Monday, May 25, 2009

Calzone

Here's another family favorite!

This was a common dish in my household as I was growing up. My youngest brother couldn't pronounce calzone yet so he called it cow bologna. When Josh and I were still dating he came over for dinner one night. John was so excited to tell him we were having his favorite meal of all time, cow bologna.
Calzone
Bread Dough
Cheese
Pepperoni
Canadian Bacon
Sausage
Peppers
Mushrooms
Pineapple
Additional pizza toppings
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Make bread dough according to the recipe located HERE. When bread has risen to double it's size, punch down and split into balls about 2-3 inches in diameter and roll out into 8-inch rounds. Divide felling equally on dough rounds. Fold in half and pinch edges together. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes. Serve with marinara or pizza sauce.

When I make these I like to make a full patch of bread dough and split it in half. I make two loaves of bread and then use the remaining dough to make Calzones. It makes about a dozen. Go nuts with the toppings. I love to pile pineapple and peppers and cheese on mine. Josh likes his with all the meats, mushrooms, and peppers.

My mom makes it a quicker way. She buys the Rhodes frozen bread loaves. Let them thaw and rise. Then you roll the dough out flat and build the calzone. Then on each side cut the edges in about an inch and do about an inch long in strips. Then you braid the edges together to wrap it all together. After it has cooked and cooled, just slice it into slices. It is definitely the quicker way, but I like to make the individual ones. I think they aren't quite as messy.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Colorful Rice Cripsy Squares

Here is something to try different next time you make rice crispy squares.

Colorful Rice Crispy Squares
1 sack marshmallows
1 cube butter
6 cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal
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Melt butter and marshmallows. Remove from heat and mix in the Fruity Pebbles Cereal. Spread into a well greased pan.

Sweet & Tangy Sauce

Sometimes I find it hard to be married to a man who LOVES steak. He wants it all the time, and I just don't seem to care for it. But every now and then I get on board and eat it with him. When I do, I make this sauce to go with it.

Sweet & Tangy Sauce
1 can tomato soup
1 Tbs. packed brown sugar
2 Tbs. vinegar
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
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In a pan combine the first four ingredients. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve over pork chops or steak with mashed potatoes or rice.

Chocolate Mug Cake

A few nights ago when Josh started to beg for Hot Fudge Cake I had him try this recipe instead.

Chocolate Mug Cake
1 Coffee Mug
4 Tbs. sugar
1 egg
3 Tbs. oil
Small splash of vanilla
4 Tbs. flour
2 Tbs. baking cocoa
3 Tbs. milk
3 Tbs. chocolate chips (opt.)
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Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix well. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool and tip onto a plate if desired.

Yes, it did raise and just a little little spilled over, but it was pretty good. It really made enough that we could just share one.

Hot Fudge Cake

Josh would make this dish every night if I would let him. As the cake cook, it rises and the chocolate sauce sinks to the bottom. It really is delish.

Hot Fudge Cake
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbs. baking cocoa
2 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
Topping:
1 cup brown sugar
4 Tbs. baking cocoa
1 3/4 cup water
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Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa & baking powder. Add the milk, oil & vanilla. Pour into a 9-inch pan. Mix brown sugar & cocoa. Sprinkle over the cake mixture. Pour water over the cake. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes. Serve with ice cream.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE meal of all. If I was told to choose my last meal before dying, this would be it.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs
2 lbs. hamburger
1 lb. sausage
1 lg. onion, chopped
2 eggs
1/2 canister bread crumbs
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. salt
1 can sweetened condensed milk
SAUCE:
4 cups chunked pineapple, drained and reserve the juice
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped pepper
1 tsp. salt
2 cups browns sugar
1 cup reserved pineapple juice
4 Tbs. soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
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For the meatballs: mix ingredients. Form into meatballs. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes.
For the sauce: Combine all ingredients. Heat to a boil. Simmer. Thicken with cornstarch.
Serve meatballs over rice and cover with sauce.

Just a few random things about when I make this recipe.
*Last time we made them we put the peppers into the meatballs instead of the sauce, but next time we will put it back in the sauce.
*I also get lazy and don't measure the pineapple and juice. I just buy a large can and pour it in.
*I always double the meatballs and then freeze half of them for later.
*A few days later I make spaghetti with and either have the meatballs on the side, or chunk the meatballs up and mix them in the sauce.
*Josh loves these sliced up and on his sandwiches for lunch.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Homemade Bread (and scones)

I LOVE this recipe! It's my mother in-laws bread recipe. I also use it when I make scones.

Bread
4 cups scalded milk (lukewarm)
3 Tablespoons dry yeast, dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water and 3 teaspoons sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
6 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup oil
12-15 cups bread flour
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Mix milk and yeast mixture. Add sugar, eggs, salt and half the flour until the batter is smooth. Add oil and rest of flour. Mix well until forms a smooth ball. Let rest in bowl for 1 hour or until doubles in size. Divide into 4 loaves and put into greased loaf pans. Let rise until double its size. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes.

To make scones just divide out into little pieces and fry the scones. When I make scones I use the recipe for 2 loaves of bread and then the rest for scones. And actually, usually when I just make bread, I cut the recipe in half and just make two loaves.