Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Baking with King Arthur

Thanks to everyone who sent good wishes for Mr. Squash's cataract surgery. It went well and he can see better than ever!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!! Some of you know that I am half Irish (the other half is Lithuanian). My father was born in St. John's, Newfoundland of parents who emmigrated from Ireland. I know I get my fair skin and hair from that side of the family, and no doubt my temper as well☺!! Tonight we're having guests for corned beef, cabbage and Irish-American Soda Bread from King Arthur Flour. You can find the recipe here.

I forgot to take my camera off the landscape setting, so the photo is a little blurry. I so love cooking with King Arthur Flour and their recipe's are top notch! They also have a blog which will take you step by step through many of their recipes. They are a 100% employee-owned company and pour their heart and soul into a quality product. Hey...I'm not even getting paid to say this! I was telling Mr. Squash this morning that before retiring I was lucky to use up a five-pound package of flour in 6-12 months - so far I've been through about one per month! My next challenge will be to make my own bread and pizza crust.

I'm getting close to being able to show you two of my secret quilting projects, but until then, here is a nice little surprise that greeted us on one side of our house the other day - daffodils! There also appears to be maybe crocus beneath them, but they have yet to bloom. Spring is definitely in the air here if not literally a few days away!

12 comments:

Stephanie said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! We just finished dinner. Yum. Thank you for the recipe and blog link. I've never made homemade pizza dough...on the to do list...but I have made bread in the past and really would like to get back to it. We have crocuses but no blooming daffodils just yet. Have a delicious dinner.

Quilt Hollow said...

Happy Saint Pat's to you!! Isn't it fun to discover each new season's growth in a new home? We had plenty of moves through the years and this was the one thing I loved to see what would be popping up and blooming.

Jackie said...

Your soda bread looks wonderful! Glad your hubby is doing well. I just can't believe that you have blooming daffodils!! I wish we did.

Ulla said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Your bread looks delicious. - I will have to wait about 6 weeks at least to see my daffodils, if they have survived the winter in excile.

Jackie said...

Happy St. Patricks Day! I love your beautiful flowers. It's a sure sign that spring is here.

My son loves the King Arthur cookbook. He said their recipes are just the best. He likes to make homemade pretzels - the big kind - too.

*karendianne. said...

Candace what a lovely post. I really am glad the surgery went well, happy the bread is good to break at the Squash House and my friend, how nice to end the posting with a beautiful, dreamy shot of the blooms on the side of the house!

sewtakeahike said...

oh Candace, I think I've told you this before, but I love King Arthur's flour. I've made that soda bread recipe before as well and it was awesome! How did your dinner go? I'm glad to hear Mr. Squash is doing good!

Cindy said...

darned, I'm not a guest again...that happens when there's such good food LOL

Karen said...

Beautiful surprise! Our neighbors have crocuses under a bush that they can't see but I can!

Kaaren said...

King Arthur Flour is not available in Canada to my knowledge so I picked up some unbleached whole wheat as well as unbleached all purpose flour while we were shopping stateside yesterday. I've been using it for as long as I can remember and I love it. I just have to run to the store for some buttermilk and I'll be baking a loaf either later today or tomorrow morning.

Thanks for the head's up, Candace. This "sweeter" version of the traditional Irish soda bread sounds right up my alley. I'll let you know how it turned out.

Rannyjean said...

The daffodils are gorgeous and the bread! I am also a huge King Arthur fan! I am so happy to hear Mr. Squash is doing well and seeing better!

pratima said...

Candace, your soda bread is so yummy!
I hope you had a wonderful St.Patrick's day :) I love using Kind Aurthur flour too. We visited their store in Vermont, in fall and picked up some supplies :)
So nice to know that your husband is doing well :)