Multi-Grain + Seed English Muffins

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With a little advance planning and patience, but not too much, homemade English muffins enhance any simple morning (or afternoon or evening) at home (or picnic or other gathering)!

This recipe, modified to our liking over many years, has become our standard. Replete with whole grains and seeds, it’s the fluffy comfort classic sneakily made healthier.

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Whole Wheat-ish Ciabatta Bread

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Ciabatta — the light and airy “slipper bread” of Italy — used to be reserved as a special treat if we visited an Italian market.

My first taste of homemade was actually during a trip to see my husband, then boyfriend, as a new dating couple. He pulled out all the culinary stops for me, including homemade ciabatta, brioche, bagels and baguette, among many other delicious, memorable foods and meals. His willingness to try new ingredients and experiment in the kitchen are two of the things that sold me. I mean, a guy who bakes his own bread? Well done, Sir.

A few weekends ago I relived those times and gave ciabatta another whirl, baking two loaves plus a handful of rolls. (I think his were prettier…)

Ciabatta loaves + rolls

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Pizza Dough

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When yeast meets flour — specifically, the sugars and starches — dough is born. Every great pizza begins with great dough.

But opinions about what “great” actually is differ wildly. It’s an entirely subjective concept, best discussed over a large glass of red wine, if you ask me. Our definition of great is a thin, crispy, positively shattering crust that takes us back to the divey joints we grew up with in Wisconsin. Today I’m sharing this favorite.

Pizza dough ball

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Rosemary Semolina Bread

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In any of the thousands of its references in writing from ancient times to present, bread is almost always symbolic of hospitality, tradition, contentment, safety, love, home. Greece to Pakistan to Finland and everywhere between, this humble, common item holds a place of influence and honor. It shows that despite vast cultural and geographical diversity, we are all not so different from one another.

This is an encouraging thought, and has influenced my desire to learn about and experiment with the many types of breads from every corner of the globe. Add to that my appreciation for the catharsis of kneading, rolling and shaping. To me the baking and enjoyment of fresh bread provides great happiness and is a true form of nourishment.

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