Friday Pizza Night


Friday is pizza night at our house. I usually get the dough out from the freezer and set it out till I leave for work in the morning.. Then it goes back into the refrigerator. When hubby comes home he pulls it out until I come home.

I rolled out my dough on the counter with flour underneath it,  I rolled it till it was about 16 inch to fit on my round pizza pan.. Then instead of spraying my pan, I  decided to try putting flour on instead. Then layed out my dough so I could dress it. My husband likes anchovies fillets and I like to keep  his side separate from mine as I don’t care for them at all.  Last week one got on my side and it was yuck.  After my dough is on the pan, I spray it with olive oil on the dough, sprinkle some Italian Seasonings on  top. then I laid out hubby pepperoni.on his side of the pizza.

So tonight I tried something different. I cut very thin rings of onions and sauteed them in olive oil in a black cast iron pan to they were soft, lightly browned, continuing to turn them over so they would not burn on one side. Then I added some sliced button mushrooms and sauteed them and added some garlic and stirred a few more minutes and divided them between the pizzas.

This is my side of the pizza –, his pizza is lined with pepperoni all the ways around so I could keep his toppings inside of that therefore and hopefully I would not run into one his anchovy fillets.

 then we cook our pizza for 8 minutes with out the cheese on it in a 425 degree oven in the middle shelf. When it comes out we cover it first with mozzarella cheese that we shred ourselves. I like to use a salad shooter as it is less work.

Then I like to sprinkle on the  parmesan cheese. Everytime I use this I think about my mom. She told me when she was little girl her father would take her and her sister down to see his mother, she was 100% Italian Grandmother. Her father would buy piece of parmesan  cheese to take and give to his mother. Since that time she told me, I quit using the process parmesan cheese and like to buy the real cheese myself.

By the way if you ever visit Wisconsin they are known for their cheese. So now when I go up there I usually get two chucks parmesan cheese  and it will last me all year long.   as you can see I didn’t cover the edges where the pepperoni was as I wanted to know how to cut this when it coves out of the oven.. Then after putting the two cheeses on , I put it back in for 7-8 minutes to melt the cheese over the pizza. Don’t forget to spriggle Italian Seasonings mixture over this. You can buy it already made at  Dollar Tree or grocery store will carry this as well.  Or buy it from natural food store. Come to think of it I did buy mine from Austin Parker a natural food store where one can buy it by the ounce. .Then I poured it into the container I had at home. This is my finished product.


Beautiful Breakfast Mess

Sunday started out pretty good for me. I got up read my Sunday School lesson, I always like to write in my journal what I did the day before. Then I knew I needed to eat but wasn’t really in the mood to eat. But then I remembered I needed to eat in order to take this one pill that said “Eat with Food”. So I started thinking about what I might have, eggs, oatmeal, french toast but none of these really appealed to me. Then my hubby suggested a bowl of yogurt with fresh berries.

So the yogurt sounded good. I have plain yogurt or this Cabot Greek Yogurt in the refrigerator.. Cabot is great at making White Sharp Cheddar Cheese without any dyes which I love. So decided today I would eat some of the Greek Yogurt,as lot thicker then plain yogurt. I use whole milk yogurt then you don’t have extra salt and sugar in it to make is sweeter.

This is what I put together which I thought was kind of a mess but turned out to hit the spot.

Two or three scoops of Greek yogurt. ini medium size cereal bowl., then I added 1/2 cap or 1 tsp. of vanilla extract , and 1 Tablespoon of ( Pure Maple Syrup this particular syrup taste caramel flavor syrup) , Stir them in then I added 1/3 cup of  homemade granola the recipe is from, Then I topped it with some black raspberries that I picked the day before.

This was delicious and hit the spot. Will try to take picture  and upload this later today. It is late and I  had this on my phone but could not get it to save as draft so had to retype this on my computer. Hope you will enjoy this as much as I have this morning.


They say


I have always heard  all my life: don’t make new recipe until you try it first.

Well this morning I went ahead and did not listen to “try it yourself first”

My daughter and family were coming over for breakfast this morning. I was planning on making two different quiches. I could only find the recipe for one of them.  A bit frustrating. So I was breezing thru a recipe book last night before going to bed and found one that was a lot easier to make.

The First recipe  I had, had  called to put heavy tin foil over crust and bake it before putting the  mixture into it. My new recipe didn’t require so much work, which I decide to make. Guess what it turned out just fine. It was a Mexican Quiche.

