Jun 28, 2011

Homemade Calzones

There really isn't a recipe attached to this dish, I just made it up as I went. And it was delicious.

I started with a bag of dry pizza dough mix, which made two calzones. Next, I rolled out the dough (preparing it according to the package) into two large ovals. Toward the end of the oval, but not too close to the edge, as you'll want to allow room to close the calzone, begin adding fillings. I used pizza sauce, mozzarella, browned ground turkey, Italian seasoning and garlic, onions and red peppers which I had lightly sauteed first. Fold one end of the dough over the other (the end with the filling) and close by crimping the edges with a fork. Finally, I sprayed the outside with olive oil and baked at 400 degrees until lightly golden. I also misted my calzones with more olive oil about half-way through the cooking process.

These calzones were delicious, simple and can be made with any combination of ingredients. Get creative!

Grands! Monkey Bread

Photo above courtesy of Grands!

This is not a low-cal recipe. Or fancy. But it is delicious. The recipe is courtesy of Grands! and can be found here. This is a great dish for breakfast when you have house guests. It's quick, easy and doesn't leave you doing a ton of work in the kitchen while your guests chit-chat. I've made it several times and it never fails. Enjoy.

Grands! Monkey Bread
Prep Time: 25 Min
Total Time: 1 Hr 5 Min

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
1/2 cup raisins, if desired (we have a raisin-hater in our house, so we leave these out!)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large -storage plastic food bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon. 2 Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces. 3 In small bowl, mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces. 4 Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving (1 Serving)

* Calories 450
o (Calories from Fat 200),

* Total Fat 22g
o (Saturated Fat 11g,
o Trans Fat 4 1/2g),
* Cholesterol 30mg;
* Sodium 890mg;
* Total Carbohydrate 58g
o (Dietary Fiber 0g,
o Sugars 31g),
* Protein 5g;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Jun 27, 2011

Fruits and Vegetables: What's in Season?

If you're like me and can't get enough fresh fruits and vegetables, you may want to check out Fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org's list of what's in season during the months of June, July and August. I've brought the list to my blog just for you:

  • Apricots
  • Asian Pear
  • Beets
  • Black Currants
  • Bell Peppers
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Breadfruit
  • Butter Lettuce
  • Cantaloupe
  • Casaba Melon
  • Champagne Grapes
  • Chayote Squash
  • Cherries
  • Cherries, Sour
  • Corn
  • Crenshaw Melon
  • Crookneck Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Durian
  • Eggplant
  • Elderberries
  • Endive
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans
  • Green Soybeans (Edamame)
  • Honeydew Melons
  • Jackfruit
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Key Limes
  • Lima Beans
  • Limes
  • Loganberries
  • Longan
  • Lychee
  • Manoa Lettuce
  • Mulberries
  • Nectarines
  • Olallieberries
  • Okra
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Persian Melon
  • Plums
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Sapodillas
  • Sapote
  • Shallots
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar Apple
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatillo
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Winged Beans
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Zucchini
I'll take some of each, thank you.