The Cooking Grandma 1

..or Nannie, or Nonna, or some other name that little Alice Catherine will call me in the future.  Yes, the little one arrived in late January, healthy and happy, with a head full of brown hair.


As the little family was settling in to this new life of changed schedules and sleep deprivation, I was shopping and cooking to keep their strength up.  My favorite grocery store in Utah Valley is Sprouts Farmers Market and I found good prices there to nourish a new mommy and daddy.  Just before the Super Bowl, all sausages were on sale so I made Pasta with Braised Sausages and Ricotta, which makes enough pasta sauce to freeze for later use.  I used chicken sausages and the dish was delicious!

The new mom was back on her feet in no time.  Between taking care of Alice and attending two classes for graduation in April, she decided it was time to bake some whole wheat bread,


and then hold her cute baby!


Wheat Bread (this made using a Kitchen Aid Mixer with a dough hook)

(adapted from a recipe on the blog Most Uncivilized Adventure)

2 cups warm water in the mixing bowl

1/4 cup oil (olive is good, canola is too)

1/4 cup honey

1 rounded Tablespoon yeast

1 and 1/2 cups bread flour

scant ¼ cup gluten flour

Pour all ingredients in mixer, mix well, and let sit about 10 minutes

Then add:

3/4 Tbs salt

3 cups whole wheat flour

Add in 2 cups of the wheat flour and let it knead with the dough hook for a bit. Then add in the other cup as needed.  The dough is supposed to be pretty sticky.

Knead (with the dough hook) for about 12-15 minutes. cover, let rise until double – about 30 min.

Punch it down and divide dough in half.  Put in 2 greased loaf pans and let it rise until the dough is past the top of the pan.  Cook in a 350 degree oven for 32 minutes.

Back in Happy Valley, you can still buy fresh, local food during this never-ending winter at several farmers markets in the area.  A list of winter farmers markets is here where you can find local veggies, fruits and other products.

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