Fried Onion Dip, or French Onion Dip, whichever you prefer to call it.

Aside from all the current happenings, baby planning, planning that shot-gun wedding, work, home, my best friend from Florida coming up; Football Sunday still remains.  As such, this requires snack foods, duh.  My dear friend Jenny (you know her as mom of the amazing Andrew) started a cook along for a fantastic new cookbook, The New Midwestern Table by Amy Thielen and I decided why not cook along? I need to try some new recipes, so I jumped on the wagon and ordered the book. You can too here (no I don’t get any credit, it’s just an awesome book)

Picture from Amazon.com

Picture from Amazon.com

I had actually never heard of this book before Jenny posted about it on her blog. (I missed a post in Cookbook Junkies about it, I really need to check notifications more) Truth be told I don’t actually watch the food network… I know, crazy right?  A graduate (with honors) of the Culinary Institute of America, and I don’t watch the Food Network.  It’s just too, I don’t know, too “made for TV”, I miss the days of Sarah Moulton ,  Gale Gand and Julia; Gordon Elliott door knock dinners was the closest to reality cooking TV (or any reality TV) I am ever willing to get.  If there is a special or something that is sciecitific or if Ruhlman‘s fine self is going to be on and I have a heads up I MIGHT set the DVR.  I really don’t watch a lot of TV. For your own reading pleasure I will share with you the shows I DO watch. The Blacklist (hottest middle-aged bad guy with a heart of gold EVER!!!!) The Voice, because I remember Blake Shelton when he played the Dutchess County Fair and had long hair, and because I think Adam Levine is God’s gift to eyesight, even if he does need to eat a days worth of cheeseburgers, and because my friend Ron is his Vocal Coach, AND because he has an amazing voice and does things in concert to a microphone that are generally reserved for showtime afterhours.  Speaking of, I also love the show “Masters of Sex”, I watch it for the Pyrex sightings I swear 😉 I am obsessed with Homeland, LOVE that show, I got my 20-year-old sister addicted, I am quite proud of that. Also, I watch Revenge, simply because I started watching in the beginning and I want to see it through now.  I love Discovery Channel, History Channel, anything dorky or education and I am THERE!! I read a lot more than I watch TV, and I do house work more than both reading and TV combined!!!

Dip and Chips!

Dip and Chips!

Anyhow, so the first recipe for us to all cook is Fried Onion Dip, and it is amazeballs. No joke. Chris LOVED the Lipton dip, like wanted it for every football sunday, and I loathed making it because I knew it was loaded with junk, I just didn’t know how to do it myself.  Now I do, nuff said. It is super easy, and can be made ahead even. I didn’t change anything too much really. I am currently not drinking so I just used some wine Sav Blanc I had picked up for a friend that was already in the fridge.  I am so looking forward to cooking through this book. We are doing 2 recipes per month, how easy is that?  If I have time to do it, you do too! We have 207 people cooking their way along so far (how great is that?!), you can join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/203576403150384/  !

Onions Browning

Onions Browning

Dip pre Chips

Dip pre Chips

For the Dip recipe, check it out here http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/amy-thielen/fried-onion-dip-recipe/index.html

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This & That

Hello there!

I know I haven’t been writing much. Truth be told I am planning a shotgun wedding, it is a bit overwhelming.  I still don’t have a wedding dress and dinner has been a lot of eating on the fly! I’ll get back to cooking after it all! For now, I just wanted to say hello and see how things are in your world!

– Jessica

Spaghetti Bread, the best thing to ever happen to leftovers!

Cheesy saucy goodness!

Cheesy saucy goodness!

I know what you are thinking…. “Jessica has lost her marbles!!” I promise you, the marbles are right here in my hand! I’m not crazy, but after you try this you will be forever wondering why no one thought of this sooner~~

 

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Super easy, spaghetti in the middle and slice!

Confession; I HATE leftover pasta! As in, I loathe even the smell of it. It’s rubbery texture, weird flavor, and dryness are like nails on a chalkboard to me. It’s just wrong on so many levels. And then Spaghetti bread happened and my life was changed forever.

 

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Braided and ready!

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Fresh from the oven!

 

It is quick, easy, and most of all delicious.  Plus of course it gives leftovers a complete makeover so you don’t feel like you are eating the same thing over and over again. (YUCK)

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Front View

Super simple, all you need is a half pound of leftover pasta with sauce on it, some mozzarella cheese and what ever add ins you want. I like meatballs, pepperoni, chicken cutlets, peppers, anything you want! Oh and of course grated cheese and garlic grinder or powder. Follow the directions below and you will be SET, not to mention being the hero of the household for at least a week!

Ingredients

  • 1 package pizza dough or bread dough from the grocery store
  • 1lb Mozzarella
  • 1/2 lb leftover spaghetti and sauce
  • any add ins you like. Meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, veggies, anything at all!
  • Olive Oil (a tablespoon or so)
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Garlic Powder or Grinder
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat over to 375°
  • Roll out pizza crust or bread dough
  • Place the 1/2lb of sauced up leftovers in the center of the dough
  • Place your add ins evenly throughout the pasta
  • Cut slits in the dough about 1 inch wide up along the sides of the dough (see pictures) leaving the ends whole
  • Fold each end of dough over the pasta (see pictures)
  • Fold strips of dough tightly over the pasta in a criss cross fashion (this keeps the pasta super moist!) (see pictures)
  • when finished, brush the top of the loaf with olive oil
  • Then sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic and grated parmesan
  • Bake for about 45min to an hour or till golden and delicious!
  • IMPORTANT!!!! After removing from the oven let it sit and rest (and cool off) for at least 10 minutes!! Trust me, it’s worth the wait!
  • Enjoy!