Monthly Archives: February 2011

Pepperoni and Green Pepper Pizza

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Mmmm, this was sooo good, so I’m thinking I’m definitely on a homemade pizza kick or something. We used the Boboli pizza crust, Mexican shredded cheese, pepperonis and green pepper. Then I sprinkled it with some Seasoning salt. It was pretty yummy. The cheese just kind of melted together in this supercheese layer which was impossible to cut, but I think we managed. I really liked the consistency of the cheese, so I definitely think we won’t change a thing about this recipe! Except maybe we will try seasoned beef next time for more of a “taco” pizza. Yum!

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Polish Sausage – my childhood favorite

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Well, I didn’t go off of the recipe that I had planned, because mid shopping I decided to just make my mom’s Polish sausage instead. It took me back to my childhood, that’s for sure! Sauerkraut has a distinct smell (my husband would call it “gross” but what does he know, really) and suddenly, I was transported back to being a kid and setting the table for my favorite dinner. We had Polish sausage, sauerkraut, potatoes, applesauce and green beans at LEAST once a week. Sometimes more because, as I discovered tonight, it is so easy and fast to prepare. Joey didn’t partake in the sauerkraut, but he loved the sausage. This is definitely an after-work dinner when we are too a) tired, b) lazy and c) starving to cook anything more involved.

This was for you, Mom!

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

On a whim, I decided to make Buffalo Chicken Pizza for lunch. I think it turned out marvelously. It could have been a little hotter, but I used the same hot sauce to make the Buffalo Chicken Dip for the Superbowl and it was so hot I could barely stand it. This definitely could have withstood some more heat. But it was so delicious. And I made it myself!!!

BUFFALO CHICKEN PIZZA
– Boboli Original Pizza Crust
– Ranch Dressing¬†(I didn’t have any on hand, so I used a packet of Ranch mix, 1 cup milk and 3/4 cup mayonnaise)
– 3 tbsp butter, melted
– 2 tbsp hot sauce (or more!)
– 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– Shredded cheddar cheese
– Shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

2. Cook chicken in a skillet until cooked through. Shred or cut into pieces.

3. Mix butter and hot sauce in a bowl, and add chicken. Stir until coated.

4. Spoon ranch dressing mix over pizza crust. Layer with chicken mixture and add the shredded cheeses.

5. Place pizza on a baking stone and cook for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Warm Toasted Marshmallow S’more Bars

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Warm Toasted Marshmallow S’more Bars

OH.
MY.
LORD.

Broiled marshmallows. Melted chocolate. Graham crackers swathed in melted butter. All together, all incredible.

Make this.

Tonight.

—- In other news. I wish I had a better camera, because my pictures are awful. Or maybe it’s the fact that there is no overhead lighting in either my kitchen or my living room. Bah humbug.

Weekly Menu

WEEK 2/14/11 – 2/21/11
Sunday – O’Charleys for Valentines Day
Monday – Shredded Chicken Enchiladas
Tuesday – Cajun Chicken Pasta
Wednesday – Sausage ‘N Sauerkraut Skillet
Thursday – Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Wings (lazy day)
Friday – Pork Tenderloin with White Bean Salsa
Saturday – Chili
Sunday – Outback Steakhouse for our one year anniversary! Aww.

Homemade Soft Pretzels

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I made soft pretzels! They didn’t turn out completely as I had hoped, but they were good enough for my pretzel craving. I wish I had had cheese sauce to dip them in, but honey mustard was just as good.

However, now all I want to do is go to the mall and get an official Auntie Ann’s pretzel with cheese sauce. They know how to do it right!

Mini Oreo Cheesecake Bites

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So apparently I’ve discovered that when I am sick, I want to bake. This might have something to do with the fact that I’ve kidnapped my sister’s Kitchenaid mixer. Which I am only giving back because it was my mom’s, and Molly (my sister) would therefore kill me.

I decided to make Mini Cheesecake Bites. They turned out a little mushy, but they are good, so I don’t mind. I’ve already popped 3. Joey has eaten 5. Oh dear me, they are delicious.

(below is my adapted recipe, omitting Vanilla Wafers for Oreos)

MINI OREO CHEESECAKE BITES
– Oreo cookies, crushed
– 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
– 1/2 cup white sugar
– 1 egg
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line miniature muffin tin with miniature paper liners.

2. Crush the Oreos, and place 1/2 tsp of the crushed Oreos into each paper cup.

3. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla and some crushed Oreos until light and fluffy. Fill each miniature muffin liner with this mixture, almost to the top.

4. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool. Serve. Enjoy!

Sick

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This has been my last 3 days. Saddest. Panda. Ever.

OH NO

WHO LET ME FORGET TO TAKE PICTURES YESTERDAY!???!? CRAP!

:(

Well, I’ll just go through the list I suppose.

Jello shots = AWESOME. Mind you, I am never ever making them again. My hands got all pruney trying to juice and scoop out the pulp from the limes and oranges. But it was worth it when we all did the shots together. I love friends. And vodka!

Pigs in a Blanket = They were delicious, as always. And, as always, they were gone within 5 minutes. We should have made 2 batches, but by that time everyone was so full.

Nachos = A big hit, but I definitely made too much meat. Good thing I am always in the mood for Taco Bell, and this is waaaayyy cheaper. :)

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs = I only had one, but I am definitely making them again. Kirstie made them, so I didn’t really see the process but how can you go wrong with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce?!

Buffalo Chicken Dip = THIS. WAS. SO. SPICY. 3/4 of a cup of hot sauce is really a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. But it was a hit and was gone almost immediately, which is saying a lot cause it was in my biggest crock pot. I might only use 1/2 a cup of hot sauce next time, since I myself don’t like spicy stuff. And this was explosive.

Rolo Pretzel Cookies = These were so yummy, and even better when they’d hardened. When the Rolo was still melting, it was a little too mushy. But then the rolo got cold and hardened, they were pretty delectable. And with the ingredients being so cheap, I’ll make these often….. plus, pretzel m&m’s are my new favorite.

Homemade Pretzel Bites = I cannot believe these turned out. Seriously, I’ve never made dough before…. they actually tasted like pretzels!!!! This is HUGE FOR ME! I think I am going to make them again, but actually make pretzels. Watch out Pretzel Time… I’m coming!

Tortellini toss

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This was one of the first recipes I ever made as a newlywed. Not only is it so easy to make, but its also great comfort food. I opt out of using spinach and use frozen peas instead, but I would assume spinach would be good… I’m just not a big fan of wilted spinach. Ick. The ham cubes are the best part in my opinion though.

I definitely recommend keeping ingredients stocked for this because its so fast to make and super ridiculously easy.