Unusual Pizza Ideas

Unusual Pizza Ideas

Last night we had pizza. Two, in fact. One was sort of a Mediterranean pizza while the other was a typical mix of pepperoni and sausage. Nothing very interesting. This got me to wondering if there are unusual pizzas, so I did a bit of research. Turns out there are a ton of pizzas that don’t follow the norm of cheese, meats, and/or veggies! If you haven’t ever thought about unique pizzas, then you are in for a treat. People have put some serious thought into how to make unusual pizzas, and you may be surprised by a few of the creations. I know I was. It’s time to think outside the (pizza) box with unusual pizza toppings. This post is dedicated to bringing you unusual pizza topping ideas that you may not have considered before. Enjoy! Crab and Pineapple Pizza Talk about your unusual pizza toppings! I wouldn’t have ever thought of combining crab and pineapple, but this has gotten pretty good reviews. I suppose you need to like crab to consider making this. Click here to see the Crab and Pineapple Pizza recipe Chicken and Cranberry Pizza (with Brie and Almonds) This sounds delicious! Some people thought it was a little bland as instructed, so jazzed it up by swapping out the brie and using asiago or blue cheese instead. A sweet onion would also be a good addition. If you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, you could substitute the chicken with turkey. Click here to see the Chicken and Cranberry Pizza recipe Chocolate Peanut Butter Pizza Oh, I think I would die and go to Heaven...
Creamy Asparagus Soup Recipe

Creamy Asparagus Soup Recipe

This recipe is one that I found in one of my vintage cookbooks.  I am a huge fan of asparagus, as well as soup, and this is a great combination. The recipe comes from a booklet called, “The Good Provider’s Cook Book.” The book promotes the use of evaporated milk in recipes and it was published by the Borden’s company, makers of evaporated milk. I couldn’t find a publication date on the book but during my research I found that it was published in 1948.        Print Recipe!     White Sauce Recipe Ingredients 3 TBLS butter 3 TBLS flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper 2 cups Borden’s Evaporated Milk 2 cups water 2 cups vegetable puree made from the discarded asparagus stalks* Melt the butter in a double boiler, then add flour, salt, and pepper. Stir until well blended. In a separate bowl, combine the evaporated milk and water. Slowly add the combination to the double boiler, then stir until it thickens. Continue cooking mixture for 15 more minutes, stirring occasionally. After fifteen minutes, add the puree. Increase temperature to bring contents up to the boiling point. Use a utensil to prevent a skin from forming on the surface, but don’t let it boil. It is done just before it boils. *Vegetable puree is not commonly used anymore. It was something cooks did (and some still do) to use the outside leaves and other course parts of a vegetable. I found a website that does an excellent job of explaining how to make vegetable puree here. Or, you can substitute baby food, such as carrots, if you don’t want to be...
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

When it comes to comfort food, there are few foods that are better loved than chicken noodle soup.  Sure, you can buy it from a can, but making homemade chicken noodle soup is fairly easy, and tastes infinitely better. The biggest hurdle when it comes to making this in your own kitchen is the time required.  But, if you can find the time, then you and your family are sure to be pleased with the end result.        Print Recipe!     Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Summary: It is worth taking the time to make your own chicken noodle soup from scratch. Ingredients: A whole chicken A head of celery 8-9 medium carrots 3-4 medium onions Bay leaves Basil Thyme No Yolks noodles Instructions: Combine in a large pot the chicken, 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, 1/2 basil, 1/4 teaspoon cracked fresh ground pepper, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, and three bay leaves. Add enough cold water so that there is at least an inche of water above the chicken and spices. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165° F. This is the beginning of your broth. Prep the veggies by cutting them into small pieces while the chicken is cooking. Set the cut vegetables aside. Add the scraps (NOT the cut veggies) to the broth. Scraps are anything you would normally discard, such as celery tops, onion skins, and carrot tops. Remove the chicken from the broth after it reaches 165°, and set it in a bowl to cool for about 10-15 minutes. Continue to cook the broth while the chicken cools. Set two...
Chipotle Recipe for Wild Salmon

