Posts made in October 25th, 2011

whole wheat garlic knots

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Posted on Oct 25, 2011 in Food

My favorite part about soup season is the end of the bowl. You know, when you’ve scraped up your last spoonful and it is time to finish off the meal by using whatever baked good is nearest to sop up all the delicious broth/sauce that is left?

You all do that too, right?

These garlic knots are a pretty traditional Italian restaurant staple, but I like to keep them on hand during fall and winter for soup and stew sopping. The whole wheat dough is hearty and fluffy, and the little bit of garlic and butter flavor seems to complement any dish around. Feel free to serve them with spaghetti, too. After all they are definitely a type of garlic bread.

I know a lot of people are scared of yeast breads, but I promise there is nothing to be afraid of. This one is a particularly good place to start for anyone just getting into the world of yeast. I promise you can’t mess these up. They are dipped in butter. Nothing bad ever happened when something was dipped in butter.

Don’t worry about being perfect when you tie the knot, it honestly doesn’t matter (did I mention these get dipped in butter?). But the simple way I do it is to grab a hunk o’ dough, roll into a snake (channel your Play-Doh days), “tie” into an overhand knot and then tuck the ends under. The second rise seems to erase any mistakes by making everything plump and delicious-looking. Yeast is nice that way.

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Whole Wheat Garlic Knots

Adapted from Joy the Baker

To get the eight knots, I made mine pretty hefty in size. Feel free to size them down to make mini versions and make this recipe stretch to feed a lot more hungry mouths.

Makes eight large knots

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together yeast, water and sugar until well-combined. Set aside for about 5 minutes until mixture is frothy. If it never ends up frothing, your yeast might be dead and today may not be the day for garlic knots. Have froth? Proceed!
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat and all-purpose flours. Make a well in the center of the flours and pour in the yeast mixture, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Using your hands, mix the liquid into the flours until well-incorporated. Continue kneading the dough (you can do this in the bowl) for 5-10 minutes or until the surface is smooth.
  4. In a clean, medium-sized bowl, pour in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the dough and turn once to coat in oil. Cover bowl in a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm area for an hour or until doubled in size.
  5. After dough has risen, shape the knots by pulling off a hunk of dough, rolling into a snake and then tying into an overhand knot. Tuck the ends under and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with rest of the dough.
  6. Once all knots are formed, cover baking sheet in a kitchen towel and let rest and rise again for 30 minutes or until just poofy.
  7. Preheat oven to 400°.
  8. Bake knots for 10-12 minutes or until just barely browned.
  9. While knots are baking, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the garlic, butter and parsley in a large bowl.
  10. When knots come out of the oven, give them a quick dip in the butter mixture, making sure the garlic and parsley adhere to the knots.

Do you always have bread with soup?

We do! It’s kinda the best part. :D

 

 

my favorite health and wellness apps

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Posted on Oct 25, 2011 in Lifestyle

I’ve only officially been an iPhone adopter for a little over a week, but I’ve had an iPad for almost a year and it’s given me plenty of time to get into the world of apps. The variety of amazing apps available out there to help with health and wellness is just remarkable. Here are some of my favorites:

RunKeeper

For those of you not on the high-tech running bandwagon, RunKeeper allows you to accurately monitor your distance, pace and total time all by using GPS tracking.  There are about a million and one GPS running apps out there, but I’ve really grown fond of RunKeeper specifically. I really enjoy the options for audio cueing and I think the display is easy to read and use. It functions well and I love that it plays right over my playlists. Who needs to shell out $200 for a GPS watch when you can do it all on your phone?

AllTrails

Babyface and I love a good hike and AllTrails is an app that helps you find hiking trails near you. The trails are listed with length, difficulty rating, photos and real-person reviews. Once you arrive at the trail, you can “check-in” on the app and it downloads a map and important information to your phone for viewing when you are offline.

MyFitnessPal

I tried to use MyFitnessPal online before and was thoroughly unimpressed with the design and usability of the website, so imagine my shock when it turns out the MFP app is absolutely the best when it comes to nutrition and fitness tracking! I find it so easy to track food on the go now with the MFP app. Most tech-y fun part? It has barcode scanning. Eat from a box of crackers? Just scan the barcode and MFP will automagically add it to your food log.

Grocery IQ

I definitely believe that menu planning and buying your own food is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, so that’s why a grocery shopping app made it on the list. I love this app! It is basically a supercharged grocery list making tool. I can set up separate lists for separate stores. It automatically categorizes the foods I enter based on the aisles I’ve set up. I can do barcode scanning (say, I need to replace that box of crackers I ate) and, it links directly into the Coupons.com database to find coupons that you can then wirelessly load to your store shopper’s card. No need to print a grocery list or the coupons.

Seafood Watch

One of the more tricky parts of the grocery store to navigate is the seafood section. We often hear about sustainably raised beef and organic produce, but the news doesn’t cover seafood frequently. Use this app to help determine what are good choices (both ethically and physically) for you and your family. And learn more about why you need to avoid certain seafoods like the plague.

What are your favorite health and wellness apps?