Yesterday was rainy and dark and the perfect day to stay inside and make FOOD. I made banana- oatmeal bread, Boston baked beans (from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything cookbook-I love this cookbook!), and Quick Whole Wheat Molasses Bread (also a Bittman recipe featured on his NY Times blog). What a delicious day it turned out to be! The Molasses bread was a HUGE hit with the kiddos and went perfectly with the beans. I used mild molasses and King Arthur's white whole wheat which gave my loaf a lighter color than the one in the photo on Bittman's blog. Next time I want to try regular whole wheat flour. This recipe is a keeper and so easy to throw together. I can see it gracing our table for many years to come.
I recently read Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. What an interesting and thought-provoking book! It was a quick enjoyable read and yet Pollan made me seriously contemplate my own food paradigm. I love his main message: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I want to cross stitch or embroider that and hang it up in my kitchen. Much to think about still.