Sloppy Skulls

I don’t do Halloween.

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What I mean is, I don’t do the dressing up scaring the cheese doodles out of myself and others kind of Halloween.

I do the eat tons of candy, make themed treats watch movies all night with the lights on kind of Halloween, still holding on tightly to Mr. LTSL….

You never know, evil ghosts and creepy things can still appear in the light.

What are you guys doing for Halloween?!? Is anyone hosting a party, dressing up, stealing your kids candy?!?

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Will anyone else be eagerly awaiting the Jimmy Kimmel I stole your candy video?!?! Hahahah so good … yet, so evil.. but so good.

The last couple of years I’ve focused on snack-ish items with my Halloween Chocolate Funfetti Cookies and a healthy dose of Halloween Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispy Squares … this year though I have something not just spooky but so delicious and savory, because let’s be honest, as much as I’d like to live on cookies and cakes and doughnuts ( oh, my) – I can’t.

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I need sloppy joes. Ooooorrr in this case, sloppy skulls.

Sloppy Skulls

Dough

3 Cups Flour

1 Tbsp Instant Yeast

1 Tbsp Sugar

2 Tsp Salt

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 1/4 Cup Water

Sloppy filling

1 pack dried sloppy Joe Mix

1 can tomato paste

1 lb medium ground beef ( you can totally sub in ground chicken, turkey or pork)

1 1/4 Cup Water

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Directions:

In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt and olive oil.

Slowly add water and knead until dough comes together.

Cover and allow to rise for at least 30 minutes.

While the dough rises, on medium high heat, brown the ground beef – should take about 10 minutes.

Add sloppy joe mix, tomato paste and water.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

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Preheat oven to 425 oc.

Once dough rises, punch down and empty onto a lightly floured surface.

Separate the dough into 4 even pieces.

Roll each dough piece into a 1/4 inch circle, place into  greased skull cake pan.

Carefully fill each with sloppy filling and cover with remaining dough.

Repeat with 3 other dough pieces.

Bake for 30 minutes.

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Have a happy Halloween!!

Honey Drizzled Turkey, Cranberry, Sweet Chili Walnut Blue potato pizza with crispy sage

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Holy jumpin jones … do I have a pizza recipe that’s about to blow your mind!!

But first, a little story …

A couple of weeks ago Food Bloggers of Canada advertised for their members an opportunity to participate in The Little Potato Company event – each lucky blogger would recipe a couple bags of spuds – make something jazzy – blog about it – and we’ll all live happily ever after.

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So I entered. I did so without even thinking much about it … seriously, this little blog wasn’t going to get the chance – there are so many stinking out of this world bloggers that are members of Food Bloggers of Canada , why would I get the chance of spud serendipity?

Fast forward 2 weeks … and this shows up!! 2 Bags of Something Blue Potatoes & 2 Bags of Fingerlings

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Of course, the first thing I do is call my mom. And this is how the conversation went ;

“Ma, you need to come to my hose to eat potatoes … I just scored 4 wicked cool bags”

“For free?”

“ yes mother, for free …please come over”

“Dear child, no one in their right mind gets as excited as you do over potatoes … but I’ll be over as soon as possible” 

I wish I made that up. I WAS PUMPED!! The Little Potato company chose me … and I hope I did them proud with my

Honey Drizzled Turkey, Cranberry, Sweet Chili Walnut Blue potato pizza with crispy sage.

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While I was compensated with these potatoes, all opinions are my very own … and now, the good – bad – and beautiful about these little taters.

 Yays:

–          They are little, cute and perfect for roasting alongside your holiday meal

–          LOVE the packaging and how compact they fit in my tiny refrigerator

–          LOVE the burst of blue

–          LOVE the thin skin

–          LOVE that this is a Canadian company

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Nays:

–          I wish the purple run throughout the potatoes ( this may be me, just being picky)

The Beautiful :

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And now, let’s talk pizza.

Seriously when it comes to pizza – quality matters to me, especially when I’m making it at home. I want fresh – I want exotic – I was sweet- spicy – tangy – rich – a crunchy crust, and chewy dough… and I want it to all work together … read : Pizza Snob. And this one … BLEW MY MIND. It’s not too spicy, but there’s a kick and the honey … oooohhh the honey … and the sage … and the walnuts.

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Honey Drizzled Turkey, Cranberry, Sweet Chili Walnut Blue potato pizza with crispy sage

 Pizza Dough (you can of course, also use store bought!!)

3 Cups Flour

1 Tbsp quick acting yeast

1 Tbsp Sugar

2 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 1/4 Cups of Water

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Directions:

In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, olive oil and water. Mix until well combined.

Pour out onto a floured surface, and knead until a smooth ball forms.

Using the original bowl, lightly spray grease. Place your dough back in, and allow to rise for at least 30 minutes.

