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Mar 15, 2020

Need To Bake Bread?

Wholw Wheat Sandwich Bread

Where’s all the bread? The shelves are empty these days and most of us can’t buy bread. That’s why I’m here! 🙂 If you’ve never baked bread before, I’m here to say you can do it. My bread recipes are very popular because they’re easy. You’ll see a lot of comments like, “This is the first time I’ve ever baked bread and I’m never buying store bought again.”

To help first time bread makers, I’ve put together a list below of some of my easiest and most popular bread recipes. The silver lining in the bread shortage is that you might like your homemade bread so much, you may never go back! Everyone, take care and be well.

Simple Whole Wheat Bread (pictured above)

Simple White Bread

Faster No Knead Bread

2-Hour Fastest No Knead Bread

Easy Honey Wheat Bread

Easy White Bread

Faster No Knead Whole Wheat Bread

More Easy Breads

Kohl’s sells a Dutch oven from Food Network for around $60 (oven safe to 500°F). The ideal size, 5-quart, is on sale now (March 21) online for $48. https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-3306211/food-network-5-qt-enameled-cast-iron-dutch-oven.jsp?color=Red&prdPV=2 THIS IS NOT A PAID ENDORSEMENT, JUST SHARING INFORMATION.

Mar 14, 2020

Boost Your Immune System

Foods To Boost Your Immune SystemNow more than ever we all need a strong immune system. I’m highlighting some important foods that can help keep us all strong and healthy. Although healthy when eaten fresh, red peppers, carrots, and spinach provide even more nutrients when cooked. Below you will find some specific easy recipes that each incorporate at least one of these immune boosting foods.

Almonds/Nuts: Granola Bars

Red Peppers: Chicken & Peppers, Sweet & Sour Chicken

Dark Chocolate: Chocolate Almond Clusters, Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Garlic: Spaghetti with Olive Oil & Garlic, (+Most of my Main Dishes)

Mushrooms: Easy Chicken & Mushrooms

Olive Oil: Greek Salad Dressing

Tomatoes: Quick & Easy Spaghetti Sauce, Quick & Easy Tomato Soup, Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes

Black Beans:  Fast Rice & Beans, Mexican Black Bean Casserole, Rainbow Bean Salad,

Sweet Potatoes: Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries, Roasted Vegetables, Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake

Spinach: 15-Minute Veggie Pasta, Greek Spinach Rice, Spinach-Walnut Pesto

Salmon: Salmon Patties, Easy Broiled Salmon

Carrots: Sweet Creamy Carrots, Chicken Veggie Rice, Beef Sew, Roasted Vegetables

Sardines: Sardine Cakes

❤️ Take care, everyone. Eat well ~ be well. ❤️

Mar 1, 2020

Your Photos of My Recipes (March)

I love seeing photos of my recipes so thank you for taking time to send them, and please let us know where you’re from. Use this link to send your photo: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

JUDITH MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Best bread ever just added an extra quarter teaspoon of yeast and some onion salt for flavoring and brushed on some oil before baking thank you so much for the recipe had given it to a bunch of my friends 😍 they’re all baking now to be busy during the Coronavirus ,,stay healthy😄👍.”

~ Onion salt sounds like a good addition. Thanks for your photo! ~ jennyEasy Dutch Oven Bread

PATRICIA (from Canada) MADE MY FASTER NO KNEAD BREAD

“Winner winner! My family loved it! In isolation so now I don’t need to go to the grocery store to get bread! This was my first attempt at bread and it was absolutely perfect! A big thank you from Quebec Canada!”

~ Merci beaucoup. C’est une belle miche de pain. Je viens de l’Ontario. 🇨🇦 ~ jennyJenny Can Cook No Knead Bread

TRISH MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Easy and delicious! Looks exactly like her photo 💕”

~ Thanks for sending your photo – it does look just like mine. ~ jennyEasy No Knead Bread

TERRI (from Oklahoma City) MADE MY SIMPLE WHITE BREAD (with egg)

“I’m a senior sequestered here in my home and continuing to bake, bake, bake – thanks to your wonderful recipes.   Here is a pic of Simple white bread (with egg).  Wish you had smell-a-vision cause my house smells fantastic. I so appreciate you, Jenny.  From my home, sweet, home, Your #1 fan, Terri.”

