We've gone on crazy in our house making new foods from scratch. But, according to Jon, he has no desire to ever make his own honey! We'll be sticking to the store-bought honey and avoiding bee stings for sure.
First up, Jon has been experimenting with making Ginger Beer. After testing quite a few brands that we've found locally, our favorite store-bought Ginger Beer is Sioux City Ginger Beer (is this really famous in Iowa?). In an effort to save money on our ginger beer habit and experiment in the kitchen, I found this recipe on Wired.com and Jon attempted the recipe twice. The first batch seemed more like a light ginger water. We're thinking that the water temperature the yeast was resting in was too high and the recipe didn't work quite right. Also, we think the honey used in the first batch didn't react as well with the yeast as the sugar we used the second time around did. The second batch came out great, though. It's so amazing that you can add some yeast, ginger and sugar to water and get a carbonated beverage after 24 hours! The ginger beer gets a little more yeasty tasting each day, so it's best drunk in about 24-48 hours.
And, I've tried the Light Wheat and Olive Oil bread recipes from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I stepped up the original bread recipe and made this delicious Spinach and Ricotta Calzone last weekend. This recipe is definitely a keeper! But, then again, cheese will make any vegetable taste better, right?!
Next up, I'd like to make some of my own granola. I found a couple recipes in The Joy of Cooking, but do you have any recipes that you'd recommend? We like dried fruit, nuts, and grains, so anything is fair game for the recipe!
And, thanks to Priscilla and Cami for nominating me for a You Make My Day Award! I hate having to choose great blogs because I read so many each day and they are all so inspiring, but I guess I'll have to list a couple. So here are a few of my new favorites (my sidebar has the rest):