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The Pizza

Ingredients:

10 small purple potatoes  thinly sliced, about 1/4 inch thick
½  cup olive oil, divided ¼ cup x ¼ cup

3 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp sea Salt

1 Tsp ground black pepper

1 Tsp curry powder

1 Tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp ginger powder

½ tsp ground cardamom

¼ cup sliced brie cheese

½ cup thinly sliced turkey kielbasa

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ Cup + 2 tbsp honey ( divided)

1/2 cup walnuts

1 Tbsp sweet chilli sauce

4 fresh sage leaves

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Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 oc.

In a bowl, combine potatoes, ¼ cup olive oil, garlic & spices. Set aside and allow to marinade.

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In a smaller bowl, combine walnuts, ¼ cup of honey and sweet chilli sauce.

Roll out prepared pizza dough.

Top with marinated potatoes

Sporadically spread your cheese

Add turkey

Sprinkle on your cranberries & top with marinated walnuts.

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Bake for 30 minutes.

While baking, in a small frying pan add ¼ of olive oil and sage leaves allow to crisp for 8 minutes. Remove from oil and set aside.

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Remove pizza from oven – add sage leaves and drizzle with 2 tbsp honey.

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Verdict, Mama LTSL Loved the pizza … so did Papa … and I ate it twice again this week aka — grab some The Little Potato Company Spuds and PUMP UP THE PIZZAAAA!!

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Open-faced Pineapple Turkey Summer Slider

It’s Monday, and it seems like your socks need to be rocked.

 Drop your glasses, shake your asses

Face screwed up like you having hot flashes

Which one, pick one, this one, classic

 … *gasp* bad words

Also, that song will now be in my head all day … I’ll be strolling down the street , yelling Eve at the top of my lungs.

 That’s some classy stuff right thhhuuurr.

I annoy myself … on the constant. True story. 

I like it when my food looks pretty, I feel like it’s half the battle.

Especially these days, I’m trying to eat healthy and I know that healthy doesn’t have to taste or look like cardboard but sometimes it can get boring. A woman can only drink so many smoothies, and eat so many kale / spinach salads.

 I’m on a new sweet-salty-savory combo kick these days. And pretty – when life fails, get pretty.

 And then I made this pish-posh meal. It looks fancy pants, but is a breeze – that’s the good stuff. Wow your tummy and guest by making it seem like you got all Haute and bothered, when actually you’ve been sipping margaritas with your feet in the pool all day.

 I actually had no intention of writing about this recipe, therefore I have little to no pictures, but then I tasted it.

And it would be wrong ( and probably a little greedy) if I didn’t sprinkle some sum-sum-summaaa time in your life.

Annoyed. I know. Sorry.

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Grilled Pineapple:

Ingredients:

1 Large Pineapple

 Directions:

Slice the pineapple into 1inch rounds – set aside, as you will grill these at the very end.

 

 Sweet Onion Bourbon Jam:

Ingredients:

5 Large onions

1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Bourbon Rum

1 Tsp. Sea salt

 Directions:

Finely slice each of the onions – no need to be neat, they will melt down either way.

Over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp Extra virgin Olive Oil.

Add onions to pan and brown for 25 minutes.

Add 1 tbsp. of bourbon, cover and reduce heat to low.

Allow to cook for 40 minutes, mixing occasionally.

 The onions will caramelize and begin to melt down. Add sea salt.

Remove from the heat and set aside for your burger

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Turkey Rye Burger:

Ingredients:

1 Lb Ground Turkey

1 large egg

4 Cloves of Garlic – minced

¼ cup fresh parsley – chopped

1/2 Tbsp Sea Salt

½ Tbsp Ground pepper

½ Tbsp chilli flakes

2 slices of day old rye bread broken into small pieces ( you should end up with about a cup and a half of pieces)

 

Directions:

Mix together all of your ingredients, forming 4 large-thick patties.

Grill your burgers to your liking.

Before turning off the grill, add your pineapples to the BBQ for 2 minutes on each side ( just long enough, to get those delicious char marks)

 

Cranberry Compote:

Ingredients:

4 cups Fresh Cranberries

¼ Tbsp Cinnamon

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 oc

Wash and dry your cranberries. Scatter onto a baking tray.

Roast for 40 minutes, turning half way through to avoid sticking.

 Remove from the heat, place in large bowl and add cinnamon. Using a potato masher, mash until smooth.

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 Layer all of your components and chow down!!

1000 Sand Moroccan Stew

Have you ever been sitting at the beach on a warm summers day – drink in hand – you’re in your cute two piece bikini ( this is a dream … just let me run with it) and then suddenly there’s a bit of wind and *gulp* you eat a mouthful of sand.

Dis.gust.ting.

I’m not to sure why I wanted to open this recipe with such a picture but let’s be honest … I needed to break the tension. I received e-mails from some of you who were worried, that I was missing in action. And for all of you, I love you.