~ That looks picture perfect. Thanks for another great photo. ~ jennyBest White Bread Recipe

DALILA MADE MY WHITE BREAD (with egg) & EASY DINNER ROLLS

Hello  Jenny! 🌻I enjoy baking and lately I have been on a “bread-baking” kick like you wouldn’t believe! I’ve been baking our breads for years now, what I  like is that I can control what goes in them. Much healthier for my hubby and myself too, as always your bread recipes are fabulous! Your SIMPLE WHITE BREAD (with egg) is one of my hubby’s favorite, it’s always in our bread drawer. I also make your EASY DINNER ROLLS often. I mix up ideas though, like these were made into a cloverleaf style. Sometimes I add seeds to our rolls….sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds or flax seeds. Whatever we’re  in the mood for while I’m making your wonderful dinner roll recipe. ✨Thank you Jenny for giving us such delicious and easy recipes! ✨ Happy Baking!! 😃 ~ Dalila.”

~ Dalila, thank you for more wonderful photos. It’s always a joy to hear from you. All the best to you. ❤️ ~ jenny
Homemade White Bread

Cloverleaf Dinner rolls

TERRI (from Oklahoma City) MADE MY COCONUT CAKE

“Made your wonderfully easy and delicious One Bowl Coconut Cake. It turned out perfect.   Thank you, Jenny, for all the wonderful recipes. Yum! From my home, sweet, home in Oklahoma City.”

~ It does look perfect. Thank you for taking time to share your photo. Stay well! ~ jennyEasy Coconut Cake

ALKHANSA (from Oman) MADE MY QUICK & EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE

“Hey there Jenny, I am glad that I found your recipe on YouTube. My family loved the taste and the texture of the cake. Love all the way from Oman (Middle East).”

~ Oh My Goodness, that looks amazing! Thank you very much for sharing – from Oman!!   ~ jennyEasy Chocolate Cake

PAT (from Canada) MADE MY LEMON BROWNIES INTO CAKE

“Lemon Brownies baked in Bundt Pan – Yum. This recipe yields such a delicious, moist cake, it didn’t even need icing or glaze. ~ Pat from Canada.”

~ It’s good to know this will work in a bundt pan. Thank you so much my fellow Canadian. 🇨🇦  ~ jennyLemon Brownies

SHANE MADE MY EASY WHITE BREAD (no egg)

“Hi Jenny! Thank you so much!While in quarentine I need to bake my first white bread for sandwiches, and I’ve been looking up all sorts of recipes. When I found yours I knew it was perfect, even when I run out of milk and eggs I can tell your recipe will accept substitution without issues. I can’t wait to slice and eat it I’m so hungry. I wanted to send you some pictures and mainly send you my thanks. I’ll be trying many more recipes I have the ingredients for and I can’t wait. Stay healthy and safe in these very odd and chaotic times, sincerely, Shane Wayne.”

~ Thank you for you kind note and it’s great to see a loaf this good made in a foil pan – Good to know!  ~ jennyEasy Recipe White Bread

KIM MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Simply the easiest and best recipe that I’ve used to make bread! I even shared the recipe with a friend who saw my Facebook post! Dough for the rolls is prepping now! Thank you!”

~That looks like a bakery artisan loaf of bread. Thank you for the photos. ~ jennyBest No Knead Bread
Fastest No Knead Bread

 

JAMIE MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD, CHOCOLATE CAKE & COCONUT CAKE

“Dear Jenny, I’ve only recently discovered your YouTube channel and website, and I sure am glad that I did!  I have tried 3 of your recipes so far, and every one has been a winner! Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes! I plan on sharing your website with my non-cooking DIL, where I think she will find great encouragement and success!  I am also looking forward to trying many more of your recipes myself, making the best of this time of social isolation. I think the Faster No-Knead Bread is even better than the overnight version! Best to you! ~ Jamie.”

