My Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe

The most important thing I’m learning as a new mom is that a routine is the key to a happy toddler, and therefore a happy household.  Trust me when I write, if your toddler is unhappy, EVERYONE is unhappy!  A favorite routine from my childhood was Pizza Night; without fail, my amazing, beautiful mother made her …

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Turkey meatballs with Zoodles and Noodles

If the month of March’s slogan is, “comes in like a Lion”,  I think January’s slogan should be, “comes in like a slap”!  Let’s face it, we just finished almost two straight months of gluttony; Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving leftovers, Christmas cookies, multiple holiday parties and feasts (more leftovers) and don’t forget something lavish for NYE, too!  Now all of a …

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Skillet Lasagna

Italian, Italian, Italian, it’s all I’m pregnantly, I mean presently, craving at the moment.  I want noodles with tomato sauce and CHEESE, cheese, and more cheese.  Not just any old crappy cheese either, it’s got to be fresh mozzarella!  I stumbled across a few different recipes for skillet lasagna and thought, “lasagna from start to …

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BA’s September Cover: Grandma’s Pizza!

Bon Appétit’s September cover recipe is homemade pizza with “grandma style pizza crust”.  I don’t know about your grandma, but my Slovak Nana never made pizza dough.  Pierogis, halupki, layered jello, and a mean pot roast, yes.  Pizza dough, no.  I think what constitutes this pizza dough as “grandma style” is the fact that you …

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Genovese Basil Pesto

Last Summer I posted my tired and true pesto recipe.  I’ve been making my pesto recipe for so long, I could probably make it with my eyes closed (though I do not recommend doing this).  I stumbled across a recipe for Genovese basil pesto in the 2013 July/Aug issue of La Cucina Italiana Magazine.  The article …

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Ricotta Stuffed Figs

I looooooove figs.  LOVE THEM.  Sweet, sticky, with tiny seeds that pop when you bite down, figs are among the richest plant sources of calcium and fiber.  Pair them with fresh ricotta cheese, honey and pistachios and you’ve got a delicious, quick snack, or a pretty appetizer for guests.  This recipe is awesome because minimal …

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Simply Sinful Book Club Icebox Mocha Cake

Want to impress your book club ladies?  Bring them Ina Garten’s Ice Box Mocha Cake.  Last Tuesday my book club discussed Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  Since half the story is set in Italy, I figured Ina’s mocha cake made with Italian mascarpone cheese and espresso powder was a perfect compliment, capish?  Apparently the ice box …

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Perfect Pesto

The potted basil we planted a few months ago on our balcony is going crazy!  Whatever shall I do?  Why, make pesto, of course!  Pesto is a versatile sauce that can be put on almost anything!  Veggies, chicken, pasta, pizza, get pesto creative! We had a meatless Monday last week with roasted veggies (drizzle chopped …

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Margherita Pizza with Balsamic Reduction

The hubs and I have completely spoiled ourselves with homemade pizza.  We literally can no longer enjoy  pizza delivery because of this recipe!  I do cheat a little bit and use store-bought frozen pizza dough from the Whole Foods freezer section.  The whole wheat dough tastes wheat-y and comes out thin, crispy, and chewy all …

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