Monday, February 14, 2011

Russian Black Bread Recipe

I love dark bread especially during the winter.

I can find rye bread at the grocery store.  Russian Black bread? Not so much.

When I do, Russian Black Bread is too expensive to use as everyday sandwich bread. 

With the help of my trusty bread maker, I learned to make Russian Black Bread for pennies instead of buying it for several dollars.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I Ate My Way Around Blissdom 2011

I went to my first Blissdom conference. Many of the conference sponsors were food companies. Between their treats and attentiveness from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, I’m surprised they didn’t have to roll me onto the plane home like the blueberry girl in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

First things first. Mad props to the staff of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The staff was very attentive and their customer service was top notch. They made us feel like Blissdom was the only conference at the hotel instead of one of the three large conferences they hosted that week. The Opryland Hotel had to fully renovate the entire first floor of the hotel after last spring’s flood filled it with a story full of water. It was my first visit to the hotel and I never would have known that there was any evidence of a flood.

 The floodwater almost reached the roof of  this gazebo.