~Wow, you’ve been busy! Thanks so much for sharing these lovely photos and stories. ~ jennyNo Knead Bread
“Quick & Easy Chocolate Cake with 2 Minute Chocolate Frosting – Made in honor of my grandson’s 5th Birthday, which we celebrated long distance, where he blew out the candles via FaceTime! Topped with whipped cream!”Easy Chocolate Cake
“One Bowl Coconut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – Ran out of coconut for the topping, and since we are avoiding non-essential store visits during this COVID-19 outbreak, I improvised by crushing some Coconut Clusters from Costco.”Homemade Coconut Cake

JOCELYN MADE MY CHICKEN POT PIE

“Hi Jenny: I think you rock. Your humour is awesome.  I have shared your YouTube channel with my sons (I have three). They are enjoying your humour and your recipes. Your bred recipe is being re created in their kitchens. I have attached a picture of your recipe for chicken pot pie that I made today.  Yummy and I really love your crust recipe. Be Well and stay healthy. ~ Jocelyn from 🇨🇦.”

~Your pie looks wonderful, and so do your beautiful canning jars. Thank you, my fellow Canadian. 🇨🇦 ~ jennyHomemade Chicken Pot Pie

LARRY MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Just thought I’d show you one of your recipes just out of the oven.”

~Looks really good. Thank you for the photos. Stay well. ~ jennyEasy No Knead Bread
No Knead Bread Jenny Can Cook

SARAH (from Jordan) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Dearest Jenny, I am Sarah, 29, Jordanian, baking noobie. With the recent curfew due to COVID-19 in Jordan, I wanted to learn something useful other than working from home -which turned out to be much more stressful than being in the office -and bake bread for the first time in my life. I tried before and failed, recipes were either not clear or too complicated. Your recipe was a gamer changer. I couldn’t believe I nailed it until my mum and sister asked for a second! I’m attaching here few pictures I took. Thank you again! ~ Sarah.”

~I can’t tell you what a thrill it is so see my recipe made on the other side of the world. I’m filled with joy that you took the time to send your beautiful photos and I’m so glad your family was pleased. Stay well. ❤️~ jenny
Easy No Knead Bread
Fast No Knead Bread
Best No Knead Bread
VAL MADE MY SWEET POTATO CHOCOLATE CAKE

“Here’s a picture of the Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake! My daughter said “It was the best, so moist I could eat it all day long”! Of course my whole family thought I was joking when I told them I used sweet potatoes. Oh bye the way Jenny, this was my first time I made and spread frosting on a cake. It won’t be my last I am sure. (I left a comment on the recipe details. See 25 Mar 20 for VAL!) Blessings from Texas, Val.”

~I know! That’s why this cake is in my Personal Favorites category. I’m so glad it was a hit. Thank you. ~ jennySweet Potato Chocolate Cake

VICTORIA (almost🙂) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Dear Jenny, This is what happens when you don’t measure your flour appropriately!  I’m going to keep trying!”

~Welcome to MY world! I’ve had more disasters than I can count but I kept trying and always succeeded (except pork chops – I’m still working on pork chops 🙂). You are so sweet to send this photo but do check the FAQs in case it’s not just the measuring. Be sure to send a picture of the next one. Good luck! 🍀   ~ jenny

JODY (from Olympia, WA) MADE MY GREEK LEMON CHICKEN & POTATOES

“Hi Jenny.  I have made your Greek lemon chicken with potatoes and green beans a couple of times in the oven and love it. Today I decided to toss everything in the slow cooker instead and it turned out just as delicious, with the added bonus of a lemony broth!  I had some grape tomatoes I needed to use up so tossed them in the last half hour or so of cooking. I followed your recipe and let the chicken and potatoes marinate before tossing into the crock pot with the marinade, cooked it on high for an hour, then added the green beans for another 2 hours.  This could all be cooked on the low setting but for more hours of course.

PS The crow on the counter is in memory of my late father and grandfather.  Grandpa immigrated from Croatia in 1903 at the age of 26, then met and fell in love with my grandmother, who immigrated from Poland.  You can bet I will be making some of your Polish recipes; I miss her cooking. Thank you for sharing!  Stay safe and healthy. ~ Jody Bogdanovich, Olympia, WA.”

