say, he liked the biscuits.  All’s well that ends well.  🙂

 

#179: Baking = Love October 11, 2011

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Me and My baked some cinnamon rolls last sunda...

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Why do I believe this?  The first reason that comes to mind is a person, my paternal grandmother.  I called her Nan-Nan.  She loved to bake and she passed this love of baking onto me.  She loved to cook too.  One story I remember is when I asked her to bake me peanut butter cookies.  She did because she spoiled me like that.  I took one bite and said, “No, I meant ginger snaps.”  What a brat!  Of course, I’m sure I ate them all anyway. 

Baking smells like home, of comfort and sweetness.  My grandmother understood that you cannot bake for someone and not give them love along with it.  I baked for my son throughout his childhood and now he bakes too.  He bakes brownies from a box mix but it still counts.  This baking love gets passed on through the generations.  

I bake for my husband and son because I love them and because I love to bake.  It’s all love and it’s all good.  🙂

 

#163: Vegan chocolate chip cookies September 15, 2011

I adore chocolate chip cookies.  Tollhouse cookies are one of the first things I learned to bake as a child.  They are pure comfort food to me.  My Dad made really good ones.  In fact, the night before he died, he baked some for us.

Making vegan chocolate chip cookies was pretty easy.  I used organic sugar, Earth Balance instead of butter, and flaxseed meal and water instead of eggs.  I used whole wheat flour to make them healthier and of course, vegan chocolate chips.  They were GOOD!  Both my husband and son liked them.  And the best thing?  You can go to town on the cookie dough!  No raw eggs to worry about.  🙂

 

#155: Vegan Brownies September 2, 2011

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My husband is trying veganism so what better way to celebrate than to bake vegan brownies.  I searched the internet yesterday and decided to make the recipe for Scrum-Diddly-Umptious Vegan Brownies on Food.com.  What I liked about the recipe was that it didn’t require out of the ordinary things like garbanzo flour.  I have some vegan cookbooks at home but I will have to get the pantry stocked with uber healthy things like that before I can try those recipes. 

It was 7 pm last night and I told my husband I was going to bake brownies.  He said, “Isn’t it kind of late?”  Silly question.  IT’S NEVER TOO LATE (OR TOO EARLY) TO BAKE BROWNIES!  I really think baking is fun and I’ve been baking brownies since I was a kid.  Granted, I started wth box mixes but even from scratch they are super easy, quick and forgiving.

What I liked about the brownies: they were moist, had a nice surprise of chocolate in bursts when you bit into a chocolate chip.  They were chewy in a kind of wholesome way.  They were sweeet enough.  The nuts added good flavor and texture.  They had a nice deep, brown color.

What I didn’t like so much: I have to say that apple sauce in a brownie kind of ruins it but I guess you need that if you don’t use eggs.  My little sister always used to substitute apple sauce for oil with the brownie mix.  It does cut down on fat and of course it’s healthy!  I didn’t have any whole wheat flour so I used white.  I think I would have liked it better (and  they would have been healthier) had I used whole wheat.  I didn’t have raw sugar so I used brown sugar.  I don’t know that I like brown sugar in a brownie.  Its’s all about chocolate when it comes to brownies and I feel like brown sugar makes it taste too molasses-like.  I’m a big fan of the brown sugar taste in oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies.  The recipe called for optional cinnamon which I left out.  Again, it’s all about the chocolate.

What I’d do next time: I think I might add a tiny bit of oil or earth balance to make it a little richer.  There was no oil in the recipe.  I will definitely use whole wheat flour, add a  little extra vanilla, and use raw not brown sugar.  The recipe called for only 1/2 cup which is good.  I might even lower it to 1/3 or 1/4 cup.  

As the maxim goes, you don’t always get what you want, but you get what you need.  The good thing about healthy/healthier baked goods is that they might not taste as outstanding as unhealthy baked goods but that’s a good thing when you are a baked goods addict like me.  I have been known to eat an entire pan of brownies in one sitting.  I had two small brownies last night (which is still too much!).  I sat there eating them thinking “It tastes kind of weird, I don’t like it that much. ” And I still had two! Good grief.

 

#111: Baking for my husband July 13, 2011

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I love baking.  I haven’t done it much because I’m trying to be healthy.  I’ve decided that I will bake once a week and exercise control when it comes to eating my baked goods.  My husband appreciates me baking and is one of my biggest baking fans.  Last weekend I made a peach cobbler with farmer’s market peaches.  This weekend it will be pound cake.  I adore baking.  It reminds me of my grandmother and growing up.  It is fun to do and I enjoy all of the aromas and textures.  And of course, you can’t beat the end product.  Baking from scratch is so worth it and not much harder than mixes.  Try it!