Rustic Pizza Dough

One of my all time favorite things to eat is and always will be PIZZA! Rather from scratch at home or dropping in at one of the popular pizza joints that are popping up everywhere – it is one of the ultimate satisfying ‘fast food’ ‘finger food’ options I just can’t say no to.

When I was younger I enjoyed thick crust pizza ‘pie’. Something you sank your teeth into but could still hold with your hands; (occasionally requiring a fork.) However, taste-buds, husbands and kids bring about expansion… In this instance, expanding my tastes and ultimately my hips therefore thin crust became a fave. ūüėČ

Specifically we enjoy a crust so thin it has rips and tears from being stretched! It has burnt edges with bubbles filled with air that crunch noisily when bitten into.

Mmmm, do you see that? That crunch? Paper thin and so so good. Even though I know we eat initially with our eyes – let me assure you the taste is even better!

Previously I found a nice enough “10 minute” dough recipe; Fast & easy but it had a ‘chew’ versus a ‘crunchy bite’. So where do I go for inspiration?¬†

-to pinterest ‚ô• and the net-

Where I found the perfect Rustic Pizza Dough that if you have time to wait on its rise, you will absolutely fall in love with the authenticity!

Let this transport you to the outside patios of Italy. I’ve made it as far as my porch.

Perhaps you’ll make it to Italy for me! LOL

Typically, when we have pizza night at our house, it’s usually hand in hand with having a few grands over. I recall pizza dough being the first thing we attempted to make with our first grand little. Something ‘hands on’ allowing lil fingers to play, all while being in the midst of what was happening in the typical hub of the home; AKA the kitchen!

I personally do Mise en place (French pronunciation: ‚Äč[mi z…ĎŐÉ ňąplas]) which is a French culinary phrase meaning “putting in place” or “everything in its place.”¬†I gather everything up that I will need before starting, including the various toppings that will be used. I pre-cook most toppings too since the time in the oven isn’t really long enough to accommodate. Of course, this is entirely personal preference – so feel free to rock out your own. That’s exactly what I¬†do!

Crust Ingredients:

  • 5 cups AP flour (approx) + some for dusting
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt (original calls for sea salt)
  • 2 1/4 cups COLD water (yup, COLD)
  • 1 tbsp EVOO

While gathering the ingredients, that is a good time to start pre-heating your oven to a min of 500 degrees. The original recipe and my own experience concur a pizza stone makes all the difference too. Be sure to have yours in the oven during the preheat process.

I used a kitchen aide mixer but not to fret, this can come together by hand nicely too. So use what you have – it’s really hard to fudge this one guys! ūüôā Incorporate all dry ingredients¬†together then add COLD water. TaDah!

No proofing necessary! (That’s a win win in my book!)

Mix, adding additional flour as needed. The dough should be slightly sticky but not enough to remain on the side walls of your mixer. It’ll take between 8-12 minutes to combine. When finished, remove the dough and cut into 6 rounds. Don’t worry about extras — this recipe freezes exceptionally well!

Place the rounds on a cookie sheet, drizzle with the EVOO, cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and walk away. Not really ‘away’ but let it rest for an hour or so in a nice warm spot. The yeast will activate surprisingly well, doubling the size of each round. This time allowance gives ample opportunity to pre-cook your toppings if your into that kind of thing.

Once the dough has risen, take out one of the rounds to work while keeping the others covered. This will ensure they do not dry out. Use a slight dusting of flour on your counter to roll out your dough the size of your pizza peel. *Dust your peel so your dough will slip off onto the stone without sticking.

Pre-bake each crust at high temp for 1-2 minutes to ensure a crisp crunchy texture before adding any toppings. It is seriously worth the minimal effort! Remove the pre-baked crust from the oven. Keep in mind Less is More if you desire crisp & crunchy! Use your favorite sauce, prepared toppings & choice of cheese then back into the oven between 5-7 minutes.

Bam! Dinner Is Served!

What is your favorite pizza? Do you prefer thin crust or thick crust? Did you know pizza is a fabulous way to use left over meats, veggies and the last tidbit of various cheeses? Is there a special recipe you do with your littles or grands? Let me know how it goes in your kitchen!

Til next time ~

Domesticated Rebellion

Shout out to Ciao Florentina for the original recipe posted in 2011 at https://ciaoflorentina.com/about-florentina/ who shares her journal of simple living, filled with joy, laughter and sinfully delicious recipes!

