Margherita Pizza

ONE OF THE BEST PIZZAS YOU WILL MAKE   I haven’t met many people who say they aren’t fans of pizza and today I’m going to make your mouth water with what I call my Margherita Pizza. There isn’t a gathering that I’ve held or been to where I’ve made this pizza where friends and family are wanting the recipe. Now, they won’t have to ask as my secret Margherita recipe will be shared here today and available forever. What I love about making homemade pizza is that my family can get involved and we all enjoy creating a custom pizza that we will all enjoy. No one says a pizza has to be topped with just mozzarella and pepperoni. Don’t worry if you don’t have round pizza baking sheets or any mad dough throwing pizza skills either. I make my pizza in square pans and cut them into squares and you know what? They taste the same as if it were shaped like a round pizza pie.   Pizza any day   If I do say so myself nothing beats pizza whether it’s on a weekday or a Friday night and I’ve even had the pleasure to eat pizza […]

Simple homemade plain bagel

HOT BAKED BAGELS   We enjoy a good bagel in this house and although it’s easy to buy bagels when grocery shopping we tend to enjoy homemade bagels the best. Yes, I know you are thinking, she even makes bagels and it’s true I do. I try to make as much homemade food as I can for my family instead of having to rush in and purchase convenience items just so they can enjoy something they love. My family doesn’t complain about the homemade cookies, cakes and delicious meals that come out of our kitchen. I hope one day they can teach their own children the simple art of following a recipe, basic ingredients, cooking and baking techniques which I share with them each time they are my little helpers. With the rising costs of everyday produce and other grocery items I can cut my grocery budget and save when I make food homemade like bagels instead of opting for commercial baked bagels. If I can make it, I’ll give it go. Bagels are expensive and for just six in a packet for a decent bagel the price can hit upwards of $3.00 or more so it’s a luxury item. […]

Stollen bread for the Christmas holidays

SWEET AND SIMPLE THIS FRUIT BREAD IS PACKED FULL OF FLAVOUR   If it’s a sweet treat you crave but don’t want to indulge in chocolate or something ooey gooey then this recipe is a must try. Christmas prep is in full swing at my house and the hustle and bustle in the kitchen only means that I’m baking up a long list of holiday favourites for everyone to enjoy. I like to be ahead of the game and get some treats and breads ready in case of unexpected guests or even just as a sweet treat on a cold winter’s day! With so many rich, traditional foods at Christmas, it can be a welcome change to be offered a slice of delicious home-made Stollen bread with butter, cheese, or a homemade preserve such as my carrot marmalade which I also use in this recipe. With the coming and goings of expected and unexpected guests during the Christmas holidays it’s a good idea to have a stand-by recipe for bread suitable for all occasions. This Stollen bread recipe offers just that and it’s not that difficult to make but it’s the culture behind the bread that most people often wonder […]

Baked Loaded Cauliflower Pizza

  Cauliflower Just Got A Whole Lot Better If you are in the mood for an easy pizza recipe or if you aren’t good at making pizza dough than this is the pizza for you. I know you are thinking cauliflower pizza sounds disgusting but trust me it’s far from what you think.The best part is that you don’t need any flour and it’s not going to cost you lots of money to make this frugal pizza in a flash. When I am on Facebook, particularly my Canadian Budget Binder and The Free Recipe Depot pages I see recipes in  my news feed all the time and many of my fans like and share recipes as well. The other day one of my fans and I can’t remember who mentioned or liked this cauliflower pizza recipe and I knew I just had to make it. I thought it was a brilliant idea since we had a great big bowl of cauliflower mash in the refrigerator that my wife and I made the previous day instead of mashed potatoes. Her sister came around with a head of cauliflower that they weren’t going to use up on time and asked if we […]

Homemade Olive Pita Bread

Making homemade olive pita bread is easier than you think and it won’t break the grocery budget. Even if you don’t like olives in your pita bread simply leave them out of the recipe. We’ve been buying pita bread lately to get away from traditional loaves of bread and it’s much more versatile for us as a couple. Although we normally buy it we wanted to try and make homemade pita bread to see if it was worth all the hoopla in the kitchen. It sure was, absolutely worth every penny and the time and effort to make it. This is now going to be a regular recipe in our home although I may modify the flour for my wife who would want a whole wheat pita. You can flavour your pita bread with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, chives and parsley. You really can add any spices you like to this pita bread recipe to make it your own custom bread. For this recipe I used a white all-purpose flour although you don’t have to stick with white flour as there are other options. If you love pita bread and you can’t have white pita you can easily make a whole wheat […]

Mr.CBB’s Spinach and Ricotta Fettuccine

Spinach and Ricotta pasta is our take of the stuffed spinach and ricotta cannelloni but using pasta instead and no sauce. We thought there has to be a quicker way to make a baked pasta dish then having to stuff tubes and baking them in the oven. This recipe is so creamy you literally can’t stop stuffing it in your mouth. The ricotta when heated melts just that little bit and when mixed with the pasta, garlic, spinach and Parmigiano creates a magical combination that is hard to resist. This meal is one of those quick meals that should only take about 15- 20 minutes to make especially if you want a good meal during the week-night when you are pressed for time or just tired from a long day. What is Ricotta?  Nothing goes to waste when making cheese and that’s how the birth of ricotta came to be a cheese by-product. Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese which is made from a sheep, cow, goat or buffalo milk with the cow’s milk often used in America and Canada. Ricotta is also low in fat. Ricotta means “re-cooked”  which uses whey the liquid that is left over when straining the curds from making cheese. If you […]

Mr.CBB’s So-Much-Better-Than-Take-Out Pizza

If you want to make pizza at home instead of take-out delivery pizza it’s easy, tasty and won’t break the budget. Pizza Delivery is still a big phenomenon around the world especially when it comes to parties, gatherings, weddings, or just treat night for the family. These shops make it even easier for the average consumer who has internet access as you can now order pizza online without having to make a phone call. The easier they make the process the less hassle you will believe it is. Making homemade pizza does take a bit of time but if you plan ahead you can easily make the perfect pizza crust and a good Italian pizza sauce. After all the history of pizza  also known as a pie points in the general direction of the Italians towards Naples, Italy. Pizza is pronounced “pittsa” which is funny because we have heard Italians pronounce it that way.Unlike Canadians, Italians savour their pizza like a small snack and don’t particularly eat it as a meal. Great thing is you don’t have to be Italian to make an Italian Pizza recipe. I will always say the best pizza is a stone oven baked pizza although most Canadians don’t have a […]

Mr.CBB’s Roasted Red Pepper Gnocchi In A Creamy Mushroom Sauce

  Don’t be afraid of the word Gnocchi, pronounced “noki” which are simply soft potato dumplings that melt in your mouth. They are super easy to make and easy on the budget. You can’t compare frozen to homemade and the price well it’s as cheap as it gets to make these little lumps of love. I’ve made these bundles of yummy goodness for many years now as they were a favourite of mine back in the UK. Along with gnocchi I also enjoy tortellini and ravioli all which offer something unique on the dinner plate than regular pasta. In the past I’ve made bog standard potato gnocchi but I’ve also made spinach gnocchi which are also very tasty. When I wanted to make this recipe I was wondering if I should make a rapini or roasted red pepper recipe but since I’ve made spinach before the peppers won. Gnocchi originates in Italy and means “Knot in wood” or “Knuckle” and has been a traditional meal since Roman Time. Gnocchi are simply made with flour, eggs, potato, spices and cheese. You can easily make these love dumplings at home or purchase them fresh or frozen at your local supermarket for a fairly cheap price. This […]