Monday, December 27, 2010

Hula Melts

Many thanks to Real Mom Kitchen for this recipe for delicious Hula Melts. If you are like our family and are limited on time, try this recipe out. I also would have liked it with provolone cheese. Real Mom Kitchen baked her sandwiches in the oven, but I saved a bit of time by heating in a saute pan.

Hula Melts
Makes several servings

Hoagie Rolls
Deli Ham
Sliced Pineapple
Barbecue Sauce
Deli Swiss Cheese
butter for rolls

1. Layer sandwich ingredients on hoagie rolls. Heat a saute pan to medium high. Spread a little bit of soft butter to the outside of the hoagies. Place sandwiches in saute pan, heating on each side until crispy and brown. While heating, press sandwich down a bit to flatten it. Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from Real Mom Kitchen

Monday, December 20, 2010

Homemade Barbecued Chicken Pizza

Craving a taste of summer to brighten up boring winter dinners? I have got the perfect recipe for you!

I have the secret for fast, delicious, homemade pizza. Forget making the dough from scratch. I've tried many times, and it was just never as good. Hop on over to a local pizza joint and buy pre-made pizza dough. I get mine from Papa Murphy's. It comes ready to bake, all rolled out, and on its own baking sheet for $3 (for a large).

Barbecued Chicken Pizza
Serves 4

Olive oil, for baking sheet
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 pound store-bought frozen pizza dough, thawed
1/2 cooked chicken, (about 1 1/4 pounds), shredded (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup store-bought barbecue sauce
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 large zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly oil a large baking sheet; set aside.
2. On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin and your hands to roll and stretch dough to a 15-by-10-inch oval (if dough becomes too elastic to work with, let rest a few minutes). Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
3. In a medium bowl, combine chicken and barbecue sauce. Leaving a 1-inch border, scatter chicken mixture evenly over dough; sprinkle with cheese, then zucchini and onion. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Bake until crust is golden and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Source: Martha Stewart 

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Cookie Dough Pie

Are you ready for a dessert that is crazy easy and delicious? Look no further! Many thanks to Big Red Kitchen for this recipe. We loved it!

After the initial freeze, I kept my pie in the fridge and the cookies took on a much more 'cookie dough' like consistency by the next day. If eaten straight from the freezer the cookies are more of a crunchy consistency. The recipe author mentioned using half coffee and half milk for her dipping, which sounds like a delicious twist to me.

I added chocolate sauce on top, and might do a combo of caramel and chocolate sauce next time around. Delicious.

Cookie Dough Pie
Makes one pie, serves 6-8

15.25 ounce package Chips Ahoy Cookies- Original kind
8-12 ounces Cool Whip
2 cups milk for dipping cookies (I only used about 1 cup of milk)
Chocolate sauce for topping

1. Quickly dip cookies in milk, shake off excess liquid, and layer in 9 inch pie plate, breaking cookies to fill any gaps. Once the first layer is complete, top with a thin layer of Cool Whip. Repeat twice more making last layer of Cool Whip a bit thicker. Garnish with chocolate syrup if desired. Place in freezer 2-3 hours before serving. After serving the frozen slices, I kept my pie in the fridge where it took on a much softer, cookie dough like consistency. You can keep it frozen or in the fridge, whichever you prefer.

Recipe from Big Red Kitchen

Monday, December 6, 2010

Caramel Eggnog Cocktail

 It is very sweet, but so so good. If you are an eggnog lover, I dare you not to like it. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Huge Happy Holiday Guide!

December, finally! Where I live in the Midwest there still hasn't been a snowfall, which just seems so odd to a northern girl like me. Even still, thoughts of the holiday season are running rampant in my brain. I thought I would do a little round-up of some of my holiday bookmarks. Included are recipes for cookies, candy and desserts, along with a few crafts. Don't forget to throw on some holiday music while you browse. Enjoy!



Other Desserts:

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