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Spinach Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza is one of my favorite things to make for dinner. The obsession first started with the novelty of making my own pizza in whatever shape or size you desired (at one of my birthday parties there were elephants, butterflies, monkeys, etc). Then came the endless possible combinations with different sauces, cheeses, and toppings. Finally there were the different kinds of dough. It started out simple enough with regular, thin, and whole wheat, but then morphed into more creative outlets such as stuffed crust, garlic bread crust, garlic dough, rosemary beer dough, Greek yogurt dough and even Cauliflower Crust. While most people are debating between sausage or pepperoni, I am still trying to decide on the base let alone the toppings.

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To make my life even more difficult I created another new dough option, spinach dough just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Although pizza doesn’t normally come to mind when thinking of this holiday the green color couldn’t be more perfect, accomplished by adding pureed spinach to my regular pizza dough recipe. It’s also a sneaky way to trick any kids nearby into eating a little spinach because it adds more color than flavor, and what kid doesn’t enjoy oddly colored food? Just tell them it’s food coloring ;-).

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This dough could also be used to make a Christmas pizza – red pizza sauce and Mozzarella cheese on top of a green dough. Heck you could use supreme pizza toppings and dub them “ornaments”. Haha oh I’m so witty. But since we don’t want to rush off into winter now that we’ve finally caught a glimpse of spring, stick around for Wednesday when I’ll tell you how to make a “Leprechaun Pizza” using this spinach pizza dough, pictured below.

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Three years ago: Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
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90-Minute Whole Wheat King Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Happy Mardi Gras! Start the celebration with these whole wheat cinnamon rolls, cinnamon pecan filling and cream cheese icing. Decorated like a king cake with green, purple, and yellow sprinkles and a hidden plastic baby.

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With the coming of yet another snow storm, I figured many of you were in need of a sweet comforting breakfast option today. Even in east TN  the temperature dropped 40 degrees in less than 24 hours and there were even snowflake sightings. I think Florida is yet again the only state to be spared the wrath of the polar vortex.

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One year ago: Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

Three years ago: Chicken Parmeatballs
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Homemade Italian Bread & Garlic Bread

Did anyone happen to watch the OSU-Michigan and Alabama-Auburn games this weekend? Talk about intense! Rivalry games are always exciting but those two games kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Not only did we just barely hold off Michigan to win in the last minute, but Auburn took over Alabama with only 1 second! Guess who’s ranked #2 in the country now!? I’ll give you a hint – I am currently investigating tickets for the National Championship Game. Eeee!!! I am trying not to get ahead of myself as we still have to tackle Michigan State for the Conference Championship this weekend. Excited!! But I digress…

I rarely whip up homemade bread products but lately I’m a human bread machine. Outside of the normal occurrence of pizza dough, in the past few weeks I’ve made gluten-free corn bread muffins, peanut butter cinnamon rolls, Greek yogurt-rosemary rolls, and cranberry-walnut oat bread. Continuing this trend I made a loaf of Italian bread and even braided it so it looked fancy, then took it a step further and made garlic bread out of it. With a little bit of pesto mixed into the garlic mixture, it was as good as it gets. I failed to take a picture of the finished masterpiece, but trust you know what garlic bread looks like!

Homemade Italian Bread

One year ago: White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Two years ago: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Three years ago: Homemade Applesauce
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Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Normally for Single Serving Sunday I try to share recipes that only make one serving, but with the upcoming Thanksgiving feast I decided to do something special – a Thanksgiving meal that serves two. Many recipes for Thanksgiving produce a magnitude of servings, but what about the people out there only cooking for two, or four? This menu I have prepared easily serves 2 with leftovers. Because who doesn’t want leftovers from Thanksgiving? That being said, the turkey could serve four but if you have hearty eaters you may want to double the sides.

This dinner consists of a slow cooker turkey tenderloin with gravy, Greek yogurt-rosemary rolls, bagel-bacon stuffing, roasted brussels, twice baked sweet potatoes, cranberry-pomegranate sauce, and pumpkin crème brulee for dessert. Take a moment to be jealous.

 Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin

My turkey tenderloin came out so juicy and flavorful that it will be hard to convince me to cook a whole turkey in the future. It literally fell apart when I lifted it out of the pot. By using a slow cooker I was also able to do whatever the heck I wanted in the oven, which is a huge perk for those of us with only one oven (one day I hope to be spoiled with a double oven). Even the gravy was amazing after cooking in all those delicious juices.

Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin with Gravy

As you are aware, I have a habit of adding Greek yogurt to anything I possibly can so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it shows up here in dinner rolls. The rosemary really sold me on these rolls. If you don’t like rosemary, please substitute for another herb because they will rock your world with their subtle herby-ness. You can also prep these the day beforehand and refrigerate before the last rise. The next day, take them out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to bake them.

Greek Yogurt-Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Then there’s the stuffing. I’ve seen stuffing made with all types of bread but this was the first recipe I had seen using bagels. I originally set aside two corn muffins for stuffing, but those were thrown into the freezer once I discovered I could use a bagel instead. I freaking love bagels! And I was not disappointed by the trade-off, especially since there was bacon involved.

