Left Over Pizza Breakfast Casserole

I saw this  recipe in “allrecipes Magazine”.  Yes, they not only have their website but they have a nice magazine.  Kent and I enjoy breakfast pizza but have never tried left over pizza in a casserole.  Most every Friday we have pizza.  This Friday we did a cheese pizza and a 3 meat pizza.  The meat pizza this week had sausage, bacon and Canadian bacon.  Ready for a nice “Simple and Delicious” casserole? Here it is:

Left Over Pizza Breakfast Casserole
(compliments of allrecipes.com)


3 slices leftover sausage pizza, cut into 3/4 inch squares (or 3 cups) Whatever pizza you have left over is perfect!
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/3 cup chopped onion
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced (optional) I say add it in!
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper (I use kosher salt.  If you use table salt use 1/4 teaspoon. OR; don’t add at all. This was not part of recipe.)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste (I lightly sprinkled on top)
Pepperoni slices or any other meat if you desire.  I did not add any more, we had plenty this week! However, Canadian Bacon or some fried bacon would be yummy.


  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.  (I used my 8 inch square pyrex dish.)
  2. Arrange pizza squares in prepared baking dish and top with mozzarella.
  3. Whisk together eggs, milk, onion, melted butter, garlic and oregano in a large bowl; pour over pizza. Sprinkle with Parmesan and crushed red pepper then cover with foil.
  4. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and top with pepperoni or other meat if using.
  5. Continue baking, uncovered, until eggs are set and Parmesan is melted, about 20 minutes.

With everyone worrying about calories in my world I am going to start posting calories if noted in recipe.  Per 1 cup serving: 446 calories.  Have a piece or 1/2 a piece, it is worth it!


No Bake Avalanche Cookies

Simple and Delicious for the holidays or any day!

No Bake Avalanche Cookies
(got recipe online.  Tons out there!)



2 cups Crispy Rice cereal
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
16 ounces white chocolate


  1.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Mix cereal and marshmallows in large bowl.  Set aside.
  3. Melt white chocolate and peanut butter together. I used the microwave.  Check frequently and stir.  Don’t over heat it though. (If you overheat it will become hard and crumbly.) You can also use the double boiler method.
  4. When above is melted, pour over cereal and marshmallows and mix until completely coated
  5. Drop using a tablespoon onto the lined pans
  6. You could sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, if desired.  (We didn’t do that.)
  7. Place in refrigerator until set.  About 1 hour.



Chocolate Filled Orange Rosemary Butter Ball Cookies – Simple and Delicious

Thought I would bake some different cookies for the Holiday Season.  I found this recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook.  I made some as sandwich cookies and the rest as a cookie with or without ganache topping. Give these a try!  I am going to use this recipe with lemon and thyme over the weekend. Hmmm, maybe lavender and lemon!  What do you think of that?

Chocolate Filled (or not) Orange Rosemary Butter Ball Cookies
(Compliments of http://www.bettycrocker.com)



1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon fresh Rosemary, chopped finely
1 Tablespoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup sugar (to roll cookies in before baking)

Ganache Filling

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons heavy cream


  1.  Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar, orange peel, rosemary, salt and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until mixed; beat on medium speed until creamy. On low speed, beat in flour and baking powder until dough forms. (I used my standup mixer.)
  3. In small bowl, place sugar. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. On ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Press lightly with tines of fork to flatten slightly
  4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or just until edges start to brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks; cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and whipping cream uncovered on High in 15-second intervals until chips can be stirred smooth. Refrigerate until cooled and mixture starts to set, about 10 minutes.
  6. For each sandwich cookie, spread about 1/2 teaspoon filling on bottom of 1 cookie. Press bottom of second cookie over filling. Let stand until set.

When they first come out of oven the rosemary is a strong flavor as a warm cookie.  At first I thought I would recommend cutting the rosemary quantity in half. As the cookies cool it is just right.




Seven Layer Dip

Quick, favorite dip for this family!  Simple and Delicious!!

