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Tonight’s Artisan Bread

Oh, I love bread…especially fresh baked bread.  I’m fortunate to live in an area with at least 5 bakeries within a two square mile radius — and they’re all good in their own right.  One is open 24/7/365.  If it appears ‘closed’ there’s a side door you can go in where you’ll find yourself in a flour-gritty building that resembles a garage where bread, pretty much right out of the oven, is for sale.  I’ve learned the hard way, when stopping by outside of normal hours or on an actual holiday — like Easter — is that you need to go in with close to exact change as the workers tend not to have a boat load of money on them to make change of a $10 or $20.  To be fair, it wasn’t that hard, the guy just gave me the bread. 

As I’ve mentioned, my husband’s adopted a Paleo lifestyle.  He’s quick to correct me, “it’s a modified Paleo diet.”  He’s been working with a nutritionist for more than a year now and has lost immense amounts of weight.  He plateaued for about 6 months and Mary Van Something Dutch, the nutritionist, put him on a Paleo diet.   


I haven’t figured out the Paleo rules (all these diets are kind of the same with a few tweaks here and there), but believe that bread is prohibited.  One day, Tony was Kvetching to Something Dutch about his periodic bread cravings; two days later a cookbook arrived in the mail, ‘Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.’ 

The book sat for more than a few days while Tony feverishly did his research, checking out every website offering ‘Gluten Free Bread that Doesn’t Suck.’  The one consistent he found, was indeed this book.  It’s a bit pricey to get all the ingredients, however when you break down the cost per loaf it’s no more than what one would spend at Whole Pay…err Foods.  More importantly,  after following their ‘master recipe’ and making a few batches of dough, it really isn’t that complicated.  And the bread is good; really good.  

So tonight we made Bread, and enjoyed it; so much.  

For the foodies out there looking for some chili ideas, my good friend Donna Chang (it’s a spoof) has started a Vlog series on IGTV (that’s Instagram TV).  The Vlog can be found at @Stellar_rad and one of her first episodes is about Chili.  Her heritage is South American (albeit, she’s now a citizen, #Welcome, and may be more American than myself), so you know her recipe is al cante! 

Here Comes Santa Claus 

That’s it for now, I did half my decorating this evening, will finish this weekend, and am loosing steam.  Some may feel it too late to be decorating, but we celebrate Little Christmas and, inevitably, keep our tree up through the end of January (if not later). 

With that, I bid you safe travels, smooth sailings and, of course, bon appetite.