Monday, July 27, 2009

Cheesy Bread

This is a tasty way to have French bread. I had some french bread rolls that i needed to use wo I used them but the recipe calls for 2 Loaves of French Bread but can easily be cut in half so you only use one loaf for a smaller family.
Cheesy Bread
2 Loaves french bread
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup shredded asiago cheese~i used cheddar
1 cups shredded jack cheese~I used pepper jack and mozzarella
1 cup mayo
1 bunch green onions, chopped Optional
2 cloves garlic, pureed
Cut French bread in halves horizontally. Mix butter, cheeses, mayo, green onions, and garlic in a bowl, blending well. Spread cut side of bread halves with spread. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes, then place under broiler for about 3 minutes longer. Cut into slices and serve.
So yummy have it with your pasta dish tonight!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

French Bread Rolls

I found this recipe a couple days ago on Mommy's Kitchen and I knew that I had to try them. Tina at Mommy's kitchen makes some really yummy recipes so go check her blog out if you need some good recipes. I got my corndog recipe from her and it was amazing!! Anyway, We were having Pasta monday night and instead of going to the store and buying french bread I decided to make these. They turned out so good. They tasted so similar to french bread!! They were a hit by my famiy!! If you need french bread I recommend trying these babies out!!

Don't those look yummy!!

French Bread Rolls

1 1/2 cups warm water(110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 T instant yeast or active dry yeast
2 T. sugar
2T. oil
1 tsp. salt
2 cups white or wheat flour

If using active yeast~stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar and let stand until creamy and bubbly, about ten minutes. To the yeast mixture, add the oil, salt, and 2 cups flour. Mix well. Stir in the remaining flour,1/2 cup at a time, until the dough has pulled aways from the sides of the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat the dough with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour. Deflate the dough, and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 15-16 equal pieces, and form into round balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled again, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

If using the instant yeast~mix the yeast with one cup of the flour and set aside. In your mixing bowl combine the water, sugar, oil, salt and 2 cups of the flour, mix until well combined. Add the cup of flour with the yeast and mix for two minutes. Then add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time until the dough pulls aways from the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic,about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat dough with the oil. Cover with a damp towel/cloth and let raise until double in size, about 1 hour. Deflate the dough and turn it onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 15-16 equal pieces and form into round balls. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. Cover the rolls with the damp cloth and let raise until double in size, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

*mine took about 15 minutes and they were done cooking
*the original recipe said to use active dry yeast but I used instant and they worked out great

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

My sister's birthday was last week and I made this cake for her. I have made this cake a couple times before. This is such a great, easy and yummy cake. It is so great especially in the summertime. If you need a quick and easy cake to take to a party or potluck this is it!! It is sure to be a crowd pleaser!!

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

1 lemon cake mix

2 small boxes instant lemon pudding
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup poppy seeds

Mix all of the ingredients for 5 minutes. Pour into a greased bundt cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. When cooled completely frost with a Lemon Glaze: 2-3 cups powdered sugar and 3-5 T. lemon juice. Whisk together until reaches desired glaze consistency. You may need more or less lemon juice depending on how you like it.

Cut and Serve!! Is so yummy with fresh berries along side it also!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Garlic Toasted Spaghetti Pie

I found this recipe over at the Picky Palate and decided I had to try it. It was good but next time I make it I will make some changes to it that will make it even better. My kids loved it and my husband not as much because the bottom crust got soggy from all of the spaghetti so next time I will only top the pie with crust not the bottom too. I liked it but I wasn't a fan of the store bought french bread dough so next time I make it I am going to make it with my calzone crust on the top of it!!. It really is a fun and different way to eat your spaghetti so if you need I new way to eat it I reccommend trying it this way!!

Garlic Toasted Spaghetti Pie
1 lb spaghetti noodles
1 lb ground beef
1 onion
2T. garlic, minced
1 large can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can(15 oz.) diced tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh parsley or 1 T. dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cube beef boullion
1 cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese~I used a mixture of both
1/4 cup paremsan cheese
2 T olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 roll Pillsbury French Bread loaf or 1 recipe of my Calzone dough(which I reccomend)

Preheat oven to 375. Cook the pasta according to the directions. drain and set aside. Brown the beef in a large pot with the onion and garlic until no longer pink. Drain the grease off. Add the cans of tomatoes, parlsey, basil, oregano, salt, pepper,and beef boullion. Bring to a boil turn down heat and let simmer for a little bit. the longer it simmers the better the flavors but you decide or you can just use a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce~but come on that just isn't as good as homemade sauce!! When sauce is done Mix the noddles in with it and mix well. Spray a springform pan well with cooking spray. dump the spaghetti in until almost full but leave room for the crust(i had a little bit left over that didn't fit in)Sprinkle the spaghetti with the cheeses. Roll out the calzone crust or the french bread into a thin circle and place on top of spaghetti and cheese.(you may not need all of the crust) Brush the olive oil over the crust and sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake fore 20-25 minutes or until the crust is cooked an golden brown. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Doesn't that look yummy!! I just think it made a great picture!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Roasted Veggies

This is a excellent way to get your kids to eat veggies!! I have gotten my kids to try more veggies this way than steaming or boiling them. They will devour pretty much any vegetable this way and then it got them to realize that they aren't that bad tasting and now they will eat them steamed as well. We do this with any veggie but ofcourse cooking times of each veggie it different!!

Roasted Veggies
1 lb or more of your favorite veggie~we really like broccoli,green beans, and Zuchinni but great with any veggie
2-3 T. olive oil
Kosher Salt
Black Pepper

Place the veggies on a cookies sheet. Drizzle the oil over them then sprinkle with Kosher salt and pepper to taste. Bake in a 400 degree oven until veggies are tender. Broccoli and zuchinni take about 20 minutes but other veggies like carrots or green beans take longer!! Just watch and test them out!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Last night we had a family get together with my husband's family. I made a big batch of these and they were all gone except for these two in the picture. I know most of you probably have a recipe for these but My husband's cousin asked me if I had the recipe on my blog and I didn't yet so I am posting this for you Denise!!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
2 cups sugar
2 cups karo syrup
2 cups peanut butter
13 cup rice krispies
1 1/2 bags milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Combine the sugar and Karo syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil take off the heat and add the peanut butter and stir until peanut butter is melted and well combined with sugar/karo mixture. Dump the rice krispies in a large bowl and mix with the peanut butter mixture until well combined. Spread in a large greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle all the chips over the top and place under the broiler (in the oven) until chips start to look shiny 2-4 minutes. Take out and spread all over the top with a knife. Let the chocolate set until firm. Cut into bars. Enjoy!!!