Papa Murphy’s Pizza {review}

Papa Murphy's Chicago-style Stuffed Pizza

Papa Murphy’s Chicago-style Stuffed Pizza

As a new wife and eventually a mother, I had a run at making my own pizzas.  I started with the big Betty Crocker cookbook’s crust recipe and moved on from there.  I never produced anything worth writing home about.  I was better at finding the best pizza parlor in town and sticking with it.  We like a yeasty crust and I really have no patience with breads or yeasty baked goods.  I tried, but my crusts were never as good as the professionals.  When I think of pizza I want it to be worthy of eating.  All that time kneading and waiting for it to rise better be worth it! Continue reading

Scandinavian Pot Roast

Scandinavian Pot Roast

Scandinavian Pot Roast

Beef pot roast isn’t one of my favorite meats.  It has to have a hook, a pop, that elevates it over the pot roast my Mom used to make.  When I found this Scandinavian recipe that uses dried fruit, cinnamon and ginger, I couldn’t wait to try it.  I would change it to a crockpot recipe and the wonderful smells would float through the castle for hours! Continue reading

Leftover Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

Leftover Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

Leftover Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

After I made my first spiral ham in the crockpot, I was left with deliciously glazed pineapple chunks.  We could have eaten them as is, but I wanted to save them for some special stir-fried rice.  I could imagine the flavors of the stone ground mustard, pineapple and ham fried into some rice with red bell peppers and scrambled eggs.  It sounded like a great dinner! Continue reading