Sunday, September 30, 2012

2-Cheese Crackers

We went into the city this weekend.  On the way home, I realized hey, we didn't have any "adult" snacks. Not that adults can't eat and enjoy goldfish or stale graham crackers.  I wanted something that I could love and the kids wouldn't keep asking, "Mom, can I have one of those?"  So I found this great recipe for Parmesan Cream Crackers.   Being a crazy cook, I adjusted it to 2-cheese crackers and here's the recipe!
2-Cheese Crackers

1 cup all-purpose flour, more as needed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup cream or half-and-half, more as needed

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly dust with flour. 

1.  Put flour, salt, cheese and butter in bowl of a food processor. Pulse until flour and butter are combined. Add about 1/4 cup cream or half-and-half and let machine run for a bit; continue to add liquid a teaspoon at a time, until mixture holds together but is not sticky. 

**Be careful.  I added too much cream and had to add more flour.**

2. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until 1/2-inch thick or even thinner, adding flour as needed. Transfer sheet of dough to prepared baking sheet (drape it over rolling pin to make it easier). Score lightly with a sharp knife, pizza cutter or a pastry wheel. 

3.Sprinkle with salt or other topping if you like.  Sea Salt, Sesame Seeds, Caraway Seeds, whatever you'd like (I would brush with a little butter or milk first so it will stick)
**I missed this step and they really didn't need it. :-) **

4. Bake until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. 
Cool on a rack; serve warm or at room temperature or store in an airtight container for a few days.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Easy Pizza

I am all for easy peasy as long as it's great tasting food.

I'm  a let's try a pinch of this or a pinch of that kind of cook. I'll try add-ins to just about anything.   Not real crazy things but like peanut butter in pancake mix or adding a little maple syrup to the batter.

So today is an Indian Summer day.  It's not super hot but hot enough that this momma doesn't really want to cook, or in this case, put too much work into cooking.  My hubby works  in DC  or as the boys say "in the city" a few times a week; which in VA means leaving before the sun gets up and getting home 2 hours after you leave the office (20 miles away) and getting home about 6:30 or 7:00. Crazy for this girl who's been a country girl all her life!!

So I thought I'll whip up a Pizza for dinner.

It is EASY!!

1 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 Tablespoon sugar

Put into a large bowl and let yeast dissolve and get foamy.

Add to the bowl
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 Tablespoon oil (it can be olive, vegetable or cooled melted butter)

Knead for 5 minutes or until a soft dough forms.  Let rest for 5 minutes.

with your hands stretch the dough into whatever shape you want.  You can leave it thick for a deep dish style or use a rolling pin to make it thin for a thin crust.

Add whatever toppings you'd like!   Bake at 400 for 18-22 minutes (in my gas oven it took about 19 minutes) until crust is golden brown.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cookie Dough Bites (nuggets from heaven)

Check out the recipe on Disney's

1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup packed light brown sugar1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
6 ounces miniature chocolate chips or chopped regular chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar together.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well -- use your hands to get it together the best.
Roll into 1-inch balls.
Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Dip in chocolate, drizzle with chocolate or eat as is. I am going to use my to add to homemade ice cream
Let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.

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