Saturday, February 27, 2010

PW's Calzones - Kinda

Friday night is Steak Night at my dad's
but it was cold and rainy
 the son and I decide to stay in
what to eat for dinner?
Can you believe, a guy who has never really looked in a cookbook, has been trained to go to The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook to pick out  recipes.

It started back when he selected with the Beef Enchiladas from her cookbook.

I mentioned it on the phone yesterday, and expected a little push back, but got the response, "Ok, where is it?"
He knows anything from this cookbook is complete comfort food GOODNESS.

Enough of the PW cookbook plug.
(If you do not own this cookbook YET, stop now, go to and order it now.

Obviously by the title of this blog, he chose Calzones -

Her recipe calls for homemade pizza dough.
 I'm not really a "dough" girl..
I just happened to have 2 tubes of Pillsbury Pizza dough 

Her recipe also calls for breakfast sausage and ground beef.  We use spicy italian sausage in all our italian food so we did so here as well. 
Ryan loves pepperoni, so I bought the big slices and used this instead of ground beef.

One more substitution I made is cream cheese instead of ricotta.  We're not big ricotta cheese fans, and I have about 10 boxes of cream cheese after the latest 10 for 10 sale at Kroger.

So, really all I did is use PW's recipe as a guideline with our own ingredients.
The calzones turned out very good for a first try.
The filling was great.

I just need to work on my "dough" skills.

p.s. stay tuned..
making PW's Chicken Fried Steak and Mashed Potatoes on Sunday night!

Friday, February 26, 2010

One more thing about Central Market

Central Market has great fresh flowers !

I got these on Sunday, and look how sweet they still look today!

I got each of these bouquets for $4 each!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Another thing that I  ...

.... cheese

and I  Texas
and I  companies from Texas

and I  heat
not Texas heat

but jalapeno heat

and I  the name of this company
because I'm cheesy
and I'm a girl
and I  the name of this cheese
because HOTTIE is cool 

this cheese is soft chevre*  spread 
similar to cream cheese 
made in Texas 
with flecks of  jalapenos


(*- chevre is cheese made from goat's milk)

You can find this cheese at Whole Foods and Central Market (yet another plug for one of my fav-O-rite stores)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wine Snob Confession #4

I bought this wine about a year ago for the first time at Costco.

 I haven't seen it there in awhile, so I was very happy to discover it at Kroger.

I'm not a big fan of Argentinan wines, but Pascual Toso Malbec rocks.


and even better...

it's under $20.00

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Taste Test

While at Central Market in Dallas (one of my fav-O-rite stores)

They were doing many taste tests.
I almost walked right on by this one..

didn't sound too appetizing to me

but then I thought "duh, that's the purpose of taste tests, to try weird things, right?"




This sauce is YUMMY!  So, so good!

One of my fav-O-rite Things...

blue corn

There is something about blue corn taco shells that make a homemade beef taco delicious.
I especially love them with shredded monterey cheese, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes.  These are not in just any grocery store, unfortunately.
I buy mine at Central Market in Dallas.

another blue corn fav

Blue Mesa's blue corn enchiladas!
They are made with monterey jack cheese!

see a pattern ???

blue corn, yum
monterey jack cheese, yum

Monday, February 22, 2010

Where can you grocery shop ...

...and buy furniture...

...bedding and home decor...

...and vacuum cleaners...
it is not Super Target

it is not Super Walmart

These are pictures from the new
Kroger Market Place
off Eldorado and Custer
in Frisco, TX

I walked around in "ahhhhhhhhh"

Did you know that Kroger is one of the nation's biggest retailers after Walmart?

I didn't!

Cinnamon + Sugar Brioche Toast