For that same set you sent their love … I want to warm your heart with a blanket of this stew.

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Which is de.lic.ious. and actually tastes nothing like real sand. But has tiny little grains of couscous and tons of middle eastern flare … it’s sand stew … of the yummiest variety.

This is the type of meal, you let simmer all Sunday long … you let the flavours and smells permeate every corner of your home and leave your tummy talking until it’s ready. And in true stew nature, the longer it sits … the more delicious. 

1000 Sand Moroccan Stew

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Lamb

  • 3 Lbs Lean Lamb ~ Cubed
  • 1/2 Tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 Tbsp (each) Salt, Black Pepper, Ginger Powder, Onion Powder, Cinnamon, Cumin Powder, Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions

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In a medium-sized bowl, combine lamb and all of the above ingredients. Allow to marinade as you prepare the other ingredients ( the lamb can also sit over night… but it doesn’t have to:) )

Soup

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion ~ Chopped
  • 2 Small Tomatoes ~ Chopped
  • 5 Cups of Water
  • 1 Large Carrot ~ Chopped
  • 2 Dried Bay Leaves 
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Cilantro ~ Chopped
  • 2 Cups Canned Lentils
  • 3 Cups Canned Chickpeas
  • 1 Cup CousCous

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Directions:

In a large soup pot, add olive oil and allow to heat for 2 minutes. Add garlic, onions and tomatoes. Allow to cook until the tomatoes begin to sweat ( approximately 4 minutes)

Add your marinade meat to the pot. Allow to brown.

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Next, add your water and boil for 20 minuets until the lamb becomes tender.

Toss in your chopped carrots, and all of your spices. Continue to boil for an other 3 minutes

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Next, in goes the lentils and chick peas. Last, add in your couscous. Allow to boil for another 2 minuets.

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Grab your favorite bowl and dive into a little winter warmth.

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Enjoy my loves, I guarantee this will defrost you from this silly silly SILLY winter weather we’ve been having.

xoxox

Mandarin Sesame Nutty Noodles

I swore I would never sing in front of a large group of people ( can you say, off-key much😦 ?!?), but since this blog is where I go to just be me …….

*ahem – ahem*

….

“Noodle, use your noodle

Noodle, do the noodle dance  

Solve a problem, it’s no strain

Use your noodle, that’s your brain

Noodle, use your noodle

Noodle, do the noodle dance 

There’s an answer you can find

Use your noodle, that’s your mind

In a bind, just use your mind

Use your noodle!!”

p.s – thanks PB & J Otter – – your crazy otters are pretty snazzy!!

This is a double-whammy post, I’ve got dinner/lunch covered and I also just serenaded you😉

I like you – – I really really like you ( you can also tell I really like you, because I didn’t tape myself actually singing this song)

And because I like you, I’m continuing the peanut butter pandemonium !!

These noodles are creamy, with a little zing of spice, they’re quick and easy – –

In a bind – just use your mind – – make these nutty noodles😉

Mandarin Sesame Nutty Noodles

Nutty Noodle Sauce

1/2 Cup Peanut butter

1/2 Cup Kraft Mandarin Orange Salad Dressing

1 Tbsp Marmalade

1/8 Cup Light Soy Sauce

Nutty Noodles:

3 Lbs Flank Beef thinly sliced

1 Tbsp Salt

1 Tbsp Black Pepper

1 Tbsp Onion Powder

1 Tbsp Ground Ginger

1 Tbsp Sriracha

110 Grams Spaghetti

1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

1 Cup chopped Brocoli

1 Cup sliced Celery

1 Cup sliced Green Pepper

1 Cup sliced Carrots

1/2 Cup sliced Onion

3 Tbsp Green Onions (for Garnish)

2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds (for Garnish)

Directions:

In a small bowl, add all of the Nutty Noodle Sauce ingredients and mix until well combined.

Set aside until, you are ready to add to your noodles.

In a separate bowl, mix together beef, salt, black pepper, onion, ground ginger and sriracha sauce. Allow to marinade, while you prepare all of the other ingredients.

Next, chop all of your vegetables. Feel free to add more – or even less … it’s your noodles, make them as nutty as you’d like them to be!

 

Next, boil your spaghetti as directed on the package – normally boiling for 6-8 minuets. When finished, drain all of the excess water.

Then, over medium-high heat, add your sesame oil to a large wok ( a frying pan, will work just as well :)). Add your marinated beef. Cook for 3 minutes, until the beef begins loosing it’s pink-tone. Then, add your vegetables.

Cook for 3 more minutes

– – you really just want the vegetables to be heated, by cooking them for such a short time, you are ensuring they still have their yummy crunch.

Add your nutty noodle sauce.

And now, your noodles.

Mix it – dish it – dress it -eat it!

Happy Noodling Around my loves:)

Stay sweet

xox