Everyday Good Thinking http://everydaygoodthinking.com The official blog of Hamilton Beach Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:57:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Barbeque Chili Chicken http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/09/04/slow-cooker-3-ingredient-barbeque-chili-chicken/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/09/04/slow-cooker-3-ingredient-barbeque-chili-chicken/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:00:22 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5999 Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Barbecue ChickenThis is a quick and easy recipe for a weeknight meal you can toss in the slow cooker before running out to soccer practice. You can use your favorite brand of barbecue sauce and chili seasoning for a tasty three-ingredient chicken dish. Serve with steamed veggies or leftover pasta salad and dinner is served within minutes–and that always makes a busy mom happy.


Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Barbeque Chili Chicken

Ingredients
3 cups barbecue sauce
1 package (1.25 ounces) chili seasoning mix
4 1/2 to 5 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs and skinless, bone-in drumsticks
Instructions
In slow cooker crock, stir together barbecue sauce and chili seasoning mix.
Add chicken pieces and stir to coat.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 5 to 6 hours.
Notes
TEST KITCHEN TIP: It is easy to remove the skin from chicken using kitchen shears or by simply gripping the skin with paper towels and pulling away from the meat gently.
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You’ve Been Making Bacon Wrong Your Entire Life http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/09/03/youve-been-making-bacon-wrong-your-entire-life/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/09/03/youve-been-making-bacon-wrong-your-entire-life/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:30:50 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=6004 The Best Way to Make Bacon

What? Bake bacon? In an oven? But what about my skillet?

Don’t dig out your frying pan. You absolutely CAN (and should) cook bacon in an oven. The flavor is to die for and cleanup is a super easy. So that’s why, on International Bacon Day, we want to share the secret method for making expertly cooked bacon in the oven, or as we like to call it, perfect baked bacon. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

The Best Way to Make Bacon

The premise to perfect baked bacon is simple. Set the temperature to 400°F, and lay the bacon slices (we like thick cut here) flat on a baking sheet or your toaster oven pan. Bake, for about 15 minutes, or until the bacon is done to your liking. If you want to make cleanup easy as possible, line your pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper prior to placing the bacon slices.

The Best Way to Make Bacon

When your bacon is finished, it will be crispy, but light, in a unique way. The texture is almost buttery, in a way you can’t replicate with pan-frying or microwaving. It’s absolutely delicious in a BLT with an equally substantial layer of mayo, lettuce and ripe summer tomato slices. But be warned–once you try this toaster oven method, you may never cook your bacon another way again.

Happy International Bacon Day!
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14 Labor Day Recipes for a Classic Cookout http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/09/02/14-labor-day-recipes-for-a-classic-cookout/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/09/02/14-labor-day-recipes-for-a-classic-cookout/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:00:54 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5935 Celebrate the end of summer at your Labor Day cookout by serving up these picnic-perfect appetizer, main course and dessert recipes from the Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen.Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Take a break from mayo-based pasta salads this year and replace their spot on the picnic table with this refreshing Greek version using tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and feta.

Grilled Marinated London Broil

Grilled Marinated London Broil

Who doesn’t love steak at a cookout? It’s an instant classic, and for good reason. Impress your guests with your expert grill technique using this easy overnight marinade recipe.

LemonSpicy Lemon Chicken for Two from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Spicy  Chicken

Healthy dishes like grilled chicken are turning up at cookouts everywhere – and healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. This chicken comes with a kick.

S'mores Pie from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

S’mores Pie

S’mores are the ultimate dessert, but sometimes we’re just not in a place where a campfire is practical. That problem is instantly solved when you bake this gooey pie for your party.
Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

 

Cheesy Zucchini Squash Casserole

One of the most ubiquitous summer fruits, the zucchini squash shines in savory dishes like this cheesy casserole, where it’s thinly sliced and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs.

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak - perfect for Memorial Day grilling! From Everydaygoodthinking.com, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Memorial Day Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

Everyone loves a great meal off the grill on Labor Day, and this year you’ll be able to deliver a steak dinner at a surprisingly affordable cost.

Strawberry Lemon Sparkling Water from Everyday Good Thinking / @HamiltonBeach

 

Strawberry Lemon Sparkle

Sparkling water tastes great, especially when mixed with strawberry and lemon, and it’s the perfect way to get the fizz you crave while reducing your soda intake.

Spicy Summer Vegetable Pasta makes good use of zucchini, squash and tomatoes this time of year! Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 

Spicy Summer Vegetable Pasta

Summer’s end is announced by Labor Day and back-to-school, so celebrate the colorful bounty of late summer vegetables in this warm pasta salad while you can.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

Grilled Bourbon Chicken

One of our favorite recipes this year, this Grilled Bourbon Chicken will be on every Hamilton Beach staffer’s Labor Day menu.

