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18 April 2009 @ 08:57 pm
Garlic Rosemary Herb Bread  
Even though my children are being whiny and temperamental, and my husband was supposed to leave town and didn't, dashing my hopes for a guilt-free computer fest this weekend, as I sit in my kitchen with a glass of wine, listening to the wind literally HOWL outside, I feel grateful for my life because of one thing.

Wait for it...


Now, I know, I know, I could have said my good health, or Jesus, or my family, or Mexican food, or being blessed with really great hair, but no, what I'm grateful most of all right now is garlic. Man, oh, man, I love it.

I was feeling terribly lazy today, so instead of doing all the muscle work of breadmaking, which has its time and place, don't get me wrong, I made some bread in the breadmaker. The breadmaker I stole from my father.

Unrepentantly, y'all. He wadn't gonna make no bread. Please.

You start with a fairly unexotic (Is that a word? Two glasses of wine...) cast of characters.

1 1/2 c water
4 tsp butter or margarine, softened. (P.S. If you use margarine, we can't be friends. It's NOT food. It's one molecule away from PLASTIC.)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
4 c bread flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp (or more) of dried rosemary
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp dried basil (I like freeze dried, actually)
1/3/4 tsp yeast

Look at the cute mini stick of butter! I don't know if I think they're more convenient that way, but they're stinking adorable. Though, that could be the wine talking.

My sugar and salt. I don't use sugar, and so Nolan prefers the raw sugar, or demarara cane sugar, and I always always use kosher salt because my mom and sister do. And I think it makes things taste better.

Here it is! Thank you God, for garlic. :D

Even mushed garlic. ESPECIALLY mushed garlic. Cause then all the flaaaaaavor comes out and stuff.

Flour. Not pictured above, but I dare you to make this bread without it. It'd taste crappy, I promise. I know stuff. *taps temple*

I dig the Pillsbury dough boy. Would you judge me if I told you that sometime I buy stuff with his picture on it because he's waving at me? He's stinking cute, giggling and standing on people's counters in the commercial. (I have not yet had enough wine to see him on MY countertops. Just so you know.)

So you put in the wet ingredients (water, melted butter, smushed garlic) and then put the dry ingredients on top, and then make a little well and empty the yeast into it.

Then you turn on the machine.... and WALK AWAY. I'm so lazy. Lazy, lazy, lazy.

But I do it 'cause then you can go take pictures of cute boys with bedhead playing Call of Duty II.

And take pictures of cute boys playing with sticker books.

Have you ever seen such a determined face about concentrating on a sticker book? He assured me he was having fun.

"Sometimes fun is work," he said. He IS his father's son.

And you can take pictures of the sunset, but not the prettiest part, because the wind was cold, and it was messing up my hair. And I had to come in before I got mussed. You can't be thankful for the good hair and then not take care of it. It's in the rules.

But then just a few hours after you start it, you get bread. And it's very good. Subtly flavored, good for sandwiches, or like I had it, with a schmear of butter and a glass of 2006 merlot from Cupcake vinyards. :D

Happy Saturday, everyone.

*waves like the Pillsbury doughboy*
I feel:: cheerfulcheerful
I hear:: Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
Lyndsie Fenelelyndsiefenele on April 19th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
BREAD! I appropriated my mom's breadmaker back in Michigan, and made something very similar. : ) YUM, garlic IS the best.
Carrie Leigh: carrie blue bowcarrie_leigh on April 19th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
I could wax rhapsodic for hours.

But I'll spare you. :)

Cool new photobooth skin on FIA. Your handiwork?
Lyndsie Fenelelyndsiefenele on April 19th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Uh... shhhhh.

(No, it's not. Soundspretty did it! But it's not officially released yet. You've got admin level 4 status as part of the queue-skippy thing, so you can see it, but regular members can't yet.)
maureen: purple winemaureen on April 19th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Bread, garlic and wine. Three of my favorite things. Again you make it look soooo fun.

I have the flu. I've been sick AS A DOG and am headed back to bed for a spell. Keep a good thought, yeah?

Edited at 2009-04-19 05:13 am (UTC)
Carrie Leigh: tea makes it bettercarrie_leigh on April 20th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Thinking good thoughts for you. Poor thing.
slitherhither: snow_miserslitherhither on April 19th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
God, I love the Pillsbury Doughboy (TM) too. He waves, and he giggles. White and blue things are just plain cute. (I think I may have once owned a stuffed version of him. *???*)

Love garlic, and love tipsy cooking posts too. *winks* And cute boy pics!
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on April 20th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
I live to please. :)
Not a lady at all: comic: squeecosmo_jenny on April 19th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)
*points to icon*

I prefer Garlic with my pasta but yes, you are right it is awesome.

I had a terricle encounter with garlic bread once though.
It was a ciabatta with whole gloves of garlic in it *shudders*
Since then, I prefer my yummy tasty German bread with garlic butter.
Carrie Leigh: winecarrie_leigh on April 20th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)

I love it! How perfect!
Not a lady at all: comic: squeecosmo_jenny on April 20th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Credit goes to toocuteicons.
I think the maker made some more with the little one.
O Demanding One: Encourage: Bliss Sunflowerheyurs on April 19th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)

Now THIS! is my chocolate! *g* You can never go wrong with bread. Mmmmm! I can just smell it all of the way over here, Carrie. x)

Carrie Leigh: Beautiful Womencarrie_leigh on April 20th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Yay! Something Urs likes!
O Demanding One: Express: Grin X)  Snoopyheyurs on April 20th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)

*laughs*   :P!

seegrimseegrim on April 19th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
or being blessed with really great hair

Carrie Leigh: The Winchesters look disgustedcarrie_leigh on April 20th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
Don't you snort at me, missy.
seegrimseegrim on April 20th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
I was snorting at your hair snobbery, 'Miss I've Never Had a Bad Hair Day In My Life. Ever.'

Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 20th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Well, I haven't.

My nose on the other hand, could use a little work. :P
seegrimseegrim on April 20th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
I've had about three good hair days. Total. :(

This makes me frown in your general direction.

Although, you know I love you despite your perfect hair and my lack thereof.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 20th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
But your nose is PERFECT!
seegrimseegrim on April 20th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Trust me, sister. No one ever looks at your nose when you're sporting a mad 'fro.

Edited at 2009-04-20 01:11 am (UTC)
nbaeker: dean  you're awesomenbaeker on April 19th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
this recipe is currently in my bread machine. :D
Carrie Leigh: Dean scorecarrie_leigh on April 20th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
Ooooh! How'd it turn out?
nbaeker: sam yummynbaeker on April 20th, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
really nicely. :)