Mary Ellen Ward
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About Mary Ellen Ward
Homesteading, house-holding, farming, gardening, being a wife and mother, and yes writing, too, represent the majority of ways Mary Ellen Ward spends her days. Believing in living well and eating well and days that end in a feeling of accomplishment, finding ways to incorporate some of the most valuable old-school ways of life into a busy modern one is what she truly enjoys. She considers herself highly fortunate to be able to do so, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others who are similarly inclined. Look for more titles to come from Mary in the near future.
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Instant yeast (readily available in stores as bread machine yeast or name brands like "Rapid Rise (R)") cuts literally hours out of the process, while the stand mixer does all the heavy labor. Most recipes are ready for the oven in little more than an hour, making it possible to regularly enjoy these wholesome foods and take back your daily bread. No longer do you need to suffer with inferior bread products, or cringe at the list of chemical conditioners and preservatives in your breads and doughs - simple ingredient lists that you can tailor to the products you know and trust will make you feel good about bread again!
While a few of the recipes in this book may be once-in-a-while treats, many of them are things that we would do well to incorporate into the rotation for good living and good eating every day. Made ahead, a number of these recipes can help us overcome the expense of eating well, healthfully, and feeling good about what we are putting in our bodies and the bodies of those we care about most.
A good stand mixer bread recipe is a thing of beauty because it allows us to get back to the basics of good, wholesome foods like our mothers, grandmothers, and theirs before them made. It delivers to us the answer to the question of how to keep those traditions alive, eat the traditional foods we crave and need, and put fresh baked goods on the table while knowing exactly what has gone into them. We can choose the right staples and ingredients for our own diets and beliefs and forgo the chemicals and conditioners that we don't really need, and that, in fact, are likely doing us more harm than good. We can get back to using real ingredients of our choosing in our foods, not the machine-made, hydrogenated ingredients invented in chemist's labs.
With such a recipe, we are given the ability to fit yesterday's good foods into the crazy, harried, time-crunched busy lives of today. The best of today's KitchenAid® and stand mixer bread recipes give us the best of all worlds – real foods in short time, capable of being made while we multitask around the kitchen.
This book, the second of the "Daily Bread" series, stands alone as an excellent resource and makes an even better resource when paired with other books of this series for a full complement of easy stand mixer bread recipes.
If you have a KitchenAid (R) or other stand mixer in your kitchen, you have the one essential tool necessary for baking wonderfully fresh, wonderfully flavored bread on a regular basis. Just a few minutes of prep is all it takes to keep you in fresh bread. This eBooklet includes eleven KitchenAid bread recipes plus two dinner roll options covering all the basics from traditional white to rye, wheat, and an excellent multigrain bread, too. It's been narrowed down to a solid collection of just the most popular bread basics to bring you a solid dietary base without being overwhelmed with so many recipes that you can't ever use them. (Click "Look Inside" to view the Table of Contents above, or see below for more.)
A complete discussion of the basic stand mixer bread method is included, along with a thorough discussion about the right yeast to use (there's a specific type that makes this method and these Kitchen Aid bread recipes work!). You'll also find a short talk on the subject of substitutions and sweetener flexibility to help adjust recipes to suit your dietary needs and preferences, including what is and is not possible.
The complete list of recipes included is as follows:
- Everyday Stand-By White Bread (including instructions for eight additional ways to use it - everything from bread bowls to easy cinnamon buns)
- Amish White Bread
- Honey Wheat bread
- Rye Bread
- Golden Egg Bread
- Old Fashioned Potato Bread
- Rustic Honey Oatmeal Bread
- 100% Whole Wheat Bread
- Six Grain Multigrain Bread
- Fantastic Fast French Bread
- Rustic Italian Bread
- Dinner Rolls
- Crescent Rolls
...A complete collection delivering reliability, flexibility, flavor, and FRESHNESS to your table, leaving behind all the unnecessary and undesirable preservatives, chemicals, and conditioners that you'll find in commercial breads (including many that call themselves "homemade"!).