Shredded Kale Caesar Salad with Grilled Salmon from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Shredded Kale Caesar Salad with Grilled Salmon

With cooler weather on the way, soak up the rays you can and enjoy the last cookout of summer before you’re stuck inside all winter. This delicious recipe will help.

Grilled Beef Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 

Smoky Grilled Beef Short Ribs

The smells of charcoal, smoky iron grates, fire and these Smoky Grilled Beef Short Ribs waft through the neighborhood today as everyone closes out summer.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 

Grilled Fish Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw

This recipe is perfect for any grilling season, but will surely satisfy a crowd at any Labor Day party as they can pile on whatever toppings they choose.

Grilled Pork Chops with Curried Nectarine Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach

Grilled Pork Chops with Curried Ginger Nectarine Sauce

Labor Day cookouts don’t have to be boring. Instead of making burgers and hot dogs every year, try grilling something a little different that incorporates summer fruit.

Banana Pudding

 

Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is a classic cookout dessert. This recipe keeps things made-from-scratch but simple, because we believe everything tastes better with homemade ingredients.

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Party Crock Couscous with Feta and Tomatoes http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/09/01/party-crock-couscous-with-feta-and-tomatoes/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/09/01/party-crock-couscous-with-feta-and-tomatoes/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:03:20 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5910 Couscous with Tomato and Feta

Couscous, a light and fluffy rice-like dish made from semolina flour, is an incredibly popular food. In fact, it is served all over the world, from Morocco to Tuscany to Brazil to France, as a base for stews, meats and sauces. Here, we’ve kept to the basics and paired it with diced tomatoes, simple herbs and feta. Couscous pairs beautifully with so many flavors–experiment with whatever you have in your pantry and fridge.Couscous with Tomato and Feta

We chose to serve our couscous as a side dish at a potluck party. We brought it in our sturdy cast iron Party Crock. It was easy to set up the decorative serving base with a tea candle to keep the couscous warm while everyone was making their plates. A few bowls on the side allowed everyone to serve themselves.

We suggest serving this with Lemon Chicken breasts cut into bit sized pieces, perfect for single servings and a great flavor combination with the couscous.

Couscous with Tomato and Feta


Party Crock (Slow Cooker) Couscous with Feta and Tomatoes
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped
3 cans (14 ounces each) diced tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup couscous
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
Instructions
In cast iron party crock over medium on stovetop, heat the oil. Add garlic and onion. Cook until onion is tender, about 4 minutes.
Stir tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and sugar into the onion mixture. Cover and cook until heated through, about 15 minutes.
Add couscous and feta to crock, stir until well blended. Cover and continue to cook 10 minutes.
Stir in fresh basil. Serve with additional feta, if desired. Place over tea-light stand for serving.
Notes
TEST KITCHEN TIP: This recipe was developed for the Party Crock Cook Set, using the crock on the stovetop. The tomato mixture can be heated on the slow cooker base on HIGH for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or on LOW for 2 to 3 hours.
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Slow Cooker Eggplant Caponata http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/31/slow-cooker-eggplant-caponata/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/31/slow-cooker-eggplant-caponata/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:30:36 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5905 slow cooker caponataCaponata is a Sicilian dish made with eggplant, celery and a sweet and sour dressing. The other vegetables vary, but often include tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and herbs like basil or mint. Capers, raisins, pine nuts or olives can also be added.

Caponata can be a side dish, and it’s particularly delicious served alongside seafood dishes like grilled or baked fish. It can also work as a light vegetarian main course, but these days, you’ll most likely see it as an appetizer. Serve it warm or cold in your Party Crock with crusty bread slices and an Italian wine for the perfect summer starter.

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Slow Cooker Eggplant Caponata
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
1 tablespoon oil
2 small ribs celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 small eggplant, peeled, cubed (about 4 cups)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons capers
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil
Instructions
In cast iron crock over medium on stovetop, heat oil. Add celery, onions and garlic. Cook until celery is tender, about 8 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes, eggplant, vinegar, capers and red pepper.
Place crock on slow cooker base. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or MEDIUM for 5 to 6 hours.
Stir in basil before serving.
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Baked Parmesan Crusted Tilapia for Two http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/26/baked-parmesan-crusted-tilapia-for-two/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/26/baked-parmesan-crusted-tilapia-for-two/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:45:19 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5892 Parmesan Crusted TilapiaPerfect for busy weeknights and the back-to-school season ahead, it only takes a few simple ingredients to make this quick and easy fish entree. The tilapia is baked with a mixture of parmesan, panko and Italian seasonings for a delicious crunch over a fish filet kept tender with the addition of mayonnaise. It’s baked in the Easy Reach Convection Oven to keep dinner speedy, and this recipe serves two, but easily doubles to accommodate a family of four. Serve it with a vegetable side dish and a couple lemon wedges, and you’ve got a foolproof, healthy dinner in no time.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

