No Fail Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough 5No Fail Pizza Dough | The Suburban Soapbox

Think it takes hours to make pizza dough from scratch?  Think again.  Just a couple of ingredients and a few minutes of hands on time will reward you with perfect pizza dough every single time.  Pizza night will never be the same again. Homemade pizza dough was on my culinary bucket list for years.  I tried several variations with a billion types of flour and was always left with a chewy, puffy crust.  Not a fan of puffy crust...not a fan at all.  I like a thin crisp crust, one with some … [Read more...]

No-Cook Pizza Sauce

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Got 5 minutes?  Get a bowl, a spoon and five simple ingredients (not including water, salt and pepper) and whip up the best pizza sauce ever.  No cooking necessary.  You will never buy commercial sauce again.  I guarantee it. I'm a pizza snob.  For some reason, the pizza places in the 'burbs have a hard time getting it right.  The crust is always too puffy...the sauce too bland.  There are only a few places that I will go to for pizza and even they don't always get it right.  When I have … [Read more...]

Short Rib and Taleggio Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Rich meaty short ribs combined with creamy, smooth taleggio cheese make this the world's best grilled cheese sandwich. This, my friends, is the ultimate comfort food. I've been struggling to write this post for almost a week.  I wanted to share this amazing sandwich with all of you so you could use up your leftover Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs. ;-)  I wanted to share it immediately but, life.  Sometimes it throws you a wicked curve ball.  One that can leave you reeling for days.  One that … [Read more...]

Skinny Capellini Carbonara

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A lighter version of an Italian favorite, Skinny Capellini Carbonara is packed with flavor but won't weigh you down.  Quick, creamy and comforting....this pasta dish is ready in 10 minutes. *By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Did you know October is National Pasta Month?!?!  Well it is.....and I'm thrilled because....I'm a … [Read more...]

The Best Meatballs and Stove Top Marinara Ever

The Best Meatballs and Stove Top Marinara EVER | The Suburban Soapbox

Super savory, tender meatballs and an easy stove top marinara both contain a secret ingredient that put them in a league of their own.  No other meatball can compare....these are not your mama's meatballs.  I read a lot of cooking publications....magazines, books, web articles.  Sooooo much information that I rarely remember everything....but sometimes I come across a zinger.  A game changer....a tip that can change everything.  At least in the kitchen.  And I go at it with reckless … [Read more...]

Cheesy Andouille and Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Cheesy Andouille and Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers | The Suburban Soapbox

Fiery hot, roasted poblano peppers get stuffed with a cajun-style filling.  Loaded with andouille sausage, quinoa and cheese, this hearty meal will satisfy even the pickiest member of your family. Chile Rellenos....I stumbled on it once at Trader Joe's.  Weird, I know but I wasn't really a fan of Mexican food before I had Landon....it later became a staple due to pregnancy cravings for spicy food.  So....once upon a time I was starving and on my lunch break.  I used to frequent Trader … [Read more...]

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto | The Suburban Soapbox

Cheese Tortellini tossed with Italian sausage, pesto and pine nuts make a flavorful and quick dinner.  One skillet cooking makes clean up a breeze. Carbs are the best!  Don't you agree?  They're even better when stuffed with cheese.  Because everything's better with cheese.  And bacon but I didn't use bacon today.  I stepped it up and threw in some sausage.  Sausage is my bacon.  I love it more than any other pork product out there.  Crumbled....linked....patties....it's all so yum.  And … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew | The Suburban Soapbox

The most amazing slow cooker recipe, ever.  This hearty Chicken Marsala Stew will quickly become a family favorite and is ready to eat when you walk in the door after a busy day.  Lighter and more heart healthy than many stew recipes, you won't feel weighed down after eating a bowl.  Room for dessert! According to Facebook, school has started everywhere....but here.  It's still summer in my 'hood.  The kids are still riding their bikes through the neighbors landscaping and sucking every … [Read more...]

Easy Bolognese French Bread Pizza

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Rich, meaty bolognese sauce spread on toasted, garlic bread and topped with cheese.  This Bolognese French Bread Pizza is ready in minutes and perfect for those nights when schedules don't synch up leaving everyone to eat at staggered times.   This is the time of year when we start to get crazy.  I'm bracing for it....however, I know it's not going to happen this year.  Katie graduated in June and doesn't start school until September 22.  We are in a lull.  But because, for the past 18 … [Read more...]

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp AND a Calphalon Giveaway

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp | The Suburban Soapbox

Store-bought pesto tossed with pasta, peas and pine nuts are perfect on their own.  Top with grilled shrimp and this is suitable for entertaining those last-minute dinner guests! My foodie friend, Colleen from Souffle Bombay, was thinking about just what cookbook it was that made her fall in love with cooking recently, then she decided to ask the same question to a number of her foodie friends, myself included, and #CookbooksandCalphalon was born!  Enjoy 17 food bloggers stories as well … [Read more...]