Homemade Herb and Parmesan Bread

Herb and Parmesan Bread


“If you choose to use dried herbs, use about 1 tablespoon of dried leaf herbs.

Yield: 1 large (2-pound) Loaf


1 1/3 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as a combination of basil, chives, oregano, and rosemary
4 cups bread flour
1 scant teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast


Add all ingredients to your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.”

Original post: http://southernfood.about.com/od/breadmachine/r/Bread-Machine-Herb-And-Parmesan-Bread.htm

Homemade Chili Bread

Chili Bread


Yields: 1 pound loaf

Cook Time 3 hours

7/8 cup beer
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried minced onion (or 1/4 ts onion powder)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Put all ingredients in the bread machine and set at White Bread or French Bread. Serve with butter and chili soup.

Non-bread machine way (thanks to one reviewer on the original recipe website):

I made the following changes and was able to make it without a bread baker. I used 2.5 tsp of dry active yeast which I proofed in 2 oz of warm water – 110 degrees (I just run my faucet at the hottest for a minute to get the right temperature)for about 6 minutes until the yeast blooms. I then weigh my flour (9.55 oz). I add all the spices although I reduced the onion to 1/2 T, 5 oz of beer and 2 T of regular olive oil. I knead it in my mixer using the dough hook for 6 min. I let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, I then roll it out to 8.5 by 5 inch rectangle and roll it up from the long side, put in 8.5 by 4 inh loaf pan, let it rise another hour and then bake at 400 for 30 minutes

In the original recipe I took out the bouillon and substituted the red pepper flakes. Original recipe: http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/7056/chili-bread

What To Do When Your Bike Gets Stolen

So recently my husband’s $700 bike got stolen off of our back porch. Fun, right? No. We were shocked and pretty upset. Plus they had to take it from our porch which was closed with a gate. Kid toys surrounding it and everything. Sigh.

So the reason why I’m writing this is for those of you who have no idea what to do, when your bike gets stolen.

1st call your insurance company (we called it renters)

2nd call the non emergency number to the local police to put out a claim

3rd give up that your going to even find your bike and get a new one

Unfortunately, the third is a problem for many people. People who steal bikes usually sell them within 24 hours of stealing. There are a few stories out there where people have been reunited with their bikes, but it’s slim. Thinking of ways to try to deter those who steal is harder than you think. You can invest in a bike rack or storage unit, or bring it in your home… Still will have the unfortunate task of watching thieves.