Posts filed under: ‘dinner‘




Well I will have new food pictures up soon…

…4th of July my best friend and her kids were over. We had a great time. My hubby decided to try his hand at funnel cake. I have never made it before or tasted it. It came out really good. I need to get the link for the recipe he used and upload the pictures.

Yesterday we went to the beach, New Port Beach. It was nice but pretty cold. The wind was blowing like crazy and it was about 77 degrees. We wound up leaving a bit early and stopped on the way home at A restaraunt I absolutely love. It has the best Italian food ever. Alfredo’s in San Bernardino.

We actually had to drive about 20 miles extra to get there but it was worth it. They have tiny round loaves of bread freshly baked and hot out of the oven with a garlic butter spread that is to die for!

Joe and I split a 3~way combo. Lasagna, mostaccioli with sauce and sausage. We ordered an all meat pizza and a sausage pizza for the kids and of course had some. They have the best pizza ever there.

My favorite kind of pizza is italian sausage. What is yours?

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3 comments July 13, 2008

Stromboli

stromboli

Well I broke my menu plan. I was busy doing other things. πŸ˜‰

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.

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4 comments January 29, 2008

Menu Plan Monday!

menu plan monday

Okay so this is my first time participating in Organizing Junkies Menu plan Monday.

I have tried to sit down and write out a monthly plan and a weekly plan before and usually I don’t even make it to the next day before I forget all about it. It will be fun to see if I can stick to it this week. lol

And now for my menu plan:

Monday: Soft chicken tacos, Spanish Rice & Salsa

Tuesday: Chicken Veggie Rice Stirfry

Wednesday: Spaghetti, Salad & Garlic Bread

Thursday: Chile with Cornbread

Friday: Chicken Veggie Pizza

Saturday: Pot Roast, Salad & Mashed Potatoes

You can come back and visit during the week and I will try to post some of these recipes along with pictures.

18 comments January 27, 2008

How to make Chocolate Pudding Pie

chocolate pie

Believe it or not after making two loaves of bread yesterday around dinner time all of it except 5 thick slices were gone when I went to make lunch for dh. haha So I made two more loaves tonight. We had some bread with dinner, a salad and some vegetable lasagna I got on sale at Costco. It was $6.29 for 2 40 oz boxes with my $3.00 off coupon. Not a bad deal for a quick and easy dinner.

I prefer making our own lasagna. When I do we make 4 at a time but I didn’t have any ready tonight. I asked Joey what he thought of it and he kind of mumbled.

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4 comments January 27, 2008

How to make Cinnamon Chicken with Onion and Tomatoe

chicken with tomato

So last night I just wanted to throw something together quick. I thawed out a package of chicken thighs, tossed them in a baking pan. I had some bread crumbs left from the Cinnamon Bread I made the other day. I scattered that on top. I had a few pieces of sliced onion in the fridge and put that on top. I opened a can of sliced tomatoes and poured it water and all over the top of the chicken.

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1 comment January 27, 2008

Beef with Rice & Vegetables Strifry

I like rice and vegetables and meat. Not plain, but with some kind of marinade on it, sweet n sour sauce(the kind with the bell peppers and pineapples), oriental stirfry sauce(the kind with the high fructose corn syrup in it), orange chicken. Yes I know there is some sugary substances in it but it is a great way to get alot of vegis eaten.

rice bowl

Do you know why alot of Chinese/Oriental/Japanese people are thin and healthy? Because they eat a little bit of meat, a litle bit of rice and a WHOLE LOT OF vegetables! I am not kidding. I need to get more on the ball here. I think I average about once a week eating something like this. If I have something prepped and just ready to heat up I am more likely to eat it for lunch or something.

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Add a comment January 8, 2008

Laguna Beach

is about 100 miles from here, one way and is breathtakingly beautiful. This was the second time we had been out that way. The first time was a few days before our wedding. Friends of ours live out there and recently got married on the sand at sunset. It was a small gathering and afterward we all walked over to the Hotel Laguna for the reception.

beach

Well I walked, Joey drove the car over from the metered parking to the valet parking. That was the only parking they had. By the way, when we got home that evening a few items were missing from his back pack.

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2 comments December 28, 2007

Super Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

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 Lasagna

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.

lasagna

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:

Ingredients
WATER, COOKED LASAGNA (WATER, SEMOLINA WHEAT FLOUR), COTTAGE, PART SKIM MOZZARELLA AND PARMESAN CHEESES (MILK INGREDIENTS, BACTERIAL CULTURES, SALT, MICROBIAL ENZYMES, LIPASE, CELLULOSE), TOMATO PASTE, COOKED GROUND BEEF, TEXTURED SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SALT, WHEAT FLOUR, DEHYDRATED ONIONS, SUGAR, SPICES, AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, MILK INGREDIENTS, GARLIC POWDER, COLOUR, FLAVOURS (SOY SAUCE [WATER, SOYBEANS, WHEAT, SALT], AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, SOY OIL, FLAVOUR).

