Pizzeria Pronto – Review

Pizzeria Pronto – Review

I am a huge fan of pizza.  We try to make a few pies every week.  So when I had the opportunity to try out the Pizzeria Pronto I jumped on it.  I have been looking for a relatively affordable, pizza oven that would give me the perfect pizza with the perfect crust.  The key to a perfect pizza oven is one that cooks the top and the bottom simultaneously.  You want a nice crispy crust and with an even heat distribution.  That way you don’t have to constantly be playing with the pizza.

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Oven Baked Salmon

Oven Baked Salmon

Dana and I are always on the lookout for easy and delicious weeknight meals.  One protein that we usually never touch is fish.  Mainly because I have had my fair share of bad salmon and other seafood.  Recently, Dana’s mother made an oven-baked salmon that was super tasty.  I had to have her recipe because it was absolutely delicious.  Luckily, she was kind enough to give it to me and now you will benefit from this tasty recipe also.  It is simple and quite scrumptious.  The lemon rich marinade helps remove any fishy taste from the salmon.  This is definitely a must try, especially if salmon is not your favorite dish but you are open to trying it!

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Rice Cooker Herb Rice

Rice Cooker Herb Rice

A couple of years ago I got a rice cooker for Christmas.  It was one of the most useful gifts I have ever received.  We use at least once a week.  However, with this new recipe we may be using it even more.  I have been looking for an all-in-one side dish recipe, that I could just dump into the rice cooker.  I was unable to find a recipe that worked for my needs.  So I decided to make my own super easy recipe.  Just add the ingredients into the rice cooker and start it up.  It does not get any easier than that.  This herb rice may be the best rice that I have ever made.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

The past week the weather has been a little cold.  My son told me that he really wanted some hot chocolate to heat him up. I was too happy to oblige, as I love hot chocolate. I went to all of the stores around me and every single hot chocolate mix that I found, contained sugar and sucralose (an artificial sweetener). I don’t have any issue with people using artificial sweeteners, but my son and I both get an off taste from them. I can’t explain it, but it just does not taste right to us. So after a quick scan of three supermarket aisles, I decided that the commercial brands were out. Therefore, I had to make my own mix. Come to find out, making homemade hot chocolate is quite simple. Mix a few ingredients, add some hot water and boom. Homemade Hot Chocolate!  The homemade hot chocolate mix, is simple and delicious!

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Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2015

Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2015

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and I want to give my annual quick tips. Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for any cook. Accepting or asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It can the one thing that keeps you sane during this sometimes stressful holiday. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous.  Be as prepared as possible.  I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible.  Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey.  Its all in there.

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Time to prepare for Thanksgiving!

Time to prepare for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  It is time to get the Turkey and determine when to thaw it.  Frozen Turkeys are just fine.  I know every TV chef in the country says to buy a fresh Turkey, I have prepared one fresh and one thawed Turkey side by side and my guests could not tell the difference.  Here are a few tips for picking out a turkey and getting ready for Thanksgiving.

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S’more Mix (AKA S’more Crack or S’more snack mix)

S’more Mix (AKA S’more Crack or S’more snack mix)

The other day I was watching TV and they were going over the history of the S’more.  It totally got me wanting one and I didn’t have a campfire handy.  So I wandered through the store and came up with a handheld way to make them for me or for a party.  The S’more Mix, still only uses three ingredients. Plus the S’more Mix comes out just as good, or dare I say, even better than the original.

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Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

I am a sucker for sweet and spicy flavor profiles.  So when we had a few chicken breasts lying around and a can of pineapple chunks, I knew that I had to make kabobs.  To be honest, I have never been to Hawaii or even had traditional Hawaiian food.  So the authenticity of this dish is not purely Hawaiian, but Hawaiian in style.  These Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs are a chicken kabob coated in a sweet and spicy sauce that takes you right to the beach.

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Valentines Day Pressed Cookies

Valentines Day Pressed Cookies

My family loves to eat cookies.  Some of our favorite cookies are pressed cookies.  They are easy to make, equal in size and consistent in quality.  They are basically the easiest cookies in the world to cook the same repeatedly.  In order to make these we had to pick up a cookie press.  After looking at  various reviews online we decided to pick up an Oxo Cookie Press.  Next since it is Valentines day we decided to make some Valentines cookies.  This was easy as a few of the various cookie cutters included with the Oxo cookie press were hearts, flowers and teddy bears.  Perfect for Valentines Day!  The go to dough for these cookies, is Dana’s Mother’s recipe.  Thanks for letting me reprint this Jane.

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Thin Crust Pizza Dough

Thin Crust Pizza Dough

My son is a huge pizza fan.  His favorite place of all time is Stevi B’s pizza buffet.  I know what you are thinking, but I am pretty sure that he loves it more for the arcade than anything else.  However, while there Dana and I have grown to love the the thin crust taco pizza.  My quest for a thin crust dough started as a way to make this taco pizza at home.  In order to make our own, we first had to come up with a nice thin crust pizza dough.  This dough is quick and delicious. No need to let it rise to long.  Just my kind of last minute dough.  This is not a traditional dough by any means, but it is fast and easy.  Perfect for a 30 minute meal.

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Standing Rib Roast

Standing Rib Roast

In the last few weeks since Black Friday, there have been crazy deals on everything from toasters to turkeys.  One ad that we saw had Standing Rib Roasts for $4.99 a pound.  Not too shabby.  So, this year Dana and I thought that we would change things up a bit and cook a Standing Rib Roast for our holiday meal.  It was the best decision that we made.  It was freaking awesome!  Who doesn’t love a huge hunk of meat covered in a fresh herb rub and roasted to perfection!

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