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Crossing Lines

It was a beautiful Sunday morning when the hubs & I embarked on what was going to be our last bike ride for a few weeks. We left out later than scheduled to hit a car/bike show being held in a few towns over. When we arrived, it was obvious most of the contestants had done one of two things. Either 1) they left or 2) they hadn’t arrived.¬†It was an either/or thing because the ‘show’ was lacking exhibits even though there was a continuous flow of vehicles both coming and going.

But eh, whose to say; the point of the day was to ride Рso Рwe got on our bike & headed off in search of the next best pairing. Food & Beverage type pairing. Specifically, Pizza & Beer. This particular day however I did not get pizza and I did not get beer.

From the back of our motorcycle I witnessed a driver travel almost 40 miles; erratically back and forth over both lanes, median and shoulders of a divided highway, entering and exiting two towns, having several ‘close calls’ but miraculously not hitting anyone. We encountered this driver after leaving my mother in-laws grave site which just so happen to be en-route for Pizza & Beer…

…We turned onto Highway 99 heading south. We had just gone a couple of miles when a light-colored truck appeared beside us – then immediately off the road into the median, swerving back quickly into the inside lane – then rapidly into ours! The hubs immediately slowed down to stay behind the driver. When we thought it would be safe to pass, every singe time this vehicle would either careen into our lane or the shoulder or median (depending on which lane he was in at the time) then jerk back. You couldn’t predict where the truck would go next.

Admittedly, I was kinda freaking out being on the back of a motorcycle. My heart was pounding out of my chest & my mind told me we were witnessing a crash in the making!

I tried to call 911 but it was no use being on the back of the bike; the wind made it impossible to communicate. I hung up. 911 called me back – but again – bike! That’s when a Ford truck rolled up behind us – then passed. I later learned the passenger called 911 when seeing the danger this driver was not only putting themselves in but also anyone¬† they encounter on this stretch.

The windows of the truck were dark. I wasn’t able to determine what I was seeing.¬† The visual from following behind, looking thru the back window to the windshield appeared as a shadowy profile resembling that of a small person. There was repetitious movement back & forth from the driver’s side to the passenger side which looked like a fight. Jerky motion of a silhouette followed by the vehicle swerving. As we continued to follow thou, with voices raised the hubs & I started to question what it was we were seeing? Perhaps it wasn’t a person but a persistent dog wanting in the front seat? Maybe a couple of helium filled balloons? A blow-up doll? (thinking of the 405 street racer here!)

The movement consistently repeated — the idea of a fight was still our first instinct – but we couldn’t be certain because the movements were identical. Any fight I’ve ever been in or witnessed never demonstrated a constant ‘form’ of any kind.

The couple in the Ford truck followed the driver with us another 10-15 miles on the highway before entering the small town of Prague.¬† The driver drove right thru main street never braking for speed signs or oncoming vehicles. Finally, on the south-side of town we noticed an officer in their vehicle in a parking lot. With both of us honking, arms waving and lights flashing the officer was alerted. From there the pursuit started.¬† This single law enforcement vehicle followed behind the driver with lights flashing, sirens blaring all while trying to keep the driver from crossing into on-coming traffic. I’m not referring to a couple of times either!

It took so much longer than I would have ever imagined for the officer to secure back up assistance with this driver. We passed over I-40 entering the next town where finally back up was waiting with the roads blocked allowing this driver to pass through the intersection without wrecking or causing one. As the chase continued we were caught by a red light. Then another. Before losing sight of the driver leaving town, I noticed three or maybe four different agency vehicles arriving to offer assistance.

When the light changed to green we decided to continue following. I wanted to see what was happening; if the officers were able to pull the truck over. We drove about a minute before seeing the Ford on the shoulder up ahead. Pulling the bike around the inside of the Ford, we see the drivers truck.

Apparently the driver had just been maneuvered by OHP off the road. When I looked up after getting off the bike I saw an officer retreating from the crash back to the officers’ vehicle donning a bullet proof vest. I could hear as Officers over the loud-speaker told the driver to get out.

There was some conversation that wasn’t audible to me. I could only hear when they would raise their voice or spoke over the loud-speaker. I heard over and over the officers tried to get the driver to open the door. To exit. They even shot non-lethal canisters (Pepper spray canisters I later read) at the windows in effort to break them so they could gain a visual as no one knew how many were in the truck.

They continued to try to talk to the driver.¬† To persuade the driver to come out.¬† I saw the door open slightly, followed by officers yelling “put it down” “put down the blanket” “put down the blanket and put your hands up” and I heard: “weapon”. That is when I hit the ground as I had no desire to meet up with any stray bullets.

