Pioneering Today-8 Tips for Perfect Homemade Bread

8 Tips for Baking Perfect Homemade Bread @MelissaKNorris #Pioneering Today

There's hardly anything I can think of that I like more than fresh warm homemade bread just out of the oven. The scent, warm and yeasty, melt-in-your mouth texture and homemade jelly smothered on top. Can you tell I'm hungry? When I first started baking bread, I was often frustrated by breads containing yeast. Sometimes it would rise beautifully and others times it remained flat and sad. Along the way I learned some tips that bring success every time, no matter what type of bread or recipe I decided to bake. I'm sharing my 8 tips for perfect homemade bread with you because life is too short not to eat home-baked bread!Tweet this]  … [Read more...]

Chicken Artichoke Heart Casserole and The Irresistible Table

Chicken Artichoke Heart Casserole Irresistible Table by Mary DeMuth @MelissaKNorris

I love making my family's meal time special with home-cooked nutritional food. I believe spending time together around the table promotes a bonded family and makes each person feel important and valued. When author Mary DeMuth announced her cookbook, The Irresistible Table, was releasing, I eagerly awaited my early copy of the book. Mary's a Christian author who shares the same belief as I do and talks about it in her new book. I'm excited to share with you one of her recipes. I know it was the first recipe I tried, but not the last. Chicken Artichoke Heart Casserole 4 whole chicken breasts 1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained (I used marinated-Melissa) 1/3 cup butter (I will use less-Mary) 1/3 cup flour (I will use less, more like 1/4 cup-Mary) … [Read more...]

Pioneering Today-How to Make Your Own Sweet and Smoky Barbecue Sauce


We try to replace as many processed products with homemade ones as we can. When we'd raised, butchered, and roasted our own pig, I couldn't very well serve it with store bought barbecue sauce. (Okay, I could have, but I didn't want to) … [Read more...]

Pioneering Today-Best Ever Flaky Pie Crust

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Do you ever eat a pie and fork out the filling, leaving the crust behind? In less than 15 minutes you can have 4 pie crusts ready to bake or freeze and this crust is so good, you'll be leaving the filling just to eat the crust! In fact, my seven-year-old did that tonight. You can also have home baked bread in less than 5 minutes a day. When I was little, we made the hour trip to go visit my great-grandmother. We didn't get to go very often, but I remember her house and beautiful rose bushes even though I was quite young. My mother is an excellent baker and cook, but I never liked pie crust. Until I tasted this one. I had never eaten pie crust before and when I ate the entire piece of pie, crust included, my mom switched her recipe as fast as my great-grandmother could write it out. And now I'm thrilled to share it with you. Flaky Pastry 4 cups flour (your choice, I used a blend of fresh ground spelt and soft white wheat on pastry setting of my flour grinder, but all purpose … [Read more...]