Category Archives: Baking & Cooking

Pizza Party!

My boyfriend Justin, our friend Andie and I share a small apartment near our university. The apartment is coming together after living here for a month, but to really make it home we decided to throw a small pizza party to welcome everyone back to school and check our new place.

Andie and I started with the homemade pizza dough to kick off the party…

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There’s so many different recipes for homemade pizza dough out there. I went with a recipe for Shutterbean’s blog. I’ve used store bought dough before and it turns out a perfectly okay pizza crust BUT making your own dough is soooo simple. It starts out with a few ingredients and takes around two hours for the dough to rise but the end results will cause you to never buy store bought dough again!

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Rising dough

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This recipe makes enough for two large pizza crusts..perfect for our pizza party!

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Puttin sauce on the pizzas

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We made two pizzas-one vegetarian and one with chicken sausage. We PILED on all the toppings!

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The TOPPINGS:

mozzarella cheese, onions, garlic, tomato sauce, olives, artichokes, bell peppers, mushrooms, pesto and fresh basil…and some spices and herbs added in the tomato sauce.

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We baked the over stuffed pizzas till the crust was golden brown

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and 20 minutes later the PIZZA PARTY was in full swing!

Our friends thought the pizza was a hit!

It was cheesy and filled with lots of flavor and veggies. Yumm-o!

Homemade Pizza Dough

Makes two pizzas

3 3/4 cups bread flour (I didn’t have bread flour-all purpose flour works just as well

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

3/4 teaspoon table salt

3/4 teaspoon sugar

1 1/3 cups water

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, salt and sugar till blended. Add the water and mix it some more. Split the dough into two rounded balls and cover with some damp towels and let it rise for at least two hours.

Once it has a chance to rise, place one of the dough balls on an oiled pan and stretch the dough to fit a 13×18 inch pan. Really oil the pan, it helps keep the dough from stretching apart!!! Fill in any holes with extra dough. Sauce it up and pile on the toppings-this pizza dough would be good with going in a classic¬†margherita pizza direction or follow our path by throwing on all the veggies in the fridge!!

Bake at 500 for around 20 minutes-ours took a little longer having two pizzas in the oven at once.

Cut and enjoyyy!

The recipe is from Shutterbean: http://www.shutterbean.com/2011/knead-pizza-dough/

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Doughnuts + Birthday

This week was someone’s birthday…

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This cutie turned 22!

Instead of a traditional birthday cake, I wanted something different. Usually he requests a banana cream pie for his birthday but I can only handle so much pudding and whipped cream before I enter into a dairy coma.

As I searched the web for ideas, I came across a recipe for DOUGHNUTS.

Simple, chocolate doughnuts with sprinkles. 

It was the clear choice for Justin’s 22nd birthday dessert.

I followed the Brown Buttered Baked Doughnut recipe from the blog of Joy the Baker, a personal hero of mine in the kitchen.

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This was my first time making homemade doughnuts and surprisingly it was simple! Lucky I had most of all the ingredients on hand other than a doughnut baking pan (I found mine at Joann’s and can’t wait to use it more!) and buttermilk.

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I paired doughnuts with milk-of course!

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I loved how the chocolate looks! Yummy!!

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The doughnuts turned out great with beautiful chocolate dipping and bright sprinkles-the only thing I would change would be to double the original recipe! It only makes 6 doughnuts…they disappeared way too fast!

Over all the birthday boy was happy with his classic chocolate doughnuts, a glass of milk and a new watch.

Here’s the recipe from Joy the Baker:

http://http://joythebaker.com/2013/09/brown-butter-baked-doughnuts/

Enjoy

Olive

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Dilly Dip

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Recipe: Dill Dip

This easy yet flavorful dip is a family favorite.

My sweet grandma from Wisconsin passed this recipe to my mom who made it at every family dinner/party. It’s a staple within my family. The flavor and smell of fresh dill and smooth sour cream mixed together is the driving force in this dip.

It’s always hard saying goodbye to summer and getting back into the groovy of fall and school. This dip was my way of saying goodbye to summer and making my new kitchen and apartment feel more like home.

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Grab all the good stuff for this dip

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Mix together mayo and sour cream in a large bowl

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Chop the onion and dill

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Next mix together the chopped onion and dill in the large bowl with mayo and sour cream. Mix well. Add spices. Cover and place in the refrigerator over night or at least for 6 hours.

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Bring out the veggies and chips! IT’S DIP TIME!

This dip is gone in about two days when my boyfriend is around! He loves it!

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Dill Dip

Makes one large bowl

1 cup Sour Cream

3 tablespoon Mayo

1/4 cup of finely chopped onion

Handful of chopped Dill

Accent seasoning, nature’s seasoning, Spike I couldn’t find Accent at my local natural store so I used Spike and garlic salt which worked fine

Serve with potato chips, carrots, cucumbers & other veggies! Super good as a spread on sandwiches.

Enjoy!

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