Easiest Bread Recipe!!

Ok!! So this recipe, is maybe the easiest bread recipe out there… If you’ve got a Dutch Oven, and can follow simple directions:) Then this is for you!!  So For Real just follow the instructions, and you’ll be eating bread with your supper lol.. 🙂 The Dutch ovens are fun to cook with.

#1 because they can really hold the moisture in there, while cooking or baking.. allowing your foods not to dry out…

#2 Great for using as a slow cooker.. When cooking meat, it just falls off the bone.

#3 because you can use them while camping as well.. If you do this recipe in the woods, just use a small ring of coals on the bottom, and some on top of the Dutch Oven..

This recipe is also called a “No Knead Bread“.. No Knead for Buying Bread no more lol..  kidding, small jokes here:) Anyways back to baking..

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Bread Flour. “I use any flour I got lol, it will work”

1/4 teaspoon of instant yeast

1 teaspoon of salt, (I use Kosher Salt and also I use 1 1/2 teaspoons salt)

1 1/2 cups of warm water

Dutch Oven

Start with getting a Mixing bowl ready..

Taking dry ingredients, the 3 cups of flour,

3 Cups Of Flour
3 Cups Of Flour

1/2 teaspoon of instant yeast,

use 1/2 teaspoon of yeast
use 1/2 teaspoon of yeast

1 teaspoon of salt,

^koshersalt

and mixing them together in the bowl….

putting all dry ingredients together, and mixing them
putting all dry ingredients together, and mixing them

Pretty simple so far.. Ok cool, just take the 1 1/2 cups of warm water, pour it in the bowl..

and mix them all together.^doughshot Walla!! You now have a dough… But!! to finish the Dough, ya want to let it rise…

So we are going to let it sit, for about 12-20 hrs.. Yup, a freakin long time lol..

Have the dough in a lightly oiled bowl…

oil the bowl some, so dough doesn't stick to sides.
oil the bowl some, so dough doesn’t stick to sides.

of Olive Oil, Avocado Oil or something you prefer….

“because when the dough rises, you don’t want it sticking to the sides of the bowl” … Then you can use Saran wrap, or a dampish clothe to cover the bowl … go chill for a bit.. When it has risen 12-20 hrs later, Then take the dough, and fold it over on it self once or twice, letting it sit again for another hr…  In the oven Preheating at 450 degrees, have your Dutch Oven ready, lightly having oil in it.. ” so it doesn’t stick” … and now..

Dutch Oven, Preheat 450 Degrees
Dutch Oven, Preheat 450 Degrees

Basically how it’s going to go is.. You put the dough in the preheated Dutch Oven… We will be Baking the loaf at 450, with the lid on for 30 minutes.. then taking the lid off, for 12-15 minutes in the oven still at 450 degrees.. “I Do 12 minutes on the dot” (a total of 45 minutes baking time at 450 degrees, half hour lid on, 12-15 minutes lid off)… Congratulations!! You’ve just baked your first batch of Bread…. When I take it out, there usually is a bread cooling rack, or something.. I just take piece from the burner, and let it sit on that.. so moisture doesn’t build up on bottom, from when it’s cooling.

Fresh Bread is the Best!!
Fresh Bread is the Best!!

How you know when it’s finished, it should sound almost empty, or hollow when you knock on it.. 🙂 I learned this recipe from some awesome friends in Colorado, and have been using it ever since.. Thanks I’ve liked it, and now share it with a friend..

Food Life:)

 

As I wander around the country, I have so much time to think, and eat lol… But a friend of mine was coming to town, and asked if I knew any cool spots in Chi Town… as I sat back, so many ran threw my mind, but couldn’t think of the rite one…, Fun thought was .. Make a map, suggestion list, for my friends coming to town.. or to suggest on places I’ve been,  reviews, that would be cool idea… So here, I will put places I’ve tried and enjoyed.. I will leave a review on it, and where it is in the world… I’m sure this page will be switched up a few times lol..  there will be Food spots that are Vegan, for meat eaters, and for the Sweat Tooth:) seems like I’m starting to put them up in alphabetical order.. I will be goin threw my traveling notes, and seeing old spot’s I’ve been to.. so It will be updated frequently.. geofftengel.com

 

Paul’s Live From New York Pizzeria

665 Samoa Blvd                                         604 F St

Arcata, CA, 95521                                     Eureka, CA 95501

(707) 822-6199                                          (707) 442-5800

                                                                  

  Paul's Live From New York Pizzeria              For Pizza on the West Coast, this is in the top 5.. My style of pizza I like is, a Boston, New York style.. I live in Chicago, so I eat pizza almost everyday, and even there  I’m always searching for the east coast dough lol…

 

California, Ferndale

 Victorian Inn, Located in Ferndale, California 95536

To start this one off… I’m going directly in, and telling you about the Chowda, Yup!! I’m from Boston, a Chowda Man.. This Wonderful place has THE Best Chowda, outside of New England of course.. I’m waiting to find a place that even compares to it.. this is what I search for lol.. Every.. single.. dish.. I.. tried, on the menu, made my jaw drop, and taste buds dance… I chewed slowly, “which is rare for me” and tried to memorize every bite.. So the steak was mouth watering, actually my stomach is Growling as I write this.. The  Steak was cooked, like it looks in the books.. maybe the chef knew I was coming and spent all week preparing..The vegetables even complimented the meats so well… These meals were around $25.. I actually usually don’t like to spend that much