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

Tammy’s Easy Pizza

My family loves pizza. Generally over the summer that translated to us making h.m. once or twice and the rest of the time, like once a week, it was Little Caesar’s. haha Making your own is much healthier though than pizza from your local fast food place. On Oct 26 we made 6 pizzas, 3 to eat, 3 to freeze. So we actually didn’t need to make any this week but I seen Tammy’s recipe and I just had to give it a try. (While I actually felt like making it.)

The recipe I usually stick with is Jay’s Signature Pizza Crust I think I tried one other one once and it was a complete flop. It is pretty good but tends to break easily, probably cause of the whole wheat.

Anyhow so I tried this recipe and it was pretty similiar. It is a very good recipe. A few things I did notice especially since we had this Wed. night and that was only a few days difference.

Generally, I LOVE crust. That is white flour crust. I think I enjoy crazy bread and crust more than the pizza. I loved it when L.C. used to do their “pan” pizza. They discontinued that. Now I get the cheesy bread when we order pizza and that is pretty similiar.

Anyhow ww is different though. It taste good while eating the pizza but it is not something I want to chow down on KWIM? I would be more apt to toss the crust if there were too much of it on the ww pizza. That being said, with Tammy’s recipe, this crust actually was pretty good. No not white flour good. But good. I did like it better than Jay’s. It was still wheaty but not as wheaty. I am wondering if the difference is in the time when you add the yeast. Her pizza and her bread recipe you add it at the end and mix with everything else. Most recipes tell you to mix the yeast with water, then add everything else.

I am wondering if that helps it not be so “wheaty” tasting. I don’t know. Another thing I noticed was generally Jay’s recipe I HAVE to eat it with a fork cause it breaks easily. This one I didn’t have too. It was pretty sturdy.

Next time I am going to use EVOL instead of butter. I greased the pan with evol spray, not butter like it recommends. I omitted the salt to add to the top.

All in all it is a very yummy recipe and we are going to use it again. πŸ™‚

Tammy’s Easy Pizza

Description:A soft pizza dough recipe, topped with your favorite pizza toppings and baked
Yield: 12-16 slices
Ingredients:

Crust Ingredients:

3/4 cup water (110-115 degrees, preferably)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 Tablesppoons butter, melted or very softened
2 1/2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon yeast

Other Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon cornmeal (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pizza sauce
12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
sliced onions, optional
chopped bell peppers, optional
turkey pepperoni, fried turkey bacon, or fried hamburger, optional
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon basil
2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
Instructions:

1. If using a bread machine to make pizza dough, put ingredients in bread machine in order listed and set to dough setting.

If making dough by hand, mix water, butter, and sugar in mixing bowl. Add part of the flour and stir. Add the rest of the flour and the yeast, and stir into a dough. Knead forΓ‚ 6-8 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Set dough in bowl and grease the top. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise for about 45 minutes.*

2. After dough has risen the first time, punch down and knead until air bubbles are removed.

3. Liberally butter a 16-inch round pizza pan, and press dough onto pan. Carefully lift one-half of the crust and fold over (to expose half of the pizza pan). Sprinkle 1/2 Tablespoon cornmeal over pan. Lay crust back in place and repeat on other half, so that there is cornmeal sprinkled between entire layer of crust and pan.

4. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt over top of crust and then spread with 1 cup pizza sauce. Sprinkle on cheese and any optional toppings desired. Sprinkle on oregano, basil, and parmesan cheese last.

5.** Place pizza in oven and turn heat to 400 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes; rotate crust and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until top is browned. (Be sure to watch so it doesn’t burn; every oven is different!)

6. When pizza is browned, turn off heat and open oven door. Leave pizza in oven until ready to serve. Then remove from oven, cut, and serve. If there is leftover pizza, we often put the pieces directly on a cooling rack to cool, which prevents condensation forming between the crust and pan.

Here are some pictures.


The dough. That is the other thing I noticed, it never really did rise. I let them sit for a few hours too. *shrugs*


Here are some pictures. My dd #1 was in charge of spreading out the dough and adding the toppings. Onion, olives, bell pepper, pineapple, cheese, chicken.


We have a pizza oven/turner. But it can only make one at a time.


This is a cookie sheet. I think I want some pizza stones.


It’s not as easy to try to get them into the square pans I guess. lol


This one filled out pretty nice.


The best part, sliced and on my plate! Thank you to Tammy for another wonderful recipe! What kind of pizza do you like to make?

2 comments November 2, 2007

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