Thursday, October 2, 2008
So here's the challenge for anyone checking my food blog, and wants to play!
5 recipes. That's all.... post 5 recipes on your blog, or in the comments here... 5 recipes you love to use for winter dinners!
I thought it'd be fun, and give some others (namely me) some new ideas on what to cook during the cold wintery months....coming soon!
I'll post mine soon!
Thanks... and have fun!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Use my bread recipe from the Chicago stuffed pizza recipe ( 3 C flour, 2 tsp salt, 1Tblspn yeast, 1C hot water, 2-3 Tblspn oil... and various other spices (garlic) that you like)
Brown hamburger/sausage and add your favorite spaghetti sauce. Roll out bread, spread meat mixture leaving a couple inch margin. Roll up bread with meat mixture inside like a jelly roll. (it may be smart to do this IN the pan you intend to use ... this is why I have no picture... the transporting caused some minor difficulties)
Once all nicely rolled up and it's beautiful (unlike mine)... melt some butter in a bowl and mix in some garlic salt (or garlic powder and salt)... and spread over top of bread roll! Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes! Delish!!!!! Simple yet satisfying!
Just thought I'd throw that out there for all of you who like to spice up what you're having, but still want a quick dinner night!
Monday, April 14, 2008
the Sushi was easy (for the most part).. it was a kit... Rice, wraps and soy sauce provided. Now what they don't tell you on the package, is the kits are designed to make sushi for elves! The wraps were so small you could hardly call them a roll!
Below, as you can see... these are my very tiny hands... holding an even smaller sushi roll! The above picture was cut in half... which was a feat in itself! As you can see... there wasn't much room to stuff too much in... but they were delicious all the same! We used crab meat, cucumber, carrots, and avocado. Although we did learn that just making a "sushi sandwich" does not hold the same yumminess (this is not a real word) as a roll... you really need to compact those flavors . . . . . this may actually be a real art!
We also made egg rolls... they were pretty easy and very good! We bought spring roll wraps,and then sauteed cabbage, bean sprouts, carrots, and bamboo shoots in soy sauce, then stuffed the wraps according to directions and FRIED! Everything is good if it's fried! And... they crisp right back up under the broiler for leftovers~!
So, my suggestions... have a sushi night.. it was loads of fun! The kids even had fun making them, but for Jason and I to eat... they weren't really fond of the sushi, but the egg rolls were a hit! But, if you purchase the kits... buy the Nori wraps separate... then you can actually make a sushi roll... for regular sized people, and not elves!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
but... we did have a lot of fun... Patty is Vegan, so it was fun to head to the local vegan store and buy the few things I needed to make an acceptable lunch... Now mind you... she was gonna bring her own food, but that, folks, is just rude... to invite someone over for lunch and make them bring their own! Plus... I look for reasons to try something new and unusual (although, I'm learning being vegan isn't all that unusual)....
We had homemade garlic bread (on bread with no eggs or dairy)... slathered with Baba Ganouj (sounds like ganoosh).. it's an eggplant spread! It's really yummy... She made it for me the last time I went her way for lunch... Her's was much better than the Kroger bought version I had, but we both decided... it was still really good!
Then we topped the spread with the sauteed squash.... in vegan butter mind you! I also had a vegan loaf of banana nut bread... and I attempted some Hemp Brownies! Now that's just funny! With Frosting! And to drink... Green tea with a hint of Jasmine! Wow... I am such an adult to pull off a spread like that! I've finally acheived making what would/should qualify as an adult lunch! (Usually it's a batch of chessy noonles (mac and cheese) or chicken nuggets...) It does not take much for me to impress myself with myself! Get it????
And here is a lovely picture of the whole dang thing..... Ahhhh, beautiful! And besides the eating we had wonderful conversation... the kids (Nathaniel, Patty's son Seth, and Simon) played (video games) so we were left to have a wonderful time.... although Simon seemed a little worried when Patty kept asking him to get in her bag so she could take him home.... he's since been taken to ask... at least once a day... "When Patty come over.... we play... me like Patty!"
Thanks for a great time Patty and Seth.... Can't wait till summer when we can do it again!
A head of Cauliflower, blanched. 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 package buttermilk ranch dry dressing, paprika, bacon chips (real or fake)....Put the cauliflower in the pan... mix the cream and dressing together, pour over cauliflower... sprinkle with paprkia and bacon chips... cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
3 C. Flour
1 cup hot water
1 package yeast
2 tsp salt (if this is too salty for you, you can cut it back to 1tsp)
3-4 T olive or canola oil
Recipe: Mix flour and salt in bowl. In 1/2 cup of the hot water dissolve yeast for a few minutes. Add yeast water and the other 1/2 cup of hot water to flour along with oil. Mix. You may need to knead/mix with your hands... this dough gets quite 'tough'. After well mixed, let rest for 1/2 hour - 45 minutes.
