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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Pomegranate Popcorn Balls

Trick or treat!  Halloween is right around the corner, and while there are plenty of gory and ghoulish recipes out there for all your festive needs; I’m going the subtle route and tricking taste buds with these inconspicuous looking popcorn balls.  You’d never guess from looking at them, but the marshmallow is made with pomegranate molasses, and offers just as much tartness as it does sweetness.  Add to that some salted sunflower seeds and popcorn, and you have all the elements of the perfect treat: sweet, salty, tangy, chewy and crunchy.

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Sweet Potato Cakes with Lime Chive Sour Cream

 

Need a new vegetable/side item idea?  I didn’t like sweet potatoes at all until I was almost in my twenties and discovered you can do so much more with them than mash with copious amounts of butter and sugar and top with marshmallows.  Now I view them as the perfect pairing for spicy, creamy, or acidic flavors.  And since they have a healthy dose of starchiness my kid will almost always gobble them up as well.  One of my favorite spice combos for sweet potatoes is cumin and smoked paprika.  The slightly spicy smokiness of the paprika balances out the sweetness so well and the cumin brings it all together.  Pair with a little sour cream jazzed up with lime and chives and you’ll have the most unboring vegetable dish for dinner.  Or breakfast, or brunch, or….

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