My First “Dinner Party”

October 13, 2008 at 12:56 am | Posted in appetizer, Cakes, Cheese, Dessert, Fun, Menus, pasta, pizza, wine | 11 Comments

I use the term “dinner party” loosely because really it was me and two of my awesome co-workers who also happen to be very good friends of mine.  I decided I wanted to have them over for dinner so we turned it into a fun event – we all dressed up and made it a true “girls night” and had waaaaaay too much to drink.  And by that I mean that I had a bottle and a half of wine.  On a Thursday night.  I felt miserable on Friday.  Stupid, stupid.  HOwever, we had an absolute blast!!!  We are already planning our next one – Asian inspired food with a prom night theme…HA!

Here was my menu:

Appetizers:

Bruschetta with Fresh Marinated Mozzarella

Garlic Bread
Port Wine Cheese Ball with crackers

Dinner:
Stuffed Shells
Angel Hair Pasta with Fresh Pesto (recipe to follow)
Margherita Pizza (recipe to follow)

Dessert:
Chocolate Lasagna
Assorted Milano cookies (I couldn’t help it…I adore them!!!)

Drinks:

Gewurtztraminer
Pinot Grigio
Shiraz

 

Oh yeah, did I mention that I wore my wedding dress?  Yeah, I drink wine in it often so I decided it would be a riot to answer the door in it with an apron on.  My friends loved it!  HA!  That’s right.  I’m insane.  You know you love me.  : )

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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

April 22, 2008 at 11:38 pm | Posted in pizza | 2 Comments

As most people know by now, pizza is my favorite food.  EVER.  I could eat it every single day and never get tired of it.  However, also as most people know, I try to eat healthy most of the time.  I’ve been trying to find a good pizza dough recipe so I won’t feel quite so guilty when I do eat it (which is sadly only about once every 2 weeks.  I hate being a woman and having to worry about things like fat thighs and abs.  Seriously.)  Anyway, I came across this recipe on Amber’s blog (which I love).  I decided to make garlic/potato/chicken pizza this past weekend for lunch so I tried this dough out.

Ingredients: (copied from Amber’s blog)

To make 12 ounces dough:
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 package quick-rising yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons), such as Fleischmann’s RapidRise
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2-2/3 cup hot water (120-130°F)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

To make 1 pound dough:
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 package quick-rising yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons), such as Fleischmann’s RapidRise
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup hot water (120-130°F)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

1. Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a food processor; pulse to mix. Combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. With the motor running, gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. The dough should be quite soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Process until the dough forms a ball, then process for 1 minute to knead.
2. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it, sprayed-side down, over the dough. Let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes before rolling.
3. Place a pizza stone or inverted baking sheet on the lowest oven rack;preheat oven to 500°F or highest setting. Roll and top the pizza as desired(we suggest a 13-inch circle) and bake the pizza until the bottom is crisp and golden, 10 to 14 minutes. Serve immediately

Make Ahead Tip: Store in a plastic bag coated with cooking spray in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before using.

Nutrition Information:
Per 12 ounces: 766 calories; 12 g fat (2 g sat, 8 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 142 g carbohydrate; 26 g protein; 16 g fiber; 1,882 mg sodium.
Per 1 pound: 1,032 calories; 18 g fat (3 g sat, 12 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 189 g carbohydrate; 33 g protein; 21 g fiber; 2,509 mg sodium.

Pig Rating:  The pig picked up a piece of this, took a bite, then he started looking the piece over as if though he were looking for a bug on it or something.  I was like, “What is wrong with your pizza??”  He said, “It tastes healthy.”  But he did eat it and he said it wasn’t so bad.  : )

Mrs. Pig Rating:  I really liked this!  I will definitely make this one again.  I didn’t think it tasted “healthy” in my husband’s words.  Maybe not as doughy and gooey as some crusts, but in trying to be healthy, I think this is a definite good and easy recipe!

December Baked Goods Exchange – I got my goodies!

December 15, 2007 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Candy, Cookies, Fun, pizza, SBGEX | 1 Comment

Another month, another baked goods exchange! I got mine early in the month this time so that was very exciting for me! : ) My girl kept saying that she had sent them and I still hadn’t received them and she was getting worried about the goodies thinking they might not be good when they got here. But alas! Today I finally received them which was perfect because it was right in the middle of my baking spree.

