Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, November 4, 2012

naan pizza

are you still looking for a great appetizer for your next football, basketball or any sports television party?  here is one that is easy, quick and very tasty.  naan bread is easily found in the market, in fact, i found a great packaged naan at our new target grocery.

this small pizza can be cut into sections or strips very easily and served as a perfect snack. the recipe comes from another one of my favorite chefs, nigella lawson.  her cookbook, titled nigella express, is filled with fast and delicious recipes for parties and events year-round.

to make the naan pizza:  preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  use a baking sheet lined with a silpat mat or parchment paper.  place the naan bread on the sheet pan and cover with shredded fontina cheese.  add tomato sauce or tomato paste. i used the tube tomato paste for just the right amount of tomato flavor.  next, top with other favorite ingredients, onion, pepperoni, bacon, peppers, or any other topping.  i season with pizza seasoning from williams sonoma.  fresh thyme or other fresh herbs would be wonderful. i added a few small slices of fresh mozzarella on top for presentation.

bake in the oven for about 10 minutes total, since the naan bread is already baked.  watch and rotate as needed in your oven.  the cheese should be bubbling and melted. i baked for 5 minutes and then rotated the pizzas. 

slice into small pieces with a pizza wheel, as the bread will slice evenly and easily.  this is an excellent recipe and will be enjoyed as an appetizer by your guests. you may never go back to making your own pizza crust, as this recipe is that good.

dollar size pancakes

for a weekend breakfast or an easy weeknight dinner, try small dollar size pancakes.  the speciality pans are readily available, and i have used mine for many different types of recipes.

these little pancakes cook very quickly right on the stove top and are just two to three bites.  simply enough for a taste of pancakes without the heavy feeling of eating a whole plate of flap jacks.

i often use a stonewall kitchen pancake mix and use buttermilk instead of the recommended milk as an ingredient.  the pancakes are light, fluffy and especially tasty.

served with fresh maple syrup, powdered sugar, and a few berries, this is a delicious presentation for your guests as well.

mocha ice cream

right from the start, i need to explain that is this best coffee ice cream i have ever tasted.  and, since i am not really a big fan of coffee ice cream, i think that is a huge testimonial.  this recipe comes from one of the nicest online kitchen and cooking supply shops that i recommend.  king arthur flour not only has wonderful baking ingredients, but also offers wonderful recipes within their catalogs and on their website.  i even subscribe to their newsletter which is mailed six times per year, and is filled with great photographs and suggested recipes, often using their baking ingredients.

locate them at www.kingarthurflour.com and sign up for their mail order catalogs.  i promise you will not be disappointed.

the ice cream in this recipe has a delicious chocolate flavor, and is ultra creamy.  one of the reasons that i prefer to make my own ice cream is my choice of ingredients.  this chocolate mocha flavor does not have any eggs, which many ice cream recipes require.  and, the flavor is spectacular.

to make the mocha ice cream:  whisk 1 cup of cold half and half, with 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons espresso powder and 2 tablespoons of all purpose baking cocoa.

i purchased the espresso powder at williams sonoma, but it is also available at king arthur flour.  once these ingredients are well mixed, add 2 cups of cold whipping cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.  blend well.

then, add the ingredients to the ice cream maker and process for 23 minutes, then, add, 8 chopped famous Nabisco chocolate wafers or oreos.  i used the famous chocolate cookies.

i add them slowly to the ice cream while it continues to blend for another couple of minutes.  remove the ice cream from the machine and store in a stainless steel tin, allowing to firm up in the freezer for a couple of hours prior to serving.

this ice cream is perfect served alone or alongside any fall cake or even angel food cake.

this recipe is a real keeper !