When you think about it, bread makes up a huge part of most people's diets. If you could do only one thing better and lose the chemical junk from just one food, bread would be a very good candidate with real impact. Others agree, and here are some things that have been said about recipes included in this book:
"Thank you for this recipe!! My family loves the taste and texture, and a much easier and quick process than many I have tried. The success rate has been 100% for me, compared to the 50% with other methods. I live in Michigan, and the winter months are cold and dry, which hinders the rising process. For some reason, your method has been fail proof! My husband enjoys whole wheat, so I found a recipe, which failed to rise. But when I used this method, it came out beautiful!!" - Jennifer L.
"I Made your bread recipe last night. OMG! It is exactly as you say-simple & easy-I did use King Arthur Unbleached flour & Crisco-But great results...A success! I also coated it with butter when it was done-YUM!" - Consentida
Make Ahead Mix Day is an outline of all you need to prepare a pantry full of baking mixes and convenient instant oatmeal mixes to have on hand regularly and reliably, laid out in an easy-read, easy-to-use format. This quick reference was designed to help you speed through the task of stocking your pantry with wholesome fare; fare in which you maintain total control over the type and quality of the ingredients that you use, and which minimizes your family's exposure to unnecessary chemicals and preservatives. Examples of mix recipes include a variety of cookie mix recipes, brownies, cake mix, muffin mix recipes, as well as a homemade Bisquick(R) all purpose baking mix and three flavor varieties of homemade instant oatmeal mix.
The recipes in this book have been specifically modified to fit into one- and two-quart canning jars or mason jars, with attention paid to ease and efficiency in preparation. The intention of this book is to help mothers and others provide wholesome fare in a busy world while also maximizing affordability and minimizing your grocery budget.
Home wine making used to be simple. And now it is again!
Our grandparents, and generations of grandparents before them, made excellent wines with minimal fuss, minimal equipment, and no added sulfites or additives. They made them not just from grapes but from all manner of available fruits, berries, honey, and other produce. They didn’t spend a lot of money. They didn’t overwhelm themselves with minuscule measurements and chemistry. They didn’t dwindle down the savings to buy pricey containers for fermenting or for storing. They made wine in tune with the rhythms of nature, with basic equipment.
They made Good. Simple. Cheap. Easy. Homemade Wine!
If you’ve always wanted to make wine but thought the process or investment was beyond you, this is the book for you. This is the book that takes winemaking back to its roots. The no-fuss, no-frills method of wine making that uses everyday equipment you can buy right downtown. This simplified and basic process uses no added preservatives, sulfites, or unrecognizable ingredients. Just good, clean, wine-making for good, clean, fun-making wine!
The Solution: A Quicker Way to Make Easy Homemade Bread
A little known fact to many home bakers is that we now have some excellent products available to us that make our bread-baking lives easier. When you know the right way to use them, they make homemade bread-baking time SHORTER, too! With a little adjustment to your shopping list and a solid list of reliable recipes, suddenly you can find the time to bake GREAT breads and treats once again. This book brings the know-how and the recipes. You bring the groceries.
Bakery-Quality Recipes for Homemade Bread and More
Here we cover all the bases for faster, easier homemade bread baking. Armed with this book, and with minimal time investment, you can make traditional white breads, wheat and whole-grain breads, fabulous artisan-style no-knead breads, quick croissants and crescent rolls, homemade yeast donuts, bagels, pretzels, pizza doughs, and more.
Use the “Look Inside” feature for a look at the Table of Contents and a full list of recipes included in this book. Some featured favorites include:
• Farm Hearth White Bread
• Cranberry-Apple Bread
• Old Fashioned Potato bread
• Homestead Honey Oat Bread
• Basically Baguette
• Dinner Rolls
• Rise and Shine Cinnamon Rolls
• Nutty Sticky Buns
• Fast & Easy Herb & Cheese Garlic Knots
• Donuts, Bagels, & Sweet Bread Treats
• No-Knead At All Rustic Loaf
• No-Knead Sourdough Bread
• No-Knead Chunky Chocolate Cherry Almond Bread
• Pita Pockets
• Soft Pretzels
• More and More!
