nook & spice

BY ANDREA BEFUS

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your nook

& nourish

your soul

food meets family & stories intertwine

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what to expect...

Explore The Internet's Most Buzz-Worthy Recipes

We explore, taste, and review the internet's most talked-about dishes. From viral hits to undiscovered treasures, my global journey infuses each review with distinctive insights and a touch of humor.

Conversations Over Coffee - or Hot Cocoa If You're Like Me ;)

Each blog post is a genuine conversation, like catching up over coffee. Engaging and heartfelt, I share life's highs and lows. It's about nourishing the body AND the soul, with content that speaks to your values.

Easy Meal Plan Inspirations for Your Family's Table

Save yourself time by peaking into my kitchen and see what's cooking each week. I share meal plans that come straight from what's cooking in my world. I promise simplicity, variety, and a dash of adventure.

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Easy Cheddar Dutch Oven Loaf

March 28, 20241 min read

BREAD

Easy Cheddar Dutch Oven Loaf

Clam Chowder

I adapted this recipe to add a little pizazz and it turned out incredible. It's great with a simple slab of butter or made into a deli sandwich for lunch. YUM!

Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp active dry yeast

  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 TB oregano (or Italian seasoning)

Instructions
  1. Add the water, and mix until all ingredients are perfectly combined and they form a ball.

  2. Transfer to a greased bowl and cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and a moistened kitchen towel

  3. Let the dough rise in a draft-free place for 18 to 24 hrs.

  4. Preheat the oven to 450F and put a dutch oven inside the oven while it preheats. Baking the bread in a preheated dish makes it crunchy

  5. Add cheddar, garlic powder, and oregano to bowl of dough.

  6. Turn dough into a floured surface

  7. Gently gather the dough into a ball

  8. Carefully place the dough into a preheated dutch oven and bake, covered for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 15 mins more.

  9. Remove from the oven and cool in a rack.

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blog image

Easy Cheddar Dutch Oven Loaf

March 28, 20241 min read

BREAD

Easy Cheddar Dutch Oven Loaf

Clam Chowder

I adapted this recipe to add a little pizazz and it turned out incredible. It's great with a simple slab of butter or made into a deli sandwich for lunch. YUM!

Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp active dry yeast

  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 TB oregano (or Italian seasoning)

Instructions
  1. Add the water, and mix until all ingredients are perfectly combined and they form a ball.

  2. Transfer to a greased bowl and cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and a moistened kitchen towel

  3. Let the dough rise in a draft-free place for 18 to 24 hrs.

  4. Preheat the oven to 450F and put a dutch oven inside the oven while it preheats. Baking the bread in a preheated dish makes it crunchy

  5. Add cheddar, garlic powder, and oregano to bowl of dough.

  6. Turn dough into a floured surface

  7. Gently gather the dough into a ball

  8. Carefully place the dough into a preheated dutch oven and bake, covered for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 15 mins more.

  9. Remove from the oven and cool in a rack.

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nook & spice

My name is Andrea and there are 2 things that matter to me most: cooking yummy foods & being with the people I love! Having traveled to over 30 countries and enjoying every cuisine I've ever tried, and being willing to fail in the kitchen, it has led me to develop skills that I want to share with others!

As Remy from the Disney movie 'Ratatouille' would say, "Anyone can cook!"

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