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May
28

Basic Pizza Dough

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Welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun!!  A place to find and share some great food ideas that are loaded with flavor, to be prepared and shared with family and friends to bring a lot of joy, happiness and great tastes into our lives.  I’m so glad your here with me today!  Welcome, welcome, welcome!

I bet you don’t realize just how easy it is to make great tasting pizzas at home.  And if you add up what it costs to do it at home, you may never pay Papa John’s ever again!  A mixer makes this a very easy task.  It does take a little time because you need to wait for the dough to rise.  But the taste is outstanding!  And with your favorite toppings, you can get it just like you want it.

A couple of different ways to change things up.  Sometimes I add a little oregano, basil, time, and cayenne to the dough to season it up.  Or crush some garlic cloves and pour a little extra virgin olive oil over them in a small bowl.  Let it sit while the dough rises and the pizza bakes.  Then brush the flavored oil and crushed garlic around the outside crust to add a nice taste for those last (or maybe first) bites of crust, depending on where you start on yours.  Try grilling your pizza over hot coals outside instead of in the oven.  That smokey flavor is great, especially with a veggie pizza.

So grab your favorite marinara sauce, or nice pesto and your favorite toppings.

Basic Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 (1 1/4 oz.) envelope quick-rising yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup very warm water (120 to 130°F)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Combine 1 and 3/4 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor with the chopping blade or a mixer with a mixing hook; pulse or mix until well blended.  Add the warm water and the olive oil.  Process or mix until it forms a ball, adding more flour as needed to make a soft but not sticky dough.

Shape the dough into a ball and place it in an oiled medium bowl.  Turn the dough to make sure that all sides are lightly coated with oil.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside in a warm place until the dough is double in size, 40-45 minutes.

When the dough has risen, divide the dough into 4 portions, and roll out on a lightly oiled surface.  Note:  To bake with your favorite toppings, position the oven rack on the bottom position and preheat the oven to 500°F.  Sprinkle corn meal onto 2 baking sheets.  Roll the dough into rectangles or rounds.  Prebake the dough 2 at a time on the cornmeal topped baking sheet for 2-3 minutes until set.  Then add your sauce or pesto, cheese, and toppings.  Bake again for 5 minutes or more, checking frequently to see when the cheese has melted and the crusts are golden brown and crisp on the bottom, until they reach your desired degree of doneness.  Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you!  Please let me know how these recipes work for you by using the comment box.  Or if you’d like, send me an email at foodflavorfun@foodflavorfun.com

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May
23

Orange Chicken

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Hello All, and welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun.  A place to find and share some great food ideas that are loaded with flavor, to be prepared and shared with family and friends to bring a lot of fun and joy into our lives.  I’m so glad that you’ve joined me today.  Welcome!  Welcome! Welcome!

Last post was a great Japanese Fried Rice recipe.  I paired that up with this post:  Orange Chicken.  This is a low calorie, low fat version of Orange Chicken.  If you like things light with a lot of flavor, give this one a try.  And serve it with the Fried Rice.  It will make one heck of a great meal.  Give this one a try!

Orange Chicken

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of visible fat

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.
Peel off the zest with a zester or vegetable peeler, making sure to avoid the bitter white pith underneath.  Mince the zest.  Trim off the remaining orange rind with a knife, cut into 8 wedges.
Stir the orange zest, oil, paprika, rosemary, garlic salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Rub the orange mixture all over the chicken.  Transfer to a roasting pan and scatter the orange wedges around the chicken pieces.
Roast until the juices run clear, about 45 minutes.  Cover loosely with foil and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you!  Please let me know how these recipes work for you by using the comment box.  Or if you’d like, send me an email at foodflavorfun@foodflavorfun.com

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You can also find my podcast on iTunes.  Look it up and join me in making and sharing some great tasting meals.

By for now!

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May
22

Japanese Fried Rice

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And welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun!  This is a place to find and share some great food ideas that are loaded with flavor, to be prepared and shared with family and friends to bring a lot of fun and enjoyment into our lives.  I’m really glad that you came for a visit.

The recipes on the blog have been broken down into categories.  If this recipe isn’t exactly what your looking for, choose a category and do a little exploring.  I’m sure that you will find something new to try.  So join me, sit down and make this weeks menu and your grocery list.

Today I’m going to share my Japanese Fried Rice recipe.  Its oh so simple.  And I think it adds a lot more flavor to an oriental dish than plain white rice.  I made this earlier this week for my family and poured a real nice orange chicken over this rice.  Great Flavor.  Hmmm, I guess I’ll have to put the Orange Chicken recipe out here to.  Stay tuned for that tomorrow.  Here you go…

  Japanese Fried Rice
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups cooked rice or 1 cup uncooked rice (either white or brown rice)
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons carrots,  finely diced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • salt
  • pepper
Directions:
  1. Cook rice following instructions on package (Bring 2 cups water to a boil, add rice and a dash of salt, reduce heat and simmer in covered saucepan for 20 minutes).
  2. Pour rice into a large bowl to let it cool in the refrigerator.
  3. Scramble the eggs in a small pan over medium heat.
  4. Separate the scrambled chunks of egg into small pea-size bits while cooking.
  5. When rice has cooled to near room temperature, add peas, grated carrot, scrambled egg and diced onion to the bowl.
  6. Carefully toss all of the ingredients together.
  7. Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium/high heat.
  8. When butter has completely melted, dump the bowl of rice and other ingredients into the pan and add soy sauce plus a dash of salt and pepper.
  9. Cook rice for 6-8 minutes over heat, stirring often

Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you!  Please let me know how these recipes work for you by using the comment box.  Or if you’d like, send me an email at foodflavorfun@foodflavorfun.com.

