Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Caramel Popcorn

This caramel popcorn is quick and easy to make.  It also stays soft and chewy.  My friend LeeAnn gave me the recipe and it works perfectly every time.

LeeAnn's Easy Caramel Popcorn
2-3 bags microwave popcorn, popped
2 cubes butter
1 cup brown sugar
14 large marshmallows or 2 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Place popped corn in large bowl and set aside. Put butter, brown sugar and marshmallows in a pan on the stove.  Bring to a boil.  Boil for 2 minutes over medium heat.  Pour caramel mixture over popcorn.  Stir to coat.  Place on cookie sheet to cool. 

Now go and make some.  Your family will thank you.  Mine usually does!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Breadsticks from Pizza dough

Previously I posted about making homemade pizza.  Sometimes I double the recipe and use some of the dough for breadsticks.  I also make it just for breadsticks.
I just make the pizza dough.  Then I roll it out about as thin as I would for a pizza crust.  Using a pizza cutter, I cut the dough into 1 inch strips.  Then twist the strips and place on a greased cookie sheet.  I always use parchment paper.  It makes for quicker cleanup and saves your pans.  Then brush with melted butter and garlic salt.  Let them raise for 30-45 minutes.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden.  Remove from oven and brush with butter and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

Yum!  I think I'll make some for dinner tonight!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Creamy Pesto Chicken Pizza

Pizza.  Who doesn't love pizza?  I'm sure there are some.  But they don't live at my house.  We usually take the easy way out and order it.  But then we'll get in a groove and make it at home.  Once in that groove, we usually make it once a week.  No one complains about that around my house.  Plus, pizza is the one meal my kids will eat the leftovers.

I've tried several crust recipes.  But I like The Food Nanny, Liz Edmunds' recipe.  It is easy and tasty. 

Basic Pizza Dough
makes one 16-inch medium-crust pizza or two 12-inch thin-crust pizzas or four 8-inch thin-crust pizzas
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 cup warm (105-115 degrees) water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Mix the yeast and water in a small bowl, cover, and let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.  Mix the oil, honey, salt, and yeast mixture in a large mixing bowl. Mix in 3 cups of flour by hand with a wooden spoon.

If the dough seems too wet, mix in more flour, 1⁄4 cup at a time, until the dough is soft. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead in more flour, 1⁄4 cup at a time, until the dough is moderately stiff and somewhat firm to the touch, about 6 minutes.  I just use my Bosch.

Lightly grease pizza pans with oil. If you are making two or more thin-crust pizzas, divide the dough. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough on a floured surface. Gently stretch the dough to fill the pans.

For the sauce, I use half pesto and half alfredo sauce.  I make my own pesto in the summer and freeze it.  You can use purchased pesto and alfredo sauce or make your own.  Just mix equal parts and then spread it on the dough.

Add precooked chicken, cheese and whatever else you like.
Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.

Obviously, this doesn't look as professional as pizza you get in a box.  But the smell in your home and the taste is divine! Make some for yourself soon!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sweet Giveaway over at Leap into Art

My friend Keertsen, over at Leap into Art posted about some old time suckers and candy.  She found Melville Candy Company online and order some of their sweet treats.  I about died when I saw the suckers they make.  When I was little I got on e these suckers in my stocking each Christmas.  I loved them.  I savored them.  My sister and I would see whose sucker could last the longest.  We never bit them. Oh no.  We enjoyed them for weeks.

Keersten is having a giveaway for these cute suckers.  Click on over and enter.  You and your kids would love these little sweets!