When you have family from New Orleans come into town during Crawfish season, it can only mean one thing! We’re having a Crawfish Boil!! And what a glorious boil we had. But in the end, that 40 pound sack of crawfish was more than we could eat in one sitting and that’s how Crawfish Étouffée came to be.
Does anyone else buy boxes of “Little Bites” muffins for their kids (big or small)?? I can’t believe I’m admitting it – not because I’m a packaged food snob, but because muffins are so darn easy to make at home! This recipe yields 4 dozen Double Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins!!
I found this step-by-step recipe over at The Kitchn. Do you love this site as much as I do?? I feel like I’m getting free cooking lessons every time I log in. Back to the Pita Bread. It’s delicious. However, after my first attempt (and there will be many more) my bread was more like Naan than Pita. We had no pockets, just some cute air bubbles (see tips from The Kitchn on how to correct this).
Here’s my little step-by-step summary.
A quick & easy 5-ingredient dough comes together with minimal elbow grease (about 5-7 minutes of kneading).
The dough then rises for 1-2 hours. Good things come to those who wait.
The dough is then cut into 8 pcs. that get rolled out into thin disks.
Get your cast iron skillet good and hot and coat it lightly with a little oil.
The directions said to cook for 1-2 minutes per side. That seemed like a long time.
The end result yielded 6 out of 8…pretty darn good looking Pita Breads. No we didn’t have “pockets” for stuffing, but these flat breads would be fantastic with Gyros or for dipping.
Mix the water and yeast together and allow to rest for 5 minutes until the yeast dissolves. Begin by adding 2 1/2 cups of flour, salt and olive oil to the water/yeast. Stir until a shaggy dough is formed. Sprinkle flour onto a clean surface and turn dough out and knead for 5-7 minutes. Add more flour as needed to achieve a smooth and elastic dough.
Lightly oil a bowl and add dough, turning once to coat it. Allow to rest for 1-2 hours until the dough has doubled in size. Gently punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 8 pieces and flatten each piece into a disk. Sprinkle pieces with a little flour and cover with plastic wrap until ready to bake.
On a lightly floured surface, roll each disc into an 8"-9" circle, using a floured rolling pin. Lift and turn dough, dusting surface with additional flour as need to keep from sticking.
For oven method
Preheat oven to 450° F. Place a baking stone or baking sheet into the oven. One by one, place the rolled out dough directly onto the baking stone and bake for 3 minutes each. They will balloon.
For stovetop method
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle a small amount of oil in the pan to coat, wipe out any excess. Place a rolled out pitz dough into pan and cook for 30 seconds until you see bubbles forming. Flip and cook for 1-2 minutes, until toasted spots appear on underneath side. Flip again and toast other side for another 1-2 minutes.
At a recent family reunion I discovered these luscious Salted Double Dark Chocolate Cookies. They are rich, crispy on the edges yet soft on the inside, with a hint of sea salt. Can you see that molten chunk of chocolate there? It’s the ‘Double’ in this cookie’s name.
Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere. I had to jump in and join the party. Keeping it simple, by taking our most favorite Banana Bread recipe and replacing mashed bananas with pumpkin puree. The result is a Pumpkin Pecan Bread that is super moist, not too pumpkin-y, with subtle hints of cinnamon.
I’ve written before on the magnificent power of a chicken strip. For that matter a chicken finger, nugget, or any form of tender juicy crusted chicken bites. They are universally loved by carnivores, especially at gatherings that often involve televised sports aka Game Day!
I have this bag of baking supplies that I hide out of sight in the hall coat closet. My logic is questionable since I (1) hid it, and (2) it’s been discovered. It contains everything from Peanut M&M’s to Hershey’s Kisses to Ferrero Rocher, plus assorted other essentials like chocolate chips, shredded coconut, marshmallows, and Heath toffee bits.