Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Garlic Chicken Pizza

Garlic Chicken Pizza

Favorite pizza dough recipe (I used my deep dish recipe)
Garlic alfredo pizza sauce (recipe below)
2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup chicken, cooked and chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 tomato, seeded and chopped

Prepare pizza crust as directed. Spread 1/2 cup sauce on each pizza. Sprinkle with cheese, chicken, green onions, and tomatoes. Bake as directed.

Garlic Alfredo Pizza Sauce

2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp flour
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in flour and garlic powder. Slowly add cream. Stir until thickened and bubbly. Add salt and mix well.

(My husband does not like tomatoes or green onions - so I made half without for him).

Monday, January 25, 2010

Fudge Krispies

When I was young whenever we went to visit my grandparents my grandma would make these for us. I had not made the recipe in a long time and tried it out this past weekend on some friends. They were so good, we ate the whole pan. Plus they are so easy to make. I think it took me 10 minutes tops (not including the chilling time).

Fudge Krispies

1 pkg (2 cups) milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
4 - 4 1/2 cups Rice Krispies (depending on how chocolatey you want them to be)

Combine chocolate chips, butter, and corn syrup in large glass bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir ingredients together. Microwave another 1-2 minutes more until melted and creamy. Stir in vanilla, powdered sugar, and Rice Krispies. Spread into 13X9 dish. Chill until firm. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ground Beef Fricassee

My mom always made this recipe for our family when we were growing up. It was one I took to college and made for my roommates. I had one roommate in particular who loved it. She would always request that I make it for her. This is a great comfort meal. It is still one of my favorites!

Ground Beef Fricassee

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
3 Tbsp green pepper, diced
2 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 beef bouillon cube
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp onion salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt

Cook ground beef in a skillet until lightly browned, using fat if necessary. Add onion, celery, and green pepper. Cook until onion is soft and translucent. Blend in flour, then add hot water in which bouillon cube has dissolved. Cook and stir until slightly thickened. Add remaining ingredients. Cover. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Serve over mashed potatoes.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Oven Fries

My husband and I love french fries. I know they are not good for you at all, so I feel a little better about eating them when I make them myself. This is a great recipe. If I'm feeling like being extra healthy I'll use a little less oil. The fries are still good, not quite as good if you use all that it calls for though.

Oven Fries
courtesy America's Test Kitchen

3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut lengthwise into 10 to 12 evenly sized wedges
5 Tbsp vegetable oil
Salt and pepper

Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position and heat the oven to 475 degrees. Place the potatoes in a large bowl, cover with hot tap water, and allow to soak for 10 minutes. While the potatoes are soaking, coat a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with 4 Tbsp of the oil. Sprinkle the baking sheet evenly with 3/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
Drain the potatoes, spread them out over paper towels, and pat them dry thoroughly. Toss the dried potatoes with the remaining 1 Tbsp oil. Arrange the potatoes, cut-side down, in a single layer over the prepared baking sheet. Cover the sheet tightly with foil and bake for 5 minutes.
Remove the foil and continue to bake until the sides of the potatoes toughing the pan are crusty and golden, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet after 10 minutes.
Using a metal spatula, scrape to loosen the potatoes from the pan, then flip each wedge over. Continue to bake until the fries are golden and crisp on both sides, 10 to 15 minutes longer, rotating the pan as needed if the fries are browning unevenly. Transfer the fries to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Poppy Seed Bread

I apologize for my long hiatus. The holidays were a wonderful and crazy time and I feel like I'm just now getting back in to normal life. This recipe is more of a holiday recipe, but I didn't get a chance to post it before now, so here it is. I grew up with my mom making this wonderful bread around the holidays. It is delicious!


3 cups flour, sifted
2 1\2 cups sugar
1 1\2 t. salt
3 eggs
1 1\2 cups milk
1 1\8 cups vegetable oil
1 1\2 t. poppy seeds
1 1\2 t. vanilla extract
l 1\2 t. almond extract
1 1\2 t. butter flavoring


3\4 cup sugar
1\4 cup lemon juice (or orange juice)
1\2 t. vanilla extract
1\2 t. almond extract
1\2 t. butter flavoring

Grease two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans. Line the pans with wax paper, then grease and flour wax paper. Preheat oven to 350. Mix all bread ingredients together, then beat for 2 minutes. Pour into pans and bake for 1 hour. Mix glaze ingredients together. Heat in microwave just to melt sugar (2 to 3 minutes). Remove bread from pans. Pour glaze over hot bread or use pastry brush.