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Recipe: Baked Buttery Pretzels

Buttery PretzelsGrowing up in Milwaukee, one of my fondest memories was the constant smell of yeast from the breweries that just permeated the air.

But one of the best yeast smells from the Brew City was whenever we drove on I-94 going toward downtown Milwaukee. Just east of County Stadium, what now is Miller Park, there was a little brown brick factory nestled next to one of the off-ramps. I remember driving by with my mom, who would always have her window cracked just a bit whenever we drove (a little thing I need to do now whenever I’m in the car), but as we got to this brown building – with its towering chimney and the white plumes of smoke hovering over the Menomonee Valley, she would open all of the car windows to let in the vibrant scent of yeast. It just filled the entire car and I inhaled the effervescence with pure joy.

That brown factory building was home to Red Star Yeast company. In 2001, the company was sold to a French firm and in 2004 a joint-venture took it over. Today, while Red Star Yeast no longer is manufactured in Milwaukee, there are still factories in Alabama and Iowa. But the Red Star corporate headquarters remains on Milwaukee’s west side near Wisconsin State Fair Park.

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Foodie Tool: Butter Boy

I was so disappointed when our dishwasher killed my Pampered Chef corn butterer. Waking up in the middle of night to the smell of burning plastic, cottony lungs, and needing to air out your apartment for a day and half can’t be good.

But a girl needs her sweet corn in the summer. Yes, I could just use a knife to slather my ear with butter, but that would be – uh – like sensible.

So, I found this little guy one day while wandering through Bed Bath and Beyond (y’know you need to be careful of that beyond section…)

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Recipe: Soft ‘n chewy whole wheat ginger molasses cookies

Ginger molasses cookiesI was hankering some big, chewy molasses cookies the other night. In about 30 minutes, I had 2 dozen ginger-colored delights popping out of the oven and into my mouth. Just perfect with all the holiday blends of coffee and tea out right now, or even a glass of milk.

I wanted to share this super quick and easy recipe for ginger molasses cookies. This is the original recipe that I adapted it from.

Again (as with many of the recipes I do for baking), I didn’t have any all-purpose flour in the cupboard, so I substituted whole wheat flour. The only other substitution I made was using real butter instead of margarine. We only had Smart Balance in the fridge and I haven’t tested out baking with it and I really didn’t want to try.

Photo caption (above): One of the few photos that I could find on the page from the original recipe that resembled my finished cookie. They have a great color, a cracking top and glisten of granulated sugar. The whole wheat version that I’ve created may even be slightly darker than this representation.

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