English muffin pizzas

As a flashback from the past, I remember making these mini pizzas for my young family when a quick after school snack was requested.  I remember how delicious they were, so decided to try them again for a quick on-the-go meal. Use your favorite English muffins, slicing them down the center.  Toast the muffins before…

Backyard Pizza Oven

With the growing interest in expanding the indoors outside with added living space, it is no wonder why cooking outdoors has become even more popular.  I recently used a wonderful product called the Pizza Que pizza kit for Kettle grills. Most kettle grills can accommodate this expansion which turns the grill into an amazing pizza…

Lunch at Eataly

So my foodie expedition continues in Chicago, and my excitement could almost not be contained when we walked from our hotel to Eataly.  It is difficult not be become an active food participant when you enter this one city block establishment, which expands to two stories. Not only can you purchase fresh food, staples, pantry…

Summer biscuit grilled pizzas

For those last-minute meal ideas, have you ever thought of using biscuit dough for a flatbread pizza crust? Inspired by the Deen Brothers, I put together this recipe for a fun grilled individual-sized pizza.  So tasty, so quick, and everyone seems to love to make their own flatbread. It is so easy to roll out…

Pizza soup with Pepperoni

With weather reports this past week coming in for our area, I was questioning if Spring was ever really going to take hold in Michigan.  I am still wearing a sweater, and yes, still eating soup.  My husband has learned over the years that I only offer certain foods, menus or dishes during appropriate months…

Jiffy Mix Factory Tour — Made in America

Last week we visited the Chelsea Milling company, home of the Jiffy Mix Plant in Chelsea Michigan.  With reservations, anyone can schedule a free tour of their factory. The tour could last 1 to 1 1/2 hours depending on the group size.  A short 20 minute video is shown, along with a safety film prior…

Giada’s pizza pot pies

Just after our visit to Giada’a Las Vegas restaurant, I was inspired to try another one of her variations on traditional pizza.  This recipe is for pizza pot pie.  Pottery ramekins or soup bowls are required for baking the individual sized portions. I adapted the recipe to include pepperoni and prosciutto.  Giada suggests roasted chicken…

pizza casserole

Do you have a large group coming over for a game night or football party?  Here is a great recipe for a crowd of people.  Casseroles are easy because they can be baking while the guests are arriving, and are ready to serve right from the oven. This casserole was featured in Paula Deen’s September/October…

picnic fruit salad

given to me more than ten years ago, this classic picnic fruit salad tastes like summer memories. my grandmother used to make a recipe very similar to this one, but it included mini marshmallows.  that information really dates me, as i don’t think we have been adding marshmallows to salad recipes in over 30 years….

heart pizza

are you still feeling a bit romantic even after Valentine’s Day?  why not surprise the one you love with a heart pizza?  now, this pizza is not shaped into a heart, which i have seen done in the past.  but, simply the pepperoni are cut with a small heart cookie cutter. i found out that…

leek and bacon pizza

here is another twist on the best pizza ever recipe that i posted on this blog april 10, 2013.  follow the directions in the recipe for the crust and the cheese selection, but use the following directions for the topping. cook six slices of bacon either by baking in the oven or over medium heat…

the best pizza ever

  i think i found the secret to professionally made pizzas. it is the choice of cheese.  i guess that makes sense to me now that i have tried just about every type of pizza crust, pizza toppings, and pizza styles.  i have tried Martha Stewart’s recipes, giada’s, Ina Garten’s, and many more.  all of them have great results, but…