Browsing Category: Cooking

Potluck Cast Iron Cookie Dessert

Potluck Cast Iron Big Cookie Recipe

I mean, you could eat this all be yourself, but let me warn you even my dessert crazy 9 year old begged off when she could have kept going. This cast iron cookie is one serious indulgence and best served sliced up in decadent wedges for a party or eaten with at least eight spoons around a communal family table. The family that eats dessert together can solve anything!

This dessert is quick and easy to make and can handle almost endless number of add-ins to customize it to your own personal tastes. This recipe is just a guide. Continue Reading

Back Pocket Recipe: Quick & Easy Flatbreads

One of my favorite products at Trader Joe’s is the naan flatbreads. Perfect to pop in the toaster and have warm, tasty bread ready on a weeknight to accompany a stir-fry or some Indian.  But sometimes the freezer or empty or you get it in your head that it’s silly to buy something when it’s almost just as easy (and just as tasty) to make it yourself.

I’ll admit these aren’t quite as fast as my favorite 1 hour dinner rolls, but they don’t take all that much longer either. Give it a shot if you have a little extra time on the weekend to add fresh flatbreads to your dinner spread. They also make great small grilled pizzas, too!

Continue Reading

Simple, Better Pizza Sauce in 2 Minutes

Simple, better pizza sauce in 2 minutes or less

My obsession with a simple, clean and great tasting sauce for my pizzas has nothing to do with being a purist or overly frugal. I didn’t learn the history of Neopolitan sauces until later. The frugality definitely appealed to me but wasn’t the primary reason either.

The reason I started exclusively making my own simple, better sauce in 2 minutes or less was that one day I became stuck in the local food store aisle desperately searching for a jarred or canned sauce that didn’t contain corn syrup, weird additives, or tongue-twisting chemicals that seemed better left outside the body. Continue Reading

8 Essential Tips for Making Better Homemade Pizza

As much as I love Ken Forkish’s Flour Water Salt Yeast for making bread, I just never latched onto his pizza book in quite the same way. Maybe it was because I bought them so close together. Or maybe the detailed instructions felt like too much for a Friday night dinner (They really aren’t). It didn’t make sense, but either way, the book made its way to the basement shelves and stayed there. 

This week, I’m giving it another shot with his 48-72 hour dough. So far, so good. The process is very similar so far to FWSY. The dough came together quickly without all the folding, just a countertop rise, shaping and into the fridge. Why did I think this was complicated? Continue Reading

The Best Fat and Fluffy Molasses Cookies

I like a cookie I can eat for breakfast. I mean, I can eat a cookie just about anytime during the day, but a rich, chocolate cookie with coffee in the morning leaves me a feeling a little overly indulgent. But a soft, moist, fat, and fluffy molasses cookie? You can make a solid argument that breakfast is the best time to enjoy it. And after making this simple and foolproof recipe with just a handful of ingredients from the pantry, that is just what I did. Continue Reading

Spelt Pumpkin Banana Bread Recipe

delicious nutritous spelt banana pumpkin bread recipe

Our family seems to go on runs of eating bananas. We’ll go through ten in three days and buy more but then only eat a few the rest of the week as the brown speckles continue to accumulate.

My go-to for using up brown bananas is a quick bread but I’ve yet to really hit on a home run recipe that isn’t overly loaded with sugar but still tastes good. Adapted from Triathlete magazine this one has a bunch of ingredients but is packed with potassium, healthy fats and protein. It’s moist, airy, fluffy, delicious, sort of nutritious and very satisfying. Continue Reading