Garlic Fougasse

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This is the season of soup. It’s cold outside here in MN and nothing is better than a cup of hot soup. Oh, and there is all that leftover Turkey to deal with and the beautiful butternut squash proliferation at the grocery store. To go with all that soup you’ll be making, there is nothing better than homemade bread. This fougasse is a traditional French flatbread. It is both crispy, due to all that crusty surface and tender on the inside. It’s like a fancy breadstick. Because it is a flatbread, it is faster to make, since you have such a short resting time. My husband made a big batch of butternut squash soup from Amanda Paa’s new book Smitten with Squash. To go with the aromatic soup, I added lots of chopped garlic to the bread dough and the result is fantastic. Continue reading

Garlic, Chard and Parmesan Bread

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This summer I have an organic urban farm in my back yard. It is the first time in my adult life that I have grown anything edible, beyond a few herbs in flower pots. It is a stretch to say that I am growing any of it because I am part of a pilot project for Backyard Harvest and Stefan, aka the garden ninja, actually does all of the farming for me. I watch, mostly through the lens of my camera, and learn from him, but he shows up twice a week to make sure everything is thriving.

It was Stefan who gave me the idea for this recipe. He described a loaf he buys at the farmer’s market that is stuffed full of garlic, chard and Parmesan cheese. Because my garden is just teeming with chard and kale right now I thought it the perfect thing to make. Continue reading