I can’t tell you how many more times he was asked to come out, to open the door, to put down the weapon, but I can tell you the driver of the vehicle leveled what has now been reported as an AR toward the officers.

Officers from more than one agency then opened fire.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was the only occupant in the truck.

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It was a day or so before a name was released. It’s been another day or so now & the driver has a face.

I hope no one mistakes this post.  The officers reacted as trained. They did everything possible to get the driver to exit the vehicle.  The driver left no other recourse of action.

I admit, Yes, I was anxious for him to be apprehended. He almost ran us off the road and my adrenaline was pumping. I honestly thought we would see a cracked-out meth head with their girl after a long weekend binge come out of the cab of that truck.. I expected an arrest.

Instead a life was lost.

The loss of life itself immediately changed the hardness of my heart toward the driver & softened my headstrong bitchiness about ‘almost’ being his victim. I don’t know if he was on anything causing his out of control driving such as alcohol or drugs but I read this man was a veteran who served our country to protect me and mine. I also read he was dealing with PTSD. From public posts I was able to ascertain he just needed help. He was searching for help. And I find my heart breaking.

I am so sorry his story ended as it did.

In the same world where technology prevails with AMBER alerts and SILVER alerts – I have to wonder — would an alert system of similar capabilities helped in this situation? I don’t know if anything could have prevented what was set into motion before our encounter but I feel its worth the discussion being brought to the table, isn’t it?

May God protect and watch over this family as they lay their hero to rest.

*Out of respect for the fallen & his family, believing this wasn’t his finest hour, I have purposely omitted his name, branch of service and vehicle information in hopes the next topic of discussion may be in the area of prevention; not blame.

Til next time,

Domesticated Rebellion

 

 

Garlic Bread Meatball Subs

GARLIC BREAD MEATBALL SUBS

Hi everyone,  Have I got something Goo-licious for you today! Did you see my last post? Those beautiful home-made Italian Meatballs tossed into some angel hair pasta?

O. M. G. ~ they were Juicy, Tender, and #score ~ Today we’re going for round No. 2.¬† These lovelies if frozen individually allow you to heat up just a couple for a quick snack or add several to a bowl of pasta or…

…as I mentioned when I made them I was looking forward to subs and here we are… First picture is a throw back. Ya know, you eat with your eyes before your stomach!

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Oh baby, these are so sinfully juicy & saucy; dare I say GOO-LICIOUS! (haha, I think I already did) Anyway peeps these are Nothing short of Yum!

I only snapped one picture of the sub ~ Oopsie ~ I promise I am trying to get better at that LOL..

Just look tho! I think you can see the goolicious goodness that sucked me in, right? I devoured mine in record time with #noshame¬†ūüôā

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So Let’s get busy!

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Then grab up the following for the sauce: (open the meatball recipe HERE)

  • 1/8 t garlic powder
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 t Italian Seasoning
  • 1 T EVOO
  • 1/8 t onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • French bread, Ciabotta, or Hoagies (Use your fave)

Add everything EXCEPT tomato sauce into a small saute pan. Turn up the heat, sauteing the spices in the  oil. Once hot & the spice aroma starts to mellow out (2-3 minutes), remove pan from burner & carefully add tomato sauce (please take precaution as the sauce is gonna splatter some.) After adding the sauce, stir to combine with the herb oil then add in the meatballs. Reduce the heat to low in order to allow the sauce to thicken up slightly.

While reducing your sauce, open the bread; set aside. Melt butter & garlic powder together/stir. Use a pastry brush to spread the melted mixture across both sides. PRE-Bake in the oven until a light golden hue starts, then remove.

Get out your choice of spread – mayo, ranch, pesto – whatever your flavor spread it out, then plop down¬† 3 to 4 meatballs between the slices. Give’m a gentle squeeze so they get in there pretty good. Next spoon sauce across the top, the front, the back and everywhere in between. You get the picture…. Top each with mozzarella and bake until the cheese is melted & gooey & delicious.

Goo-licious! ‚̧

Serve with your favorite side or enjoy by itself; one was plenty satisfying for me!

The inspiration for these gorgeous beauties, discovered on Pinterest of course, came from Aleshia over at Just Learning Life. Stop by and see what else she’s been cooking!

