A little over a week ago, we enjoyed the first official day of summer. I don’t know about you, but I breathed a sigh of relief. Before that, I was on eggshells, desperately wanting summer but knowing that before June 20th, the weather had made me no promises. Nasty days of rain and wind were a constant threat. I couldn’t decide whether to put away my sweaters and boots or not. While driving to and from work, I would have to have my heater on in the morning and the AC on in the afternoon. I took a couple of ill-advised bike rides where the wind got the better of me. But all that is behind me. Now, I feel I can safely plan a picnic a week in advance or wash my car without worrying about a windy day ruining my work. It’s summer! You are all witnesses. And I plan on living it to the fullest. Continue reading
When you first read the title of this post, who knows what came to your mind. Wikipedia lists 29 different dishes that are considered American comfort foods and more for other countries. Some things on that list I don’t quite understand (Tuna Casserole?). But there is one comfort food that everyone understands – chocolate. Continue reading
Well, here we are again, but before I introduce today’s recipe, let me introduce today! Today is a special day. Happy Flag Day everyone! I’ve been looking into exactly what this day is all about and why it means so much to Americans. It wasn’t until 1949 that National Flag Day was made official by an Act of Congress signed by President Truman, but the Stars and Stripes have been inspiring and reminding people of this country since way before that. Continue reading
When my large, loud family gets together, we eat. It wouldn’t be a family gathering without it. I’ve been thinking about that. Are we gluttons because we always, always have food when we’re together? I think if you could look into our dining room window and see us together, you wouldn’t think we were so different from you and yours. So, why is food such a necessity to our togetherness? It’s something I’ve noticed over the years. Food has a way of connecting people. There is something bonding about eating together. Continue reading
Good morning world! Isn’t it a beautiful day? You may be rolling your eyes at me and agreeing with Zooey Deschanel when she said “In an ideal world no one would talk before 10 am. people would just hug, because waking up is really hard.” I get you. There seems to be two kinds of mornings. The I-just-got-hit-by-a-train-and-can’t-believe-anyone-expects-me-to-function kind and the I-love-myself-and-I’m-ready-to-take-on-the-world kind. Well, sometimes it feels like flipping a coin to see which one you’re going to have. But I believe there are things we can do to make sure we have the second kind. Getting enough sleep, exercising first thing, and a good breakfast are the things that help me the most. I don’t know what to tell you about sleep and exercise besides…do it, but I have a great idea for a breakfast to help you get going. Continue reading
Summer is approaching! I was never big into camping growing up, but I have been a few times. I just wasn’t a super fan of sleeping on the ground, not being able to shower, and mosquitoes. But one thing I always enjoyed was the food! There is something about camp food that is just fantastic. One of my favorite food memories was dutch oven cobbler. Continue reading
Ignorance is not always bliss. For much of my life, I was ignorant to the greatness of our lead performer for today. We’ve finally perfected a soulmate for our Einkorn flatbread. Introducing…Hummus! By way of clarification, I do not mean to say that I had never heard of hummus. Of course I had. But I refused to try it. On what grounds? It’s humiliating, really. When I was first told about Hummus, my brain instantly went to a little stone we kept in our shower for scraping off dead skin – Pumice. Needless to say, that thought did not make me eager to branch out and try it. If you too are ignorant of hummus, don’t worry. It’s nothing like that. Continue reading
Dessert for breakfast? That’s how I felt every time my mother made coffee cake for breakfast. Of course, her coffee cake really was pretty much a dessert, so we didn’t get it very often. But when we did, we were ecstatic. My mom’s coffee cake was the best, and we always ate more than we probably needed. Well, I’m here to share that recipe with you but with some healthy twists. Continue reading
“Do you know the muffin man?” This traditional song sprang from the Victorian era when muffens (German origin) or “little cakes” were sold door to door in Britain before private ovens were a thing. When we think of muffins, we think of large sweet breakfast cakes, maybe blueberry or poppy seed. English muffins are something quite different, but they didn’t come from England at all. They were actually invented by an Englishman in the United States. Continue reading
You may be aware that we have a pretty great einkorn sourdough bread recipe, but you may not be aware that this recipe is a jack of all trades. When you’re dealing with sourdough, you’ve probably noticed it takes a lot of time. Of course, it’s time well spent, but it would be spent even better if you got more out of it. So, while you’re at it, why don’t you make a little extra and make something else along with your bread? Like I mentioned, the ingredients are the same, but I’m going to teach you what steps to follow to take your bread recipe to new heights. Each set of instructions begins after step five of the recipe or the first rising. So, you’ve just let the dough double its size in a bowl. Now, the sky is the limit. Just change your tactics! Continue reading
Dinner rolls were regulars in our house growing up. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized dinner rolls can be a tricky thing to master. But mom had that consistency down to an art. She would sometimes ask us to help her shape the rolls, and it was always very clear which ones were hers and which ones were ours, but we got better as we got older. Another thing about those rolls was their amazing flavor. It didn’t take me a long time of eating white rolls at restaurants and dinner parties before I realized that they paled in comparison to Mom’s homemade whole wheat rolls. Now we’ve created a perfect dinner roll recipe for einkorn, and the flavor is even better. Thinking about entertaining? You need this recipe. Continue reading
Valeria learned the hard way about the importance of including only the most nutritious and healthy grains in her diet. Her struggle led to her discovery of Einkorn, and may give hope to others who are struggling with their health.
When she first moved from Russia to the United States, Valeria was excited about the hassle-free American style of cooking. She was awed by the colors and packages in supermarkets and wholeheartedly embraced this new way of life.
After a few years, this new way of life stopped being so awe-inspiring. The arrival of fatigue, dangerously high cholesterol, and debilitating migraines put a serious damper on her excitement.
After going on medications, Valeria decided to try Continue reading
Milan. Middle Ages. Rice had become very popular in Italy and Spain, and was about to be introduced the slow cooking style that was popular in the city. By cooking rice in broth, the versatile and flavorful appetizer risotto was born. Now risotto has spread and is popular all over the world and isn’t only eaten as an appetizer. I first ate risotto in Spain and enjoyed the creamy texture and savory flavor. However, white rice isn’t exactly the best thing to put into our bodies. I thought, “Why not try it with einkorn?” Continue reading
Christopher Columbus had something to prove, and to do it, he needed to get to India. But he failed. He didn’t get to India. He discovered the American continent and led to several beautiful countries including one of the largest superpowers in human history. On a Friday in September of 1928, someone had accidentally left a Petri dish of Staphylococcus open, and it was moldy. Alexander Fleming made a fortuitous observation about that mold that brought us penicillin. In 1839, Charles Goodyear was trying for years to create a rubber that was durable and could withstand heat and cold after everyone had said rubber would never go anywhere. During experimentation, he accidentally dropped his latest mixture on a hot stove. Weatherproof vulcanized rubber was born and automobiles would never be the same. Later, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was named after Charles. Sometimes there’s a big continent blocking your direct route from Europe to Asia. Sometimes you forget to clean up. Sometimes you’re clumsy and drop things. But Sometimes mistakes lead to the greatest discoveries of all. Continue reading
For as long as I can remember, chicken soup was the healer of the body and soul. It’s even been called “Jewish Penicillin.” I never really bought that because I personally think ice cream is just as soul-healing, but you don’t see books written about it. I was wrong. Chicken Soup has been healing sickness almost as long as humans have been boiling water. The earliest record of chicken soup as a remedy for illness was in second century BC when the Chinese included it in their medical literature as a curing soup. Continue reading