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Whole Wheat Baking: Essential Tips for Lighter, Airier Loaves

Freshly baked whole wheat loaf on a pristine white kitchen countertop, showcasing a light and airy texture, perfect for a blog post on whole wheat baking tips.

If you’ve ever swapped all-purpose flour for whole wheat only to end up with a loaf that’s as heavy as a brick, you’re not alone. Whole wheat flour is notoriously challenging for its density. However, with the right techniques, whole wheat baking can yield loaves that are both nutritious and delightfully airy. This post dives into tips and tricks to lighten up your whole wheat bread, making your baking healthier without sacrificing texture.

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Improving No-Knead Bread: 5 Tips for Artisan Quality Loaves

A proofing loaf of bread on a kitchen counter

No-knead bread is a miracle of modern home baking. It’s wonderfully simple and yields a loaf so tender and flavorful, it seems like magic. Yet, even the most basic recipes can be enhanced. In this guide to improving no-knead bread, we’ll explore five expert tips that will take your bread from homemade to artisanal. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned baker, these strategies will help you achieve bakery-quality results right in your own kitchen.

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Scenes from Saturday + Dance Hall Days

In the labyrinth of high school education, where every day presents a new academic challenge, there lies a subtler curriculum on the art of actually living that does not get measured on state testing but perhaps offers a much better measurement and insight into whether your child might be paying you rent for a basement studio space in twenty years time.

Michelle and I try to model our behavior for both girls but actually living through it yourself is a much better tutorial. Flashcards can help with the classroom learning, but learning to prioritize her academics, her friendships, her extracurriculars, and her self-care doesn’t come with a textbook.

Cecilia is starting to get a taste of that during freshman year. Recently overheard after a Friday night out with friends. “Jeez, Five Guys is expensive and I didn’t even get fries!” I can’t wait until that first real paycheck and she learns about FICA deductions.

It’s in these formative, freshman years that the notion of balancing time takes on a new dimension. She got a taste of that after the gumbo and beignets of her New Orleans trips. There was a lot of catch up time and a lot of late nights. High school, with its relentless schedule and its grinding, grading rubric, inadvertently teaches our children the importance of balancing academic pursuits with life’s quieter, yet equally significant, lessons.

As parents, our role is to guide them in discerning not just how to allocate their time, but how to imbue each chosen activity with purpose and meaning, preparing them for the nuanced complexities of adult life. The real education, it seems, lies not in the accumulation of grades, but in the gradual mastery of living a balanced life.

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New England Anadama Bread

New England is know for many different foods: clam chowder, lobster rolls, baked beans, cream pie, but maybe not anadama bread. I grew up, and still live here, and I had never heard about, or tasted, this regional lost classic.

Anadama bread deserves a wider audience. While it resembles an Irish brown bread on the surface, the similarities stop there. Anadama bread’s defining characteristics are the use of molasses and cornmeal, household staples in the region at the start of the 20th century. Those two ingredients, combined with melted butter in the dough, give the finished bread a wonderful mix of sweet and nutty flavors with a sturdy, yet fluffy interior.

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Ikea’s Knada Bread Mix: Simple, Easy, Brown & Oddly Delicious

Ikea Knada Bread

Is a Billy bookcase or Ikea’s Knada bread mix easier to put together? Which tastes better?

If you’re going to Ikea just for the flat-packed furniture, and bypassing the food, you’re missing out on half the experience. One dollar ice cream, cinnamon rolls, lox, meatballs, free drinks. A stop at the Ikea cafe is the cherry on top of the Swedish shopping spree.

But could you bring a little bit of that bistro goodness home and bake it up in your own oven?

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5 Simple Tips for Better Bread

5 Simple Tips for Better Bread Baking

For the past year, I’ve been happy to act as my local bread baking phone-a-friend. I was the Butterball hotline of beginner bread baking tips and questions. It was great to see so many people take the quarantine time to dive into bread baking and discover it’s not all that difficult, in fact, it’s quite easy and quite rewarding, to baking a beautiful loaf of homemade bread that easily beats any soft, rubbery disc you might find at the food store.

These are the beginner bread baking tips, advice, and questions I answered the most in the past year. Do these simple, basic things right and you’re well on your way to being a successful home bread baker.

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