Posts filed under: ‘italian‘

Super easy spaghetti dinner..

…..mmmmm…Now for something even more delicious I would recommend this recipe:

Super Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

But for nights you are short on time nothing beats quick and simple. I usually wait for the Hunts Chunky vegetable sauce to go on sale. It used to go on sale for $1.00 but now just $1.25. What I also like about this is it has 50 calories per serving, half a cup. Alot of sauces are 100 calories per serving.


2 comments June 10, 2008

How to make Pepperoni Pizza


Well there are many ways to make it. I have tried quite a few recipes over the past year. Mostly whole wheat. Somehow I have gotten addicted to the bread flour stromboli dough though. It is so simple and so versatile. I have made Stromboli, my own version of beef chimichangas and we make pizza with this as well. It never fails to deliver a simply awesome tasting food.


9 comments April 20, 2008

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. 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.


4 comments January 29, 2008

Double Trouble:Twin Stromboli!

In case you are wondering, Stromboli is “Rolled earth bread filled with smoked mozzarella and basil”. It is , “Named after the volcanic island of Stromboli, located off the coast of Sicily, this bread is filled with a delcious combination of smoked and plain mozzarella. The cheeses erupt from the holes pierced in the rolled focaccia dough during baking.” This is from my new book, “Bread” by Eric Treuille.

stromboli 1

I am sure you can see why I just had to try his recipe for Stromboli first before I did anything else in the book. I found that picture on google images.


8 comments January 17, 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

How to make White Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Look at that crust on the deep dish round!

Okay so this was my newest pizza adventure. This other site is where I got the new dough recipe from that I made on Monday for Tuesday. It was supposed to sit for 24 hours.


2 comments November 14, 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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚

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

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

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

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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