#1 is, I mite be a Cheap Skate lol

#2 I feel I can cook a great meal for under that… but in reality don’t.. and I should just eat good lol

But I would spend $25 every meal there, cause it is so good, and worth every penny… They also highly recommend the Macaroni and Cheese..One more little touch about the place.. They have a special wine there, for $32 a bottle “remember I’m a none drinker recommending this lol” but it’s called Frogs Alley, and they make it down the street, and only sell it in this town of Ferndale CA.. Frogs Alley may not even have a website,  by word of mouth.. So this place I say if your in the area, swing by.. the building it self, is a reason to check it out.. old school architecture.. Thanks for your time, and enjoy some Chowda

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California, Fortuna

L’s Kitchen, Located in Fortuna, California 95540

(707)726-7779

There are so many reasons I love this place…

L's Kitchen Fortuna California 2014
L’s Kitchen Fortuna California 2014

From the start, the staff is incredibly friendly, the waitresses make you feel like you’ve known them forever… they fly across the restaurant, lickty split to get your order… the cooks even come out and talk to you… It’s definitely a Northern Cali feel to it, chill… How to describe the food hmm.. breakfast spot, burgers, sandwiches sort of place… BUT!! Each!! Meal has it’s own kick, it’s own style.. The Burgers were excellent, with sweat potato fries. There pancakes even have there own flair, the have this pancake/crepe which I had to get at least once lol   was delicious, and perfect munchie/snack food as well… Portion size as well is hefty.. sometimes that’s what I look for in a meal:) You’ve got try their Pies, Cakes and Cookies Oh and Cinnamon Rolls:) Once again L’s Kitchen has both, different style, and portion size, also with a fair price tag $8 – $10 a meal..  Thumbs up for sure!!!

California, Trinidad

The Eatery

The Eatery or Trinidad Eatery, 607 Parker St, Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 677-3777

When ever I’m traveling the 101, I always stop to hang out on the beach for a bit, grab some food, and visit the Mellow town of Trinidad California… This place has been a relaxing spot for me, as long as I can remember.. There is Trinidad Head rite there, College Cove.. and the Eatery, if your looking for a great Diner, here ya go ^trinidad rest if you want a good breakfast, Fresh Baked Muffins, and a good cup of coffee…  stop bye and say hi.. Averaged priced meals around $8… not sure if there is anything extra special about the place, but it’s just a good place to eat, on the Coast..and I happen to eat there a lot for some reason lol.. the service is always good, clean spot, and the company and locals make the environment nice.. So I dig it

^Eatery

 Colorado, Denver:

Water Course, Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant, located 837 E17th, Denver, Co 80203 (303)832-7313

Water Course is a mainly vegetarian and Vegan restaurant.. In my opinion it is the Best Vegan spot I’ve been too.. Hands down the largest portions, with the most flavors!! a lot of the meals mimic a “meat” dish in a vegetarian fashion… I had ordered the Chicken and Waffles, pretty sure the waffles were gluten free, but the flavors were excellent.. all the meals I saw coming out of the kitchen were looking great, and each person had a smile as they ate… the environment was chill, the restaurant was very clean…  I fully recommend this place, as I enjoyed every bite of food.. and the pastries were unbelievably tasty and vegan, and again the pastries were good size portions as well… the reason I point out the portion size is, most vegetarian/vegan spots, give very tiny portions.. So I was extremely pleased here… average price for food was about $10.. Good Deals.. A must go to in Denver

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Colorado, Jefferson CO

Hungry Moose Caboose

38539 US Highway 285, Jefferson CO, 80456

 

Man this joint has a Great Burger!!  The kind that drips all over place..     Found this Awesome spot, as we where  heading to Telluride.  Here’s a little look at the menu..   It’s rite off the 285.. In a really beautiful area, not a lot in the area lol. so you will probably see it lol..    Has a nice vibe to the place.. And if you like milkshakes or malts, this your spot.. So if your in the area, swing on in and stuff your face..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Seasonal Place, so call before ya go.     Hungry Moose Front Window                                        Eat your burger in this lol!!  Hungry Moose Ride                       2015-07-10 14.13.36  Tastey!!      Hungry Moose Caboose

Illinois, Chicago

Banh Mi & Co, Belmont and Clark

Banh Mi & CO
Banh Mi & CO

This place I could eat at just about everyday.. I feel like the food is healthy and good for ya.. doesn’t weigh you down…

First of all, there are about 4 items on the menu.. This could go either way with a spot, but I tend to like it when they have few items, and perfect them.. That is the case with here…They serve Wonton Soup, it’s made fresh in house.. cost about $2.50 and it’s a good price for the bowl, they are the best Wontons I’ve ever had.. saying that, I hadn’t had fresh Wontons before lol… ^Banh Mi sandwichThey serve a Vietnamese sandwich, which is great.. and then my Favorite dish to get, is the BBQ Pork Salad.. BBQ pork, over noodles, and vegetables, served cold, with a nice dressing… Served in BIG traditional bowl..

