We Need No-Knead Bread!

Back in the days of college, the "Atkins" diet was one of the those lingering dietary buzzwords. I never really understood it but the gist seemed to be that bread was off limits. This concept did not sit well with the ladies of my dormitory who could take down a French baguette daily. In response, they coined their regiment as the "Snikta" diet. Get it? Atkins spelled backwards. 

Yah, I thought it was pretty silly too.

What I will agree with is that bread is awesome.

Dipped in olive oil, topped with cold cuts, slathered in peanut butter, or floating in soup- bread can make or break a meal. My favorite type of bread is airy with a soft interior and crispy, crunchy exterior. The center is easy to pull apart and absorbent; the exterior has texture and a little chew.

Naturally, I had to know the recipe when my coworker brought in a homemade bread that met all my requirements (thank you, KJ). This No-Knead Bread by Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery is wildly popular and was posted in the New York Times. It's really as simple as it sounds - mix, sit, bake.

There is one catch, however, to being absolved from kneading the bread: a wild amount of time  (14-20 HOURS) needed to let the dough rise. Make sure you time this one out! I let mine rise over night to knock out a good chunk of the waiting time. As you can see... all the patience yields a beautiful loaf of carboliciousness.

For the recipe, check out this post in the New York Times for No-Knead Bread or this post for the speedy version!

Snapshot of Thanksgiving 2014

Sending love and hoping you had a very happy thanksgiving spent with friends and family! Oh, and lots of tasty treats of course! 

Special thanks to my wonderful tia, cousin, and his wife for visiting from NY,
it's always a holiday when you're around.

Recipes pictured above:

No Corn-Syrup, Pecan Pie (middle row, second in) with Smitten's Pie Crust
Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse (bottom left hand corner, *omit the orange zest)
Hazelnut-and-Chocolate Meringue Cake (bottom right hand corner)

Travel Treats: Jackson Hole, WY

Welcome to the North American Midwest! The land where the buffalo roam- literally, they can cause hour long traffic jams as they cross the road - and the deer and antelope play. 

A few years back, my girlfriend Heather was talking about leaving Richmond, VA to try out New York. She is a city-girl with a knack for making friends and the courage to try new things. It only made sense in her progression as an artist and networking monster to move to a bustling metropolis. I waited to hear the verdict for her next big move. 

Life likes to throw curve balls when you least suspect it.  A few months later, Heather was gushing about a fella she met during her lunch break. He was a country-boy homesick for the mountains of Wyoming. Their relationship grew and you can guess how the rest of the story played out. I don't know about you- but Jackson Hole sure as heck isn't NYC. What can I say... love moves mountains. 

The husband and I finally had the opportunity to make the journey to their homestead. It was like nothing that I had ever experienced. Standing in the shadow of the Grand Tetons is humbling, surreal, and exhilarating all at once. We observed tons of wildlife wandering freely through the elk reservations, Yellow Stone National Park, and simply driving around. We're talking a grizzly bear, elk, moose, buffalo, and even a badger! We fell in love with Lake Jenny and enjoyed s'mores under star light.

It was an amazing vacation and I am so grateful to spend quality time with Heather and her now fiancee! Thank you both for having us over and sharing your world! We love you! Till the next episode!

I hope that you enjoy these shots from our adventure!