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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #118

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Orange Marmalade Ginger Ham Glaze from A Dish of Daily Life ***Most Viewed*** 
Slow Cooker Taco Dip from Honey and Birch
DIY Drop Cloth Pom Pom Pillow from Thistlewood Farms
Corn Chilies and Chicken Chowder from Miz Helen's Country Cottage
How to Make Valentines Hershey's Kiss Mice from Rose Bakes
Coconut White Chocolate Mocha from Lemon Tree Dwelling
Knit Bow Baby Hats from Little Red Window

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Homemade Stromboli


I remember years ago when I lived in California, one of my friends flew with her new boyfriend to New York to visit his Italian family.  She returned and told us about the most awesome loaf of bread that his mother had made that was filled  with pizza sauce, meats and cheeses.   I immediately began searching for  this dreamy loaf and that's how I discovered Stromboli!  I know, I was a little late on the whole Stromboli scene, in fact, at that time I was limited on the entire Italian food scene.   I now knew something was totally missing in my childhood not having any Italian food restaurants or friends in the small West Texas town where I grew up.   I grew up with southern food and Mexican food but Italian food was limited to spaghetti or pizza.  Now even though I still love Mexican food, my first choice is Italian!    Whether it is Eggplant Parmigiana, Pasta Primavera,  Carbonara,  Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti, Stuffed Shells or any other pizza hacks, I will choose Italian food first ever time!   (See below for some of my favorite Italian Dishes).
This Stromboli is made from my homemade pizza dough, I use half the dough for each loaf so you can either make two loafs or wrap the other half in clear wrap and save it in the fridge for a couple days for a quick pizza.   And I used a homemade pizza sauce, you could use a jar sauce but this recipe for homemade is easier, cheaper and can be whipped up in minutes and has an awesome flavor.    
This Stromboli is totally invited to our Super Bowl party and I am also thinking about making another one with basil pesto instead of the red pizza sauce!  I am still working on which other ingredients would be delish in it!  So if you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know!     I hope you enjoy this Stromboli like we have.     




Stromboli
Ingredients
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees and line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper allowing the parchment paper to extent over the long sides of the pan.
2. On a lightly floured surface roll the homemade pizza dough (remember it's half of the recipe) into a large rectangle. (about the length of your sheet pan and about 3 inches wider)
3. Using your rolling pin, lift the rectangle of pizza dough onto the sheet pan, allowing about two inches to extent over on one side and the other 1 inch on the other side.
4. Spread some of the pizza sauce in a thin layer over the pizza dough leaving an 1/2 inch border on the ends and a 1 inch on one of the longer sides and a 2 inch border other side. Pour the remaining pizza sauce in a bowl for dipping.
5. Sprinkle with 4 ounces of the grated mozzarella cheese and top with pepperoni and/or ham and the other toppings of your choice. Sprinkle with 4 more ounces mozzarella cheese.
6. In a small bowl whisk the egg and water together and brush the outer edges of the pizza dough with this egg wash.
7. Starting from the long side where you left the 1 inch border, use the parchment paper to roll the dough about 1/2 of the way. Grab the other side of the parchment paper and roll to fold it completely over. Make sure your seam is sealed by the egg wash, you can do this by pressing gently together. Then gently roll so the seam is on the bottom, tuck in the ends of the pizza dough so the egg wash seals both ends. By gently using the parchment paper,  position the Stromboli in the center of the pan.
8. Brush the entire Stromboli with egg wash and make diagonal slits for venting.
9. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, reduce the temperature to 375 degrees and continue to bake for 10-12 minutes checking often. 
10. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing into 1 to 2 inch strips.
11. Serve with warmed pizza sauce for dipping.
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Stuffed Pasta Shells



Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti





Bolognese Sauce





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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #117

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
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Easy Brownie Sandwich Cookies from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom***Most Viewed*** 
Valentine Bracelet Kits from Simply Designing
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A Horseshoe for Good Luck and a Heart for Love from Petticoat Junktion
Sweet and Sour Chinese Chicken from Tornadough Alli
Pineapple Pretzel Fluff Dessert from Living on Cloud Nine
Valentine Bingo in a Jar Gift from Giggles Galore

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Homemade Pizza Dough


I am sure I have mentioned several times, that Pizza is my favorite food! Oh the joy of a great pizza is just heaven to me.  But seriously,  Pizza is so versatile, there are an unlimited array of topping choices and even numerous different sauces and don't forget the cheeses! Oh the cheeses!    I am not choosy what's on the pizza, and I love most of the sauce choices but I am fussy about the crust.   The crust can make or break the entire pie.    We live on a ranch 18 miles from the nearest pizza place so it's a great thing I have one of the best Pizza Dough recipes.   This recipe is easy and just comes out perfect every time.    I use it for all the pizza hacks, like Stromboli, Calzones, Pizza on a Stick (click thru for recipe) and of course a regular round pizza.    The secret is to allow it to raise until double (about 2 hours) and the dough will be elastic and just perfect for any toppings and sauce you heart desires.    And of course most of these ingredients you probable already have in your pantry so you can have a a great Homemade Pizza any time.     
    Homemade Pizza Sauce can be found by clicking thru right here. 



