Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

I like salad dressing, but I don’t love it. Usually I have a craving for it, and then it sits in my refrigerator for the next six months before I even think about it again. By that point, I’m already disturbed by the fact that I have had a dairy-based dressing in my refrigerator for that long and it hasn’t gone bad. Homemade dressings are the best option for me. You can control the amount you make, and they taste fresher. This is one of my favorites. The creamy taste is balanced by a subtle taste of vinegar. Perfect.





Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Chill before serving.
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Creamy Italian Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is so easy to make and has become a summer go-to for us. Since it is a cold pasta salad it is easy to bring along to picnics or have at any outdoor summer event. If you enjoy the boxed Suddenly Salads by Kraft, you’ll love this. Same taste without all of the preservatives. (more…)

Homemade Pizza

This hands-on dinner is a great way to introduce the joys of cooking. The ingredients are easy to handle, and even with kid creativity, it is hard to go wrong. Add a level of imagination and mold the crust into festive shapes or cut the pepperoni into letters. The teaching opportunities are endless with this quick family dinner.

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare Jiffy pizza dough according to package.
  3. Shred mozzarella cheese and prepare additional toppings.
  4. Mold pizza dough into desired shape using flour to keep the crust from sticking to your fingers.
  5. Spread pizza sauce over the dough and top with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Add toppings.
  7. Cook for 16-20 minutes depending on oven, or until cheese is turning golden brown.
  8. Topping ideas:
  9. Pepperoni, sausage, onion, peppers, garlic, olive oil, pineapple, ground beef, ham, mushrooms, olives, additional cheeses
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How to Roast a Turkey (when you don’t have the right equipment)

Last Thanksgiving, I was given a 12 pound turkey. An odd gift that has been sitting in my freezer ever since. I’ve never cooked a turkey before and don’t eat a lot of meat. But, this week, running low on my food budget and being opposed to letting anything go bad, I decided to cook it. Or, I suppose it’s called “roasting” it. I did my research and quickly learned that I did not have any of the right equipment to accomplish this task. No roasting pan, no meat thermometer, not even an onion to stuff inside of it (yuck!). Not one to bow out when someone says “you can’t,” I gave it a shot, and it turned out great! Who needs all that fancy stuff anyway? Here’s what I did. (more…)