Bagel and Bacon Stuffing

For a green side I chose brussels sprouts. Only a couple Thanksgivings ago I discovered that I no longer hated them and actually became obsessed. As a result, they are nostalgic to me at this time of year. Just a simple roasting and a drizzle of balsamic is all they needed.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Growing up we usually had both regular mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes but knew I would burst if I tried to add both onto this already long lineup. I went with a twice baked sweet potato that is topped with pecans and coconut. Although it is less sweet than a marshmallow topping, it has a crunchier topping that will make you forget about those puffy white things (no offense marshmallows, I still love you).

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without some cranberry sauce. This version uses pomegranate juice for a more complex flavor. This can be made the day beforehand or even a few days before to minimize the amount of work you have to do on the big day. But if you do have to whip it up the same day, rest assured that it will only take 20 minutes.

Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

Of course, once you’ve stuffed your face you’ll still find room for dessert, right? Especially for pumpkin crème brulee. I know you may initially think it’s a crime to not have pumpkin pie but it’s basically pumpkin pie and crème brulee all in one. Are you really going to be upset by having both?

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Now for some tips on how I timed everything in order to be hot and ready all at the same time. An hour before turkey is done cooking (mine only took 4 hours), take rolls out of fridge (if prepared the night before), toast the bagel for stuffing, and prep the brussels sprouts. Bake the stuffing and brussels at the same time and with 20 minutes of cook time remaining, add the sweet potatoes and rolls to the oven. At that time, remove the turkey from the slow cooker and prepare the gravy. Slice up the turkey and serve! Then once your belly has digested a little to make room for dessert, torch the creme brulee just before you’re ready to dig in.

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One year ago: Buckeye Cupcakes

Two years ago: Apple Blackberry Pie

Three years ago: Cranberry Sauce
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Mini Razzle Dazzle Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls

There may be a whole lot of Thanksgiving recipes floating around these days, but it’s still Peanut Butter Lover’s Month and I’m taking a break from the pumpkin to celebrate with peanut butter cinnamon rolls. Taking another spin on mini cinnamon rolls, these have PB Crave’s Razzle Dazzle peanut butter all up in their business making them taste like PB+J rolls. With peanut butter in the dough and peanut butter in the filling, I almost did a peanut butter glaze but decided to bring out the flavor of white chocolate instead (which is also included in this raspberry-peanut butter). These shrunken mini cinnamon rolls would also be a great treat to prep the day before Thanksgiving and bake in the morning for breakfast. You know, in case you need another thing to bake and prepare ;-).

Mini Razzle Dazzle Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls

One year ago: Pumpkin Bagels with Cinnamon-Walnut Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Two years ago: Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
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Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta Pizza

I don’t know what it is about pizza but I have a very hard time capturing appetizing photos of pizza slices. No matter what angle or lighting I use, I rarely enjoy looking at the photos I take of pizza slices. As a result I tossed every single one for this pizza and was left with just unsliced photos. Maybe that’s why I don’t make pizza as much as I used to these days, because of its unphotogenic nature? Thankfully, I always take pictures before I slice into anything just in case so I at least have a shot of the whole pizza itself.

Pictures aside, the toppings on this pizza are perfect for fall and butternut squash happens to be one of my favorite fall/winter squashes to cook with. In fact, at the end of the season last year, it went on sale so I stocked up and froze it after being peeled and cubed. But that’s long gone and this pizza was made with fresh butternut squash from this season.

 Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta Pizza

One year ago: Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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Guest Post: Cinnamon Roll Breadsticks by The Cooking Actress

After 6.5 years of grad school, I wrote a 172 page document full of figures and tables, and prepared a 55 slide presentation. It’s now the Friday before I defend my dissertation, which means I will be spending the entire weekend practicing and preparing for this presentation. And probably adding crazy animations and then removing them because they are distracting but gave me something to do other than rehearse. Then baking something to feed my admiring audience/keep them awake with sugar.

Meanwhile, Kayle of The Cooking Actress is here to keep you awake with her own special dose of sugar and spunk. Even though she is not a fan of football season, she and I can definitely agree upon the glory that is peanut butter and chocolate. Especially in edible buckeye form. Besides, with treats like these pretzel chocolate chip peanut butter cookies how could you not love her? Then she took cookie dough truffles to the next level with these salted brown butter chocolate chip cookie dough truffles. She definitely rocks the sweets but don’t miss out on her savory recipes too like her bacon wrapped water chestnuts and roasted garlic, chicken, and herb white pizza.