Here is the recipe and here is the book that it came from: 

Mexican Quiche

Ingredients                                                                                                                                                           5 eggs                                                                                     1/4 cup flour                                                         1/2 tsp baking powder                                                      1/4 cup butter, melted                                     1 (7oz.) can diced green chilies (mild)                        1 cup cottage cheese                                         1/4 cup chopped onion                                                      1 Tbsp. Butter                                                   1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese ( I used Taco Blend Shredded Cheese)

Directions:                                                                                                                                                            Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in flour and baking powder. Add the 1/4 cup melted butter, chilies and cottage cheese. Saute onion in the 1 Tbsp. butter; add to mixture, along with cheese. Combine just until blended. Pour mixture into a greased 9×9 inch baking dish or pie plate and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking about 30 minutes. Cut into small squares or wedges and serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

Note: I placed a cookie sheet under my pie. I used a store bought deep dish pie crust and cooked it in there. My family loved this.

Hope your family will too. Happy Holidays and hope you have a safe and Happy New Year.

Mary O @ Prairie Pine Peddler



S’mores with a Twist


I think these could be a little bit more healthy then regular S’mores. It happen quite accident. We had company over for a cookout and was going to roast marshmallow and make S’mores around the campfire.

I had baked some chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. So our guest used the two cookies and put the roasted marshmallow and Hersey Chocolate square and created his own version of a S’more.

This Memorial weekend I am entertaining two days in a row. So I am using my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. I made them a little bigger than I normally do. I also put less chocolate chip so the cookies wouldn’t crumble as much. Here’s my recipe:

1 cup butter                           1 -1/3 cup white flour

1 cup white sugar                  1 tsp soda

½ cup brown sugar                1 tsp. salt

2 eggs                                    1 cup of chocolate chips (normally I use 2c.)

2 tsp vanilla                            2 cups quick oats

Cream together butter & sugar; add eggs and vanilla stir together.  Stir together the dry ingredients and add to the above mixture, beating well.  Stir in chips and oats. Drop by Tablespoons on to greased baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cool before packing them in cookie tin.

My finished product:

Chocolate chip Oatmeal Cookies

I think next time I might replace my chocolate chips with silvered almonds or crushed nuts. May you enjoy your company this weekend.  Please remember our veterans that have served to keep our country free and those still serving.

cake in a pinch



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Need a cake in a pinch, don’t have time to stop at the store. Thinking what ingredients you have in the kitchen to throw something together for friend’s birthday. Do I have any cake mixes what is there I can’t remember. Well here is cake you can make from scratch . It doesn’t need eggs and is great recipe for you and your food storage. By the way this cake can be doubled… will give that below the single recipe.

1 cup sugar, 1-!/2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp soda, 1/2 cup Hershey Cocoa, 1 T. Vinegar, 1/2 c salad oil, 1 cup cold water, 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all together, pour in ungreased cake pan ( I used 8×8) Bake for 30 minutes

To double this recipe:

2 cups of sugar                                                                                                                  3 cups flour                                                                                                                         1 tsp salt,                                                                                                                        3/4 cup cocoa,                                                                                                                  2 tsp soda                                                                                                                         2 Tbsp vinegar,                                                                                                               2/3 cup salad oil,                                                                                                                2 cup cold water                                                                                                                2 tsp vanilla

Follow instructions above.

Happy cooking at Prairie Pine Peddler

Cheese Ball Recipe

When I lived in Beechview a suburb of Pittsburgh, I acquired this wonderful cheese ball recipe. I have handed this and shared this over the year. I thought I would do that today in case you want to try something new and quite easy to make.


Homemade Cheese Ball by Mary 
2 – 8oz. cream cheese softened
2 cups shredded extra sharp Cheddar Cheese (16oz) Aldi Brand
1 Tbsp chopped pimentos
1 Tbsp chopped green peppers
1 Tbsp chopped onions or scallions
1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
1 tsp lemon juice or lime juice
dash salt and pepper
Directions: Mix all ingredients, then chill before shaping.
Roll in bacon bits or nuts such as silvered almonds or walnuts
I squeezed out pimentos out of green olives sometimes if I can’t find a jar of pimentos, cut them up into small pieces. (right now Sav-alot has pimentos in small jar for $1.99)
It makes a great gift for Christmas or New Year.  It is sure to please!














Recipe by Accident

ok, we were down to the wire, our stove is out of order, so we have had to come up with things we could cook on top of the stove. Our alternative way of cooking is grilling out. Unfortunately it has been raining cats and dogs and not suitable to cook out these days.

Last night hubby wanted bacon, and I felt like scramble eggs which sounded good to me. So I put in the bacon in black iron pan and started cooking it. Then I added some onions to cook down with the bacon. As it was cooking it suddenly reminded me of the smell when you are cooking pierogies. Yummy, unfortunately I didn’t have any pierogies on hand. Then I added some mushrooms and then some garlic which I didn’t let it cook for very long. Then I added the scramble eggs mixture.  I forgot to mention I had started cooking the bacon and had not turned it yet. Then I decided to cut it up into small pieces and just kind of dragged it around in the pan until it looked done.Then started adding the other ingredients. .Got a compliment from hubby as he said I should more often.

So the next time I make pierogies I am going to start out with bacon and onions. and then fry them up together. You must try it, boy was that good.

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