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Archive for October, 2012

Weeknight Calzones

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Once upon a time, there lived a girl who never wanted pizza.  It’s not that she didn’t like pizza.  In fact, she liked it quite a bit.  It’s just that when pizza was offered as an option, it was never what she wanted.

I hate to say it, but that girl is me.  I don’t know what it is, but I’m never in the mood for pizza.  I always enjoy it when I eat it.  What’s not to love?  Dough, tomato sauce, cheese, and any other topping you could imagine.  If asked, though, I’d rather eat something else.

The problem is my husband LOVES pizza.  We, ahem, buy pizza bagels on a regular basis.  Every time we debate what to order in, his first suggestion is pizza.  So, when my cube-mate offered me a recipe for mini calzones, I knew what I had to do.  I had to give them a try.  The results were delicious, and this recipe has become a weeknight staple.

 

Chicken, Spinach, and Artichoke Calzones (adapted from Cuisine at Home)

3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella

1/4 cup shredded Parmesean

1 chicken breast, cooked and diced

1 package Garlic and Fine Herbs Boursin

1/4 cup minced onion

1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts (I used about 5 artichoke hearts in brine, rinsed)

1/3 cup chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1 pound prepared pizza dough

1 egg, beaten

Flour

Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

For the filling, combine the cheeses, chicken, onion, artichoke hearts, spinach, garlic, and red pepper flakes.  Mix to combine the ingredients evenly.

Divide the dough into four equal segments.  Dust the dough and the work surface with flour.  Gently roll and stretch the dough into an eight inch round and let rest.  I let mine rest for about 10 minutes.

Place 1/4 of the filling onto one side of each dough round.  Stretch the dough over the filling and crimp the edges to seal the calzones.  Brush each calzone with the beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

 

Place the calzones on the heated pizza stone and bake for 12 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

 

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On The Docket– Week of October 28th

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Well, it’s Halloween, and that means pumpkins!  I’ve never cooked with pumpkin before, let alone baked with it.  For some reason, though, the challenge is pretty alluring.  Some of the recipes I’ve found this week just look too delicious to pass up.

Fudge Striped Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies:  I recently tried pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for the first time a few weeks ago, and they were delicious.  This particular recipe reminded me of fudge stripe cookies, which I loved as a child.  I think these will have to make an appearance at my company’s Halloween party on Wednesday.

Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars:  One of my favorite fall desserts is pumpkin cheesecake.  Taking one of my faves and adding a little bit of maple seemed genius!

Ok, ok, I know I cannot subsist on baked goods alone.  But if they include pumpkin, they’re healthy right?  No?  Ok, fine.  Some lunch and dinner ideas as well.

Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowls:  To be honest, I’ll probably add some chicken to this recipe, but I really like the idea behind this burrito bowl.  I also prefer quinoa to rice, so I’m really excited to give this a shot.

Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken:  I love my slow cooker.  I actually jumped up and down when I unwrapped it for my birthday a few years ago.  Despite my rather unnatural love for this particular kitchen appliance, I generally forget I own one until fall.  This is one of the first recipes I’ve seen this fall that made me want to break out the slow cooker.

Chicken Curry with Egg Noodles:  I’m just going to go with “yep” on this one.  Chicken, curry, noodles, what’s not to love?

I’m really excited about these recipes, so I’m hoping they turn out alright.  I’ll keep you posted on the results!

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Pick of the Week

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

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