Thursday, December 25, 2008

Honey and Brie on Baguettes

This recipe is from my sister Lori. She made it at her work Christmas party and I thought it was AMAZING!

Cut a small baguette
Butter and Toast just to melt butter
Cut brie into pieces to fit on top of toast
Cover with honey
Broil until Cheese is bubbly
Cover with Cracked pepper.


Another idea is to put the Brie, Honey and Pepper in a pot. Melt and serve with the baguette as a dip. Either way, it is INCREDIBLE!

Pomegranate Avacado Salsa

Oh yum. My sister Chelle made this at Christmas and it was soo incredible! Enjoy!

1 1/3 cups peeled and diced avacado, about 2 avacados
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 cups Clementines (about 6 clementines) diced.
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup minced cilantro
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 jalapeno seeded and minced

Combine avacado and juice in a medium bowl, toss to gently coat. Add clementines and other ingredients and toss to coat!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pizza Dough

I had a different recipe for Pizza Dough posted here, but I had to change it because I finally found the best, easiest Pizza Dough recipe EVER! No food processor necessary! (Although a kitchen aid or Bosch would be nice) Anyway, I found it on Martha's site of course, but it is a recipe by Wolfgang Puck.. Pizza man extraordinare! It is so yummy and easy!


Makes four 8-inch pizzas- or one large!

One 1/4-ounce active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup warm water, 105 degrees to 115 degrees (I just wait until the tap runs warm)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and honey in 1/4 cup warm water; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine flour and salt. Add oil, yeast mixture, and remaining 3/4 cup warm water; mix on low speed until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and clusters around the dough hook, about 5 minutes.
2. Turn dough out onto a clean work surface, and knead by hand until dough is smooth and firm, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer dough to a large bowl, and cover with a clean, damp kitchen towel. Place bowl in a warm spot, and let rise for 30 minutes.
3. Divide dough into four balls, about 6 ounces each. Work each ball by pulling down the sides and tucking under the bottom of the ball; repeat 4 or 5 times. On a clean, unfloured surface, roll the ball under the palm of your hand until dough is smooth and firm, about 1 minute. Repeat with remaining balls; cover with a damp towel, and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Prepare as needed and arrange desired toppings; balls can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Pizza Dough

Monday, December 15, 2008

Original Joe's

This was a family standard growing up. So standard, I don't even have a recipe for it. BUT, I will re-create one here because it is really good and fun for a change!

1 lb ground beef
1/2 green pepper chopped
1/2 onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
2 handfuls of salad spinach
sliced mushrooms (if desired)
deli pastrami chopped (4 or 5 slices)
3/4 cup ketchup
Italian Spices
2 Tbls. Worcestershire Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Hoagie Buns

Fry up hamburger with onion and green pepper. Add remainder of ingredients and after all of the items are cooked add cheese on top. Turn off the burner and cover long enough to melt cheese. Serve over Hoagie Buns! DELISH!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake (Not Paula Deen's Recipe)

Last year my family came across Paula's Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake recipe and it was a hit. This year, a friend of mine showed up to a church function with what I THOUGHT was the same thing. I thought I remembered Paula's as being a little too rich for my taste, but my friends recipe was soooooooooo good I went back for seconds! I asked her for the recipe to compare, and although they were very similar.. they were just different enough.. YOU make 'em both and tell me what you like!

Make Pumpkin Pie filling according to Pumpkin Can recipe. (Just like you would do for a pie)
Pour into a 9x13 pan
Put one yellow cake mix in a bowl and add one stick of melted butter to it. Mix together until a crumbly texture.
With your hands, spread the crumble mixture over the pie filling and bake at 350 degrees for one hour!

A few less calories, and sooooooooo delish!
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