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You can also find my podcast on iTunes.  Look it up and join me in making and sharing some great tasting meals.

By for now!

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May
16

Spring Vegetable Stew

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Hello All!  Welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun!  You come to a great place to find and share some great food ideas that are loaded with flavor to be prepared and shared with family and friends to bring a lot of fun and enjoyment into our lives.

Today I’m going to share a fast, easy and really healthy vegetable stew.  This is a great dish when your running a little late coming home from work and the kids or spouse are all claiming that they’re starving.  You don’t have to wait for the meat to thaw.  Grab the veggies and lets get some stew on.  It’s light on calories and big on flavor.  It will definitely fill that vacant spot in your tummy too!  Give it a try.

Spring Vegetable Stew

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, chopped (use 2 if they are small)
  • 5 green onion, chopped (both the white and green parts)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small bunch asparagus, cut diagonally in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 (10 oz.) package thawed frozen artichoke hearts (or canned) cut in half
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 (14 oz.) can crushed or chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can small white beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon (or other herbs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • cooked brown or white rice for serving

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat; add the shallot and green onion.  Cook, stirring for about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, cook for 1 minute until fragrant.  Add the asparagus, cooking and stirring another minute.  Add the artichoke hearts, broth, tomatoes, beans and tarragon.

Turn the temp down to low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 12 to 15 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve in bowls over rice or pasta with cheese on top.  Makes about 4 servings.  Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you!  Please let me know how these recipes work for you by using the comment box.  Or if you’d like, send me an email at foodflavorfun@foodflavorfun.com

 I hope you’ll come back often and try many of the great recipes available.  Tell you friends about the site!  Help me spread the word about Food ~ Flavor ~ Fun! 

You can also find my podcast on iTunes.  Look it up and join me in making and sharing some great tasting meals.

By for now!

Categories : Soups and Salads
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May
15

Chewy Cherry Almond Bars

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Hello All!  Welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun!  A great place to find and share some great food ideas (otherwise known as recipes) that are loaded with flavor, to be prepared and shared with family and friends to bring a lot of fun and joy into all our lives.  Why?  Because there are few things in life better than a great tasting meal shared with those you love.

Another great week has come and gone.  Today I’d like to share a great cherry dessert bar recipe.  One of my very favorite pies in the world is cherry.  These bars are a cross between a cherry pie and a cherry cobbler.  Both great!  So, no mystery, I think these bars are fantastic.  Next time you need a dessert dish to bring to a pot luck dinner or a friends house, give these a try.  Your gonna love it!

Chewy Cherry Almond Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened (yes, real butter!)
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 12 oz. jar cherry preserves (you can substitute and flavor)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Line a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges.  Grease the foil, and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add brown sugar and baking powder.  Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.  Beat in the egg and almond extract until combined.  Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer.  Using a wooden spoon. stir in the remaining flour, oats and almonds.  Remove 1/2 cup of the dough and set aside.  Press the remaining dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.  Spread with preserves.  Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the preserves layer.

Bake for 35 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.  Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut cookies out of the pan.  Cut and serve.  Makes 12 to 14 big bars.  Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you!  Please let me know how these recipes work for you by using the comment box.  Or if you’d like, send me an email at foodflavorfun@foodflavorfun.com

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You can also find my podcast on iTunes.  Look it up and join me in making and sharing some great tasting meals.

By for now!

Categories : Drinks and Desserts
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May
11

Jalapeño Hush Puppies

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Hello All!! and welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun.

A place to find and share some great food ideas, that are loaded with flavor, for you to prepare and share with your family and friends to bring a lot of fun and joy into the world. Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

I’ve been away for a while. Between a business trip to Bangalore, India….a volcano….all of europe closing it’s airspace, I can honestly say that I have been around the world in the last few weeks. But I’m back and beginning to dig myself out. So it’s time to start posting more great food recipes!

Today’s is a southern classic. They say the name Hush Puppies originated from these balls of cornbread that were fried and thrown to howling puppies to make them hush. All I know for sure is that these little balls of joy are served with a wide array of dishes from fried fish and shrimp, to gumbo and red beans and rice. I really like these with the red beans and rice. Hmmm, sounds like another recipe coming soon. Here’s my version of Jalapeño Hush Puppies…

Jalapeño Hush Puppies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Chef hot sauce or the hot sauce of your choice
  • 1/4 cup minced yellow onion
  • 2 fresh jalapeños, seeded and minced
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, hot sauce, onion, and jalapeños in a medium sized mixing bowl and mix well. Add the eggs and milk and mix again.

Heat 4 inches of vegetable oil in a deep pot or electric fryer to 360*F. Drop in the batter a heaping tablespoon at a time, frying 6 puppies at a time. When they pop to the surface, roll them around in the oil with a slotted spoon to brown them evenly. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper and serve.  Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you.  Please let me know how these recipes work for you by using the comment box.  Or if you’d like, send me an email at foodflavorfun@foodflavorfun.com.  I hope you’ll come back often and try many of the great recipes available.  Tell you friends about the site!  Help me spread the word about Food ~ Flavor ~ Fun!  You can also find my podcast on iTunes.  Look it up and join me in making and sharing some great tasting meals.  By for now!

Categories : Starters
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