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!