Yeah, it’s easy to get pizza sauce out of a jar. I’m not going to bad-mouth convenience food users, because I’m totally one of them.
But it’s actually really easy to make homemade pizza sauce with ingredients I always have on hand. This way I don’t have to make sure to remember to buy it, plus it tastes absolutely delicious. I am totally not willing to admit but might just hint that I may have possibly licked the bowl clean after I’ve put the pizza in the oven. Maybe.
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I am feeling the weight of the Christmas season…maybe a little literally. I love me some Christmas cookies and gingerbread lattes. I think I’ve come a long way since my youth in practicing moderation, but all that sugar and crud is still making me feel icky and unwell.
So this week I decided to make the extra effort to take care of myself. On Monday, I dug this recipe out of my old recipe binder, which was given to me by my sister-in-law. Almond Chicken Spinach Soup is as delicious as it is nourishing. What’s unusual about this soup is that it contains almond butter. The soup doesn’t really taste like almonds, but it lends a certain je ne sais quoi to it. (Jenna said what? Sorry, it gets me every time.)
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It’s still pouring rain here. Steady, heavy rain all day long added more to the already soaked ground and high rivers. Many of the smaller rivers here are in flood warning, and we learned that our friends’ house has a couple feet of water underneath it (again).
Life is exciting, isn’t it?
I had a couple of nasty old bananas sitting around, so to combat the dreariness outside, I decided to bake my cares away inside. This is a recipe that I received from my mother-in-law in the form of their hometown’s County Cookbook, published in during the county’s centennial in 1985. She not only was an involved contributor, but she also saved a copy for each of her future daughters-in-law.
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I did a little blogging over at Portland Moms Blog today. Head over there to check out my handy mom’s guide to Christmas Cookies, which includes links to all my go-to recipes for this time of year. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced baker or don’t even own an oven, I’ve got you covered! (And while you’re there, check out some of the posts from other Portland-area moms!)
I love this biscotti! It’s so perfect for sharing with friends, or savoring by yourself with a hot cup of coffee while the children are distracted with Wild Kratts. These biscotti can be frozen in batches and thawed and served with coffee for last-minute company. Really, you can’t go wrong! I got this recipe from my friend Meghann.
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon rum extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
In a big bowl, combine the wet ingredients. In a different bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until a heavy dough forms.
Divide dough into two pieces. Make each piece into a log that is the same length as your baking sheet, using a bit of flour or powdered sugar so your dough doesn’t stick to your hands. Flatten or roll out until the dough is 1/2 inch thick. Bake both “logs” side-by-side on the same baking sheet for 15-20 minutes until it’s golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool until it’s cool enough to handle. Slice the “logs” crosswise into 1/2 inch thick pieces, and put cut side up back onto your baking sheet.
Bake all the pieces 6-10 more minutes until they are golden brown. Flip them over and put them back into the oven, browning the other side for 6-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Store in an airtight container.