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A festive collection of "scratch made" salad dressings for your healthy table!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Salads can be eaten year round now, as salad greens and other greens that work well in salads are easy greenhouse crops. A couple of our favorites are Romaine and Tucson Kale. This year I decided to try a flower box of Swiss Chard through the winter on the deck, so far, so good! We have had a few frosty mornings, but the chard is doing fine. Lucky us, as everyone benefits from something raw on the dinner table...

This collection is easy and delicious, plus there are no ingredients that did not come from your own pantry. We think you will find one or two (at the very least!) that you will enjoy.

A festive collection of "scratch made" salad dressings for your healthy table!
Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette. Super easy and super delicious.

A festive collection of "scratch made" salad dressings for your healthy table!
Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette
Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette. A tad bit of work, but the results are so worth it!

A festive collection of "scratch made" salad dressings for your healthy table!
Roasted Lemon and Basil Vinaigrette
Roasted Lemon and Basil Vinaigrette. Roast up a cut lemon next time you have an open fire on the grill, you won't regret it.
A festive collection of "scratch made" salad dressings for your healthy table!
Julia's Caesar
Julia's Caesar.  A stand-by we enjoy often.

A festive collection of "scratch made" salad dressings for your healthy table!
Tangy Cranberry with Thyme Vinaigrette
Tangy Cranberry with Thyme Vinaigrette. Unusual and unusually delicious. Plus with dried cranberries in the pantry, this can be made at a moments notice.

A festive collection of "scratch made" salad dressings for your healthy table!
Creamy Paprika
Creamy Paprika. This one is never a bad idea!

A festive collection of "scratch made" salad dressings for your healthy table!
Ginger Carrot Dressing

Ginger Carrot Dressing. Traditionally served over an iceberg wedge. But we usually don't follow tradition....

Enjoy!

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A tasty collection of Whole Grain Fruit Sweetened Quick Bread to enjoy!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

As we continue on this journey all so known as life, we are finding the foods on our table has changed, depending on what we are doing and how we are feeling. Add in the natural changes that occur for warm and/or cold weather plus the dreaded change in metabolism and you will see that there is an increasing list of fruit sweetened baked goods. And for good reason, nutrition is also very important.

These recipes for quick bread that I have grouped are not only delicious, but they are whole food recipes. Nothing artificial or refined, only whole grains, fruit and good nutrition. They would be perfect for those friends and family that prefer eating in this style of food preparation as well as added to any gift tray to offer the recipient the chance to enjoy something a bit different.

I hope you give them a try, they really are good, especially the brownie loaf or is it the Brandied Cranberry loaf? Hey, try them all!

A nice collection of whole grain, all fruit sweetened quick bread recipes.

 Carrot Raisin Banana Bread. This is not the same banana bread that you might be thinking about. Think more carrot cake meets banana bread and forms a deep and rewarding friendship. It is so moist it does not need anything, not even a glaze. But a bit of cream cheese beaten with a bit of honey makes a nice spread and for some reason, most folks (myself included, OK especially me!) likes a spread to slather on!
A nice collection of whole grain, all fruit sweetened quick bread recipes.

Simple Nut Bread. There is not a single day where this nut bread would not be welcomed by eaters around the world! I have enjoyed this with walnuts, but you may (of course!) change up the nuts or use a variety. Keep in mind the hardness of the nuts being used, you might wish to chop any hard nuts such as hazelnuts quite small.

A nice collection of whole grain, all fruit sweetened quick bread recipes.

Brandied Cranberry White Chocolate Quick Bread. Not much more needs to be said about this one. I do have to be honest, the white chocolate does contain a bit of sugar, you may elect to not use it if desired. (But boy, is it good in there!) PS, you could easily substitute dried cherries for the cranberries...
A nice collection of whole grain, all fruit sweetened quick bread recipes.

Fruit and Nut Brownie Bread. Enough said in the name!

And lastly, we have...

A nice collection of whole grain, all fruit sweetened quick bread recipes.

