Update on ’3 Cheese Pizza Recipe’ Post

Update on  3 Cheese Pizza Recipe : So I have recently posted a separate post on how to make homemade pizza dough! In this recipe, you have the option to choose to cook with or without the pizza stone. And as of lately, I have been cooking pizza with the Calphalon Non-Stick Pizza Pan from Marshalls that costed me only $8.00 and works just as well, but less complicated too. I believe updates are going to have to be a necessity for the pizza recipes.  :D

Danielle & The Bostons

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Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Click here for the Pizza Recipe w/pizza stone & Photos

Dry Ingredients

  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 (.25 oz) Package Active Dry Yeast

Mix well.

Add -> Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Warm Water (minimum 110˚F)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  1. Mix until adhered and kneed for 5-8 minutes (by hand or by stand mixer), until its smooth and elastic.
  2. Lightly flour your surface and coat the dough until the dough is about no longer sticky (this step is optional, and if your dough is still sticky from kneading).
  3. Let it rest for 10 minutes to rise and settle.
  4. Roll, Shape, and Place on Pizza Pan; then shape more if needed.
  5. Blind Bake the pizza dough for 10-15 minutes until slightly browned in a 400˚F heated oven.
  6. Place all your toppings on top, bake for another 15-20 minutes, I like my bread crispy, so I will bake for about 20 minutes.

Note: yeast and salt don’t get along, but I find that in this recipe, there was no problem with the yeast rising.

ENJOY!!! <3

Photos are soon to come!

Danielle & The Bostons

Foods to Fall For – Thanksgiving Edition ‘Fall 2013

Hey everyone,

I have decided to bring you a Thanksgiving Edition to my posts. I know I am extremely late, but I thought this would be fun! Along with every post from here until Thanksgiving, I will be giving you my top Fall Recipes to fall for! I really hope you stay tuned!

UPDATE:

  1. Caramel Pecan Pie
  2. Dog Cookies Recipe
  3. Pepperoni, Bell Pepper, Onion, and Goat Cheese Pizza Recipe

 

- Danielle & The Bostons

3 Cheese Pizza Recipe – Foods to Fall For

Hey Everybody,

I apologize for the lack of posts. But I am coming to you with a new, untraditional recipe for Thanksgiving. Now, my family is Italian/Mexican, and the Italian blood truely comes out on Thanksgiving, cooking foods from Lasagna to Pizza! This past Sunday was “Test Day”, is what we call it. We had tested our pizza that we are planning on cooking for Thanksgiving Day and then thought to decide whether or not to add or discard any ingredients. But we were actually really, really pleased with the results. So here is my recipe for the complementary pizza from my family and I – Lazy Pizza.

Ingredients:

Goat Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
2 thin slices of red onion (for half pizza)
1 Bell Pepper (for half pizza)
Pepperoni
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Oregano (optional)
Rosemary Leaves (optional)
Red Chili Flakes (optional)

Pizza Stone
Pizza Sauce
Plain Pizza Dough
Cutting Board (I used large wooden board)
Roller
Flour

About the pizza stone: The pizza stone is really nice to use, it gives the whole cooking process such conveniency. We had bought our pizza stone for only $12 at a local cooking warehouse.

Directions:

Grill and cook vegetables:

  • Over medium to low heat, caramelize onions in a small skillet with olive oil.
  • Put lid over small skillet.
  • On Medium/High to Medium heat, char bell pepper over stove (turn frequently).
  • When the bell pepper is done charring, take off however much char you want from the bell pepper (with cloth to protect you or place in plastic bag).
  • The point is to cook the vegetables inside out, so that you don’t have hard, raw vegetables on your pizza. :(

Note: there are two ways to make pizza with a pizza stone.

Step 1.

Preparations:

Wash your pizza stone in warm, plain water (no soap or anything.)

- Get your cold pizza stone and put it in the cold oven (NOTE: if you put in a cold pizza stone in a hot oven or vice versa, it will ruin your pizza stone).
- Preheat oven for 350˚F (some pizza stone manuals will indicate 450˚F. But in my oven, this is far too hot).

Roll your plain pizza dough into consistency you desire on floured flat surface or cutting board.
Take out pizza stone from the oven (don’t turn off oven).
Place your pizza stone on heat resistent surface or cutting board.
Place your plain pizza dough on hot pizza stone.
Place your ingredients on plain pizza dough.

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Onions
  • Bellpepper
  • Goat Cheese
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary Leaves

Step 2.