Seven Layer Dip
(compliments http://www.bettycrocker.com)


1 can Refried Beans (Don’t have refried beans?  You can do this recipe without them.  Still  delish!)
1 package Taco Seasoning Mix
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 can chopped green chiles
1 cup thick and chunky salsa
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups shredded Cheddar or Mexican cheese blend (8 ounces)
1/2 sliced black olives, drained (2.25 ounces)
1 medium tomato, diced
Tortilla Chips


  1.  In medium bowl, mix refried beans and taco seasoning mix.  Spread mixture on 12′ round serving platter.
  2. In another medium bowl, mix cream cheese and chiles.  Carefully spread over bean mixture.
  3. Top with salsa, lettuce, cheese, olives and tomato.  Refrigerate until serving time.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Detroit Style Pan Pizza – YUM!

Eric suggested this pizza.  He heard about it on one of his podcasts.  I am glad he remembered it, that is for sure.  I checked online to investigate 🙂 and the recipe I decided to follow was from #SeriousEats.   The secret ingredient; Wisconsin Brick Cheese (NOT the aged one). It is simple and very DELISH!

Detroit Style Pan Pizza



300g Bread Flour (about 2 generous cups)
5g instant yeast (or about 1 teaspoon.  I used a heaping teaspoon)
9g salt (1 1/2 teaspoons of table salt or 1 Tablespoon Kosher.  I used Kosher)
220g water (about 1 cup minus 1 1/2 teaspoons)
Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed

I make my dough in a food processor.  You can use a stand up mixer or your muscles.  Whatever works for you!


  1.  Combine flour, yeast, and salt in bowl of food processor and pulse to combine.
  2. Turn on processor and add water until the dough forms a ball that rides around the bowl of the processor.
  3. Transfer dough to a greased bowl, form into tight ball and cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Set aside in a warm place until doubled in volume. About 2 hours.


2 Tablespoons olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Dash red pepper flakes
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
Kosher salt to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)


  1.  Adjust oven rack to lowest position and preheat to 550 degrees or as close to it as your oven gets.
  2. Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until shimmering.
  3. Add minced garlic, oregano and pepper flakes and cook, stirring until fragrant.  30 seconds works.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder and sugar.
  5. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced to about 3 cups.  Takes about 30 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  6. If I am lazy I just mix the pizza sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  It is a very delicious pizza sauce cooked or not. If you don’t cook on the stove you do not need the olive oil or both the minced garlic or garlic powder.  I will usually use the garlic powder over minced garlic with the uncooked method.

Prepare pizza

  1.  You will need a 13×9 inch cake pan, 2 Tablespoons olive oil and 12 ounces Wisconsin Brick Cheese cut into 1/2 inch cubes.  If you want to add pepperoni you can.  I only made the cheese pizza this time.  Next time Boars Head pepperoni. (I bought it this weekend!)
  2. Put 2 Tablespoons olive oil in 13×9 inch cake pan and spread oil in pan.  (I used my aluminum pan.  I would not use a glass pan.)
  3. Transfer dough to pan and turn to coat in oil.  Press down on dough and spread it toward the edges.  It will not go all the way to the edges this time and that is fine. Spread it as much as you can without tearing, cover tightly with plastic and set aside for 30 minutes to rest.
  4. 30 minutes have passed!! Press down on the dough with your fingertips to remove any large bubbles, pushing toward edge. (For me 30 minutes was enough of a rest.  If it doesn’t go to the edges you can let it rest a little longer.)
  5. Lay half of pepperoni (if using) evenly over face of dough.  (As I mentioned, I did not use pepperoni.)
  6. Top with cheese cubes, spreading it evenly all the way to the very edges of the pan. The photo below is how you want it to look.  (If using pepperoni, lay rest of pepperoni down)fullsizeoutput_313
  7. Spoon sauce over surface in 3 even rows, lengthwise.  (You will only use half of the sauce.  You can make another pizza or freeze for the next time.)
  8. Transfer to oven and bake until edges are black and bubbly and exposed cheese on top is starting to lightly brown, 15-20 minutes.
  9. When you take out of oven, run a thin metal spatula all the way around the edges of the pan to loosen the pizza.  Carefully lift it out and slide onto cutting board.
  10. Cut pizza and serve.

