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pizza puffs


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Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

These pizza puffs are easy and delicious! They can be served as lunch, dinner, snack, or appetizer. (Russell has even eaten them for breakfast.)

[Side Note completely unrelated to pizza puffs: Russell and I are in the process of moving back to our home state, so the blog will be on hiatus for a bit until we get settled in.]

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Mini Black Olive Pizza Puffs

Pizza Puffs
From the Kitchen of: Lick the Bowl Good

Prep Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Servings: 2-3 (as a meal; more if snack or appetizer)
Difficulty: Easy

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¾ tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
pinch of salt (optional)
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
¾ cup whole milk (I used 2%)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I like to use ½ cup cheddar, ½ cup mozzarella)
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (I used the cheese in the green container)
1 cup cubed pepperoni (or other topping of choice)
½ cup store-bought pizza sauce (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 24 cup mini-muffin pan or regular 12 cup muffin pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and red pepper flakes (if using) ; whisk in milk and egg. Stir in mozzarella, parmesan and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.

Stir the batter and divide among the muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping. (I prefer mine without dipping sauce.)

All of my batter did not fit into the 24 cup mini-muffin pan, so I made a full-size muffin with the leftover batter. Some pans are larger than others so you may not have an issue.



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feta, cheddar, and spinach muffins


feta, cheddar, and spinach muffins  I  frozen pizza, again?

I am not a fan of muffins because they are typically sweet. (I have the opposite of a sweet tooth; I have a salty tooth.) But I found these non-sweet muffins quite tasty, probably because they are more like biscuits than muffins.

I was a little nervous about trying this recipe because it is written in metric units (and I’m terrible at math), but the conversion part was solved for me when I remembered that the digital kitchen scale Russell got me for my birthday has both ounces and grams.

feta, cheddar, and spinach muffins  I  frozen pizza, again?

Feta, Cheddar, and Spinach Muffins
From the Kitchen of: I Like Ginger Biscuits

Prep Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 muffins
Difficulty: Easy

2 ¼ cups/ 300 grams all-purpose flour (a slightly rounded cup is okay)
2 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 egg
1 cup/ 220 ml milk (I used 2%)
2 Tbsp/ 30 grams butter
half a red onion, chopped (I think you could substitute any onion)
2 ¾ well-packed cups/ 130 grams fresh baby spinach after stems have been removed
1 ⅓ cups/ 100 grams shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup/ 150 grams crumbled or chopped feta cheese

Preheat oven to 325°F/ 170°C/ gas mark 3. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.

Melt butter in a sauté pan; add chopped onion and cook until soft and browned.

While onion is sautéing mix together flour, baking powder, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl whisk together egg and milk. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients; stir to combine.

Chop the spinach into small pieces. Add both cheeses, spinach, and onion to ingredients in the large bowl and stir to incorporate. You may need to add a couple splashes of milk if the batter is too dry or won’t mix well.

Kitchen Tip: An easy way to chop spinach – stack several leaves on top of each other. Cut into strips, then rotate 90 degrees and slice again. Run knife through pieces a few more times until you achieve desired size of pieces.

Scoop into muffin pan using an ice cream scoop (this gives them a nice rounded shape). The muffin cups should be at least ¾ full.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. (There may be a few crumbs or melted cheese on the toothpick, but the crumbs will look done. If the crumbs come out translucent and underdone stick the muffins back in the oven for few minutes at a time until cooked all the way through.)


  • The batter will be very dense, more like biscuit dough, and the muffins will not rise much in the oven.
  • Though cayenne is usually a spicy ingredient, in these muffins it just kicks up the flavor (but without the heat).
  • The amount of chopped spinach called for is 2 ½ cups, but I only used 1 ½ cups of chopped spinach because I didn’t think an extra cup would actually mix into the batter.
  • I do not recommend using muffin cups for this recipe because the muffins will stick to the paper.



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parmesan cheddar squash casserole


parmesan cheddar squash casserole  I  frozen pizza, again?

How appropriate that I am posting this yummy recipe at the beginning of summer! It is a great recipe for summer because yellow squash is in season. You could even substitute zucchini, which is also in season, for some of the squash.

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Parmesan Cheddar Squash Casserole
From the Kitchen of: NancyCreative

Prep Time: 1 – 1 ½ hours
Servings: 10-12
Difficulty: Easy

4 lbs yellow squash, sliced (or about 8 cups sliced)
4 Tbsp butter, divided
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced (I used garlic powder)
2 ½ cups homemade soft breadcrumbs, divided
1 ½ cups shredded parmesan cheese, divided
2 cups (8 wt oz) shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup chopped fresh chives
½ cup minced fresh parsley
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
¼ tsp garlic salt

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In large skillet,* cook squash, covered in boiling water, for 8-10 minutes or until tender. Drain well and remove squash from skillet. Gently press squash between paper towels to remove remaining moisture and set aside. (I left the squash sitting on paper towels until I needed it. I periodically changed out the paper towels when they got too wet.)

In same large skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic,* and sauté 5 – 6 minutes or until tender. Remove skillet from heat; stir in squash, 1 cup bread crumbs, ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, and remaining ingredients (cheddar through eggs) except for garlic salt. Spoon into a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.

