Something Simple


Today….yes, I still have a last chapter to polish and a book due in TWO DAYS…..but I’m going to do something calming first. I’m going to head off to the garden center to stock up on fresh herbs in pots I can plant on the deck, and then I’m going to bake some foccacia bread. I’ll polish the end of my book while the focaccia is rising. Focaccia is a great dipping bread, so I’ll get out my cute Italian dipping bowls, mix up some herbs and olive oil, and make a big deal out of something simple tonight at dinner. I’ll come back later with a picture and the recipe.
Later–bread! You need: 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons yeast, 6 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 cup warm water for the bread. Mix, let rise one hour. Knead in two tablespoons fresh cut rosemary and 2-3 cloves chopped garlic. Let rise again; sprinkle with oil and salt. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Serve will herbed olive oil. Yum! Also picked up pots of rosemary, sage, chives, basil, oregano, and thyme at the garden center today. Must find time to replant in the big deck pot this week…..


  1. Gina says:

    Sounds yummy. Relax a bit. It’ll clear your head to finish the task you need to.

  2. Katie says:

    Sounds wonderful. Looking forward to the recipe as well as what herbs you bought!

  3. Michelle says:

    Sounds like a plan!! :bananadance:

  4. kacey says:

    oh, I can’t wait for the recipe! I love baking bread! That does sound simple. We’re having swiss cheese fondue for dinner…bet your bread would go great with it….

    I’m into simple dinners this weekend. So simple that we had a late lunch yesterday and skipped dinner last night :mrgreen: Okay, so the dh made sandwiches for dinner. HE can’t skip a meal :rolleyes:

  5. Mary Stella says:

    I can never get the kneading/rising process right, so bread I make from scratch comes out too ‘tough’. I do, however, love buying a great Italian bread and dipping it in olive oil and herbs, usually accompanied by fresh mozarella. Yum!

  6. Jill says:

    I’ll be over for dinner …

  7. Margery Scott says:

    Sounds yummy. That’s what I went to the nursery for yesterday – fresh herbs as well as other plants. Couldn’t get near the place.

  8. Tori says:

    Sounds delish! What time do we eat? :bananadance:

  9. Carol Burnside says:

    Yum! That reminds me of the cookie dough just waiting to be baked.

    Let’s see, there’s White Choc Mac Nut and Reeces chunks. Oh, heck – I’ll bake both.

  10. Robyn says:

    That does sound yummy; your family is
    lucky to have you bake bread(I bake buns).
    Stay calm and it all will happen.:razz:

  11. Mary says:

    Enjoy your day, your gardening, and your bread. Sounds delightful.

  12. Amy K. says:

    Sounds like a relaxing day you deserve! Enjoy!

  13. Cheryl S. says:

    Will check back later for the recipe – sounds great. Have a relaxing day.

  14. Marty K says:

    Sounds wonderful! And the herb pots are a great idea. I don’t have a yard, but I could do that…

  15. Crystal* says:

    Oh yes, please. The recipe would be wonderful. Mmmmmmmm.

    Relax. :yes:

  16. gena showalter says:

    I want to come over for dinner. I’m a horrible (horrible!) cook, and now I’m hungry 🙂

  17. Rene says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Suzanne. I love foccacia. I have a few recipes myself for the stuff, so I’m always happy to find another.

  18. Rene says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot to add: it’s really yummy if you blend a little balsamic vinegar with the olive oil and dip.

  19. Suzanne says:

    Rene! Yes! I forgot to say that! Balsamic vinegar is a must!

    Why isn’t there a diet that is called The Bread Diet??? I would be soooo good on that one…..:hissyfit:

  20. kacey says:

    oh my gosh, I could SO live on THE BREAD DIET. You must make a diet called that, write a book about it, and you’ll be famous!! :guitar:

    Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Kelly says:

    Ooh–looks great! And you know how people have green thumbs? I have a brown one. I could never have a garden. 😥

  22. Cheyenne McCray says:

    Yum! Can I have some? 🙂

  23. Lis says:

    Copied and pasted the recipe. Sounds yummy. Will have to try it out soon. :thumbsup:
    Enjoy potting your herbs this week.

  24. Rene says:

    Suzanne, started to make the foccacia but it took forever to raise. I think my yeast is too old. I get in bulk at Costco and forget how long I’ve had it. Then we decided neither dh or I wanted to cook, so we ordered take out spaghetti. Anyway, I have it sitting in the fridge and will get it out tomorrow to knead in the rosemary and garlic and finish raising it.

  25. Suzanne says:

    Rene, do you have any of the rapid rise yeast? That rapid rise yeast is the best!!!

  26. Rene says:

    No, Suzanne, I haven’t. I pick up these big bags of yeast at Costco for $3 and they last for awhile. I used to bake more bread before urchin #3 arrived, I just don’t have the time anymore. But she is getting older, so I’m hoping to get back into it and to actually make a successful sourdough starter.

  27. Jaq says:

    oh man, that bread looks good. Where’s your drooly smiley? gg:razz: