Of all the bread recipes I’ve ever made, Pita Bread has the be the easiest. Sure, you have to roll it out, let is rest for 5 minutes, and then flop it onto a cake-rack (I used a clean BBQ’s rack). This recipe makes 5, 6-7″ pita and you only use half of one for each burger. We’re making hummus next so we can wipe the rest out. You can freeze them, but they’re usually last about a week in the fridge.
Ahh, Kale. It’s such a love-hate relationship. I’ve always been romanced into making a kale salad by virtue of it’s sheer beefy-ness when it came to how healthy and fiber-rich it is…only to be disappointed halfway through because it’s just too bitter for me.
Then this recipe came along. It magically transforms shreds of kale into thin, crispy, and tasty pieces of healthy goodness. The flavor is similar to roasted pumpkin seeds. Don’t be surprised if you end up mowing through a whole bunch. I know we destroyed 2 whole bunches in less than 10 minutes.
This recipe was entirely fueled by how cold it is here in the bay. As a San Diego girl, I’m still getting used to this chill. I love clam chowder, especially the New England version, but I have a hard time finding a good one that doesn’t come served in a bread bowl, that is, until now.
A different take on pizza. Same ingredients, but this time wrapped in an aromatic and chewy envelope. Calzones are a pretty close precursor to the infamous Hot Pocket, but lack the power to make you want to save them for a hangover craving.
A basic pizza dough recipe follows, which can also be used to make focaccia if you feel like something different. :)
I found this recipe when I was too lazy to go to the store to get a dressing for a Chinese Chicken salad idea I was craving.
Free of any preservatives and chemical additives, this dressing also doubles as a killer marinade for chicken. Add the ingredients to a jam jar, cap it, and shake it up before use and you’ll never go back. :)
Oh man, ask anyone. I LOVE Cheez-its®. Seriously. I purposely do not buy them often because I can’t control myself around them. Luckily, I can get a little crafty and satisfy that craving now. This version is a nice buttery dough, it’s pliable, easy to shape, and tastes so close to the real thing, it’s scary. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did making them.
This soup is perfect for a chilly day. You can use vegetable or chicken stock depending on your taste, and the longest part of the whole prep is chilling the dumpling dough, which is an optional step, to be honest.
Hummus is really easy. So easy that I now refuse to buy the preservative-laden store variety. It’s a basic “pile everything into a blender and BOOM, you’re done” type of recipe. We’re having a party tonight, so I figured it would make the perfect dip, and the ingredients are a cinch to keep on hand.
This is a double recipe especially for those times when you’re entertaining. It makes about a quart (4 cups) of deliciousness. If you want less, just half it to scale back to only 1 can of garbanzo beans.
Now THIS is a dangerous recipe. Usually things that are this tasty take longer to make, but hey, a couple basic steps and BAM, you’re in golden-brown, chewy, and lightly salted heaven.
I love the whole “pie in a jar” thing lately. Mason jars are safe and easy to cook with, and can handle a ton of heat just fine. Think of them as a re-shaped pyrex casserole dish and the possibilities become a whole lot more fun.