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A down home dinner

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I love to create + make new recipes, and this current down time has given me all kinds of inspiration to create and share some of my tasteful quick and easy suppers. On the menu tonight-- bacon twice baked potatoes, homemade whole wheat bread + a salad on the side. 


(yields filling for 6 halves or 3 large potatoes + some extra)

Step 1: Get your potatoes going... wash your potatoes and either bake them in the oven @ 375 until soft (about 30 minutes) or for a quicker version pop them in the microwave for 10-12 minutes until soft. 

Step 2: Cook up the meat. Add in Bacon, ham, sausage, chicken, ground beef or meat of your choice. I did bacon in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes or until browned and a little crispy. Let it set while preparing the filling. 

Step 3: Mix the filling up-- this is the part where you can be creative. Add in anything your heart desires :) here is my filling....

》1/4 of red onion

》1 cup freezer corn (homemade or store bought kernels) 

2 C grated cheese (I used sharp cheddar but American or Colby jack are good) 

》3 T melted butter

》1/2 C sour cream 

》about 1/4 C of milk 

》season with salt, pepper, onion + garlic powder

》about 7 strips of bacon cooked + roughly chopped 

Step 4: Cut the potatoes in half gently + scoop out the insides and add to the filling and mix it up! 

Step 5: Fill the potato skins and bake at 350 for 35 minutes until the cheese is melted and they are heated through. At about 30 minutes sprinkle the top with cheese + let it melt.

Step 6: Ta-da!  

Around the house for a while? What a perfect time to make our own b r e a d  

(yields 1 large loaf or 2 smaller loaves)  

recipe adapted 

》1 1/4 C milk

》1/2 tsp salt

》3 tsp yeast

》1/4 C honey

》3/4 C rolled oats

》3 T melted butter

》2 3/4 C or so whole wheat flour or regular flour (add extra flour as needed)

Step 1: Heat the milk up in a small saucepan over low heat until milk is about 115 degrees, remove from heat and stir in oats, yeast + honey. Let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Stir in the melted butter + add in flour + salt and mix until dough forms. Then either knead by hand for 8-10 minutes (lol that’s a no from me) or use the hook on a stand mixer or electric mixer!

Step 3: Place the dough in a ball and put in buttered bowl (or something it can double it’s size in) and cover with wrap and place a towel over it. Let it rise for an hour.

Step 4: After an hour, butter a loaf pan OR 2 loaf pans if you want smaller loaves (this is what I did) and place the dough in the pans, cover for another hour and let it rise.

Step 5: After an hour put it in the oven @ 350 and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.

Step 6: When its fresh out of the oven rub butter on the top for a little extra flavor + enjoy 

Add a tasty salad on the side + you have a tasty home cooked meal! And the best part it all makes delicious left overs the next day. 

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