You will love it!  Guaranteed.  ENJOY!!



50 States 50 Pizzas – Georgia

We are revisiting some of the 50 State 50 Pizzas that got me motivated to start this blog.  Friday we brought back the Georgia pizza. This was called the Yuppie pizza from Vinnie Van Go-Go’s, Savannah, GA. Martin and Martin2 really liked this pizza (not as much as the Purple Pig or Strawberry Balsamic pizzas) but pretty close.  Kent thought it was good but he would have preferred another cheese other than feta. Why don’t you give it a try and tell us what you think?

Georgia “Yuppie Pizza”

june 008



june 003

Pizza Dough
2 tomatoes, sliced, remove seeds
1 – 5 oz jar artichoke hearts (I used the whole jar)
banana peppers
feta cheese
Spicy Italian sausage
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary


Preheat oven 475 degrees.

1.  Place the olive oil, minced garlic and rosemary in a bowl.  Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
2.  Brush pizza dough with olive oil mix
3.  Top with banana peppers, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, sausage and feta june 004 (You can put on as much or as little of the toppings you would like.  It is your pizza!)
4.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  Chow down!

Fridays are always fun!   I am really enjoying making these different pizzas again and of course Martin taking random selfies!june 005 He is pretty funny!!  🙂




Guacamole Pizza

October 18, 2011 was the last time we made this pizza.  It is the New Hampshire pizza from 50 States 50 Pizzas.  (As you can see from my 2011 posting to this updated one I have improved on my recipe postings!) For our Friday gatherings I have been asking everyone to check out all the pizzas we have done.  I want them to let me know which one(s) they would like to revisit.  This Friday our blast from the past was the “Spicy Guacamole” pizza.  I can’t believe October 2011 was when I first started this blog. This was one of our first pizzas that we tried.  It was delicious then and it was delicious today.  We really need to make it more than every 3 1/2 years!!

Guacamole Pizza

June 032


For the Guacamole
3 avocados
1 lime
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 clove garlic, minced

For the pizza toppings
1/2 small red onion, sliced
1 small roma tomato, seeded and diced
Cheese (You could use one cheese or 4 different cheeses.  This time I used; Provolone, Pepper Jack, Colby/Monterey Jack and Mozzarella.  You use about 1/3 cup of each one if you are going to use 4.  Depends on the weight of your dough. I used a 12 ounce dough size for this pizza.)
SRIRACHA Sauce (You must use hot sauce.  Use your favorite.  We use Sriracha.)June 006
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (we did not use the cilantro either time.  I would suggest adding the cilantro AFTER you bake the pizza.)



1.  Make the guacamole – In a medium bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat.  (This will prevent the avocado from turning brown AND gives a nice flavor).  Add the spices and mash.  I use a fork.  (I don’t use the food processor because it gets too smooth for our taste.)
2.  Top pizza with cheese (as I mentioned above we did use 4 different kinds), diced tomatoes and sliced red onion.
3.  I put the guacamole in a ziploc bag.  Cut one of the corners and put on the pizza in a checkerboard manner. (well, kind of!)June 031
4.  Kent topped with the Sriracha sauce. He squirted it on in a circular motion starting from the middle and working out to the edges.
5.  Baked at 475 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

We really enjoyed this pizza.  I tend to like the pizzas with no meat.  This has just the right spice.  Hope you give it a try and enjoy.  It is also great warmed up for breakfast!!  😉June 037


50 States, 50 Pizzas – Alaska

Pizza Friday extended into Saturday this week.  I made pizza on Friday but only a cheese pizza and a sausage pizza.  Martin wasn’t able to come on Friday and the Alaska pizza was one he really wanted to try.  Alaska was a Salmon pizza.  The toppings for Alaska were tomatoes, green pepper, red onion, salmon and mozzarella.  I used the New York Thin Crust pizza recipe.  This time instead of dividing the dough evenly, I divided in thirds.  This made about a 12″ pizza which is the perfect size for my stones.  Not much in leftovers though! 😦

When I read the description of this pizza it didn’t say anything about a sauce.  I ended up using a mix of olive oil, juice from a fresh lemon and 1 clove of minced garlic.  I let that set on the counter while I prepared the toppings for the pizza.  I then coated the entire dough with the olive oil mix, then added mozzarella cheese.  I topped the cheese with tomatoes, green pepper, red onion and a 1/4 pound thinly sliced salmon.

