Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pizza Bread

Use the "Easy Two Hour Rolls" recipe from above. After dough rises for an hour, roll out dough (divide dough into thirds, makes 2-3 loaves) & spread on pizza sauce (or spaghetti sauce), add pepperoni & mozzarella. Roll into loaves and let rise for an hour. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Slice and eat while it is still warm!

Easy Two Hour Rolls

Cream together:

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. butter

Add 1 cup boiling water.

Beat & add 2 eggs.

Dissolve 2 pkgs. yeast in 1 cup warm water.

Mix 6 cups flour & 1 tsp.salt. Mix all together. Let rise 1 hour in a towel covered, well-greased bowl.

Shape into rolls & let rise 1 hour in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 15 min. or until lightly brown.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pumpkin Muffins


1.5 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 tsp pumpkin-pie spice (or just cinnamon, which is what I did)

1.25 cups plus 1 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda1

1 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put liners in muffin cups, or spray muffin tin.
Mix flour and baking powder in a small bowl.
Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin-pie spice, 1.25 cups sugar, baking soda in a large bowl until smooth, then mix in flour mixture until just combined.
Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.
Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about 3/4 full), then spinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Bake until puffed and golden brown and a wodden pick or skewer inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

I made these for the first time this morning and I could not believe how easy and delicious they were!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Double Soy Ginger Tofu

Here's an easy recipe for tofu! We do a lot of Asian cooking so we always have all of these ingredients.

2 T. seasoned rice vinegar
1T. ginger, fresh minced (I've used the dried powdered ginger on occasion)
3 T. orange juice
3 T. soy sauce
1 t. sesame oil (make sure this is 1 teaspoon, NOT tablespoon!!)
2 T. water
14 oz tofu, extra firm, drained

In a small saucepan combine vinegar and ginger. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in orange juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, and water.

Cut tofu crosswise into 12 slices and arrange in a single layer in a 13 x 9 glass baking dish. Pour ginger mixture over tofu; tilt dish so all of tofu is coated.

Bake until liquid evaporates completely and tofu is deep brown, about 45 minutes. (The pan will look burned around the edges.) Let cool at least 15 minutes.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Mix dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix egg, water, and oil. Add to the dry mix. Stir until moistened and add blueberries (I like the frozen ones!). Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Taco Soup

This recipe is easy and cheap! It's a favorite of ours, especially when it's cold out.


1 lb of ground beef or ground turkey
1 package of Taco Seasoning
1 package of dry Ranch Dressing Mix
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans
1 can of kidney beans
2 cans of Rotel (if you want it to be less spicy, use 1 can of Rotel and one can of diced tomatoes).

Brown your beef or turkey and add the taco seasoning as directed on the package. Then, throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and cook it until it is warm throughout. Don't drain your beans or your corn - use all of the juice!
I usually top my soup with a plop of sour cream and some shredded cheese and I eat with chips.
If you aren't familiar with Rotel, it is usually found in the same aisle that you get your canned tomatoes in. It is diced tomatoes and green chilies.

French Bread Pizza


1 loaf of fresh French bread cut in half down the middle

1 pound ground meat

1/2 jar spaghetti sauce (I use Hunt's Garlic and Herb)

1 package pizza blend cheese

*You can also add fresh mushrooms, a can of diced tomatoes, spinach, or any other pizza topping.


Line a cookie sheet with tin foil. Cut your French bread into two pieces and lay it on the foil face up. Brown your ground meat, drain, and add 1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce and any other toppings that you choose. Mix. Spoon on French bread and cover with cheese. Bake at 350 until the cheese is melted. So easy and so good! This makes two French bread pizzas. They are delicious reheated!