Till Next Time ~

Domesticated Rebellion

 

Italian Meatballs in 30 minutes

ITALIAN MEATBALLS IN 30 MINUTES

How would you like to find a recipe that is super delicious, inexpensive, ready to eat in 30 minutes PLUS freezes well? I just so happened to stumble across such a recipe, so I did what I do best tweaking it slightly with the items I had on hand & dinner was served! I’m learning it’s okay to mix it up. Switching out different meats with different fat content to obtain different texture and flavor. I’m finding my own ‘palette’ while also discovering tried and true classics. For example, I added bacon to this recipe as the ground beef I had was ‘extra’ lean. This helped in the juicy department.¬†BONUS: the bacon also provided a nice rich smokey depth. I love finding & sharing simple easy satisfying dishes and this my friends, scored a 10! I hope you enjoy.

#WinnerWinnerMeatballDinner folks! ūüôā

You will need the following:

  • 1.5 lbs extra lean ground beef
  • 3/4 c bread crumbs (I used plain home-made)
  • 1/4 small sweet onion, finely chopped/minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 strips bacon, chop
  • 1 lg egg
  • 2 T tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 T Italian Seasoning
  • Salt /Pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 t red pepper flakes (totally optional, but very good)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix everything in a single bowl until well combined. I used a 2 oz  scoop (bite size) for equal size meatballs placing them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake between 20 Р30 minutes depending on your oven. A single batch makes twenty meatballs.

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With it being just the two of us I get two meals out of each batch. Angel hair pasta w/ homemade sauce was tossed together in a hurry tonight but I’m really looking forward to meatball subs tomorrow. #leftovers #twofer

On Pinterest I found a pin leading me to The Slow Roasted Italian where I read their recipe for Italian Herb Baked Meatballs thus inspiring me to make my own. Visit Donna & Chad for some lighthearted love inspired recipes including other meatball variations. 

Do you have a favorite meatball recipe? A secret ingredient? Perhaps a memory of helping mom or grandma in the kitchen? That is one of my goals. Creating memories in the kitchen with my grands ♥ Savoring moments one bite at a time ♥

Til Next Time ~ Be Blessed

Domesticated Rebellion

 

CBD; more than I bargained for!

TWO-MONTHS!¬†That is how long it’s been since my last migraine; that is also how long I have been experimenting with CBD.¬†CBD is legally sold in most states & Grand Opening signs are showing up everywhere. Research supports claim of the extracted compound containing some truly bad-ass medicinal properties; and not just for humans but for our pets too!¬†

BTW, I say most states because it is a common misconception CBD is legal nationwide; it is not. It is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug in Texas. The Compassionate Use Act of 2015 allowed the set up of Texas dispensaries to be licensed for cultivation, production and distribution but only to uncontrollable epilepsy patients and only prescribed by physicians meeting extreme licensing criteria relative to the study/treatment of epilepsy.  Statewide in Texas there are only 18 physicians who are licensed to prescribe its use and only 3 licensed dispensaries. (Texas Tribune Feb 2018)

So what is CBD?

Cannabidiol‚ÄĒCBD‚ÄĒis a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel ‚Äústoned‚ÄĚ and can actually counteract the psycho-activity of¬†THC. The fact that¬†CBD-rich cannabis¬†is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than¬†THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from¬†inflammation,¬†pain,¬†anxiety,¬†psychosis,¬†seizures, spasms, and¬†other conditions¬†without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or¬†dysphoria.

I’ve never kept it a secret that I’m a supporter of all things cannabis.¬† The classification of the plant has never been substantiated with evidence to support claims of it being a “gateway to stronger drugs, the cause of Jekyll & Hyde traits, or creating a lust for¬† violence”. Quite the contrary; instead of violence you might lust after the remote control, your bed or a box of Pretzel Flips but…

Oh wait, that is the THC effect ūüėČ (LOL)

Dislike or approve, this post isn’t about legalizing marijuana for the THC. It’s about the natural Cannabidiol extracted from the plant for medicinal purposes. Based on my own history, I can say I have never experienced the medicinal properties of CBD ~ until now. Before CBD, I was averaging at least one migraine a month. I refer to migraines because of the varying severity; one could disable me anywhere from a few hours to a few days. If medical attention is sought for relief, then the ‘hangover’ effect is felt for a day or so depending on which ‘cocktail’ is prescribed. UGH! And for the record, it isn’t JUST the lack of migraines that has me sharing my experience.. It’s that since I took my very first 60 ml dropper containing 250mg CBD (THC Free)…

My body no longer aches. Anywhere ~ and within only a few minutes. 