Banana Date Quick Bread. This banana bread has a deep and rich flavor. All banana bread lovers will appreciate this loaf.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Time Management Bread, something we all need in our kitchen!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

We have enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with family, stocked the freezer with delicious Turkey Soup and are in the middle of winter wind and rain here on the peninsula. And while I have all the time in the world to make my standard yeast bread, this one with beer, caught my eye.

To be honest, I love the name, and who doesn't need a little kitchen time management from time to time?

So for the busy days ahead (or anytime really!) Stir this up, pop it in the oven and relax a bit. When you top the loaf with the melted butter, heat up some soup or stew you had stashed away in the freezer for just a day like today.

Plus look at that recipe, who does not like the multiples of 3...recipes like this always seem to work.

With a delicious bread this easy, that my friends, is time management!

"Time Management Bread", whole grain beer bread, delicious!
"Time Management Bread", whole grain beer bread, delicious!

Time Management Bread
adapted from: Easy Beans
375-degree oven

3 c self-rising flour - you may find our recipe for whole grain self-rising flour here. 
3 T sugar
1 12oz can or bottle beer, room temp
3 T melted butter
"Time Management Bread", whole grain beer bread, delicious!

Stir together flour and sugar, add beer and beat 60 strokes with a wooden spoon (you will want to count, it is more than you will think, while in the process) to develop a bit of gluten in the dough.

"Time Management Bread", whole grain beer bread, delicious!

Spoon dough into a prepared 9X5 inch loaf pan.

"Time Management Bread", whole grain beer bread, delicious!

Bake 40 minutes, pour butter over the top of the dough, bake 10 minutes more. Let cool, turn out to cool enough to slice.

Note: some folks think that slices of quick bread don't make good sandwiches, and while this bread is not as tender or pliable as a yeast bread, it makes a fine sandwich. Plus the bread toasts up in the toaster or under a broiler flame, perfect for breakfast! This never goes to waste around here.

Enjoy!

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Festive Beverages for the Holidays, including my favorite eggnog!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

No one wants to be caught off guard without something to offer the planned for and the spirited guest that might not have been planned for, but their visit simply makes our day! With that said, serving a new drink is risky, but finding one recommended, well now, that is another idea entirely.

We would like to offer this small group of beverages, some are adult only and others are for everyone to enjoy. But in one way they are all the same, they are all delicious!

Festive Beverages for the Holidays!

Naturally Fermented Ginger Ale, while this one takes a bit of time, it is something you might wish to make and keep on hand from time to time. The holidays are not the only time, one tends to have drop-in guests. This one is also probiotic, making it a great choice to offer.

Festive Beverages for the Holidays!

The Negroni. This one is definitely in the adults-only category. Contains Campari, unusual and delicious.

Festive Beverages for the Holidays!

A family favorite, the Root Beer Punchbowl. I have yet to get a decent photo of this unusually fun drink. This one is perfect for those with a sweet tooth and bonus points, it can also serve as dessert! This one also has the distinction of having a nickname, Ugly Mutt Punch!

Festive Beverages for the Holidays!

I would like to suggest that not everything has to be made for Christmas, there is an entire winter season to enjoy, from the Christmas holiday until spring begins. This one takes a bit of aging but will be a wonderful treat to see winter through. Cranberry Liqueur is not only delicious it is beautiful.

And now for my favorite eggnog. You could make this anytime, but we always do for Christmas morning to enjoy with hot buttered toast for breakfast. Honestly, I make a double batch because it is also wonderful over ice with a shot of bourbon or rum...

Festive Beverages for the Holidays

Christmas Morning Egg Nog
by the seat of my pants

3 eggs
1/2 c sugar
2 t vanilla
1/8 t salt
1/4 t pumpkin pie spice
1 c half & half or whipping cream
4 c milk

Beat eggs with sugar until sugar is starting to dissolve and the mixture is very creamy (3-5 minutes) add vanilla, salt, spice, and cream, continue beating until sugar is almost dissolved. Mix in milk, and transfer to a pitcher, store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will use and enjoy. 

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