Extra-dough Nut

What happens the morning after we make pizza? Yeasty fried doughnuts of course. We always make extra dough, letting it set in the fridge overnight and the rolling it out, cutting it and making doughnuts in the morning. So simply, so cheap, so fattening, so don’t do it often!

The glaze is super simple, just powdered sugar and small amounts of milk added until the desired thickness is achieved.

Take some to work, you’ll be today’s Rock Star!

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When the kids cook, it’s Pizza!

The kid’s night to craft the pizza. One square, one round and miss fancy pants had an idea to make a “deep” dish in my medium spring form pan. There is something awesome about the way your kitchen smells when yeasty crust, zesty sauce and CHEESE come together in your oven. All three of these pizzas didn’t even total $6 to make. All the items I bought in bulk at Costco on the 24th, excluding the turkey pepperoni. Kale, peppers, and both the shredded cheese and the sliced Mozzerala all from Costco.

Super simple crust.if using bread machine, start with liquids then end with yeast.

2 teaspoons dried granulated yeast
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup water, plus
2 tablespoons water
Now, the kids totally clean up dinner too, right?

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Meatless Monday…sorta..Turkey!

So, the biggest challenge for me when considering eating a Kosher/Clean diet was giving up dairy and beef. I only liked cheese on big beefy burgers, beefy tacos, butter on juicy steaks, creamy sauces like Béarnaise on my filet, and everything else mixed/blended/sautéed in butter as well served with it.

Needing to satisfy this dairy driven fascination, I had to create a menu I could enjoy with all the dairy I wanted with “meat” options not from mammals. (Many faithful kosher diet followers eat dairy with mammals, this is simply a personal choice)

Therefore, turkey has been my new “go to” for many meals.

Here I have turkey breasts I have sliced and covered in an egg wash, then after it’s breaded you can see it I quickly being “fried” in hot oil to give it a great crispy crust before going into the oven.

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One of my favorite pastas I get from Costco.

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I boiled it al dente, tossed in butter and heavy cream then topped with my thick and hearty sauce. (I’ll post the recipe in the morning blog)

Served it up with some baby squash medley again from my local Costco and dinner is served.

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Then, you know I must have our daily bread…
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Of course something pumpkin! Simple pumpkin cookies, some glazed and some dusted with powdered sugar.

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Happy Monday my friends!

Pumpktober?! When Pumpkin and October Collide.

Ready to switch things up? What about putting a savory twist on pumpkin? Here I have Savory, Rosemary and Pumpkin Peasant Bread.
1 cup of warm water 110 degrees
3 Tablespoons of EVOO
1 cup pure pumpkin
4 cups all purpose Flour (hold back .5 cup to adjust dough)
1 1/2 Teaspoons of salt
3 Tablespoons of sugar
3 Tablespoons dried Rosemary
1 1/2 Teaspoon of dry active yeast.

I used my bread machine’s dough cycle to do the kneading. Not very pretty, but smells amazing!

Then baked on my well seasoned pizza stone.

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Farewell September, let’s eat stew!

How can it be Tuesday already, and HOW could it possibly be the last day of September 2014?

Well, today we have a very hearty Red Stew. Again, I’m so pleased I have been able to create meals that are gluten/dairy free and still be on a budget.

These pictures were taken with an iPhone, an IPad, and a Cannon. So, the quality of each picture varies.

Once again in my style, no recipe really to follow, basic seasoning of salt, pepper, and garlic. Taste test till you are happy.

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Then of course, I have BREAD! This bread is a gluten free bread.

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Bread ingredients
3 cups gluten-free flour mix (Sprouts)

1/3 cup of instant potato flakes (I’m convinced this makes the bread smoother)

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon guar gum (Sprouts)

1 ⅓ cups warm water

2 large eggs, room temp — place them in a bowl of warm water to speed up the process

2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons oil of choice (I used olive oil)

1 tablespoon honey

Gluten Free, Kosher Quiche…

Gluten free, Kosher Quiche. Voila!

I used Gluten Free Corn Torillia chips, turkey bacon and Italian Chicken sausage with NO casings for my meat portion. I made my crust by crushing the chips, adding butter and a dusting of instant potato flakes (exact steps as in a gramcracker crust)

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Then, of course for Gramma, I have a traditional crust quiche.

 

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Good Sunday Morning to all!

Frugal Foodie!

I generally shop once a month, on or near the 24th of the month, then I may pick up fresh produce items everyday or so to add to my planned meals. I typically feed six people per meal. This months items cost me $635. Just slightly greater than $100 per person for a month of meals. Two years ago, we would spend $100 A DAY on food, either dinning out or convenient foods from the grocery store. People ask me all of the time “how do you do it?” Simple, I meal plan, buy in bulk, turn off the television a nd use that time prepping, read cooking blogs, and watch YouTube videos to learn food skills. Now, on top of saving money cooking at home, I’m actually making even more money blogging about my adventures in cooking/baking. Switch up your life, eat food you KNOW is fresh, made with clean hands. Stop paying for rent, utilities, wages, insurance and someone else’s profit every time you eat out. Cook at home, eat well, live well and pay off your own mortgage, and feel the joy of accomplishment. It’s a good life! You never know, it may even make you famous!

Here are some super tasty, super cheap meals from this week.

Brianna asked for a bag of regular potato chips, $4.99 for 9 ounces. Crazy! So, I wanted to show her how to make potato chips for pennies.

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Next meal, was kosher Beef short rib prepared Japanese style, wasbi mashed potatoes and Sriracha green beans with fried onions and a creamy Sriracha sauce.  This dinner cost me about $4 a serving. No Gluten, No Dairy.

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Yesterday, was a creamy Alfredo/Veggie pasta with chicken breast medallions.

 

 

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Then of course desserts!

 

this is is a sugar free ice cream/mousse made from soy milk, eggs, corn starch and Splenda. Low sugar white and traditional semi sweet chocolate chips melted on top.

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Sugar free apple, Splenda and cinnamon tart. Ice cream, well, sorry to tell ya, it has sugar.

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Left over bread dough, rolled, cut and fried made for a perfect treat to go with chilled apple cider.

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It’s All Greek to Me!

This Finnish/Irish/English girl woke up this morning feeling “Greek” so on the menu today I have seeing clients, making Feta and Spinach Bread and hand mixed Gyro burgers. Oh, yeah, I also homeschooled my kids. Here, you can take a look!

I get to do this at “Work” it’s so good to be me!

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Then got home and took my leftover feta and spinach.

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Added it to my bread dough.

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Shaped into buns.

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Baked the bread.

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While LifeSchooling my kids

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Then put together the Gyro Burgers.

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This is homemade Tzatziki Sauce.

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Tada!

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Oh, oh, almond cake for dessert!

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It it was a good day!