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Monday, January 30, 2012

Make-ahead Monday #5

Hi, readers, and welcome to another week and another week of recipes! I have to confess that I didn't do a lot of extra cooking this week, and other than a big batch of chicken broth and some sourdough cracker dough, nothing went into my freezer. I do plan to feature at least one recipe posted by a reader each week, though.

I did try some new recipes from my Nourishing Traditions cookbook, though.

Here's what I made, and what I thought:

Basic dressing and herb dressing p129 - these were great, and super easy to make, it took less than 5 minutes, cleanup and all! I just may start making all of our salad dressing around here!

Basic muffins p483 - These were good, and I liked that they were all whole grain and the flour was soaked. I replaced the butter with pumpkin, just because I wanted to give them some extra flavor. Maybe that's why they stuck to the muffin papers so much. Not sure, I'll probably make them again this week, and double the recipe for freezing. I'll also use whole wheat pastry flour this time, to make them lighter and less bread-y

Yeasted buttermilk bread p493 - This was amazing, and I shouldn't be surprised, considering the fact that one loaf of bread contains a whole stick of butter! This reminded me of the kind of bread you would have at grandma's house, topped with more butter. I still love my sourdough sandwich bread for my go-to bread recipe, but this is my new other favorite, for sure! This recipe is also uses soaked, whole grains.

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Do you see a soaked, whole grain theme going on? I've been testing recipes for next month's challenge! Tune in on Wednesday to find out what it is! Click here to read more about January's challenge.

What recipes do you have to share this week?

 The link-up 

Please share some posts from your blog of favorite meals and dishes that can be prepared ahead of time! I'm stocking my freezer for the arrival of our new baby, and could use all the ideas I can get!

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  1. we love this one, so easy and nutritious!

  2. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Bulk Buying Without Breaking the Bank post! I'm glad you liked it. I decided to share beef tongue on your linky this week. Once you've got the tongue prepared it's easy to throw a bit into any dish where you'd want to use beef.

  3. Hi,
    I shared my video for making milk kefir and sauerkraut.

    Join me in my Probiotic Foods Challenge starting January 9 at Real Food Forager!

    And link up your cultured and fermented foods here!
    Thanks for hosting!

  4. I posted my GAPS pancakes. very yummy and healthy :)

  5. Great site you have! I shared my Grain-Free Vanilla Cupcakes and Quinoa with Smoked Chicken Sausage and Bok Choy recipes. I am your newest follower :)

  6. Hi! Thank you Sarah for visiting my blog and your lovely comment! I've shared two recipes today, Swede and Apple Soup and Apple and Cardamom Muffins. And thank you for introducing me to this blog hop!

  7. Hi, Sarah! You have a beautiful blog! I've shared two recipes today: hearty chicken soup and homemade taco seasoning. Thanks for stopping by my blog and having me join in to your carnival. Cheers!