Form your plain pizza dough on a flat surface or cutting board.
Place your plain pizza dough on cold pizza stone.
Place your ingredients on plain pizza dough.
Place your cold pizza stone in cold oven.
Heat the oven over 350˚F.

After pizza is taken out of oven place on heat restistent surface or cutting board and slice your pizza! Add any toppings you aspire – I ended up adding a bit of Red Chili Flakes and Oregano. :)

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Whichever way you would prefer to cook your pizza, is up to you. But these are a couple of things that I have learned while making homemade pizza. And I will tell you now, takeout pizza won’t taste the same after this! I guarantee it! In this particular pizza, it had a rustic, herbal, cheesy flavor to it! It’s absolutely to die for! Or to fall for ;)

Update 4/12/14: So I have recently posted a separate post on how to make homemade pizza dough! In this recipe, you have the option to choose to cook with or without the pizza stone. And as of lately, I have been cooking pizza with the Calphalon Non-Stick Pizza Pan from Marshalls for only $8.00 and works just as well, but less complicated as well.

- Danielle & The Bostons

Dog Cookies Recipe – Foods to Fall For

Hello there,

Okay, so this week is not the Apple Crisp recipe for Food to Fall For Thanksgiving Edition. But I have brought you another awesome recipe. My belief is that your pet is part of the family, and so what’s more fun than baking and cooking for them!? I have decided to bake them some healthy dog treats. My mistake – making them thin, because I thought they would expand in the oven. I was wrong! I should’ve known this recipe is specifically for dog, so the size that goes in the oven is the true size when it comes out. Just a little note on that. So lets get on with the recipe, shall we?

(link to the creater of this recipe at bottom of page)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flower (wheat or unbleached)
  • 1 cup oats (I used Quaker oats/oatmeal oats)
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ or flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used creamy)
  • 1 1/4 cup hot water
  • honey glaze (diluted with water)
  • mini cookie cutters
  • rolling pin

Directions:

preheat oven to 350˚ F

  1. Combine your ingredients of: flour, oats, and wheat germ or flaxseed.
  2. Add in your peanut butter and hot water.
  3. Mix peanut butter and hot water with your dry ingredients until all ingredients are adhered to each other, like so (picture below)

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4. Flower your surface and mixture
5. Roll it out to desired density (Highly recommend them taller than wider)
6. Cut them with desired cookie cutter
7. Glaze with diluted honey (not pictured)

turn down heat from 350˚F to 325˚F (you don’t want your honey glaze on top to burn)
put in oven for 30-45 minutes

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My Finished Result Looked a Bit Like This Before Putting Them in the Oven!

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I will probably be doing an updated version of this in photos. For now, this is what I have baked this week for my dogs! They have absolutely loved them! I really, really thank cupcaaakeLOVE for making this recipe. My Bostons have absolutely fell in love with this treat!

Instagram: Dala_Dee

- Danielle & The Bostons

Caramel Pecan Pie Recipe – Foods to Fall For

I really can’t wait to add this to my Thanksgiving Edition of fun fall foods!

In late September I was on a cooking spree, and one of the foods I was able to capture was this delicious Caramel Pecan Pie. I was making this pie with the intentions of making it just like my Aunt Valerie. BUT only when I had informed her about this recipe I found out, she really had not made this pie at all, but just a regular, sticky Pecan Pie (she makes the absolute best!). SOOO I guess I will be the first in the family to be making this yummy Caramel Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving this year!

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I had discovered this pie recipe while searching everywhere on the net for a Caramel Pecan Pie, and thank goodness this one popped up on Allrecipes.com along with a step-by-step video! So here it is, to share with you all, because this recipe is DELICIOUS!

 

Allrecipes.com

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 1 – 9 inch pie

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust (I used graham cracker pie crust, which made the pie sweeter – NOT RECOMMENDED)
  • 36 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecan halves

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.) In a saucepan over low heat, combine caramels, butter and milk. Cook, stirring frequently, until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Gradually mix in the melted caramel mixture. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. Allow to cool until filling is firm.

I really hope you all enjoy this recipe, it’s a MUST HAVE and a KEEPER! :D

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- Danielle & The Bostons

Healthy Spicy Orange Zest Beef

You see, I am a huge asian food lover, and just a food lover in general – if that’s not already stated enough. I am not that great of a cook, but I do love cooking and baking whenever I get the opportunity! When searching on AllRecipes.com for delcious recipes to cook – because frankly I was hungry and excited for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday – I had found this rad recipe; simply delicious, healthy, and easy!