BBQ Pork, Noodle Salad
BBQ Pork, Noodle Salad

that is the plate I ride my bike so far for… cost about $8.. The other detail I dig about the place, is Lee, when I first met him, he had just got to the states to 2 years prior.. and had already opened up 3 of these restaurants, now he has 5.. and about to open his 6th.. He is an incredibly hard worker, very loyal to his customers, and employees.. and keeps his place spotless..^Banh Mi Also Banh Mi is easily accessible from the CTA Brown or Red line, there are lots of interesting shops in the area… So if you visit me in Chicago, I’m taking you here for sure lol… One more specialty about this place is the Coconut water,

The Best Coconut water in town lol!!
The Best Coconut water in town lol!!

usually has baby coconut served inside.. they mite.. have stopped.. that.., but it was a goody… I just heard, they brought the Amazing coconut water back..

 

Cave Junction, Oregon

Taylor’s Sausage Country Store, 202 S. Redwood Hwy., Cave Junction, OR 97523  

541-592-5358

Driving up the 101 all the time, Taylor’s is my stop at each trip, eating house..  If I drive by it everyday, I eat at it everyday, plain and simple lol.. Maybe I just like the portions are real big, maybe it’s the feeling of a home cooked meal, or  friendly people.. But I recommend it to everyone who ask’s me about Southern Oregon.. You can also grab, meat from the Deli, or Jerky from them as well.. Don’t think there are very many vegetarian meals, But they have live music on occasions, so fun for everyone.. You can always munch on some ice cream, or drink a Shake.. I’m a BIG sugar person, so I always mention snacks.. Mine as well point out the cookies and muffins to then lol.. All fresh as well… My go to meals there are, Breakfast Sandwich Deluxe, Breakfast Wrap,  Biscuit’s And Gravy, BBQ Beef Sandwich,  Macaroni “Full order is a little ridiculous for one person, Huge”, Grilled Turkey Sandwich, Sweet Potato Fries.. So if I’m just running in real quick, and starving from the road.. one of those I will just Ramble off lol.. Sounds like I eat a lot of sandwich’s as I read this..

 

Hammocks and Highways

This Trip was really fun.. Hitched outta Chicago in the middle of the night, on a Mystical and misty evening.. wound up getting a free plane ticket later on lol.. made it to San Fran:)

Beautiful day on the coast!! San Francisco!
s Beautiful day on the coast!! San Francisco!

caught a shuttle, to a bus, then a train, to a bus up the Coast to Southern Oregon.. Threw probably my favorite part of the country.. The RedWoods!!!  For over 18 years I been playing in these Towering trees, with Freakishly large Ferns, and slick and slippery mossy covered streams… A play ground for imaginations.

Wheres Waldo.. or more like Wheres Geoff lol
Wheres Waldo.. or more like Wheres Geoff lol

^Redwoodsthis is another favorite of mine, when your in between the Redwoods, and the river going threw it:)..a few pics of the Hammock up in some sweet spots.. Just going to post a few pics from the trip..^Hammock1 it’s like a little window in Hammock village..^33Hammock climbing into the arms of Mother Madrone..  ^^Hammock slept so good in that tree.. advice, better use the bathroom before.. was a pain in the neck when I got sick one night trying to climb down..lol… but I had to sleep in the tree because it was so Cool…^Hammocking2 these next ones were trying to get better coverage, from the nearing monsoon storm:) ^Hammocking  at this pointy I was trying to find anything to block the rain.. ^Taking cover hammock ^hammockrain I had forgot my rain gear in Chicago lol.. having to use random tarps and sheet metal… I do dig having to come up with solutions extremley fast, and dealing with what ever comes your way… ^Runawaypups Oh ya!! some random puppies that needed a walk back to there homes.. was fun having puppies around for a bit…^Niceshot Then a Sweet train ride to Colorado 2014-11-07 14.30.22 first then Chicago2014-11-08 16.55.18Thanks for the Adventure.. This is what goes on when I’m not at the Glass shop lol

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First Blog!! Hammock to Highways

Hi!! This is Geoff Stengel, and my first Blog is now 🙂
.I wanted to start blogging a bit, for a few reasons.
1: because I travel a lot.. going on Strange adventures with my Hammock, backpack, and a thumb to Hitch Hike with… thought this would be a great place to share some adventures.

2: There are a bunch of Food places around the world I see, and want to share with ya. Food is really big comfort in my life, and something I enjoy on a personal level.

3:  Want to Share some of My Music/Art experiences…

4: Instead of posting on Facebook… and taking up others, news feeds, with life events.. people can check here, when ever they feel… in my opinion, it feels less intrusive.

5: Also, I’m trying to keep people coming back here, to my website www.geoffstengel.com . where I do all my business..  same place I sell my Glass Harmonicas, Tools and Art… Mine as well keep it all in same area:)

6: And I like to talk, what can I say lol..

Thank you for your time..
Geoff Stengel

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