Fava Bean Spread

The past two weekends I bought some fresh fava beans.  They’re hard to miss. Giant peapods with a rich green color usually next to a box of beans, fava beans are sure to catch your attention. The next thing to wonder is what to make with these colorful bean monstrosities. For me, there was an […]

Country Bread and Overcoming Fear of Failure

I’ve always had a fear of breadmaking.  Like most fears, it is irrational.  I can and do make some great homemade pasta and I have no problem creating some amazing homemade sauces and complete dishes; however, breadmaking always felt to challenging. Could I knead properly? How about a starter, don’t I need a starter? Did […]

Focaccia Bread (or Pizza Dough)

Pizza Dough or Focaccia (makes 2 — 12” rounds) 2 packets “rapid-rise” active dry yeast 1 cup warm water (105 – 110 degrees) 2 teaspoons sugar 6 cups all-purpose flour* 2 teaspoons salt 4 tablespoons olive oil In a bowl, proof the yeast by mixing yeast, warm water and sugar. Let stand until it becomes […]