Frozen Garlic Cubes!

Where have you been all of my life???

I bought this at Trader Joe’s…I finally remembered I had this in my freezer. My son told me to try these and he is so right!

This is the underside of the packaging. Cute little squares of garlic. I clove per cube!

This is the opened package. Just pop out however many cloves you need for a recipe and then put them back in your freezer until later.

This gives me so many ideas for processing and freezing my own garlic. Thanks TJ’s! I ❀️ U always!

-Mia

Homemade Pizza Sauce!

Pizza sauce is a lot thicker than tomato sauce. It needs to be more firm on pizza so it doesn’t run and get all messy. It’s easy!

Add everything to the pot, except for the sugar and fresh herbs. Fresh herbs have a tendency to blacken in the oven.

Roast the pan full of deliciousness for 2.5 hrs in a 300 degree oven. Let cool completely before processing.

In a food processor or blender, add all of the items roasted together in the pan, sugar and fresh herbs. Pulse until everything is small and a thick sauce emerges. Perfection!

Ingredients:

2-3 cups tomatoes

5 cloves of peeled garlic

Half of an onion, diced

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp sea salt

2 tsp cracked black pepper

Drizzle olive oil

After roasting, add:

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp fresh chopped basil

1 tsp fresh chopped oregano

Pulse everything together in food processor or blender. I like to store in the fridge for use- mainly because we make pizza and calzones so much. You can store in the fridge for up to 3 months, sealed tightly. Make sure any utensil used is clean when grabbing some from jar. You can also store in a freezer bag in your freezer up to 6 months.

This recipe makes 1 pint of pizza sauce. You can easily double or triple this recipe, if needed.

Enjoy!

Mia

Fresh Organic Marinara

We got up super early to pick veggies & hit pay dirt with the tomatoes. So many fabulous varieties in various colors and sizes. I don’t pick favorites because they all work fabulously for my fresh Marinara. πŸ…

Our 5am haul this morning!

We harvested about 7 pounds of various red tomato varieties…
We also harvested 3 pounds of smaller, Cherry and pear shaped tomatoes.
In a large Dutch Oven pan, roast tomatoes in a 350 degree oven for roughly 35-40 minutes. I roasted mine in 2 batches, so I could roast the reds separately. Just my choice, you can roast all varieties together. This is exactly what the roasted reds looked like when they are cooled out of the oven. I don’t add a thing until I put everything in the food processor.

Even if your food processor is super large, wait until the tomatoes are cool before processing. I process in about 4-5 stages. It’s never good to overfill! I add roasted tomatoes in about halfway up the processor bowl, then add in for each stage:
3-4 basil leaves
1/2 onion
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp oregano, fresh or dried
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp sugar
Pulse until it’s the desired consistency for storing or using right away. I detest canning. Seriously. I pack up 2 jars for the fridge, because we use tons of red sauce at our house every week on spaghetti, pizza, lasagna, etc. The rest, I add into freezer bags and freeze flat for later use. Make sure to date your bags!

This is what my sauce looks like right after processing. πŸ™‚

It’s CRAZY how different my red sauce is from the sauce made from roasting the orange and yellow varieties. The yellow/orange Marinara tends to be a teeny bit sweeter, so we use it on pizzas more than anything.

I hope I’ve explained my process for making my homemade Marinara! If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message!

Mia

The BEST Pizza Dough Around

I’ve made this dough for years. I have adapted it into the perfect dough that always works, every time. I sometimes cut into halves or thirds and freeze the dough for a later date, use the dough to make pretzel dogs, or cinnamon rolls, or even calzones. It is so versatile! I made 3 pizzas the night before last, all using the same dough.

pizza1

Stuffed Crust Sausage & Ricotta Pizza

pizza2

Stuffed Crust Pepperoni & Black Olive Pizza

pizza3

Anything But Plain Cheese Pizza for my daughter. πŸ™‚

 

We’re all happy this way and there’s plenty of leftovers for lunches! I am asked for this recipe more than any others, so here you are again!

Mia’s Pizza Dough Recipe:

1 packet of active yeast

1 tbsp sugar

2 cups lukewarm water

*Let these 3 ingredients sit for 10 mins.

Add in 1 tbsp sea salt, a drizzle of olive oil and then begin adding in 5 cups of flour. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the hook to knead for about 5 mins. When adding in the flour, add in 1 cup at a time, making sure the dough is not too dry. I have found that if the dough is a little too dry, add in a little bit of olive oil. Works great!

Put the dough in a bowl, making sure the dough has a light coating of olive oil over it. Cover and rest for about an hour.

 

So easy! I told you!

Mia

 

Shortcut Pizza!Β 

I try to always have puff pastry in my freezer. Whether or not I remember to move it to my fridge is another story… πŸ™‚ 

We had a massively crazy week. The fire on the property may have burned some of the wheat, but my kitchen is just fine- no excuses to grab take out! ( Also, we live 40 mins away from decent take out). 

