How Long Should My Bread Rise to Get Light and Fluffy?

sourdough bread sliced

(Updated from May 10, 2014) Get a FREE Conditioner that will make your bread lighter, fluffier, and taller. See the reviews. Everyone wants light and fluffy bread loaves. The answer to getting light and fluffy bread is by letting the bread rise long enough. How long should your bread rise? That depends on the temperature of your kitchen. Yeast— the agent that allows bread to rise— is very sensitive to temperature. The best way to tell if your dough has risen enough is not by time—though it helps to set the timer so you don’t forget about your dough—but by …

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How to Cut a Mango

A fillet of salmon with mango salsa

Here you will find instructions for how to cut a mango with a knife or a mango slicer and illustrated with a video. You’ll find a collection of recipes for those who would like to cook and bake with mangos: Mango cobbler, salsa, chicken and fish with mangos, mango ice cream, mango muffins, and a Thai mango salad. Mangoes are wondrously versatile fruits! They make great sweet salsas for fish or chicken. You can make a great fruit salad. And we love them in a cobbler. Maybe best of all, ripe plump mangoes are available in the winter when other …

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Country Breakfast Pizza Recipe

There are lots of breakfast pizzas. We like this one. It’s a twist on the breakfast sandwiches that you get at the drive-through, a combination of eggs, ham, and cheddar but on a pizza. Ingredients Classic Pizza Dough mix 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 small onion, diced 1/4 green or red bell pepper, chopped diced ham, crumbled bacon, or sausage bits 5 large eggs pepper and salt salsa 2/3 cup grated cheddar 2/3 cup grated mozzarella Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.    Mix the dough according to package instructions. Divide the dough into two parts to make two thin-crust, 14-inch …

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Taco Bill’s Out-of-the-Box Meatloaf Recipe

This recipe can be used for mini-meatloaves or a larger one. Ol’ Bill really did think out-of-the-box on this one! Meatloaf recipes always have a filler, usually rolled oats or bread crumbs. This one has crushed nacho cheese chips. Clever. It really does make them taste like a taco. 1 pound lean ground beef 1 1/2 Tablespoons Mexican and Taco Seasoning or equal 1/2 cup salsa 2 eggs 1/2 of an 11.5 ounce bag of nacho cheese corn chips 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 can olives sliced or chopped 1 sm. can …

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How To Make Breakfast Calzones

We love to feed people in our store!  We love food and we love people. A while back we served breakfast calzones in the store.  We bought five dozen eggs, ten pounds of sausage, and about twelve pounds of bacon and started making calzones early in the morning.  We would reheat them when the customers started in. I headed home and left Aly to baking.  Two hours later, she texted and said, “I’m just about out of eggs.” Five dozen eggs!  How can you make that many calzones that quickly?  I went and bought another six dozen eggs. How do …

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The Farmer’s Breakfast Pannekoeken

We thought breakfast burritos—why not breakfast pannekoeken.  You load it with scrambled eggs and whatever goodies fit your fancy.  Make a cheese sauce.  Place one tablespoon of all-purpose flour in a small pan.  Measure one cup of milk.  Drizzle a little of the milk into the flour and stir to make a paste.  Add the rest of the milk, a little at a time, stirring after each addition.  Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Heat to simmering over medium heat, stirring frequently.  Stir in 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese until melted.  Remove from heat. Make a 12-inch pannekoeken from a …

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Turkey White Bean Chili

You’ll love this white bean chili.  It’s hearty, spicy, and full of flavor—and easy to make with canned beans. This is comfort food. Ingredients 1/2 cup diced onions 1 tablespoon butter 2 15-ounce cans white northern beans 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 15-ounce cans chicken broth 1 1/2 cups turkey, cubed 1/2 cup grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese sour cream and salsa for garnish Directions Sauté the onions in the butter in a saucepan.  Add the beans (not drained), cumin, garlic, broth, and salsa.  Cook until it starts to simmer.  Add the …

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Turkey White Bean Chili

You’ll love this white bean chili.  It’s hearty, spicy, and full of flavor—and easy to make with canned beans. This is comfort food. Ingredients 1/2 cup diced onions 1 tablespoon butter 2 15-ounce cans white northern beans 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 15-ounce cans chicken broth 1 1/2 cups turkey, cubed 1/2 cup grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese sour cream and salsa for garnish Directions Sauté the onions in the butter in a saucepan.  Add the beans (not drained), cumin, garlic, broth, and salsa.  Cook until it starts to simmer.  Add the …

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Turkey Tacos

These are traditional tacos made with leftover turkey meat.  This is an excellent recipe for the dark meat from the turkey. Ingredients 1/2 cup diced onions 2 cups cooked, shredded turkey meat 1/2 cup salsa Verde 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon chili powder corn tortillas (if you prefer, flour tortillas can be substituted) shredded cheddar cheese diced tomatoes shredded lettuce sour cream Directions Sauté the onions in a little oil in a large skillet.  Add the meat, salsa Verde, cumin, garlic powder, salt and chili powder.  Mix and cook until hot.  Set aside. …

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Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

We love taco salads served in either a flour or corn tortilla shell.  As with most other salads, you can change the ingredients for endless variations.  This one is made with chicken and homemade taco sauce—but add what you will. This salad serves six as a side salad or two as a main dish salad. Ingredients 2 cups cooked shredded chicken or chicken breast cut up into small cubes 3/4 cup homemade taco sauce 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded 6 small tortillas or two large tortillas 1 14-ounce can of cooked black beans, well drained 1/2 cup diced red …

