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Friday, October 31, 2014

some of this weeks cooking

we were out of our favorite homemade sauce  so I made an extra large batch.
I don't use an exact recipe.  It is pretty simple and I just mix it up until it tastes right.
it uses lots of tomatoes,  a little olive oil and onions.
spices are oregano, basil, garlic and just a little sugar.
first the onions get sauteed-   then the tomatoes and spices are added
after it simmers a while,  it gets divided into meal size containers and put in the freezer for future meals.
while the sauce simmered,  I mixed up and baked a loaf of Raisin Bread
Raisin Walnut bread - mixed in the bread machine and baked in the regular oven.  I used  my grandparents bread recipe but increased the sugar and added nuts and raisins when the machine beeps time to add stir ins.

Raisin bread

1 cup water
2 T butter in cubes
1 t salt
1/3 C sugar
2 t cinnamon
3 cups flour- bread flour is nice but all purpose or your favorite would be fine
2 t yeast
put all ingredients in a bread machine on the dough cycle, then add
1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 3/4 cup raisins ( I like to chop them a little too) when the bread machine beeps for the add in time.
When it is finished rising, punch down and form into a loaf and put in a well greased loaf pan.
I think I used an 8 inch loaf pan but it would work in a 9 inch loaf pan too.
Let rise again and then bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.

My grandmother made raisin bread and she always topped her loaves with white frosting.
I don't add frosting as we like our raisin bread lightly buttered and toasted.
either way raisin bread is Yum!




my husband's work lunch and breaktime box - I packed a turkey and cheese sandwich on a homemade bun, Popchips and olives.  Also grapes, a jar of fresh pineapple chunks, cashews and jalapeno string cheese.  Beverages are coffee and a bottle of water.  

8 comments:

  1. Lunch looks very tasty!

    I make my own sauce, too....you just can't beat homemade!

    Raisin bread with white frosting....seems like that was a staple in our house when I was growing up! Your bread looks delicious!

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  2. Cinnamon raisin bread is absolutely divine! My boys considered it a great treat when we had it toasted in the morning or even for an evening snack. Yum!

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  3. I love your big batch cooking and packaging it all up. Also it is a fabulous deep colour. I wanted to tell you I have mentioned you on a forum I am on called Simple Savings. Yesterday I blogged about my weeks savings and I linked to your blog after telling everyone about you! One of my commenters since has said she now loves your blog! Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for such an encouraging blog.

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  4. You're making me hungry! :-) I haven't had raisin bread for years. My grandma used to buy it regularly. I'd like to make a loaf for my mother. Will it really rise okay without using bread flour?

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    1. Georgene, all purpose flour will work great. It is was my grandparents used and what I used to use. But the store we shop at now sells all the flour varieties for the same low price so I have been using bread flour.

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  5. We had raisin bread with cheese toasted on top this morning. Not homemade bread though. I shall have to try that, never thought to, isn't that silly of me?

    Add a salad and another sandwich and you have John's work food bag for 24 hours. I try to think of it as meals but also have a little check list: vegetable, fruit, protein, dairy (he often gets yogurt but occasionally pudding), salty, sweet. It's a good reminder to me of what he might like to have. I have to make sure that most of it is edible in increments. He sometimes never gets to have a real meal but grabs bites between calls.

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  6. I need to make a big batch of tomato sauce for the freezer. I hope seeing your efforts inspires me. Love the raisin bread recipe. I am going to try it when the Whole30 is over.

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