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Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in beef, Blog, Bready or Not, gluten-free, healthier, main dish | 0 comments

Beef jerky is expensive to buy. If you can catch a good sale on an eye of round roast, this recipe makes cheap and delicious Homemade Beef Jerky.

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

It’s really amazing how easy this recipe is. Cut up roast into chunks. Cover pieces in spices. Marinate for a day in the fridge. Bake for 6 to 7 hours. Done.

I’ve made this recipe a couple times now, and honestly, the weirdest thing is keeping the meat at room temperature after baking.

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

I mean, I’m used to doing that with store-bought jerky, but it feels weird to do that with home-cooked meat. However, I haven’t sickened or killed myself or various loved one with my homemade jerky, so I take that as a positive.

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Most of the eye of round roasts I find on sale tend to be over 2 1/2 pounds. I just use more generous measures of spices for the rub. This isn’t a recipe where everything needs to be exact. Just make sure there’s enough rub to cover everything.

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Also, the amount of cayenne looks like a lot, but the heat in this recipe is pleasant, not set-your-mouth-on-fire level. I can testify that myself and others who can’t stand spicy-hot have eaten this jerky without any issues.

And if you want more heat, by all means. Dump in more cayenne!

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Modified from Michael Symon’s Beef Jerky recipe in Food Network Magazine, December 2017.

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

If using a larger roast, such as one closer to 3 pounds, just use heaping amounts of spices to create the rub. Note that the recipe requires a day of marinating prior to baking. After cooking, the dried meat is stored at room temperature.

  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds beef eye of round roast, trimmed of all fat
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Slice the beef against the grain into chunks roughly 1 inch by 3 inches long. If the pieces look large, that's fine; they'll shrink a lot as they cook.

In a mixing bowl, combine all of the spices. Liberally cover the beef pieces, using the entire mix. Place beef in a gallon bag, and keep sealed in the fridge for 24 hours or so.

Preheat oven at 250-degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a metal rack on top; apply nonstick spray. Set the meat on the rack so that no pieces are touching.

Bake for 6 to 7 hours, until quite dry. If you want pieces chewier, remove closer to 6 hour point.

Let cool completely to finish drying. Store in sealed container at room temperature for up to several months.

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Bready or Not Guest Recipe from Author Wendy Nikel: The Grandmother Paradox Cherry Cupcakes

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake, chocolate, guest recipe, healthier | 0 comments

Today I welcome Wendy Nikel! Her novella The Grandmother Paradox is out TODAY from World Weaver Press. This is the sequel to The Continuum. I’ve read both, and I can testify they are fun, fast reads that reminded me of old favorite shows like Quantum Leap and Sliders. Find out more about her new release below, and grab a recipe for some cupcakes that are loaded with cocoa and cherries!

When Dr. Wells, the head of the Place in Time Travel Agency, learns that someone’s trying to track down the ancestors of his star employee, there are few people he can turn to without revealing her secrets. But who better to jump down the timeline and rescue Elise from being snuffed out of existence generations before she’s born than the very person whose life she saved a hundred years in the future?

But Juliette Argent isn’t an easy woman to protect. The assistant to a traveling magician, she’s bold, fearless, and has a fascination with time travel, of all things. Can the former secret agent Chandler, with his knowledge of what’s to come, keep her safe from harm and keep his purpose there a secret? Or will his presence there only entangle the timeline more?


THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX Cherry Cupcakes
by Wendy Nikel

Today is release day for THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX, the second time travel novella in the Place in Time series. Which means, once again, it’s time to celebrate with cupcakes!
In this novella, which can be read as a sequel or as a standalone story, Chandler – a man from our present who’s been living in the future – is sent back to the year 1893 to protect the great-great-grandmother of the woman who saved his life. There, he joins up with a traveling magic show touring Michigan before heading down to the Chicago World’s Fair.

One of the many wonderful things that Michigan is known for is its cherries, which made cherry cupcakes an easy choice for this book’s recipe. Substituting fats like butter and oils with fruit in baking also makes for a healthier cake, which is something I’ve had to keep in mind since I’m still recovering from having my gallbladder removed. Fortunately, I happen to have a cherry tree in my backyard filled with sweet cherries just ripe for the picking.


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Bready or Not Guest Recipe: THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX Cherry Cupcakes by Wendy Nikel

One of the many wonderful things that Michigan is known for is its cherries, which made cherry cupcakes an easy choice for this recipe inspired by Wendy Nikel’s novella The Grandmother Paradox. Substituting fats like butter and oils with fruit makes for a healthier cupcake.