See, after making our purchase we took our first dose in the parking lot. Directly after, we headed to the grocery just down the road where I shopped the entire store without ever touching my back from soreness or stiffness. Yippy Damn Skippy! My hips did not ache! I’m almost reluctant to accept this. My brain is having a hard time processing that I’m not aching. Unbelievable – almost inconceivable yet very, very true. Needless to say, since day 1, I have continued a rate of 2 droppers/day (AM / PM). This regimen appears to be more than adequate in relieving not only my headaches but also my lower back pain, joint pain and lately I’ve noticed my appetite has decreased. I seem to have consistent energy and my sleep pattern appears to be mellowing back to somewhat of a norm. I am not exaggerating either. Quite literally, I don’t feel old anymore! ūüôā

I’m amazed at my own results and I will continue conducting my own research. Posting my own conclusions for educational and informational purposes about natural alternatives to traditional big pharma companies. The links below are popular and informative so you the reader can further your own knowledge base and be informed.

I would be interested in hearing from you if you have tried CBD & how it has helped you? Did you get more than you bargained for?

Til Next Time,

Domesticated Rebellion

Below are links I found to be educational containing the most informative research:

 

Disclaimer:  I am not an affiliate for any CBD manufacturer or distributor nor am I being paid for any statements contained within this writing. This is my personal testimony of my experience using CBD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Tomatoes

IT’S OFFICIALLY SPRING Y’ALL!

I know its been a minute since I last posted but see, we have these lil peoples¬†that sometimes like to visit ‘the farm’. Not our littles but ‘Grand Littles‘… Hmm, catchy… Remember you heard it here 1st if it becomes a thing.¬† ūüôā¬† So, we’ve had a few of our grands out sporadically over the past couple of weeks. Assisting this Mimi in getting into the Spring of things…¬†We cooked, we gardened, we explored & hunted, and we painted rocks. We had lazy mornings, some cReAtiVe afternoons, and fun evenings ending late into the night. But alas, giggles, grins, and all things ‘grand’ come to an end as they go back home returning to friends, school and routine ~ leaving the hubs and¬†I to return to our less structured but nonetheless routine as well.

*sigh*

I’m sure some of you can relate that after a couple of weeks of consuming more than our fair share of pizza, mac & cheese, waffles with whipped cream, chili dogs, chicken nuggets and s’mores 260(and more) my body is demanding what it has been lacking: Some healthy! Yes, we ARE those kind of Mimi/Papa’s and Yes, I seriously feel like a Weeble

“ūüéľWeebles wobble ‚ô™ but ‚ô™ we don’t fall down ‚ô™.”¬† ¬†

Perusing the isles of the market the other day we spotted some beautiful plump hot-house tomatoes & I just had to have them. They screamed to me: “SPRING IS HERE”.¬† I was hoping to find some inspiration for a light yet filling dinner & here it was.¬†¬†Now, I’m not a science guru so don’t get all nerdy on me because I’m not 100% sure just how ‘healthy’ tomatoes are. However, what I do know is we love them and they are not full of sugar or carbs. So in my book – that’s healthy enough for tonight! I’ll consult Google on the matter later tho. ūüėČ

We made it home with our purchases in hand and a grumble in our stomach. It didn’t take long to prep & pop these babies in the oven. Easy Peasy folks!

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Tomatoes roasting, sizzling in EVOO, complete with garlic, basil, rosemary, thyme and oregano… Scrumptious bits bursting with flavor in each mouth-watering bite!¬†Just enough tang to get your jaw to slightly clinch initiating your saliva glands into some double duty action. AhHaha Yes, you DO know! ūüôā

However, no one eats just tomatoes for dinner! Although fresh fruits serve as a delightful snack the hubs requires a bit more substance in his meal so these beauties were paired with some polenta to complete our light but yet filling dinner!

18953912cdaa467b255f9ef0b44cf4f6Polenta is a dish that originated in Italy. It is a dish of boiled cornmeal that was historically made from other grains. It may be served as a hot porridge/cereal, or it may be allowed to cool and solidify into a loaf that can be baked, fried, or grilled.  I always use the brand Bob Mills. Food for Thought: I originally believed polenta & grits were the same. They are not. Polenta is yellow corn while grits are white corn, specifically hominy. (Ah ha, that explains my dislike of grits!)

