The Simple Joy of Puttering

garden bouquet

 

Dear friends,

This morning I woke up grateful for the slower pace of a three-day weekend, and the sweet luxury of down time to do some small things around the house and garden.

Do you feel that way about unstructured time, too?

I love puttering — and isn’t it the most perfect, descriptive word? September is here, and although the . . . → Read More: The Simple Joy of Puttering

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Win a Copy of My New Berries Cookbook

 

My newest cookbook, Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes, will be released on March 7, 2017 — but I have a special advance copy to share with you!

I had so much fun developing and testing this collection of recipes highlighting sweet, juicy blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, blackberries and boysenberries for my wonderful publisher, Gibbs Smith. The result is a . . . → Read More: Win a Copy of My New Berries Cookbook

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

How to Make a Pizza from Scratch With this Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe

A homemade, half-sausage half-cheese pizza

Pizza from a chain restaurant can seem like an inexpensive dinner choice, but you’ll save big if you learn how to make your own pies. Here in Denver a large, hand-tossed cheese pizza from a popular chain is $12.24 with tax, and that doesn’t include delivery charges or a tip. Chain . . . → Read More: How to Make a Pizza from Scratch With this Easy Homemade Pizza Recipe

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Make Your Own Quick Bread

Quick breads are perfect for busy days; they require no yeast, no kneading, no rising time, and generally, no fancy ingredients. A loaf of quick bread is usually leavened with baking powder and/or baking soda, and bakes in an hour or so.

I’ve been trying to use up some of the kitchen cabinet and freezer inventory this month, . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Quick Bread

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Make Your Own Tender, Perfectly Puffed Pita Breads – for Pennies!

After reading about homemade pita bread on the King Arthur Flour blog, I was obsessed with making a batch from scratch. I love pita bread, but I was spoiled years ago by warm, fresh-from-the-oven pitas in Athens and have never found anything close here in Colorado. Even at one of Denver’s largest Middle Eastern grocery stores, the pitas are chewy and a bit cardboardy.

Using the King Arthur recipe as a guideline (and based on research that recommended a mix of no more than 33% whole wheat flour for reliable rising), I substituted 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup of spelt flour for one cup of the all-purpose flour. I didn’t have any King Arthur’s Dough Improver so I added a pinch of baking powder. Once the dough was ready to bake, I divided it into 8 portions and flattened the first ball slightly with my fingers like this:

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

The Best Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies on the Planet

 

I woke up in a baking mood today, and decided to make some molasses ginger cookies. These are an adaptation of the “Elevator Lady Spice Cookies” from “The I Hate to Cook Book,” by Peg Bracken, published in 1960. I’ve always loved Peg’s sassy writing style and unfussy recipes, and my mom, sister and I have been making these cookies for . . . → Read More: The Best Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies on the Planet

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.