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Homemade Calzone August 6, 2012

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We love pizza and calzones at our house.  Really, we love anything with dough/bread, pizza sauce, and cheese.  I saw this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try!  The calzone’s were very tasty!  I got a little frustrated shaping the dough, but I got there eventually!  We filled our with sauce, cheese, and sausage.  I look forward to making other varieties as well!

 

 

Recipe: http://www.squidoo.com/homemade-calzone

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878911525/

Substitutions:  None

Time:  30  minutes bake time, plus 15 minutes prep time (not including the time I spent rolling the dough, which seemed like forever).

 

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Cauliflower Pizza Dough June 24, 2012

It’s all over Pinterest these days, so I had to give it a try!  I was super excited to try this recipe!  How awesome would it be if it turned out and I had a healthier alternative for pizza!  Well, it was good, but not amazing.  So, I was disappointed.  It tasted pretty good (not as good as regular pizza dough), but I do have a few complaints as you will read below.

 

 

 

I pinned two different cauliflower crust recipes.  The first was for a cauliflower pizza and the second for cauliflower cheesy garlic bread sticks.  I made the bread stick recipe.  I noted that the directions for the crust were different in the two recipes although they called for the same ingredients and measurements.  The bread stick recipe said to steam the cauliflower and then use a ricer to create the riced cauliflower.  I don’t have a ricer (nor do I know what it is), so I used the pizza recipe which said to use the food processor and then microwave the cauliflower.

 

My husband doesn’t like cauliflower, so I decided to put this recipe together and keep the cauliflower a secret.  Well, the overwhelming smell in the house gave me away!  When I microwaved the cauliflower, the smell was very strong.  Perhaps if I steam it next time, it won’t smell as strong?!?  The house smelled for at least a day. For this one reason, I may not make it again!  I like cauliflower, but when I went to bed and all I could smell was the microwaved cauliflower, the smell was just too much for even me.

 

Also, I found that the crush was not crisp enough.  Maybe if I don’t use parchment paper next time and lay the crust in a generously oiled baking sheet it would be crispier?

 

I did love that the dough was easy to thin out and held its shape unlike real pizza dough.  I spread the dough too thin, so next time (if there is a next time), I would make a double batch and have a thicker crush.  The recipe says that one head of cauliflower yields three cups of riced cauliflower; however, my head only produced 1 cup of riced cauliflower.

 

I thought the crust tasted good, but I prefer real pizza dough.  My daughters didn’t eat it, my husband didn’t eat it, but my sister and I enjoyed it.  My sister said that she would make it again.  I’m not sure if I will try again, but if I do, I’ll update this post with any changes I make.  If you have made this recipe, please leave me a comment and suggestions.  I’d love to try again.  Did your house smell for a day?  Did your crust come out crispy?  Did you microwave the cauliflower?  Did your head of cauliflower come out to only 1 cup of riced cauliflower?  Thanks!

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878602385/

Recipe #1 – Pizzahttp://www.eat-drink-smile.com/2011/04/cauliflower-crust-pizza.html

Recipe #2 – Bread Stickshttp://www.eat-drink-smile.com/2011/04/cauliflower-crust-pizza.html

Substitutions:  I used the directions from the pizza recipe to make the crust.

Time:  1 hour

 

– Lisa

 

Individual Pizza’s using Rhodes Dinner Rolls June 16, 2012

These individual pizza’s were amazing!  Every member of my picky family inhaled them!  The best part is that they were very quick, easy, and inexpensive!  I plan to make these again in other varieties such as taco pizza, alfredo spinach, and bbq chicken.  The possibilities are endless.  The recipe suggests using a generous amount of olive oil on the baking sheet.  I followed directions and I’m glad I did.  I think the oil made the crust crispier!  You should try these out.  Your family will love them.

 

 

Recipehttp://cookingoncloverlane.blogspot.com/search/label/Pizza-Easy

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878544166/

Time:  I defrosted mine for 1.5 hours and then it only took 5 minutes to prep and 10-12 minutes to bake.

Substitutions:  My daughter doesn’t like “red sauce”, so she spread alfredo sauce on hers.  I plan to make these again in other varieties such as taco pizza and alfredo spinach, and bbq chicken.  The possibilities are endless.