To make this preheat oven to 425 degrees and gather up:

  • 4-5 ripe tomatoes, slice & lay¬†out on a sheet pan lined with foil/parchment or a Silpat¬†
  • 2-3 Tbs EVOO to drizzle over all
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced & sprinkled evenly over each slice
  • Mix together 1 tsp each: Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano and Basil (or use 1 1/2 Tbs Italian herb mixture) and sprinkle over each tomato slice
  • Salt & pepper to liking

Roast tomatoes for 30-45 minutes. Plenty of time to prepare the polenta your favorite way and shred some parmesan cheese. MMMmmm, Our belly’s said “Thank you”!¬† Do you like roasted tomatoes? Let me know what you would pair with them.

Note to Self: One thing for sure, Grands remind me that I am not as young as I once was but I am as young as I ever will be again! ‚̧

Til Next Time,

Domesticated Rebellion

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Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup

Spicy, belly warming comfort in a big bowl on a cool day with the hubs ~ does it get any better than that? For me at the moment, nope. 

I do all I can to savor the sweetness of a quiet peaceful ‘nothing pressing to do’ afternoon like today. No agenda. No appointments. Just the big screen, my coffee, blanket and the boys at my feet (of the four-legged kind ;)) Easy-going dreary day enabling my drifting back and forth between dozing off & watching the final season of Heartland… or NASCAR… or… ZZzz…

Peaceful slumber came easily until I hear:

“Honey, What’s for dinner?”

Heart-racing with bubbling panic momentarily overtake a sleepy-eyed me. Sheesh, How long was I out? What time is it? Then the moment passes because I see the hubs is sleepy-eyed  too; just like me. 

♥ Stretch *sigh* Yawn  ♥ 

No worries. I didn’t nap past dinner time BUT I did wake up unbelievably hungry!¬† So, y’all know I ‚ô•¬†Pinterest. And that is exactly where¬†I found some last-minute inspiration¬†when I was vapor locked for dinner ideas. Say Hello to Chelsea & her Crockpot Green Chicken Chili Enchilada Soup¬† ( ‚̧ ). Her idea went hand in hand with items I already had so I’d say it was destiny for dinner!

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Here’s what I grabbed:

  • 1 Lg can¬†(28 ounces)¬†green enchilada sauce
  • 1 can¬†white beans, drained
  • 1 can¬†black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 3 boneless chicken breast (I used leftover grilled breast & shredded it)
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped & saut√©ed in 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 4¬†teaspoons¬†chili powder
  • 1¬†tablespoon¬†ground cumin
  • 3/4¬†teaspoon¬†smoked¬†paprika
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†salt
  • 1/4¬†teaspoon¬†pepper
  • 2-3¬†tablespoons¬†fresh cilantro¬†optional
  • 2¬†cups¬†chicken broth or stock¬†
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream (topping)
  • Monterrey¬†or Colby Jack Cheese (shredded)
  • Chopped avocado¬†
  • 1/4 cup sugar (*optional)

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Personally, I enjoy dancing around the kitchen doing some sort of ‘prep’ work for dinner. This dish however had minimal effort in the prep department. A good thing on this particular day.¬† For this soup, prep consisted¬†of just chopping/sauteing the onion then peeling/cutting up the avocado and finally shredding the already cooked chicken breast. Easy Peasy friends. The rest is open, drain, rinse, or measure and dump into a soup pot. Warm until bubbly & dish it up. TADAH! We topped each of ours with sour cream, shredded cheeses and chopped avocado.

Full Disclosure moment… ready for a laugh y’all? IMO, this is a very spicy soup. I honestly did not realize how spicy it *would have been if not for this slight mishap that could have proved disastrous. See, while warming the soup I started heating water for some green tea. (the hubs ‚ô• green tea)

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Anyway, apparently I was side tracked (or sleep walking) as instead of adding sugar to the boiling water for the tea… you see it coming, huh?¬† yup, yup ~ you guessed it ~ I lifted the¬† soup pot lid¬† with one hand & poured 1/4 cup of sugar in with my other! F$!% F$!% F$!% FF$$!!%%¬† Immediately I¬†knew what I had done and there was absolutely no way to undo it. In my mind I mock myself by replaying this in slow-mo.¬† SMH!¬†To say I was pissed-off was an understatement. #JustCallMeGrace

*Long story short & some real disclosure – the sugar actually toned down the spice enough for me to enjoy. I’m not a spicy person, I don’t enjoy burning from the inside out. Hmmm; destiny meets divine intervention? Perhaps. I’m just thankful tho as it turned out really good, froze well and we have enjoyed it three additional times since.

