Spiced Date Rye Bread

When one hears rye bread, crusty, hearty artisan style bread comes to mind.  This is not that.  Soft, slightly sweet, flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, this is a different kind of rye bread.  Studded with chewy dates that play off the earthy flavors of the rye flour, this bread is equally at home in savory (grilled cheese!) or sweet applications.

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Country Loaf and Smoked Cheese Fondue

It’s often said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I would have to argue that the way to anyone’s heart is through good food. Cooking for the ones you love, romantically or platonically, is one of the sincerest ways to show that you care. And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better way to spend that ridiculously over-marketed holiday than in the kitchen whipping up a festive dinner with family, friends or the object of your affection. And let’s steer right past the aphrodisiac food clichés and go for something fun: fondue!

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French Bread

I love French bread for its versatility.  Bread and cheese, sandwiches, garlic bread, French bread pizza, so many uses.  And so many of them great for summer, when picnics and gatherings are in full swing.  I had a lot of fun testing this recipe out, as bread has always been my first love when it comes to baking.  As with most breads, there are a lot of variations and “correct” ways to make French bread.  Here is my interpretation.  Hope you enjoy, with cheese and wine of course!

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