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Entries in homemade food (2)

Thursday
Aug022012

Do you prepare meals for your family before you leave for a weekend away?

As I prepare to head to New York City for a 4-day conference I have a lot of preparing to do.

I need business cards
I need to choose appropriate outfits
I need to work out camp carpool.

Then there is always the issue of FOOD.

The Mister is very good about fending for himself and the girls, I try to at least have some foods that make the fending easier. I also let go of the fact that he might not be feeding them the way I would, but they are fed nonetheless... And alive... And usually happy when I return.

I recently polled my friends on Facebook to see who prepares meals for their family when they embark one 'girls's weekend' and who just lets them figure it out.

There were basically 3 types of responses
1. "I don't need to prepare anything because they end up going out or ordering in all weekend"

2. "I let them fend but I make sure to stock the fridge"

3. "Are you serious? My husband cooks more than I do!"

Notice not one actually admitted to cooking and freezing an entire meal.

Times have changed.

I find this fascinating because this week I received the ingredients and the recipe for an easy to make meal, plus the Glad storage containers to keep it fresh from the folks behind Glad Mom Made

 I pictured myself calling my family mid-trip to see how much they enjoyed my enchiladas. I believe I briefly pictured myself in a 50s style dress and apron in an I Love Lucy episode. You know, me being a redhead like Lucy and all.

When the packages arrived I realized,
"Who am I kidding? I don't have any time to make this! But how awesome that my husband has No Excuse NOT to make it! "

And better yet, I expect leftovers stored for me in the Gladware when I get home.

Times have changed Ricky.

So let me ask you dear readers, do YOU prepare food for your family when you go away with friends for the weekend?

It's important to note that Glad Mom Made has tons of cool things from easy recipes (to make yourself or leave for Dad) to crafts and more.  Check it out on Facebook!

Janine

Disclosure: I received the items in the photo for the purpose of this review. It also qualifies me for an entry to win a gift card from BSM Media. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published. I just loved the idea of having a meal prepared!

Wednesday
Jan122011

Homemade Bagels May Look Funny but Taste Deelish

This weekend we made homemade bagels.

I've had the recipe from TammysRecipes.com for a year now and just haven't found a day to make them. Now, I think we'll make these once a month at least!

I have edited this recipe a bit for 2 reasons.

1) I didn't have enough yeast and, as I'm a hack in the kitchen anyway, I decided to just under cut the rest of the recipe. Hardley a measure was used too. It's how I roll.

2) I had no idea how long it takes for dough to rise! I 'think' I gave it an hour...maybe more. The recipe calls for it to double but frankly, I was tired and wanted to get on with it so I'm not even sure it completely doubled.

If you are like me...a non-perfectionist, then this recipe is for you because even with all of that - they turned out delicious!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water  (112-115 degrees F) - this is apparently very important so be sure you have a thermometer! Note: real recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry yeast (real recipe calls for 2 tbsp)
  • 2+ tablespoons sugar (real recipe calls for 3 tbsp)
  • 3/4 tablespoon salt (real recipe calls for 1 tbsp)
  • 4 cups bread flour (real recipe calls for 4 1/4 cups)
  • 8 cups of water for boiling
  • 1 egg white lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Toppings for bagels: sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion (dried works fine!), garlic, cinnamon/raisin

Instructions:

1. In a small bowl mix yeast, sugar and warm water and let stand 3 minutes

2. Mix 2 cups of flour with the salt in a larger bowl. Add yeast mixture and stir until combined. Slowly mix in the rest of the flour.

3. Knead dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes, adding flour if necessary. Dough should be fairly smooth and firm. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover (I used a dish towel), and let it rise until double.

4. Watch TV, check email, or clean the house cause you'll be waiting at least an hour, maybe two if you do this right!

5. Punch dough down (if adding cinnamon raisin add in now and knead dough just enough to swirl). Divide dough and shape into 12 balls (for small bagels - 8 balls for larger ones). Let rest for 5 minutes.

6. Bring water to boil, make a hole in each ball of dough and shape into a bagel! Place bagels on cookie sheet and cover (again, I used dish towel) for 10 minutes. Set aside some dough for the kids to play with while they wait for the next part!

7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop 2-3 bagels at a time into boiling water for about 45 seconds, turning once.

8. Drain bagels on a wire rack. Brush with egg white mixture and top with whatever toppings you want!

9. Place bagels on greased baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes until they are light brown and shiny. If making plain bagels turn them once.

10. Cool for a few minutes but definitely eat some of these while they are hot!

Let me know how yours come out!

Janine