Thursday, January 22, 2009

Its not delivery...

...but just as good! Seriously the first time I made this my Husband asked me where I got it from and didn't believe me when I said it was homemade!

~Pizza Margherita~

5 tsp yeast
2 1/4 C warm water
2 tsp sugar
1/4 C olive oil
5 C bread flour
1 Tbsp salt

1 C grated Parmesan cheese
1 C fresh basil
6 tomatoes - diced
salt & pepper
1 lb. mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp olive oil

Dissolve the yeast in warm water and let stand until foamy {about 5 min}. Add sugar, oil, flour and salt. Knead dough on low speed until dough is elastic, about 8-10 min. Add up to 1 cup of flour until dough pills away from bowl. Remove from bowl and form dough into a ball and transfer into a greased bowl. Cover and let stand in a draft free spot until dough doubles in size {1 1/2 to 2 hours}.
Cut dough in half and let stand for 10 min. Roll out dough on cookie sheet and sprinkle half the Parmesan cheese, basil, tomatoes and mozzarella over dough. Sprinkle salt and pepper over top. Drizzle the pizza evenly with 1 Tbsp olive oil and cook @ 500* for 10-15 min.

This makes enough for 2 pizzas, so I usually make one and save the rest of the dough for another night. Or I make this dessert...

~Cinnamon Sticks~

1/4 C melted butter
1/2 C sugar
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 C powdered sugar
2-4 Tbsp whipping cream { I have used milk and it works just fine}
1 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

Roll out the dough on a cookie sheet. Spread butter over the top and sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the the butter. Cook at 350* for about 8 min or until the sugar starts to bubble. Then drizzle icing over the top!

Friday, January 16, 2009

No Bake Cheesecake

4 ingredients + 1 minute and you have a yummy treat.

1 graham cracker crust
1 can of sweeten condensed milk
1 brick of cream cheese
1/2 a carton of cool whip (the smaller carton)

Blend the milk, cheese and cool whip until smooth. Pour in the crust. Let set up for a few hours in the freezer.

It is great by itself but here are a few of my favorite add ins if you want.

candy cane
lime juice
any kind of pie filling

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Easy Alfredo

I was trying to find an easy but yummy Alfredo sauce because I was feeling in the mood for Italian the other night. I came across this recipe and boy was it good (and easy)!

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 c butter or margarine
3/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c milk

Mix the above in a saucepan over medium heat until blended. I added more milk to get it to a consistency I liked.

We kept it simple and served this with noodles with chicken and broccoli.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder

I found this recipe from Summer Driggs blog and it is a good one! Amy Driggs gets the credit for this soup.

3 chicken breast cut into bite size pieces

1/2 Cup chopped onions

1-2 minced garlic cloves

3 Tbsp. Butter

2 chicken bouillon cubes

1 cup water

1/2 to 1 tsp. ground cumin

2 cups half and half

2 Cups shredded monterey jack cheese

1 (14 3/4oz) can cream style corn

1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies, undrained

1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce

1 medium tomato, chopped

fresh cilantro

-In a dutch over or large saucepan, brown chicken, onion, and garlic in butter until chicken is no longer pink. Dissolve the bouillon in hot water. Add to pan along with cumin; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add half and half, cheese, corn, chilies, and Tabasco sauce. Cook and stir over low hear until the cheese is melted. Stir in chopped tomato. Serve immediately. Garnish with cilantro.