Posts made in June, 2016

Bready or Not: Soft Dinner Rolls

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, side dish, yeast bread | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Soft Dinner Rolls

Back when I first started Bready or Not in 2011, one of my first recipes was for Soft Dinner Rolls. I’m featuring it again today because it’s still a family favorite, and one I make regularly.

Bready or Not: Soft Dinner Rolls

I used to be very intimidated by working with yeast. Would the dough rise? How would I know when it was ready? I used box mixes for a while and built up my confidence to handle the stuff from-scratch.

These soft rolls have never failed me. Other doughs are persnickety; this dough is not. The result is soft, and it bakes up into soft, luscious rolls.

Bready or Not: Soft Dinner Rolls

These are the rolls I make every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can make them weeks in advance. They thaw fast. They keep for as long as six days in a sealed bag. Most importantly, they reheat and taste as fresh as ever (and can even be reheated another time, too).

If you’re shy about yeast rolls, give these a try! If you’ve already mastered yeast bread, add these to your repertoire–they are worth making again and again.

Bready or Not: Soft Dinner Rolls

On the subject of yeast, the only kind I use is SAF Instant Yeast. I store it in a sealed plastic tub in the freezer; the yeast granules don’t freeze, but the cold preserves the yeast.

Bready or Not: Soft Dinner Rolls

Bready or Not: Soft Dinner Rolls

A Bready or Not Original! This straightforward yeast roll recipe produces soft, tender dinner rolls. They keep for about a week in sealed bags, and can be frozen and reheated later with delicious results! Recipe makes 12 to 15 standard dinner rolls.

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees) (temperature especially important if mixing by hand)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 packet of bread machine yeast OR 2 1/4 teaspoons of instant yeast

If making by hand: mix all ingredients together and knead until soft. Place the dough in a bowl and lightly cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise 45 minutes to 1 hour; knead down again. Let rise another 45 minutes to 1 hour.

If making in a bread machine: add ingredients in the order specified. That often means the liquids first. Set the machine on dough cycle and start; this should run for about 2 hours.

Prepare a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan by greasing lightly with butter. When the dough is done, lightly flour a mat or flat surface. Gently flatten the dough with hands. It's so soft, a rolling pin isn't necessary. Use a biscuit cutter or other round shape to cut out rolls. Place them spaced out a bit on the pan; it should produce 12 to 15 rolls, depending on the cutter. Lightly cover pan with plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour, or until rolls have doubled in size.

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Bake the rolls for 10 to 15 minutes, watching them for desired brownness. Let cool a few minutes before serving.

Completely cooled rolls can be frozen in gallon freezer bags for several months. Sealed rolls will keep well at room temperature for at least 6 days.



Bready or Not: Soft Dinner Rolls

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Sunday Quote anticipates monsoon season

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote anticipates monsoon season

“I’m a real self-educated kind of guy. I read voraciously. Every book I ever bought, I have. I can’t throw it away. It’s physically impossible to leave my hand! Some of them are in warehouses. I’ve got a library that I keep the ones I really really like. I look around my library some nights and I do these terrible things to myself–I count up the books and think, how long I might have to live and think, ‘F@#%k, I can’t read two-thirds of these books.’ It overwhelms me with sadness.”
~David Bowie, quoted in the Daily Beast in a 2002

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Excerpt from Auston Habershaw’s NO GOOD DEED

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Blog, guest, others books | Comments Off on Excerpt from Auston Habershaw’s NO GOOD DEED

I’m happy to welcome Auston Habershaw to my site! The second book in his Saga of the Redeemed series came out Tuesday from Harper Voyager Impulse. You can read an excerpt here today, and grab the full book for only $2.99!

More about No Good Deed:

No Geed Deed

Cursed with a magic ring that forbids skullduggery, Tyvian Reldamar’s life of crime is sadly behind him. Now reduced to fencing moldy relics and wheedling favors from petty nobility, he’s pretty sure his life can’t get any worse.

That is until he hears that his old nemesis, Myreon Alafarr, has been framed for a crime she didn’t commit and turned to stone in a penitentiary garden. Somebody is trying to get his attention, and that somebody is playing a very high-stakes game that will draw Tyvian and his friends back to the city of his birth and right under the noses of the Defenders he’s been dodging for so long. And that isn’t even the worst part. The worst part is that the person pulling all the strings is none other than the most powerful sorceress in the West: Lyrelle Reldamar.

