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Friday Favorite: Rehash

May 1st, 2015

Last Friday I talked about homemade pizza and how I make it and freeze it. There were lots of questions in the comments so I decided to answer a few of them here. First off, I bake the pizzas before freezing, though not fully. I undertake them by a minute or two. The key is to get the crust fully cooked but not browned. Then I cut the pizzas in quarters and freeze them in ziploc bags. If I want to freeze them whole or in halves I use the 2 gallon ziploc bags.
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When I want to reheat the pizza is usually pull it out and thaw it on the counter for 15 minutes or so. Then I warm it in a cast iron skillet – crazy I know. Pizza reheats much better in a skillet than it does in the oven, I think it doesn’t dry out as much and the crust gets much crispier.

So if you have any more questions about freezing and reheating homemade pizza let me know, I’ll be more than happy to answer them.

Friday Favorite: Homemade Pizza

April 24th, 2015

Mr Chiots loves pizza. There aren’t a ton of place that are close and convenient so we sometimes make our own. Last night I finally had time to make eight, one to eat and seven for the freezer. Now we have quick meals this summer that will pair perfectly with a salad.
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I used this sourdough pizza crust recipe and it turned out very well, definitely a dough I’ll be making over and over again! They were topped with fresh mushrooms, red onions from the garden, kalamata olives, and Italian sausage from our pigs. Perfectly delicious.

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

The Incredible Egg

April 9th, 2015

Most mornings I have eggs for breakfast. I eat them poached, fried, scrambled, baked into frittatas, and pretty much any other way I can think to fix them. Now that all the ducks are laying I often eat an egg from each type of bird. Muscovy eggs are really big, more like goose eggs than ducks. You can see how big the yolk is on the top egg.
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On the right you can see a chicken egg and on the bottom there’s an Ancona duck egg. They’re all delicious, but I will eat choose duck eggs over chicken eggs if you have them. I still haven’t eaten the turkey egg from Sunday, perhaps I’ll crack that open later this morning. I find that the different types of eggs can taste a little different and sometimes you can tell the difference between eggs from different birds.

Have you ever eaten duck/goose/turkey eggs?

Make it a Double, or a Triple

March 24th, 2015

Whenever I make something that freezes well I double or triple the recipe. Then I freeze single portions in wide mouth pint jars. I find this really helps when I don’t have time to come up with a healthy meal or when I’m just too tired to cook. They also come in quite handy when my pantry gets a little bare.
curried broccoli soup
Last week I tried this recipe for Curried Broccoli Soup and we LOVED it. I got more broccoli at the co-op this week and made up a double batch to throw in the freezer. This soup is good for any meal, even breakfast. This weekend I have had it every single morning. I’m happy to have a few meals worth tucked away in the freezer. (for tips on freezing in glass jars check out my post on that topic).

Do you double or triple recipes so you have extra to freeze for later?

Quote of the Day: Julia Child

March 1st, 2015

“Cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.”

Julie Child

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The other day I was eating breakfast and trying to decide what to make for dinner. I’m definitely not one of those come up with a menu at the beginning of the week and stick to it type of cooks. Cooking is one of my creative outlets.
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I like to keep a well stocked pantry and buy what’s on sale and what looks fresh and delicious when I’m at the farmers market or the local co-op. Then I plan my meals depending on what I have in the fridge, what needs eaten up, what is in season, or what I feel like eating.

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Most of my meals are quick to make and very simple, though I do like to spend all day in the kitchen if I get the opportunity. As with many people, there are a few things that we really enjoy and they grace our plates more often than other things: omelets, fajitas, stir-fry, soup, seafood, steak marsala, salad, and curry, along with a few other favorites.
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There’s not much I enjoy more than coming up with something delicious after a quick look in the fridge/freezer/pantry. I am always trying to expand my horizons and learn to new foods/techniques along with coming up with new ideas for our favorite meals. This month I’m planning on trying to make sushi and spring rolls, we shall see how they turn out and if they end up on our favorites rotation.

Are you keen on learning to cook anything new? What are some of your favorite go-to meals?

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