~My stepmom is Greek so I love this dish. Thank you for sharing the details about using a slow cooker. ~ jennyGreek Lemon Chicken Potatoes

HOWARD MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD, TWO VERSIONS

“I have to tell you that I love watching you. Your humor and skills are great. I made both No Knead Breads ( faster and 2 hour) and everyone loved it. I am sending pictures of both and one is bread flour and the other all purpose flour. Plenty of time to cook sitting in the house. LOL. Hope you read this and thanks for your videos.. Sincerely, Howard W.”

~I manage this website myself and read everything. Photos like this is my favorite part. Thank you. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook No Knead Bread

Jenny Can Cook Dutch Oven Bread

MANDI (in Connecticut) MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS

“So easy and Absolutely Delicious!”

~I’m making some myself tonight. Thanks for your photos! ~ jenny
Easy Crusty Rolls

No Knead Dinner Rolls

LINDA MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“OMG, Jenny you are a gem. My hubby is a crusty bread fanatic. Since the shortage this weekly his weekly stipend wasn’t available. I browsed the internet for recipes and came across yours. Take a look at this perfect loaf. 😘 Thank you so very much. I’ll never buy grocery bread again!!!”

~Thank you for your beautiful photo and I’m so happy to help. ~ jennyFaster Dutch Oven Bread

DAVID MADE MY: Whole Wheat, No Knead, Multigrain & Cinnamon Swirl Breads

“Thank you Thank you Thank you for delicious easy recipes! I love baking because of your simple wonderful recipes!”

~Oh My! This is such a huge compliment. They all look wonderful! Thank you very much!! ❤️ ~ jennyEasy Whole Wheat Bread
Fast No Knead Bread
Best No Knead Bread
Easy Multigrain Bread
Cinnamon Swirl Bread

TERRI (from Oklahoma City) MADE MY QUICK & EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE

“I love, love, love JennyCanCook. Here in Oklahoma City, we are staying in and practicing social distancing giving me a chance to do my favorite thing – cooking! So, I made her quick and easy one layer chocolate cake and it was delicious! Thanks, Jenny! Here’s a pic.”

~Love that swirly frosting! Thanks so much for the photo. Stay well. ~ jennyEasy Chocolate Cake

DONNA MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

“1st bread homemade bread, thank you.”

~Looks like you’re a baker now! 👍 I’m happy to help. Stay well. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Bread

JUDI (from Reno) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“First time ever making bread…Thank you sooooo much for your video of the No-Knead bread.  It was a little soft in the middle but think I cut it to soon. Judi Gesh – Reno, NV.”

~It looks great! Thanks for taking time to send this photo. Stay well. ~ jennyNo Knead Bread Jenny Can Cook

CHERYL MADE MY DUTCH BABY PANCAKE

“Hi Jenny, I love your recipes, especially the no knead breads, it is so yummy! Today I tried the Dutch baby pancake, since I don’t have all purpose flour at home, so I used cake flour instead. It turns out to look great, but when I cut it and realised the texture is rubber like. Is it because of the cake flour? Any ideas what has gone wrong? Thank you!”

~I agree that cake flour does not have enough body for this recipe, although this pancake has kind of an “eggy” texture anyway. On another note, your picture is better than mine! 😍” ~ jenny
Dutch Baby Pancake

JODY MADE MY SALMON PATTIES & COCONUT CAKE

“Salmon patties in the pan, and ready to assemble into a healthy “samwich” (sorry, couldn’t resist!). Delicious recipe, Jenny. Thank you for being so generous!”

~Oh, I love seeing the whole serving with a toasted bun & trimmings – so yummy! But shouldn’t that be a “Salmwich?” 😀 ~ jennyEasy Salmon Patties
SALMON PATTIES“And this was my dessert after my “salmwich!” LOL. Your recipes never disappoint. Just hope I can stop myself from eating half the cake before the night is over! Jenny, I also posted a comment to you under the Coconut Cake recipe page.”

TONI MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Hi Jenny! Yum!  So good!!!  Thank you for the recipe!  -Toni.”