Chipotle Recipe for Wild Salmon

Love salmon but are unsure what to flavor it with?  Try this chipotle recipe. Make sure there are no bones in your salmon fillet.  You can do this by rubbing your fingers over the fish, against the bones.  When you find one, use a pair of pliers to pull it out.        Print Recipe!     Chipotle Salmon Recipe Summary: Chipotle gives your salmon zest that can’t be beat! Ingredients: 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper puree 1 lime 1 salmon fillet (deboned) Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make the marinade by adding the chipotle pepper puree to a bowl, and juice the lime over the puree, and mix. Line a baking sheet with a sheet of aluminum foil, then place a wire cooling rack on top of the baking sheet. Place the salmon on the wire rack. This will ensure that the air flows all around the fish, not just over it. Coat the top of the salmon with about 2/3 of the marinade, then set the remaining marinade aside for now. Roast the salmon for about 15 minutes. Add the rest of the marinade to the fish, then continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes. Quick notes: This goes very well with French bread and a spinach salad. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Number of servings (yield): 2 Meal type: main dish Want to make your own chipotle pepper puree, as seen in the video?  You can get the recipe for that at cookingrecipestv.com.  Maybe you have never paid attention to whether or not the salmon you buy is wild or farm raised, but you should.  Farm...
Beef Tea

Beef Tea

Ever heard of beef tea?  If not, you are not alone.  Seems this is a recipe that was popular many years ago, but has gotten lost in time. One of my really old cookbooks has a recipe for beef tea, and it made me stop my browsing.  I mean, really, who has heard of making tea with meat? This is one recipe I am unlikely to try, and I make no promises on how it tastes.  But, if you feel up to the challenge and make this yourself, I sincerely hope you will share your thoughts on it in the comments below.        Print Recipe!     Beef Tea Recipe Summary: This is a vintage recipe for a drink that was popular many years ago. Ingredients: 1 pound lean beef 1 cup cold water 1 pinch of salt Instructions: Chop the beef until it is very fine. Add to a pot. Cover the beef with the cold water, then let it stand for one hour. Place the pot on the stove, and slowly heat the mixture. Stir frequently, and continue cooking until the water begins to change color. Strain and add a pinch of salt. Preparation time: 1 hour(s) 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Number of servings (yield): 1 Meal type: drink Actually, after writing the ingredients and instructions for this recipe, it sounds more like beef broth than tea.  I have changed my mind.  This might be pretty good on a chilly day.  But, I think I’d rather have beef stew than tea.  Still, just the sound of beef tea is interesting to...
Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa is one of those scrumptious drinks that brings us back to happy childhood memories.  Most recipes for this hot drink combine milk with sugar and cocoa powder, with a few additional items added here and there.  Or, you can buy premade cocoa mixes. Forget cocoa mixes.  Make your own!  While browsing through one of my old cookbooks, I found a recipe for cocoa that looks different than other cocoa recipe that I have seen before.  I hope you enjoy this.        Print Recipe!     Hot Cocoa Recipe Summary: This cocoa recipe is perfect for a chilly or snowy day. Ingredients: 1 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder 2 teaspoons sugar 2 teaspoons cold water 1 cup milk 1 pinch salt 2-3 drops vanilla extract Instructions: Combine the cocoa, sugar, and water in a pot. Cook mixture on medium-high heat. Add salt after it heats up. Scald the milk in a separate pot, then add to the first mixture. Add vanilla and mix well. Enjoy! Quick notes: You can add a dollop of whipped cream or marshmallows to your cocoa. Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: Number of servings (yield): 1 Meal type: drink Cocoa is something we take for granted today, but cocoa seeds (commonly known today as cocoa beans) were once used as a form of currency by the ancient Aztecs.  That speaks highly to the value that was placed on these chocolatey beans.  I am very grateful that today all I have to do is run to the store and pick up a container of cocoa powder, and that I can enjoy hot cocoa whenever the urge...

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