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This bread is out of this world! A Fannie named Liz came up with this, and we can't get enough. With our names being Liz and Lizi, it was just too perfect to not include Liz in the title!
The sharpness of the cheese mixed with the warm, crunchy bread, is a match made in heaven. We find ourselves wanting to make this all the time now!
We like to cut the bread into bites for dipping! Try mixing extra virgin olive oil with our favorite Balsamic Vinegar (Napa Valley Oak Wood Ages Balsamic Vinegar). You can also serve the bread sliced and on the side of any entree. Even try making a sandwich with it! Honestly, anything you would put on as Asiago bagel would be delicious on it.
And one of our favorite things to do with the delicious bread is to deliver to a friend. Take it right out of the oven, still hot and wrapped in a cotton kitchen towel. You will be the favorite neighbor without question after such a delivery!
Keep cooking, your family is worth it!
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Pour the warm water into a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast, flour, and salt. Stir with dough hook until blended and moist.
Spray a piece of plastic wrap with olive oil and place over the top of the bowl. Place the bowl in the refrigerater for at least 5 hours, overnight, or up to 24 hours.
Remove the bowl from the refrigerator. Turn the oven to 425 degrees. Place two cast iron pots in the oven with lids on.
Spray the counter and your hands with a little olive oil. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide in half. Each half should weigh about 1 pound, 10 ounces.
Knead lightly about 3/4 cups of Parmesan cheese into the dough. Form into a round.
Spray a piece of parchmant paper with a little olive oil. Place the formed loaf on the parchment paper. Now repeat with the other half of the dough. You will have 2 loaves on 2 seperate pieces of parchment paper.
Spray the top of each loaf with a little olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with Fleur de sel salt. Spread the Asiago cheese on top of each loaf.
Remove the lids from the pots. Place the loaves in the pots with the parchment paper. Cover with the lids.
Bake for 20 minutes, and then remove the lids. Continue to bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how brown you want the cheese. Be careful not to burn it!
Remove from the oven and place the loaves on a cooling rack. Eat while warm or let cool completely. Delicious either way!
Welcome to our most recent edition of TDF Weekly! It has been a wild and crazy week in The Food Nanny's kitchen. This week, I am sharing some of our favorite items and a little glimpse into my crazy life right now!
As many of you know, I am writing a cookbook! Holy cow it has been nuts. I now understand why it took my mom 7 years to write her first book! It truly is so much work between coming up with the recipes, lots of trial and error, and more dishes than you can imagine. But the excitement in getting to share all of this with you makes it all worth it! I now know why it took my mom 7 years to write her first book. Here are some highlights about the book so far:
And now you know why things have looked a little different around here. As exhausting as this has been, it is all worth it to share our love for Kamut with as many people as possible. It is truly life changing. If you haven't tried it yet, grab one of our 5 lb bags and get cooking! We are so grateful to each and every one of you! And don't forget, keep cooking, your family is worth it.
Welcome to this weeks edition of TDF Weekly! We feel like we are finally getting back in the swing of things after the Holidays. How are you doing with cooking at least 3 times a week? Its not too late to get started! Now lets get to our post:
And that's it for this week! Keep cooking, your family is worth it.
Happy New Year Fannies! We enjoyed spending the Holidays with family, but are ready to get this year started!
For this weeks TDF Weekly, we decided to mix things up a little bit. On social media and all over the internet, you will find various views on New Years Resolutions. Some people love them, others hate them. I have seen people resolving to lose weight, to read more, to eat less sugar, and the list goes on.
We just want to add our two cents to this conversation! However you feel about resolutions, you will want to keep reading!
Last week over on instagram, I challenged you to cook at least 3 meals a week for our families. We got several messages saying that seemed a little low, and we agree! The Food Nanny way has always been to cook at home at least 5 days a week. We actually like to have the ingredients for 7 dinners just in case our plans change last minute. But that can seem so daunting if you are just getting started. Three days a week is the place to start, and then add on from there!
To start, studies show that there are tremendous benefits to eating together as a family. After pulling from several articles, we have compiled a list of why we feel so passionately about dinner time.
For years, the Food Nanny has been all about cooking for your family. This is still a huge part of our message, and always will be. But we also feel so passionately about families eating the same foods together!
First off, we are not big fans of fad diets. Sure, sometimes you need to cut back on certain things to feel your best. But food is not to be feared! There is no such thing as good food or bad food, just portion control.
With this being said, it is so important to eat what your family is eating. Use good clean ingredients like Kamut and our French Salt, and create a delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy. If you do this, you can reach your goals and still enjoy the foods you love!
Finally, let's get started! Now that you see the importance of eating dinner as a family, we have some delicious meals for you. Almost all of our recipes are quick and easy. They were created to make your life easier! The biggest tip we have for you is to meal plan ahead of time. Knowing what you are making and having the ingredients ahead of time will be a game changer! Here are a few of our staple and quick meals to help get you started:
So what are you waiting for? Get and keep cooking, your family really is worth it! And guess what? You don't have to make yourself separate food to reach your goals. Join us and cook dinner for your family at least 3 times every week. Life is busy and it will sometimes be hard, but you can do it! We are so excited for everything to come in 2020.
To learn more about the above points, check out these articles:
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Notes: Everyone loves this Jell-O salad! It can be served as a dessert as well.