Tyvian’s own mother.


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No Good Deed Excerpt


The main courtroom in Keeper’s Court, Saldor’s hall of justice, had five sides, one for each of the arcane energies that made up the world. The accused stood in the center, chained by the wrist to a large squat stone at the center of the floor. Dull, black, and trapezoidal, “the Block” was so old that the courtroom itself was several centuries its junior. It was said that, in the old days, the condemned would have their heads struck off the moment the verdict was read. Those were primitive times, however—blood was no longer spilled in the Saldorian courts. They had other ways of making the condemned regret their actions. Ways that would not stain the woodwork or upset any children present.

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#SFFchat on Wednesday, Plus Huge Book Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Blog, others books, publication process, writerly advice | Comments Off on #SFFchat on Wednesday, Plus Huge Book Giveaway

About #SFFchat

Back in December, a bunch of Harper Voyager US/UK authors got together on the #SFFchat hashtag to talk about writing, publishing, and the sci-fi/fantasy genre with aspiring SF/F authors. We had a fantastic discussion (read the highlights), so we’re going to do it again.

On Wednesday, June 22nd at 3pm Eastern and 9pm Eastern, 18 Voyager authors will be answering questions on Twitter under the #SFFchat hashtag. Each chat will last an hour. We’re also doing a massive giveaway of Voyager e-books and print books, which you can enter using the widget below. All are welcome! Please join us if you want to talk about SF/F and maybe win some free books. A list of what you might win:

The Brass Giant- Brooke Johnson
The Oldest Trick- Auston Habershaw
Elixir: A Changeling P.I. Novel- Ruth Vincent
Desert Rising- Kelley Grant
Breath of Earth- Beth Cato
The Rogue Retrieval- Dan Koboldt
Grudging: Birth of Saints- Michelle Hauck
Mercury Retrograde- Laura Bicklel
Across the Long Sea- Sara Remy
Los Nefilim (print)- Teresa Frohock
Dissension- Stacey Berg
Three Days in April- Edward Ashton
Unexpected Rain- Jason LaPier
Hero Born- Andy Livingstone
Shadow of the void- Nathan Garrison
Darkhaven- Afe Smith
The Drowning God- James Kendley

If you’re an author seeking representation or publication, we hope you’ll also join the #SFFpit Twitter pitching event on Thursday, June 23rd.

BONUS: And the Voyager authors have started a Facebook group just for SFF fans called SFF Junkies. It’s a new place to hang out and talk SFF books or even writing. You can find it in the rafflecopter or use this link.

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Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, gluten-free, healthier, main dish, pork | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

Today I’m providing my personal favorite, tested-a-gazillion times rub recipe for pork ribs.

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

How you cook the ribs is up to you. My husband has a smoker, so he smokes these things for hours for delicious, succulent results.

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

However, using this rub, you could barbecue ribs on a grill, or bake them in the oven. The choice is yours!

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

The amounts stated in this recipe will cover about 5 pounds of meat. If you have leftover mix that hasn’t been in contact with raw meat, jar it and save it for later. You can also double or triple the recipe with that in mind.

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

I have made this with several types of paprika. I favor smoked paprika, but all kinds worked well. I have also made this with fresh oregano and dried. You could certainly substitute or add other herbs, too.

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

Whenever I find ribs on a good sale, we use this recipe. It’s one we often make for when company comes over, too. Everyone leaves full and happy!

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub

A Bready or Not Original! This rub mix will cover about 5 pounds of your favorite pork ribs; baby back ribs are excellent. If you have leftover mix that hasn’t been in contact with raw meat, jar it and save it for later! You can double or triple the recipe with that in mind.

To intensify flavor, rub the meat and stash it in the fridge for a few hours before cooking.

  • 2 Tablespoons paprika, any variety
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano or 1/2 Tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Combine rub ingredients well, making sure to break up any clumps. Coat the meat, front and back.

Cook ribs as desired: smoke, grill, or bake.



Bready or Not: Cato BBQ Rib Rub


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