~Your rustic bread looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing the photo.~ jennyEasy No Knead Bread

DMR MADE MY SIMPLE WHITE BREAD (with egg)

“How wonderful to bake your delicious fast and easy bread recipe, especially when time isn’t on my side and lunches need to be made. I used the full 2 tablespoons of sugar and my choice of oil, olive oil. My kneading skills need work but you would never know it from the finished product. It rose as you said it would after the 30 minute rest and as you directed, after 15 minutes tented the pan with foil. What a delicious loaf of bread and what a wonderful sandwich it makes! Thanks for another wonderful recipe. You are awesome! ”

~I’m so glad to hear it. Thanks for the great photos.~ jennyEasy Homemade White Bread
White Bread Recipe Jeny Can Cook

ALMEGACHE MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS/BREAD

“Hi Jenny I just wannna thank you for sharing your recipe. Here’s  what i make My family  loves your bread its delicious.”

~Thank you for sending your photo – looks yummy!~ jennyQuick Easy No Kneade Bread

CHAMPS MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

“Hi Jenny, no words to Express to tell you how much I am grateful to you when I see my bread came out fantastic!!!. Pure joy. It was a dream that i have for many years but none of the other recipies convinced me to try as it’s a bigger task. I watched your videos for fun too. Lovely. Thank you so much for thinking about others.”

~ I appreciate your kind words and thank you for the photo. I have the same loaf pan! ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Bread

KATHARINE (from Sydney, Australia) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Hi Jenny, Made it this afternoon: brilliant! And the whole apartment smells beautiful! Didn’t have a Dutch oven, so I used a “vintage” Corningware pot. Worked perfectly. Thank you for the recipe. – Katharine.”

~ Thank you for your photo from 8,000 miles away! That’s very exciting! And thanks for sharing info on the pot you used. That’s sure to be helpful. ~ jennyFaster No Knead Bread

CHRIS MADE MY SPROUTED WHEAT BREAD

“Hi Jenny, When I first saw this recipe I was excited to make it. I live in an area where there is only one local grocery store and two markets for 50 miles and all three didn’t carry the flour or ingredients to make my own. Finally, yesterday I was able to find it at a store in a larger city. I was elated! Today, I doubled the recipe and baked in a Pullman loaf pan. It came out beautiful and smells amazing. The picture doesn’t do it justice. I’m not a great photographer! I found your website several years ago while searching for airy 100 % wheat bread because mine were lost. Foolproof every time! My husband and parent’s enjoyed your recipe’s very much. And, with their passing I haven’t done much cooking or baking. Seeing and smelling this brings a smile to my face and warms my heart. Thank you so much! 💖”

~ Your photo is fabulous and your story so meaningful. I can’t tell you how good it feels to know that my little recipe can bring joy to someone who truly needed it. Sending you a hug that’s as long as this lovely bread! 🤗 xoxo ~ jennyHomemade Sprouted Wheat Bread

TED MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“This was so easy and just great to eat.”

~ Thank you for posting this great photo – love that crust! ~ jennyBest No Knead Bread

EVERYONE IS MAKING MY NO KNEAD BREAD

~ I’m taking a moment to show you that ANYONE can make my easy no knead bread. These are just a few of the thousands of people who have made it and loved it. Ovens are different. Cooks are different. The breads all look different but they’re the same recipe. And they are all equally delicious. Create your own masterpiece. Anyone can make this easy no knead bread. Just ask Cheryl, Eddie, Kathy, Greg, Evelyn, Verena, Judy, Rubyanne, Mary, Marie, John, Anne, Helen, John, Ruben, Allyn, etc, etc, etc….. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook No Knead Bread

LISA (from New Jersey) MADE MY NO KNEAD RYE BREAD

“It came out great. Thanks.”

~ That’s a good looking loaf! Thanks very much for the photo. ~ jennyNo Knead Rye Bread

MARTIN MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

“Hi Ms Jones – Jenny – I found your YouTube page and blog just recently and was surprised to hear about your Polish background, despite having obviously known of your fame in other endeavors and TV. I am also of Polish immigrants. My Father was the cook (as yours). He cooked in the Army and my mother was so tired with 7 kids (me the youngest), she hated cooking and it tasted like it.