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did. And I had not taken any photos of my own, so here are photos from the video recipe that can be found on AllRecipes.com (link to video) by FoodWishes.

Spicy Orange Zest Beef

Spicy Orange Zest Beef

FOOD WISHES:

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef tenderloin, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot chile paste (such as sambal oelek)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, or to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarchcooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced – white parts and tops separated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine beef, orange juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, hot chili paste, brown sugar, and garlic in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Strain beef in a colander set over a large bowl, allowing beef to drain thoroughly, about 5 minutes. Reserve marinade.
  3. Stir water and cornstarch into the bowl of marinade. Whisk until cornstarch is dissolved, set aside.
  4. Spray skillet with cooking spray and place over high heat. Cook beef for 1 minute without stirring; cook and stir for an additional minute.
  5. Stir in light parts of green onion and orange zest; cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Stir in marinade and green onion tops; cook and stir until beef is no longer pink inside and sauce is reduced and thick, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

You can also view this recipe and other great foods on my Tumblr Food Blog:
The Health Bug

- Danielle & The Bostons

UPDATE: Grandmama’s Mac N’ Cheese Recipe

Hello there.
Last week, I had published my “mama’s mac n cheese recipe.” As I cooked this recipe with my mother for the first time this past wednesday, I had decided to fix a lot of mistakes of mine from the previous posting. While cooking with my mother, she had actually confessed to telling me that this is my grandmother’s recipe, which I was completely unaware of. And for my sake and my follower’s sake I have decided to update. And what better on the 1 Year Anniversary of my time being with WordPress! So here it is, I present you my “Grandmama’s Mac N’ Cheese Recipe!” :)

CHEESE

2 T Butter
1 T Flour
1 t Mustard
1 C Milk OR 1 C Milk & 1 can Condensed Milk
1 lb Cheddar Cheese (sliced)
Whisk

Noodle

Saucepan aka Cast Iron Skillet
Water
3/4 lb of Anthony’s Large Elbow Mac
Foil

   

   

Preparations
Preheat Oven to 350˚F
Boil water. Pour your water half way in big saucepan, let sit over medium heat until boiled and let it boil.
Slice Cheddar Cheese

In a small saucepan: On Med-Low to Low heat

  • Put Butter, Flour, and Mustard in pan and whisk into a paste. MAKE SURE DOES NOT BURN!! This helps keep the cheese nice and thick.
  • Add Milk and Cheese in and let sit until tacky. Then slowly stir all your ingredients until creamy (stir frequently throughout). Whisk is required if you don’t want your cheese lumpy. :D

In a bigger saucepan: On Med-High heat

  • Pour Mac in boiling water.
  • Cook for approx. 10 minutes.
  • Now, drain and rinse your Mac.
  • Spray the big saucepan you used for your water and Mac, and lay out your drained Mac in it.
  • Give Cheese one last stir on Low heat for 3-5 minutes.
  • When smooth and creamy, pour your melted cheese over your Mac. And evenly distribute over Mac.
  • Apply foil over your big saucepan and Mac, and stick it in the oven for 30 minutes.

Feel free to add your own touches! And enjoy! :D

-Danielle & The Bostons

Maui Wowi: 50th Birthday Getaway

Our stay in Maui was quite beautiful and relaxing. My mom and I had stayed in South Maui, whereas last time we had gone to Ka’anapali Beach in North Maui. Wailea to be exact, was a bit more exotic and much more costly: food, transportation, and other artifacts. I got to say, the food in Wailea was quite weak. And if you follow my blog, you know that I am a big fan of good food! Ka’anapali Beach had such great food, that I was greatly let down of the food here.

But the view was so strikingly colorful and flamboyant. This part of the island is where Honeymooners possess the land. I admit, I was a tad uncomfortable; you know seeing women slap and grab their men’s butt, and see them at the pool all over each other in the water. For God’s sake, I am only 19 and no where near getting married anytime soon. So to see this and be with my mom on this trip, was a little foreign to me, to say in the least. But all is good, love is good, and I was enjoying the view of the ocean and the bright, clear, blue sky and the ever so majestic greenery. Although, it was not as family friendly as Ka’anapali, I really took the time off to relax with my mother on her 50th birthday and to experience living in a whole new dimension. That’s all that really mattered to me.

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- Danielle & The Bostons