Breaking away from the week with some fun in the kitchen

Spending all week in the digital world requires a return to something hands-on for the weekend. I often turn to the kitchen for some cooking or baking. Not only does it allow me to use my hands instead of a screen, the end results give me something yummy to eat now and extras to freeze for later.

Doing something with my hands to create without a computer brings me back to my core creative drive. I love being in the kitchen and making something wonderful out of a bunch of ingredients that don’t do much on their own.

First up this weekend was homemade pizza crust and sauce to make pizza. I’ve had a dough recipe I’ve used before that doesn’t use any olive oil, but I’ve seen many recipes that have olive oil as a main ingredient and I wanted to try one. Lucky for me, one of the recent episodes my TiVo recorded of “The Pioneer Woman” with Ree Drummond on food network was about pizza with easy recipes for an olive oil dough and pizza sauce. You can find the show and recipes here.

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The dough was really easy to make in a stand mixer. I rolled it out thin and it baked up super crispy. The sauce is easy to make in a blender and doesn’t require any cooking. It was the perfect topper for a pizza I made of the crust, some smoked sausage, onions, spinach and a mix of mozzarella and provolone cheese.

The other item I made was definitely in season. I’m talking Pumpkin Spice season! I made yummy pumpkin muffins. You can find the recipe here. These were easy to make and produced a true muffin, dense and perfect for coffee. These aren’t like cupcakes. I’ve fallen for the coffee shop “muffin” too many times only to bite into it and think it was more like a cupcake than a muffin. 

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The only thingI did different was to drop some chopped pecans on top of the muffins before baking rather than granola.

One think I love about weekend cooking is that I often end up with enough to put extras in the freezer for use later in the week. This is such a time saver! And both of these recipes yielded enough for me to freeze extras. I now have dough, sauce and precooked sausage in the freezer ready for an impromptu pizza night and muffins ready for any morning coffee this week.

I hope you’re having a great week after the weekend and find ways to give yourself a break from your weekly routines.