Honestly, I did not think this combination sounded enticing at all!  Neither Kyle or myself are seafood people.  Kent opted out last night.  Martin brought a long time friend, Brenda over with him.  Brenda has been to many food festivities at our home.  So, let the taste testing begin!  I always taste the pizzas. Kyle actually had a piece and we were both pleasantly surprised.  Martin(4pieces) and Brenda  (2 pieces) loved it!  He took 2 pieces home for Jordan.  End result;  this was a success.  I will definitely make this one again.  Next time Kent and Rachel will have to try it.  🙂

Simple ingredients….

420 018

Delicious result!!!

50 States 50 Pizzas – South Dakota

I decided to make a 50 State, 50 Pizza – pizza this Friday.  The state is South Dakota, the toppings; pizza sauce, spicy sour meatballs, sauerkraut, jalapeño peppers with mozzarella cheese.  I also made a cheese pizza (Kyle’s favorite), chicken wings (Eric’s favorite), duner kebab (Martin’s favorite) and shrimp with cocktail sauce (Rachel’s favorite).

Here is the my recipe for spicy sour meatballs (which is an appetizer in itself). When you make the meatballs they should be  1 inch size meatballs. I wasn’t sure what to do for the spicy sour sauce.  I checked out different recipes and this is what I came up with.  Check out my meatball recipe on another post.  Here is the spicy sour sauce:

Spicy, Sweet, Sour Sauce

1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup chili sauce
1 small onion diced finely
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar|
1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon sriracha sauce (that is the spicy kick!)
1/2 teaspoon
ground pepper

Mix all together.  Pour over cooked meatballs, bake at 375 for 30 minutes.  I fried the meatballs to brown them.  You could put the uncooked meatballs in a casserole dish and pour the sauce over them.  Bake for a longer period of time.

Here is the assembling of this pizza.  Very simple and delicious ( to those who like sauerkraut).  😉  Enjoy!

50 States, 50 Pizzas – Montana

We had another enjoyable Pizza Friday.  For our state pizza we chose Montana.  This pizza is from When In Rome Mediterranean Restaurant, Big Fork, Montana.  The name of the pizza is “Best Pizza Ever”.   We started the evening with a cheese pizza on whole wheat pizza crust, then the Purple Pig Pizza (remember Indiana).  The Cheese pizza on whole wheat pizza crust was quite delicious.  We all agreed this was the best crust yet.  The Purple Pig pizza is with pulled pork.  Martin really likes this one.  Eric, now that he is eating meat, is also a fan.  YUMMY!

We finished the night with Montana, “Best Pizza Ever”.    This pizza was on a whole wheat pizza crust with pizza sauce, gorgonzola cheese, roasted red peppers, red onion, garlic and pepperoni topped with Mozzarella.
The Gorgonzola cheese is an Italian Blue Cheese and had quite the bite.  I thought all the flavors went really well together. However, the cheese was a bit too much for me.  Kent, Martin and Sean really enjoyed this pizza.  The crust was a definite plus and I will be making Whole Wheat Pizza Crust on a regular basis.  Martin and Sean really liked the flavor of the cheese.  They both like strong flavored cheeses and that works for them.  Kent thought all the flavors worked really well together.  He thought the cheese had a bite but he liked it.  Kyle did not like it.  Jordan ate half and threw out the rest!  I think you know what he thought about it.  😦   Rachel was okay with it but would not want it again.  Eric opted out of this one.  I would make this one again.  It was easy to make and even though the cheese had a bite it went really well with it.

Another wonderful Friday.  Family, friends, food and fun!  Can’t ask for more than that can you?