Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Roasted Fresh Veggies

I buy raw fresh veggies in bulk to eat with hummus or dressing, especially for lunch.  Since I buy so much, they often get a little not so fresh after a while in the fridge.  But since they still aren't bad enough to toss, what to do with them?  Roast them of course!  So, here I roasted up broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and sweet red peppers.  Yum!  I love how roasting vegetables gives them an entirely different flavor and is the perfect side for almost any thing we are having for dinner.

Roasted Fresh Veggies

1 pound fresh mixed veggies
2 T olive oil
1 t seasoned salt
½ t freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 425o.  In an 11x14 baking dish, add vegetables and mix to evenly distribute.  Then drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle mixture with seasoned salt and pepper.  Stir again. Then roast in oven, stirring every 10 minutes until cooked to desired texture.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crazy Chocolate Cake LAYERED!

I previously posted a recipe for the depression era Crazy Chocolate Cake (EF, DF).  I also posted one for a vanilla version.  This recipe first emerged during the depression.  It became popular because it didn't include eggs or dairy when these ingredients were hard to come by.  The recipe seems to have made quite a come back now that food allergies are becoming more and more common.  My original post for the chocolate cake was for a pan cake.  I made it again recently as a layered cake for my friends birthday.  Check out my original post updated for instructions on making it a layered cake!  Enjoy!

I decorated the top with fall sprinkles and the sides with chocolate chips!  Yum!

Chocolate Crazy Cake - click to link to recipe!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Homemade Wheat Pizza Dough with Cornmeal

I previously posted a recipe for Homemade Wheat Pizza Crust (EF, DF).  While it was slightly healthier than the version using only all purpose Homemade Pizza Dough (EF, DF).  I was wanting to find a way to further enhance the flavor and texture.  Replacing even more of the all purpose flour with cornmeal, was just the thing to do both!  I think I have stumbled upon our favorite homemade pizza crust recipe!

Ooops.... We had already started eating when I remembered to take a picture.  
You will have to excuse my very worn and old pan.  

Homemade Wheat Pizza Dough with Cornmeal

1 pkg active dry yeast
1 c warm water (105o to 115o)
1 t sugar
½ t salt
2 T vegetable oil
1 c whole-wheat
1 c flour
½ c cornmeal

Preheat oven to 425o.  Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Stir in remaining ingredients; beat vigorously for 20 strokes.  I use my dough hook on my stand mixer.  Cover with towel and let sit for about 30 minutes.  Lightly flour your hands and press dough onto greased cookie sheet or pizza pan.  Cook dough for about 10 minutes.  Top with pizza sauce, cheese and your favorite pizza toppings.  Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.  Cool in pan for about 5 minutes prior to slicing.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall Baking . . . Pumpkins

We are making pumpkin pie today with the fresh pie pumpkins we got at a pumpkin farm this week.  I love this time of year!

Then you make your own roasted pumpkin seeds!

We are quickly approaching what my husband affectionately calls pie season. 
 Why not start it off with a pumpkin pie?

They are one of my favorite treats!

Try some pumpkin waffles.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall Baking . . . Apples

Fall is my favorite time of year!  I love the crispness in the air, the leaves changing colors, all of the fun activities and the delicious baking, especially all of the apple and pumpkin treats!  I was going to repost all of my previous apple and pumpkin recipes, but there are more than I expected!  So, I will have two separate posts, one for apples and one for pumpkins.  Here are some great ways to make use of your fall apples.  I hope to make apple cake soon from the apples we picked a couple of weeks ago.  Click on the links under the picture to see original post.

Here are some fun fall apple slices for a snack.

I love this fresh apple cake!

Have some warm apple crisp on a cool fall day.

Enjoy some homemade applesauce.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Oreo Ice Cream Dessert

I was wanting to make something fun for a friend's birthday and came across this recipe on Pinterest.  It turned out great and was a big hit with my friends.  I will for sure be making it again!

Here is my picture of the finished dessert, still in the pan.  Be sure to check out the pictures on Stella B's Kitchen.  She had some great ones of it sliced out of the pan.

Oreo Ice Cream Dessert - Click here to link to recipe.