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Recipes: Pizza Pizza

Untitled-1Ah pizza, honestly… I’ve never really cared for it, lol.  Okay, so I was a very strange child growing up, what can I say.  *shrugs*  However, as time goes by I find it far more tolerable now.  Especially if I can find a really good pizza, usually I can’t, but my partner did find a great pizza joint in Airlie Beach.  Of course that still means money and when you don’t have a lot you try not to spend it.  So I turn to home cooking, after all, I can make a pizza for under $5.  🙂  Now I’m sharing my latest recipe with all of you.  Enjoy!

 

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Recipes: 3rd Generation Lasagna

lasagnaThis recipe has been in my family for three generations.  In fact I think my mum still has the original hand written recipe of my grandma’s.  🙂  I know a lot of people claim the saying “not as good as mum’s” when it comes to eating, but with recipe I have to agree.  Honestly, I have yet to find a lasagna that comes anywhere close to touching this recipe in yumminess.  So far, those who have eaten it agree, or at the very least say it’s one of the best they’ve ever had.  I hope you feel the same way, and really put some love into this “secret” family gem.  😉

 

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Recipes: Thumbprint Cookies

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Thumbprint Cookie

This cookie has been a Christmas baking tradition since I was a child.  I absolutely love these cookies, even if they are messy to make.  I suppose that’s have the fun though, sitting around the table, listening to Christmas music, and getting all sticky.  😛  Of course it’s all worth it when they are done and ready to eat.  It should also be noted, that despite the mess and time put in to making them, they did not last long afterwards!  I was always hard pressed to keep my mitts away from them long enough to allow other to enjoy them.  😀  I hope you find as much pleasure in them as my family and I have over the years.

 

 

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Recipe: Mashed Potato Bake

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This recipe didn’t seem like it would be all that special when I first made it.  After all, it was mashed potatoes that were baked.  Two things that had always been done to the spud family, but it turned out to be a unique and delightful side dish.

 

I do think however, that the next time I make this I will be modifying it a bit.  Perhaps only two eggs, and add some cream cheese or shredded cheese to the mix.  After all, everything’s better with cheese, right?  😉

 

The eggs did make this dish fluffy and airy, but I think 4 eggs was a bit too much for it.  So if you decide to make this recipe feel free to try my future mods and let me know how it turns out.  You can be my Guinea pigs.  😀

 

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Recipes: Cheesy Beef ‘n’ Pasta Casserole

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I have admit that when I first made this dish I was a little worried.  This dish does have a sauce-like portion to it, but it didn’t look like enough.  I was tempted to add more to it to make it saucier but opted not to.  In the end it was still very good, and I’m glad I didn’t sauce it up more.  If I had, it probably would have been too soupy, and that would have been a whole other issue.  😉  This turned out to be a really good meal.  I ended up having four servings, lol.

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Recipes: Loaded Potato Rounds

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As a mentioned in a previous post, my partner and I had dinner with my parents the other night.  Though it was a bit of a rough time (as far as the cooking goes) the night turned out nice in the end.  This recipe was what I had made for the side dish.  Now here in Australia there is a word that gets “lost in translation”, so to speak.  Bacon.  To Australians bacon is something like Canadian Bacon or sometimes Ham Steaks to Americans.  For Aussies, if you want American style bacon strips you need to ask for Bacon Rashers or Streaky Bacon.  This is still something I have to remind myself when I’m at the grocery store or butcher, lol.  So for my non-American readers be sure to remember this fact when buying your ingredients.  😉

 

Oh and another side note:  Australia also doesn’t have Monterey Jack cheese, at least not where I live.  So simply use your favorite cheese of choice.

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Recipes: Spinach Roll-Ups

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The other night my parents invited me and my partner to dinner.  The catch?  I was cooking, lol.  Not that I minded,  I love to cook.  The thing is, though my parents have a nice oven, they have a shitty breaker.  A meal that should have taken me no more than an hour turned into two and half hours.  😦  I don’t know about you, but for me, when a recipe or cooking process is not going very well I feel like punching a wall, lol.  I was worried that the meal wasn’t going to turn out right because of the issues I was having with the breaker.  Imagine cooking noodles, or baking a meal, when the breaker doesn’t stay on long enough for things to get hot.  😛  In the end though, the meal turned out fine, great in fact.  Yet another life lesson (that I seem intent on not remembering); Don’t panic, it’ll be alright.

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Dessert Recipe: Chocolate Chip Pie

CHOCOLATE CHIP PIE

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Okay, so I must admit that baking sweets is not my forte, it’s my mum’s. She’s the best at baking pies, cakes, cookies, etc. But I’m learning, albeit, slowly, lol.

This has got to be one of favourites, if not my favourite, pie. It tends to be quite sweet, and a bit rich, so be warned, this is for serious sweet tooths. A pie that’s both full of flavour yet simple to make, which means even I can bake it! 😀

What You’ll Need:
Medium to large mixing bowl, eggs, flour, sugar, brown sugar, butter, chocolate chips, and a pie shell. If you have an electric mixer, Great! If not, don’t fret, this recipe can be done just as easily by hand. 🙂

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