2-ingredient pizza dough

By | December 3, 2014

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This pizza dough is THE winner. It’s the simplest, easiest dough you’ll ever find, and the pizzas you make with it will come out perfectly every time (we’ve tried this nine ways, so I’m sure).

We always love having pizza dinners, but yeast doughs can be a deterrent for me. What if the yeast is too old? What if the water I used to activate it was too hot? What if it doesn’t rise? These aren’t things I feel like dealing with on a busy day, the kind of day when finding more than 10 minutes to make dinner feels like a miracle. Oh wait, that’s just about every day. So you see why I’m so crazy about this dough.

You throw the flour and sour cream in the mixer, and it does all the work for you. Roll it out (it rolls easily), add your toppings, and the oven does the rest of the work for you. Just pull out your pizza wheel and all is right with the world again. You’ll see what I mean.

Menu Plan: Week of Nov. 30, 2014

By | December 1, 2014

You know the story about the man who tells his rabbi that his house is too small, and the rabbi tells him to bring a chicken inside, then a goat, then a horse? And when he finally takes them all back outside, the house seems to have so much more room than it did at first? That’s the direction my life has taken. But I’m only up to the horse part.

Let’s say my kids are the cutest little chickens ever, and the goat is the book project I told you guys about, the one that came right on the heels of the book before it. The horse is the newest book I’ve taken on, with virtually the same deadline as the one I was already in the middle of proofreading. Now that I’m doing two, the thought of just one book suddenly seems super easy. Kind of like having a second chicken, I mean child, and looking back at the days when there was only one.

Anyway, make sure to come back soon for my absolutely favorite pizza dough. It’s so easy, it should start a revolution.

Peanut butter oatmeal cookies

By | November 26, 2014

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Guys, meet Mrs. Super Easy Cookie. The batter whizzes together in 5 minutes, and then it’s just rolling a very roll-able batter and baking. The hardest part is probably waiting for them to come out of the oven.

But these aren’t just easy, they’re also completely delicious. Soft and chewy, with great texture from the oats, and awesome bits of chocolate in every bite. The peanut flavor is there, but it’s not overwhelming, which is perfect in my book (I was never into the peanut butter cookies that are just glorified baked peanut butter).

Remember those healthy peanut butter cups I shared with you recently? These cookies are their cousin. They’re what happened when I tried making the pb cups with silan instead of sugar — the batter became perfect for rolling into balls, and when baked, the result was one awesome cookie.

Fast? Check. Easy? Check. Yum? Check and check. We have a winner!

Menu Plan: Week of Nov. 23, 2014

By | November 24, 2014

My mother is visiting us this week (yay Imma!), and all of a sudden, I have this miraculous extra pair of hands. I remember back when she was first planning her trip, I sent her an email listing all the things I couldn’t wait to put in the freezer while she was here. I think it was 20 items long.

Right, so obviously none of that is happening. I am, however, making dinner more sanely, and that’s pretty significant these days. Other feats I’ve accomplished since she landed at Ben-Gurion last week include baking challah for the first time in 5 weeks, making chummus for the first time in 5 weeks, accidentally perfecting the easiest cookies ever, and clocking an hour of work time during my toddler’s nap. That last one was probably the biggest deal.

I’ll be back soon to share those cookies with you. When I find myself making the same cookie recipe four times in just over a week, I figure they’re too good to keep to myself.