All of these recipes, all of this homemade goodness…with this simplified method, and without tying up all your time! A little modern ingenuity, a little traditional wholesome goodness…a match made in heaven and the best way to eat cleaner, better, breads again!
Can you spare eight square feet of space in your home? That’s a matter of just two by four feet of floor space; but in it, you can grow literally hundreds of individual plants.
This book will walk you through the entire process from start to finish—from seed germination through potting up, setting up a cheap and easy grow light shelf, and on through maintaining those plants to hardening off and getting them ready to grow outdoors. Whether you are an experienced seed-starter looking for economical space-saving seedling solutions or you are new to growing and gardening, this start-to-finish process will get you up and running, on your way to growing delicious, nutritious homegrown goodness.
Even if you’ve struggled with weak and leggy transplants in the past, this method will solve those problems and help you finally achieve your dream of a garden grown 100% from scratch by you. It works for most every type of plant including vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals, flowers, and some small fruits and berries. It’s a level of self-sustainability that will serve you well for many years to come!
And with that ability, comes control. Control over growing methods, seed selection, planting time, and more. What is important to you? Organic? GMO/GE-free? Conventional growing? Open pollinated and seed saving? Heirlooms? Yield-maximizing hybrids?
Whatever your growing goals, whatever your priorities, the best way to reach them (and the most affordable, too), is to start seeds yourself and grow your garden transplants. All you need is a reliable method and the right tools. It’s all inside. When you grow your garden plants yourself, you have that complete control.
You can choose the exact seed type and variety, select for traits such as disease resistance, nutritional profile, flavor, and adaptability to your location and soils (among others).
You are no longer limited by local availability and the choices the greenhouse made for you. You do not need to settle for the few commercially-focused plants on offer.
You can plant on your own timeline, start plants for succession planting, and play with plants that the locals have never offered you before.
You CAN grow your own food and plants from seed.
- Why you should grow your own plants from seed
- When to start your own seeds, with the help of noted resources and local plant timing
- How to germinate seeds intensively in small pots
- How to “pot up” your seedlings for continued strong growth and individual transplanting
- How to correct early growing issues like legginess and weak stems
- How to make a grow light setup that is inexpensive, effective, and requires no special space or tools (for much less than the cost of expensive grow lights)
- How to build that setup from everyday hardware store items
- How to fit more plants in a small-space footprint by going up and creating a shelf system—still with easily accessed, locally-available items!
- How to maintain your plants as they gain size and strength for life outdoors—including how to fertilize indoors seedlings, managing your vegetables and flowers under grow lights, watering, and disease prevention
- How to “harden off” your vegetables, herbs, and flower plants to get them ready for the rigors of outd
To be sure cooking fruit is nothing new. But grilling fruit is a very new concept to many of us. And that's truly a sad state of affairs because grilled fruits have so very much to offer. They are low-calorie, low-fat, and high in vitamins and antioxidants; they are also readily available and economical.
What holds people back the most from grilling fruit is that we simply don't know how or what to grill. It's pretty obvious that you can throw just about any plain old meat on the grill and come off with something delicious; but who knew that the same is essentially true for fruit?
Fortunately there are only a few things you really need to know in order to be able to grill fruit successfully. A few basic techniques and a list of the most grill-worthy fruits will have you off and running; a collection of good recipes to kick it up a notch will really have you set.
That is exactly what this book offers – a fast and easy guide to grilled fruits including how and what to grill; a basic method that you can use for any fruit you care to try out on the grill; a list of the most grillable fruits and a collection of recipes for grilling fruit to get you started, and then some (click on the "Look Inside" feature for a complete list of recipes and topics in the Table of Contents).
Grilled fruits offer big health benefits and big flavor with little preparation, and now is the best time to give them a try!
In this Winter edition of "A Drink for All Seasons" you'll find many different winter-inspired alcoholic beverages including cocktails, toddies, mugs, and more broken down by type (punches, cocktails, wine-based, beer-based cocktails, eggnogs, etc.). Drinks included in this collection have been hand-picked to help you match your mood, whether one alone, a couple or small gathering, or partying with a crowd. This is a go-to book for any home bar that will make it easy to fit the preferences of each and every guest (including yourself!).