Southern Frog

Well, we heard we were going to get snow. We heard it would be a lot of snow. It was! We had more snow than I have ever seen in a place where I have lived. We live in a retirement community and many of the people who retire here are from “up North.” This is the first place I have ever lived where people have snow shovels. Well, they needed them this weekend.

A little before, during and after . . .

Observe the noble frog.

Isn't he cute in the bird bath?
Isn't he cute in the bird bath?
Hmmm, getting a little chilly!
Hmmm, getting a little chilly!
This isn't looking to good.
This isn't looking to good.
Where'd everybody go?
Where'd everybody go?

We are so thankful that it was snow and not ice like last year. Unfortunately, not everybody was so lucky. I understand that a lot of places got ice. Never fear, the sun will shine again, and the snow will start to melt.

And things will be clear once again.
And things will be clear once again.

Hope your homes and hearts are warm. – Christi

Go check out all the before and afters at:

Metamorphosis Monday with Between Naps on the Porch
Metamorphosis Monday with Between Naps on the Porch

Today’s Lagniappe: Parmesan Pull-Aparts
When the cook gets snowed in, the cook starts baking!

* 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (from a 1/4-oz package)
* 1 teaspoon mild honey or sugar
* 2/3 cup warm milk (105–115°F), divided
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 Tbsp for sprinkling
* 1 1/4 cups grated (with a rasp) Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 1/3 oz)
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 large eggs
* 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into Tbsp pieces and softened
* 1 tablespoon water

Stir together yeast, honey, and 1/3 cup warm milk in mixer bowl and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. (If mixture doesn’t foam, start over with new yeast.) Whisk together flour (2 1/2 cups), cheese, and salt, then mix into yeast mixture along with remaining 1/3 cup warm milk at low speed. Increase speed to medium and beat in 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat, scraping down side of bowl occasionally, until a very soft dough forms, about 3 minutes. Beat in butter, 1 Tbsp at a time, until dough is elastic, about 2 minutes. (Dough will be very sticky.)
Scrape dough into center of bowl and sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbsp flour. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Punch down dough (do not knead) and turn out onto a floured surface. Cut dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each into a ball by cupping your hand and pushing dough against work surface as you roll in a circular motion. Arrange rolls 1 inch apart in a buttered 9- by 2-inch round cake pan and cover with a kitchen towel (not terry cloth). Let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled and dough fills pan, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
Whisk together remaining egg with water and brush on tops of rolls. (You will have leftover egg wash.) Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Loosen edges of rolls from pan with a sharp knife and invert rolls onto a rack, then reinvert and cool at least 20 minutes.






8 responses to “Southern Frog”

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  2. black eyed susans kitchen Avatar

    Great picture, but how crazy has this weather been? You don’t usually get such harsh snowy winters down there, do you?
    ?, Susan

  3. Kelee Katillac Avatar

    Your frog peeking out looks so cute!

    Guess what Christi? You won the $20 Hobby Lobby giveaway…e-mail your address…ok.?!!:)

  4. kammy Avatar

    Hello ~
    That frog is so cute peeking out from the snow…I think maybe you should knit him a sweater :o)
    Your recipe looks really yummy !

  5. Treasia Avatar

    What a really cute post! Little froggy is much happier about now I guess.

  6. Joan@anythinggoeshere Avatar

    Oops. You got the kind of snow we get here in No. Illinois. Your froggy is cute with and without snow. I love the photo of his little eyes just showing out of the snow.

  7. Jennifer F Avatar
    Jennifer F

    Poor little froggie. Is it me, or does he look like a bundt cake in the last picture? Maybe I’m just hungry.

  8. Allison Avatar

    Too cute! Love the photos.

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