A Progressive Cooking Post, Part II

Thank you for your patience. We’re back to the bread. Here’s the first rising:

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It’s actually nearly as high as the rim. It just doesn’t look like it in the picture. I formed the dough into rolls and now they are set to rising again. The dough was maybe firmer than it should have been, meaning that I added too much flour. We’ll just have to wait for the final results.

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Ah, but we have a bonus! I had a bit of dough leftover after filling the pans with rolls. So… remember those cinnamon rolls I mentioned, that I used to make with this dough? Yeah, I couldn’t resist.

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Can’t wait! Back in the day, if I was going to make cinnamon rolls, I would make the dough with orange juice instead of milk. Oh my, those were good!

Meanwhile, in chili land, the beans are through soaking and have been transferred to a cooking pot with fresh water. They are happily bubbling on the stove. It’s about 1:00 now. I’ll start working on the chili around 3:00.

The first step in preparing a dish like chili (or anything, really) is prep. For this chili, that involved dicing a very large yellow onion, two large carrots, two bell peppers, a jalapeno, and 4 cloves of garlic. I also diced the sweet potato, but that doesn’t go in until later. I measured all the spices into a small bowl. The vegetables ( except for the potato) are sauteing now. After 8 minutes, I’ll add the spices and let it all cook for a couple of minutes. Then it’s time for vegetable broth (from my freezer), tomatoes (I’ll use my own canned tomatoes), and the sweet potato.

That simmers for a bit, then I add the beans and let it simmer till the potato is done. All that’s left is parsley, vinegar and seasoning. I’ll show you the finished product below.

The bread: I think I did mention that I don’t have much luck with bread. I gave the formed rolls two hours but they didn’t rise very much. They are baking now and I don’t think it’s going to work. They didn’t grow at all. So the yeast worked great for the first rising and nada for the second.

Bleh. Well, they grew a little bit, but I’m not real hopeful. Smells good though.

….. passage of time…

Look!

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The rolls are soft and yummy! It actually worked! I’ll go ahead and serve them with the chili, in lieu of cornbread. I think there’s enough in the rest of the batch for Thanksgiving. Maybe I’ll make a half batch on Wednesday to add to it. If I remember right, leftover rolls work great for turkey sandwiches.

I know you’re on the edge of your seats waiting to see how the chili turned out. Wait no longer:

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Very pretty, a bit spicy (I like that!), and tastes great. Dinner is served!

 

 

 

 

 

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