Friday, July 30, 2010

Pizza Crust

Found this super easy recipe for pizza crust that we really love.


1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 1/2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker's peel dusted with cornmeal. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Overnight Blueberry French Toast

Made this for the first time when my in-laws came to visit and it was awesome! Can't wait to have it again! The blueberry sauce is great but this is also VERY good with just regular maple syrup.


12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup fresh blueberries
12 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon butter


  1. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish, and top with cream cheese cubes. Sprinkle 1 cup blueberries over the cream cheese, and top with remaining bread cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over the bread cubes. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove the bread cube mixture from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 25 to 30 minutes, until center is firm and surface is lightly browned.
  5. In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, cook 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, until the blueberries burst. Stir in the butter, and pour over the baked French toast.

TaterTot Hotdish

This is my version of this North Dakota delicacy. Nice for a super quick put-together meal.


1 small bag of frozen mixed vegetables or 1 can of mixed vegetables
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2lbs ground beef or turkey
1 cup French's fried onions
1 can milk (use the soup can to measure)
1 small bag tater tots


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown and season meat. Once cooked transfer to 9x13 baking pan. Add vegetables and fried onions to meat and mix. In a small bowl mix cream of mushroom soup and milk to thin out the soup just enough to make it pourable. Pour 1/2 of the soup mixture over the meat/veggies/onions. (You may pour all of it over the meat/veggie mix if you choose.) Pour tater tots over meat/veggies/onions. Sometimes it is easier to organize them on top. Then pour the remainder of soup mixture over tater tots if you chose to do half on the meat and half on top.

Bake for 45min-1hr. Tater tots should be nice golden brown.