It`s been a few weeks…

I haven`t take much time to cook as of late, and if I have I haven`t taken pictures…
But here`s a few recipes that I have tried and enjoyed.

Clams Casino Pizza (from http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/06/clams-casino-pizza/)

makes 1 pizza

dough:

1 cup whole wheat flour (I used whole wheat pastry)

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 packet of active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup warm water

In a large bowl, add warm water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Stir and let sit until yeast gets foamy, about 15 minutes or so. Once yeast is foamy, add 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup wheat flour and salt to the bowl. Mix well until a ball forms, then continue to mix with your hands until a ball forms. If dough is too sticky, add remaining flour. If too dry, add water 1 teaspoon at a time. Flour your counter and knead dough 20-30 times with your hands. (I also have used an electric mixer to make this dough.) Lightly oil the same bowl, add the dough back in, cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise for 1 1/2-2 hours. Once dough is ready, flour your counter again and use a rolling pin (or a bottle of wine!) to roll dough in to a circle, or shape of your choice.

for pizza:

1 tablespoons olive oil

4 slices of thick-cut bacon

1 small red onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)

1 small red pepper, chopped (about 3/4 cup)

1 small green pepper, chopped (about 3/4 cup)

4 garlic cloves, minced

4-5 glugs of tabasco/hot sauce

8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

2 cans of minced clams, DRAINED

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Chop the 4 raw slices of bacon and add to the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes (no longer), just so a bit of fat is rendered. You do not want the bacon to be crispy at this point. Remove it with a slotted spoon and set it aside in a bowl, then turn heat down to medium. Add in onions and peppers with a sprinkle of salt, and stir. Cook for 5 minutes, continuously stirring. Add in garlic and cook for 3 more minutes. Completely drain clams, then add them to the peppers and onions along with half of the bacon. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add a few shakes of hot sauce.

Brush olive oil over pizza dough evenly and sprinkle with italian seasoning. Sprinkle dough with 4 ounces of mozzarella. Spoon clam/pepper/onion mixture evenly over pizza, then top with remaining mozzarella, parmesan, and the rest of the bacon. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

 

I decided to treat my coworkers a couple of weeks ago….this is what I came up with. They were a hit!

Lemon-Blueberry Crumb Bars

Lemon-Blueberry Crumb Bars recipe
prep time
20 min
total time
3 hr 10 min
makes
24 servings, 1 bar (62 g) each

What You Need

1/2 cup butter
1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
2 eggs, divided
2 tsp. zest and 3 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon, divided
2 pkg. (250 g each) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Make It

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

LINE 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until melted. Add cake mix, 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice; beat with mixer until well blended. Press 2/3 of the mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.

BEAT cream cheese and sugar with mixer until well blended. Add remaining egg, lemon juice and zest; mix well. Pour over crust; top with berries. Pinch small pieces of the remaining cake mix mixture between your fingers; press lightly into cream cheese layer.

BAKE 48 to 50 or until centre is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 1 hour. Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting into bars. Keep refrigerated.

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