I am so glad I found your recipe site as I am also a Foodie and I teach nutrition (I believe in Food as Medicine) to my patients as a Registered Nurse case manager and health coach working for a wretched insurance company (but it’s my job whereas I also started in acting, theater and writing). I do believe that home cooking is a factor in health:  people who cook at home using fresh ingredients are 40% less likely to develop health issues.

My husband and I are embarking on growing our own mushrooms this year. (the new buzz ingredient for health — cauliflower now taking a back seat — LOL).  I do a lot of canning in the Fall depending on the crop we get from our small garden, and we utilize drying foods as well. I make pierogi every year for family (Christmas Wigilia)  and friends and we make a party out of it, plus on Easter, the beet-pickled eggs and Babka are traditional musts.

I usually don’t take photos of my disasters although Ive had many (NEVER put Pyrex on a hot burner, eg — a Rib roast disaster), but I thought I’d share at least this with you .  I tried to attach others but too big. Today, I made your 90 minute Wheat Bread recipe.  Ive been making my own breads now for about 3 years (the Dutch oven artisan bread recipe is a winner) and I like to also meld and merge other ethnic cooking into my craft (exploring Thai and Indian and Asian lately).  The easy rise time with your bread recipe helps when you “forget” to start your “starter” the night before.  I also like controlling my own ingredients when store-bought these days is poison.

I appreciate your stamina in your career and hope you are living a lovely happy life after so much hard work and dedication to your causes. You are as beautiful as ever (and funny — I love your spanking the dough “Who’s your Daddy” comment on the Wheat bread vid — !! )  Sincerely, and with love –  Martin Daynorowicz, Bucks County, PA.”

~ Your bread looks really good and thank you for validating my efforts. Good luck in your show biz endeavors! ~ jennyEasy Whole Wheat Bread
 

TABITHA MADE MY SWEET POTATO CHOCOLATE CAKE

“Just came out of the oven…. Awe, look the icing is patiently, waiting! 😉 “

~ It looks good, and I know what you mean about that looong wait for it to cool! ~ jennySweet Potato Chocolate Cake
Mar 1, 2020

Easy Crispy Focaccia Bread

Easy Crispy Focaccia Bread RecipeNEW RECIPE: This is no ordinary focaccia. It’s not the soft kind that you bake in a pan. This is focaccia the way I like it: thin and crispy. It’s like a slice of pizza without the pizza stuff. I have only been able to accomplish this using a baking stone and a pizza peel, and a very hot oven. That’s how they make those great pizzas at Italian restaurants. They use very hot ovens, and slide the pizzas in using a wooden peel like this.

Parchment paper is a must for two reasons. One, it makes pressing the dough into a circle easier because the dough sticks to the paper. And two, it makes it a breeze to slide the dough onto the hot baking stone. The parchment will turn dark from the high heat as you can see in the recipe photo. My focaccia recipe is quicker than most, taking only 90 minutes start-to-finish. As long as I don’t need my oven for cooking dinner, I can make this incredible focaccia and time it to be ready to eat with our salad.

You can make traditional rosemary focaccia or use a store-bought blend of Italian herbs. I actually use both. I mix them into the dough for lots of Italian flavor, and then put a little more on top. Some of the  spices on top fall off but the dough has enough flavor inside to make up for any of that. I like the result better with bread flour so that’s the only one I use.

Another good thing is that if you don’t eat it all (what are the chances, really?) you can re-crisp it the next day directly on the oven rack at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. It has never taken me more than 90 minutes to make this fabulous crispy Italian focaccia. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Feb 28, 2020

I Made My Favorite Chocolate Cake

Sweet Potato Chocolate CakeI realize that my “Quick & Easy” chocolate cake is the most popular and I often make it when I need cake fast. Some days, we just need cake fast! But sweet potato chocolate cake is still my favorite. It starts with a whole sweet potato, which I cook and mash with a fork. I used to boil it but now I chop and steam the sweet potato. This way it retains more vitamins and I like that this is a dessert with some nutrition. And because sweet potatoes are so sweet, this recipe uses less sugar.

This chocolate cake always turns out moist and delicious. I frost most of my cakes right in the pan, only on the top. If you want to try my favorite recipe for sweet potato chocolate cake and get a little vitamin A in each slice, click here.