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Sweet & Spicy Caribbean Chicken Recipe

After a long winter, we’re looking forward to chicken on the grill.  This is a good choice with a taste of the Caribbean.  It’s the flavors that bring the Caribbean alive in this recipe: fresh limes and ginger plus allspice, thyme, and sweet Hungarian paprika.   Allspice is the popular spice in barbecue sauce and sweet Hungarian paprika is by far our favorite paprika with a with a mild, robust flavor. The marinade and fruit salsa make this a moist, juicy treat.   Whether indoors or out, this is a scrumptious chicken dish. Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1 …

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Baked Chicken Cheese Enchiladas Recipe

This recipe is for enchiladas with a red sauce using salsa as a base.  Since it calls for a lot of salsa, use a mild salsa if you do not like it very hot. What follows is a recipe for a white sauce for chicken enchiladas to use in place of the red. Ingredients 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup sour cream 2 cups salsa 2 cups grated cheddar cheese 2 cups shredded cooked chicken 1 can corn kernels, drained 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 cup green onions, sliced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 12 …

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Chicken Taco Salad with Homemade Chipotle Sauce

Taco salads are easy to make.  Use tortilla bakers to make low fat shells rather than fried shells.  If you don’t have bakers, you can simply load your salad onto tortilla chips. This salad serves six as a side salad or two as a main dish salad. Ingredients 2 cups cooked shredded chicken or chicken breast cut up into small cubes 3/4 cup homemade taco sauce 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded 6 small tortillas or two large tortillas 1 14-ounce can of cooked black beans, well drained 1/2 cup diced red onions 3 medium tomatoes, diced 1/3 cup sour …

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Beef or Chicken Fajitas

This is a basic recipe that works well.  You can vary the amounts of steak or chicken and the vegetables.  You’ll find a choice of seasonings Ingredients 12 ounces of beef sirloin steak or one large boneless, skinless chicken breast 1 green or red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 1 lime vegetable oil for frying seasoning (see notes) salt and pepper as needed 4 to 6 eight-inch flour tortillas salsa sour cream guacamole (See recipe below.) Directions Thinly slice the beef or chicken breast across the grain into strips. Place the strips in a bowl and …

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Make your Own Pizza or Pasta Sauce

  Again homemade is better. This takes a little time but it’s worth it. This sauce works on pizza or pasta and with a little change in seasonings and by omitting the olive oil, you can make a salsa from this recipe. Tomato Sauce for Pizza or Pasta 2 to 3 cups peeled and seeded Roma tomatoes 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1 teaspoon crushed, dried oregano or a tablespoon of fresh 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves or two teaspoons fresh 2 tablespoons olive …

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Taco Pizza

Ingredients 1 thin pizza crust, baked 1 cup bean dip or refried beans 1/2 pound ground beef, seasoned with taco seasoning 1/2 cup red onions, diced 1/2 cup black olives, sliced 1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced 3/4 cup mushrooms, sliced 1/4 cup taco sauce or salsa 1 1/2 cup cheddar-jack cheese, grated 1 tablespoon taco seasoning 1 1/2 cup iceburg lettuce, shredded 2 medium or 4 small tomatoes, sliced 1/8 inch 1 cup sour cream sliced olives (optional for garnish) sliced green onions (optional for garnish) Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spread the bean onion dip evenly …

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Turkey White Bean Chili

You’ll love this white bean chili.  It’s hearty, spicy, and full of flavor—and easy to make with canned beans. This is comfort food. Ingredients 1/2 cup diced onions 1 tablespoon butter 2 15-ounce cans white northern beans 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 15-ounce cans chicken broth 1 1/2 cups turkey, cubed 1/2 cup grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese sour cream and salsa for garnish Directions Sauté the onions in the butter in a saucepan.  Add the beans (not drained), cumin, garlic, broth, and salsa.  Cook until it starts to simmer.  Add the …

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Make your Own Pizza or Pasta Sauce

Again homemade is better. This takes a little time but it’s worth it. This sauce works on pizza or pasta and with a little change in seasonings and by omitting the olive oil, you can make a salsa from this recipe. Tomato Sauce for Pizza or Pasta 2 to 3 cups peeled and seeded Roma tomatoes 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1 teaspoon crushed, dried oregano or a tablespoon of fresh 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves or two teaspoons fresh 2 tablespoons olive oil …

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Texas Tortilla Soup

Texas Tortilla Soup

Yield: 5 2-cup servings This recipe for Texas Tortilla Soup belongs in everyone’s kitchen.  It is so unique, so different, and so good.  It seems like it would be difficult to make but it is not. Ingredients 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 2 cloves garlic 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 small can green chilies, drained 2 15-ounce cans chicken broth 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1/4 cup cold water 10 corn tortillas vegetable oil 2 cups cooked chicken or turkey, diced grated Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese (1 oz per …

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Beef or Chicken Fajitas

This is a basic recipe that works well.  You can vary the amounts of steak or chicken and the vegetables.  You’ll find a choice of seasonings Ingredients 12 ounces of beef sirloin steak or one large boneless, skinless chicken breast 1 green or red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 1 lime vegetable oil for frying seasoning (see notes) salt and pepper as needed 4 to 6 eight-inch flour tortillas salsa sour cream guacamole (See recipe below.) Directions Thinly slice the beef or chicken breast across the grain into strips. Place the strips in a bowl and …

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