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Ciabatta bread! (experiment time)

Welcome to the first of (possibly) many experiments! This was my first time making ciabatta bread and I love the way it turned out. I found a recipe on allrecipes.com and I will link it here.

I did, however, make some alterations. This is only my second time making bread and it’s a very time-consuming process. If you’d like to learn what I did, read on! This recipe will require you to do some prep work the day before you want to bake your bread, although you can do it up to three days in advance, depending on the age you’d like your bread to have.

Ingredients for the sponge (made ahead of time):

1/2 packet active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons warm water
1/3 cup warm water
1 cup  flour

The rest of the ingredients:

1/2 packet active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons warm water
2/3 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon canola oil (or olive oil! But I didn’t use olive oil because I didn’t have any!)
2 cups flour
1.5 Teaspoons salt

Recipe:

1. First, you make the sponge, which is the base for the bread mixture. Start by combining half the packet of yeast in a small bowl along with 2 Tablespoons of the warm water. Stir together and let sit for five minutes.

2. In another bowl, stir the previous mixture with 1/3 cup of water and 1 cup of flour. Stir until mixed well and then cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 12 hours up to 3 days. (I did about 18 hours.) This is called the sponge!

3. In another bowl, stir together the other 1/2 yeast packet and 2 Tablespoons warm water. Let sit for five minutes.

4. In a larger bowl blend together the mixture from step three along with the sponge, 2/3 cup warm water, your choice of oil, and 2 cups flour. Add salt and mix until smooth and elastic.

5. Scrape the dough out into a different, oiled bowl. Let sit, covered in plastic wrap and at room temperature, until doubled in size. (About 1.5 hours.)

6. Gently slide dough out of bowl onto a floured surface (such as a cutting board) and cut in half.

7. Transfer both halves to floured baking sheet. Form the halves into two long ovals, dimple tops with fingers, and sprinkle lightly with flour.

8. Cover loaves with a dampened kitchen towel and let sit at room temperature for 1.5-2 hours.

9. Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.

10. Bake ciabatta for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. I checked mine every five minutes and turned the pan around so the two loaves would cook evenly.

11. Enjoy!

Post and pictures by Melissa Rook

Have you ever made bread before? How did it turn out? Altogether this probably took 5-ish hours, including the waiting time and the baking, (but not including waiting overnight.)

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Pork sloppy joes

Hello everyone!

So I went home last weekend and I was talking to my parents about my food blog. They haven’t really been too into it but when I mentioned sloppy joes my dad seemed interested. I, however, didn’t know that sloppy joes are normally made with beef. Thus this recipe is a little different from the traditional recipe, but here goes! I feel like this is a very American food.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground pork (thawed)
1/4 cup minced onions
1/4-1/3 cup grated Pepperjack cheese
1 teaspoon (or so) BBQ sauce
Sriracha (to taste, maybe 1/2 teaspoon)
Cumin (to taste, 1/2 teaspoon)
Chili powder (to taste, 1/2 teaspoon)
Lemon juice (to taste, 1/3 teaspoon)

Optional: Hamburger buns

Recipe:

1. Grate your Pepperjack cheese.

2. Mince the onion.

3. Add your pork to the pan, breaking it up into small, separate pieces and browning it on both sides.

4. Add the onion and lemon juice.

5. Add chili powder and cumin and stir.

6. Add your Sriracha and mix.

7. Add your BBQ sauce of choice and mix.

8. Plate your sloppy joe on a hamburger bun and enjoy!

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Colin Diltz


Beef + Pork Combo Meatballs

Hello everyone!

Today I’ve decided to share a recipe for beef and pork meatballs. These can be used in a variety of ways, including on top of spaghetti (all covered in cheese…), served plain, on top of rice, or with a variety of sauces. I used whole grain thin spaghetti and Classico spicy tomato and basil sauce. This is a perfect summer food for those cooler days, but it reminds me of fall. This recipe makes about 2 dozen meatballs.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork sausage
2.5 T cumin
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced (depending on preference)
1 T black pepper
1 T red pepper flakes
1 T chili powder

Optional: Spaghetti noodles and sauce, or other additions to your meal

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure meat is entirely thawed ahead of time.

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine spices in bowl.

3. Mince garlic cloves.

4. Knead ground pork sausage and beef together in bowl.

5. Add minced garlic and spices.

6. Continue kneading until thouroughly mixed.

7. Grab a meatball-sized piece of mixture.

8. Roll the mixture between your hands into a spherical shape.

9. Place meatballs 1/2 inch apart on baking sheet or pizza tray.

10. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, then flip and continue cooking.

11. Continue cooking for 7 minutes or so, checking every so often. (When I cooked these they were done after 35 min.)

12. Remove from oven and prepare for serving.

13. Enjoy!

Have you ever made homemade meatballs? What is your favorite way to serve/eat meatballs?

Photos by: Colin Diltz
Post by: Melissa Rook