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Cauliflower Pizza?

By |January 30th, 2013|From the Kitchen|Comments Off

20130129-IMG_7292 Well, naturally,  after declaring that I was going to give up white flour I have been craving things that normally have white flour – pizza, pasta, tacos.

What’s a girl to do? Search her Pinterest board of course!  I’ve recently seen several recipes to create a pizza crust that is made out of cauliflower, and because  I love cauliflower, I have pinned them all.

After purchasing a potato ricer yesterday, I decided that I needed to make the cauliflower pizza crust.  {Possibly the best decision I have made all week.} Oh. My. Word.  It was so stinkin’ good.

This is the recipe I used – Cauliflower Crust Pizza.  I steamed a head of cauliflower and then riced it.  After looking at a couple of recipes, I determined that it would be better to make smaller pizzas rather than one large pizza.  So, I ended up making 8 personal pizzas.  And, get this – I had no leftovers.

The man who doesn’t eat vegetables (aka Hubby) had 4 pizzas! 4!  He even declared it to be one of the best things I have ever made!  Seriously! I am completely astonished that he liked it that much.

The boys enjoyed it, too. Woody had a pizza and then begged for a second – he really loved them.  Tigger liked his, but he wasn’t as favorable to it as his brother. I think the fork turned him off.  While this was great, it doesn’t hold together well enough to pick up a slice.

I followed the recipe for the crust and then topped the pizzas with turkey pepperoni, a light sprinkling of mozzarella, and a pinch of Penzey’s Tuscan Sunset herb blend.  If you think I burned it by looking at the picture, I didn’t. The edges did get dark, but that part was crispy and mmmmm, sooooo gooooood.

Try it! You’ll like it!

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Apple Slice Pancakes

By |January 25th, 2013|From the Kitchen|Comments Off

I promised the boys that we could have something different for breakfast a couple of weeks ago.  After perusing Pinterest for days on end, er, a couple of minutes, I found this idea.  It’s apple slices dipped in pancake batter, then cooked on the griddle. Wow!  Talk about a new family favorite.  All of us loved them.

Because I was out of baking mix, I Googled recipes to see how I could make my own.  After whipping up a batch of this mix, I used two cups of it, 1 cup of milk and 2 eggs to make the pancake batter for the apples.

My tip for the apples is to slice them as thin as you can.  The thin ones cooked best. The thicker slices were still quite good, they just required a little more force to cut into bite sizes.

We had leftovers! (A rarity around these parts!)  This one batch of pancake batter was a little more than what was needed for two sliced apples.

They were so good that we didn’t even need butter or syrup. We just ate them plain! The sweetness of the apple was the perfect complement to the warm pancake. Soooo yummy!

Try ‘em!

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Pinterest, You Failed Me

By |December 3rd, 2012|From the Kitchen|Comments Off

Surely you’ve seen those cute little trays that people have made out of peppermint candies.  You’re supposed to unwrap the candies, arrange them on a baking sheet, and then bake for 350   8 to 10 minutes so the candies will melt into a lovely little sheet.

Here’s an example of one that turned out right.

This is what I got.

  Christmas Mess

Cute little squares turned into an UGLY mess.  Really ugly.

I tried to make the best of it by making swirly designs with a skewer, but I think this batch may end up being used in Peppermint Bark or something…

 

So – Pinterest gurus – What did I do wrong?

 

 

Homemade Glass Cleaner – It Really Works!

By |November 19th, 2012|From the Kitchen|Comments Off

As I’ve been searching for cute decorating ideas on Pinterest, I’ve come across a couple of recipes for homemade glass cleaners.   Because I ran out of Windex today, I decided I’d try to make my own.  I looked up the recipes and found one that listed ingredients that I had at home: vinegar, rubbing alcohol, cornstarch, and warm water.  I hesitated because of the cornstarch. Like many comments below these pinned recipes, I wondered if the cornstarch would cause streaking.

However, when the balance of “get dressed so you can go to store to purchase Windex” is on the scales against “stay in pajamas & figure it out”  -  pajamas win.

So – I gathered the necessary items, followed the recipe, and sprayed my kitchen like a wild woman.  I cleaned the counter tops – no streaks.  I cleaned the front of the microwave – no streaks.  I cleaned the front of our shiny, black refrigerator – no streaks.   I cleaned the glass part of the back door – No Streaks!

Yea! We have a winner! The homemade glass/surface cleaner really works!

I will note that you do have to shake up the solution prior to spraying.  The cornstarch tends to settle at the bottom of the bottle, and I imagine it would easily clog the spray nozzle. So, shake before you spray! :)

Click here for the recipe I used.

 

Truly,

Four Years Later

By |July 21st, 2012|From the Kitchen|Comments Off

I’ve been craving Cranberry Orange Scones, so when I made out the menu plan for the week I added them to Saturday’s column.  It’s been ages since I last made them.  I’m so glad I did – they are even better than I remember. :)

It’s been four years since I last posted this recipe, but it is still one of my favorites.  We  have continued in our quest for freedom from the green mermaid.   In addition to the scones, we’ve learned how to make a spectacular iced coffee.

The key to our iced coffee is toddy. We {heart} toddy very much, especially on these sweltering summer days. We still get our caffeine kick, but without the rise in body temperature.  It all started when I tried Pioneer Woman’s Cold Brew Coffee.   I went to my favorite little kitchen shop to pick up more cheesecloth.  When I told the folks there why I needed it, they talked me into trying the Toddy system.  Oh.My.Word. It is wonderful! The cold brew method gets rid of all bitterness, but it still has an incredible coffee flavor. Seriously. You have got to try it.

So this was breakfast today.  My scrumptious  iced coffee and a tasty cranberry orange scone.  It was so much better than what we used to get when we visited the green mermaid.  I’m also amazed at the difference in calories.  What I have pictured is about 350 calories – approximately 225 for the scone and 125 for the iced coffee.  While it’s not necessarily a “low calorie” meal, it is significantly better than what I would get if I were to go to S*bux.  If I were to go purchase a grande frappuccino it would be 240 calories and a scone would be 490 calories.

So this morning, I saved myself  about $8 and 400 calories! :) Delicious!

Diet Coke Brownies

By |January 25th, 2012|From the Kitchen|Comments Off

Have you seen the recipe on Pinterest for Diet Coke Brownies?  I wondered if it actually worked.

Pour brownie mix in bowl and mix with a Diet Coke.  Pour in pan and bake.

It seemed too simple. So, what better to do on a cold, rainy evening? Bake brownies!

The Cast

I followed the directions on the website, with a slight alteration. We had one caffeine-free Diet Coke in the fridge leftover from a party a while back.

The baking time on the back of the box says 25-30 minutes. Because these were pretty soupy when I first poured them into the pan, I baked them for 35 minutes.

The results?  Well, they weren’t pretty ~ definitely not show-stoppers.  The problem was that I found them difficult to cut neatly.  BUT.

I found them to be very tasty! :)  My children loved them! :) And my husband was just happy that I made dessert! :)

The Curtain Call

I also altered from the prescribed recipe upon cutting these.  Because they were so messy, I didn’t even attempt to cut them into 24 pieces.  Going by the calories listed on the brownie box and dividing it by 16 (the number of brownies I cut.)  These moist and wonderful brownies are about 137 calories each. Yummy!