Bread Machine Weekend
Portland, Oregon: My Driver went to
Eugene yesterday to watch the Oregon Ducks beat UC Davis. In football. I took
advantage of hours alone at home to test and rewrite the bagel recipe on this
site. I make bagels often, and it is always a good idea to tweak and update
recipes from time-to-time.
My Easy Bagel recipe makes
use of a bread machine to prepare the dough and produces 8 bagels in two
hours. It is a fun project - especially if you have kids or grandkids to help as
the results are so instantaneous - and who doesn't like a chewy bagel?
My Dad. My Dad does not like bagels.
(NOTE: I have never baked bread in a bread machine. I only use it to perfectly
prepare yeast doughs.)
Dave and I had a "gardening" project today. About ten (or is it more now?) years
ago, I put toothpicks in the pits of especially lovely Haas avocados, plopped
them in a jar of water and watched as they sprouted and eventually grew leaves.
Everyone has done this, am I right?
Later, I planted the three "trees" and... if you can believe this... the
avocados took-over our living room (9 foot ceilings)... then the kitchen
(vaulted ceiling)... until we finally had to move the plantation to the family
room with super-vaulted ceilings. There is no where else for the three trees to
go in our house. Either they flower next year or they will be whacked-down to
the nibs and transplanted to relatives garden in California.
One winter outdoor in Oregon and the avocados would be frozen history.
I still receive a $3.4 billion annual farm subsidy for my Oregon avocado
plantation - retroactive from the Bush Administration - so please do not report
me to the Agricultural Department, okay?
The other reason for using my bread machine this weekend was to
make pizza dough. I tend to just whisk the dough together in a little bowl and
leave it to work its own magic, but tonight I put everything in the bread
Our Sunday Night Pizza tends to be topped with whatever leftovers I have
from the week. Tonight it was grilled artichoke hearts, ricotta and basil.
It was really good. I served the pizza with a salad of mixed
greens and toasted pine nuts... but instead of a tomato, I used a nectarine.
Sneaking fruit into My Driver's diet is a secret obsession.
We hope you all are enjoying a great labor-free Labor Day!
Until my next update, I remain, your baked correspondent.
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