  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup cherries (pitted & pureed)
  • Frosting ingredients:
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 pkg cherry-flavored instant gelatin mix

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In separate bowl, mix egg whites and vanilla.

Add honey, sugar, applesauce, and buttermilk.

Gradually add the dry mixture into the egg and milk mixture until well blended.

Add cherries

Fill cupcake liners half full and bake for 22-25 minutes. Let cool.

After cupcakes are cool, frost.

Sprinkle gelatin mix on the top and enjoy!

 

THE CONTINUUM (book #1) out NOW
paperback via World Weaver Press $9.99
eBook via iTunes
eBook via Barnes & Noble
eBook via Amazon
eBook via Kobo

THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX (book #2) out TODAY
paperback via World Weaver Press $8.95
eBook via iTunes
eBook via Barnes & Noble
eBook via Amazon
eBook via Kobo


Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author whose short stories have appeared in Fantastic Stories of the ImaginationDaily Science FictionAE Sci-FiNature: Futures, and various anthologies and e-zines. She is a member of SFWA and Codex Writers Group and is a managing editor at Flash Fiction Online.

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Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, healthier, muffin | 0 comments

These High Fiber Muffins are a delicious way to start your day!

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

When I was challenged to make high-fiber muffins, this turned out to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. I wanted them to be delicious but to include ingredients I already had in the kitchen.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

In other words, I didn’t want to order some fancy high fiber mix-ins that I would never use again.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

I found a good base recipe from King Arthur Flour and set to work modifying it. Instead of Hi-Maize Fiber, I tried almond flour. I switched in white whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

When the topping portion of the recipe made way, way too much, I tested out reduced amounts in my next attempt. I judged how well the muffins held up after being frozen for weeks.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

The end result in a higher-fiber muffin recipe that’s light, cakey and delicious.

Note that the muffin tops will get soggy after about two days at room temperature. Make them last a lot longer by freezing them! Remove the paper liners and set muffins on waxed paper to freeze, then store them in a gallon bag or other freezer-safe container.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

Modified from King Arthur Flour.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

These high-fiber muffins are light and cakey and packed with good things! Store them at room temperature for a day or two, or freeze to make them last longer.

  • Muffins:
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon King Arthur Flour Cake Enhancer, optional
  • 1/3 cup milk or half & half
  • 3/4 cup (one standard single cup) Greek vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt (not nonfat)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (half stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup dried fruit such as golden raisins
  • Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned (rolled) oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted softened butter

Preheat oven at 400-degrees. Place muffin liners in pan and apply nonstick spray.

In a big bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, almond flour, baking powder, salt, and cake enhancer (if using). Mix in the milk, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla, followed by the melted butter. Stir in the dried fruit until just distributed.

Using a muffin scoop or heaping spoonfuls, fill muffin cups until mostly full.

Combine topping ingredients. Spoon onto the top of each muffin and lightly press in with fingertips.

Bake muffins for 16 to 18 minutes, until lightly domed and center muffin passes the toothpick test. Immediately remove them from the pan to cool on a rack.

Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to two days; after that, tops will start to get soggy, though muffins will still taste good. To freeze, remove paper liners and place on a wax-paper lined pan in freezer. Then place in gallon freezer bag or plastic container to store in freezer up to several weeks.

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Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies [Redux]

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies, gluten-free, healthier | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies [Redux]

Cookies for breakfast. Healthy cookies. No refined sugars. Vegan. Also gluten-free, if you use GF oats.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Even better: they taste delicious.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes, one I’ve made at least once a month for the past five years. In fact, I posted it on Bready or Not back in 2014. Delicious as the cookies are, I couldn’t finagle the lighting then to do the recipe justice. Now, thanks to my Shotbox, I can.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

I customize these cookies based on my mood and what I have on hand. I’ve used macadamia nut butter, cashew butter, and almond butter–and combinations thereof. I’ve used apple butter, pumpkin butter, and date butter–and in a pinch, I’ve used applesauce and doubled the cinnamon.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

For the dried fruit, I often use a mix of golden raisins and dried cranberries, but I’ve thrown in dried blueberries, too. If you don’t have pepitas, use sunflower kernels or other chopped nuts.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

I usually whip up a batch and freeze 2/3 of it right away. The cookies keep perfectly fine in a room temperature sealed container for over a week. Two or three cookies make for a great breakfast prior to exercising!

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Did I mention they are also delicious?

