No Fail Pizza Dough

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...]

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

The secret to a well-"stocked" kitchen....homemade Chicken Stock. Up your cooking game with a supply of this easy, tasty, golden chicken stock and boost the flavor of all your home cooked meals. You'll never buy store stock again. This is the one ingredient I can't ever get enough of.  Every soup, stew or sauce that calls for chicken stock starts with this recipe.  I "stock"pile it.  I try my best to always have it available but occasionally, I'll have to use that stuff in a box.  It just … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Rich, creamy ice cream infused with mint and filled with chocolate chips. No added dyes or artificial flavorings, this is the Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream of your dreams. (and mine!) So, let's kick off summer with this chilly treat! You wanna know something I hate. Green mint chocolate chip ice cream. It's not green by nature....I know the color screams mint but seriously, we're all big boys and girls. I think we can all figure out that mint is green but it doesn't necessarily turn food … [Read more...]

Maple Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Full of fresh herbs, a hint of heat and a little sweetness, this homemade turkey sausage will quickly become a staple at your breakfast table.  So simple to make, you'll never buy it at the grocery store again. I know what you're thinking....why bother making my own sausage when you can pick it up at the store and throw it in a pan.  Who has time for this kind of nonsense?  Right?  That's what I thought too.  And then I had the pleasure of tasting "House made" breakfast sausage at a … [Read more...]

Vanilla Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

  Toasty coconut and creamy cashews are blended together into a heavenly, healthy butter.  You're welcome. I'm not a very organized person....I go through life a little more loose than some others I know....more "fly by the seat of my pants."  I always have some kind of sketched out plan for the day but knowing how life is I'm ready for anything.  So I try to not be rigid with what I want to achieve.  Like a frozen pipe can throw a wrench into any otherwise perfectly, constructed … [Read more...]

Bananas Foster Ice Cream

I'm on a frozen treat bender right now.  I've been craving ice cream like a pregnant woman....I'm not, just in case you were wondering.  And, even when I was pregnant, I didn't crave ice cream....ever.  I wanted hot dogs and mexican food, together....with tons of hot sauce.  Yum. :-( This flavor didn't take much time to dream up.  I love Bananas Foster, the classic New Orleans dessert made famous by Brennan's Restaurant in the French Quarter. Everywhere I go they serve it with vanilla ice … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Breaking Bread

Don't throw away that leftover bread or the extra hamburger buns from your last barbecue! I freeze all my leftover bread and rolls (even the stumps....crusts of loaf bread) to use when making homemade breadcrumbs and croutons. For breadcrumbs, simply pulse on the food processor a few times until they are of a fine consistency. Spread a thin layer on a baking sheet and toast in a 325 degree oven until dry and golden. Store in an airtight container. For croutons, cut into cubes, toss in … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tip: Rising To The Occassion

I used to post a tip on Tuesday's and then stopped when I was overwhelmed with The Twelve Days of Cookies.  I received a few requests via email asking if I would continue and so I'm doing just that.  For all of loyal internet friends. Today's tip I wish I had know years ago, I would have had much more success with bread and dough making. To get your dough to rise properly, you need to keep it in a warm, draft-free location.  Sometimes that's hard to find in my house so I turn my … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Vanilla Hazelnut Butter

We are a peanut butter loving family here at The Soapbox.  It's healthy and delicious and you can put it on just about everything.  I remember eating countless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches growing up and never grew tired of them. As a parent, they're so simple to throw together for a quick lunch for the kids.  You don't even need to think about can pull off this delicious concoction before coffee! (gasp!) Lately, however, you can't pack peanut butter (or many other nut … [Read more...]

Honey Wheat Hamburger Buns

I'm willing it to be summer.  I'm so tired of the gray winter days we've been having, even the days with snow get washed out with a few hours of rain leaving everything a mushy, nasty mess.  I love snow but I like to enjoy it for more than a minute. Spring is only a couple of days away but summer is what I look forward to the most.  My oven can take a few months off while I cook 90 percent of our meals outside on the grill.  And the anyone else tired of eating root vegetables?  I … [Read more...]