Sunday, January 30, 2011

Delish Onion & Cheese Loaf, New Vintage Love Kit and a Gift for YOU!


Artisan Cheese and Onion Loaf

Try this - put your nose right up close to your computer screen and inhale.  Draw in a deep, DEEP breath and imagine (because until technology advances to where we have 'smell-ology capability) that you can smell the bite of fresh green onion and the velvet creamyness of melty and hot cheddar cheese.  Yes, that would have put you at my house today at lunch. 

I've not blogged about it for a while but I am an "Artisan Breader" for the past few years, ever since I found out about Jeff and Zoe's Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day recipe.  It's DEAD SIMPLE!   Now if you have not ever heard of it before (I can't imagine!) then you can view the basic boule recipe here:

Jeff and Zoe also have a blog site dedicated to their bread, and they do have several cookbooks out now.  Now, my own little variation I am stuck on at the moment is to add the following ingredients into the bread dough to make a great onion cheese loaf   I add in 1 tbsp of red wine (I use non-alcoholic), 1 cup 1/2 inch cubes of cheddar cheese, 1 cup green onion, a teaspoon yellow mustard and a dash of worchestershire sauce.  I usually grind some fresh pepper in as well - I use pepper in everything.  After its risen, I cut the bucket of dough into 4 equal pieces, shaping each into a loaf.  I then bake it at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Thats it! 

I have a NEW KIT in the Scrapbook-Elements store today - it's called Vintage Love, just in time for Valentines but suitable for love all year long.  I have broken it up into two parts - the Elements Set which contains 36 beautiful digitally hand-painted (using a wacom tablet and software) elements. 

Each element is on the large side so you can scale each item to fit any project you like. 

Pair it up with the matching papers set too - and remember, if you shop early you will take advantage of the New Products discounted price so hurry over!  Just click HERE to shop for the Elements and HERE for the papers.

My friend Victoria made this pretty ATC using my kit:

And of course I'm always so tickled at finishing up a project and seeing it in the Scrapbook-Elements Store that I am inspired to make a small free gift for you.  This will go well with the vintage theme.  I'd love to know what you think or if you have any ideas of what you'd like to see me design next.

Comments very welcome and much appreciated!

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  1. Hi Barb and thank you for such LOVELY elements and i LOVE the teabag too! oh and the recipe really smells, er, um, i mean, sounds really YUMMY! my hubby still cannot believe that i haven't yet tried that bread (quite frankly, neither can i!)
    Your Vintage Love papers look YUMMY too! Another GREAT job! Thanx again!! Have a GREAT evening! :)

  2. Yeah - you finished the kit :)

    Looks lovely! (and vintagey!)

  3. Good morning Barb:)
    MMMM I can almost smell that delicious cheese bread.It looks sooo yummy!!!:) Great job!!!
    Your kit is AMAZING.:) You did an excellent job on those hand painted elements.So COOL! How long does it usually take you to paint one of those elements? Like I said...AMAZING.:)
    Thank you sooo much for the teabag tag element.I will go quite nicely with your wonderful kit.:)
    Thanks once again for my birthday blog post.So SWEET! It's been a really busy weekend ..but I did do a post about it on my blog..and sending scrappers your way.:)

    Huge hugs and lots of love,

  4. ymmmieeeeeee...looks so good. I must get my book out and try a few recipes. Love the new kit ...must get over to the store. Thank you for the freebie will see how I can use it in my next project. Well it is Mojo Monday can't wait to see your cards. Love and miss you.


  5. Bonjour Mrs Miles !!
    You shouldn't have exposed this so tempting bread. I've just followed your suggestion and am really frustrated though i made some brioches with home-made orange candied peels yesterday... :(
    Bravo to the Chef !
    I looked at the video, didn't understand everything, especially the proportions, but will come back for sure...The idea of your own recipe is great, i'll just have to translate 400° in Celsius.
    Thank you very much for this very nice teabag !
    If i may i would like to ask you something : In 2008, i downloaded your gorgeous "Grunge set" but as a beginner i resized it in 768x768, of course too small and, to my disappointement, i couldn't use it recently. Could you put it online again, one way or another ?
    C from Paris who'd wished to taste your so appetizing bread... :D ♥

  6. Happy Monday lovely lady!

    I am breezing through to say hello before I get down to business. Barb love, if I did not know better, I'd tell you my middle name was "distracted"! ROFL!

    Lots going on in my adult-only household, but I don't think I'd have it any other way!

    We, Robert and I, are actually on the outer-edge (working our way inward) to some very exciting, as well as a life-altering (for the better!) news. I SO wish to bust out with it, but due to multiple persons being involved, we must proceed cautiously and wisely, taking all others into consideration. I KNOW that it will all play out as it has been planned to, so putting on my best patience and my seat belt, just in case things go a little faster than we anticipate! LOL!

    Thinking of you always and SO thrilled to see you back designing. Your vintage pieces are delicious as is your fragrant tea bag! Yes, I do believe I can smell it from here!

    Thank you for sharing and I wish you an AMAZING week my sweet friend!


  7. How very clever you are! Hugs and thanks for the teabag and tag element.

  8. That bread looks mighty Mmmmmmmm!

    Looks like you have been putting your creative talents to good, good use.

  9. I now have a "nose print" on my computer screen from smelling that delicious cheese bread! Sounds fairly easy to make and I like what you added for the ingredients. Also, thank you for the sweet little tea bag. I like tea and love vintage/victorian!


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