Dilly Bread

img_0141.jpgWhat’s great about this recipe is that you don’t have to knead it. You mix it all with a wooden spoon in a large bowl then place in a casserole dish to bake. It smells great and you can have it alongside almost anything you’re serving. What more could you ask?

2 1/2 cups flour (approximately)
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 tsp. dried, instant, minced onion
2 tsp. dill weed
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. yeast
1 cup (8 oz.) creamed cottage cheese
1 large egg
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. butter – divided
Coarse salt (sea salt) optional

In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, sugar, onion, dill, salt, baking soda, & yeast. In a saucepan, place the cottage cheese, water and 1 tablespoon of the butter and heat until very warm. Add this warm liquid and the egg to the flour mixture. Beat well with a wooden spoon. Stir in the remaining flour – about 1 1/2 cups – till it forms a stiff batter.

Cover it loosely with plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 hour. Stir down the dough then place in a greased 2 quart casserole dish. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray the bread with Pam cooking spray or with a little melted butter, then sprinkle the coarse salt on top. Bake for about 40 minutes. Remove it immediately from the dish and cool on a wire rack.

Lemony Potato Salad

A different twist on the usual mayonnaise based salad. Be sure to use only freshly squeezed lemon juice, not the stuff in the bottle.

About 6-8 good sized potatoes
1 tsp. onion powder
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1 tsp. dill weed
1-2 tsp. sugar (taste)
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Peel (or, keep skins on if using the small, red potatoes) and dice potatoes into chunks about 1/2-inches then place in a large pot with cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and simmer about 12-15 minutes depending upon potatoes – check with a fork. Drain and place in a large bowl; sprinkle the onion powder over the potatoes and mix gently but well.

In a small bowl whisk together all the rest of the ingredients then pour over the potatoes, mix gently but well.