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Pizza All Day!

Pizza All Day!

Posted by Anthony on October 23, 2015 in Tidbits

Last Saturday I decided it was high time to try some new pizzas. So I set out on a quest that, thanks to my sister, was coined #PizzaAllDay. Starting at breakfast and continuing through dinner, I ended up making 4 new pizza creations. It was a lot of time in the kitchen, but anyone who knows me knows how much I absolutely love homemade pizza days, so it was well worth it. And since all of these pizzas were new, they’re qualified for my 50 in 15 Challenge, moving me one step closer to my 50th recipe.

For all of these pizzas, I used the Pizza Americana dough recipe from my go-to pizza book, American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza by Peter Reinhart. It’s a great all-purpose dough recipe that works perfectly for me when making pizzas in my oven.

Now, without further ado, on to the pizzas!

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Mexican Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Posted by Anthony on October 15, 2015 in Entree


Serves: 4

Time: 15 min (active); 3 hrs (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

This morning I was jonesing to try a new recipe to add to my 50 in 15 Challenge, and enlisted the help of my sister for ideas and inspiration. One of the recipe ideas she passed along was for slow cooker stuffed peppers, which intrigued me, as it would allow me to have a largely hands-off dinner with the slow cooker doing the bulk of the work. So I gave it a shot, and boy howdy am I glad I did. The end result was absolutely amazing, healthy, and delicious. I was instantly addicted, and am already looking forward to making them again (maybe even tomorrow). So if you’re looking for a super-easy, healthy, and flavorful addition to your dinner arsenal, you definitely need to give this a shot. You’ll instantly be glad you did!

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Individual Vegetable Pot Pies

Individual Vegetable Pot Pies

Posted by Anthony on September 25, 2015 in Entree


Last night, I was in the mood for some good old fashioned comfort food, and figured I’d make a pot pie recipe. But rather than making one big pot pie, I decided to try my hand at individual pot pies, which admittedly aren’t vastly different than making one big pie. I joined together two recipes — a Healthified Pot Pie recipe (one of my favorite recipes) for the fillings, and a recipe for Individual Pot Pies from the Pillsbury website, which uses its Grands! Flaky Layers biscuits for the top/crust. Even though part of the recipe was from an existing recipe I’ve made before, making them individual and trying a new top/crust method seems to warrant a legitimate entry into my 50 in 15 Challenge.

The end result of this recipe was absolutely delicious. It’s healthy, warm, comforting, and topped with the deliciousness of flaky biscuits. You will definitely want to make these pies the next time you’re in the mood for some comfort food!

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Fresh Homemade Marinara Sauce

Fresh Homemade Marinara Sauce

Posted by Anthony on September 19, 2015 in Sauces


Serves: 6-8

Time: 2-3 hours

Difficulty: Medium

For quite some time, one of my culinary goals has been to make my own homemade pasta and fresh homemade marinara sauce. The trouble is that most of the “homemade” recipes for marinara sauce call for canned tomatoes, which in my mind isn’t truly and authentically homemade. Luckily, I came across a great recipe for Homemade Tomato Sauce that I ended up using. It took time and patience to prep and make, most notably when peeling and seeding the tomatoes. But I think that the end result was worth it. It’s 100% homemade (no canned tomatoes), healthy, and delicious. And it’s not only another check off of my list of culinary goals, but is also another addition to my 50 in 15 Challenge.

One thing that I must admit is that my first go-round making this sauce ended up being a bit bland, most likely because I used the smaller amounts of onion, garlic, and herbs, as listed in the ingredients list. It wasn’t by any means bad, but did result in me needing to add in some flavor after-the-fact with additional dried herbs and garlic powder.

If you’re in the mood for some amazing marinara sauce and want to spend some quality time in the kitchen with a bunch of fresh tomatoes and herbs, you’ll definitely want to try this recipe.

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Vegetarian Quinoa Black Bean Chili

Vegetarian Quinoa Black Bean Chili

Posted by Anthony on September 18, 2015 in Soup


Serves: 6-8

Time: 60 min

Difficulty: Easy

After a few cooler days here in Michigan, with the feel of fall in the air, I was inspired to try a new chili recipe, both for a change of pace and also for another recipe to add to my 50 in 15 Challenge. I did a bit of poking around at various black bean chili recipes, and found a few that I liked. Rather than just picking one, I ended up making a recipe that was a combination of all of them. The end result was a phenomenal, hearty, and healthy chili that’s sure to please. Even though it’s vegetarian, the inclusion of quinoa and soy burger crumbles help make it more hearty. And dare I say that if you don’t tell anyone what kind of “meat” it includes, they won’t notice the difference.

If you’re looking for a new chili recipe, do yourself a favor and give this one a shot. It pairs swimmingly with some homemade Sweet Cornbread Muffins, and is a definite winner for football season and the chilly months to come!

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