 


Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
SERVES: 2

Ingredients
1/4 cup Italian-seasoned panko
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tilapia (or similar white fish) filets, about 4 ounces each
Instructions
Heat oven to 425°F. Spray baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large resealable plastic bag, add panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and pepper. Seal and shake bag.
Spread mayonnaise on both sides of fish filets. Add fish to bag and shake until coated with crumb mixture.
Press remaining crumbs from bag onto fish. Place on prepared baking pan.
Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with lemon wedges.
Notes
Tip: For a little kick or some added zip, add a pinch of pinch of cayenne pepper or some lemon zest to the panko coating.
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Center Stage: Cinnamon Chips and Apple Berry Salsa with Heather’s French Press http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/24/center-stage-cinnamon-chips-and-apple-berry-salsa-with-heathers-french-press/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/24/center-stage-cinnamon-chips-and-apple-berry-salsa-with-heathers-french-press/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:00:04 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5885 This post is courtesy of Heather from Heather’s French Press. She’s a wife, mom, and when she’s not walking dogs or wrangling chickens, she can be found in the kitchen. Heather says she prefers salty to sweet, but you’d never guess that from her blog. 
Cinnamon Chips with Apple Berry SalsaIt’s that time of year again: back-to-school. It seems to come faster and faster each year. Beach towels and picnic baskets are being traded for backpacks and lunchboxes. Moms everywhere are stocking up not only  on pencils and paper but also on lunchbox ideas and after-school snacks. Because no matter how busy we are, we know our kids come home from school HUNGRY!

It’s hard to top the classic cookies and milk as an after-school snack, but with school starting while temperatures are still HOT in many places, no one gets excited about heating up their kitchens or full-sized ovens. Cinnamon chips with fruit salsa is a fast and easy snack idea that’s ready in less than 30 minutes, no oven needed (just a toaster oven). More importantly, kids LOVE it.

Cinnamon Chips with Apple Berry Salsa

Toaster ovens are great for making small batch snacks, like these cinnamon chips. Brush flour tortillas with melted butter, about 1 tablespoon for 2 tortillas. Sprinkle each tortilla with cinnamon sugar, about 1 tablespoon of sugar combined with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, so it sticks to the butter. Using a pizza cutter, cut each tortilla into 8 wedges.

Heat the toaster oven to 350°F, then bake the chips with the rack in the lowest position in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Cinnamon Chips with Apple Berry Salsa

While the chips are baking, dice 1 apple and 2 cups of strawberries. Mix with 1 cup of raspberries and 1–2 tablespoons of sugar, depending on the sweetness of the berries. Add chopped fresh mint just before serving.

Note: If you don’t have a toaster oven, the chips could be baked in a conventional oven at 350°F for 8–10 minutes.

The toaster oven baking pan will fit one large or two small tortillas, enough for one person. The salsa is best eaten fresh, but it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Some kids may not get excited about fruit as an after-school snack, but when you add homemade cinnamon chips, it is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Cinnamon Chips with Apple Berry Salsa

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Tomatoes: Facts, Tips and Recipes for Summer’s Favorite Fruit http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/20/tomatoes-facts-tips-and-recipes-for-summers-favorite-fruit/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/20/tomatoes-facts-tips-and-recipes-for-summers-favorite-fruit/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:00:02 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5881 Everything Tomatoes

Food Focus: Tomatoes

Tomatoes are everywhere in the summer. It seems every time you turn around, a bright red bushel of tomatoes is greeting you. From colorful heirlooms to the ones with weird ridges and bumps, I can’t get enough of their perfectly sweet flavor and juicy texture. Nothing compares to the taste of a freshly grown tomato.

Food Focus: The Allure of Virginia’s Hanover Tomatoes

Food Focus: The Allure of Virginia’s Hanover Tomatoes

Hanover tomatoes are somewhat legendary in central and eastern Virginia. Unlike other famous tomato varieties such as the Green Zebra, Texas Star, Cherokee Purple or Sungold, the Hanover tomato is not known for its particular size, shape or color. As you can see, it is a traditional-looking red tomato. So what makes a Hanover tomato special?

