Shun Classic Offset Bread Knife Review, 8-inch

Over the years, a number of different knives and knife sets have come and gone in my life, ranging in quality from discount store varieties to high end German and Japanese brands. But it’s the Shun Classic Offset Bread Knife that is my go-to for perfectly sliced homemade bread. I’ve come to the conclusion that […]

Comfort Foods: Why Bread is a Go-to in Winter

When bad weather rolls in and the threat of being snowed in looms, the French Toast Weather Alert kicks into operation. Although it’s a humorous site, it does remind me of one thing about bad weather – the products people buy most often when they could be snowed in are bread, milk, and toilet paper. […]

7 Pumpkin and Spice Ideas for Your Bread Machine Baking This Fall

Admit it. You love pumpkin. Every grocery store and coffee house in the US is stocked with pumpkin treats that set your mouth watering, but your pocketbook isn’t always in agreement with your cravings. The seven ideas on this list will help you get the most out of your love for baking, and the delicious […]

Back to Bread-baking Basics

With thousands of recipes, and as many ingredient combinations, the choice in modern breads can be overwhelming. When looking for something simple to bake, I realized that my favorite recipe book has seven recipes for basic white breads. My kitchen is often overwhelmingly crowded with supplies – especially the bread pantry. I wanted to take […]

Why we love carbs on cold days

Why we love carbs on cold days Do you love the idea of pasta, potatoes, breads, and other carbohydrates in winter? Do cold days increase your cravings? There are several theories behind carbohydrate addiction.   Almost 25 years ago revealed a link between drops in serotonin production and carbohydrate cravings in some individuals. A pair […]

7 Reasons to bake bread today

7 Reasons to bake bread today   Do you love to bake, but have trouble finding the motivation to get started? In this post, I’ve brought the fun back to baking. Read on to find out why baking today will make you smile, laugh, strengthen your friendships, and maybe even help you lose weight.   […]

Bread machine cleaning basics

Bread machine cleaning basics   Owning a bread machine is a delight, until it comes time to clean it. Many bread machine owners aren’t sure how to safely clean a bread machine. Others aren’t sure if cleaning is even necessary (it is). In this post, I’ll walk you through the process of cleaning your bread […]

How fresh-baked bread can help you be healthier this year

How fresh-baked bread can help you be healthier this year   If you are a diehard bread fan like I am, you know that cutting back on the carbs isn’t in your immediate future. That doesn’t mean you can’t work towards a healthier body, though. In this post, I’ll give you a few tips on […]

The one bread ingredient you can’t live without

The one bread ingredient you can’t live without   There are many ingredients that bakers think of as vital, but one that baking requires, as does life itself, is salt. This versatile ingredient appears in many forms and in nearly every recipe imaginable. It has been the subject of wars, and the material used to […]

10 tips for stocking a gluten-free pantry

10 tips for stocking a gluten-free pantry Going gluten free is an intimidating step for many people. Knowing that management of a food sensitivity or celiac depends on it makes it even more challenging, but at least provides motivations. Before you run out looking for books on how to cook and eat without gluten, use […]