One year ago: Chicken, Broccoli and White Cheddar Pita Pizzas

Two years ago: Falafel Pizza

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Hey there everybody! I’m Kayle, and I have a lil blog called “The Cooking Actress“. Basically I’m an actress…and I cook (and bake). A lot. I had the wonderful joy of being able to meet the lovely Erin a few months ago when we, and some other awesome food bloggers, met up for brunch in NYC (where I’m based and where she was visiting). Obviously, she’s so charming and cool and smart and awesome, right? Plus her blog’s name is the Spiffy Cookie. And um…I’m obsessed with all things cookies. And, thanks to Erin spending some of her life living in Ohio where I am from, she embraces the beauty of all things chocolate and peanut butter (a la’ the Buckeye). So anyway, soulmates. So, when Erin asked if I would guest post for her while she works on being all smart and P.H.D-y and such, I was like “OF COURSE!”

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We all remember cinnamon sticks, right? Whether it’s from a pizza place or an actual cinnamon roll chain-they’re fun and friggin’ delicious. Umm…as you can see…my cinnamon breadsticks aren’t exactly winning any beauty pageants. I apologize, my photos are usually better than this but well…I am not the best at making food look pretty sometimes and these guys paid the price. Now, don’t make my mistakes: make sure to not cut the breadsticks too big and um…I don’t really know how to make the cinnamon sugar mixture look pretty…I tried my best, guys!

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Anyway, don’t worry about the appearance, worry about how they TASTE. And they taste phenomenal! They’re wonderfully crisp on the outside from the caramelized cinnamon sugar and just perfectly fluffy on the inside. And of course just the comforting, warm flavors of cinnamon and sugar and the glaze are just…mmmmm.

These are perfect if you have a big family or a ton of people over, a total crowd pleaser!

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Pass the Cook Book Club: Smitten Kitchen’s Cheddar Swirl Breakfast Buns

Have too many cookbooks that you never cook from? Time to join Pass the Cook Book Club! Every month a cookbook is chosen and three recipes are picked out for us to choose from to make. This month’s cookbook was the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook! Deb’s blog was one of the first food blogs I started reading, so I was really excited to get into these recipes. I chose the Cheddar Swirl Breakfast Buns because I have made many cinnamon swirl buns, but never a savory breakfast bun!

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When I started to make these for breakfast Sunday morning this past weekend, I was a little upset to see rise times of 2 hours, twice. However, it ended up only taking about an hour each time in my warmer than usual apartment. I’m telling you, the only benefit to hot days are shorter rise times with yeast. Evidently I should always make yeast doughs when it’s hot out. But I digress…

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Regardless of the rise time, these rolls are worth the wait. I ate them with some fruit since I ended up eating some cereal while I waited, but I think they would be great with eggs and bacon. In fact, I went ahead and made an egg breakfast sandwich with a leftover bun to prove it (shared on Twitter).

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One year ago: Zucchini Ribbon Pasta with Creamy Lemon-Basil Sauce
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Greek Yogurt Everything Bagels

This month Kitchen Challenge, organized by Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil, tackled the yeasty creation of bagels! This challenge wasn’t too daunting for me because I have made a few different kinds of bagels in the past, but I was excited to try out something new.

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After my happy experience with Greek yogurt in pizza dough I thought to myself, why stop there? So I made Greek yogurt bagels complete with an everything bagel topping. Just like the pizza dough I was incredibly pleased with the outcome. They were the perfect texture, not dried out, and of course who can argue with an everything topping? I enjoyed eating them for breakfast smeared with peanut butter, for lunch as the bread of a sandwich and even made a pizza bagel for myself one night for dinner. Oh the versatility of bagels!

What should I add Greek yogurt to next? Pita bread? English muffins!?

Greek Yogurt Everything Bagels

In other news, 10 weeks from today I will be defending my dissertation and hopefully get to stamp “PhD” after my name! I am totally freaked out and nervous but excited at the same time. Now all I gotta do is wrap up lab work, finish at 100ish page novel on my research and find a job! Oh and be a bridesmaid in two weddings. I’m warning you, this blog might endure some pretty interesting recipes in the meantime. I’m thinking a long the lines of something related to the petri dish cookies and fat kid food.

Two years ago: Cosmic Brownies
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Greek Pizza with Greek Yogurt Pizza Dough

How is it that I cannot remember the details of a memory long ago or things of importance, yet when a song comes on the radio that I haven’t heard in over 5 years I can sign along as if I never stopped listening? Funny thing, the brain. Random thought of the day… on to this pizza!

Since my revival of pizza night last week I’ve been toying with the idea of other kinds of pizza crust. So take a wild guess as to what is my new favorite way to use Greek yogurt? In pizza dough! Its addition results in a fluffy interior with the perfect amount of crustiness on the exterior. I cannot believe how long it took me to put Greek yogurt into dough, but I foresee many Greek yogurt-bread products in my future.

This brilliant brain-child of a pizza dough was also topped off with some special ingredients to create a Greek pizza: artichokes, tomatoes, red onion, red pepper, olives, garlic, feta mozzarella, and tahini. Have I ever told you that I don’t even like olives? Or at least I used to, but lately I don’t seem to mind their presence. Either my taste buds are going numb or I’m growing up. But I don’t wanna grow up!! ::cue ToysRUs theme song::

Greek Pizza

Two years ago: Peanut Butter and Oat Granola Bites
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