I should be sleeping…

May 1st, 2010

…I’m a night owl… For as long as I can remember, I liked staying up late… I have so many things to do… However, my schedule has changed and rarely will I make it past 11pm…

except for tonight… can’t sleep… I’ve had a lot of cooking ideas lately and I just wanted to cook!  So much!  So I made some Apple-Bacon Calzones

I made pizza today and still had half of my mom’s pizza dough left (Note on the dough:  I added 1/2 cup cornmeal.  It added some great texture.  Thanks Aaron for the suggestion!).

On Monday, I attended an event at the Roof with the lovely ladies of Chicago Bites.  They served a delicious Bacon-Apple Pizza that I was thinking about tonight, realized I had the ingredients and these were born…

Apple-Bacon Calzones
(inspired by this and this)

1 apple, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
2 slices bacon, crumbed (or more if you want)
1/2 cup mozzarella (I used a 4 Italian cheese mix)
1 teaspoon rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 Mom’s Pizza Dough

1. Mix all the ingredients together.
2. Divide the pizza dough into seven equal balls, about 1/4 cup of dough.
3. Roll them out into 6 inch circles.
4. Using the process for Empanadas put about a tablespoon of the filling and fold over.
5. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 until golden.

My Chair Bread…

September 26th, 2009

A while ago, I stumbled across the Art House Co-op. They organize and exhibit co-operative art projects.  I decided to join the 10,000 project… 10,000 people are given a word and asked to interpret it.  Our word was CHAIR.  Well, after some thought, I realized that food is my art… so I came up with Chair bread using Cinnamon, Hazelnuts, Apples, Icing and Raisins… delicious!

My Chair Bread
(adapted from the Joy of Cooking)


3 tablespoon warm water
1 package yeast
1 cup warm milk
5 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and let sit for 5 min.
2. Add milk, butter, sugar, egg, salt and 2 cups of flour.
3. Gradual add 2 cups of flour until the dough is moist but not sticky.
4. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
5. Transfer to an oiled bowl and flip to oil the other side.
6. Let rise until doubled in size about an hour.
7. Roll the dough out into a rectangle and sprinkle with the CHAIR ingredients. Roll up the dough and place the seam side down into a greased 9 x 5 in loaf pan.
8. Let rise for another hour.
9. Preheat oven to 375. Brush with scrambled egg and bake for 40-45 minutes until the loaf sounds hallow when tapped.

Sandwich Sunday #4

August 16th, 2009

While you are reading this (and if you are reading this), I should be in Costa Rica on vacation. I’m using the feature that allows you to schedule when your post will publish…

Last summer, when I was in Ireland, I really enjoyed open face sandwiches with cheese and apple chutneys.  Kerrygold through Foodbuzz sent me some free samples of the Dubliner cheese and the Irish Butter.  I made apple chutney, which if I remember correctly was something like this but without the orange peel and with a 1/2 cup of golden raisins.  I toasted the bread with a little of the butter, placed slices of the Dubliner cheddar style cheese on top and then covered it will chutney.  It was delicious!

Have a wonderful week!  Stay tuned for photos and details from our trip…  and the beginning of Ginny’s second year of law school…