Melt remaining 2 Tbsp butter and stir with remaining 1 ½ cups breadcrumbs, ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, and garlic salt. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the top of the casserole. (You can also sprinkle another ½ cup of cheddar cheese on top to make it extra cheesy.)

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until set. This makes 8-10 servings.


  • I needed 2 large pots to cook all of the squash; each was about ½ – ¾ full.
  • If using garlic powder do not cook with onions. Add with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.

{Fun Fact}
Q: Is squash a vegetable?
A: “[S]quash and gourds are actually fruits! Because they aren’t sweet, they are typically used as vegetables. But by botanical definition, fruits have their seeds on the inside. Squash are fruit, like tomatoes.” – The Nibble



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sausage cheese crescent squares


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These squares are awesome! Simple yet tasty. They can be served as an appetizer or as breakfast. I recently brought them to a game night at our friends’ house and the four of us devoured the entire tray. Oh, and I won Snack Time. (We weren’t even having a contest.)

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Sausage and Cheese Crescent Squares
From the Kitchen of: Becky McPherson for Pillsbury.com

Prep Time: 1 hour
Servings: 15+ (depends on how big you cut your squares)
Difficulty: Easy

2 (8 oz) cans crescent rolls OR 2 (8 oz) cans Crescent Recipe Creations dough sheets
1 lb ground pork sausage, spicy or mild
1 (8 oz) package reduced-fat cream cheese
2 cups (8 oz) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch (3 quart) glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, particularly along the sides.

If using crescent rolls: Unroll 1 can of dough into 2 long rectangles. Place into baking dish; press over bottom and ½ inch up sides to form crust. If using dough sheets: Unroll 1 can of dough. Place into baking dish; press over bottom and ½ inch up sides to form crust.

In a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink; drain grease. Push sausage to edges of pan;. add cream cheese to middle of pan. Melt cream cheese over low heat, then mix with cooked sausage until meat is coated. Spoon evenly over crust in baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar.

If using crescent rolls: Unroll second can of dough on work surface. Press to form 9 x 13 inch rectangle; firmly press perforations to seal. Carefully place over cheese. If using dough sheets: Unroll second can of dough on work surface. Press to form 9 x 13 inch rectangle. Carefully place over cheese.

Bake 21 to 26 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Cut into small squares.


  • If you are unfamiliar with Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations dough sheets, they are basically crescent roll dough without the perforations to separate individual rolls. For this recipe, I recommend using Recipe Creations dough instead of regular crescent dough because it will be easier to work with. Also, don’t accidentally buy Crescent Rounds; they do not work well for this dish.


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cheesy zucchini rice


cheesy zucchini rice  I  frozen pizza, again?

Zucchini is a relatively new vegetable to me.* It’s not that I didn’t like it until now; my family just never ate zucchini when I was growing up and, therefore, I didn’t have any recipes using zucchini. Thanks to Pinterest and some awesome food blogs I am slowly collecting recipes that use zucchini. This is one of my favorite zucchini recipes that I have found so far. (Not to be confused with Cheesy Zucchini and Rice Casserole, which is also tasty.)

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Cheesy Zucchini Rice
From the Kitchen of: Buns in My Oven

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4-6
Difficulty: Easy

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup long-grain white rice
2 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp butter
1 medium or 2 small zucchini, shredded (you can use a food processor or cheese grater)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
½ tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
splash of milk, as needed

Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add rice and stir to coat. Toast rice, stirring often, just until it starts to turn golden.

Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Remove from heat and add butter, zucchini, cheddar, and garlic powder. Stir until well incorporated. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.

Stir again and add salt and pepper, to taste, and a splash of milk until the rice is your preferred consistency. (Adding milk is completely optional; I don’t usually add any at all.)

I have tried this recipe with and without the garlic powder; though both are good I actually prefer to omit the garlic.

{Fun Fact}
*Is zucchini actually a vegetable?

“In a culinary context, the zucchini is treated as a vegetable, which means it is usually cooked and presented as a savory dish or accompaniment. Botanically, however, the zucchini is an immature fruit, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower.” – Wikipedia




restaurant recreation: red lobster’s cheddar bay biscuits


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I’ve been told these biscuits are better than the real thing. I haven’t done a side-by-side comparison, but I can tell you that the replicas are really, really good!

cheddar bay biscuits  I  frozen pizza, again?

Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Slightly Adapted from the Kitchen of: sgrishka on BigOven.com

Prep Time: 30 mins
Servings: 12 biscuits
Difficulty: Easy

2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
¾ cup 2% milk
6 Tbsp butter, divided and melted
¾ tsp garlic powder, divided
½ tsp dried parsley flakes
2 dashes salt

Preheat your oven to 400°F.

Combine Bisquick with cheddar cheese, milk, 2 Tbsp melted butter, and ¼ tsp garlic powder in a medium bowl. Mix until well-combined. Splash with milk if dry.

Drop approximately ¼ cup portions of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Combine ¼ cup butter with ½ tsp garlic powder, parsley flakes and salt. Brush mixture over the tops of each unbaked biscuit. Set aside leftover melted butter.

Bake for 12 – 14 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown. Remove from oven, and brush rest of melted butter on top of biscuits. Serve warm.

These biscuits would pair well with Sour Cream Noodle Bake or Baked Salmon with Browned Butter Sauce!