Monthly Archives: September 2015

Stromboli or Pizza Rolls… What’s it gonna be??

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THIS is by far my newest FAVORITE recipe… I have been playing and playing with it and I have now, what is the perfect combination of ingredients to make AMAZING Stromboli – or to cut the Stromboli prior to baking and make EASY and DELICIOUS pizza rolls… which the kids prefer!

The great news is this recipe is for 2 – so we always make one of each!

I started with actual dough – which you can certainly use, but quickly reverted to Pillsbury Pizza Crust… they have perfected it, and who am I to challenge that??!!

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Lay out the dough, Mix up your “saucey” ingredients and cover the dough, add your pizza preferences…. We go for plain old pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, but I have used burger and swiss, ham and provolone or cheddar and I am working on a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast variety.

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Roll the dough like a jelly roll – use the remaining egg whites as a wash and sprinkle with a bit more garlic and Parmesan, then bake as a Stromboli or cut into 1” slices and bake as pizza rolls.

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Start with 2 crusts… lay them out on a cookie sheet.

Mix up this ‘sauce’ and spread 1/2 on each crust:
• 2 egg yolks (save the whites to use as a wash)
• 1 TBS parmesan cheese
• 1 tsp Italian seasoning
• 1⁄2 tsp garlic powder
• 1/2 tsp onion powder
• 1⁄4 tsp pepper
• 1 vegetable oil
• 1 TBS jalapeno juice (right from the jar of slices)

Add your pizza toppings, split between the 2 crusts:
• 1 bag (5 oz.) pepperoni
• 1 bag (2 cups) of cheese
• Any other favorites you have – sausage, peppers, onions, olives….
• Any sauce (jarred pizza or spaghetti or of course your own homemade) – for dipping once cooked.

Roll each crust up like a jelly roll, and make a wash of the remaining egg whites – by whisking with 2 TBS water – and spread over roll, then shake down with additional parmesan and garlic….

Bake the Stromboli as is, or cut in 1” slices (like cinnamon rolls) and bake as pizza rolls.

Bake at 400 for about 25 minutes.

Serve with a warmed bowl of dipping sauce!

ENJOY!!

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Sunday Funday…. a day in the life!

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It’s back…. No I am not referring to football season, or even the fall season…. It’s cooking season!! I do love the football and I do love the fall, but mostly I LOVE to cook and today was the first day I got to create and play in the kitchen for the entire day (over 12 hours mind you) in a very long time!!

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After a super crazy week, what with back to school and all (3 kids = 3 X NO Fun!!) and tons of amazing football ; High School JV game Thursday night – rocked it! Sadly not quite the same for the Varsity on Saturday but rounded out with 2 wins for our youth “TRI-TOWN” JV and Varsity later in the day! Then today’s AWESOME Bill’s Game was on and I was inspired to start the fall cooking.

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It all started with this bounty of tomatoes and peppers… and a full net bag of onions my Mom dropped off… I wanted some salsa and I decided fresh would be best! I even diced and added artichokes for an extra ‘layer’…. The results are STUPENDOUS!!!

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Because I was dicing and stewing tomatoes, I thought fresh soup would also work…. I had shredded chicken to use and with peppers and onions galore, I was reminded of CHICKEN FAJITAS! Could I create the flavors into a yummy soup? OH YES I DID!!!!

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I found the perfect tortilla strips to add and served it up with hearty whole wheat grilled cheeses!

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I also spied the bag full of apples on the counter; “Paulareds” – they looked so pretty…apparently no one likes them because they have been there a good week…. And no fruit makes it more than a few days in our house. Not one for waste, I diced them up, added some cinnamon and sugar and simmered them down to have a hearty applesauce on the side.

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Finally, I have been planning on these absolutely delicious (and highly viewed and shared from my blog) pumpkin cookies for over a week and kept running out of time. Today was the day, and I opted for a double batch… One (my favorite) the original with frosting…

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AND a second batch with chocolate chips added and a lighter glaze…

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NOW I am left with 67 piles of dirty dishes and I haven’t started my meals or my laundry for the week…. Agh – it’s only midnight and I don’t have to work until 8am… NO PROBLEM!!!

WHAT did you do today???

Chocolate Sundae DREAM Cake

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Chocolate, and a sundae, and a cake…. All in one….

Minimal ingredients, easy instructions and tastes delicious….

I had such a great response from posting my Banana DREAM Cake that I decided to showcase all of the goodies in my DREAM Cake arsenal. And I had a birthday to attend to, so CHOCOLATE SUNDAE DREAM CAKE it is!!

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Like a poke cake – remember the dreadful red jello on white cake your granny always served? Went with the jello mold with fruit cocktail in it… YUCK… no sir’ree bob!!

Well, THIS, is a whole new POKE cake and that is why I changed the name to the DREAM Cake series!

Here is the Sundae variation…. YUMMMMOOOO

INGREDIENTS:
Chocolate Cake Mix – make cake as directed
1 jar Caramel Sauce
1 jar Fudge Sauce
8 oz. (regular container) Cool Whip
• If you are feeling FANCY and want a decorative topping, crush about 6 Oreos or even use chocolate sprinkles or Mini chocolate chips….

INSTRUCTIONS:
Bake the cake as directed… then allow to cool for about 10 minutes.

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See these beaters… lick ‘em…go ahead, I still have yet to meet anyone that died from eating raw eggs… LOL!!!

Now, once the cake has cooled, take a wooden spoon and using the handle end, poke holes in the cake – all the way to the bottom – everywhere! I usually go every 1/2” or so….

Open and microwave the toppings for about 30 seconds just to make them easier to pour… the fudge may take a bit more…. Slowly pour the caramel over the cake and make sure all the holes get filled…

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…then pour the fudge (or dollap and spread as the case may be…) and smooth over the cake.

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Cover the cake with plastic wrap and set in fridge for an hour or so… I make them the night before and leave in the fridge overnight.

Uncover cake, and spread cool whip on top and smooth out.

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Crush your Oreos (I used my mini chopper) and sprinkle on top!

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Gaze fondly at your handiwork… then DIG IN!!!

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