Olive and Thyme Focaccia

From time to time we like to feature products on the blog that we personally enjoy using.  This is the first of three posts for the holidays featuring King Arthur Flour.  My first introduction to this company was in the form of a baking catalogue that arrived in our mailbox when I was a teenager.  You know when you flip through a toy catalogue as a kid and circle things you really want, and then circle AND put a star by the stuff you really, really want?  That was me with this catalogue.  Grocery stores in Buford, GA certainly did not carry these kind of ingredients in the nineties.  I was in mail order heaven!  And while I live on the west coast now, and grocery stores across the USA carry King Arthur Flour today; I still flip through that catalogue every time it comes and might even circle a few things.

Focaccia is a tasty alternative to plain rolls for your Thanksgiving spread.  It also makes fantastic sandwiches with all those turkey leftovers.  I used King Arthur’s all-purpose flour as well as some of their bread flour in this recipe to give it a nice chewy texture.

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Cardamom Chocolate Chip Lentil Cookies

More back-to-school/lunchbox ideas with these unusual but delicious cookies.  An after school snack (or afternoon coffee break!) of chocolate chip cookies is both iconic and nostalgic.  Who doesn’t want a cookie or three to look forward to and get them through the rest of the day?  My daughter always wants a sweet treat in her lunchbox, so I use it as a way to sneak in some healthy goodness.  Cookies are a great vehicle to “hide” healthy ingredients in.  While these have butter, sugar and chocolate chips (because I want them to actually taste good!!), they are also full of whole wheat pastry flour, oats, almond meal and an extra dose of protein from pureed lentils, which I promise you can’t taste.  And if gluten-free or nut allergies are a concern, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with substitute ideas at the bottom of the recipe.

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Spinach Pasta

If you have been eyeing the pasta attachments for the Ankarsrum mixer, February may be the month you want to make those homemade pasta dreams come true.  Technically prices go up on the lasagnafettuccine, and tagliatelle attachments this month, but they are on sale all of February for the old price.  Also, if you buy all three together this month, you can get them for $279.95.  These attachments are some of my favorites and always a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.  There is something magical and fun about making your own noodles, and what kid doesn’t love pasta?  What adult doesn’t for that matter?  A while back, I did a basic pasta dough recipe.  That is still my standard go-to, but I decided to branch out into flavored noodles in honor of this month’s sale: spinach pasta dough.

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