I also added oregano, garlic powder (of course) and onion flakes to my bread dough. If you have another favorite bread recipe... you can use that! This is just the one I used. Just make sure you have enough dough to spread and hang over a round (or square) deep dish pan. This recipe makes enough to cover a good size cookie sheet so it worked well. You can use this for regular pizza, but if your doing the stuffed pizza you will need to make two of these dough balls!
Once dough is rested and easy to shape... either roll or pull into shape and spread into pan with ample amount up the sides.
Here's the fun part.... you can stuff this with whatever tickles your palette! I used Mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, banana peppers, pepperoni, and spinach! YUM~ Whatever you use, put your favorite cheese down first (about 3 cups) then top the cheese with all your toppings of choice. Do NOT add your sauce yet! After you've put on all your yummy stuff... roll/spread out the second ball of dough. Cover all the stuffing and pinch to the top of the bottom dough piece. Now poke a few holes in top layer... spread on your favorite crushed tomatoes or pizza sauce, put a bit of cheese on the top... then pop the giant thing into the oven. Preheat to 500 degrees. Cook at 500 degrees for first 15 minutes, then lower temp to 400 degrees and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown! Yum~! It was yum, yum, yummy!
Monday, March 3, 2008
2 crescent rolls
2 pkgs. cream cheese (8oz)
1/2 pack buttermilk ranch dry dressing
1/2 cup Mayo
Spread crescent roll onto large cookie sheet into one big "crust". Cook according to package directions. Let cool completely. Meanwhile...cream both packages of cream cheese, mayo and dry ranch dressing with mixer. When crust is cooled spread cream cheese mixture on evenly. Top with desired veggies (chopped into bite sized pieces) Cauliflower, broccoli, black olives, carrots, green pepper, etc... and top with cheddar cheese! ENJOY! Sooooo good!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
6-8 Potatoes (any kind will do)
1 TOnion flakes
Garlic powder (again)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Peel potatoes. Cut into small pieces. In a blender put egg, onion flakes, garlic powder (about a teaspoon, or more if your me) and add the potatoe pieces a few at a time (unless you have some mega powered blender that can do it all at once!) Mix these on low or medium speed (probably pulsing at times). Once you have all of your potatoes chopped all up in the blender into a nice watery mix... it's time to add some flour. I usually end up adding about a 1/2 cup, but I do a little bit at a time... if it still seems to watery add a bit more, but don't go overboard, or they'll just taste like flour pancakes.... if you've added more flour and it still seems too watery... it may be time to peel a couple more potatoes and add them (instead of flour). It should remind you of runny oatmeal, or malto meal! Once you've got this perfected, it's fryin' time! Heat your oil in a skillet, and pour out nice sand dollar size pancakes. Fry until little bubbles are coming to the surface (it's just like cooking breakfast pancakes). Then flip. Add salt and pepper to hot pancakes and your ready to enjoy! They are great by themselves, but sour cream makes everything better! And if you have kids... they love to push the on/off button on the blender! It makes them feel SO helpful! If they really feel helpful, you can even get them to wash the mess you made on the counter! Thank you Simon.
bag Frozen Spinach
2-4 Tablespoons butter/margarine
1/4 C Chopped onions
a wee bit of garlic powder
bread crumbs (I use the Italian flavored kind)
Remove stems from mushrooms and dice (stems) very fine. Set aside mushroom tops. Sautee the finely diced mushroom stems and onion in the butter. When onions are transparent, add 1/2 bag of frozen spinach. (These amounts are based on how many mushrooms you make. I usually make the whole box the mushrooms come in. If you did two you would need to use more spinach!) Give that garlic powder a couple of shakes over your concotion. Let that spianch thaw and cook with the sauteed mushrooms and onions for a couple minutes. Now it's time to add the bread crumbs. (If you use unflavored bread crumbs, your likely to want more garlic and some other spices) Add about a 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs at a time. You want this to make a nice "stuffing" consistancy. Once your happy with your stuffing, it's time to stuff it! Fill your mushrooms to the brim with your delicious stuffing. Place the stuffed mushrooms on a pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. This is also a great dish that you can make the night before and bake right before company arrives! You can also add a bit of motzerella cheese to top it off for added flavor (although it doesn't need it).... and the left over stuffing (enjoy it... Yummm)
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Enjoy.... If you love food (and cooking) as much as I do, this should be fun!