Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Last week I threw all the extra pizza dough into the freezer so that made the prep for this much easier! We made calzones when we were cooking from the Robyn Miller cookbook and I remembered that I didn’t like the ricotta cheese taste, so I substituted mine with cottage cheese. Sean likes it so I made his with ricotta cheese. These turned out really delicious and we both enjoyed them! The ground beef mixture didn’t sound too good to me at first but it turned out tasty. I think another time I will try some different fillings like veggies or chicken but I did like the recipe the way it was written.
My dough wasn’t easy too work with so it didn’t turn out too pretty.
The ones I made for Sean looked a bit better!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
LOVED THE PIZZA!!!!!!! the sweet leeks were perfect, I didn’t use bacon though I opted for some delicious pancetta that I got it a Trader Joes on my last stop there, The dough was pretty easy and very similar to my recipe that I use all the time. I was very surprised of how good the potatoes were, and YES the FRESH MOSSARELA is a MUST =;)
It was perfect for my girls night get together, both my frieds Jackie and Natsumi approved it!!!
The cobbler has become a staple here at our house , we have made it 4 times in the last month and we doubled the recipe and took some to people at church….Big hit. Here is a picture of the one we made with raspberries. Christopher made a one with blackberries for mutual for a dessert competition and the kids loved.
I decided to do a casserole for the breakfast bowls, these were extremely popular in Iowa when we lived there. Our ward used to have brunches for the sister’s birthdays and we always had the “crust less Quiches” my favorite recipe is with crab meat and asparagus . This one was Ok I’m not sure I will make it again. I would probably stick with just one meat and add some broccoli or asparagus.
I also made the breakfast potatoes on page 48 (no bacon fat thanks) and everyone loved it.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
All ready to eat!
Ingredients for the Potato Leek Pizza.
Dana busy cooking the leeks and homemade pizza sauce!
Pizza dough ready to be rolled out.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A little about me:
I am from the Sapulpa, OK, area (born and raised). Brandon and I met in high school and stayed sweethearts ever since. We have one temporary child named Marley (pictured below). She is our baby.....for now. :)
Brandon and I were recently living in Florida for his job, but decided we had enough of Florida to last us a life time. So we moved home. Nothing is better than being close to family and friends.
I am now working for a non-profit organization in Okmulgee, OK. When I'm not working, I love spending time with family and friends, practicing shooting my bow with Brandon, or Cooking up a delicious storm with Audrey.
We have such a great time and I am so fortunate that we are able to do this together.
Happy Cooking everyone! I'm excited for the upcoming recipes and success (or failure; LOL) pictures to come!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Last night I decided to try out the Potato-Leek Pizza. It sounded delicious and we are big fans of making homemade pizza for dinner. The pizza dough recipe was similar to one that I usually make except instead of sugar it had oil. I thought this made it easier to work with and Sean said it tasted like Pizza Hut’s dough, so I guess we will be making the switch to this recipe! For myself I made a gluten free dough. Getting all the topping ready took a bit of work, and I had a little trouble getting the potatoes thin enough. I did just use the precooked bacon which made it easy and only sautéed them for a minute with the leeks for a little extra crispness. The pizza’s turned out delicious though and were quite filling with all the toppings. Neither of us are big sauce fans, so it was nice to not have any on there!
Sean’s ( I had to cook it a little extra to get those potatoes cooked, good thing he likes crispy pizza:)
Monday, October 18, 2010
Enchilada's (I told you it's been a while)
My husband claims that this was THE BEST meal I have made (sometimes he's exaggerates a bit, but I'll take the compliment). It took me a while to make them the first time, and it was really messy, but there was so much meat and sauce left over that I just froze it. About a week later it was my hubby's b-day and he requested these. It was a breeze this time around and they tasted just as yummy!
I didn't have any bowls to bake these in so I just did it in an 8x8 pan. It worked fine but took FOREVER to cook. When it was finally done it was scrumptious!