Feb 21, 2020

No Knead Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Dutch Oven BreadIt seems like everyone in the world is making no knead bread and it’s no wonder. I make it all the time myself. I have my favorites like multi-grain and 10-grain but today I made a whole wheat loaf and it’s just so good and so easy. I often use the overnight method because it’s ready for baking first thing in the morning.

Whole wheat Dutch oven bread doesn’t bake as tall as the white version but it’s still delicious and hearty, like the farm breads I grew up on. If you haven’t tried it yet, I urge everyone to try some of my high fiber no knead breads, like this no knead whole wheat loaf. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Feb 15, 2020

Cooking Disasters

Cooking disasters happen to me too. They keep me humble. 🙂 For everyone who stresses when something doesn’t turn out, I decided to start sharing some of my own cooking failures so you know you’re not alone. I’ve been cooking for over 50 years and things still go wrong but I never give up.

When my first pork chop turned into a doorstop, I never gave up. When my first granola bars were so crumbly they got repurposed into granola cereal, I didn’t quit. I hope seeing my failure photos help you to stay in the game. I did and I now have my own food blog!👍 And feel free to send your own cooking disasters (even if they’re my recipes – yikes 😮) and tell the story that goes with them so I can share them here. Send them to YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies – by Jenny Can Cook

Almond Flour Cookies“Aren’t you putting too many on the sheet?” he said. “No, they won’t spread that much,” I said, “and I want to get to the mall before the stores close.” The good news was they still tasted great!

Apple Turnovers with Phyllo Pastry – by Jenny Can Cook

Apple Turnovers with Phylo“You’re not throwing those away, are you?” he said. “Well….  yeah. Look at them,” I said. “Wait,” he said. “Let me try one before they go.” We wound up eating them all – they were really good but I still can’t stop them from splitting.

Feb 12, 2020

I’m Always Learning

Jenny Can Cook Best RecipesThese are just some of the recipes that I have either improved or simplified since they were originally posted. I’m always learning and improving my skills so if anyone is using a recipe that was posted a while ago or if you printed it some time ago, please check the “Recipe Changes/Fixes” category in my blog.

So far I have made changes to about 100 recipes but many of the changes are minor, like increasing salt or reducing sugar but others, like my 15-Minute Veggie Pasta, now use an easier, faster, all-in-one-pan method. I’m always looking for ways to make something healthier or faster or to simplify the process so every time I cook, if I try a better way and it works, I adjust the recipe and share the exact changes I made in the blog.

I encourage all of my regular cooks to occasionally check the “Recipe Changes” category here in my blog to make sure you are using the newest and best version of each recipe. As I evolve as a better (& simpler) cook, I will continue to occasionally update my recipes. To see if any changes were made to your favorite recipes, click here.

Feb 1, 2020

Photos from You (February)

It’s always a thrill to see my recipes being made in other kitchens. Please let me know where you are from. Use this link to send your photo: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

KLAUS MADE MY 2-HOUR FASTEST NO KNEAD BREAD

“Jenny, Passing along a few photos from the bread I made this afternoon! Simply fantastic! ….and my ovens didn’t discolor, nor did the parchment burn…lol. Thank you for sharing your recipe! My son and I had a great time making our bread!”

~ Thanks for the great photos and for your support. ❤️ ~ jennyFastest No Knead Bread
2 Hour No Knead BreadQiuck Easy No Kneaed Bread

ALLYN (from Florida) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Hi Jenny: I made your no knead bread last weekend for my boyfriend!  It was AMAZING!  I’ve never made bread like this before!   Not only was it Delicious it looked beautiful!   His mom IS a baker , it was a proud moment!   Thank you for your recipes!    On to the pizza dough!  Allyn Curry/Palm Harbor Fl 🌸.”

~ Thank you so much! I share your excitement every time I make one too.  ~ jennyFast No Knead BreadFaster Dutch Oven Bread

SCARLET (from New Zealand) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Jenny- I did it!! And on my first try ! I was so happy when it came out I was dancing with it!
I thank you thank you! I am a baker now!!!! Bless you, Scarlet.”

