Assignment 2

Our first recepie for Assignment 2 was we made a vegetable pizza pictured below and with the following ingredients:

Trader Joe’s Ready to Bake Garlic and Herb Pizza dough

Pizza sauce (canned or home made)

Healthy 8 chopped veggie mix from Trader Joe’s (brocoli, carrots, green cabbage, red cabbage, jicama, green bell peppers, radish and celery)

Mozarella Cheese

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Instructions to assemble:

Saute’ the chopped veggie mix (about 2 cups) in 2 TBLS of olive oil until soft and set to the side

On a round pan, press out half of the pizza dough out to the edge and spread over lightly over with olive oil(save other half of dough for the next pizza!)

Place under oven broiler for about 4 minutes (slightly brown) then remove from oven

Spread pizza sauce over browned pizza crust to taste(we used about 1/2 a cup)

Sprinkle saute’ veggie mix over the pizza

Sprinkle about 2 cups of cheese over the pizza

Bake at 425 for about 15 minutes (grilling is an option)

You can also add any meats to your liking


Our second recipe for Assignment 2 was stewed rhubarb.

6 cups of fresh rhubarb

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons of water

Mix all ingrediens in a lare saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring unitl sugar is dissolved.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Simmer uncovered, stirring often, about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened and rhubarb is in threads.  Cool.  Makes about 3 cups.  Good on icecream, in oatmeal or just plain.20170516_165733[1]

Jasmine Brown Rice

We chose to use some boil up some Jasmine Brown Rice and use it in a few things the first being in chocolate chip cookies.  We first tried to substitute the rice instead of some of the flour but that did not work so well as shown below.


We then tried again with the correct amount of flour and just added the rice as a filler and they turned out much better as shown.


Our second use of the rice was for scrambled eggs for breakfast.  We used ingredients that we found around the kitchen which are shown below which included the rice, eggs, ground sausage, mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese.


Here are some pictures of the work in progress.



Breakfast is served with a few things to the dish.


Our third recipe for assignment 3 is to use the rice in meat loaf.

1 lbs. of hamburger

1 cup of the cooked Jasmine Brown Rice

1 egg

mix together with salt and pepper to taste along with chilie powder and garlic and onion


Place in a bread style pan and bake at 350 for one hour and serve


Week 1: Sauces and condiments, kitchen basics – Home Assignment #1


One recipe was for homemade chili using this recipe.

1 Qt tomato juice

2 cans of kidney beans

2 cans of chili beans

2 cans of black beans or northern beans

1 lbs of browned ground beef

Salt & Pepper as preferred

Chili power as preferred

1 cup of chopped onions

Mix together and slow cook until hot.  Serve with sour cream, grated cheese, frito chips etc…  Makes for a lot of lunches.  I think chili gets better with age!

We also made scalloped potatoes from the following recipe which we cut in half.  (The photo to the right is before cooking and after cooking to the left.)
5 lbs of potatoes skinned and sliced
1 can of evaporated milk
1 cup of milk
Salt & Pepper
1 can of cream of mushroom
1 can of cream of chicken
Pour into a buttered 9×13 pan
Place cubed butter on top
bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours

Since we only wanted halve the recipe we cut out the milk and used the one full can of evaporated milk. We also just used one full can of cream of mushroom soup and no cream of chicken soup. We had some bacon bits and cubed ham in the refrigerator and so we added them in an arbitrary amount as we did the onions and celery.

We have a pretty good stockpile of food on hand for making meals but the problem becomes that I tend not to eat much for dinner as part of my diet. I eat a fairly large breakfast and lunch and with 3 out of 4 kids out of the house it is more difficult to make meals without making too much food.

The experience with cooking the meal with my wife and I went well and was fun. We each did a portion of the tasks. I do enjoy using up the odds and ends in our kitchen. Doing that feels less wasteful.