The day before, I transferred the puff pastry from the freezer to my fridge. I gave a quick roll to the pastry, then cut each sheet into 4. Just load them up with sauce & toppings. Brush egg wash on exposed areas not covered by toppings. Bake at 375 for 10-12 mins until golden brown. Yum!

Stromboli…My Way!

I am by no means Italian. I may have some distant ancestor who was Italian in my family history, but I was not raised Italian. I adore Italian food though! We make a TON of pizza at our house. My kids prefer homemade, me too! This is as easy, if not more easy- than making pizza. Same dough even! My kids can make this, it’s so easy!stromboli1After the dough has risen, roll out to a large rectangle. Fill with all of your favorite pizza fixings, sans the sauce. (Trust me!) Roll it up as if you were making cinnamon rolls. Fold under the ends. Score the top to allow venting of steam. I top with an egg wash, herbs and whatever makes me happy that day. Olives was it for me that day! πŸ™‚stromboli2Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 mins, or until top turns a golden brown color. Let cool slightly before cutting.

Mia’s Pizza Dough Recipe:

1 packet of active yeast

1 tbsp sugar

2 cups lukewarm water

*Let these 3 ingredients sit for 10 mins.

Add in 1 tbsp sea salt, a drizzle of olive oil and then begin adding in 5 cups of flour. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the hook to knead for about 5 mins. When adding in the flour, add in 1 cup at a time, making sure the dough is not too dry. I have found that if the dough is a little too dry, add in a little bit of olive oil. Works great!

Put the dough in a bowl, making sure the dough has a light coating of olive oil over it. Cover and rest for about an hour.

 

 

 

Pastry Pizza Pockets!Β 

This is our dinner tonight. Since my kids are self proclaimed “pizzatarians” – this is cool with them. I love how this dough is super flaky. Almost like a homemade puffed pastry, just a little more dense. Yum! Double this recipe and freeze some for heating up later. (If they last that long!) Add flour, herbs, salt, and baking powder to a bowl, mix lightly. Add in small cubes of butter and cut the butter into the flour mixture. Add in egg and milk, mixing until a ball is formed. Work dough, adding in a little more flour as you go so it doesn’t stick. You’ll want to fold over and work the dough at least 10 times, creating layers.No need to chill the dough, or let it rise- roll it out to about 1/8inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2-3 inch circles. You’ll want to roll each circle a little bit more before filling/topping, to increase size. Fill inside of circle, leaving a border. (I use sauce as a dipping sauce, rather than putting the sauce inside. Wet the outer border of the inside of the top circle before placing it over the filled circle. Gently press around border to create a seal. Crimp with fork.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Brush butter on top of pizza pockets after they’re out of the oven. πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

3 cups flour

1/4 cup Parmesan 

4 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp dried rosemary

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp dried basil 

1/2 cup chilled butter, cubed

1 1/4 cup milk

1 egg

Mini Calzones And Pizzas!

I use my typical Pizza dough, but I add a little less water and a little less flour, because I want the dough to have a little more elasticity. I separate the dough into 12 balls and let sit for about 15 mins. I press the dough into circles, or almost circles and add a little olive oil, sea salt and fresh oregano. I put a tiny bit of marinara in the middle of the circle, adding some fresh mozzarella and whatever toppings you want. Be sparing though- you want to be able to pull the other side over and seal, so you don’t want to overfill.Pull the top side up and stretch it a little while you’re pulling over to the other side. Pull bottom side up over the top flap, crimping the dough to seal it. Lightly brush with egg wash.Instead of making 12 mini calzones this time, I made 6 and then 6 mini pizzas too. My daughter likes just cheese. πŸ™‚ Such a great thing to have in the fridge to heat up if my kids come home from school hungry and there’s still a couple of hours until dinner. Finished products! You can make them however you want! πŸ™‚ They freeze great too! Dough Recipe:

2 cups Warm water

1 pkg yeast

1 tbsp sugar

Let this mixture sit for 10 mins so the yeast can activate. 

Add in 1 tbsp sea salt, 1tbsp olive oil. Mix into yeast mixture. 

Add in 4-5 cups of flour, one cup at a time. What you are going for is the dough to pull away all together. The dough will be a little sticky- that’s what you want. 

Pull the dough up in a ball, add olive oil in the bottom of the bowl, put dough back in, flipping the dough so the dough all has some olive oil on it. Punch down the dough a little, then cover it for about an hour to rise.

Separate dough into 12 balls and let rise for about 15 mins. Press circles down into circles to add toppings to. 

You can make mini calzones or mini pizzas with this dough. Both bake at 400 degrees for about 15 mins or until dough is golden brown. πŸ™‚