Monday, May 4, 2009

Frugal test

I have a copy of The Tightwad Gazette (from the library!) that I'm perusing. Many of the tips, I know I cannot bring the hubs on board. But I discovered a recommendation for reusing coffee grounds. Not sure how to do this, I looked online to discover the blog A Penny Closer, which did this same experiment.

This weekend, I made a pot of coffee, using 4 c of water and 4 scoops of coffee. I reused those grounds (and filter), and added 2 scoops of coffee and 4 c of water to make my coffee this morning. Success! It tasted just right, after adding the requisite cream and sugar, and saved me a filter and 2 scoops of coffee. So this means I will use 6 scoops every 2 days instead of 8.

Now, can I use the same grounds and filter tomorrow? I think I will try!

Why bread needs salt

My husband loves bread. He saw the bread needed to have a slice lopped off to fit into the baggie. He ate that slice. He then came upstairs, with said slice, and said," Before I base your lunch tomorrow on this bread, how about if you try it?" I took a bite, and thought, hey this isn't bad. Then it hit me... this bread is TERRIBLE. I tried to finish it but simply couldn't.

So, salt is a necessity in bread.

Hope to try again tonight.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


We ran out of sandwich bread, so I decided to try making it in the machine (which may or may not be broken). I found this recipe, and gave it a whirl.

I used 1/2 c of whole wheat flour, and olive oil instead of vegetable. I think I forgot to add salt.

It's still cooking, but it looks great and smells really good too!! Pictures and an update soon!

Pizza Dough, Part 2

Tried again with the no rise dough I tried last week. This time, I didn't use the whole amount of dough made, opting to make a mini pizza with the leftovers. I put the mini in the freezer after baking to see how that works out.

This came out a lot nicer and less doughy. It was a much better amount.

I really want to find a pizza stone and a pizza peel. I've been wanting the tile Alton Brown mentioned on his show (he said it's like 99 cents, but I haven't been able to find the right stuff... a little more research and now I think I know what I need), and I discovered yesterday that Bed Bath and Beyond no longer sells pizza peels!

Anyway, back to the dough. It came out really nice, with the addition of some Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper. Even The Boy ate it!
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