~ Wow! This makes me so happy! To see all this joy from my simple recipe, and all the way from New Zealand. I thank you right back! ❤️~ jennyJenny Can Cook No Knead Bread

KARYN (from Arizona) MADE MY COCONUT CAKE

“Hi Jenny, I have to say that I am so very, very happy with every single one of your recipes that I have tried… I am working my way through them. Hubby loves coconut, so I decided to make him your coconut cake today, for Valentine’s Day. I started getting the ingredients out and realized that my neighbor had all of my 8 inch cake pans. Then I discovered that I had only olive oil or grapeseed oil.. So I went with a glass pan and grapeseed oil and assumed it was doomed.

The cake turned out perfect. Took a little bit longer to bake, but I am high elevation in the mountains of Arizona and that happens. (and my oven is old and crabby) I was going to show you a picture of the inside, but hubby and 2 of his friends ate the whole thing. Your recipe was a total success, even surviving my lack of planning. I got a few bites and it was moist and coconutty and so delicious. A definite keeper. I hope you are having a very Happy Valentine’s Day. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes with us. Warmly, Karyn.”
~ I, too, am very familiar with getting only a few bites of something I made. Make another one and hide it! 🙂 ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Coconut Cake

BEATA (from Slovakia) MADE MY CRUSTY ROLLS & FLATBREAD

“Hi Jenny, I love your recipes. Our favourites are no knead crusty rolls and quick and easy flatbread, which I love to serve with good thick tomato soup. Thank you, Beata.”

~ Slovakia! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing your photos. ~ jennyNo Knead Crusty RollsJenny Can Cook Crusty RollsEasy Flatbread Recipe

ANNETTE (from Montana) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Jenny, my last effort to make bread decades ago, resulted in two doorstops!  Never tried again until I found your site two days ago.  I can’t BELIEVE I made this beautiful, delicious bread, which was very easy.  I was so pleased with myself that I sent this photo and your link to all of my friends 🙂   I also bookmarked that recipe so that when I need a laugh I can hear your story about the baseball again, then ROFL…… I look forward to trying many more of your recipes.  Thank you! I’m  originally from Edinburgh, Scotland but live in Montana.”

~ I’m so glad to hear about your success. Thanks for your great photo. ~ jennyJenny Jones No Knead Bread

EDNA (from Canada) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Hi Jenny. Made your no knead recipe. So quick and easy and so tasty. Loved it. Thanks for the recipe. Looking for lots of heart healthy recipes. Cheers, Edna – from Vancouver Island Chemainus, BC.”

~ Your crust looks great. Thank you for taking time to share your photo. ~ jennyJenny can cook no knead bread

ANNE MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Brava!  Recipe was great!  Thanks!”

~ Thank you for sending your photo. Others will surely be inspired. ~ jennyFast No Knead Bread Jenny Can Cook

Jan 31, 2020

Healthy Mexican Black Bean Casserole

Healthy Mexican Black Bean CasseroleNEW RECIPE: I love casseroles. Cook once / eat twice /or three times. And casseroles are always flexible: a little more of this, a little less of that, and they still turn out. This is a little like my Spicy Mexican Casserole but made not spicy using an Anaheim pepper, with corn tortillas and added vegetables. I always try to include as many vegetables as possible in every meal, besides the salads I make every day.

Vegetables are the key to good health so besides lots of fresh tomatoes, I include antioxidant-rich bell pepper along with the Anaheim green chili pepper. Anaheim peppers (also called long peppers) are green and measure about 7 inches long.Jenny Can Cook CasseroleThese peppers are great for anyone not liking anything too spicy but who does like a flavorful pepper. Of course you can use Jalapeño peppers instead but the Anaheim pepper is perfect for me.

This recipe is high in fiber from the black beans and corn tortillas. All corn tortillas are not the same, in fact they can be very different. I tried Whole Foods 365 brand and they were dry and disappointing. My preference is Guerrero brand if you can find them.

You can make lots of variations with this recipe, using cheddar cheese instead of monterey jack, pinto beans instead of black beans, and you can add spices if you like, but I do recommend staying with the fresh tomatoes. They add moisture and fresh taste to this easy casserole. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones