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How to Make Eric Treuille’s Stromboli


So it is finally here. The recipe I have been promising for weeks! I got a pm this morning from a friend on a board I frequent and she said she tried Stromboli after reading about it on my blog and that it was great. A real family pleaser. That reminded me that I needed to not be so greedy and share this wonderful recipe with all of you.

This recipe is really awesome! The first time I made this I followed the directions exactly except I had no fresh basil, just dried. I also have dried rosemary. I didn’t have the smoked mozzarella either so I substituted cheddar cheese. Everything else was the same and you can see the picture of it at the top. I call it Double Trouble: Twin Stromboli. Click this link to hear me rave about it last week and to see more pictures of the process of making it. Stromboli


8 comments February 1, 2008



Well I broke my menu plan. I was busy doing other things. 😉

Yesterday when I was pondering what bread to make Joey for lunch for the net few days he told me at lunch time to make more Stromboli. He could microwave it at work. SO I made up enough dough for 2 of the huge ones I am sure you have seen pics of. Split it into 8 pieces. I went a little easier on the cheese. For one big one it calls for 3 cups of cheese so that would be 3/4 cups each.


4 comments January 29, 2008

Super Chunky Spaghetti Sauce


Okay so I always like to make a huge pot of sauce. I grab one of those huge 6 lb 6 oz cans of whole peeled tomatoes from Smart N Final. Take the juice it comes in and put that in the pot. I take the tomatoes and cut them up. First in half, then I cut about 3-4 more times. You can dice them finer if you like. I take 2 green bell peppers and chop them up. I take about 6 cloves of garlic and 2 onions and peel and chop that real fine.

sauce 2

I shake a good helping of basil, oregano and parsley in to the pot. I added 7 6 oz cans of tomato paste. I added a spoonful or so of olive oil. I also added some water.

sauce 3

Simmer on low for 45 minutes stirring every once in a while. It is very good! last time I also chopped up some celery too. Maybe next time I will add some carrots. DO you make your own sauce or just grab Ragu?

1 comment December 15, 2007

Home made Creamy Chocolate Pudding


Make your own pudding packets for only .42 cents. Aren’t they like $1.50 in the stores most of the time? I think once in a while I see it on “sale” for $1.00.

1 1/2 cups plus 2 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
3 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt

Basically add all the ingredients together and stir with a wire whisk. This makes enough for 6 cups of dry mix. Which is enough for 6 packets of chocolate pudding mix.

1 cup of mix
2 3/4 cups milk
2 TBS butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

In a sauce pan add the mix and the milk. Cook and stir until it thickens. Remove from heat and add in butter and vanilla. Makes 6 servings. Enjoy!

I will have to check the prices again at Smart N Final but from what I remember the cocoa is $5.69 for 16 oz(4 cups), the corn starch is $3.00 for 10 lbs(40 cups) and the sugar is $3.00 for 5 lbs(20 cups), I didn’t bother adding the salt.

So $1.90 for cocoa, .49 cents for sugar, .10 cents for corn starch = $2.49 divided by 6 = .415 cents each, so .42 cents each. 🙂 Oh I forgot to add in the butter but really, how much can it be? lol Not much more. 😉

What do you like to do with chocolate pudding? DO you like to make chocolate pie? Or just as a treat for the family?

7 comments December 5, 2007

Dirty Dozen/Cleanest 12

A picture of some veggies after I cleaned them. This is a good list to stick to. Are yellow and red bell peppers considered sweet?
Dirty Dozen/Cleanest 12 The Best and Worst in pesticides on produce. If you missed my post on make your own veggie wash at home here is a link to it:

Veggie/fruit wash


Sweet Bell Peppers


Sweet Corn(frozen)
Sweet Peas(frozen)

2 comments November 13, 2007

Cheesy Lasagna & Garlic Stix!




Well I just finished adding up what I spent on the lasagna. $40.53 for 4 pans! Ouch!! You see now I remember why people just grab what is packaged at the store. Time and convenience and sometimes it isn’t much cheaper making your own! lol I never look down at others who don’t cook from scratch or make their own food cause I used to be in their shoes. Work, home, kids, husband. When you work out of the home, your attention is seriously divided. Those fast food lights are looking brighter and brighter and if you pick up a box of Stouffer’s come home and toss it in the oven with a salad and rolls, that is MAKING dinner. haha You are a Queen.

I am blessed now to be able to stay home and take care of my family. I do feel our health has improved with cooking from scratch more often and all the fresher foods. But jee wizz I spent like 6 hours in the kitchen yesterday! Now this is no new feat for me. There are quite a few days a week I am in there for 4-5 hours or so. What I generally try to do is to make up food all at once so that I can have it later. You know, later, when I don’t want to be in the kitchen at all. 😉

Here is what I spent.

4 pans of lasagna

2 20 oz packs of sweet italian sausage= $8.00
2 20 oz packs of ground turkey = $4.20
3 lb ricotta cheese = $3.99
2.33 lbs of lasagna noodles = $2.60
5 lbs of mozzarella cheese = $13.99
6 lbs, 6 oz of whole tomatoes = $3.00
10 6 oz cans of tomato paste = $3.33
4 eggs = .40 cents
1 can of Hunts spaghetti sauce = 1.00 = $40.53/ so $10.13 each.

I think next time I need to use 4 lbs of cheese and maybe half the meat! lol Oh well.
It was really good. It fed two adults, two teenagers and 3 other kids and enough for lunch for Joe today.

SO that is what I do. I will take a day when I feel like being in the kitchen, cooking, cleaning, chopping, baking, soaking veggies, etc. I will have a bunch of things I am trying to do at once. I get them done and guess what? If I did a good job I won’t have to be in the kitchen the next day except to do the basics like dishes, counter, stove.

So yesterday I decided it was time to make up 4 lasagna’s and some garlix stix. I went in at 10:00. I think we ate about 4:00 Now of course I didn’t spend the whole time with the lasagna and stix, cause I have 5 kids underfoot and dh. Of course the first thing that happened was the 3 male late breakfast stragglers. I guess they didn’t get the memo to eat some cereal and as soon as I hit the kitchen the boys were running in, I am hungry, what are you making? Etc. To their credit they were busy that a.m. cleaning the garage.

So I cut them some h.m. bread, made some eggs and sausage. My girls were supposed to be cleaning their rooms. My eldest dd lied and said her cat box was clean and in the dumpster and when i went to check it was not even done! I threatened to get rid of the cats if her box wasn’t cleaned in 15 minutes and she had two days to get her room completely clean. It was awful. It was clean this a.m. 🙂

Anyways so little interruptions here and there and she eventually came in and grated cheese and chopped up cantaloupe and watermelon and strawberries and apples. Middle dd did not get much done in her room but read alot of good books! I will have to see if I can get a handle on that today. She did come help me with the lasagna & bread stix though.

Now I normally don’t use eggs for lasagna but I seen a recipe online where they added eggs to cottage cheese and a little parmesan. It also called for whole tomatoes and tomato paste. I ran low on sauce so that is why i opened a can of hunts sauce. I really liked using the whole tomatoes and tomato paste. I think I need to cut them up a little next time. lol I had a recipe earlier in the year from someone how to make the sauce but I can’t find the book I put it in. 😦 So I did try that. It tasted the same. We ate one and wrapped the other 3 in freezer paper. We also made 3 extra batches of bread stix to freeze as well. I am going to look for another reecipe for those too. They are good. I do like them. But finding that new bread recipe that was even better than the last one makes me think maybe I can find a great recipe for garlic bread. We’ll see.

Here are some pictures. I think everyone knows how to make lasagna so I will skip any instructions. ;)Here is my blog about bread stix: Bread Stix

Do you make your own lasagna? Do you buy it from the store? What do you like to do to help with oamc? For pictures of the finished product check out the blog below.

Add a comment November 11, 2007

Home Made Lasagna


Okay so I still have those 3 home made pizza’s in the freezer. Last week we went out for Little Caesar’s as a treat. I think on Wed. What I like most about those pizza’s is not the thought of having pizza in the freezer. It is having something that is done a bit healthier, made from scratch. I control all the ingredients. So there is not a long list of ingredients made in a laboratory somewhere.


Same thing with lasagna. Yeah it would be easier to just spend $11.00 and pick up a Stouffer’s 96 ozer from the store. But it is nice knowing exactly what you are eating.

Stouffer’s lasagna ingredient list:


Okay so not as bad as some food list’ I see, but still. I italicized some of the more questionable ingredients. Like, why do we need soy sauce in an Italian dish? Milk ingredients? Is that in addition to the mozzarella? If so, then what? I don’t see ricotta or cottage cheese even listed. We also need colour? Really. I thought lasagna had enough color on it’s own. AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, MODIFIED CORN STARCH.

