A New Kind of Weekend Warrior

Weekend Adventures with my KitchenAid Mixer!

Banana Bread January 4, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Diana @ 2:56 am

Banana Bread 1

Originally uploaded by Dramamonkey


Consider this entry a placeholder until I get a chance to upload the recipe.


Pizza Dough January 3, 2009

Filed under: Other,Uncategorized — Diana @ 7:03 pm

Happy New Year everyone!

I just got back from visiting my boyfriend’s family in Alabama. We had a great time and I did a little bit of baking with his 9 year old neice. We made cinnamon swirl bread and she had a grand time kneading the dough, rolling it out, and sprinkling the cinnamon sugar.

While I was there, she was playing a game on her Nintendo DS called Cooking Mama that has recipes on it (the game was pretty fun too). We took a look at all of the recipes,  and she decided she wanted to make pizza. When it came down to it,  she let ME make the pizza.  I found the recipe on recipezaar.com, but added some extra stuff to the dough to make it flavorful and appeal to grown-ups and kids alike.

This dough was really easy to make (I even mixed it with my own two hands!) and made enough for two crusts.

Pizza Dough

adapted from recipezaar.com

1 cup warm (not boiling) water

2 tbsp sugar

1 pkg yeast

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic powder (optional)

1 tbsp basil (optional)

1. In a small bowl (or your measuring cup) combine the water, sugar, and yeast. Let proof for about 10 minutes.

2. In a large bowl combine flour, salt, and herbs.  Make a small well in the middle of the bowl and pour oil and yeast mixture in the well.

3. Stir to combine in to a soft dough, adding more flour if it becomes too sticky.

4. Knead until smooth on a lightly floured surface.

5. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

6. Punch down and rest for ten minutes.  You can then roll out the dough or hand toss (if you have the skills!) until it’s the size of your pizza pan.

When you’re ready to bake, top with your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings, and bake at 450 for about 12 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.  Bake longer for a crispier crust.


Snickerdoodles December 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Diana @ 12:28 am

I asked a favor of some actor-friends today. After their matinee of Peter Pan this afternoon, they came and did a talk-back with some Girl Scouts. I asked DV? what his favorite baked goods, and he said, without pause, SNICKERDOODLES.

I happily baked some for him (and my boyfriend) today. Light and buttery with a crisp outside and a soft center. The trick to perfect ‘doodles is figuring out the exact baking time… depending on the size of cookies they could take six to ten minutes.

I’ll post the recipe a little later once I find where I stuck it!

I hope you also noticed that pictures are back! PLUS I also used my awesome non-stick silicone baking sheet (my Chanukkah present from my older brother – along with a pastry blender, and oval cookie cutters).


Lemon Bars December 14, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Diana @ 6:09 pm

My older brother told me at Thanksgiving that he really really really (really) was craving some lemon bars. Since his birthday was this past Tuesday I agreed to make some for him – but I didn’t get around to it until today.

They’re in the oven at the moment, but they smell pretty good. I love things that are tart, so these are one of my favorite treats. This recipe is from the Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook.



Vegan Lasagne?! YES!!! December 7, 2008

Filed under: Other — Diana @ 3:11 pm

Last night I had some co-workers over for a holiday dinner party. I made the focaccia, artichoke dip, ham, latkes, meatless lasagne AND vegan lasagne, apple pie (also vegan) and cheesecake.

As you can tell by the list of foods, I had a vegetarian and a vegan in the crowd.

I decided that there HAD to be an easy way to make a vegan lasagne, so I did my internet research. Turns out it actually is pretty easy, provided you have the right ingredients. The vegan was impressed and ate the whole (small) lasagne. She kept going back for more. While I was making it, I sent a text to my friend Greg to tell him and Christina (they’re vegan).  I was asked to let them know how it turned out and to pass on the recipe.

I made about 1/3 of a normal size lasagne, but I’m including the list for a full-size.




Focaccia with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Basil November 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Diana @ 4:14 pm

The original recipe (found in Perfect Baking a recipe book that I procured from TJ Maxx!) is actually with roasted cherry tomatoes, basil, and crispy pancetta – something that I’m sure would make Giada proud. Instead of going with the pancetta, I drizzled the final product with a balsamic reduction that matched perfectly with the herbs and tomato.

I made this for Thanksgiving (I was in charge of salad, bread, and desert – of course) and it was a HUGE hit.

This might be one of my personal favorite recipes, and it was a really easy one to boot.



Hey You, Yeah, YOU!!! November 26, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Diana @ 7:39 pm

Are you lurking at my blog?

I’d love to know who’s checking this page out so that I’m not just “talking to the air”

If something looks or sounds good, or you try out a recipe, LET ME KNOW.