Penny Lane Blog at (1/2010)

Penny Lane

Jan. 25, 2010 11:15 am 
Updated: Jul. 25, 2011 11:01 am
I find great joy in baking bread. Hence my "name" Baking Nana.  The grand kids will call me and ask "Are you baking Nana?"  Yep - I am baking!  Beware! Yeast is addictive! I buy bread flour 25 pounds at a time for around $7.00. 2 pounds of yeast is $4.00 at Sam's Club or Costco. So for about… MORE
Ciabatta Bread
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Buttermilk Rosemary Bread
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Poolish French Bread
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Sour Cream Yeast Rolls
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Jan. 24, 2010 4:45 pm 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2010 5:29 pm
To go along with that wonderful carnitas, (Simple Carnitas)one must have beans, rice and salsa.  A trip to Cardenas Market was in order.  The prices at the mexican markets in our area are amazing, especially produce. Refried Beans, Without the Refry.  Dry pinto beans were .50… MORE
Green Chili Pork Stew. Delicious!
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Shredded Pork For about $7.50
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Simple Carnitas - cooked whole.
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Refried Bean, Without the refry .50 including the chili pepper.
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Jan. 22, 2010 4:46 pm 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2010 3:34 pm
It occured to me the other day while on the Recipe Exchange that in this economy there is a great need to be able to stretch our grocery budgets to get the most bang for our bucks.  Having a limited food budget should not mean a week of ground beef.  Heck, that isn't always cheap… MORE
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Baking Nana

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Aug. 2009

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy

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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive!
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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