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St. Patrick’s day is here, time for soda bread, corned beef, cabbage and car bombs (I’ll share these amazing cupcakes tomorrow, I promise!)

Soda Bread is a quick bread that is super easy to make.  Traditionally  it has four basic ingredients – flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt – with the baking soda serving as a leavener.   The reaction between the baking soda and buttermilk produces carbon dioxide bubbles causing the dough to rise.

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The result is a dense, moist and hearty bread – perfect for soaking up a smooth potato soup or the juice from corned beef and cabbage.

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Many recipes you find today are made with sugar, butter or eggs, and flavored with currants or caraway.  These help enhance the flavor and texture of the bread – and this is what my family prefers.

Whichever way you like your Soda Bread grab your kids head into the kitchen and make this yummy bread, it is great any time of year!

Irish Soda Bread4 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cold cut into 1″ cubes
1 egg
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

In large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
Cut butter into flour, mix until combined and looks like coarse sand.
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In large measuring cup stir buttermilk and egg together then add to flour mixture. Mix until just combined, do not over mix or bread will be tough.
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Dump mixture onto parchment lined baking sheet, shape into round loaf. Lightly cut an X into top of loaf – this will help to release moisture as it bakes.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until cake taster comes out clean, bread will sound hallow when lightly tapped.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with ya!

Breakfast Pizza

Excuse me for a moment  while I do a little proud mama bragging.  Today I’m not going to share my latest recipe, but instead I’m going to share a recipe by a budding young chef. This chef has been in the kitchen since he was 3. He has great knife skills, is confident and loves to try new foods.  He also happens to be my son who just competed in his first cooking competition.

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It was a small local contest open to kids in grades 4-8. They contestants were challenged to create a healthy and nutritious breakfast or lunch entrée or snack, using any combination of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and natural sweeteners.

Will’s submission was a breakfast pizza.  The inspiration for this recipe came from his uncle who made a version of it for us this summer while down visiting.  Will took the idea and made it his own by adding his favorite vegetables, cheeses and seasonings.  It is a super simple yet yummy recipe and is perfect for beginner cooks.

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The recipe got him to the semi-finals and gave him the opportunity to cook the recipe at our local Williams-Sonoma store.  He didn’t make it on to the final round, but he did an outstanding job and we couldn’t be more proud of him.  He was confident, poised and did an excellent job of demonstrating his cooking skills – what more could a mom want!

Egg Pizza   (print)
created by Will
Serves 2

Pizza Dough
2 Eggs
⅓ Cup of Milk
⅛ tsp. of Onion Powder
⅛ tsp. of Garlic Powder
⅛ tsp. Salt
⅛ tsp. Pepper
Small handful of roughly chopped spinach
2-3 Strips of cooked Bacon
1 small tomato diced
½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly spray a baking tray with oil.
Take a small fist sized piece of pizza dough and form into a circle bringing up the edges. Place on baking tray. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until dough is lightly baked. Remove from oven and set aside
While pizza dough is baking crack eggs into a small bowl. Add Milk,Onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.Whisk ingredients together.
In a small skillet, over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Once butter is melted add egg mixture.
Cook eggs for about 3 minutes or until they begin to firm but are wet looking.Remove from heat and add ¼ cheese and spinach. Stir until the spinach begins to wilt.
Sprinkle half of remaining cheese onto dough, top with eggs, tomatoes and remaining cheese.
Place in oven, bake for for 5-6 minutes.
Remove from oven and enjoy!

Grapefruit Syrup

My family, myself included, is not a fan of grapefruit.  I want to like grapefruit, I want my family to like this beautiful yellow fruit.  I want it so much that I have it arrive, every week, in our vegetable delivery.

Week after week I have the same internal discussion trying to decide if I should get it or swap it – “Should I swap the grapefruit for oranges? Well the kids like oranges better.  Oranges will definitely get eaten. But, grapefruit is so healthy, filled with antioxidants, it would be so good for us.  I will get it this week and do something fun with it, so it will get eaten.  I will broil it with bananas and brown sugar, they will devour it. That’s it I’m keeping the grapefruit in the delivery”

I don’t broil the grapefruits with brown sugar and bananas, I don’t even cut them up.  I take them out of the delivery box, put them in the bowl and there they sit, a bowl full of grapefruits staring at me.

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Yesterday, in my New Year inspired dedication to clean house and body I managed to use two of these lonely fruits by making a grapefruit syrup.  My hope was to use the syrup to make flavored soda that my kids would love and beg to drink. What I got was a sweet, slightly tangy syrup that is too sweet for soda, but perfect for tea.  My kids aren’t begging to drink it, but I love it and have been drinking it almost nonstop.

I still plan on perfecting my grapefruit soda, and as soon as I do I will share it,  but until then here is a wonderful syrup that is the perfect addition to a cup of tea.010615 (15)

Grapefruit Syrup

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
zest from one grapefruit
juice from two grapefruits

In small saucepan combine all ingredients.  Over medium heat bring to a light boil, stirring occasionally.  Simmer until sugar has dissolved.