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:


Bruschetta with Fresh Marinated Mozzarella

Garlic Bread
Port Wine Cheese Ball with crackers

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

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


Pinot Grigio


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.  : )


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


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

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – From

Recipes from, 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.. ; )

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

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.


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


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 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! 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.

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)


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 and picture from my kitchen

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