Mozzarella Pesto Pizza

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More no-knead pizza action last night. The veggie pizza was good, but the mozzarella pesto pizza turned out amazing. Mozzarella Pesto Pizza – 1 batch of no-knead pizza dough (see Jim Lahey’s method here). – pine nuts (substitute with pecans or walnuts if you’re feeling frisky) – 3 bunches of basil (and I mean a …

Squash Puppies

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My mom used to make squash puffs. And they were excellent. I wanted to make something like that with the squash flavor, but with a hush puppy consistency. I saw a recipe on cooks.com, then adapted/hacked my own. And guess what?! These are great too – a little bit more bready like hush puppies. Go …

No-Knead Bread

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A co-worker (Craig) introduced me My Bread by Jim Lahey. I baked two loaves of bread last night: one plain, one plain with rosemary tweaking. I started the two loaves on Wednesday night at midnight. Then I did the second rise Thursday after I got home from work. Then baked later that night. And wow, …

Grilled Artichokes

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I followed Simple Foodie’s recipe for making grilled artichokes and they were delicious. And the basil aioli was fantastic. Super easy. I will not mention the other dishes that I made – that would borderline on near-redneck.  Just focus on the grilled artichokes for now.

home made potato chips

Potato Chips

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A mandoline has sat quietly on my wish list for a long time now. And while Erin and I were out and about yesterday, I scoped this simple V-shaped mandoline at World Market for TEN dollars. That’s right. Ten dollars – that’s it! After a store run, I decided to try out my new toy …

Easy Potato Soup

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This recipe is adapted from a couple of other recipes I checked out. I scanned, made a in-my-head grocery list, and then got down to business. So feel free to add or subtract items. I like the danger of cooking without a formal recipe. (Except for baking, of course.) Total time: 1 hour Cost: who …