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No-Knead Olive Bread - Inspired by Jim Lahey's "My Bread"

How gorgeous is this?

I've always wanted to try my hand  at baking bread. And I finally found both the motivation and the method to give it a try.

My local Safeway grocery store sells the most incredible olive bread in their bakery. The only problem is that it costs about $4.00 a loaf and it often sells out.

So this weekend I was trolling google, randomly looking up recipes and decided to look up 'olive bread'.

I was intrigued by the mention of a 'no-knead' method that I read about on several blogs, all of which pointed back to the originator of the method and his book: baker Jim Lahey's "My Bread" (a fantastic cookbook).

I managed to pick up a copy of "My Bread" at my local library this afternoon. After I made the bread and saw the fantastic results using Jim Lahey's no-knead technique, I plan to buy the book to add to my cookbook library.

Yes, his book is that good.

Without further ado, here's the recipe from the book, with a coupl…

Meatless Monday : Spinach Ravioli with Broccoli

I've developed a culinary crush on Heidi Swanson's SUPER NATURAL EVERY DAY, an accessible cookbook that will have you cooking cozy vegetarian, whole foods...without ever missing the meat.

Which is exactly what a steak eating girl like me needs.

As part of my ongoing desire to increase health and decrease weight, I am making a conscious effort to add more vegetarian meals into my diet and Heidi Swanson's cookbook makes that goal effortless. The food is comfort food, the recipes are straight forward week-night dishes that can be prepared quickly and without a lot of fuss.

You'll find that you'll have most ingredients on hand, or that you can adapt as recipe with what you have, as I did for tonight's recipe. I believe you'll also find yourself inspired to expand your shopping list / pantry staples to try some of the other recipes. Which makes this cookbook a win-win.

Tonight I adapted her Harissa Ravioli recipe. Into boiling, salted water, I added spinach rav…

Week-ending: A Commonplace Book

Two actions.
One great piece of advice.