Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rhubarb Sangria

A summer night-- with the breeze gently blowing and the sun softly setting requires only one thing to make it perfection. Sangria.

Eric and I have been making Sangria for years. And though it's never the same. It's got a few basic ingredients.

Fruit + Red Wine.


We usually get a bottle of red wine-- wine that's on sale. Shhh. Don't tell.

And in a large pitcher we combine equal parts of red wine and fruit juice. And then add cut up fruit. Fresh peaches, strawberries, black berries, oranges, limes, lemons....

Recently,  I made rhubarb juice. Naturally, I thought it would be beautiful in Sangria.

Note the very large and very cheap bottle of store bought sangria. This rhubarb juice added a bit of tang and a bit of extra sweet. It kept the sangria light and airy.

Be care, these are easy to drink on a hot summer day.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Making Pizza Pie

I've been making Trailer Gypsy's quick pizza crust for a while now... I needed a replacement for the little bags of chemicals and magic (ok it's just dry bagged pizza crust) that costs too much money but is SOOOO easy. And the other quick pizza crust recipes I've tried taste like moonsand. Moist and gritty. And that is not how I like my pizza.

And I can honestly say.... I love this recipe. No moonsand. Just smooth and crispy pizza. Quickly. Who says things can't be quick, cheap and good?

Plus, we make two thin crust pizzas. One with just cheese, chicken and broccoli for the kids. And one with everything for the grown-ups-- this one was three cheese, Manzanilla olives and fresh spinach. Pizza is so versatile for this time of year when gardens are producing, farmers markets are bursting and the CSA box is a treasure trove-- any veggie you can possibly imagine could probably be a topping!

I did monkey with it a little bit. Here's the original recipe.

And here is mine with some tiny tweaks.... honey instead of sugar. High fiber flour (or all purpose flour), I just use high fiber flour. A bit extra salt for  a more rounded flavor-- in absence of extra spices (boo kids and their aversion to 'green flakes' on their pizza. For the record basil is not algae).

Trailer Gypsy's Pizza Crust

1c. warm water - you want the water really warm, not lukewarm
1 Tbsp. honey
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast - that is how much is in 1 packet
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups flour - unbleached high fiber flour.
Spices-- I had to use 'hidden' spices. Nothing green you know.... onion powder, garlic powder....

Preheat oven to 425.

Mix water, sugar and yeast in a bowl until dissolved.
Add the olive oil, salt, and spices.
Add flour, stir until mixed well.

This will be a stickier dough than if you were making bread but it shouldn't be too moist either. Add more flour if you need to.

Let dough sit for at least 10 min. while you prepare your toppings.

On a floured surface roll dough out into two thin sheets. Will make about 2 medium pizzas.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Chicken - Simple and Yummy

No fancy cookbook is needed when Meredith, my coiffing gal is around. Besides a couple of highlights, coverage of some, um, gray paint at the scalp line and a great cut, she's dashing off kid friendly recipes.

So here it is: grab a big package of thighs and one of drumsticks. Make the marinade by mixing everything in a big ziplock bag, pour it over, pop it all in the oven and voila, in a Lipton Onion Soup Mix way.

My family loved the flavor - I finished it in the broiler for some tasty caramelizing.

Easy. Tasty. On the grill? What's not to love?