And my secret baker this month was….ALANNA!! Thanks fellow wine-o!!! : ) : ) She sent me 3 really awesome things – Pepperoni snacks (because I’m always wanting pizza), chocolate peanut butter swirl fudge, and chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
Pepperoni Snacks – This one is from Clara’s blog so I will kindly direct you to that link

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge – From allrecipes.com

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – From allrecipes.com

Recipes from allrecipes.com, etc., pictures from my kitchen

Chicken and Potato Pizza

December 7, 2007 at 10:27 pm | Posted in Chicken, pizza, potatoes | 1 Comment

My great friend Clara who is also a foodie (she has 3 food blogs….THREE!!!), had this pizza on her blog and it intrigued me. Her hubby likes this one from CPK and I figured that mine would as well so I thought I would give it a whirl. At first I was a little scared…I mean, potatoes on a pizza?!? But, I like potatoes and I like pizza, so why the heck not?? : )

Thanks for the recipe Clara!! I changed it a bit from her recipe so we’ll call this Clara’s recipe modified to April’s taste.. ; )

Ingredients
1 pizza crust (I cheated and bought Pillsbury refrigerated crust)
1 jar pizza sauce
mozzerella and/or cheddar cheese
1 large potato (fry in oil until potatoes start turning golden brown)
1 chicken breast (I shredded the chicken but you can cut it into chunks if you prefer)
1/4 or 1/2 cup onion (to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Pre-heat oven 400F

Roll out dough on pan (I used a big cookie sheet as my crust was more rectangle than round). At this point, I baked my dough in the oven first for about 8 minutes before putting on toppings. I think it depends on the crust that you use.

Spoon on the pizza sauce & sprinkle with cheese. Add all other toppings. (Clara uses tomato chunks on hers but Tommy isn’t a huge tomato fan so I omitted but I bet it is yummy!)

Bake for 15-20 minutes

Pig Rating: He really liked this a lot. He said, “Pig says this one is REAALLLLY good! Put that on your blog!”. LOL Definitely a keeper (the recipe and the Pig ; )

Mrs. Pig Rating: I really liked this one a lot. I think I might try it with something other than pizza sauce….maybe a white sauce of some type. This is a really awesome easy recipe though. YUMMMM!!!

Recipe from Clara’s blog, picture from my kitchen

Mexican Pizza

October 24, 2007 at 11:48 pm | Posted in appetizer, Mexican food, pizza | 3 Comments

We love Mexican food (as you can probably tell) and Sheridan’s favorite food is tacos so any variation of that is usually a winner. I found a recipe for Mexican pizza – we like Mexican, we like pizza, so I thought I would give it a shot.

Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 pound ground beef
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
1 medium tomato, chopped
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce

Directions

Unroll crescent roll dough and place in an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Flatten dough to fit the pan, sealing seams and perforations. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown; cool. In a small bowl, blend cream cheese and sour cream with a wire whisk; spread over crust. Chill 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown beef; drain. Stir in taco seasoning. Add water according to package directions and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spread over cream cheese layer. Top with olives, tomato, cheeses and lettuce. Cut into serving-size pieces. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Pig Rating: Just so-so. He said having that kind of crust with Mexican food was kind of weird.

Mrs. Pig Rating: Just so-so also. It was good but it just kind of tasted like soft tacos to me, nothing really special.

Little Pigs: Sheridan didn’t like it. She likes tacos but the crust she didn’t like. Will ate, well, the black olives. : )

Recipe from www.allrecipes.com and picture from my kitchen

Flatout Bread Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza

October 23, 2007 at 5:46 pm | Posted in appetizer, lunch, pizza | 5 Comments

I love Flatout brand flat breads. I eat them all of the time for wraps for lunch. I recently discovered that their website has a ton of neat recipes on it! http://www.flatoutbread.com/. Awesome!

My favorite food is pizza but I try to be somewhat healthy most of the time, so recently I started making these for lunch whenever I am craving pizza. They are pretty healthy and pretty tasty and quick.

Ingredients
1 Flatout flat bread
1/3 c. pizza sauce
18 pepperoni slices (I use turkey pepperoni)
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese (I use lowfat)
1/4 tsp. Oregano (optional)

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lay Flatout on nonstick cookie sheet and bake for 7 minutes. Spread pizza sauce evenly over partially baked Flatout. Top with pepperonis, mozzarella, and Oregano. Bake 15 additional minutes or until mozzarella melts.

Recipe from http://www.flatoutbread.com/ and picture from my kitchen

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