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Spelt Biscuits with Sage, Orange Zest, and Black Pepper

Spelt Biscuits with Sage, Orange Zest, and Black Pepper

I have a new favorite baking product – and it is Spelt Flour. I’m not quite sure what it is about it, but everything I’ve baked with it just has a velvety, rich, full flavor that I am in love with. When using, I’ll typically replace one half of the white flour in a recipe with the spelt flour. I have been experimenting with it for awhile now in pie/tart crusts, scones, cookies and now…biscuits!

For this recipe, instead of using half spelt flour and half regular flour, I used light spelt flour mixed with just a little unbleached, white flour. Light spelt flour has most of the bran and germ removed, so the end result won’t be as heavy as using regular spelt flour. I wanted these biscuits to be on the fluffier side, so I decided to go this route.

The result was a flakey, flavorful biscuit! It may seem like there’s a lot going on here (there is — sage, orange zest, black pepper) but it works.

Make a batch now to freeze for Thanksgiving or just use them for weekday breakfasts with orange marmalade or . . . → Read More: Spelt Biscuits with Sage, Orange Zest, and Black Pepper

Savory Spice Shop in Sellwood + Ghostly Spiced and Roasted Pumpkin (or Squash) Seeds

Savory Spice Shop in Sellwood + Ghostly Spiced and Roasted Pumpkin (or Squash) Seeds

Savory Spice Shop
7857 SE 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97202

Recently, I was invited to spend a bit of time hanging out at Savory Spice Shop in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. I can’t believe I had never been there before! It was so much fun – especially since you can smell as well as taste all of the spice blends. And although Anne unfortunately couldn’t make it, her husband Jim showed me around, gave me a tour, and encouraged me to taste some of his favorite blends. He even tricked me into trying (and liking) a blend that had truffle salt in it. Ha. Good one.

Savory Spice Shop is one of a number of franchises located through the US – they are in Oregon (pdx and Bend), California, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida. At the Sellwood shop, one of the first blends I tried was the Vadouvan Curry blend which smells and tastes like roasted onions mixed with awesome. I liked it so much that it was one of the jars that I bought to take . . . → Read More: Savory Spice Shop in Sellwood + Ghostly Spiced and Roasted Pumpkin (or Squash) Seeds

Saucy Mama’s Sliced Recipe Contest: Cream Cheese, Dill Mustard & Bacon Wontons with Apricot Chutney Dipping Sauce

Saucy Mama's Sliced Recipe Contest: Cream Cheese, Dill Mustard & Bacon Wontons with Apricot Chutney Dipping Sauce

So, I am a participant in Saucy Mama’s Sliced Recipe Contest…hooray! If you haven’t heard of Saucy Mama, they are a Pendleton, Oregon company that makes wonderful mustards. I first heard of them last year, around the time of IFBC in Portland.

So, for this recipe contest, there’s the mustards (the new Dill, Creamy Garlic, and Hatch Chili), of course, and then a secret ingredient — bacon! I have tried all the mustards at this point and they are all delicious, so coming up with this first recipe was somewhat easy. First some photos and then the recipe!

It’s kind of like a cream cheese wonton only so much better because there’s dill mustard, bacon, and a little spinach to make it all healthy.

Saucy Mama's Sliced Recipe Contest: Cream Cheese, Dill Mustard & Bacon Wontons with Apricot Chutney Dipping Sauce

The wontons can be made ahead and then baked or fried before serving and the chutney can be made a couple of days ahead. So this appetizer is very easy to throw together for a party or . . . → Read More: Saucy Mama’s Sliced Recipe Contest: Cream Cheese, Dill Mustard & Bacon Wontons with Apricot Chutney Dipping Sauce

Broccoli Crunch Salad (à la Whole Foods)

Broccoli Crunch Salad (a la Whole Foods)

This is a salad that is directly from the gods of delicious things. I used to work right by the Whole Foods in Bridgeport and oh man, I would buy a little containers of this salad at least once a week. It’s so good! It’s also a dangerous salad because it is made up of broccoli, so you can easily kid yourself into thinking that it’s healthy. But, oh no, if you are doing it right, it is not.

We recently went through a whole bowl of this. It’s very addictive, as well as being unbelievably tasty, crunchy, bacony, oniony and sweet.

I think this is pretty close to what Whole Foods sells. A lot of the other recipes on the subject that I’ve seen don’t include the bacon or the candied cashews but, in my opinion, both are crucial. If you wanted a vegetarian version, you could of course skip the bacon, but that’s your decision. My personal preference is to very briefly steam the broccoli so that it is crisp-tender, to be honest, I’m not sure if Whole Foods uses raw or lightly steamed broccoli in their version, but that is . . . → Read More: Broccoli Crunch Salad (à la Whole Foods)

For Breakfast and for Snacks: Peanut Butter and Jelly Scones

Peanut Butter and Jelly Scones

Peanut butter and jelly really is a timeless combination — just like macaroni and cheese. Olive oil and vinegar. Pizza and beer. The X-Files and Sunday nights. You get the idea. Also, be warned, these peanut butter scones are very habit-forming and a little well of jelly in the middle makes them even better.

A nice thing about these scones is that they also include whole wheat flour and wheat germ. They aren’t overly sweet (for instance, you’re not going to get confused and think you’re eating an oatmeal cookie), but they don’t taste completely healthy either. They’re a little decadent but not too much.

The recipe below is for a full batch of scones but it can easily be halved to make 4-6 scones. I tend to think the delicious factor on baked goods is about two – three days, so I tend to make a lot of half recipes. If you think you can eat 8-12 scones in that amount of time, definitely go for it. When you pat your dough in into a circle, just use a pizza cutter to for 4 larger or 6 smaller scones. Repeat if that’s what you’re . . . → Read More: For Breakfast and for Snacks: Peanut Butter and Jelly Scones