26 Pizza, Tacos, and Sandwiches | 04 Caprese Chicken Sandwich

2014012200604 Avocado Caprese Chicken Sandwich

Bread: Ciabatta Roll

Toppings: Cooked Chicken (marinated with the balsamic vinaigrette), avocado, 2 tomatoes, small bunch basil, 8 ounces fresh mozzarella.

Sauce: Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/3 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon mustard
salt and pepper


Note: Since balsamic vinaigrette is a thin sauce, I usually mix the tomatoes, basil and mozzarella in a bowl with a little bit of the balsamic vinaigrette. These sandwiches can be messy, but we just pile everything on the roll.

These sandwiches are one of our favorite dinners during the summer. Light and fresh!


Adventures in Canning

20140430003Lately, I’ve been obsessed with canning. I first tried it last November and made a small batch of apple butter. It was a little stressful because I didn’t know what I was doing.20140501001_edited-1I decided to try it again and checked out a bunch of books from the library and bought Preserving by the Pint. There are so many good recipes in these books.  Continue reading

Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

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We are going to Estes Park for an extended weekend, so I won’t be cooking on Memorial Day this year. If I was cooking, these recipes would definitely be on the menu!

Strawberry Kale Salad by gimme some oven

Watermelon Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze by lauren’s latest

Blueberry Lemonade by damn delicious

Blackberry Cilantro Margarita by a beautiful mess

Barbecue Pulled Chicken by eat live run

Chipotle Chedder Burgers with Avocado Crema by iowa girl eats

Mexican Corn on the Cob by damn delicious

Ultimate Red Skinned Potato Salad by iowa girl eats

Rhubarb Honey Compote with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream by family fresh cooking

Lemon Coconut Crumb Bars by two peas in their pod

*I updated my etsy shop and added a few pleated tote bags, like the one in the picture above.

26 Pizza, Tacos, and Sandwiches | 03 Asian Chicken Tacos

2014011900103 Asian Chicken Tacos

Tortillas: Small flour tortillas

Filling: Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Toppings: Asian Slaw– mix together the following ingredients
1 head green cabbage
1/3 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Sauce: Peanut Sauce

These tacos are a bit of work putting together all the different components but so worth it! The chicken is really good on its own but even better on these tacos.

Valentine’s Day Recipe Round-Up

20130214035-EditWhat are your plans for Valentine’s Day?? We love staying in and cooking a nice dinner together! So much fun and avoids the crowded restaurants.

Here are few recipes perfect for Valentine’s Day dinner and dessert:

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs in Cabernet Sauce by eat live run
Cajun Chicken Pasta by the pioneer woman
Baked Salmon with Honey Dijon and Garlic by table for two
Honey Mustard Chicken by foodie crush magazine
Ginger and Garlic Pot Roast by foodie with family
Meatballs and Spaghetti by smitten kitchen
Grilled Ribeye with onion and blue cheese sauce by the pioneer woman


Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Squares by eat live run

Chocolate Sugar Cookies by brown eyed baker

Lofthouse Style Soft Sugar Cookies by two peas and their pod

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes by iowa girl eats

Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake by the pioneer woman

Chocolate and Cherry Liqueur Fondue by a beautiful mess

My New Favorite Bread Recipe

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I first saw this bread recipe when I was looking through Elise’s 40 Loaves project for some bread baking inspiration. It looked so easy that I had to give it a try!

This bread involves a lot of waiting but couldn’t be easier to throw together. I mixed up the dough on 1:00 pm on Sunday, before we left to watch the Superbowl. Because my house is not 70 degrees right now, I let it rise for the full 18 + hours. On Monday morning at 8:00 am I folded over the dough, let it rest for 15 minutes, and then gently formed the dough into a ball. After that I let it rise for 2+ hours.

I preheated my oven with the dutch oven in it to 425 degrees. (I was afraid to put my Dutch oven in a 450 Degree oven so I lowered the temp a little.) The tricky part of the whole recipe is getting the dough into the Dutch Oven. I flipped over the towel it was rising on and dumped it into the Dutch Oven. I didn’t look pretty at first but it baked up just fine!

This is the best and easiest bread I have baked in a while. It’s also the cheapest because the recipe only calls for 1/4 teaspoon of yeast, which means I can bake a bunch of loaves from just one packet of yeast.

It seriously tastes like an artisan loaf from the store! I think am going to get in the habit of baking this bread once a week.

26 Pizza, Tacos and Sandwiches | 02 Chorizo Pizza

2014010400202 Chorizo Pizza

dough: our favorite pizza dough (from this cookbook)

sauce: homemade pizza sauce (This is a good recipe if you don’t have one)

cheese: mozzarella and cheddar

toppings: Chorizo (1/4 lb, cook in a skillet prior to making the pizza), red bell pepper, cilantro, and scallions

special instructions: I waited to add the cilantro and scallions until pizza was almost done, (with about five minutes left in cooking time)

We bake our pizzas on a pizza stone at 415 degrees for about 20 minutes.

This was our first time putting chorizo on pizza and it was really good, especially with the cilantro and red pepper.20140104011

26 Pizza, Tacos and Sandwiches

20131222005-EditToday I am introducing a new series! In 2014 I will be posting 26 pizza, taco and sandwich recipes. These are some of our favorite foods and we love to play around with different topping combinations. We make pizza almost once a week and have tacos and sandwiches pretty often as well. First up is a pizza recipe. Lets get started!

01 Pesto & Artichoke Pizza

dough: our favorite pizza dough (from this cookbook)

sauce: homemade pesto (this is a good recipe if you don’t have one)

cheese: mozzarella and parmesan

toppings: 1 can artichokes, 2 roma tomatoes, 2 strips bacon, and 1 onion caramelized

special instructions: I marinated the artichokes and tomatoes with a little lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper before putting them on the pizza.

We bake our pizzas on a pizza stone at 415 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Overall thoughts: This is pizza was super yummy. I couldn’t stop eating it. Its salty from the bacon, sweet from the caramelized onions and tangy from the artichokes!20131222021-Edit-2_edited-1

My Christmas Menu

20131219014Christmas Eve

Appetizers: Stuffed Mushrooms

Arugula salad with lemon and Parmesan cheese

Lobster & Salmon Pasta with herbed cream sauce (I’m adding roasted salmon to this recipe)

Christmas Brunch

Omelet for two

Christmas Dinner

Appetizer: White bean puree with pita and veggies for dipping (from Cook Like a Rock Star by Ann Burrell)

Beef Roast

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Balsamic roasted brussels sprouts with bacon

And of course, cookies for dessert!20131219025



Christmas Cookie List

20130107019It’s that time of year to start baking Christmas cookies! Here’s a list of the cookies and other baked goodies I’m making this year:

Cuernitos- a family recipe

Crispy Oatmeal Cookies- a family recipe

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies– from Brown Eyed Baker- an old family favorite

Soft White Filled Cookies from Eat Live Run – I tried these last year and they are so good!

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows from Brown Eyed Baker- Another favorite from last year!

Holiday Biscotti from Giada De Laurentiis- a favorite from the last few years.

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Icing from Sally’s Baking Addiction Continue reading