Homemade Pizza Dough
(Makes 2 pizza crusts)
Ingredients
  • 1/4 ounce Package of Pizza Yeast (regular yeast can also be used)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of salt
  • 3 & 1/2 - 4 cups flour
Instructions
1. In a medium bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water
2. Add sugar and salt, stir to dissolve
3. Add flour a cup at a time and mix until a soft dough forms
4. Knead until elastic about 2-3 minutes
5. Place in a greased bowl and cover with a clean cloth and let rise for 2 hours (until double)
6. Divide dough in half
7. With a rolling pin, roll out to fit your pizza pan and to the thickness you prefer
8. Repeat with the other half
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends # 116

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
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Chewy Chocolate Caramel Bars from Liz Ventures ***Most Viewed*** 
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Valentines' Day Gift Idea-Wine Labels from Smart Party Planning
Origami Heart Bouquet and Garland from Growing Up Gabel
Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies from Meatloaf and Melodrama
 DIY Game Day Snack Stadium from Diana Rambles
Red Velvet Valentine Macarons from Life Made Sweeter



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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cowboy Caviar


 Like most Southerners I grew up with black eye peas but I have never tried them cold until I found this dish.    This Cowboy Caviar, sometimes called Texas Caviar, can be made with different ingredients, for instance I have a friend that adds avocado to hers, sounds great huh?   I choose to make it with some basic flavors that really bring out the black eye peas and added a seasoned and healthy olive oil dressing with herbs and plenty of salt and pepper.  
  This Cowboy Caviar can be served with chips or as a side dish, I know it goes great with BBQ. And I'm sure that's the way most self respecting Texas eat it!   Yeppers, we are partial to dishes that can be served with BBQ.   Either way, enjoy, my Friends!      
      





Cowboy Caviar


Ingredients
  • 12 oz cooked black eye peas
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup purple onions, diced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, deveined and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
1. Gently mix cooled and drained black eye peas (cooked), green onions, purple onions, tomato, garlic and jalapeno in a medium bowl
2. Add olive oil, vinegar, oregano, basil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well.
3. Pour olive oil mixture over pea mixture and gently stir to combine.
4. Place in fridge for 4-6 hours for flavors to marry
5. Serve with tortilla chips or as a side dish
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #115

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
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DIY Wooden Washi Tape Tic Tac Toe Game from Giggles Galore

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Chicken Parmigiana-Healthier Version


  

We are trying to eat a little healthier here on the Ranch and lose a few pounds in the process.   We refuse to give up our favorite dishes so we decided to take some of our favorite dishes, and revamp them to fit with our diet goals.    This Chicken Parmigiana has all the flavor of the original Chicken Parmigiana but with a few changes that make a really big difference.  I know you and your family will love it!   

Chicken Parmigiana-Healthier Version
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup of All Bran Cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup of liquid egg substitute
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4 oz pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • 1/2 cup lowfat Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • crushed red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)
Instructions
1. In a blender or food processor grind cereal into crumbs. Transfer into a shallow bowl, add basil, oregano, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.
2. Place egg substitute into a second shallow bowl
3. One at a time, dip chicken breasts into egg substitute, shaking off excess, then coat with the crumb mixture.
4. Coat large skillet with cooking spray, heat over medium heat
5. Add chicken breasts to skillet, cook, turning once, until no longer pink in center, about 4-6 minutes per side.
6. Spread about 1/4 cup of sauce over chicken in skillet, sprinkle with half the cheese.
7. Reduce heat to low, cover. Cook until cheese melts. 2-3 minutes, sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
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My favorite way to serve this Chicken Parmigiana is with steamed asparagus and a fresh crisp salad with lowfat Italian dressing. 
That makes a great low calorie meal!   


 I hope you enjoy this dish and wish you loads of luck with your goals for a healthier you!   You can do it, just take one day at a time and eat exactly today what you need to eat, get a little more active and just enjoy your life!!



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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends # 114

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
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Italian Love Cake fromDon't Sweat the Recipe
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Monday, January 4, 2016

Bruschetta Chicken


One of my hubby's favorite appetizers is bruschetta, he absolutely loves that awesome flavor of tomatoes, basil and olive oil on a crunchy slice of a baguette!    But since we are watching our carb intake,  I have been trying to find a way to satisfy his basil addiction without all those carbs.   So I thought, how about a perfectly crunchy chicken breast topped with flavorful spoonfuls of bruschetta?   This Bruschetta Chicken is loaded with healthy protein but it has the perfect combination of flavors that the hubby loves.   And it was a hit, here at the Ranch!   Healthy and Happy Hubby!!     




Bruschetta Chicken

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup of egg substitute (2 eggs beaten)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 Tsp butter, melted
  • 3 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 4 oz of smoked gouda cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Place flour in a shallow bowl and place egg substitute in a separate shallow bowl
3. Dip chicken breasts in flour and then into the egg substitute and place in a greased 13 X 9 inch baking dish
4. In a small bowl, mix cheese, bread crumbs and melted butter, sprinkle over chicken breasts
5. Loosely cover baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees
6. While chicken is baking, mix tomatoes, basil, gouda cheese, olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper in a small bowl
7. After chicken is done, spoon tomato mixture over chicken and bake for 2-3 minutes longer until tomato mixture is heated.
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