Have you had a recipe mishap that ended up making something BETTER? Tell me about it!

Til Next Time ~

Domesticated Rebellion

 

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FUN Sized Chocolate Chip Cookie

FUN SIZED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE

Single Serve * Fun Sized * and the best part * it’s just for One

Yes, you read ^that^ correctly

This is a ‘just for ME – single size – fun size –¬† in my personal mug size’ – Chocolate Chip Cookie!

Off the charts simple & sinfully easy! ūüėČ

Look at it. What do you think? Mouth watered just a bit, huh? I know. Mine too.

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I’m thinking this runs a super-duper close second to my¬†single size mug brownie.¬†

You agree don’t you? MmmHmmm… definitely, most positively, chocolate chip cookie lovers¬†

everywhere will unite over this one! 

Perfect for those late nights when you have a chocolate craving hit & you absolutely have to have it NOW! 

You know the ones that drive you to frantically search out the cabinets 

for anything that will satisfy the craving closely peaking to the level of being 

an actual physical need.  

You understand where I am coming from, don’t you?¬†

Just look how the chocolate shimmers & shines. Melted just enough to be velvety smooth & lusciously creamy

¬†I’d say that qualifies as a need.¬†

WoWza! 

I need. 

LOL. Yup. I do. I do. No Shame! 

And hey hey hey ~ BONUS! 

THANKFULLY there is only one.

Making this single serve recipe a hipsaver ūüôā¬†

You know what I’m talking about…¬†

having a PLATE of cookies around would be Kryptonite. 

Total killer to even the strongest will power.. 

(and I have discovered is the No. 1 culprit behind 3 a.m. sleep eating!) Hahaha (Not)

anywho…¬†

If you have a microwave then you can make yourself this chewy golden gooey chocolate chip cookie in 6 minutes or less. 

Easy to make. Easy to clean up. Zero evidence left behind 

AND Zero future temptation in your face. 

Perfect.

I made this in a six inch ramekin  giving it more of a cookie-like crisp texture when completely cooled.

 Just a thought as I prefer crisp-ness over cake-y. 

This post was inspired by Melissa at¬†No. 2 Pencil¬†who made this in a mug. Seriously, What’s not to love here?¬†

You’re gonna need:

  • 1 T butter
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1 T packed brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 drops vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • slightly more than 1/8 c flour (but less than 1/4 c!)
  • 2 T semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Melt your butter – not boil; warm
  • Mix in both sugars, salt and vanilla
  • add egg yolk ~ stir
  • add flour and combine
  • fold in chocolate chips (the consistency will be like cookie dough) (um, ya, I know….)
  • Microwave on HIGH for no more than 60 seconds and allow to cool

ENJOY!

I think next time I might add some pecans or top with vanilla ice cream or get wild & crazy and add both…¬†

C’mon back & getcha some!

Til next time~

Domesticated Rebellion

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Gooey Cheesesteak Sandwiches

GOOEY CHEESESTEAK SANDWICHES

While I’ve never been to Philly… I have been to Arby’s…¬†Hahaha,¬†HuH?

Say What?

Follow me for a second while I connect the dots. I’m writing about whats near and dear to my heart. Bad for you in a good way.¬† You know it.. None other than the beloved cheesy greasy meaty mouthful sandwich commonly referred to as a¬†Cheesesteak!

See, while cruising along the recent pins of Pinterest (♥) I was directed to The Little Kitchen and this inspirational cheesesteak gem!

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This caused me to¬†kinda do a ‘bad’Michael Jackson moon walk around my tiny kitchen island while holding up my kindle fire… Yup…. that was me. I’m not ashamed.¬† ¬† ¬†

Cheesesteaks was written by Julie Deily who provides two varieties. One with peppers. One with mushrooms. Both with onions. Personally, we prefer the meat mixed with sweet onions and topped with cheese. Peppers, specifically green peppers, have been known to create alottle (a lot/a little) heartburn or gas.

And frankly, heartburn or gas can jack up anything becoming a repeat at my house!

Although the recipe peaks with ribeye, I chose a thinly sliced bottom chuck round & seared the chunks over high heat in my cast iron skillet with butter. I use my cast iron cook set for practically everything from the stove top to the oven, even the grill!  (I♥Mom!)

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So, If you follow me then you know I’m all about using what is on hand & not trexing to the store for every single ingredient of a new recipe. Thus bottom chuck round… Trust me, it’s still a keeper! After removing the seared meat repeat the process with the rest of your ingredients. Get real with it!

