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Bread Kick! 
Mar. 18, 2013 12:23 pm 
Updated: Mar. 19, 2013 4:57 am
So for the last two weeks I have been on a bread-bender.  I do not own a bread machine nor a stand mixer, only two hands that love to get dirty.  The best tools in my kitchen, you learn far more of what you are creating then knowing how it feels, if it's too hard, dry, firm, moist - everything.

Last week I made a Tuscan style artisan loaf that turned out pretty good (after my 2nd try) - I followed the instructions and wound up with a puddle of unrecoverable dough, I tried again, using what I knew of bread and dough and HU-RAH We had success!

This past weekend, I made Italian Easter Cheese Bread. Now, I'm not Italian, but I love Italian food and I have never heard of a Easter Loaf, but it sounded good and I figured "why not?".  Let me tell you something - nothing smells quite as good as a loaf of bread baking in the oven.

I look forward to see what next weekend will bring me!  Until then - Keep Cooking!
Mar. 18, 2013 12:59 pm
Hi Chris. I know what you mean about fresh bread. Since I learned to make it this year, I refuse to eat store bought!! I sound like a broken record, but the website for King Arthur Flour really has a ton of recipes, videos and blogs for all things bread, and that's pretty much how I learned to make it. Have you tried their flour or seen their site? Love them. Your Italian Easter cheese bread sounds soooo good! I am looking for a new bread to try and think I will have to give that a shot. Any advice bedore I dive in? Thanks for posting! -Lara
Mar. 18, 2013 1:48 pm
Hi Chris,you are right,i have been making my own bread for years and I know what you mean.Great way to work out your frustrations,if you have had a bad day.My make is oatmeal brown bread.Have a great day.
Mar. 18, 2013 3:01 pm
I don't always make our bread - but when I do I have such a feeling of accomplishment! Something about baking bread - it just makes me feel like such a professional baker!
Mar. 19, 2013 4:57 am
@Lara - My only advice for bread making is patients. Nothing in life seems to take as long to cook as bread. Also, trust your gut, like I had mentioned in my blog, I followed the recipe to the 'T' and I wound up with a puddle of goo - it was too much water and the bread could hold it's own. But most of all - don't give up! No one successes in life without a little failure to tell 'em they are doing something wrong - use it as a stepping stone rather than a brick wall. @Manella - I will have to try out that Oatmeal Brown Bread! That sounds really good! @Mother Ann - I couldn't say it better myself. I fell into the job of IT work which is lack luster at best - but if I can come home and make something as involved as a warm crusty loaf of bread that my whole family loves then it makes it all worth it!
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About Me
I have learned to cook from my father from about the age of 12. As the years passed my ability to cook advanced. I now reside in St Augustine, FL with my lovely wife Carrie, our son Bryce and our daughter Olivia. Everyone loves it that I love to cook and do it as well as I do.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook bread. I have just started to really get into bread baking but I have loved it each time I try another loaf. I am a huge advocate of wanting to force myself to learn something new - even if it's territory that has been threaded for decades before me it's a craft I still want to learn.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family's biggest tradition comes during the winter time. Every Saturday, when snow was still on the ground my dad (or I) would wake up early and cook a mound of "German Pancakes", a simple fried pancake, but still to this day, brings back fond memories of the good-o-days.
My cooking triumphs
Christmas Eve Dinner 2012 - I made a slow cooker turkey breast with homemade turkey gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, Italian oven roasted Brussels sprouts and crescent rolls. It was a timing nightmare but it was all worth it once it was done!
My cooking tragedies
My biggest cooking tragedy would have to be from when I first started to cook solo after my wife and I had first moved in together. I made a drastic rookie error. I finished frying some breaded pork chops and not thinking I emptied the still hot pan of oil right into the sink where there was a pool of standing water sitting by the drain... The oil erupted back at me landing on my arms. It took about a week for my burns to heal. The chops were good though!
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