Fresh Tomato Soup in a Slow Cooker

Fresh Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

This recipe uses lots – about 4 pounds – of fresh tomatoes to make a velvety soft soup that tastes like summer, especially with a garnish of fresh basil and tangy goat cheese. And surprisingly, it comes together easily in your slow cooker, so you don’t even have to do much work to enjoy it.

How to Make Canned Hanover Tomato Jam

Hanover Tomato Jam

Are you interested in canning, but worried you don’t have enough experience to do it right? Did you read our post about Virginia’s prized Hanover tomatoes and decide you want to learn how to make our famous tomato jam? No matter what level canner you are, we can help you get great results the first time with this easy-to-follow recipe for Hanover tomato jam.

Grilled Rosemary-Skewered Vegetable Kabobs

Rosemary-Skewered Vegetable Kabobs

Zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes and rosemary are all over the place this time of year, and we created a fun way to grill them. Slice them thin and place them in a quick marinade before threading the strips onto a skewer of rosemary sprigs. The rosemary smokes on the grill, creating a fantastic aroma and flavor that works its way into the veggies from the inside out.

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Greek Pasta Salad

Take a break from mayo-based pasta salads this spring and summer and replace their spot on the picnic table with this refreshing Greek version with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and feta. The tangy dressing makes it a light and bright side at any barbecue or cookout and the recipe makes enough to feed a group for a potluck.

Tomato Basil Soup and Grown-Up Grilled Cheese (with bacon!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Tomato Basil Soup with Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

My parents would heat up canned tomato soup and serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich made of white bread and American cheese. It wasn’t particularly fancy, but it was good, old-fashioned “kid food” and I loved it. As I got older, I wanted something that offered more flavor and more texture, but it was hard to find. This is the closest I’ve come, while still summoning those great childhood memories, and the slow cooker makes it that much easier to put on the table tonight.

Liquid Fire juice from @hamiltonbeach

Liquid Fire Juice

Okay, so you made a resolution to get healthier and fitter this year, but you’re not sure how to do it, right? We’re here to help with our list of 10 healthy, easy and delicious juice recipes using our favorite juice extractor, including this recipe for Liquid Fire Juice. Also, be sure to read our juicing tips before you get started.

Spicy Tomato Garden Juice from @hamiltonbeach

Spicy Tomato Garden Juice

This spicy blend of vegetables will be a sure way to get your year off to a healthy start. Spicy Tomato Garden Juice joins a list of 10 total juices for a healthy, delicious lifestyle. Juicing is a great way to get your daily serving of vegetables. For an interesting infographic all about juicing, click here.

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

In this recipe, we take the classic marinara sauce and mix it with parmesan cheese, cream and salt, creating a shortcut version of a tomato cream sauce or vodka sauce that is creamy, cheesy and delicious. It serves as the base for the pasta, chicken and spinach. When combined, they create a mouthwatering blend of Italian flavors.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

This slow cooker marinara sauce is a beautiful red blend of chunky tomatoes, fresh basil and aromatic spices. It’s absolute perfection on spaghetti, and it could be used on a hundred other things, too. That’s the beauty of this recipe: it makes a lot, so you can store some in the fridge or freeze it for later use in a lasagna or pasta bake.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

We have been brainstorming ideas for recipes that are not only hearty and filling, but also quick and simple to prepare.  This classic tomato-based dish is unbelievably easy to make in your slow cooker.  Serve it over spaghetti for a well-balanced supper the whole family will enjoy.

Broiled Chipotle Tilapia with Avocado Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Broiled Chipotle Tilapia Bowl with Avocado Sauce

Burrito bowls and one dish meals are all the rage, and everyone seems to want the recipe for easy dishes like this homemade chipotle burrito bowl – and we can’t blame them! These meals are easy to prepare, perfect to make out of leftovers and quick to clean up.

Spicy Summer Vegetable Pasta makes good use of zucchini, squash and tomatoes this time of year! Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Spicy Summer Vegetable Pasta

Although summer’s end is slowly approaching, I do love the bounty of late summer vegetables I can find right now. The bright greens, reds, yellows and purples are calling my name, so I can’t help but center more meals around zucchini, squash, tomatoes and herbs while I still have the chance.

Grilled Shrimp with Herbed Feta and Basmati Rice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Grilled Shrimp with Herbed Feta and Basmati Rice

This tasty meal is quick, simple and easy to prepare. The shrimp cooks quickly, and the basmati is easy to make in a rice cooker. Just add the rice, broth and salt. When the rice cooker is finished, stir in tomatoes, feta and oregano to create a Mediterranean style base for the grilled shrimp.

