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Monday, September 19, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This is my favorite pizza. Its saucy and spicy and just smack-your-lips delicious! I've borrowed all of the flavors of buffalo wings to top a delicious crust dusted with cornmeal. This is pizzeria style at its best!

-1 lb pizza dough (see my recipe at:
-2 tablespoons cornmeal
-1 cup buffalo wing sauce
-2 cups shredded cheese
-1/2 pound cooked chicken breast, diced
-1 cup finely sliced celery
-1/2 cup finely chopped green onion
-1/2 cup blue cheese dressing (or ranch)

To make
-Preheat oven to what is directed for cooking pizza dough. If you have a pizza stone, sprinkle cornmeal and lay rolled out dough on top of it. If your pizza pan has holes in it do not use the cornmeal.
-Layer the pizza with buffalo sauce, shredded cheese, chicken, celery and green onion.
-Bake for about 12 minutes or whatever is directed for your pizza dough.
-Remove pizza from oven and drizzle blue cheese dressing.
-Slice and serve. When I use a pizza stone I like to roll out the dough into a square and cut the slices into squares for more of a rustic style pizza.
-Enjoy :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sukseh (Nutella Cookies)

If you've been to Syria chances are you've tried this dessert. I LOVE it. It took me a while to come up with this version. The traditional way to make it is with lots and lots of butter. The problem for me is I can eat a heavy dessert as long as I'm oblivious to exactly how much fat went into it, but if I've made it then I know how bad it is and I just feel guilty...

Not to say that this is a "healthy" dessert in any way because the butter got replaced with Nutella! When its Nutella though, you just can't resist :)

Makes 24 bars


- 2 tablespoons butter
-1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
-3 tablespoons powdered (confectioner) sugar
-2 tablespoons Nutella
-1/3 cup of milk
-2 1/2 cups roughly broken tea biscuit cookies

To make
-Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or saran wrap, letting the paper extend over the edges to be folded over later.
-Melt the butter, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, Nutella and milk in a medium sized saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly to incorporate the ingredients and to melt the chocolate chips.
-Once the mixture has melted turn off the heat and add cookies. Mix until the mixture has coated the cookies but do not over mash them.
-Transfer the mixture into the lined loaf pan, patting it down to make sure it is evenly distributed. Fold the extended paper over the top of the dessert to cover the mixture and place in the freezer for 4 hours to set.
-Once set, remove from the freezer and take the paper lined dessert out of the loaf pan. Let thaw for 10 minutes and then slice into 8 pieces. Slice each piece into 3 to create bars.
-Enjoy :)