Cauliflower Pizza with Chicken Sausage

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First thing about this cauliflower recipe – it takes longer than you think :)  Usually when Jamie cooks I am always so worried about when we are eating (hopefully before 9pm) – well this time it took me a lot longer than I thought to make homemade pizza sauce and cauliflower crust.  Now that I have done it once though I have learned and can’t wait to make it again.

I started by shredding the cauliflower in the food processor into crumbles.  I did not use the whole cauliflower, probably a little more than half and saved the rest for a future dinner since cauliflower is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with recently.  Then I cooked the cauliflower in the microwave for about 8 minutes in a micro-wave safe bowl and let it cool for 10-15 minutes.

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After I let the cauliflower cool I mixed in the ingredients for the “dough” – eggs, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, oregano, basil, salt, and garlic powder.  Go ahead and pre-heat your oven now for 450 degrees and roll the mixture into a ball in the bowl.  I took out my pizza stone, sprayed it with Mac Oil and rolled the “dough” out as evenly as possible.   Continue reading

Dexter: Sous Chef Pug

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I had to mention my four-legged sous chef in the kitchen – Dexter.  As a sous chef he spends most of his time sitting under the cutting board waiting patiently for something to drop.  I like to think he just wants to spend time with me in the kitchen, but I know that he is just looking for some cheese.  I have learned that he doesn’t care for cauliflower or broccoli, when those drop on the ground he spits them out.  But when cheese, tomatoes, or any bread products drop on the ground he is all over it.

I have had Dexter for 5 years and have loved to share my love of cooking with him in the kitchen.  Because of his potential weight problem as a pug, he does not get to enjoy much of what I cook in the kitchen; unless it falls on the floor.  So really he could also be considered a maid for the kitchen floor.  Jamie has learned to love him, even with Dexter’s snoring, loud breathing, barking and loads of hair – he might not love him as much as I do, but it’s a start.

Check back and see what other recipes Dexter and I are cooking up in the kitchen!

BBQ Sauce Homemade

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Lots of ways to cook BBQ sauce – just a matter of how sweet you want it.  I used a mix of a couple ingredients from different recipes and did make it a little sweeter.  It all depends what you are serving it with and how sweet you and your guests like.

Ingredients

2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar (I added a little extra to make a little sweeter)
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (one of my favorite ingredients) :)
1 cup water

Directions

In a saucepan, combine all ingredients above. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for about an hour.

I had lots of extra sauce that I was able to save in mason jars for other delicious meals.  Click to see the delicious Turkey Meatballs recipe I served this delicious Homemade BBQ sauce with.

The First Meal!

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It finally came time for me to cook for Jamie. He had cooked for me a couple times and I figured I could return the favor. I wanted to find the most delicious thing to cook and totally knock his socks off.

For Christmas I asked for a 5 quart Dutch Oven (You might know them as the Le Crueset, really expensive ones). Anyways, my mom did a little research and found an even better one at World Market…and its even red!  When I finally got it down to LA with me I could not figure out what to do with it other than make soup. I asked my boss, Kate, who you will hear about a lot in this blog, as she is an absolutely fantastic cook and has lots of recipes and tips.  She gave me a recipe for Braised Short Ribs and told me it was so easy.  I could put it in the oven, go to bed, and 8 hours later I would have the most delicious meal.  Well, leave it to me to make it more difficult.

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