Summer Salad Dressing Recipes

Summer Salad Dressing Recipes

To keep salads interesting, we add toppings like chicken, toasted nuts, fresh tomatoes and goat cheese. Of course, a traditional Caesar salad or a simple salad with blue cheese can be equally delightful, and we know there is one stand-out way to ramp up your salads at home: make your own dressing.

Grilled Garlic Bread Tomato Salad

Grilled Garlic Bread and Tomato Salad (Panzanella)

Too often, the grill gets passed over for the stove or oven, so today’s recipes highlight grilled side dishes. Luckily, we think every dish deserves the smoky flavors the grill imparts, and these recipes are great for barbecues or potlucks.

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Quick and Easy Toaster Oven Pan Pizza http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/18/quick-and-easy-toaster-oven-pan-pizza/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/18/quick-and-easy-toaster-oven-pan-pizza/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:40:42 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5870 Quick & Easy Toaster Oven Pan PizzaWe all know the days when we don’t feel like cooking and just want to get dinner on the table as quickly and easily as possible. Often, that leads to a unanimous call for pizza, and more often than we’d like to admit, that call goes out to a pizza delivery service. While we truly enjoy making our own pizza dough, it’s not always realistic when schedules get hectic and everyday life takes over. This quick and easy toaster oven pan pizza is the perfect compromise for days when you don’t want to order takeout, but you don’t want to cook, either. 

This is a tried-and-true basic recipe adults and kids will love. It’s a good thing pre-packaged dough comes in two sheets because everyone will want seconds.

Quick & Easy Toaster Oven Pan Pizza


Easy Toaster Oven Pan Pizza
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
1 can (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust, cut in half
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2/3 cup Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce, divided
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
18 slices pepperoni, divided
1 small green pepper, sliced into rings, divided
2 large mushrooms, sliced, divided
Instructions
Heat oven to 425°F. Spray baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Press half of dough into pan. Brush with 1 tablespoon oil.
Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until light brown.
Top baked crust with 1/3 cup sauce, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and half of the pepperoni, green pepper and mushrooms.
Bake an additional 11 to 13 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is brown. Repeat to make second pizza.
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Center Stage: Mocha Cookies and Cream Ice Cream with Completely Delicious http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/17/center-stage-mocha-cookies-and-cream-ice-cream-with-completely-delicious/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/08/17/center-stage-mocha-cookies-and-cream-ice-cream-with-completely-delicious/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:00:12 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5852 Center stage: Completely DeliciousAnnalise Sandberg writes the blog Completely Delicious from her home in Utah, where she lives with her husband Steve, son John and dog Pi. Like us, she believes that life is usually a little better with sugar and butter. You can find Annalise on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Mocha Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Summer may be winding down, but my ice cream consumption is doing anything but. I’m still enjoying a scoop or two almost nightly and as long as this heat continues I see no reason why I should stop anytime soon.

Mocha Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

While I definitely indulge in some of my favorite store-bought brands from time to time, I prefer to make my own ice cream. It’s fun, surprisingly easy, and I love to get creative with flavors and combinations.

Mocha Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

An ice cream machine may not seem like a necessary kitchen appliance, but I couldn’t live without my Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker. The drum pretty much lives in the freezer so that it’s ready to go whenever the craving for ice cream strikes.

Mocha Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

I’m usually a vanilla ice cream kind of gal, but when I created this recipe I was in the mood for chocolate. And I wanted to take a traditional flavor like cookies and cream and give it a fun twist. Adding coffee to the base as well as chocolate creates a delicious ensemble, superior and unique to pretty much anything you can find in the grocery store.

Mocha Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

So don’t say goodbye to summer- and your ice cream addiction- just yet! There’s still plenty of time for homemade ice cream. It’s worth it, trust me.

Mocha Cookies and Cream Ice Cream


Mocha Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Ingredients
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1/2 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate sandwich cookie chunks (about 20 cookies)
Instructions
In a medium saucepan and set over low heat, add 1 cup of the heavy cream, the milk, sugar, instant coffee and chopped chocolate. Stirring frequently, warm until sugar and coffee are dissolved, chocolate is completely melted, and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in remaining whipping cream and vanilla extract. Chill mixture completely in the fridge.
Pour chilled mixture into ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions, adding cookie chunks during last 5 minutes of churning.
Transfer churned ice cream to a carton or plastic container and let harden in the freezer for about 2 hours before serving.
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