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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Banana Bread French Toast on: September 06, 2011 05:42:13 PM
I decided to bake banana bread the other night, while pondering what else I can do with it other then heat it, put butter on it and chow down, I came up with the idea of treating it like every other bread. Bringing me to one of my favorite dishes (next to pizza)...French Toast.

The whole thing worked out very well, It needed something salty to go with the sweet of fake syrup though (cant seem to get good syrup in this part of PA  Sad

Anyway, you can get the recipe at my fresh out the oven blog. the blog is still under organization work, writing work..and everything else a less then day old blog needs


Thanks for your time
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spinach artichoke dip pizza on: August 30, 2011 06:05:05 PM
I return with yet another pizza

First a little back story.

I work in a restaurant / bar (pub) so when it gets slow, we cook ourselves a lot of food not on the menu. A few nights back a co worker and I had this idea of using the spinach artichoke dip as a pizza sauce and topping it off with provolone.
Let me say it was fantastic but had room for improvement which I promised to do...So here it is.

This consists of:
a medium thick crust
a Spin Dip recipe (im not fully happy with...so I am not posting it at the time)
Fresh Provolone
Shredded Parm.
Diced tomato
Diced onion
canned sliced olives (rinsed)
and jarred artichoke hearts peeled apart

For using the dip as a pizza sauce, I highly recommended thinning it out over low heat with some milk. At least any spin dip that calls for using sour cream and cream cheese.....

13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Breakfast Pizza on: August 23, 2011 04:56:01 PM
I'm a night person. Some of my best recipes come to me late night after work...last night/ this morning(4am) was one of those nights. While sitting at my computer I had this random idea of "breakfast pizza". A dish bringing my two favorite things together, breakfast food and cheesy dough baked in a rocket hot oven.
I did some research to see if others have had this wonderful idea to find only a few, most I did not agree with the techniques used, texture combinations, or the science (lack of it) in the dish.
So here is my semi final product after my thinking, research and what I call "lab time".

Consists of:
1 thin crust pizza dough
olive oil
2 and a half 1/2 rounds of hot breakfast sausage
half of a small onion, thinly sliced
3 eggs, scrambled
a large handful of fresh shredded cheddar jack cheese
missing: Green pepper, chopped, and a little tomato chopped (both of which I thought I had but apparently not)

Hope it has motivated you to mix more of your own favorite dishes into one.
thanks for looking
14  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sesame Tofu on: August 15, 2011 11:27:04 PM
While surfing the web one day I stumbled across a handful of sesame chicken recipes and it was starting to sound really good. I told myself a while back that I will never attempt to make Americana Chinese take out ever again;it's just never the same no matter what you do.
Well, I am officially a liar to some degree cause it ended up happening. After opening my freezer to take out chicken, I realized I had tofu that really needed to be used like this week. So the protein ended up changing.
The recipe needs a little tweaking for my general palate but it's a great jumping off point.


2 blocks extra firm tofu pressed and cut into triangles
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons roasted sesame seed oil

For the Sauce

2 1/4 cups veg broth
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 cloves garlic, grated
1 tablespoon ginger, grated
1 1/2 tablespoon Sriracha (optional)
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes(optional)
3 tablespoons sesame seed oil

Sesame seeds to garnish
Steamed broccoli
Cooked white rice

1. Combine tofu, soy sauce and sesame seed oil in a large bowl. Toss until tofu sucks up pretty much all the liquid.

2. Dissolve cornstarch in broth, combine all ingredients for the sauce in a sauce pan. Whisk and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer.

3. Preheat oil for frying tofu to 350 degrees. Add cornstarch to tofu and toss to coat. Drop each piece of tofu into hot oil. Fry in batches until golden and drain on paper towels.

Note:If the sauce thickens to much before serving, add a few splashes of broth and whisk in over low heat.

Thanks for looking.
15  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Single serving pot pocket pie on: June 30, 2011 12:22:40 AM
After reading seeing this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383859.0 I really wanted to make something similar. I've  been making full sized pot pies for many years and have made dessert pocket pies a few times. This is the outcome of my actions.

The sauce is a little... off putting but it's a cliche pot pie cream sauce made with a blonde roux, salt, pepper, garlic, onion and cream. The whole thing was filled with mixed vegetables(I cheated and just picked up a bag instead of doing all the chopping),and potatoes.

My over all thought after getting to the inside was that it didn't have enough filling but my crust is perfect, tender and flaky with good color. The next time / when I go to write my recipe, the pie will be larger with closer to a cup of filling.
Thanks for looking.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Question about making hats on: June 27, 2011 12:39:18 AM
I am thinking about trying to sew my own flatbrim fitted caps however the bill is throwing me off. What should one put in the inside of it to make it as thick as the commercial ones are? (i dont want to rip open my current one to find out what's in it)
17  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Ducks?! on: April 01, 2011 07:24:29 AM
to start

now that I got that out of my system....

can you tell me what floats, but yet you can not build a bridge out of it?

a: ducks

now all mighty Craftster, Why ducks?
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bike Tube wallet on: March 27, 2011 10:18:27 PM
I started this project a while ago, and just decided to finish it tonight

I cut a normal sized road bike tube in half, and cutting it down the middle to open it all the way flat. I measured my current duct tape wallet for length(it really is the perfect size) and cut two pieces of tube for it. I Then measured the size of my License and cut a section of tube just a little longer then that. I cut that section in half to make two parts of it..making the pockets.
stitched the sections together by hand (with green thread..cause i figured if I didnt put a border on it, the green would just be interesting accent marks)
the boarder was made from an old flannel. I used a machine for that which proved to be tough sewing through 3 layers of rubber and two layers of fabric. I missed the rubber in a few spots (some how) which I had to go back and do by hand. I was less worried about the inside so the seams ended up getting cut off from the fabric being to wide..but once again..im the only one to really see the inside.

19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tomato Rose Garnish on: March 27, 2011 05:15:47 PM

Decided it was a good day to teach myself a garnish technique and ended up slightly upset with how easy it was to do.

Basically, take a tomato and a good sharp pairing knife and cut the skin off a tomato. Try to skin it without breaking your cut as long as possible and leaving as much flesh on the tomato as possible...I was able to do the entire tomato with using an ultra sharp knife.
Once that is done. Flip it so the flesh side is up and start rolling. Once you have the rose the size you want, cut off the excess. Flip the rose up and use the tip of your knife to move it to a plate or where ever.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cycling Cap on: March 26, 2011 04:49:14 PM
Before I post the pictures I am just going to put it out there that I don't sew very much so my stitching is a little messed up but all in all, these hats are great.

The main part of the hat is made from an old pair of dress pants which is really thin...makes it nice while biking but made for a flimsy hat. The bill is made a cut piece of plastic folder. I'm sure with better quality fabric and a little more patience, these things would really shine.

I wish I could take credit for the pattern but I'm not that cool..so here is the link to it and the guy also has a collection of photos as well.


All in all, this was way cheaper then buying one.
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