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How To Grill Pizza Like a Rock Star

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Well, not that I know anything about the lifestyle of a rock star, or even if a rock star would grill his own pizza.  But if he did, I imagine it would look something like this:     A crust that’s perfectly crisp on the bottom, but soft and fluffy on top.  Sauce that’s just the right mixture of sweet and savory.  Cheese oozing with every bite.  Fragrant and sinful.   Totally rockin’, in other words.   Start with your dough.  I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, who makes fabulous pizza, and made just a few slight modifications.  And never fear, this recipe is for the … {click for more...}



Apple Pie Chex Mix – and Back to School

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As promised, I'm announcing the winner of the Wilton donut pan today.  I used random.org to generate the number...commenter #1 was the lucky winner!  Amy, e-mail me your shipping address at kitchenmeetsgirl(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll get it to ya!   Last week, Doodlebug's preschool had an ice-cream social and "come and meet your teacher night."  The Tall Boy and I were nearly thrown out of the way and forgotten as we entered the classroom--Doodlebug ran in in a fit of giggling wonder, hugging friends he'd made in Mom's Day Out and explaning to his new teacher how … {click for more...}



It’s Tailgate Time!

buffalo chicken dip

Once upon a time, in a very sad and lonely land, lived a girl who didn't like football.  Not only did she not like football, she didn't know anything about it, and didn't care to (the time she asked that cauuuuuute french horn player in high school to sit by her at the game and "explain the rules" didn't count). She didn't like it, that is, until she went off to graduate school at a college that lived and breathed football.  And quickly learned that if she wasn't into football, well, then she was just weird.  She didn't want to be weird. Quite honestly, it was hard … {click for more...}



Chicken Chimichangas

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I love Mexican food.  Really, really love it.  I don't understand people when I hear them say, "Oh, I don't really want Mexican food, I just had it last week."  Last week?  I'd be in some serious withdrawal if I had to wait that long. As it stands now, I already keep a running supply of salsa in my refrigerator.  One of my guiltiest pleasures is hiding in the panty, shoving my face full of tortilla chips and salsa, scrambling to hide the evidence when I hear my husband's car pull into the garage. I attribute this to my mother's food cravings when she was pregnant with me.  The story is … {click for more...}



Chocolate Sprinkle Cookies

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So, you know what's not a good idea when cooking with toddlers?  Turning your back for even one second. Because if you do, you'll turn around and find cookies that look like this: And this: Also not a good idea? Loosening the lid on your brand-new, $5.00 bottle of rainbow jimmies and pushing them to the back of the counter, thinking they are "out of reach." The next step of decorating these "quick and easy" cookies involved using the vacuum cleaner attachment for 15 minutes to suck sprinkles out from between the refrigerator and the cabinets and from underneath the end tables … {click for more...}



Sugar-Crusted Raspberry-Blueberry Muffins

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I hadn't planned on posting this weekend, but here's what happened. I woke up at 5:00 am Saturday morning and couldn't get back to sleep.  And instead of being productive, and say, starting housework or laundry, I decided to bake these: Why?  Because I was hungry, I had all the ingredients, and I hadn't yet had enough caffeine to talk myself into cleaning the bathrooms.  Also, I was irritated I actually had a morning to sleep in and couldn't do it. Baked goods make me feel better.   Recipe: Sugar-Crusted Raspberry-Blueberry Muffins Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose … {click for more...}



Citrus Shrimp Tacos with Southwest Cream Sauce

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Stores are taunting me by starting to display pumpkins and gourds and all sorts of fall decor.  I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and they had their Christmas trees out.  Seriously, it's only August and still a million degrees here. It's a cruel joke to play on someone who lives for the fall season. So, to console myself and attempt to enjoy what is hopefully the last vestige of summer, I decided to make sangria. And you know what goes great with sangria?  These tacos: Don't be fooled by my lame-o pictures.  These really are fabulous, especially drizzled with the southwest … {click for more...}



Blueberry-Lemon Cake Donuts – and a giveaway!

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  I may have mentioned my affinity before for kitchen gadgets, especially specialized ones I really don't have space for.  But I keep buying them anyway.  It's like I can't stop myself.  I'm addicted.  But there are worse things--right? And the good news here is that I bought this Wilton cake donut pan not just for me, but for one of you, too. I don't want to be alone in my obsession. Here's how you can have up to three chances to win: Post a comment here, naming your favorite kind of donut. "Like" me on Facebook, then post a comment here letting me know you did. Share … {click for more...}



Spinach, Bacon, Mushroom and Gouda Quiche

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  Um, yummmmmmmmmm. And I don't really even care for egg dishes. I might make an exception for this one.   Really, you have to try it.  Like, today.  Now.  Or tomorrow.  This weekend.  Whenever.  But soon. Recipe: Bacon, Spinach, Mushroom and Gouda Quiche Ingredients Your favorite pie crust. I used this one. 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled into pieces 3 cups fresh spinach 1 cup milk 3/4 cup grated smoked Gouda cheese 3/4 teaspoon salt dash of grated nutmeg 3 … {click for more...}



No-Roll Pie Crust

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Years ago, I took a pie-making class with the hope of impressing the Tall Boy - who I later found out didn't even like crust.  The class was actually a lot of fun, and I have to admit, there is nothing quite like a light and flaky, homemade pie crust. But holy cannoli, it's a lot of work. And typically, if I'm making something to go inside of a pie crust, I'm already spending more time in the kitchen than I probably want to. So when I found this recipe of a no-roll pie crust, I felt like my prayers had been answered.  Now, if I could just find a recipe for "no-roll" over the waist of … {click for more...}