We LOVED this at my house. I think next time I will make it in a smaller pan so the "crumble" part on top isn't so thin, but it was super yummy, and the maple sauce... HEAVEN!!
Lastly, the Scones
I hate to sound like I have no opinion because I have pretty much like everything, but once again, we loved these. The glaze on top was amazing. We ate these for breakfast on Saturday morning and for lunch Sunday! My two little boys devoured them and my 3 year old keeps asking for more "donuts"
Sorry about the pic overload, I'll try harder to stay caught up!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I made these this morning for breakfast and I thought they were very good. I followed the recipe exactly as directed. Next time I would roll the dough out a little thicker because mine spread out in cooking and kind of lost their shape. They were pretty crumbly and a little difficult to transfer to the cookie sheet. The maple icing was really tasty. Mine turned out a little thick because I just guessed on the amount of one pound of powdered sugar so I probably needed a bit more milk. Plus it was a little darker brown because I added a bit more of the maple flavoring accidentally. Another good recipe from PW:)
Baking in the oven.
Iced and ready to serve – they look rather homemade and rugged.
Paired nicely with fruit and eggs for a pre-church breakfast.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This morning I decided to make myself a little treat, so I got to work on these scones. First of all I have never had a English type scone before so I was excited for this little adventure. To make these gluten free I replaced the flour with an Bob’s Redmill All Purpose Flour Mix and also added in some Xanthan gum (which helps hold things together like the gluten would do).
I wish I had a pastry blender like Ree used but I just stuck with the old fork method. Besides that part taking a bit of time, the dough was quite easy to mix up with only a few ingredients. I was surprised by the amount of baking powder the recipe called for but I guess she knows what she is talking about!
The icing was pretty straight forward to make. Since we don’t drink coffee I didn’t really know what to substitute for it (diet coke? haha just kidding) so I just left it out. The icing was delicious and was prefect to pair with the more plain flavored scone! The texture of the scone was a little dry and crumbly but I think that was because it didn’t have gluten in it. I am going to make the regular version for Sean later because he isn’t too thrilled about eating gluten free baked goods. I will let you know how those turn out!
Monday, October 11, 2010
First up… enchiladas. These were great. I made them Sunday and kept them in fridge to cook on Monday night. I used a homemade red enchilada sauce recipe that is basically tomato sauce, chili powder and garlic and water but I substituted chicken broth for the water at my mom’s suggestion. Did the rest of the recipe the same except I omitted the beef and just used cheese since we were already eating too much red meat that week and I didn’t dip them in the sauce because they were falling apart. The enchiladas were great and I would make them again for sure. Everyone liked these.
Here are the chicken fried steaks. I have always wanted to try these since my Dad would often order them in restaurants. Sterling and I also watched a cowboy cooking demonstration at the international folklife festival in Washington DC a few years ago and had wanted to try to cook these since then. They were so good! I even made them again last night when we had some friends over for dinner. The kids were so excited they just picked them up and started eating! The potatoes were great too. I was pleased with how easy it was to make the gravy. Oh yes, after reading some of your reviews I put my cube steak in a ziploc and and pounded it out a bit thinner with skillet so it would cook faster and it turned out great.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Here are our fresh ingredients washed and ready to use.
Dana had the fun job of stirring the maple cream sauce for its 20 minutes and also keeping an eye on the enchilada sauce.
We also followed the peach crisp recipe closely. We did add extra maple syrup to the cream sauce as many of you recommended. We simmered it for the 20 minutes and that worked fine for us. We stuck it in the frig till after dinner was done. For the filling, we used fresh peaches, as we found some at the store. They tasted good, but we want to try frozen peaches next time, as they won't take so long preparing. The crisp part of the dish turned out real well. We used a bigger pan and put it under the broiler for about 5 minutes after it finished cooking and we think that helped crisp it up. We really liked both the enchiladas and the peach crisp and plan on cooking both again in the future. We had fun cooking both recipes, so good job picking them out!