Sweet onions, mushrooms & peppers. Oh My!

Once cooked, combine everything together in your cast iron skillet and top with provolone keeping low heat until melted.

Note: While you are searing your meat or cooking your mushrooms, onion n pepper toppings, preheat your oven to 300 or so and get your bread ready. Open your hoagie buns and slather your preferred aoli, mayo, cheesewhiz??? Place bread on individual sheets of aluminium foil and when ready, transfer the goods out of the skillet making sure to Smoosh the goods deep into one side of the soft bread before closing.

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Seriously, You want this to be FULL of the juicy goodness encased in¬†melted¬†cheese. The next step gives you¬†gooey¬†goodness. ūüôā

Tightly wrap each sandwich placing on a sheet pan. Bake these bad boys 20 minutes or so and be prepared to talk out loud as they are DELISH!

MMMmmmMMM #Goodtimes #Goodeats

I’m sorry Arby’s, Really. It’s not you. It’s me. (Until we meet again of course – you know how much I ūüíĖ your curly fries!)

Til Next Time~

Domesticated Rebellion

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Italian Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup ~ Italian style!

Woo Hoo World ~ I am feeling so much more alive today than I have all year! ūüôā Seriously! (so much so, I remind the hubs of our grands on a sugar high ~ hahaha!) No matter, I am grateful for the energy boost from all the naturalness I’ve been pushing.

My heart & tummy are happy as I believe we’re finally over our yuk bug hump & fingers crossed we have arrived on the downhill slope to feeling better! 003BUT, just to be sure, I’m continuing on with our healthy veggie vitamin ‘feel good cuz it’s good for you’ soup regimen!

While cooking this soup, my home teased me with whiffs of what my imagination believes Lil Italy would smell like! MMMmmmMMM #bucketlist

006The combination of Italian herbs with tomatoes, onions and carrots marrying together in a single pot Divine!

Did you know, my recent food love discoveries indicate I could be part Italian?

AhHaHa; not really – but I do absolutely LOVE the mouth-watering tongue tingling combination of Basil and Oregano with Tomato. Anybody else?

Now, this recipe calls for water. I elected to use beef broth instead. I have fallen in love with the health benefits of bone broth!  You can read up on bone broth by checking out another veggie soup here. Not to mention using broth was also an excellent flavor addition for the ground chuck used.

013Since we prefer soups that still provide a ‘bite’, Ya know, something you can actually sink your teeth into. I left the majority of the vegetables at just ‘fork tender’. Hearty bites of root veggies co-mingled with small bits of ground chuck all surrounded by a beefy-tomato broth come together for a filling & feel good meal my hungry man enjoyed! As the main dish, add a salad or baked potato then call it a day! It’s that hearty!

Oh, and let’s not forget simple. All y’all know my favorite thing in the wake of my discovery is Simplicity! This is another recipe meeting that criteria. Just a few simple steps and rest is just magic!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 small bag of carrots peeled & sliced on angle
  • 8 stalks of celery peeled & sliced (I personally prefer the flavor of the celery hearts)
  • 4 c beef broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 lg can peeled tomatoes (IMO whole peeled tomatoes have more flavor so I crush or dice whole tomatoes with this gadget)
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 head cabbage chopped
  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 lbs ground chuck

In a large stock pot, I browned my chuck without draining (there was almost zero fat) I added in my sweet onion, garlic and all spices. Mix this up allowing it to bloom under a tight-fitting lid on low heat for about 4 minutes — just enough to start cooking the onions thru — then toss in carrots and celery — mix & repeat for another 4 minutes or so. Next, add your broth and tomatoes. Replace the lid, cook at a simmer until the veggies are ALMOST cooked to your liking. When they are close, toss in your cabbage, fold into the soup. Cover. Simmer again, but only until the veggies are fork tender including the cabbage. (of course this varies from person to person so adjust accordingly)

I topped mine with some grated Parmesan cheese and paired with some garlic bread.

I owe this tasty soup inspiration to Mary over at barefeetinthekitchen.com ; head over sometime to find some healthy home-made inspiration of your own!

Another worthy mention: my compost pile is absolutely loving this veggie ‘feel good’ soup week!¬†¬†005

(full disclosure:¬†we both heart carbs & sugar so it’s not been a 100% green goddess goodness week. Y’all come back to see me as I’m saving a sweet treat story for another day!)

Til Next Time~

Domesticated Rebellion

 

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