Saturday, November 5, 2016

Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A few years ago for Thanksgiving, Michelle the Cook brought over roasted Brussels sprouts. Man, they were so good. And it's taken me, literally, a few years to find a good recipe for them. But it finally happened: Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Ina Garten.

Full disclosure here: I think Ina's show, the Barefoot Contessa, is a bit obnoxious for some reason. I don't know if it's her or the show's format, but I don't really care for it. That being said, I have good memories of watching her on TV with my mom when I was last with her. we watched a lot of Food Network those two weeks.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half through the core
  • 4 ounces pancetta, 1/4-inch-diced--I didn't have any pancetta.
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon syrupy balsamic vinegar
Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan, including some of the loose leaves, which get crispy when they're roasted. Add the pancetta, olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, toss with your hands, and spread out in a single layer. Roast the Brussels sprouts for 20 to 30 minutes, until they're tender and nicely browned and the pancetta is cooked. Toss once during roasting. Remove from the oven, drizzle immediately with the balsamic vinegar, and toss again. Taste for seasonings, and serve hot.

Damn it, that Ina Garten is good! :) This turned out as good as my friend's recipe did, and I believe she had bacon in her sprouts.

My husband doesn't like Brussels sprouts so I had leftovers and actually finished them off for breakfast today while I was waiting for the cable guy to show up. :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Artichoke Chicken Stuffed Pizza/46 Recipes Down

Supper tonight was one of those happy coincidences when you know what you want to make and just happen to have everything you need to make it.

Tonight, it was Artichoke Chicken Stuffed Pizza by Sam the Cooking Guy. I saw him make this on his tv series so I was able to hunt it down on his website, which is why I'm sharing it here.

Two crusts make this a crazy 'deep dish wonderland of chicken and artichokes' - it's great.

Ingredients

  • One Pillsbury 11 Oz Thin Pizza Crust or enough pizza dough for approximately two 10" circles
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 14 ounces marinated artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1/3 cup spaghetti or pizza sauce
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Grease a 9" cake tin or pie plate
  3. Roll pizza dough into two 10 inch circles and lay one circle on the bottom and up the sides of the tin
  4. Sprinkle crust with Parmesan cheese then add chicken & artichokes and top with Alfredo sauce
  5. Add second crust on top and pinch both crusts together around the edge
  6. Spread pizza sauce on top of the crust, and sprinkle with mozzarella
  7. Bake about 35 minutes - or until golden brown.
What did I learn from this recipe? 
So I learned it's wickedly easy to make a stuffed pizza. This thing would be amazing with some ground sausage or beef in it, along with some mushrooms.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Halloween never lasts long enough. :( But we had nice weather tonight, even though I think this was the coolest Halloween we've had in a long time (temperature wise, anyway). We had so many kids here tonight, almost as many as last year.

And like the last few years, I've had to work on Halloween, so I had prestaged my life-sized uglies in the second bedroom the night before. The smalls and the lights were already outside, so we hustled to get the big guys set up. It was just a quick "pass through the gauntlet" along the sidewalk, but it's given me ideas for next year.


Homemade Freddy that's being updated after this Halloween, even though this is only his second Halloween.

Homemade Michael, new for this year. However, the fan that operated his head burned out after an hour and a half.

Michael in the fog.





Pennywise and Chucky were new this year.

There was the good mixed bag of little kid screams and laughing parents this year. However, it just felt a little rushed and not my best effort this year. We had just two chalk outlines but they were noticed, so that was good.

I guess this year, it's like I had a little bit of a "bah humbug" feeling for Halloween. I've been slammed at work and just recently found out that my supervisor is leaving, and I might be out of a job sometime between, oh, now and April, because of cutbacks. So I've had to start looking for another job, again.

There's just a bunch of random things in my life that I'm not happy with right now, so it's making me a bear to be around. I wish I could change a whole bunch of things in my life, even stuff in the past.