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies [Redux]

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

These delicious breakfast cookies can be customized in a myriad of ways. Use any kind or combination of nut butters, dried fruit, or seeds and nuts. All kinds of fruit butters work here, or use a single-serving cup of applesauce and double the cinnamon. The cookies keep perfectly fine in a room temperature sealed container for over a week, and can also be frozen for over a month. Makes about 28 tablespoon-sized cookies.

  • 2 cups quick oats (not whole or old-fashioned oats)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 3/4 cup fruit butter (apple butter, date butter, etc)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc)
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) or other seeds or nuts
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats, or use seasoned stoneware.

Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl.

Using a tablespoon or tablespoon scoop, drop dollops of dough onto cookie sheet. Note that it won't spread. Use fingers to gently tamp down top and press in stray oats on the sides; it will be a little sticky.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the cookies are just set. Cool for several minutes before transitioning them to a rack to finish cooling.

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Bready or Not: Gluten-Free Almond Flour Brownies

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, chocolate, gluten-free, healthier | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Gluten-Free Almond Flour Brownies

I often get requests for more gluten-free sweets. Here you go. These brownies are so good, people won’t even know they lack gluten.

Bready or Not: Gluten-Free Almond Flour Brownies

They also happen to be grain-free. Just don’t give them to people who have almond allergies!

Bready or Not: Gluten-Free Almond Flour Brownies

These brownies are fast to assemble. The end result tastes like standard brownies. I didn’t find them super moist, but they were nice and chewy.

Bready or Not: Gluten-Free Almond Flour Brownies

They kept pretty well in a sealed container for several days, too. The cut edges dried out a bit, but they were still delicious.

Bready or Not: Gluten-Free Almond Flour Brownies

Here’s a tip for you: almond flour, because of its high fat content, can spoil. Keep it in the freezer! It won’t freeze solid but it will get clumpy. Hence my note in the ingredients list to sift the almond flour.

Bready or Not: Gluten-Free Almond Flour Brownies

Modified from King Arthur Flour.

 

Bready or Not: Gluten-Free Almond Flour Brownies

Bready or Not: Gluten-Free Almond Flour Brownies

These delicious brownies are gluten-free and grain-free, and they come together almost as fast as a box mix! Modified from King Arthur Flour.

  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with foil and apply butter or nonstick spray.

In the microwave, melt the butter in a medium-sized bowl. Stir in the sugar, salt, vanilla, cocoa, and eggs. Add in the almond flour and baking powder. Pour batter into the ready pan.

Bake for 33 to 38 minutes, until the top is set and the middle just passes the toothpick test. Let cool, then cut into blocks. Store at room temperature in a sealed container or freeze for later enjoyment.

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Bready or Not Original: (Gluten Free) Vanilla Pecan Granola

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, gluten-free, healthier | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: (Gluten Free) Vanilla Pecan Granola

The breakfast theme goes healthy this week with my original recipe for Vanilla Pecan Granola!

Bready or Not Original: (Gluten Free) Vanilla Pecan Granola

If you eat gluten-free, this should be of particular interest. Use GF oats and other contaminant-free ingredients, and this will be a delicious, fiber-full option for you.

Bready or Not Original: (Gluten Free) Vanilla Pecan Granola

This is ridiculously easy to make, too. Combine, bake, stir every so often, then let it air out. Ta-da!

Bready or Not Original: (Gluten Free) Vanilla Pecan Granola

The granola keeps well for weeks, and the flavor is just so fresh. The recipe includes a full tablespoon of vanilla, which is a lot, yeah, but I do love that strong flavor. Some of the store granolas are wimpy in that regard.

Bready or Not Original: (Gluten Free) Vanilla Pecan Granola

Use this as a topping for yogurt or ice cream, or in milk like a cereal, or as a snack to munch out of your palm. However you eat it, it’ll be delicious!

Bready or Not Original: (Gluten Free) Vanilla Pecan Granola

Bready or Not Original: (Gluten Free) Vanilla Pecan Granola

Bready or Not Original: (Gluten Free) Vanilla Pecan Granola

This homemade granola is super-easy to make and tastes strongly of vanilla and cinnamon. These flavors will provide a much-needed pick-me-up atop yogurt, ice cream, or eaten straight out of hand! Use gluten-free oats and other contaminant-free ingredients to make this for the gluten-intolerant.

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats [gluten-free or regular]
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven at 300-degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

In a large bowl, toss together the oats, pecans, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and stir well to coat completely.

Spread the granola onto the prepared sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, with a pause to stir every 15 minutes. Then let the granola sit out to cool and dry for several hours.

Granola will keep for weeks in a sealed container. Can also be frozen for several months.

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