Sunday, September 28, 2008

Garlic Pizza With White Sauce & Breadmaker Pizza Crust

This pizza crust was Delicious!! This was my very first time to make my own pizza crust. I've always bought the premade crusts at the store, I'll never do that again, With my bread maker this crust was so easy and had such a great flavor! The topping for this pizza was good, very different from the normal type of pizza sauce we are used to but this was a yummy Pizza!
Breadmaker Pizza

1 cup water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. yeast

After the dough has risen in the machine, grease a 14" pizza pan or baking pan. Stretch the dough to fit. Spread your favorite sauce, sprinkle on grated mozzarella (and Cheddar if you like), add toppings, and bake at 450 for 15 - 20 minutes.
Garlic Pizza with White Sauce
make Pizza dough
The toppings I chose were chicken,onion & bacon my family does not care for spinach.

3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs butter
3 Tbs flour
1 cup milk
4 slices bacon
10 ounces fresh chopped spinach
2 onions, sliced
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup grated Parmesan
Garlic Sauce: This is basically a white sauce with garlic: Saute a few cloves minced garlic in 1 Tbs of butter. Add 3 Tbs of flour and cook for a few minutes, while stirring. Slowly add 1 cup of milk, whisking together so it's not lumpy. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes, stirring almost constantly.

The toppings could be anything you like of course. One option is spinach, bacon, and caramelized onions with Parmesan cheese on top. Cook up a few slices of bacon, then chop or crumble it up and set aside. Leave just a tablespoon of the drippings in the pan and cook 10 ounces fresh chopped spinach for a few minutes, until wilted. Put the spinach in a colander and squeeze as much liquid out as possible. Put two sliced onions in the same pan and sprinkle with a spoonful of sugar. Cook slowly until browned, about 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, grate 1 cup Parmesan cheese, about 1 cup total.

Take your pizza crust and spread the garlic sauce on it. Add the onions and spinach and bake at 475 for 20 minutes. Add the bacon and Parmesan and cook another 5 minutes.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

"Whatever Floats Your Boat" Brownies

These were way yummy, I added coconut and pecan's to my brownies. SO So Good :) Also, I doubled the recipe so I could send some down to my Mom :)

" Whatever Floats Your Boat" Brownies!


1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT1-2 cup chocolate chips (semisweet, white, butterscotch, peanut butter) or raisins or chopped maraschino cherry or chopped nuts or M&M' or Reese's pieces or miniature marshmallow

1.Preheat oven to 350°F.

2.Grease an 8 inch square pan or line with foil.

3.In a medium bowl combine melted butter and cocoa and stir until cocoa is dissolved.

4.Add sugar and mix well.

5.Add eggs one at a time and stir until well combined.

6.Stir in vanilla, flour and salt until you no longer see any flour (do not overmix).


8.Spread in pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes.

9.DO NOT OVER-BAKE -- your brownies will come out dry. Adjust time/temp accordingly for your oven. If you do the knife/toothpick test, it should come out with moist crumbs, not clean.

10.Cool completely before cutting into squares.
11.For vegetarian omit the marshmallows.

12.For double recipe, bake in 9x12 pan and add 5 minutes to baking time

Bacon Sloppy Joes

My husband enjoys sloppy joes he likes the ones from the can, me not so much.. this recipe was so good, much more tasty than the can for sure! Jake enjoyed it a lot, definately a family keeper :)

Bacon Sloppy Joe's
A recipe from the Everyday With Racheal Ray magazine.

30 min 30 min prep

4 slices bacon, chopped
1 medium onion
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1 dash salt
1 dash pepper
4 hamburger buns, toasted

1.In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat for 5 minutes.
2.Add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic.
3.Cook until vegetables are softened, about 7 minutes; push to side of the skillet, add ground beef and cook, stirring to break up clumps, until cooked through, about 7 minutes.
4.Stir in the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes more.
5.Salt and pepper to taste.
6.Serve on toasted buns

Chicken and Rice Recipe - Paula Deen

This recipe was pretty tasty, we liked it a lot because it's quiet a bit different form other casseroles I make, I didn't have any water chestnuts to add when I made this, I missed that item on my grocery list but Jake and I both agreed they would be yummy in there for sure!

Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

From Teresa's Week on Recipe Challenge/ found on food network

2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
3 cups diced, cooked chicken
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans green beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 (4-ounce) jar pimentos
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (6-ounce) box long-grain wild rice, cooked according to package directions
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar Pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat butter or oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl.
Add all remaining ingredients to bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined.
Pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for a few minutes before serving

Monday, September 1, 2008

Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookie Bars

This is delicious!!!!

Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookie Bars
recipe by Stephanie

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, soda and salt. Set aside.
2. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
3. Add eggs, one at a time until thoroughly mixed. Add vanilla. Mix until creamy and smooth.
4. Slowly add flour mixture a little at a time until mixed thoroughly.
5. Stir in the pecans and chocolate chips by hand.
6. Pour batter into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until center is set through and top is browned. Cut into squares and indulge!