 

– Lisa

 

Jalapeno Popper Inspired Grilled Cheese June 13, 2012

I do love jalapeno poppers, so this Pinterest recipe caught my eye.  I knew my husband would love it, too!  I’m a wuss when it comes to spice, so I was a bit nervous about the jalapenos, but the peppers turned out just right with just a little spice!  I cooked the sandwiches in the bacon grease and they were nice and crisp and tasty.  The apricot preserves added a pleasant sweet taste to the sandwich.  I will be making these again!

 

 

Pinterest Pin:  xx

Recipe http://www.beantownbaker.com/2012/01/jalapeno-popper-inspired-grilled-cheese.html

Substitutions:  I didn’t have goat cheese, so I spread a semi-thick layer of cream cheese and them sprinkled some mozzarella cheese on top in lieu of the goat cheese.

Time:  45 minutes

 

– Lisa

 

Lemon Butter Salmon June 10, 2012

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I’ve been trying really hard to like fish.  This is my second attempt at eating salmon.  I was able to eat the entire filet the last time I made it, so I thought I’d try again.  My husband will not eat it, so it’s just me!  I saw this recipe on Pinterest, of course.  It looked simple and tasty, so I gave it a try.  After 25 minutes, I took it out of the oven and it was totally raw.  Boo!  The rest of the family was ready to eat their grilled burgers and dogs (yum), so I threw it in a pan and pan fried it for 4 minutes per side.  I put some lemon-pepper seasoning on each side before frying.  It was really tasty!  I ate it all up and am willing to try it again!

 

 

Pinterest Recipe:  Tin foil, lemon, salmon, butter S – Wrap it up tightly and bake for 25 minutes at 300 °.  DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE.  YOUR SALMON WILL BE RAW!!!

My Recipe:  Place salmon in a lemon juice marinate for at least 30 minutes.  Cover filet in lemon-pepper seasoning.  Pan fry fillet in a couple tablespoons of butter for 3-4 minutes per side.

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878506079/

Time:  15 minutes

 

– Lisa

 

Crispy Southwestern Chicken Wraps June 5, 2012

My husband loves anything in a tortilla.  I saw these Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps on Pinterest and I decided to give them a try!  It took me an hour to prepare the recipe, but I had extras.  We really enjoyed this recipe.  My husband had seconds, of course!  I dipped my wrap in ranch, but sour cream or salsa would be an excellent garnish as well.

 

LEFTOVERS – I refrigerated one of the extra wraps and ate it for lunch the next day.  It was delicious as a leftover.  I microwaved the wrap on 80% power for 1-1.5 minutes.  I also froze two wraps.  My plan is to microwave the frozen wraps for about 2 minutes.  I’ll let you know how they turn out.  If the freezing method works, next time I’ll make a double batch and have an awesome go-to freezer meal when I’m in a hurry!

 

   


Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878472707/

Recipehttp://www.melskitchencafe.com/2009/09/crispy-southwest-chicken-wraps.html

Substitutions:  The recipe says to roll the wraps so the ends are open.  I opted to roll them up like a burrito, closing the ends.  Also, I brushed olive oil on the wraps instead of spraying with cooking spray.  Also, it took me more than 3 minutes per side to brown the tortillas.

Time:  1 hour

 

– Lisa

 

Ground Beef Enchiladas June 3, 2012

I made this recipe for dinner last night and boy it was good.  The recipe took an hour of prep time and it baked for 30 minutes.  It was a time consuming recipe; however, we enough leftovers for a second dinner.  My kids spent the night at Grandma’s, so my husband and I enjoyed cooking this meal together!

 

 

Recipehttp://jamiecooksitup.blogspot.com/2011/09/ground-beef-enchiladas.html

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878459299/

Time:  1 hour of prep and 30 minutes to bake

Substitutions:  I didn’t have any olives and I only had one can of green chilies.

 

Next time (and there will be a next time) I will only use 1 pound of ground beef for many reasons.  (1) I purchase ground beef in 1 pound packages.  We ended up using the remaining 1/2 pound for a large hamburger patty.  I would much rather just use up the entire pound and not have to come up with an alternative use.  (2)  I had so many enchiladas that I had to use a second pan.  I think if I cut down to 1 pound, I will still have enough enchiladas for two dinners.  (3)  The recipe calls for green onion and cilantro for a filling.  I ended up running out of both toward the end.  Cutting down to 1 pound of beef should resolve this problem.

 

I usually make chicken enchiladas, but my husband says he doesn’t think he wants to go back after eating these!

 

– Lisa