This recipe was first introduced to us by our daughter/sister in law Shana. She brings this treat to all of our family gatherings. It didn't take long for the whole family to be hooked!
Once you take one bite of it, you won't be able to put it down. It is perfect to bring to all your family gatherings. Or it would make a perfect neighbor gift around the holidays! Put it in some cellophane and add a cute ribbon. And just like that, all of your neighbors will be calling you the best cook in town!
Everyone who tries this asks us for the recipe. The flavors work perfectly together! It is so satisfying and delicious.
Possibly the best things about our Coconutty Cereal Treats is how easy they are. Just one batch makes 16 servings and is ready to go in a matter of minutes.
The one thing people sometimes do wrong is boil the butter, corn syrup, and sugar for too long. I try and keep it boiling for only 2-4 minutes. If you go 5 plus minutes, the mixture will harden like a rock when adding it to the cereal. Don't overthink it, just make sure and not leave it on for long.
This treat isn't just a dessert. We have found it makes the perfect after school snack too! My kids will gobble it right up. It is a fun way to mix things up.
Enjoy making this for your family!
Combine the Corn Chex, Golden Grahams, almonds, and coconut in a large bowl.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the corn syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 4 minutes. Pour over the cereal mixture. Mix all ingredients well with a wooden spoon and serve.
Store in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap.
Hello Fannies! We missed you last week! But after a wonderful trip to Mexico (more on that later) we are back to normal life around here! And with that, we have some fun things in store for you.
Do you still have some gifts to buy? Or maybe you still can't decide what you want this year. Either way, don't forget to check out our ultimate gift guide. We gathered some of our very favorite things that we think you will love too.
Tis the season for lots and lots of treats! Whether you are looking for something to bring to a party, to share with neighbors, or to enjoy with family, we have you covered.
Did you catch my crazy, amazing Mexico trip with Abi last week? It was a nonstop party! And now we want you to come on a trip with us! Let me give you a little background on how it all got started:
A couple months ago, Abi joined me for a live. I introduced her to the unbelievable Mexican vanilla one of our Fannies sends us. Abi couldn't get over the amazing smell and taste! Somehow this transitioned to us talking about our love for Mexico, and next thing we know, people are asking us to take them on a trip. So we started getting the ball rolling for you!
Before putting a trip together, we wanted to make sure we could give you a vacation of a lifetime. So we went down and explored! We were spoiled by 2 different resorts and had to make lots of decisions on what we would do with you guys.
Our rooms were decked out in welcome gifts, rice art, and so much more. They even wrote out Food Nanny in the sand! I cried when I first saw it. We seriously ate like queens. After experiencing it for ourselves, we want to give you the opportunity. We know its not the easiest time to pay right before Christmas, but this is a trip you do not want to miss. Here are all of the details:
We will be in Mexico for 6 days and 5 nights. We decided to go with the Live Aqua (All-inclusive) Resort Cancun in February. You can sign up here. Everything is built in to the cost, except for any shopping expenses. Each morning, we will start with some group yoga. You really won't have to think about a thing while there. Here is the schedule:
So what are you waiting for? Snag your spot and come with us! Between Abi and myself, you are bound to laugh your way through Mexico. Finally, here are some things we want you to consider:
And that's a wrap! Happy Holiday's Fannies. Keep cooking, your family is worth it!
When we think of authentic Italian pizza, this is what we think of! It is what I make when I am craving a little piece of Italy.
Margherita means red sauce, green basil, and white cheese. Think of the Italian flag! So much fun.
In Italy, the cheese on top is sliced rather than shredded. It is typically fresh mozzarella cheese. One of the best things about this pizza is all the fresh ingredients. The flavors are simple and absolutely delicious.
This pizza is a little bit of a labor of love. But don't be intimidated by the peeled tomatoes! If it seems like too much, use some delicious canned tomatoes. We even do that sometimes.
But if you are peeling your tomatoes, we have a simple way for you. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. On the bottom of each tomato, cut a shallow X with a paring knife. Do not cut the flesh! With a large slotted spoon, drop each tomato in the boiling water. When the skin begins to curl back at the X, after 15-30 seconds, remove the tomatoes and place them in ice water to stop the cooking. Then simply peel off the skin.
This makes one 16 inch pizza or 2 12-inch pizzas. We prefer a nice thin crust, especially for Margherita.
On this recipe, we use our basic pizza dough. The tuscan sun dough is out of this world, but it does take more time. The basic dough is ridiculously fast and easy! It is a matter of minutes to get this dough ready.
This is a recipe that only costs a couple of dollars. We love pizza night, but it can get expensive when going out! When you make it at home, it can be simple, cheap, and delicious.
We love this pizza! Add it to your menu for your next pizza night. It may take a little time, but you will not regret it! You cannot beat the flavor of a homemade authentic margherita pizza. Enjoy!
Oil the pizza pan(s) and set aside.
Prepare the pizza dough, roll it out, and place it in the prepared pan(s).
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Peel and dice the tomatoes, discarding the seeds, and combine with the salt and 1/4 cup oil in a bowl. Spread over the crust.
Bake 15-20 minutes on the lowest oven rack. Remove pizza from the oven and arrange the mozzarella and the Parmesan, if using. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle on additional olive oil. Return to oven till bubbly, 5-10 minutes. Top with basil and serve immediately.