Cheddar Garlic Bread

Cheddar Garlic Bread
from Stephanie Cooks

3 cups all-purpose flour
4.5 tsp baking powder
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp Italian seasonings, divided
1.5 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, cheese, sugar, garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp of the Italian seasonings in a medium bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, oil, and egg. Stir into the dry ingredients until moistened.

4. Pour into a greased 9Γ—5 loaf pan. Scatter the remaining 1/4 tsp Italian seasonings across the top.

5. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and slicing.

This was the recipe that Michael and I made first on Christmas Eve. Not that Cheddar Garlic Bread really goes with Penne and Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese…But honestly the bread was more of a pre-dinner snack than part of Christmas Eve Dinner.

This recipe was super easy to follow and even easier to make. It took all of about 5 minutes to prepare. In fact, after it was in the over baking Michael and I ran to the store to get the needed ingredients for the dinner.

Michael was in charge of shredding the cheese. After trying the bread I think it needed a little more cheese or extra sharp cheese instead.

I mixed the dry ingredients together in a big mixing bowl.

I mixed the wet ingredients and then poured it into the flour mixture.

It was super easy to mix all the ingredients together into a dough. It wasn’t nearly as difficult to mix by hand like the cookie dough was last weekend–or the sourdough bread a friend and I made months ago.

Plus, this recipe does NOT call for yeast! Score one for me! That meant I had a 75% change of not screwing up the recipe and killing the yeast–thus killing the bread.

Michael buttered the baking pan and we worked together to pour the dough into it. It was pretty sticky.

I topped the dough with the remaining Italian Spices and baked it for about 50 minutes before checking on it.

The edges were starting to brown but the center was still a tad doughy so I topped it with foil and let it bake for another 10 minutes. It was done!

I let it cool 10 minutes before moving it to a baking rack and slicing a few pieces.

I added some butter to the bread and it was a great snack before dinner. The cheese wasn’t overpowering–again I’d use more cheese or a stronger cheese next time. And maybe a little bit more garlic powder. It was still really good.

Highly recommended!

QUESTION: What is your favorite NON-YEAST bread recipe?

Every Night Should End with a Massage

I realized the house was vacant of veggies so I stopped at the store on the way home from work last night. I bought a huge cauliflower, green leaf lettuce, bananas, and broccoli. The broccoli was huge!

Since Wednesday was MASSAGE NIGHT πŸ™‚ I didn’t want to cook anything too time consuming. We decided to eat the last of our turkey burgers (Michael froze the extra patties he made last time). He defrosted the patties and I prepped the buns. As a side, I sliced a zucchini. Michael cooked them in the pan with Grape Seed Oil and steak seasoning (from Costco).

He topped the cooked zucchini with the Blue Cheese Crumbles I bought at the store. I never would have thought of that combo before. I remember on one of our first dates he grilled up zucchini and topped them with the Blue Cheese. Heaven on Earth! So not only does it taste good, it’s a fond memory of our journey together. We spent a lot of time on his back deck with the BBQ. I can’t wait until we start using the BBQ again.

Blue Cheese Crumbles

I used Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard on mine and Dijon Mustard on the BF’s burger. We melted slices of Swiss Cheese on the turkey burger, topped it with some lettuce and called it good. And it was delicious! I love our turkey burgers! On the side I had the zucchini slices and I sliced some cucumber too. I drizzled a little Italian Dressing on the cucumber slice (about half a serving).

Delicious Dinner

While we ate dinner we caught up on this week’s Lost episode. I can’t believe it’s almost over. πŸ™

I did the Foam Roller. My hamstrings didn’t hurt as much this time! In fact, it felt great. Then the time came for our massages!

I love our massage therapists. I’ve used mine for years and the best part is that they come to the house! There’s nothing better than crawling into bed immediately following a massage.

Jim, my masseuse, said my hamstrings were tight (I knew they would be) and that my IT band was tight. I need to do my Foam Roller on my IT band now. Since I’ve been getting massages from Jim for years, he knows exactly what pressure I like. He could tell when I started swimming more often because the muscles on both sides of my spine were tight and so were my shoulders. He could tell I started running because my legs were tight. When they showed up last night, he asked “Are you guys doing a bike race this weekend?” He guessed correctly because we also booked massages for next Monday after the ride!

The massage felt fantastic. My hamstrings are loosened and I feel much better.

QUESTION: What do you do to take care of yourself? Do you splurge on pampering once in awhile?