Gary’s Bread Rolls

My brother, actor Gary Wilmes, has been perfecting the art of bread and pizza making. He shared a very simple no-knead bread dough that has been working out great for my kids and guests this summer.

3 cups unbleached white flour gary's rolls
1 1/2 cups cold water
3/4 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. yeast

Mix all ingredients well with your hands. Cover and let sit for 12-18 hours. On a floured work surface, shape it into a ball and fold in 4 sides, turn over and let proof for 1-2 hours. (I have skipped this step and not noticed marked differences.)
Divide dough (it will be pretty sticky- may want to cut it with a large knife or bread tool) into as many shapes or long rolls as you like, brush with oil (optional) sprinkle with salt, pepper or a few herbs and bake for 13-17 minutes at 500 degrees. (I line a cookie sheet with parchment for easy clean up.) The oven needs to be VERY hot and you will want to check the rolls to prevent burning.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

All your variations on this recipe will always be good because the combination is just excellent!

1 small onion, diced


1 large sweet potato, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbls. chili powder (or more if you like)

2 tsp. cumin

pinch of cinnamon-optional

1/4 tsp.  chipotle chile powder -optional (quite spicy hot-so use carefully if using)

1 1/2 cups water

1-15oz. can black beans

1-15oz. can diced tomatoes or use fresh chopped towards end of cooking

2 tsp. lime juice

3 Tbls. fresh cilantro, chopped

1/4 tsp. salt and dash of pepper

2 tsp. pure maple syrup, agave or sugar-optional

Heat a large saucepan over medium-hgh heat.  Add a few tablespoons of water (have a water glass handy when sautéing veggies so you can prevent scorching).  Add onion and potato, stirring often until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, and chipotle.  Cook, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add water and cook at a medium to higher heat until the potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes.  Reduce heat and stir in beans, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, maple syrup, salt and pepper.  Cook a couple more minutes.  Adjust seasonings and serve. (Best served warm and not piping hot.)


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Thought for the day: Who we are and what we are doing is OK. It is good enough. We will make some mistakes or get “off-track” from time to time and these times are OK as well. Being encouraging and KIND towards ourselves is the basic tenant to a serene day.

Love. Love.


Chai Green Tea

2 cups boiling water

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3 green tea bags

1/2 cup coconut or almond milk, etc… or 1/4 cup silk soy creamer

1/8 tsp. cardamom

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ginger

1/8 tsp. vanilla

pinch nutmeg

2-3 Tbls. Agave to taste (or other sweetener of choice)

In a medium bowl or 2 cup glass measuring cup, seep the tea bags in the hot water. Use the back of a spoon to press on the tea bags. Remove and discard tea bags. Add milk, spices and stir. Pour into your favorite large mug and enjoy.

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