I don’t see yeast listed on anything I put in yesterday. Now I do see modified food starch listed on the container of ricotta I bought. I will have to check the other brands of ricotta at the store but I think they all have something. Grr….

Okay but you get the picture. There is not as many questionable ingredients when you make it yourself. I couldn’t google frozen pizza ingredients quick enough but just take my word for it. There is alot of extra stuff in there and most of them have transfat to boot! I will be back right back with my adventure in home made lasagna.

Add a comment November 11, 2007

Grass fed beef


Okay so I am thinking more about buying some grass fed beef.

For a quick list of reasons read this:


Most places I have seen online are very expensive.
Price is a big factor. On eat I found a ranch that is grass fed and it is angus beef. (4th website down) It is not qualified for the organic label yet, but it is free of antibiotics, growth hormones and no pesticides used on the pastures.

Chileno Valley Natural Beef

It looks like a split quarter cost $250.00 plus butcher cost of $70.00- $80.00.

Purchase info

Which comes out to about $330.00. It says it is 100 pounds of meat.

I googled them as well and found this cbs clip:

Raising Cows The Old-Fashioned Way

I think I will email them and find out if their prices have changed any and how much shipping would be.

Good idea? Bad idea? What are your thoughts on this?

A review or two.

Reviews # 1
Reviews # 2
Reviews # 3


They have another website which says the meat is $380.00 after butchering. I am not surprised it went up. I think I found their old website last year and was surprised the price hadn’t changed.

Chileno Natural Grass-Fed Beef

2 comments November 5, 2007

Hot rolls with dinner!

I made Tammy’s bread again. The first double batch of dough I am freezing. An online friend recommended freezing after the first rise and punch down. We’ll see how that winds up later in the week. The next batch I made one round loaf of bread in my ceramic kitchenaid pie pan. Another loaf in my ceramic loaf pan. Then the next double batch I made rolls!!

Brown n serve rolls have nothing on these! I used muffin liners to avoid having them stick to the pan. I sprayed the liners but then some of the muffin stuck to the liners. haha Oh well. Just a little bit. They were very, very tasty and every bit as good as the last time I made this bread. Melt n your mouth!! Very soft and tender and not wheaty at all.

Dh called and said he wants some more of my home made buttermilk biscuits! I told him we are all out of buttermilk. (Yes I know the trick with the vinegar and the reg. milk 😉 ) And can he wait for a few days? Sure thing. 😀 I was already in the middle of the 3rd double batch of bread/rolls so hunting down that recipe and whipping up MORE bread just didn’t seem like a good idea at the time. lol

Well on Tuesday I am going big shopping for the month. I am usually at the store 1-2 times a week but at the beginning of the month I like to take and get a bunch of stuff at once. I need to make up a list tomorrow. I found a new cooking blog with really yummy recipes. When I seen she added about 3 lbs of butter for her chocolate cake recipe I instantly gained a size! haha

There are alot of new recipes I want to try this month so pull up a chair and stick around. These are on my list of new things to try:

Pico de Gallo

The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake

Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Cinnamon Rolls

Steak sandwiches

What new recipes are you going to try this month?

2 comments November 4, 2007

What am I doing?

Well we don’t celebrate Halloween, so bobbing for apples is out. haha

Oh wait, there is tomatoes, a cucumber and even some romaine! I am soaking my fruits and veggies in a 15 minute home made veggie wash, courtesy of Jester.

Now we all know organic is supposed to be best. But it isn’t always cheap or available. I think the bell peppers are $5.00 a lb at the health store! That is alot. I should make a trip over to the farmers market next Thursday. Last time I was disappointed though. We bought a 25 lb bag of oranges and most of them were dried up! That was a few months ago and we haven’t gone since.

Anyhow this doesn’t get rid of the pesticides that have gotten inside the fruit, but it does clean them. Think of all the yucky stuff that happens to them en route to your store. Or even while at the store. I try to buy organic at my regular grocery store, but their organic section is very limited and the produce doesn’t move fast enough so invariably it is already turning bad.

Jester gave me her permission to post this here. Hope this is THE recipe cause this is how I remember it. haha

1 gallon of water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix it all together. Let fruits/veggies soak for 15 minutes. Scrub them with a veggie brush and I place mine on a paper towel in huge bowls til they dry. Water tends to stay some in the bottom of bowl so make sure produce is dry and transfer it to another dry container.

Do you eat organic only? Or just when you are able?

EDIT. I just wanted to add that Jester has a friend who is a biochemist and said this recipe is a good one. 🙂

2 comments November 3, 2007






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