Tying the Knots

For quite some time I’ve been salivating over a recipe for homemade garlic knots that I found in a Cook’s Country magazine. 

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Being busy and all, I opened the magazine to the recipe page and set it on my work table in my craft room just as a reminder that one of these days I would have to make these little lovelies.

Today was dreary.  Dark clouds have descended upon us.  The sunshine, well what sunshine?  Gone…  And because of this, I decided there was no better day to fill the house with the delicious aroma of garlic and yeast.

This is my adapted version of the recipe. 

Garlic Parmesan Knots

12 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. plus 3/4 c. hot water

2 tsp. yeast

1 tsp. salt

2 c. all-purpose flour

Parmesan cheese

Bring oven to 200 degrees and turn-off.

In a skillet, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil, crushed garlic, and 1 tsp. of water.  On low heat, sauté until garlic turns a very light golden brown.  (Don’t overcook – this will make the garlic taste bitter).

In  large bowl, add 1 tbsp. olive oil, 3/4 c. hot water, yeast, and salt.  Let the yeast set until it starts to work.  Add flour, and mix thoroughly until all ingredients are combined.

Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface.  Knead into a smooth ball.

Grease a bowl with non-fat cooking spray and put dough ball in it.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in pre-warmed oven.  Allow dough to rise until double.  About 50-60 minutes.

Remove dough from the oven.  Turn out onto lightly floured surface.  Punch down, and reshape into a ball. 

Cut  dough into equal sized smaller balls – bigger than a golf ball, but smaller than a tennis ball.

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Using your hands, roll balls into strips about 10 inches long; tie into knots.  Place onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.

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Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap and return to (turned-off) oven.

Once knots have doubled, about 20 minutes, remove from oven and remove  plastic wrap.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  Bake knots for about 5 minutes, remove from oven and brush knots lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake until light golden brown, about 5-8 minutes. Remove knots and brush lightly with olive oil.  Enjoy while warm and fresh…

These knots weren’t quite as chewy or yeasty as I expected them to be, but they definitely hit the spot on a damp fall night here in the Finger Lakes.



Tin Can Tourist Vintage Camper Rally

So, the day I’ve  long anticipated finally arrived.  A Tin Can Tourist Rally right here in the Finger Lakes.

When Bill and Denise Fletcher of Fletcher’s Vintage Trailer Sales told us about a camper rally they had planned for our area we had just started remodeling our 1972 Frolic Camper – aka – the Pink Paradise

And while we knew there was no way we would be ready to show off the Frolic, we graciously accepted an invitation to tour the fifty plus campers that were slated to be part of this years event. 

Fortunately for us, and everyone involved, the heavy rain our area was hit with the night before had ceased, the sun made it’s way out, and vintage camper doors were opened.

Many of the camper owners are do-it yourselfers just like hubby and I.  Like us, they have invested sweat equity into their vintage trailer projects and they seemed to enjoy sharing their stories with us as much as we enjoyed listening to them. 

As usual, I had my camera in hand, and here are just a few of the pictures I took.

It’s time to finish up the Frolic so we can show her off too! 

And yes, I’ve changed my blog theme again.  Like I said before, trying to find the right fit…

The FLX Files


In the midst of re-organizing my blog I decided to dedicate a page to one of the most amazing regions of New York State -  the Finger Lakes (FLX).   Over my last two years of blogging  I have  portrayed this region in many of my blog posts, and it only seemed right to give those posts a place all of their own.  While strolling through the FLX files you’ll likely find photos, mentions, and stories about a specific foods, wines, places, and events here.  I welcome you to the place I call home.

Red-White-and Finger Lakes Wine

Are you a wine-ie

Say Cheese

Weekend finds, but no food post

Homemade pizza from the Finger Lakes

Willkommen to Germany

Wine, and more wine…1st stop, Eleven Lakes Winery

Finger Lakes Cork & Fork, an Event to Remember

Kitchen Disasters

A Day of Adventure

A Day at Willard Asylum for the Insane

Black & Blues

Picking blueberries and my mood

Calling All Foodies from the Finger Lakes and Beyond

Apple Filled Oatmeal Cookies

2nd Annual Finger Lakes Cork & Fork Partners & Pairings

Another Great Finger Lakes Cork & Fork

Making Homemade Wine

Writing (and) Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Holiday Gift Ideas with Pumpkin Cheese Bread

Willard Asylum for the Insane – Updates

Sunday Morning and Doughnut Holes

A historic event, a statue, and photos

Shiitake, Almond, Wild Rice Salad with Balsamic Dressing

In The Finger Lakes – Bully Hill Vineyard

A Surprising Walk

Cream Puffs, You, and The Finger Lakes

Get Out Your Soup Making Pot