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Weekly Menu ~ 4/30-5/6

Monday

Grilled Chicken and Veggie Salad

Tuesday

Grilled Marinated Hake

Baked Sweet Potato “Fries”

Wednesday

Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Olive Oil, Basil, and Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Wedge Salad

Thursday

Egg Salad with Avocado

Melon

Friday

Out!

Saturday

Out- dinner with friends!

Sunday

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with Pineapple and Turkey Bacon

Grilled Veggies

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Weekly Menus ~ 4/23-4/29

Scenes from a Happy Weekend…

{yummy radishes from a salad we shared with dear Friends on Saturday, Lauren taking a quick photo op with Sir Dash, a friendly game of chess…ahem, and Holly being serenaded by the sultry sound of Sam’s Magic Cello}

Hope yours was Happy, too!

Onward…

Monday

Out!

Tuesday

Beef and Broccoli

Teriyaki Rice

Wednesday

Chicken Tostadas

Thursday

Grilled Hake

Pear and Walnut Salad

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Turkey Bacon, and Green Onions

Friday

Homemade (Awesome) Pizza

Salad

Saturday

Sushi Rolls

Teriyaki Chicken

Sunday

BBQ with the Fam!

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Brats

Light Saber Hot Dogs

Corn on the Cob

Mashed Potatoes

Chips and Adam’s Famous Salsa

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Frosted Brownies

Yeah…I think that’s enough!

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I know what you’re thinking. Really? A pizza, hold the cheese? Um, no thanks. And while I understand, do hear me out…

There is a subject we are all quite loathe to engage in but, well, someone’s got to. And here it is. Sometimes dairy products and bread together with your assorted processed meats can cause all manner of mischief in (some) people’s bellies. And by mischief I mean…well, I think you can guess what I mean. I think I’d better keep this space family friendly and not go into the “explosive” details.

Does cheesy pizza taste like heaven? Absolutely. Is there true joy in a gooey string of cheese stretched betwixt your slice and your mouth? No question. But is it a fact that (some) people have to loosen their belts or feel compelled to wear trousers of a stretchy nature when engaging with pizza? The answer is Yes.

But there is a solution and that is to drop that cheese like it’s hot and instead make yourself a pie that looks a little something like this:

(N0)Cheese Veggie Pizza

Let’s begin at the beginning, shall we, with a simple crust that one can make in the comfort of one’s home, I recommend the kitchen but there are no rules, except the rule to eat pizza and not have your pants balloon out like that little girl that turned into a blueberry in Willy Wonka.

Crust

I use the Quick Beer Crust from the always amazing King Arthur Flour. This recipe will make two pizza crusts.

1) Mix and knead together all of the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer or bread machine — until you’ve made a smooth, soft dough.

Hello, Dough!

2) Cover the dough, and allow it to rise for 30 minutes, or for up to 2 hours.

3) Preheat the oven to 450°F with the pizza stone (if you’re using one) on a lower rack.

4) Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a 10″ to 12″ round.

Pizza Dough(s), Roll Out!

5) Place the rounds on parchment paper, if you’re going to use a pizza stone. Or place the dough on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. For thin to medium crust, bake the pizzas immediately. For thicker crust, let them rise for 30 to 60 minutes.

6) Transfer the pizzas, parchment and all, to the baking stone. Or place the pans in the oven.

7) Bake for 5 minutes.

Next, Sauce

This step is fairly simple. You can always start with your favorite jarred sauce and doctor to up a bit. Or, if you are like me and you have a lot of time and limited interests, you can make it from scratch and freeze some for later.

When I make it from scratch, I like to make Mario Batali’s Basic Tomato Sauce, which you can find here.

Oh, it is so good.

Now, Toppings

Really, you can put anything you’d put on a regular pizza. I, myself, personally enjoy veggies.

Here’s what I put on ours…

Lastly…

Assemble pizza like you would a cheese-ful one.

Spread your preferred amount of sauce onto the crust and then add your veggies.

Bake for an additional 15 minutes, until the bottom crust is crisp and the cheese is bubbly and browned…just kidding on the cheese!

Serve hot and enjoy the calm and peaceful (intestinal) experience of eating delicious pizza!

Bon appetite!

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I don’t know about you, but for me, there are few things in life as homey and comforting and just downright delicious as Homemade Bread. Yes, it is a bit more time consuming and, yes, you can mess it up if you’re not paying attention but Y-E-S, it is totally worth it! Homemade bread is much healthier, more affordable, and makes your house smell heavenly…with all these benefits, why not give it a try?

I personally love this recipe, it’s everything you’d want from a loaf of bread. Hardy, light, sweet but not too sweet, delicious and keeps well in an airtight bag. How can it be all those things AND be homemade, you ask? The answer is, I do not know…but it is.

Let’s give it a try, shall we?

Delicious Oat Bread

from the book, The Rhythm of Family by Amanda Blake Soule

*- indicate my own changes

2 cups warm water

2 packages of active dry yeast (4 1/2 tsps)

*4.5 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons brown sugar

5 cups flour plus an additional 1 cup for kneading

1 cup rolled oats (not instant and not steel cut)

2 teaspoons salt

*4 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature

olive, canola oil, or cooking spray, of the bowl and the bread pan

Okay, begin by pouring the warm water into a mixing bowl. Then add in your yeast, honey and brown sugar and whisk until everything is well combined and starts to get frothy. Set aside for ten minutes or until it begins to get foamy.

Next, mix the flour, salt, oats, and butter in a large bowl. Next, using your hands, mix in the butter until it is worked all the way through.

As always, you want to use a nice, high quality flour. I always like to use His Majesty, King Arthur Flour.

Your Highness...

Next up, pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture and mix until it is thoroughly integrated. You can add a bit more of His Majesty (flour) if the dough is too sticky. Now, pour the dough out onto a kneading surface and knead for 8-9 minutes, you can add up to a cup of flour to prevent sticking if you knead to…I mean need to. The dough is ready when it starts to feel a bit elastic.

Place your doughy friend in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Let it rise in a warm place for about an hour. Punch down the dough gently, and let it rise for another half an hour. Now turn the dough out, again, onto a floured kneading surface and divide it into two balls for 2 loaves. Gently, knead each ball for 2-3 minutes and place in lightly oiled bread pans. Use the back of your hand to gently press down the dough and shape it to fit each pan. Sprinkle the top of the dough with some oats. Cover again with a damp cloth and place pans in a warm place to rise for another half an hour or so.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake until the tops of the bread are golden, about 37-40 minutes. For me, 38 minutes is just perfect!

If you can restrain yourself, let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack. If you can’t, treat the burns with butter but only after you’ve buttered your hot, delicious bread. Priorities, People.

And there you have it…delicious, homemade bread…you did it! Well, done. Now, slap some jam on a slice of that grainy goodness and enjoy! You can do your Jane Fonda tomorrow to work it off…

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Hi!

I know, I know…this once a month blogging simply won’t do. I quite agree.

The camera memory card is full and so is my head so…

Let’s do this.

Monday

  • Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers
  • Salad

Tuesday

  • Vegetable Couscous

Wednesday

  • Caprese Paninis
  • Homemade Chips

Thursday

  • Baked Ziti
  • Wedge Salad

Friday

  • BBQ Chicken
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Corn Bread

Saturday

(this one I will explain later this week! )

  • Darth Maul Double Dogs
  • Bubble City Salad
  • Darth Malt

Sunday

  • Roast Chicken
  • Baked Potatoes with Turkey Bacon

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