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Cinnamon Bread

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jillpickle:  I wanted to make something with cinnamon so I decided to make cinnamon bread.  I did a search and found this recipe:  Homemade Cinnamon Bread by the Pioneer Woman.  As you can see by the pictures below, it rose over the pan a bit!  Next time, I would use a larger bread pan or cut back on the rising time.  I did put it in a warm oven with a pan of warm water below to help create a warmer environment to rise.  That did the trick!  The bread dough itself was very smooth and tender and made a rich, yummy bread.  I also used fresh eggs given to me by a knitter friend!  It made excellent French toast with a pat of cinnamon and sugar butter!  Comfort food for sure!

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Cinnamon Playdough

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Katie:  Well, this may not be for eating, but it is something that I’ve been cooking this summer!  I like making homemade playdough for my little Starfish, since it’s much softer than the store-bought variety.  I’ve been using this recipe from Tammy’s Recipes, which works great.  Since one of my most challenging kids really likes red, I decided to use red food coloring and add cinnamon for extra sensory input.  Hopefully, this will entice him to join choice time rather than running away!

Slab Apple Pie

Matthew:  I spent a beautiful fall Sunday at the apple orchard and wanted to use the apples right away for some baking.  I opted for a slab pie, which is sort of like a really big turnover.  And, by really big, I mean that I used 3 sticks of butter and 15 apples!  The pie weighed in at about 6.5 pounds.  I’ll be sharing this with all my friends and probably freezing some too.  For the recipe, I followed the crust and baking instructions from this Smitten Kitchen recipe and just filled the pie with 15 thinly sliced apples, mixed with 1 cup brown sugar, a good sprinkling of cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg.  The pie turned out really well.  I think the crust-to-filling ratio is good and I like the extra glaze that goes on top.

Beef and Green Olive Tagine

Matthew:  I think I first learned of tagine back in high school French class when we had a vocabulary unit on Morocco.  The textbook had an illustration of an outdoor market in which there was a funny looking ceramic dish and a plate of couscous with raisins.  The funny looking dish, called a tagine, helps to trap moisture inside (which is useful in the desert), by having water condense on the sloped sides.  I haven’t purchased a tagine yet, so I thought I would try making this recipe from the Stay at Stove Dad blog in a slow cooker.  For the recipe, I purchased some organic, grass-fed beef stew meat from the co-op.  It was expensive, but really good quality beef.  The tagine spices (cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, paprika, and ginger) didn’t overwhelm the dish, but instead created a subtle, exotic flavor which paired nicely with the green olives.  I hope to make this again and perhaps experiment with other tagine recipes in the future.

 

Parsnip Muffins

Katie:  I like baking and freezing muffins to have available for a quick, sweet snack.  Muffins are also easy to experiment with, so each time I bake them, I like to try out a different recipe.  While considering what to make this time, the parsnips in my refrigerator caught my attention.  I decided if zucchinis and carrots work in muffins, then maybe parsnips would too.  I actually wasn’t the first one to come up with this idea.  I discovered this recipe on the Eating Well website.   I followed it as written, except for using brown sugar instead of white, chunky applesauce instead of apple butter, soaking the raisins in hot water to make them moister, and skipping the nuts.  I was a little skeptical about using a whole tablespoon of cinnamon and vanilla extract, but the amounts were just right.  The chunky applesauce helped make these really moist, without being too chewy.  They are similar to carrot muffins, but have a distinct flavor from the parsnips.  If you’re not a fan of parsnips, you probably wouldn’t like them.  But if you’re looking to try something different or have some parsnips to use up, you might want to give these a try!