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This is the first recipe I ever came up with completely from scratch, not just adapted from an existing recipe.  I had a similar dish at Granite City Brewery and thought I could make something like it at home.  Many rounds of trial and error later, I finally arrived at a dish that I am really proud of.  The sauce has 2 kinds of cheese, a few "secret ingredients", and of course a good amount of beer!  I usually add sausage to make it more of a main course, but you could leave it out if you are serving it as a side or you want it to be a vegetarian dish.  Crunchy panko breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes top it off.  I made this for my husband today, and he said it was the best macaroni and cheese I have ever made!  I hope you all enjoy it too.  The recipe is here, and the food porn, err, I mean slideshow, is here.

 
 
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More pizza?  There is no such thing as too much pizza, and besides, this is a totally different recipe.  Ok, I got it from the same website.  Ok, it was written by the same guy.  But trust me, this is not even a little bit like the pan pizza from last week.  The dough is made in the food processor, it rises in the fridge, and is stretched and shaped by hand.  Instead of a pan, it gets baked on a pizza stone.  The texture of the dough is crisp on the outside and chewy inside, like a good baguette.  It doesn't really taste like any chain pizza.  Papa John's probably looks the most like it, but the flavor and texture of the crust is pretty different.  I used the same red sauce that went on the pan pizza.  That works out well because I usually have enough sauce left over to use on pasta the next day.  You do need some equipment for this recipe (food processor, pizza stone, etc.) but they are items well worth having.  You can bake all kinds of breads on a pizza stone, and a food processor is great for making doughs, pesto, and fillings.  I use my food processor close to once a week.  Click here to get the recipe, and make sure to check out the slideshow, too.

 
 
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My dad used to make stir fry for us almost every week when we were kids.  I always liked the way he would cut up all the ingredients into little pieces and have them all arranged on a plate.  Once they were all cut, he would add things to the wok one by one, starting with longer cooking veggies like carrots and finishing with more delicate ones like pea pods.  Sometimes he would add a little chili oil or some Thai bird chilies from the garden.  This would usually result in everyone having red eyes and coughing from the vaporized capsaicin in the air...and it was delicious.  He would finish the dish with some Maggie Gin's stir fry sauce, and we would eat it over Minute Rice and crunchy chow mein noodles.  He always cooked in a well seasoned carbon steel wok that was as old as I was.  That wok is now mine.  It's not the prettiest thing in my kitchen, but it works perfectly and I think it has character.  Carbon steel (non stainless) can be treated the same as cast iron: wipe it out with paper towels after cooking, don't use soap and make sure to dry it thoroughly if you put water on it.  If you are going to store it for a while, rub a little oil on it to prevent rust.  For a stir fry intro, today's recipe keeps it simple with just one meat and one veggie, but once you have more practice you can start adding more ingredients.  You can make a sauce, or buy a bottled sauce such as Maggie Gin's or General Tso's.  Stir fry sauces are easy to make, but they tend to use a lot of ingredients that you may not usually stock in your pantry.  Ready to try it?  Check out the recipe and the slideshow.  Wok and roll!!

 
 
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Back in the 80's Pizza Hut was awesome.  You would go to a dine-in location and order a Personal Pan Pizza and maybe some breadsticks.  For a while, the kids meal came with a Land Before Time dinosaur hand puppet!  And the pizza was the best!  They would bring it to your table in the little black iron pan, and it would be the perfect combination of gooey cheese and chewy crust, with that crispy, "fried" texture on the bottom.  Now compare that to the sad little cardboard frisbees they sell at the Pizza Hut to go locations at Target or the airport.  Gross.  That's why I was so happy to run across a recipe that tastes exactly like I remember Pizza Hut from my childhood. The best part is that it is surprisingly easy and you don't need any fancy equipment or weird ingredients.  If you have a bowl, an oven, and a cast iron skillet, you have everything you need to turn out amazing pizza.  There are recipes included for a few different sauces, too.  If you don't want to bother making your own sauce, this will work just fine with store bought sauces.  As for toppings, put on anything you want!  I made a regular sausage pizza with red sauce, a bacon and sausage Alfredo pizza, and a cinnamon streusel dessert pizza.  The full recipe is here, and make sure to check out the slideshow, too. Sorry, Pizza Hut, you just lost a customer!

 
 
 Today's recipe is a variation on a classic dish called the Kentucky Hot Brown.  The traditional dish is an open faced turkey sandwich topped with Mornay sauce, bacon, and tomatoes.  I don't know why the word "brown" is even in the name, since the only element in the dish that is even sort of brown is the bacon.  Well, my version makes a little more sense because we are replacing the turkey with a hamburger!  Which is brown.  Also, I hate raw tomatoes so I left that off the dish.  We don't need any healthy ingredients getting in the way of this festival of beef, butter, cheese, cream, and bacon.  You may want to keep some Lipitor and maybe a defibrillator handy when you eat this, in case your heart decides to give up halfway through.  You can find the recipe here and a slideshow of the whole process here.  Enjoy! 
 
 
Hey! Welcome to my blog! Tipsykit's Kitchen is a blog that will bring you recipes with step by step photos and instructions for delicious food, made from scratch. Have you ever wanted to duplicate Pizza Hut in your own kitchen? Or turn a big box of fresh berries into jars of jam?  Think of this site as a younger, more sarcastic version of your grandma. Oh, and cat pictures.  There will be many, many cat pictures.  Here's a good one of Stannis to start things off. Dignified, that's what he is. Look for new recipes every week, and new cat pictures every day. Thanks for reading!
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I'm not fat, I just have a fluffy tummy!