Monthly Archives: February 2015

Zero-Carb Pizza

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Zero-Carb Pizza

This is for those dieters that are trying to eliminate carbs.  It’s pretty amazing!

  • 7 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 7 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Mix and spread on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.  Add toppings and bake 10 minutes more.

(I personally think that after I put the pepperoni on it, it baked too long.  So use your own judgement on how long to bake it.  I also think you could use low-fat cheese so it isn’t greasy.)

“Grace is getting what we do not deserve.  Mercy is not receiving what we do deserve.”

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German Apple Pie

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German Apple Pie

I love apples just about every way you fix them or in just about everything.  This may not be the prettiest pie, but it sure was devoured fast.  I’m not great at making pie crust, but this came out very well, easy to cut and didn’t crumble.  Next time I make it, I will not use quite as many apples.  It spilled over a little in oven so be sure you put it on a cookie sheet before you put it in the oven.  Did I say this was devoured?

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons ice water

Filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 1/2 to 6 cups peeled, sliced, tart apples (I used 6 cups)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream, opt.

In a small bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in the shortening until crumbly.  Add vanilla.  Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.  Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate.  Transfer pastry to pie plate.  Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of pie plate; flute edges.

For filling, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon; sprinkle 3 tablespoons into crust.  Layer with half the apples; sprinkle with half of the remaining sugar mixture.  Repeat layers.  Pour cream over all.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees; bake for 55-60 minutes or until apples are tender.  (My apples were slightly crunchy, but we like them that way.)  Cool on a wire rack.  Store in the refrigerator.  Serve with whipped cream, if desired.  (In my opinion, this is a must.)

Makes 8 servings.

“God pursues us in our restlessness, receives us in our sinfulness, holds us in our brokenness.”

Shrimp Scampi

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Shrimp Scampi

This is a very simple pasta dinner that you can put on the table in 30 minutes.  Creamy, lemony sauce over hot pasta with either shrimp or bay scallops.  Yum!!  Be sure to use a high-quality extra-virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest plus 1/3 cup juice (2 lemons)
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced to a paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 lb. small shrimp (51 to 60/lb.), peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 lb. pasta (I used spaghetti, but angel hair would be good too.)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (I didn’t use because I didn’t have any on hand.)

Whisk olive oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in bowl, then stir in Parmesan until thick and creamy.

Pat shrimp dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.  Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add shrimp in single layer and cook until shrimp are curled and pink on both sides, about 2 minutes (3 minutes for bay scallops); transfer to separate bowl and cover.

Meanwhile, bring 4 qts. water to boil in large pot.  Add pasta and 1 tablespoon salt and cook, stirring often, until al dente.  Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain pasta and return it to pot.  Add olive oil mixture, shrimp (or scallops) and any accumulated juices, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, and basil and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and add reserved cooking water as needed to adjust consistency.  Serve.

Serves 4 to 6.

“God pursues us in our restlessness, receives us in our sinfulness, holds us in our brokenness.”