All right, kids. Remember how I predicted that I would be sick by Sunday with the crazy weather changes? Well, just to spite me, the universe and my body decided to wait until I thought I was in the clear and knock me down two days later than expected. Not funny, you two. Caitlin is not laughing right now. In fact, she’s trying not to do a whole lot except sleep after work so that she can kick this combination sore throat/ear ache to the curb. She doubts she was even able to stay up until the season premier of Smash last night either (but she’s ok with that because she can watch it today on the internet). Consequently, today’s post is going to be short and compromised of some recipes I (or fine, Joe, too) have made within the last week for your viewing pleasure! Questions, comments, concerns about any of them? Feel free to send me an email or ask away in the comments! Thanks, Jenn, for hosting!
Friday Night Pizza Dough
~3-4 cups of flour (white, whole wheat, or bread work…we used bread to be extra fancy this time, but I’ve used all purpose and wheat numerous times before and had no problem)
~1.5 cups of warm water
~1 package of yeast
~1 teaspoon of sugar (or honey…use honey…it’s my favorite…someone ignored that)
~1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
~1 teaspoon of salt
Throw all of your ingredients into a bowl and stir/knead until combined. If you’re lucky and have a Kitchen Aid, use a dough hook, and it will do the work for you. If you’re poor and unlucky like us, you’ll have to use your hands…and it will take at least 10 minutes to form the dough…but you will get out a lot of stress in the process and feel immensely pleased with yourself when done. Cover the dough, place it in a warm area for an hour or so, and then check on it. It should theoretically double in size; ours didn’t, but we had more than enough to make two pizzas, so we were fine with that. Split it into however many pizzas you want, roll out the dough, and add your toppings. We went with marinara sauce, mozzarella, and basil on one, and goat cheese (made more spreadable with the addition of a dash of olive oil), balsamic carmelized red onions and mushrooms, and freshly grated fontina cheese . Throw them in a 500 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes, and you should be good to go. If your pizzas resemble these,
you did something right! Nicely done
Banana Bread for the Boy
The only baked good that Joe will ever ask for is banana bread. I know…he’s crazy. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good loaf every now and then myself, but when I’m offering oodles of cookies or brownies or cake or a combination of all three and all he wants is banana bread, I tend to shake my head and wonder how we work so well (KIDDING! LOVE YOU!). And to make matters worse, he won’t even let me play and experiment with different types and add-ins (unless it’s walnuts…those are acceptable). He likes one recipe and one recipe only. For people who like to have fun and try new things where banana bread is concerned, check out this page from Sally. I’ve had my eye on that Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread for ages now and may have attempted to make it last night, depending on how much energy I had when I got home. Check instagram for results. In any case, the actual banana bread I make for a certain boring in the bake department boy comes from this recipe over on Courtney’s blog. The only thing I change is the use of normal sugar instead of NuNaturals. I don’t have that…and real sugar works just fine.
Caitlin’s Wishful Attempt At Cooking Something Not Leftover During the Week
Homemade Chicken Cheesesteaks from Jessica, which Sam reminded me about last week. I planned to use English muffins for the rolls (forgot them at Trader Joes on Saturday morning…no way was I going back there before the Super Bowl), regular cheddar and chicken breasts since that’s what I had on hand but was then going to follow everything else to the best of my ability. Then I got sick and had no energy for anything more complicated than tomato soup and a grilled cheese with turkey (Big Kid’s idea for dinner…he’s already a genius at the age of 2.5) followed by froyo. These will sadly have to wait until tomorrow or Thursday when I’m theoretically feeling better. Fingers crossed, friends, fingers crossed.
Tomato soup with fresh basil and kale + whole wheat bagel thin topped with honey goat cheese, fontina cheese, tomato, turkey, and honey mustard.
Big Kid gets a huge hug for this one
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Do you like to cook during the week? Has the weather made you sick, too? Did you watch Smash last night? Thoughts?