Monthly Archives: September 2012

Spinach and Artichoke Pizza

One of my favorite appetizers is spinach and artichoke dip.  This pizza from Real Simple is a sister to the dip!  I love it!  Now pizza is not my most favorite food, but if I make my own crust and cook it on my pizza stone it is a food made in heaven.  The pizza is not as heavy as you would think.  Really it is light yet filling.  So if you are in the mood for pizza and don’t want to go the meat lover’s way this one is for you.

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Mediterranean Crescent Pinwheels

Here I am back again with a boatload of recipes for you!  School is in full swing and everyday I am bombarded by the question when are we cooking?  I hate it that we can’t cook everyday, but there are Standards to be covered and all that other stuff  the state requires.  I am excited about this year’s angels that have been given to me to broaden their knowledge about my love  of cooking.  I have a plan to teach them 30 dishes that everyone should know when they leave home and endeavor life on their own.  I am excited especially when I hear a student talking to a friend and saying to them that I am a cool teacher.  It really makes my day because there are times that I have some self doubt.  You know every once in a while you just want to know if they really care about what you are doing.  I had a lot of fun doing this recipe from Pillsbury.    There are so many students that want to help me in the kitchen!  For this first demonstration of the year I had some great volunteers.  Surprisingly none of the four had any cooking experience, but they did great!   I am looking forward to another fabulous year with  rewarding cooking experiences to share  along the way.

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Sky-High Brunch Bake

Talk about a show stopper this Sky-High Brunch Bake is one that will stop you in your tracks!  I could not resist making it when I saw the picture in Food and Family by Kraft.  It is beautiful to look at and it is quite tasty.  I am keeping this bookmarked to use during the holiday season for a brunch because the green spinach and red peppers are so colorful!  Don’t let the beautiful picture intimidate you because it is super simple to make if you can get past rolling out the pastry dough.  Just follow the thawing directions on the box.  You can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or leave it out for about 45 minutes ahead of time.  I like to thaw it out in the refrigerator.  If you let it get too warm just put it back in the refrigerator for a few minutes.  The pastry dough is very forgiving.  The rest of the recipe is a cinch to make.  Trust me by saying the novice cook can pull this off without a hitch and come out smelling like a rose!

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